2/10/12 I am Content

It was related on the authority of Abu Hurairah, radiyallahu ‘anhu, that the Prophet,sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, said:

 

Whosoever relieves from a believer some grief pertaining to this world, Allah will relieve from him some grief pertaining to the Hereafter. Whosoever alleviates the difficulties of a needy person who cannot pay his debt, Allah will alleviate his difficulties in both this world and the Hereafter. Whosoever conceals the faults of a Muslim, Allah will conceal his faults in this world and the Hereafter. Allah will aid a servant (of His) so long as the servant aids his brother. Whosoever follows a path to seek knowledge therein, Allah will make easy for him a path to Paradise. No people gather together in one of the houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah and studying it among themselves, except that tranquility descends upon them, mercy covers them, the angels surround them, and Allah makes mention of them amongst those who are in His presence. Whosoever is slowed down by his deeds will not be hastened forward by his lineage.”

So remember our first intention in all deeds should be to please Allah, and in gathering here today, inshallah the Angels will surround us and Allah will mention us subhanAllah, just coming here is an act of worship and has barakh in it.

The Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said “Whoever says ‘I am pleased with Allah as my Lord, Islam as my religion and Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) as my Prophet’ paradise becomes compulsory for them. 12- رَضيـتُ بِاللهِ رَبَّـاً وَبِالإسْلامِ ديـناً وَبِمُحَـمَّدٍ صلى الله عليه 

Radeetu billahi rabban wabil-islami deenan wabiMuhammadin peace be upon to him nabiyya.

[Abu Dawud – Classed as Sahih by Sh Al-Albaani]

This hadith shows the mercy of Allah Almighty whereby He Subhanhu Wa Ta’ala gives such great reward and makes paradise compulsory for a person in return for such a small action which requires little effort.

This does not mean that the utterance of these words is sufficient,  act

worshipping Allah Almighty alone and making Him unique in Lordship, Worship and in His names and attributes

following the Shariah of Islam

the Sunnah of the Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) and taking his path and rejecting all other paths

What is contentment?

you must also be pleased with Allah’s commandments and decrees.

When you are selective in your belief in pre-ordainment, your belief is incorrect. Being selective means to be pleased and contented with only those decrees that are compatible with your desires, while complaining against and begrudging those decrees that go against your desires.

Some people would be pleased with their Lord when things were easy, but they would begrudge His decrees when things became tough, and Allah said about them:

If good befalls him, he is content therewith; but if trial befalls him, he turns back on his face [i.e. reverts back to disbelief after embracing Islam]. He loses both this world and the Hereafter.  (Qur’an 22: 11)

The Desert Arabs announced their Islam openly, and when they found ease and profit in what was revealed, they would say, “This is a good religion.” They would then obey commandments and observe their religious duties. But when they found the opposite – draught and poverty, for example ______ they would turn away in disdain, abandoning their religion. The one who practices Islam in this way always expects ease in fulfilling his personal desires.

The Messenger of Allah (bpuh) distributed the spoils of war after the battle of Hunayn. He gave most of the spoils to the chiefs of different tribes and to those Arabs who were late or slow in accepting Islam. He excluded the Ansaar, confident in the degree of contentment and faith that each one of them had.

“Are you not contented that the people are leaving with camels and sheep while you are leaving with the Messenger of Allah! The Ansaar are (like) inner garments (for me) while others are like outer- May Allah have mercy on the Ansaar, the children of the Ansaar, and the grandchildren of the Ansaar. If all people were to tread in a valley or a mountain pass, while the Ansaar traveled through another valley or mountain pass_ I would tread the mountain pass and valley of the Ansaar.”

They were then satisfied; pleasure and tranquility descended upon them. Moreover. Allah and His Messenger (bpuh) were pleased with them.

This shows what being “pleased” with our deen, prophet and Lord really means,Those who truly find Allah’s pleasure will not then trade it for even the entire world; there is nothing comparable to the reward of Allah’s pleasure.

The seerah also demonstrates what contentment means.

The level of the Prophet’s contentment and pleasure with his Lord is beyond our ability to describe. He was pleased with his Lord in richness and in poverty, in health and in sickness, in harsh circumstances and in comfort.

He experienced the bitterness and sadness of being an orphan. At times in his life he could not so much as find the pit of a date to eat; to alleviate the pangs of hunger, he (bpuh) would tie a stone around his stomach. He had to leave his armor with a Jew as collateral in order to borrow wheat from him. His bed was straw, which would poke into his side and cause pain. Sometimes three whole days passed before he managed to find anything to eat

During this period, both his uncle Abu Taaliband his wife Khadeejah (may Allah be pleased with her) died. The Quraysh inflicted all kinds of punishment upon him and his followers. His people slandered him, accusing him of being a liar, a magician, a soothsayer, a madman, and a poet.

He was pleased with his Lord even on the day that he was driven out of Makkah, the city wherein he played as a child and grew up as a young man. Turning towards Makkah, his eyes swelled with tears and he said

:”You are the most beloved of Allah’s lands to me. If your dwellers had not expelled me from you, I would not have left.”

when he went to Ta’aif to deliver his noble message, and instead of receiving a welcome, he was greeted with stones that were thrown at him and that made his feet bleed.

The Messenger of Allah (bpuh) was wounded in the battle of Uhud, his uncle was killed, many of his Companions were slaughtered, but imdiately after the battle he said:

“Line up behind me so that I can praise my Lord.”

In short, at every moment of his life, he was pleased with his Lord

But We are not like the Prophet sas and the companions in this time? 

Aafia siddique

Then she reminded the judge

, “No one here is in charge of my sentencing except for Allah. None of what you all decide for me matters. I am content with Allah’s Decision. I’m happy and you can’t change that. All thanks to Allah.”

