☆Qur’anic Gems☆

Allah, subhanu wata says:
Allah increases the provision for whom He wills, and straitens it (for whom He wills), and they rejoice in the life of this world, whereas the life of this world as compared with the hereafter is but a brief passing enjoyment. [13:26]

Allah (swt), by His infinite wisdom increases the wealth of whom so ever He wills. Amongst such are disbelievers and the disobedient muslims. He (swt) expands their wealth and they continue to wrong themselves at the cost of having the everlasting enjoyment of the hereafter. And Allah swt repeatedly tells us: “…but what what is the enjoyment of this world compared except a little?” [9:38]

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Do justice to islam and portray its beauty to the world.

In the name of Allah, The Most Beneficial, The Most Merciful.

Preach with your good manners
-Umar bin Khattab

Little do we know, that we as muslims, portray the religion of islam as a whole. Very few non-muslims ever read the Qur’an/Hadith to find out about islam, 70% of the time, the only islam they know is from the muslims they see.

Just like the character of an individual says a lot about one, likewise the character of muslims say a lot about their religion, which is their way of life. And surely there is no religion that preaches good character
like ours.

Islam says we should be good to our
family, our neighbours, and even the stranger we meet (Q4:36). It says we should smile and only say a kind word to everyone we meet, it recommends helping others, with both money and physical strength, it teaches us to live in harmony with one another, and even repel the bad with good (Q42:40), it prohibits lewdness, dishonesty and backbiting, and most importantly, all these traits apply even to non-muslims as long as they don’t fight us (Q60:8-9). And I ask you, is there anything that will make one to be loved greater than his good character?

In a world of millions of islam-phobes, (haters of islam) we have to do our best to portray islam as what it really is. We have to show people how truly beautiful this islam of ours is through beautiful traits. We might not know, but sects like ‘boko haram’ (a religious movement in northern Nigeria that kill people of all religion) and the rest, greatly tarnish the image of islam in the hearts of many. Someone recently confessed to me about his belief in islam but he’s afraid of all the violence muslims are into, and not sure if he won’t become like them if he becomes muslim.

And this only means one thing; that we have to try harder to erase these thoughts from their minds and replace it what our religion truly preaches: peace. Traits like humbleness, kind words, modesty, honesty, that the muslims have, I know from experience, indeed appeals to non-muslims and go a long in changing their mindset about islam.

So I say to myself and every rightly-guided muslim to do justice to islam starting from today; portray islam the way it is, as best as you can. Truly, Allah does never wastes the rewards (efforts) of good-doers [Q12:56]

Salam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barkatuhu.

Modesty; The best of all traits

Refrain from shameless words or actions, such as foul or evil speech. This will aggravate Satan, who beautifies these actions, and tempts people with them. So, not engaging in such actions would actually make him hopeless, and he would in turn retract in disgrace.

Continuously learn about the benefits of modesty, and expose one’s heart to them repeatedly. Also, making a commitment to gaining the highest levels of modesty, and actively adorning oneself with it.
Strengthen imān and belief in the heart, because modesty is a fruit of imān and knowing Allah, the All-Mighty and Exalted.

Worship Allah (swt) by reflecting on His Beautiful Names and Attributes, which bring about Allahs-consciousness and excellent (character and behavior). Examples of such Names would be: The Witness, The Overseer, The All-Knowing, The All-Hearing, The All-Seeing, The All-Encompassing, and The Protector. Hatim Al-Asam said:

“Make a pact with yourself in three (areas): when you do something, remember that Allah sees you, and when you speak, remember that Allah hears you, and when you are silent, remember Allah’s knowledge of your inner (thoughts, feelings, and being).”

Consistently observe the obligatory and recommended worship, like prayer. Allah, the Most-High, said: “Verily, prayer prevents lewdness and evil deeds.” It was said to the Messenger of Allah ﷺ: “So and so prays all night, but when he wakes up he steals!” So, he ﷺ said: “What you mentioned [i.e. his prayers] will [eventually] prevent him from that.” Or he said: “His prayers will prevent him.”  Zakah is another example. Allah, Most-Glorified, says regarding zakah: “Take a portion of their wealth as charity [zakah] to purify them and increase them with it.” (Qur’an, 9:103)

Always be truthful and avoid dishonesty. This is because truthfulness will guide a person to righteousness, and modesty is a part of righteousness. The Prophet ﷺ said: “You should be truthful, for truthfulness leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to paradise…”
Actively practice modesty on a regular basis so that it becomes a natural disposition. This will require beautifying oneself with patience.
See righteous people, inter-mingle with them, listen to them, and learn from their modesty. Some scholars have said: “Enliven your modesty by sitting with those whom you would feel shameful around.” Mujahid said: “If all that a Muslim benefits from his brother is that his feeling of shame with him prevents him from sinning, then that would suffice him.”
Bring to mind the modesty of the greatest example for mankind, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, and learn about his Seerah and his noble traits. Also, bring to mind the modesty of his companions and their lives, especially the righteous caliphs, the ten given glad tidings of paradise, those who witnessed Badr, and the Pledge of Ridwan, and the rest of the Muhajireen and the Ansar, and those who followed in their footsteps from the people of knowledge and faith.

Remove oneself from a corrupted environment that keeps one away from good character. Do not accompany those who show little modesty; befriend righteous people instead. In the Prophetic narration about the man who killed one hundred souls, the knowledgeable man said: “…And who can stand between you and a sincere repentance? Go to so and so land, for you will find people there who worship Allah. So, worship Allah with them, and do not return to your land because it is a land of evil.