By Abu Idrees Muhammad Khan (hafidhahullah)
As part of Muwahhideen Publication’s Summer Conference 2014 entitled, “The Sunnah Is Like The Ark of Noah”
• ‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Abbaas (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu) said: “One day I was behind the Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and he said: ‘O young boy, I shall teach you some words. Be Mindful of Allah and Allah will protect you…’”
• Ibn ‘Abbaas was no older than ten – even younger. Some scholars have mentioned that he was seven, some say eight.
• The son of Aadam should be mindful of Allah and in return,Allah will protect him.
• Ibn ‘Abbaas was from the great scholars of this Ummahand from the most knowledgeable of the Companions. One of the reasons for this as mentioned by the scholars is that the Messenger Muhammad ) made du’aa for him saying: “O Allah give him understanding of the Deen and give him the knowledge of the ta’weel .”
• This du’aa was certainly answered as there was no one amongst the Companions more knowledgeable regarding the Qur’aan than Ibn ‘Abbaas (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu).
• The Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) saw it befitting to mention this piece of advice to such a young boy. This shows that even at a very young age, Ibn ‘Abbaas had understanding, and it is likewise proof that we should teach our youth from a young age.
• Another point of benefit is that it shows how humble the Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was. He gave time to all people – the Bedouin, the nobles and even children. He was humble enough to take time to even advise a young child.
• The ‘Ulamaa` mention that one of the reasons why the Messenger said that he is going to teach him ‘some words’ is that he was directing a child, and there is only a certain amount of knowledge that child can absorb so he gave him a short bit of advice which he would be able to comprehend.
• The Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was protective of his time and would not waste time. Even on a riding beast, he was disseminating knowledge.
• The ‘Ulamaa` have mentioned that one can be mindful ofAllah by being mindful of the limits Allah has set, the rights of Allah, in carrying out what He has ordered and staying away from what is prohibited.
“(It will be said): This is what you were promised, – (it is) for those oft-returning (to Allah) in sincere repentance, and those who preserve their covenant with Allah (by obeying Him in all what He has ordered, and worship none but Allah Alone, i.e. follow Allah’s Religion, Islaamic Monotheism).”[Soorah Qaaf 50:32]
• Ibn Jawzee ) said: “The ‘Aaqil (person of intelligence) is the one who is mindful regarding Allah’srights and the limits Allah has set even though it may anger the creation. Whoever is mindful regarding the creation then verily he has forsaken the rights of Allah. Allah will turn the hearts of the one he was trying to please against him and will make them displeased with the one who was trying to please them.”
• One of the Salaf used to say: “Regardless of how hard you try, you will never be able to please the people. So if it is the case that you could never please everyone, then please the One Who is most deserving to be pleased (i.e. Allah).”
• From the rights of Allah that many are unfortunately neglectful regarding is the Salaah. Allah says:
“Guard strictly (five obligatory) as-Salawaat (the prayers) especially the middle Salat (i.e. the best prayer ‘Asr). And stand before Allah with obedience [and do not speak to others during the Salat (prayers)].” [Soorah al-Baqarah 2:238]
• Ahlul ‘Ilm have explained that one could be protective over his salaah by carrying it out at its appropriate time, with its conditions and pillars with reverence and humility, and likewise fulfil what is obligated and recommended regarding the salaah.
• By being protective of your salaah there are tremendous rewards. From them –
• It will keep away evil deeds and likewise will enter an individual into Paradise. The Messenger (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Allah has legislated five daily prayers upon His slaves. Whoever performs and is protective of his five daily prayers and does not fall short in fulfilling the rights of the salaah, then he will have a covenant with Allah that Allahwill enter him into Paradise. And whoever does not carry out the right of performing the salaah, then he does not have a covenant with Allah.”
• The opposite understanding is that those who leave thesalaah are under a threat of a very severe punishment. Allahmentions:
“Then, there has succeeded them a posterity who have given up as-Salat (the prayers) [i.e. made their Salat (prayers) to be lost, either by not offering them or by not offering them perfectly or by not offering them in their proper fixed times, etc.] and have followed lusts. So they will be thrown in Hell.” [Soorah Maryam 19:59]
• Allah also mentions regarding those who will be been thrown into the Hellfire:
“What has caused you to enter Hell? They will say: We were not of those who used to offer their Salât (prayers).”[Soorah al-Muddaththir 74:42-43]
Being mindful of the body parts
“And follow not (O man i.e., say not, or do not or witness not, etc.) that of which you have no knowledge (e.g. one’s saying: ‘I have seen’, while in fact he has not seen, or ‘I have heard’, while he has not heard). Verily! The hearing, and the sight, and the heart, of each of those you will be questioned (by Allah).” [Soorah al-Israa` 17:36]
• We must make sure that we are following the Qur’aanSunnah and way of the Sahaabah in the correct way and not that we possess a mind that is full of shirk and innovation.
“Verily, whosoever sets up partners in worship with Allah, then Allah has forbidden Paradise for him, and the Fire will be his abode. And for the Dhaalimoon (polytheists and wrong¬doers) there are no helpers.” [Soorah al-Maa`idah 5:72]
• Regarding the tongue the Messenger (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day then let him speak good or remain silent.”
• On an occasion the Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was asked: “What is the thing you fear for us the most?” The Messenger took hold of tongue and said: “This is what I fear for you.”
• In another hadeeth he mentioned: “A person may utter a word and he may think it to be irrelevant but that word he uttered is displeasing to Allah and will cast him into the Hellfire.”
• The ‘Ulamaa` have mentioned that with the tongue, you can commit shirk with Allah and likewise utter disbelief; you can lie, backbite, slander, give false testimony, speak about Allahand His Messenger without knowledge – all of these are major and extremely severe sins.
• The Messenger (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Yaa ‘Ali, do not follow a glance with a glance for verily the first one is for you (i.e. you will not be held to account) but as for the second, it will be against you.”
• We should not yearn and have jealously for what Allah has given to others because it could be that Allah has given it to them as a test.
“And strain not your eyes in longing for the things We have given for enjoyment to various groups of them (polytheists and disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah), the splendour of the life of this world that We may test them thereby. But the provision (good reward in the Hereafter) of your Lord is better and more lasting.” [Soorah Taa-Haa 20:131]
• The Messenger (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said to look to those who are lower than yourself (by way of material wealth) as by doing so you will realise the bounties Allah has bestowed upon you.
• We do not lend our ears to what is evil, whether it be foul speech, lies upon Allah, backbiting, slandering or listening to music.
• The Messenger has mentioned: “Allah has written the very portion of zinaa which a man will indulge in. There will be no escape from it. The zinaa zinaa of the ears is the listening…”
The private parts
“…the men and the women who guard their chastity (from illegal sexual acts) and the men and the women who remember Allah much with their hearts and tongues, Allah has prepared for them forgiveness and a great reward (i.e. Paradise).” [Soorah al-Ahzaab 33:35]
• The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever can guarantee me what is between his two cheeks (i.e. the tongue – safeguarding the tongue and not transgressing the limits) and what is between his legs (i.e. his private parts – he does not fornicate), then I will guarantee him Paradise.”
• The ‘Ulamaa` have mentioned that there are other conditions such as staying away from all forms of shirk and disbelief and the ‘Aqeedah and Tawheed must be correct.