I feel great going through Kitab-ul-Iman of Bukhari. Iman and spirits are high! Alhamdulillah. =)
The best part is that we only need to do small things to achieve the high levels of Iman. For example, yesterday it was about controlling your thoughts and actions. Today, it’s about… Well, let’s find out..
Volume 1, Book 2, Number 9:
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr:
The Prophet (SAW) said, “A Muslim is the one who avoids harming Muslims with his tongue and hands. And a Muhajir (emigrant) is the one who gives up (abandons) all what Allah has forbidden.”
The first half of this hadith needs no explanation. Had we been acting on it, we would have been alien to ‘suicide-bombing’. Though we’re talking about keeping our fellow Muslims safe, this in no terms gives us a license to harm other non-Muslims. For a Muslim always live in harmony with everyone. As for the second half of this hadith, I’m sharing the reflections of a Qur’an student on this topic.
We are all slaves to our soul, so let’s migrate, because the person who moves away from his sins, is also considered a Muhajir (emigrant). Furthermore, changing our day-to-day habits is also considered a migration. So let’s migrate.
Let’s migrate from the slavery to our souls to the obedience of Allah (s.w.t.); let’s migrate from lies and falsehood towards speaking and acting on truth.
Let’s migrate from pride and arrogance to humility and humbleness;
let’s migrate from a complaining attitude to one of patience.
Let’s migrate from laziness to being proactive.
Let’s migrate from depression and gloom to cheerfulness and positive thinking.
Let’s migrate from backbiting to good advice.
Let’s migrate from committing sins to repenting from our sins.
Let’s migrate from deception to honesty and keeping our trust.
Let’s migrate from anger and rage to pardoning and forgiveness.
Let’s migrate from impatience to patience. Let’s migrate from the fear of people to the fear of Allah.
Every year we establish new year resolutions for ourselves, such as making the best use of our time, or taking Quran classes or teaching others what we know. However, the devil is our biggest enemy who deceives us and prevents us from being productive and makes us waste our time elsewhere.
But instead of wasting even more time in regrets and blames, let us thank Allah that we are still alive and we still have time, so we should all, right now, at this moment, make the intention to free ourselves from the chains of our desires and strengthen our souls by the remembrance and obedience of Allah.
Edited by Saadia Humayun