Ramadan: Ayah of the Day #7

Subhan Allah a week is already gone by! Time flies so soon. Make sure you make the best of it. Stop procrastinating your Ramadan goals for tomorrow, push yourself to make them happen today and make duaa for Allah to bless us in time and productivity. Ameen. Because before you know it, we will be celebrating Eid,Β in sha Allah πŸ™‚ It is just three weeks away!

Therefore remind (men) in case the reminder profits (them).

(Al Al’a 87:9)

Today we have this wonderful ayah from Surah Al Al’a which reminds us of our right on others, on humanity as a whole. Allah swt says, that we should remind each other; men and women, friends and strangers, family, everyone whom you know and can. Remind them, so that they may profit from it.

What to remind others of? Thats what you are thinking, right. Well, the answer is everything. Everything that is good and of benefit. First, know that our actual goal of life and a higher purpose in duniya is to worship Allah and work to attain a place in Jannah. Therefore first reminders should be relating to this goal. Whatever beneficial information you know of your deen, Islam, Sunnah and Quran, you should convey it to others. Not as a dictator, of course, but as a reminder, being humble and sincere. Not to show them that you know, more than them, but to share what you have learned, so that it may profit them too. In Islam, sincerity of intention is more important than the act of doing the deed itself. We are, as Muslims, rewarded for our intentions first and foremost.

You can only be a source of guidance to someone, not an enforcer of faith on others. Guidance comes from Allah swt alone. So have your intentions right and share from whatever little or vast knowledge bank you have. Just share it! With sincere intentions of seeking Allah swt’s pleasure and being of benefit to someone. Who knows, that a reminder from you, can become a source of guidance for someone or a means of improvement in someone’s faith. And even better a means of repentance for someone who have gone away far from their deen. We are after all one Ummah. We are brothers and sisters, and who better to help and remind than each other.

The only thing you need to take care of in this regard is to remind and share with others, the knowledge of Islam, Quran and Sunnah, only which is authentic. So be sure of what you are reminding others of and sharing with others. But this should not prevent you from sharing. Confirm it, check it first for your own benefit as well as for others. Do your homework. It should in sha Allah benefit you as well as them. May Allah swt make it easy for us all and keep us firm on the path of truth. Ameen.

The Prophet (pbuh) said, “Convey (my teachings) to the people even if it were a single sentence, and tell others the stories of Bani Israel (which have been taught to you), for it is not sinful to do so. And whoever tells a lie on me intentionally, will surely take his place in the (Hell) Fire.” (Bukhari 3461)
Second, this Ayaah is as much applicable to the worldly knowledge we have as it is to the religious one. If you know something of use, of benefit to the whole of humanity or to a smaller circle of people around you, be foremost in sharing it. Don’t keep it to yourself. Your knowledge only increases with sharing, it doesn’t go away. We know people, specially women, these days, men too actually, are very stringent when it comes to sharing what they know. Perhaps a recipe of a delicious cake, or some productivity tip in office that everyone could use πŸ˜‰ Okay, it is something you discovered and is benefiting you, but sharing it with others will do you less harm than it will bring you good. Trust me. Be that kind of people, people! For Allah swt’s sake πŸ™‚
Sharing knowledge is a form of Sadaqah. If someone benefits from what you know and taught him, it will be added to your book of good deeds. And it doesn’t stop at that. As long as they and the other people keep benefiting from it, the reward in your book will go on increasing biiznillah.

 

Abu Huraira reported, Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) as saying: When a man dies, his acts come to an end, but three, recurring charity or knowledge (by which people) benefit, or a pious son, who prays for him (for the deceased). (Muslim; 13:4005)

Also, this hadeeth is further detailed as:

Ibn Maajah (242) narrated that Abu Hurayrah said: β€œThe good deeds that will reach a believer after his death are: knowledge which he learned and then spread; a righteous son whom he leaves behind; a copy of the Quran that he leaves as a legacy; a mosque that he built; a house that he built for wayfarers; a canal that he dug; or charity that he gave during his lifetime when he was in good health. These deeds will reach him after his death.” This hadeeth was classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh Ibn Maajah.

We will all die, sooner and later, but we will. How much good we can do in our lifetime, is up to us, in sha Allah. But there are these small smart deeds that you can benefit from even after your death. Just imagine the benefits manifest from a small thing that you shared. You might share it with ten, who will share it further with ten more and so on. And the ajar for all those who benefit from it, will go into your book of deeds too! It is a win win situation for you. Sharing and reminding of good, becomes a means of Sadaqah Jariya. Why hold back? Think about it πŸ™‚

One last thing I would like to quickly remind you all. Nothing is too small to be shared as long as it is beneficial. And even if people are not ready to take it or reject it to your face, don’t worry about it, your reward is not with them but with Allah swt. And even if it looks like a futile activity, Don’t give up! Not on the act of sharing, thinking it is too small and trivial and most certainly not on the people. Be patient with them. Always remember that it is the hundred strikes that shatter a stone to pieces and not just the last hundred and first one! Keep reminding, in sha Allah. Allah will accept it from you πŸ™‚

May Allah swt make us a source of benefit and service to others. May He swt make our intentions sincere and keep us protected from showing off. May He swt bless us in time and beneficial knowledge. May He swt always keeps us all in His infinite love, mercy and protection.

Ameen.

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