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It’s a good time to add a new folder to this blog on all-time favorite hadeeth. Below is one which is especially comforting for those who try their best, and what may seem like a failed effort is truly fruitful in the end; narrated Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

There was a man who said to himself, “By Allah, I am going to give sadaqah,” so he went out that night and gave sadaqah to a man whom he thought looked like a poor man. He was actually a thief going to steal, and he gave him sadaqah. When he woke up he heard people saying ‘last night, sadaqah was given to a thief.’ When he heard that, he said “Oh Allah, you have praise,” the meaning of which according to commentators is that he made a mistake, but his intention was pure, and he said, “O Allah I gave it with a good intention, and You have praise in any state. I gave it to a person who was undeserving of it.”

Then again, the next day, he said “I did not give charity,” as he felt that he hadn’t fulfilled his oath, so he said “I’m still going to do it,” and he went out, and gave money to a prostitute. The next morning people were saying “A prostitute was given sadaqah last night.” And he said, “O Allah, to You is praise;” he again had made a mistake.

So again he felt as if he hadn’t given in charity and went out to fulfil his oath. This time he put his money into the hand of a rich man. The next morning again people were talking of the sadaqah saying, ‘last night sadaqah was given to a rich man.’ So again the man said, “O Allah, to You is praise.” Then he saw in a dream, although some say an angel came to him, and he was told “As for your charity to that thief, maybe he will stop stealing because you gave him that.” Then it was said, “And as for your charity to that prostitute, maybe she will stop fornicating because of that.” And then he said “And as for the rich man, maybe this will cause him to reflect so that he will start to give out from his wealth.” (for scholars say that most rich people don’t really think about all that Allah has given them and that prevents them from charity.)

[Sahih al-Bukhari, #1340]

Sometimes we fall in love with something in this world—it may be a person, a house, a car,…etc. We’re human although we might be satisfied with Allah’s Will, His Wisdom, His Qadar. We are human and to have that lingering sadness despite the fact, is human. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) cried when his son, Ibrahim, died–and this shows that being sad does not mean that a person is dissatisfied with Allah’s Will.

So how does a person console himself? The following words of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) bring the answer:

‏ إن الله يحمي عبده المؤمن من الدنيا وهو يحبه كما تحمون مريضكم الطعام والشراب تخافون عليه

Verily Allah protects His believing slave from this world, though he loves (this world), as any one of you protects your diseased from food and drink, out of fear over them.

[Narrated in Musnad Ahmad 5/468, Saheeh]

When someone is sick, you naturally do not let them eat foods which could delay their healing process. A person who has the flu is better off with chicken soup, for example, as opposed to something like pizza. They may love that food, but despite the fact, you prevent them from having that which they desire because it is simply better for them.

Ultimately, as ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab said, “We do not know what is good for us.” It is Allah, our Creator, Who knows best. And thus, the Salaf who commented over this said, “Therefore (i.e. because of this), you will know that Allah’s blessings upon you in what He has withheld from us is greater than His blessings over us in what He has granted us.”

Abu Hurayrah narrates, “My friend (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) recommended three things for me: to fast three days in every month, to offer the two Rak’ah of Dhuha and to offer the Witr before I go to sleep.”

Ibn al-Qayyim (رحمه الله) explains: “The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) recommended it for Abu Hurayrah, because Abu Hurayrah used to study the Hadith at night and preferred it over voluntary prayer. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) ordered him to pray the forenoon (Dhuha) prayer in place of praying at night. He (صلى الله عليه وسلم) also ordered him to offer the Witr prayer before he went to sleep. The Prophet (sal Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) did not order Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, and the rest of the companions to do the same.”

Now, this shouldn’t be an excuse for any to neglect the night prayer, or any other act of worship which may not be obligatory upon us, but highly recommended. Instead, it is really all about being sincere as much as possible and completely honest with ourselves and our Lord. Wallahu A’lam.

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم):

أيها الناس إنكم لن تطيقوا أو لن تفعلوا كل ما أمرتكم به ولكن سددوا وأبشروا

“O people! You cannot implement all of what you were commanded. Therefore, strive hard (do correct actions), and receive the glad tidings.” [Ahmad]

حدثنا عبد السلام بن مطهر قال حدثنا عمر بن علي عن معن بن محمد الغفاري عن سعيد بن أبي سعيد المقبري عن أبي هريرة عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال إن الدين يسر ولن يشاد الدين أحد إلا غلبه فسددوا وقاربوا وأبشروا واستعينوا بالغدوة والروحة وشيء من الدلجة

Narrated Abu Hurayrah, the Prophet said, “Religion is very easy and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near to perfection and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded; and gain strength by worshipping in the mornings, the nights.” [Sahih al-Bukhari, Hadeeth #38]

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Ibn Taymiyyah Says…

"Verily, I constantly renew my Islam until this very day, as up to now, I do not consider myself to have ever been a good Muslim." [Narrated by Ibn al-Qayyim in 'Madarij as-Salikin'; 1/218]