Avoid Being Stingy

Don’t be stingy with money. If a person can help someone out, then they do, if they can overlook someone’s debt, then they do, if they can increase in sadaqa, then they do.

Avoid being miserly as much as possible.

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The True Haafidh

A person who has memorised the Qur’an but doesn’t understand it or act upon it is not a haafidh, rather they are a carrier of the Qur’an. The Qur’an wasn’t revealed just to be recited and memorised!

How many have beautiful voices and have memorised the Qur’an, yet its effects can’t be seen on their character nor on their actions; not praying their Sunnah prayers, constantly lying, not lowering their gaze, watching movies and many other things. The haafidh is supposed to be the best of people; a role model! It is not just a title to have or something to show off with or just for the month of Ramadan!

What is Arrogance, Its Signs and Cures?

Arrogance is:

  • Looking down on others
  • Looking down at the truth
  • A major sin
  • A characteristic of Shaytaan

Signs of an arrogant person:

  • Always expecting others to give them salaam first
  • Never seeking advice in matters
  • Always thinking they are right and are unable to admit when they are wrong
  • Thinking that they know everything and don’t need to be taught / learn (even though they have never studied)
  • Remembering other’s faults and flaws and forgetting their own
  • Constantly reminding others of a sin they have done, even though they have repented for it!
  • Thinking they are better than others due to their wealth, background, knowledge, looks and so on.

How to cure arrogance:

  • First, admit you’ve got a problem. If a person can’t do this then they’ll never improve!
  • Secondly, think of all the times you’ve been arrogant, (sit in a room quietly and ponder) and then repent for it. Refer to the signs above to aid in this.
  • Thirdly, remember that you are competing with Allah: Mightiness and Loftiness are for Him Alone! Learn about Him!
  • Fourthly, remember that you are made from the mixing of waters. How can someone with such a lowly beginning think so highly of themselves!

Arrogance Will Prevent Access to Paradise

Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood said that the Prophet (sallallaahu ʻalayhi wa sallam) said: “No one who has an atom’s-weight of arrogance in his heart will enter Paradise.”

(Muslim)

The Reward of Following a Funeral Procession

The Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ʻalayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever attends the funeral from the house (of the deceased) [according to one report: whoever follows the funeral of a Muslim out of faith and the hope of reward] until the funeral prayer is offered will have one qeeraat, and whoever attends the funeral until the deceased is buried will have two qeeraats.” He was asked, “O Messenger of Allaah, what are the two qeeraats?” He said, “Like two huge mountains.”

(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, al-Janaa’iz, 1240)

Seeking Forgiveness for The Deceased

It is Sunnah to stand at the grave when everyone has left and seek forgiveness and steadfastness for the deceased, because they are about to be questioned.

Performing Good Deeds Within Your Capacity

A Hadith narrated by ʻAa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said, “A woman from the tribe of Bani Asad was sitting with me, and the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ʻalayhi wa sallam) came to my house and said, ‘Who is this?’ I said, ‘She is so-and-so; she does not sleep at night because she is engaged in prayer.’ The Prophet (sallallaahu ʻalayhi wa sallam) said, ‘Do (good) deeds within your capacity; Allaah never gets tired (of giving rewards) until you get tired (of doing good deeds).’”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]