Friday, September 26, 2014

al-Istighfaar: The Obligation after An Obligation

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Allaah تعالى says:

﴿ثُمَّ أَفِيضُوا مِنْ حَيْثُ أَفَاضَ النَّاسُ وَاسْتَغْفِرُوا اللَّـهَ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ﴾

{Then depart from the place from where [all] the people depart and ask Allaah for forgiveness. Indeed, Allaah is Oft-Forgiving and Most-Merciful.} [Surah al-Baqarah (2): 199]

Shaikh al-Sa`dee رحمه الله said:

“Allaah تعالى commands the one who has completed the rituals of Hajj (like stoning, slaughtering etc.), to seek His forgiveness (Istighfaar) and to do a lot of Dhikr (Remembrance). Seeking forgiveness is for the shortcomings and the negligence which happened while the slave (of Allaah) carried out the acts of worship; and Remembering Allaah is for Thanking Allaah for His blessings upon him by accommodating him in carrying out these duties and for His vast favors.

It behooves the slave, that whenever he completes the acts of worship (like the Salaah), he should seek Allaah’s forgiveness for his shortcomings and thank Him for His assistance in carrying out the duties. Don’t be like the one who thinks that he has completed his duties (flawlessly) and regards it as doing a favor to Allaah and who thinks highly about himself. This one deserves to be detested and have his deeds rejected - unlike the first one - who deserves to (have his deeds) accepted and assisted in doing more good deeds.”

[Tafseer al-Sa`dee (1/92)]

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

For those who are tempted to argue:

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه narrates that a man abused Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه while the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم was sitting. Appreciating (the forbearance and patience of Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه), he صلى الله عليه وسلم kept smiling, but when the man went on length and Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه replied to some of what he said, the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم became angry and left.

Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه went after him and said: Oh Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم! He was abusing me in your presence but when I replied to some of what he said, you became angry and left. He صلى الله عليه وسلم replied, “There was an Angel with you, replying to him on your behalf but when you replied to him, Shaitaan got in and I am not supposed to sit with Shaitaan.” He صلى الله عليه وسلم then added: “Oh Abu Bakr! There are three things, all of which are true:

1- Anyone who is wronged and he ignores it for the sake of Allaah, Allaah will help him out and strengthen him.

2- Anyone who begins to give intending thereby to unite ties of kinship, Allaah provides for him with much more because of it.

3- Anyone who opens the door of begging, desiring to increase his wealth, Allaah increases his scantiness because of it.”

[Musnad Ahmad (9624) and graded as “Jayyid” by Shaikh al-Albaanee in al-Saheehah (2231)]