This strong woman got a little emotional when she mentioned a mother’s concern for her kids. She told us

, “If you want to save humanity, get rid of child imprisonment.  Help other innocent prisoners. Don’t waste your efforts and money on me. The money you spend on me is not used for your desired change. Lord knows what happens to that money. I’m stuck with these people as my decision-makers. You won’t get to alleviate my conditions. But I’m very content as is. Don’t cry over my case. God wants me to survive so I am here.”

At the end of an out-of-this-world hearing, when the judge was wrapping up his 86 year sentence on Aafia, Aafia brought up the 6th verse in the 49th chapter of the Quran

, “O you who believe! If a rebellious evil person comes to you with a news, verify it, lest you harm people in ignorance, and afterwards you become regretful to what you have done.” 

She then asked all the people present in the court and her supporters outside of court that they have mercy on and forgive the prosecutors and defendants and Judge Berman.

Komal Rasheed  – a girl just like us

. She had made a duaa’, asking Allah the Almighty to raise her in rank, purify her and bring her close to Him and soon after, she received the news about her cancer. Despite the pain and the rarity of her condition, she was very patient, content and even thankful to Allah. ‘Allah tests those whom He loves most’, ‘you have no idea how content I am with my cancer. Allah has chosen me’-

these were her words said often, particularly when her guests cried. Mostly remembered was her constant saying of ‘Alhamdulila’ (praise be to Allah) when she was in the Intensive Care Unit, while being heavily sedated. She used to also shout,

Laa hawla walaa quata ila billah’ 

when she went through moments of sudden and severe pain. Additionally, while being sedated in the ICU, she would ask for updates about the situation in Syria and would make duaa for the Muslims and say, ‘At least I get the medical care.’ What is more is that she would remember to pray ‘Asr while being sedated and would say the takbeer and lift her hands up.

Komal was one of those who prayed tahajud almost daily during her life, and in fact, the very last thing she did just before she fell into the final coma, was prayed two rakaat of tahajud at 1am.

The last few days of her life were very difficult for her family and friends. Her condition suddenly deteriorated at midnight and she asked the nurses to call her parents to come over to the hospital and they came rushing. She then said to her mother,

Mum, take me home. I am not going to make it. Life and death are in the hands of Allah. These doctors can’t do anything to save me.

Little did everyone know that she was going to die in two days time. Her mother, feeling desperate to help her daughter refused to take her home. She then sat beside Komal and watched her fall asleep. In her sleep, Komal began smiling, lifting her arm up and pointing with her finger saying ‘Look, rivers of honey and milk, trees of apples and bananas.’ It was very rare to see her smile at that time as she was in severe pain as her cancer was spreading. Her mother was bewildered, and tried to wake her up, but Komal replied with an assertive voice, ‘No, I’m happy’. She woke up after and refused to talk about her dream despite being asked about it. Komal passed away two days after this incident.

 Also there is another relevance to this hadith

” The soul will be joined with its body, and two angels will come to him, sit him up and ask him, “Who is your Lord” He will say, “Allah is my Lord.” They will ask him, “What is your religion” He will say, “My religion is Islam.” They will say to him, “What do you say about this man (Prophet Muhammad) who was sent to you” He will say, “He is the Messenger of Allah.” They will ask him, “And what proof do you have about it” He will say, “I read the Book of Allah (the Qur’an), and had faith and belief in him.” Then, a caller (Allah) will herald from heaven, “My servant has said the truth. Therefore, furnish him from Paradise, and let him wear from (the clothes of) Paradise, and open a door for him to Paradise.”

﴾His soul will be returned to his body, and two angels will come to him, sit him up and ask him, “Who is your Lord” He will say, “Oh, oh! I do not know.” They will ask him, “What is your religion”, and he will say, “Oh, oh! I do not know.” They will ask him, “What do you say about this man (Prophet Muhammad) who was sent to you” He will say, “Oh, oh, I do not know!” A caller (Allah) will herald from heaven, “My servant has lied, so furnish him with the Fire and open a door for him to the Fire.”

These words also Gives us a sense of security through an Islamic Identity, not through material possessions, family lineage, beauty, or race etc.

Verily in the rememberance of Allah do hearts find rest.

The benefits of reciting this dhikr is also mentioned in other hadith:

  • 1. There is no Muslim servant who says in the morning and the evening three times: I am pleased  with Allah as my Rabb, and with Islam as my religion and with Muhammed(sws) as a Prophet, except that it will be a right upon Allah to please him on the Day of Judgement.” [Ahmed, Abu Dawood 5072, Ibn Maajah, Tirmidhi. Classified as Saheeh by al-Haakim, an-Nawawi, ath-Thahabi & classified as Hassan by ibn Hajar & Ibn Baaz in ‘Tuhfatul-akhyaar. Classified as weak by al-Albaani in Dhaeef al Jami 5734]
  • 2. Narrated Abu Said al-Khudri(ra), the Messenger of Allah(sws) addressed him saying: Oh Aba Said! Whoever ispleased with Allah as his Lord, with Islam as his religion and with Muhammed(sws) as a Prophet, Jannah would be mandatory for him”. [Saheeh Muslim 1884]
  • 3. “Whoever says in the morning: “I am pleased…(the same statement), then I will be his guarantor and indeed I will take him by his hand until I help him enter Jannah.” [Classified as Saheeh by al-Albaani 2686 & classified as Hassan by al-Haithami & al-Munthiri]
  • 4. “Whoever says when he hears the Adhan: And I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, Him Alone without any partner and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger.  I am pleased with Allah as my lord, with Muhammad as a Messenger and with Islam as my religion. His sins will be forgiven.” [Saheeh Muslim 386]

Radeetu billahi rabban wabil-islami deenan wabiMuhammadin peace be upon to him nabiya

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