Do Not Despise The Sinners

The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said: “That person who taunts and ridicules his Muslim brother over a sin from which he has repented, will not die until he himself commits that same sin.” For example, you come to know that a certain person committed or was involved in a particular sin and you also know that this person has repented from it. To think low of him or to taunt or ridicule him because of that sin, by saying something like: “You are the one who was involved in certain evil actions”, is in itself a sin.

Through repentance a person has corrected his relationship with Allah Most High. Through repentance not only has the sin been forgiven, it has also been erased from his book of deeds! Allah Most High has erased it from his book of deeds but you, because of that sin, are thinking low of him and treating him with contempt. You are taunting and ridiculing him. This action is extremely despised by Allah Most High.

This is regarding a person whom you know has repented. If you don’t know whether he has repented or not, then there is always this possibility that he, being a mu’min (believer), has repented or will repent in the future. Therefore, if someone has committed a sin and you do not know whether he has repented or not, you still do not have the right to hold him in contempt. It is possible that he has repented. Remember! Abhorrence should be for the sin and not the sinner! Hatred should be for sins. Allah’s Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) did not teach us to despise those who sin.

On the other hand, the sinner is worthy of pity and compassion, for this distressed person has been overtaken by a sickness. If a person is overtaken by a physical sickness, do you abhor his sickness or the person who is sick? Does the sick person become the target of your hatred? Obviously, the sick person is not deserving of your hatred. Yes, despise his sickness. Concern yourself with removing his sickness, so make du’a. The sick person should not be the target of hatred. He should be pitied for the reason that this poor person is caught up in a difficulty.

If someone is a kafir (disbeliever) then despise his kufr (disbelief), do not despise him. Make du’a for him that Allah Most High grants him guidance. Amin. How much did the kuffar (disbelievers) not persecute the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace)? They shot at him with arrows, they pelted stones at him, and his body bled from various places, but the words that flowed from his mouth were the following: “O Allah! Grant my people guidance, for they do not know the reality” (of this din).

Take note that that he did not despise them because of their kufr, shirk (associating partners with Allah), oppression and transgressions. Rather, while expressing pity and affection, he made du’a for them that ‘O Allah! These people are ignorant. They are unaware of the reality; therefore they are treating me in this manner. O Allah! Grant them guidance’.

So when seeing someone involved in sin, have pity on him and make du’a for him and try to steer him away from sin. Advise and counsel him but do not think low of him. Perhaps Allah accepts his repentance and he surpasses you in the sight of Allah.

I have heard the following words of advice of Hakim al-Ummah Mawlana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi from my respected father, Mufti Muhammad Shafi’ and ‘Arif Billah Dr. Abdul Hayy ‘Arifi (may Allah have mercy on them): “I consider every current Muslim and every non Muslim, as far as the future is concerned to be superior to me.” “As far as the future is concerned” means that although the person is presently in the condition of kufr, maybe Allah Most High grants him the tawfiq (guidance) of repenting and he is freed from the burden of kufr. Thereafter, Allah Most High raises his status so high that he surpasses me!

“Every current Muslim” means that a person who is a Muslim, a person of iman (true faith), one whom Allah Most High has granted the wealth of iman. What do I know regarding his connection and status with Allah Most High? Every person’s relationship with Allah Most High is unique. How can we judge anyone? Therefore, I consider every Muslim to be superior to me.

In this statement of Hakim al-Ummah, “I consider every Muslim to be superior to me”, there is obviously no possibility of lies and deception, or that he just said it out of moral courtesy. He said it because he firmly believed it. Anyway, to think low of someone, even though it is due to his committing of sin, is not permissible.

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Q&A: Why bother with mamools? I read my Salaat, fast, etc.

Q: Why should I bother with mamools (regular devotional practices)? I read my Salaat, fast, etc. Is this not enough?

A: There are many answers to the question. We will give a few explanations.

1. Supposing a person is employed to work from 9am to 5pm daily. Now, if another person is also employed to work from 9am to 5pm, but he is not a "clock watcher" and comes early and leaves late without asking for more pay, it is very obvious which employee the boss would tend to love (all other things being equal).

