Gossip and Fabrication-Grade 4

Gossip and Fabrication   In a Hadith related by Muslim, the Prophet, may Allah raise his rank, asked the Companions, “Do you know what gossip is?” The Companions said, “Allah and His Messenger knows best.” The Prophet said, “It is you mentioning about your Muslim brother whatever he does not like.” The Companions asked, “Is it still gossip even if what I mention about my brother is true?” The Prophet answered, “If you mention about him what is true of him, then you did gossip; but if you mention about him what is not true of him, then you have done fabrication.” In this Hadith, the Prophet, may Allah raise his rank, defined two kinds of sins of the tongue: gossip and fabrication. So, gossip is to talk about your Muslim brother behind his back, about things...

Loving One Another for the Sake of Allah-Grade 4

Loving One Another for the Sake of Allah   Prophet Muhammad, may Allah raise his rank, said which means: “Allah, the Exalted, said, ‘The ones who love each other for my sake will have illuminated platforms in the Hereafter.’” Another authentic Hadith relates that which means: “Allah will protect seven kinds of people from the strong heat of the sun on the Day of Judgment by placing them under the shade of the grand ^Arsh.” One of the seven is “two people who love one another for the sake of Allah.” To love one another for the sake of Allah is for the Muslim to love for his brother Muslim the goodness that he loves himself. This means he does not cheat him by deeds or words. If he finds his brother Muslim in a good state, he is happy for him. However, if he...

Keeping Ties with the Kin-Grade 4

Keeping Ties with the Kin   In asking Prophet Muhammad, may Allah raise his rank, a question, a Companion of the Prophet said, “O Messenger of Allah, guide me to a deed that will grant me paradise if I do it.” The Prophet replied what means: “Feed the poor, keep ties with your kin, and pray at night while people are asleep; (by this) you shall enter Paradise in peace.” This Hadith was related by Ibn Hibban. This Hadith also tells us that if the Muslim does these deeds, he shall enter Paradise without being punished. One of these deeds is to keep ties with his kin. A kin is every relative from the father’s side or mother’s side of the family. Al-Bukariyy related that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said what means: “The person who breaks ties with his or her...

Immense Harming of the Parents-Grade 4

Immense Harming of the Parents   In a Hadith related by al-Bukhariyy, the Prophet, may Allah raise his rank, said what means: “The person who commits ^uquq against his parents will not be among the first to enter Paradise.” ^Uquq against one’s parents means to hurt the parents immensely in any way, causing them a lot of pain. For example, it is ^uquq to hit them or swear at them or curse them. This is one of the enormous sins. Among the ^uquq against one’s parents is for one to help the father wrong the mother, or to help the mother wrong the father. This is also forbidden and is among the greatest sins. One’s ^uquq against the mother is a worse sin than one’s ^uquq against the father. On the other hand, kind treatment of the mother is more rewarding than...

Stealing and Trustworthiness-Grade 4

Stealing and Trustworthiness   Allah, the Exalted, said in Suratul Ma’idah, Ayah 38, what means: “Cut the hands of the male and female thieves as a punishment from Allah for what they did.” Stealing is to take another person’s belongings or money stealthily, and without the owner’s approval. This is a sin and a harmful illness in the society. When a person has weak faith, and sees someone else’s belongings or money, he may be tempted to take part of it. For example, this person may say to himself, “I will take only a small amount of it; the owner is rich and he will not miss the small amount I have taken.” Also, he may say to himself, “If the money box is open in front of me, then I will take from it what I want and no one will know about it.” He may also...

Honesty and Lying-Grade 4

Honesty and Lying       Al-Bukhariyy and Muslim related that the Prophet, may Allah raise his rank, said what means: “Truthfulness leads to piety and piety leads to Paradise. The Muslim who continues to be truthful will then be recorded in the book of Allah as a truthful person. Lying leads to bad deeds and bad deeds lead to hellfire. The Muslim who continues to lie will be recorded in the book of Allah as a liar.” In this honorable saying, the Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, urged us to speak the truth and warned us against lying. Lying is saying what is different from the truth. This act is forbidden, whether it is done in a serious or in a joking manner. If a Muslim knowingly says what is different from the truth, then he has fallen into the sin of...

Insincerity-Grade 4

Insincerity   Ahmad ibn Hanbal related that the Prophet, may Allah raise his rank, said what means: “Certainly, I fear most for you to commit the smaller shirk.” The Companions asked, “What is the smaller shirk?” The Messenger of Allah answered, “Insincerity.” Insincerity is doing the good deed to gain praise from the people. This is the opposite of sincerity in obeying Allah. Sincerity is performing acts of worship and obeying Allah to gain His reward alone. Al-Bukhariyy and Muslim related that the Prophet, may Allah raise his rank said, what means: “The good deeds are accepted when done with proper intentions.” So, if the pubescent Muslim does the prayers so that the people will say good things about him, such as “This person prays a lot” or “This person...