Verily I have sins which I do not see!

A man from the believers, a person of Tawheed, will be brought forth on the Day of Judgment. It will be said:

اعْرِضُوا عَلَيْهِ صِغَارَ ذُنُوبِهِ وَيُخَبَّأُ عَنْهُ كِبَارُهَا ، فَيُقَالُ لَهُ :عَمِلْتَ يَوْمَ كَذَا وَكَذَا , كَذَا، وَهُوَ مُقِرٌّ, لا يُنْكِرُ، وَهُوَ مُشْفِقٌ مِنْ كِبَارِهَا

Present to him his minor sins and conceal from him his major sins. Thus it will be said to him: On this day you did such and such, and this and that. And he will affirm that and he will not deny it. And he will be afraid lest his major sins be presented.
His minor actions will be presented to him, his minor sins. On this day you did such and such, and this and that. And he will affirm that and he will not deny these sins. But his heart will be terrified that his major sins will be mentioned; full of fear from his major sins.

فَيُقَالُ : أَعْطُوهُ مَكَانَ كُلِّ سَيِّئَةٍ عَمِلَهَا حَسَنَةً

It will be said: Give him in place of every sin he did; a good deed.
It will be said: Give him in place of every sin he did; a good deed. Allah will pardon his sins and honor him by replacing them with good deeds..

فَيَقُولُ : إِنَّ لِي ذُنُوبًا مَا أَرَاهَا

Thus he will say: Verily I have sins which I do not see!
After he had been terrified that his major sins would be mentioned, he began to hope they would be mentioned so they would be replaced with good deeds.
So when the Prophet (Sall Allaahu ‘alaihi wassallam) mentioned that:

ضَحِكَ حَتَّى بَدَتْ نَوَاجِذُهُ

He smiled until his molar teeth became visible.
This was due to the situation of this man. He was terrified, petrified, frightened that his major sins would be mentioned. But when he saw the generosity of Allah, he desired them, so he started to look for them. He said: ‘Verily I have sins which I do not see.’

Meaning: the major sins which were concealed from him. He said this so his major sins could be exchanged for good deeds. So the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam smiled about that until his molar teeth became visible.
This hadith has been collected by Imaam Ahmad in his Musnad. And it has been declared authentic by Al Albani.

Delivered by – Shaykh Sulaymaan Ar-Ruhaylee
Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee


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…May Allah give us a better understanding & guide us to accept the truth

Prostitutes and Wine

part : 1

Sultan Murad IV, the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1623-1640, would often anonymously go into the midst of the people and see their state. One evening, he felt an uneasiness in himself and the urge to go out. He called for his head of security and and out they went.They came to a busy vicinity,and found a man lying on the ground. The Sultan prodded him but he was dead and the people were going about their own business. Nobody seemed to care about the dead man lying on the ground.

The Sultan called upon the people. they didn’t recognise him and asked him what he wanted. He said, “Why is this man lying dead on the ground and why does no one seem to care?

Where is his family?”They replied, “He is so and so, the drunkard and fornicator!”

The Sultan said, “Is he not from the Ummah of Prophet Muhammed Mustafa Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam ? Now help me carry him to his house”The people carried the dead man with the Sultan to his house and once they reached, they all left. The Sultan and his assistant remained.

When the man’s wife saw his dead body, she began weeping. She said to his dead body, “Allah have mercy on you! O friend of Allah! I bear witness that you are from the pious ones.

“The Sultan was bewildered. He said, “How is he from the pious ones when the people say such and such things about him. So much so that no one even cared he was dead?”

She replied, “I was expecting that. My husband would go to the tavern every night and buy as much wine as he could. He would then bring it home and pour it all down the drain. He would then say, “I saved the Muslims a little today.” He would then go to a prostitute, give her some money and tell her to close her door till the morning. He would then return home for a second time and say, “Today I saved a young woman and the youth of the believers from vice.”

cont….                             part : 2

The people would see him buy wine and they would see him go to the prostitutes and they would consequently talk about him. One day I said to him, “When you die, there will be no one to bathe you, there will be no one to pray over you and there will be no one to bury you!”

