The minor signs of qiyâmah
The minor signs of qiyâmah
Hadrat Abu Hurayrah ( radiallahu anhu ) narrates that Rasulullah ( sallallahu alayhi wa sallam ) said: ” ALLAH Ta’ala does not look at your bodies and your appearances. Instead, he looks at your hearts. ” This means that ALLAH Ta’ala does not accept actions that merely appear to be good externally while they are devoid of sincerity and attention from the heart. For example, a person may be occupied in a certain act of ibaadah.
Apparently, he may be engaged in an act of ibaadah while in his heart he is oblivious to what he is doing. The heart cannot even discern whether he is standing in front of ALLAH Ta’ala or busy doing something else.
Rasulullah ( sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: ” There are over 70 things which are connected with imaan, the highest of which is the Kalimah ” la ilaha illallahu muhammadur Rasulullah” and the lowest is the removal of a harmful object from the road. Modesty and hayaa is also a major part of imaan.” We will therefore mention these qualities.
30 QUALITIES ARE CONNECTED TO THE HEART
Humbling or lowering yourself
76. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “The one who humbles himself for the sake of Allah, Allah raises his stages. The one who is proud, Allah breaks his neck.” That is, Allah disgraces him.
Considering yourself to be great
77. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “The person who has pride which is equal to even a mustard seed will not enter jannah.”
Truth and Lies
Severing ties with one’s relatives
51. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “The actions and ‘ibâdât of all the people are presented to Allah every Friday night. The good deeds of a person who severs his ties with his relatives (or does not maintain good relations with them) are not accepted.”
The upbringing of orphans
Recitation of the Quran
26. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “The person who recites a single letter of the Quran will receive one reward. And the basic principle with regard to rewards is that they are multiplied ten fold. I do not say that Alif Lâm Mîm is one letter. Instead, Alif is one letter, Lâm is one letter, and Mîm is one letter. Based on this, one will receive 30 rewards.”
Cursing oneself or one’s children
Sincerity of Intention
1. A person asked: “O Rasûlullâh! What is îmân?” He replied: “To maintain a sincere intention.”
This means that whatever you do should be done solely for Allah.
2. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “Actions are judged by intentions.”
This means that if a person has a good intention, he will be rewarded for doing a good act. If not, he will not be rewarded.
Doing something for show
The Benefits of becoming a Murîd
There are several benefits in becoming a murîd:
1. At times a person errs in the different methods of reforming the heart that were mentioned previously. The shaykh shows the correct path in this regard.
2. At times the effect and benefit that one derives from a book is not as great as that which one would have obtained from the guidance of a shaykh. One gains the barakah of the shaykh. Furthermore, if the murîd displays any shortcoming in carrying out a good act or commits an evil act, he will be ashamed of this in front of the shaykh.
3. The person develops confidence and love for the shaykh. Based on this, he is inclined to follow and emulate the ways of the shaykh.
4. If the shaykh is strict in giving his advice or displays his anger, the person does not feel offended and endeavours to act upon his advice.
The Method of Taubah
Taubah is such a great thing that one can have all one’s sins forgiven through it. If a person always ponders over his condition and knows that at some time or the other one definitely commits a sin, then he will consider taubah to be necessary all the time.
The harms of over-eating and its cure
Many sins are committed on account of over-filling the stomach. There are several factors which have to be taken into consideration:
(a) Do not become too accustomed to eating sumptuous meals.
(b) Safeguard yourself from harâm sustenance.
(c) Do not fill your stomach beyond its limit. Instead, set aside a bit of hunger which equals a few morsels.