Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) replied: “If this man should go forth in order to (work and) maintain and support his minor children, he strives in the Path of Allah. And if he goes forth to support his elderly parents, he also strives in the Path of Allah. And if he goes forth to acquire (that whereby he sees to) his own daily necessities and to save himself from consuming (and performing) that which is prohibited, he is also in the Path of Allah. However, if he sets forth for fame or for show to be seen by others, he is in the path of Shaytaan.” (Targheeb)
This Hadeeth and other similar Ahaadeeth clearly show that striving in the Path of Allah is not only confined to actual Jihad. or non-obligatory acts or specific forms of worship. No, apart from the obligatory acts and deeds of righteousness, any other righteous deed done with good intention for the pleasure of Allah falls in the Path of Allah.
Anyone thinking that devotion to deen lies only in being busy with Ibaadah or thinking that to be involved in worldly affairs is the opposite to devotion of deen, makes a grave mistake. Not one of the authoritive Ulema has ever said that one should not seek the necessary means of one‟s livelihood or that one should discard looking for such means. But this is important: One should not make the acquisition of worldly things one’s objective in life. One should seek those necessities for Allah‟s sake and according to His stipulated rules and regulations. Never should one work to acquire fame, high rank for the sake of boasting and then to become proud and arrogant, or to become noted in the eyes of men.
Having said that, there is another side of the story. It is completely wrong and against Islamic teachings to say that everyone is doing things for “selfish personal motives” and “following his own desires.”
Allah says: 0 you who believe, avoid susptcion as much as possible for suspicion in some cases is sin and spy not on each other; Nor speak ill of each other behind their backs. (49.12)
Political parties and dishonoring of Muslims.
We have a strange habit. Whenever anyone does things according to our liking, he is looked upon as being a sincere and devoted man, Allah-fearing and pious. But as soon as we see any deed coming from him which is not in accordance with our fancies, he becomes accused of being a fool, a lover of the English, a pro-Hindu fanatic, a selfish lover of himself, a traitor to the nation, a deceiver, a cheat, a paid recipient of English money, a paid servant of the Congress Party. In short all the evils of the world are heaped upon him. Such a person finds all his real faults exposed to all, and non-existent imagined defects are discovered in him. This is what happens and is completely contrary to what Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:
“For him who hides the faults of others, Allah will hide his faults. And when anyone exposes the faults of another, Allah will expose his faults, so much so that even if in the most hidden circles he secretly commits sins, disgrace will come to him.”
Sayyidina Ibn Umar (Radiallahu anhu) relates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) once ascended the Mimbar and in a loud voice exclaimed: “0 those people who have Is lam on their tongues while true faith has not yet touched their hearts! Do not persecute the Muslims and do not set about searching for their faults.
For that person who searches for the faults of a Muslim, Allah will bring his own faults to light. And when Allah desires to uncover the faults of anyone, He causes him to be disgraced even within the security of his own home.” (Targheeb)
Sayyidina Abdullah bin Umar (Radiallahu anhu) once looked at the Baitullah and having looked, remarked:
“What a blessed and respect-worthy house You are! But in the eyes of Allah the honour of a Muslim is much more than You.” (Targheeb)
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) also said: “Do not ever show pleasure at the misfortune suffered by a brother; otherwise Allah will show mercy to him and cause you to suffer that same misfortune.‟ (Targheeb)
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) also said: “The people most dear to me are those who are amiable and pleasant in manner, who keep their arms tender (and do not roll up their sleeves, ready for fighting over minor issues), who easily make friends and spread good relations between others. And the people most disliked by me are those who carry tales and spread gossip, who bring about splits and differences between friends and who find (non-existent) faults in people who are innocent (of those faults).‟ (Targheeb)
In another Hadeeth Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Whenever any man defames and accuses you of any fault that lies not within you, then do not defame him for a fault which in reality is in him. For that you shall be rewarded and on him will be the evil burden of his defamation.” (Targheeb)
“Do not sever mutual relations with each other; do not turn your backs upon each other; do not harbour hatred in your hearts against each other; do not envy each other. Live with each other as brothers. It is not permissible for any Muslim to cut off speaking with another for more than three days.” (Targheeb)
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) further said: “The deeds (of men) are presented before Allah every Monday and Thursday, and pardon is granted for all sins except for him who was guilty of associating any other god with Allah. As for those two persons between whom there is enmity and hatred, it is said:
“Withhold pardon from them until such time that they become reconciled with each other (and resume friendly relations).” (Bukhari, Targheeb)
The Hadeeth also says: “When anyone calls another Kaafir or any enemy of Allah, and that (accused) person is not like that, the words of defamation return to the speaker.” (Bukhari, Targheeb)
And also: “It is an act of iniquity to abuse a Muslim.”
And also: “To abuse and swear at a Muslim is to prepare for one‟s own destruction.” (Targheeb)
Further, it is also stated in the Hadeeth: “When any person accuses another of anything which in reality is not in him, Allah will chain that defamer in hell and say to him: “Prove the truth of your statement.” (Targheeb)
According to another Hadeeth. “The best of servants (of Allah) are those who, when seen, the remembrance of Allah becomes refreshed. And the worst of servants are those who carry tales and spread gossip, create splits and dissention between friends and seek out faults in people of which they are innocent.” (Targheeb)
On the occasion of his Farewell Pilgrimage Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) announced: “Your blood, your honour and your possessions are sacred and unlawful to each other now and forever, even as they are sacred and unlawful in this Sacred City, in this Sacred Month and on this Sacred Day.”
“A Muslim‟s life, wealth and honour is unlawful for another Muslim.”