*Oh you who believe*
- Verify – تبينوا
- Reconcile & make peace – أصلحوا
- Fear Allāh – اتقوا الله
- Be equitable – أقسطوا
- Don’t scoff – لا يسخر
- Don’t defame – لا تلمزوا
- Don’t insult – لا تنابزوا
- Avoid suspicion – اجتنبوا كثيرا من الظن
- Don’t spy – لا تجسّسوا
- Don’t backbite – لا يغتب
These ten points are taken from Sūrah Al-Hujurāt.
The entire Chapter is only 18 Verses.
Make an effort to read, memorise, understand and most importantly implement the great advice from this beautiful Chapter of the Qur’an.
May Allah forgive us for our shortcomings and allow us to act upon these statements. Ameen.
Know that one of the features of the Khawaarij was their tremendous ability to memorise. This is a mistake made in a lot of Arab countries, even by mashaayikh. Just memorising is problematic in 2 ways:
- You memorise and don’t understand what you’re memorising
- You don’t implement what you’re memorising.
We say memorise as much as you can, especially the Qur’an and Hadith, but do so with understanding and implementation.
Don’t be impressed when you hear someone has memorised so much until you see that is has been implemented in them.
When the mashaayikh say, when you memorise you’ll become this or that, they are referring to people they presume have clean hearts, where the ilm goes into a safe place. However, the reality is most of us don’t have clean hearts.