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TREADING SOFTLY

 


©Ibn Abdillah As-sudaisiy Al-Iloori

In his explanation of Sharh us Sunnah, Sheikh Fawzān explained the excellence of the Companions رضي الله عنهم. If you see anyone loving all the Companions رضي الله عنهم so much, it is most likely that he has learnt so much about them. Anyone who loves the Companions رضي الله عنهم is loving them because of their efforts and what Allāh and His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم have said about them. Anyone who hates any of them will put his Islām in serious danger.


It got to a point, Sheikh Fawzān حفظه الله said regarding the Companions رضي الله عنهم and their efforts: 


كل على قدر ما وهبه الله، وكل على قدر طاقته


"Each of them (strove) based on what Allāh has gifted him with, each of them (strove) according to his capability" (See page 50, par. 1 of Sheikh Fawzān's Nuskhah)


What came to my mind on this statement is that; even the Companions رضي الله عنهم we're not equal in their ranks before Allāh and His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم. Their ranks weren't equal. Apart from the best 4 (Abu Bakr, 'Umar, 'Uthman and 'Ali رضي الله عنهم, there are 6 others with whom they had their Certificates to Paradise. We have some other people who got their own certificates too and yet they were not among those best 10. We have the People of Badr too. That was how the Companions رضي الله عنهم were better than one another in sight of Allāh.   And this is how adherents of Sunnah would continue to be till the Day of Judgment. 


If Companions رضي الله عنهم are to be ranked based on their knowledge and efforts, Abu Hurayrah رضي الله عنه reported most Hadith and he didn't make first 10 list. Yet, you will never see the Companions رضي الله عنهم looking down  on one another due to their mistakes and errors they make. After all, they were not immuned from mistakes and errors. They used guide one another till death. They used not to make statements or act in a way that looks like they have lost hope completely in their brethren due to errors they are not willing to correct. Despite the fact that they were the best, one of them said he would not be content until he finds two of his legs in Al-jannah. This is the humility of the Salaf. We need to emulate them on this.


Consequently, apart from those that the texts have revealed their statuses, in our present time, no one can claim to be better than anyone upon Sunnah (the path of the salaf), whether by words or any implication. We must desist from any statement or action that could translate to this.


If we see any of us swerving towards a wrong path, it is our duty to call him to order with humility, patience and a lot of du'a. We should refute him politely for people to know his errors so that they will not fall into it. The solution is not in us removing them hastily from the blessed path. This hastiness is affecting the da'wah train. The earlier the better we realize this fact. If you mention this, he is not upon Sunnah, if you mention that, he is not upon Sunnah. Then, who is upon Sunnah? No one is perfect, we are only trying our best ni fa. If Allāh exposes our weaknesses, we would all know our levels. One of the scholars said:


وغير تقي يأمر الناس بالتقى

      طبيب يداوي الناس وهو سقيم


"The one who is pious is commanding people to be pious. Doctor that is treating people, himself is sick"


This is the situation of many of us, except we want to be deceiving ourselves. Let us learn to manage ourselves without compromising the fundamentals and in a way that da'wah will not be harmed, especially in matters that do not take people out of Islām. By Allāh, it may be that the one removing someone from this blessed path is even the one that is not there eventually. Let us know that we can only strive based on what Allāh has bestowed us with in term of knowledge, wisdom and patience, only Allāh knows His true and sincere servant. If you see that you are striving well upon Sunnah, don't get intoxicated. Don't still think you are better than anyone. Don't insult or mock anyone for falling into error. Don't assist shaytān against him. We wouldn't even be ranked based on our efforts, no matter how huge. The pleasure of Allāh supercedes whatever we are able to do. Allāh may accept the little good deeds of a servant done sincerely and can reject the huge efforts of anyone He is not pleased with. Who can ask him? 


I use this opportunity to call on us all to try to know our levels and tread softly on this path. Allāh will ask us all on our impact on this da'wah (good or bad). Like I do say, let us not think we are truly sincere because we think we are sincere. We should keep supplicating for Allāh's acceptance and refrain from acts that can blow off our little efforts. 


May Allāh guide us aright.


1 comment:

  1. The write-up is on point with what we are experiencing in the ummah. A wake-up call for all and sundry.

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