Don’t Belittle Even the Smallest Deed

They said: “If a man comes (into the masjid) and the Imam is in Sajdah, then he should (join) him in the Sajdah even though that rak’ah doesn’t count (for him).”

Some said: “Perhaps he doesn’t raise his head up from the Sajdah except that he is forgiven (due to that sajdah).!”

[Ibn Qudamah (rh)]

*Note:* Joining the Imam in his Sajdah is recommended.

Seeking Knowledge is of the Best of Actions

Statement of Ibn Hazm (may Allah be pleased with him):

“If the learned ponders how the hours he spent learning saved him from the humiliation of being dominated by the ignorant and from the distress of having no access to the facts, and how those hours provided him with the joy of discovering that which is hidden from others, he would excel in praising Allah, the exalted, full of majesty, and would be more pleased with the knowledge he has and would deepen his desire to increase his knowledge.”

Imam Shafi’ee (rh) said, “After the obligatory deeds, nothing is more beloved to Allah than studying knowledge.”

Qatada (rh) said, “A door of knowledge that a man preserves for rectifying himself and those after him is better than constant worship for a whole year”

Work on Yourself First and Foremost

Hassan was told about slaves and their being oppressed, expecting Hassan to give one of his powerful reminders. However, Hassan stayed quiet for three weeks.

Then Hassan gave some reminders about freeing the slaves. The man asked him, why did you stay quiet for 3 weeks? Hassan replied, I didn’t want to tell the people to do something and I didn’t do it myself, so I freed a slave and then I reminded others.

It’s very important that when we learn something we are doing it to benefit ourselves first and foremost. Otherwise, we will be getting weak whilst we are helping others to increase their emaan.

Changing to Help Stay Motivated

The human soul becomes bored at times so a person should change things once in a while with their ibaadah, especially if they are getting bored. For example, in Qiyaam salaah make each rak’ah different lengths by making them shorter or longer, reading different Verses of the Qur’an, making your prostrations longer, reading different du’as.

This will help keep you motivated.

How to Deal with People

In the Hadith of Abu Bakrah (ra) in the Sahih of Imam Bukhari:

أنه انتهى إلى النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم وهو راكع فركع قبل أن يصل إلى الصف فذكر ذلك للنبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فقال زادك الله حرصا ولا تعد.

Abu Bakrah was so eager to join the congregational Salaah that he started and then performed rukooh before actually being in any of the sufoof. Then he, while in the bowing (rukoo) position, walked to join the sufoof, which is the incorrect manner of joining the congregation as a latecomer. The Prophet (saw) recognised his eagerness so he (saw) praised Abu Bakrah for it by making du’a for him. However, the Prophet (saw) pointed out to him that this was the incorrect manner to express his eagerness.

Imam Muslim narrates that Muawiyah b. Hakam Radi Allah anh said:

ما رأيت معلمًا قبله ولا بعده أحسن تعليماً منه.

صلوات ربي وسلامه عليه.

Look at the gentleness of the Prophet (saw). This is with the Salaah and it’s a big mistake. Yet, he (saw) didn’t shout or rebuke him, as we do with our students and young ones.

This doesn’t mean that we don’t rebuke, rather we look at each person’s situation and, where possible, we are gentle.

Ramadaan Series {Day 18} – Actions to be Done During Ramadaan

Many think that reciting the Qur’an is just during the day when fasting, however the Prophet (saw) would meet Jibreel (as) in the night. So, try to read some Qur’an at night too.

Also, remember that if you can, even if it’s only 5 minutes, pray more after tarawih prayer. A person may pray tarawih, go home and miss out on the blessed last third of the night.

Finally, do some istighfar in the time just before Fajr as this was the practice of the Sahaaba and the righteous of the past.

Qualities We Should Aspire to

One of the people of the past, when talking about Ibn al Muhayreez (rh), said that he had 2 qualities which were not found with others:

  • If there was something regarding someone’s rights, he wouldn’t keep silent regardless of who was happy or upset with him
  • He would never talk about his own qualities.

This shows that he was very balanced, as we are good in one but neglect the other.