He laughed and replied, “Don’t fear, the Sultan of the believers, along with the pious ones shall pray over my body.”The Sultan began crying. He said, “By Allah! He has said the truth, for I am Sultan Murad. Tomorrow we shall bathe him, pray over him and bury him.” And it so happened that the Sultan, the scholars, the pious people and the masses prayed over him.
LESSON :
We judge people by what we see and what we hear from others. Only if we were to see what was concealed in their hearts, a secret between them and their Lord.
ADMONITION
“O you who believe, abstain from many of the suspicions. Some suspicions are sins. And do not be curious (to find out faults of others), and do not backbite one another. Does one of you like that he eats the flesh of his dead brother? You would abhor it. And fear Allah. Surely Allah is Most-Relenting, Very-Merciful.” (49:12)


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…May Allah give us a better understanding & guide us to accept the truth

May Allāh Have Mercy Upon The One Who Knows His Level

Bismillāh wa -Alhamdulillāh wassalātu wa Salām ‘alā Rasūlillāh ‘amma ba’d.
If you know O servant of Allāh that you were created from nothing but dirt and will return to dirt, you should not put yourself above your level and give yourself any status you do not deserve. If you know this you would know that this only returns to the affair of Tawḥīd. That a person is only as good as he is in actions in worshipping his Lord and the only reason each person was created was to single out his Lord in worship. If you know this, it would cause you to fear giving your weak self any status it does not deserve or any position it has not earned. Allāh has made signs for the people of Īmān and signs for the people of arrogance. Allāh has made punishments for those who are arrogant on the earth without right just as He has made rewards for those who are humble. From the greatest of punishments for those who are arrogant is as Allāh said:
“I shall turn away from My Āyāt (verses of the Qur’ān) those who behave arrogantly on the earth, without a right, and (even) if they see all the Āyāt (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), they will not believe in them. And if they see the way of righteousness (monotheism, piety, and good deeds), they will not adopt it as the Way, but if they see the way of error (polytheism, crimes and evil deeds), they will adopt that way, that is because they have rejected Our Āyāt (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) and were heedless (to learn a lesson) from them.”
The signs that Allāh will turn away from the arrogant people are both the signs in nature, which are evidence to His Oneness and likewise the signs and verses of His Book. He will turn them away such that they will look at the evidence all around them in nature, which point to the fact that the Creator is One and that He alone should be worshipped, they could have the evidence right in front of them in the Qur’ān and read it but not understand it. Because of their arrogance Allāh would turn their hearts away from pondering the truth, and this is the greatest of punishments – having a blind heart; having a covering over the heart such that the truth is presented to a person and they cannot even recognize it.
What is befitting for the servant to keep in mind is that he is a slave who has been commanded to make his entire life for the Sake of Allāh. He was created to worship his Lord and he was not created to have arrogance and make himself better than others or try to become the ruler over others and compel others. Whenever someone’s soul whispers to him that he is better than others and he has these thoughts of arrogance, he is to remember how great Allāh is. That He (Allāh) is the Only One Who is worthy of this Greatness, and by doing so the person humbles himself.
Take a minute and ponder with me, O my brother about the story of Qārūn and how he was arrogant and thought he was better than everyone else. Allāh mentions his story in Sūrah Qaṣa
After mentioning this story Allāh reminds His servants and gives them a get principle when He said:
“That home of the Hereafter (i.e. Paradise), We shall assign to those who rebel not against the truth with pride and oppression in the land nor do mischief by committing crimes. And the good end is for the Muttaqūn.”
We ask Allāh to make us all from those who are humble for the Sake of Allāh and who are humble towards the servants of Allāh. And we ask Allāh to make us from those who love Him and those whom He loves.

