Monday, March 2, 2015

Brief Comments on Riyaadh al-Saaliheen #80

Good manners with Allaah take precedence:

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Whenever we read about good manners in the Ahaadeeth, the first thing that comes to mind is about maintaining good behavior with fellow human beings, and maintaining good relation with them. But it hardly comes to mind that by default good manners also include having good manners towards our Creator, and establishing the relationship between the Lord and the slave. If people were to understand this, they would soon stop "fanaticism" towards individuals.

Nawwaas bin Sam`aan رضي الله عنه reported: I asked the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم about Virtue and Sin, so he صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “Virtue is noble behavior (Akhlaaq), and sin is that which creates doubt and you do not like people to know about it.” [Saheeh Muslim]

Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen رحمه الله said: “Good manners have two aspects: 1) good manners in regards to (the rights of) Allaah and His Worship and 2) good manners in regards to the rights of the creation.” [Sharh Riyaadh al-Saaliheen]

And part of good manners towards the Creator is by:
1) Learning Tawheed.
2) Teaching Tawheed.
3) Affirming for Allaah what He تعالى has affirmed for Himself in the Qur’aan and through His Messenger .
4) Negating for Allaah what He تعالى has negated for Himself in the Qur’aan and through His Messenger .
5) Not speaking about Allaah or His Deen without knowledge.
6) Worshiping Him alone upon the Sunnah of His Messenger .
7) Obeying His commands that are mentioned in the Kitaab and the Sunnah - doing what He has commanded and staying away from what He has prohibited.
8) Enjoining good and forbidding evil.
9) Clarifying the doubts regarding Allaah's Deen.
10) Defending it from being misinterpreted.

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