Humbling Oneself to Muslims-Grade 3

Humbling Oneself to Muslims           Imam Ahmad related that the Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said what means: “The one who has in his heart arrogance that weighs as much as an atom will not be admitted to Paradise with the first batch].” Islam dispraises arrogance and arrogant people. The arrogant is the one who disdains others and believes oneself superior to them. He is also the one who rejects the truth said by someone, knowing that this person is saying the truth. The arrogant may do that because the one saying the truth is young, poor, weak, or the like. Imam Muslim related that the Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said what means: “Arrogance is rejecting the truth said by one and looking down on people.” In other words, one does not accept...

Good Relations with Relatives-Grade 3

Maintaining Good Relations with Relatives           Islam has urged us to visit our relatives, whether they are the relative of the father or the mother. Those are called arham—the kin. Maintaining good relations with relatives refers to visiting, helping, and being generous to one’s relatives. The person who severs these relations deserves the torture of Allah. The Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said what means: “The one who severs the obligatory ties of kinship does not deserve admittance to Paradise without torture.” This was related by al-Bukhariyy. This hadith means that the one who severs the obligatory ties of kinship will not be admitted to Paradise with the first batch of Muslims. That is so, if he dies as a Muslim. This person deserves to be...

Showing Kindness to Your Parents-Grade 3

Showing Kindness to Your Parents           Allah said in the Qur’an, in Ayahs 23-24 of Suratul-Isra’, what means: “Allah firmly ordered: Do not worship anyone other than Him. Be greatly benevolent to your parents whether one or both of them attain old age while living with or supported by you. Do not speak harshly to them or treat them with an annoyed attitude. Instead, speak to them with humble kindness and mercy. Make supplication to Allah and say: ‘O Allah bestow upon them Your Mercy, they have shown me mercy when they did bring me up when I was small.’” One right of the Muslim parents on their Muslim children is for the children to treat them with goodness, to support them financially if they need their support (and they are able), be generous to them and not...

Sincerity and Insincerity-Grade 3

Sincerity and Insincerity           Allah said in the Qur’an, in Ayah 110 of Suratul-Kahf, what means: “Let those who believe in the Day of Judgment do the obedience which Allah accepts, and refrain from falling into insincerity when doing the worship.” Al-Bukhariyy and Muslim related that the Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said what means: “Good deeds are rewardable only when they are done with good intentions.” In other words, good deeds have to have a correct and sincere intention. One’s intention has to be seeking the reward of Allah only so that the deed may be accepted by Allah. Insincerity, also known as ar-Riya’, is haram. It is to perform the good deeds seeking praise of the people. For example, when a Muslim prays so that people say about him,...

Lying-Grade 3

Lying           Ibn Majah related that the Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said what means: “Beware of lying, because lying leads one to commit enormous sins, and committing enormous sins leads to Hellfire.” Lying is to say on purpose what is different from the truth. Lying is haram whether or not one is joking. In a Hadith related by al-Bayhaqiyy, the Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said what means: “Lying is not virtuous seriously or jokingly.” It is incumbent upon the Muslim to refrain from this sin so that one is not devastated. The Muslim speaks the truth because speaking the truth is a trait of the righteous Muslims. Sometimes lying may inflict harm on the Muslims. In this case, it is an enormous sin. Some people name a lie, like an April...

The Tongue-Grade 3

The Tongue           At-Tabaraniyy related that one of the companions addressed his tongue and said: “O tongue, say good and you will win. Be silent of uttering evil and you will be safe before you regret it. I heard the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, saying: ‘Most of the sins of the offspring of Adam are from their tongues.’” The tongue is one of the blessings with which Allah endowed the humanity. In spite of its small size, the tongue can cause one’s admittance into Hellfire. We should use the tongue in the ways of goodness, like mentioning the name of Allah, ta^ala, and reciting the Qur’an. One should use it in saying the truth, ordering what is good, forbidding what is evil, and in carrying on all what brings benefit and goodness to the...

Manners of the Prophet-Grade 3

Some of the Manners of the Prophet In describing His Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, Allah, ta^ala said, in Ayah 4 of Suratul-Qalam, what means: “Verily, your manners are distinguished and great.” Al-Bukhariyy related that when Lady ^A’ishah, may Allah raise her rank, was asked about the Prophet’s manners, she said what means: “His manners were all what the Qur’an ordered to do.” Allah gave our Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, the beautiful and great manners which made him notable among his people, who recognized him as the Truthful and Trustworthy long before he received the Revelation. He was described with clemency, patience and courage. Al-Bayhaqiyy related that Ibn ^Umar, may Allah raise his rank, said: “I have never seen someone more...

Islamic Manners – Grade 3

Lesson 1 Some of the Manners of the Prophet In describing His Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, Allah, ta^ala said, in Ayah 4 of Suratul-Qalam, what means: “Verily, your manners are distinguished and great.” Al-Bukhariyy related that when Lady ^A’ishah, may Allah raise her rank, was asked about the Prophet’s manners, she said what means: “His manners were all what the Qur’an ordered to do.” Allah gave our Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, the beautiful and great manners which made him notable among his people, who recognized him as the Truthful and Trustworthy long before he received the Revelation. He was described with clemency, patience and courage. Al-Bayhaqiyy related that Ibn ^Umar, may Allah raise his rank, said: “I have never seen someone more...