The last few years have been challenging to say the least. The lingering effects of Covid-19, together with the rising costs of living have made life hard for many of us. As another year ends, rather than just setting life goals, how about we re-evaluate ourselves. Let’s try to be better human beings, in turn better Muslims, and live life according to the virtues our Prophet Peace Be Upon Him. Being conscious of Allah (swt) in our lives will inshallah lead to more Barakah in this life and prepare us for our final destination in the hereafter.
Honesty forms the bedrock of all relationships. There are numerous quotes in the Quran and Hadith which emphasize the importance of remaining honest, fair and transparent in personal and professional aspects of life.
The Prophet (SAW) was quoted as saying: “Remember, there is no faith in him who is not trustworthy; there is no place for him in religion who cares not for his pledged word or promise.”
Another quote from our Prophet (saw) reads: “Truthfulness leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to Paradise. In addition, a man keeps on telling the truth until he becomes a truthful person. Falsehood leads to wickedness and evil-doing, and wickedness leads to the (Hell) Fire, and a man may keep on telling lies till he is written before God, as a liar”. (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)
“Oh ye who believe! Eat not up each other’s property by unfair and dishonest means.”
“Woe to those that deal in fraud, – those who, when they have to receive by measure from men, exact full measure, but when they have to give by measure or weight to men, give less than due. Do they not think that they will be called to account- on a Mighty Day when (all) mankind will stand before the Lord of the Worlds.”
“Allah doth command you to render back your trust, to those to whom they are due.”
According to Islam, “every act of goodness is charity.” (Sahih Muslim, Hadith 496). Though helping people financially is a fundamental aspect of charity, performing good deeds and staying away from evil is also important. Even smiling at someone is considered an act of charity. Below are some quotes from the Quran and Hadith.
“Your smile for your brother is charity” (At-Tirmidhi, 187)
“The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity.” Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 604
“Charity in secret, quiets the wrath of God and takes away one’s sin as the water puts out the fire and keeps away seventy kinds of calamities.” (Quran 2:271)
“Charity is for those in need, who, in Allah’s cause are restricted (from travel), and cannot move about in the land, seeking (For trade or work)” (2:273).
“O you who believe! Do not cancel your charity by reminders of your generosity or by injury, like those who spend their substance to be seen of men but believe neither in Allah nor in the Last Day (2:264)
Islam encourages kindness and compassion towards everyone, no matter, one’s religion, status or color. There is an emphasis in the Quran to be kind to one’s parents and orphans.
The Prophet (saw) said: “Indeed among the believers with the most complete faith is the one who is the best in conduct and the most kind to his family.” (Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2612).
Ayah number 107 of Surah Al-Anbya states that: “And We have sent you O Muhammad (SAW) not, but as a mercy for all of humankind, jinn and all that exists.”
Additionally, The Prophet (saw) relayed the importance of being kind to animals.
“A good deed done to an animal is like a good deed done to a human being, while an act of cruelty to an animal is as bad as cruelty to a human being."
"Whoever is merciful even to a sparrow, Allah will be merciful to him on the Day of Judgment."
Be conscious of Allah's (swt) presence in your life, and Allah will bless you. Some Quranic quotes below emphasize the importance of being God fearing.
"Indeed, God is with those who fear Him and those who do good." (Quran 16:128)
"And My mercy encompasses all things, and I shall decree it for those who fear Me." (Quran 7:156)
"He is worthy of being feared and worthy of granting forgiveness." (Quran 47:56)
"And whoever fears God – He will pardon him his sins and grant him a great reward." (Quran 65:5)
"Indeed, those who fear God will be among gardens and rivers, in a seat of truth near an All-Powerful Sovereign." (Quran 54:54-55)
May this year bring us closer to our creator InshAllah, and may we continue to work on ourselves to be better Muslims with taqwa and Iman. Ameen.
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