Respecting the Muslim-Grade 5

Respecting the Muslim Allah created the human being in the best of forms. He made him benefit from what is in the sky and Earth. He endowed upon him a mind, tongue, lips, eyes and ears so that one uses these organs in the accepted way to please Allah, i.e., to obey him and perform obedience to Him. Allah, ta^ala, said in the Qur’an, Ayah 3 of Suratut-Taghabun, what means: “Allah created you having a good shape. To Him is the return.” Allah gave the Muslim a merit over others, because he has fulfilled the greatest obligation, which is believing in Allah and stating that Allah is clear of having partners. The Muslim has several rights. The Religion has urged us to respect the Muslim and not to demean him. The Religion also made hurting a Muslim a sin for which one...

Immense Hurting of the Parents-Grade 5

Immense Hurting of the Parents (^Uquq) Hurting one’s parents immensely is among the major sins. Allah threatened the one who does it with severe torture in Hellfire. This means to harm either or both parents immensely—in other words, causing them a lot of pain. Hurting one’s parents is unlawful whether it is severe or light. Among the examples of harming one’s parents is to curse, or insult them both or either one. Among what is also considered unlawful is if the son obeys his mother in doing injustice to his father, or vice versa. It does not benefit him if he obeyed his mother and yet harmed his father, because there should be no obedience to a human by disobeying Allah, the Creator. In summary, helping either parent in doing injustice to the other is sinful....

The Forbidden Games-Grade 5

The Forbidden Games and Depicting That Which Has a Soul Among the sins of the hand is playing the many unlawful games. Among them are dice, cards, and the like. These games are prohibited because they rely on guessing, not on thinking and calculating. These prohibited games result in fights among people and other evil things. Regarding throwing dice, also called nardashir, as it was made for the first Persian king, it was related by Abu Dawud and Ibn Majah that the Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said what means: “The one who plays with dice is similar to the one who submerges his hand in the flesh and blood of a pig.” In addition, playing cards is forbidden, just like playing with dice, because every game that is based on guessing and chance, but not on...

The Merit of Knowledge-Grade 5

The Merit of Knowledge and Abiding By It In a Hadith related by al-Bayhaqiyy, the Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said what means: “Seeking the [obligatory] religious knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim.” Learning the Religious knowledge is among the best things that one may spend one’s time doing. The safe path that protects a person and his family from Hellfire is by learning the Islamic knowledge; in other words, learning what Allah made obligatory upon us and learning what Allah ordered us to avoid. Allah, ta^ala, said in the Qur’an, Ayah 11 of Suratul-Mujadalah, what means: “Allah raises to higher ranks the believers and those of (Islamic) knowledge.” It was also related by al-Bukhariyy that the Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said...

Lying-Grade 5

Lying   Lying is among the sins of the tongue. It is to utter false information while knowing that what one is saying is not the truth. It is sinful whether done seriously or jokingly. Al-Bayhaqiyy related that the Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said what means: “Lying is not good, whether in seriousness or joking.” Ibn Majah related that the Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, also said: what means: “Do not ever lie, because lying leads to very abhorrent sins, and those in turn lead to Hellfire. One keeps on lying and seeks to do that until one is recorded as a liar in some books of Allah.” There are many things that are among the sins of the tongue and fall under the category of lying. They include: swearing by Allah to a lie, false testimony,...

The Obligatory Ties of Kinship-Grade 5

Severing the Obligatory Ties of Kinship   Severing the ties of kinship is among the sins of the body, and also a major sin. This is done by breaking the hearts of the relatives by refusing to be good-hearted financially if they need money, or by leaving out visiting them without an excuse. If one usually helps one’s relatives, then one lost the money, or one found a more urgent need for it, then one would not be sinful for not offering it to one’s relatives. Allah, ta^ala, said in the Qur’an, in Ayahs 22-23 of Surat Muhammad, what means: “Dispraise those who blaspheme and cut off the ties of kinship.” Also, al-Bukhariyy related that the Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said what means: “The one who severs the ties with the relatives will not be among...

Gossip and Fabrication-Grade 5

Gossip, Fabrication and Tale-Bearing   Allah, ta^ala, said in the Qur’an, Ayah 8 of Surat Qaf, what means: “Whatever one says, be it good or evil, two angels Raqib and ^Atid write it.” The wise person should be keen to protect his tongue from everything that is evil. Among what is evil is: gossip, fabrication, and tale-bearing. These three matters are among the sins of the tongue and are bad habits. At-Tabaraniyy confirmed that one of the Companions addressed his tongue by saying what means: “O tongue, say what is good and you will gain, and keep silent about what is bad before you regret it. I heard the Messenger of Allah saying: ‘Most of the human’s sins are from his tongue.’” Gossip means to mention a matter related to a Muslim in his absence in a way...