When a human being will start to love someone for doing just a little more, why won't Allah who is the most kind Master, begin to love to someone who is trying to do more to please his Allah?

Surely, we all desire the love of Allah. Allah wants us to show initiative and to take the first step. Take that step and see Allah come running towards you.

2. Hazrat Sheikh Rahmatullah Alayhi used to say that punctuality and consistency in your mamools is the stepping stone to success.

3. In this world we would choose a decent home rather than a shack. Why must we be content with the lowest stages of Jannat in the Akhirah. Yes, the lowest stages is far superior to this world, but a believer is such that he should have aspirations for the highest stages of Jannah. Rasullulah (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam) advised us to ask for Jannatul Firdous. His own example was a mix of dua and amaal. So let us too make dua and engage in practical amaal.

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Q&A: Dua for steadfastness in mamools

Q: Please make dua for me. I find difficulty in being punctual in my mamools (devotional practices). Some days I manage to complete it and some days I dont.

A: Dua can be made, but what is required is courage and determination on your part.

How is it that you punctually have breakfast, lunch and supper? How is it that you go to work on time on a daily basis? For our wordly needs we have a roster or time table. We plan ourselves that at a certain time I must eat and at a certain time I must eat, sleep, etc. So too, for our mamools we should make a time table. Specify your times for mamools and punctually adhere to it no matter it rains, hails or snows or no matter there is a wedding, funeral or function.

Fight your nafs and refuse to sleep until you complete your daily mamools. Hazrat Ml Ibrahim Mia (Damat Barakatuhu) advises "Do  today's work today!" Hazrat Sheikh Zakariyya (Rahmatullah Alayhi) used to say that punctuality and consistency in your mamools is the stepping stone to success.

Furthermore, stay away from sin as this will interfere in carrying out your mamools. Take time after every mamool and practise on SIDE for just 1 minute as follows:

S = Shukr. Thank Allah for granting you taufiq to carry out your mamools.
I = Istigfaar. Beg forgiveness for deficiencies in your ibadat.
D = Durood/Salawaat. This will help in gaining acceptance in Allah's Court.
E = Esaale Sawaab. Pass on the the reward to your near & dear deceased.

May Allah make it easy.

NB. Mureeds of Khanqah Zakariyya can download a mamool progress record card from www.kmsz.org.za. Go to downloads/publications/forms


The Sunnah of Bay'at

People raise objections to many practices of the sufiah such as taking bayah, even though bayah is not even required by the sufiah, as I will mention later. However, the practice of taking bayah is deeply rooted in the Quran and the Sunnah. In Surah Mumtahana, Allah says:

When believing women come to you to take oath of fealty to you, that they will not associate in worship any other thing whatever with Allah, that they will not commit adultery, that they will not kill their children, that they will not utter slander intentionally forging falsehood. And that they will not disobey you in any just matter, then do you receive their fealty and pray to Allah for the forgiveness for Allah is oft-forgiving, Most merciful.

In the commentary, Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Rahmatullah Alayhi) writes,
This ayah is clear proof of bayah and a repudiation of the ritual bayah which is bereft of any desire to perform good deeds.

In a hadith of Bukhari it says:
Ubadah bin Saamit (Radiyallahu Anhu) who participated in the Battle of Badr and was one of the leaders in the night of Aqabah, narrates that once when the Sahaba had gathered close by him the Blessed Prophet (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam) said:
Come make bayah to me upon the belief that you will not equate anything with Allah, will not steal, fornicate, or murder your own children. And that you will not accuse anyone of anything and will stand against one who speaks the truth. Whosoever fulfills this bayah will receive the reward from Allah and whosoever commits anyone of these will taste retribution in this world. This punishment in the world will be atonement for his sin. And if Allah hides his sin, he may forgive or punish in the Akhirah. This is Allah’s discretion.

Hadhrat Ubaidah (Radiyallahu Anhu) says, “We made bayah to the Blessed Prophet (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam) on these deeds.” This bayah was not bayah of Islam or bayah to struggle in the path of Allah. It is the bayah made by the sufiah to emphasize practicing upon the tenets and commandments of Islam.

Read more: The Sunnah of Bay'at

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