Excerpts from tele-lecture by Shaykh Haamid Ibn Khamīs al-Junaybī (May Allāh Preserve Him)
Host: Muwahhideen publications


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…May Allah give us a better understanding & guide us to accept the truth

In The Midst Of Their Enjoyment They Were Plunged Into Destruction

Bismillah wa -Alhamdulillah wa Salaatu wa Salaam ‘alaa Rasulillah ‘amma ba’d.
“So, when they forgot (the warning) with which they had been reminded, We opened to them the gates of every (pleasant) thing, until in the midst of their enjoyment in that which they were given, all of a sudden, We took them to punishment, and lo! They were plunged into destruction with deep regrets and sorrows.” [al-An’aam 6:44]
When the people of Eemaan hear this verse their skin trembles out of fear because they are living and enjoying the blessings of Allah and they do not know if they have truly thanked Allah for those blessings. So we fear that this aayah might apply to us for not giving thanks for those blessings bestowed upon us.
Istidraaj refers to when Allah continuously bestows blessings upon a person in order to lead them further into sins due to them not being thankful. Allah performs this action to whomever He wants, whenever He wants and the worse type is that which incurs Allah’s anger. This is when the person does something to incur the anger of Allah, despite the fact that He is the One Who brought him to life and He is the One who will cause him to die.

The greatest type of Istidraaj is a person falling into shirk, which is without doubt the greatest of all sins. Allah continuously pours out blessings upon His servant to the extent that he cannot enumerate them, yet he takes these blessings and uses them for the purpose of other than pleasing Allah.
“So, when they forgot (the warning) with which they had been reminded” – evidence that Allah has established the burden of proof and clarified the message to the creation but some were caused to forget the message due to their own sins.
Allah punishes His servant with whatever He wishes and He has a great wisdom in doing that. The greatest punishment is causing the heart of the servant to be negligent and forgetful of the remembrance of its Lord.

Allah pours out His blessings upon His servants and despite that many of them are forgetful of these blessings and they do not remember their Lord so they live in a state of heedlessness, just like an animal. O my blessed brother, you should know that if a person falls into a state such as this, he has fallen into the greatest and worst type of Istidraaj.
How does a Muslim know if the blessings he is enjoying is actually Istidraaj? The answer: If a person uses the blessings of Allah to worship and be obedient to Him and to do what is permissible, then he is giving thanks for the blessings of Allah. However, if he uses these blessings for other than worshipping Allah and they distract him from the remembrance of his Lord, then he should know that these blessings are Istidraaj.

We ask Allah Al-‘Adheem, Rabbul ‘Arsh al-‘Adheem not to make us of those who use His blessings to incur His anger by way of Istidraaj.

Excerpts from the tele-lecture delivered by Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awaaji al-Muhjari


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…May Allah give us a better understanding & guide us to accept the truth

THE BITTER TRUTH – WHAT KIND OF PARENT/MUSLIM ARE YOU?

You make the so called western education attractive to your children but relegate Islamic/Quranic education to the very tail end.

You spend thousands of naira on school fees annually but would not pay their little islamiya fee.

You buy many school uniforms for your child but have just one for Islamiya.

You make them look polished while going to school but remain shabby when going to islamiya

You cook all sort of foods for them to take to school but as for islamiya they should drink from the tap if available

You drive them to and from school but they must trek to islamiya

You buy so many textbooks for them but cannot afford common bagadadi for them

You get home lesson teachers for them but  not concerned about their improvement in Qur’anic education

Your children sit on comfortable chairs and learn under AC in school but will have to learn Quran on bare floor and you are not touched

You send your children to study history in Harvard but can not afford to send them to Madina to learn Hadiths

You go to see your children teachers to know how fast they are learning but if islamiya invites you to discuss your child, the mallam is ignored

You attend every graduation in your child’s school but cannot attend walimats in islamiya

Now ask yourself how many islamic books your children have?

you want your children to be like western professors and not like ibn Abbas, Ali, Umar, Uthman and host of others

You want your child to be head boy and not muazin like Bilal

what kind of parents are you?

Your child spends 8 to 9 hours in school daily but an hour in islamiya

dear, i have not judged you by this but only reminded you of what you know and do

for there is only one judge i.e Allah and certainly just one day of judgement and indeed cannot be today.

non Muslims will not read the Quran or hadith but they will read you. Whatever you do is Islam to them. so present Islam in its original form.

may Allah make you understand this better than i have struggled to explain.


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…May Allah give us a better understanding & guide us to accept the truth