Arrogance, Enmity and Envy-Grade 5

Arrogance, Enmity and Envy   Arrogance and having enmity for, and envy of, Muslims are all sins of the heart. These are bad attributes, of which many people are unaware, because they do not know what they are or how to avoid them. Arrogance is to reject the truth and to look down on people. In a Hadith related by Muslim, the Prophet, may God raise his rank, said what means: “Arrogance is rejecting the truth and looking down on others.” What is understood from this hadith is that arrogance is rejecting what one knows is right, because the person saying it is young, poor, a student, or weak. Looking down on people is like being arrogant with a poor person, because he is poor. Thus, the arrogant refuses to speak with him or talks to him in a haughty way....

Loving God and His Messenger-Grade 5

Loving God and His Messenger   Love and hate are among the actions of the heart. It is obligatory upon the pubescent person to use these two emotions in accordance with the rules of the Religion. One must love Allah and what is in accordance with the rules of Islam. Also, one must hate the devil and what he whispers of sinful matters. The pubescent person is obligated to love Allah, His Qur’an, and His Prophet. This is done by following the orders of Islam and avoiding its unlawful matters. Allah, ta^ala said in Ayah 31 of Suratu Al ^Imran what means: “Say (O Muhammad): If you love Allah, then follow me, and Allah will love you.” This is an essential part of believing in Allah, what He revealed, and believing in the Prophet and what he brought. The doubt in...

Subjugating Oneself to Allah-Grade 5

Patience and Subjugating Oneself to Allah   Allah, ta^ala, said in the Qur’an, Ayah 153 of Suratul-Baqarah, what means: “Strengthen yourselves by patience and prayer, and know that God supports the patient people.” Patience is among the obligations of the heart. It is of three kinds: 1-   Patience in performing what Allah made obligatory; 2-   Patience in avoiding what Allah made unlawful; 3-   Patience with hardships and calamities Patience in performing the obligations is forcing oneself to perform the obligations like praying on time, fasting the month of Ramadan, attending the circles of knowledge to learn the Islamic obligatory knowledge, and other obligations, even if one feels lazy to do them. Patience in avoiding what Allah made unlawful is...

Sincerity in Obedience-Grade 5

Sincerity in Obedience, Insincerity in Performing the Good Deeds and Priding Oneself in Obeying God   Sincerity in obeying Allah is among the obligations of the heart. It is also one of the good characteristics. Sincerity in obeying Allah is doing the good deeds for the sake of Allah only. It is not doing them seeking the praise and respect of people. Allah made sincerity a condition for the acceptance of the good deeds. Allah, ta^ala, said in the Qur’an, Ayah 110 of Suratul-Kahf, what means: “Let the one who believes in the Day of Judgment do good deeds without seeking the praise of the people by doing so.” The sincere person is the one who performs the good deeds—be it praying, fasting, Hajj, Zakah, or reciting Qur’an—seeking the reward from Allah, and not...

Islamic Manners 2/2 – Grade 5

Lesson 6 Severing the Obligatory Ties of Kinship     Severing the ties of kinship is among the sins of the body, and also a major sin. This is done by breaking the hearts of the relatives by refusing to be good-hearted financially if they need money, or by leaving out visiting them without an excuse. If one usually helps one’s relatives, then one lost the money, or one found a more urgent need for it, then one would not be sinful for not offering it to one’s relatives. Allah, ta^ala, said in the Qur’an, in Ayahs 22-23 of Surat Muhammad, what means: “Dispraise those who blaspheme and cut off the ties of kinship.” Also, al-Bukhariyy related that the Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said what means: “The one who severs the ties with the relatives...

Islamic Manners 1/2 – Grade 5

Lesson 1 Sincerity in Obedience, Insincerity in Performing the Good Deeds and Priding Oneself in Obeying God       Sincerity in obeying Allah is among the obligations of the heart. It is also one of the good characteristics. Sincerity in obeying Allah is doing the good deeds for the sake of Allah only. It is not doing them seeking the praise and respect of people. Allah made sincerity a condition for the acceptance of the good deeds. Allah, ta^ala, said in the Qur’an, Ayah 110 of Suratul-Kahf, what means: “Let the one who believes in the Day of Judgment do good deeds without seeking the praise of the people by doing so.” The sincere person is the one who performs the good deeds—be it praying, fasting, Hajj, Zakah, or reciting Qur’an—seeking the...

Islamic Manners – Grade 4

Lesson 1 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...