The Beloved (pbuh) and having a pure heart

April 28, 2009 at 11:44 pm Leave a comment

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
والحمدلله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء  والمرسلين
In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful the Most Compassionate
All praise be to Allah, and may peace and blessings be upon the most noble of the Prophets and Messengers

The Prophet (pbuh) once came out to the Mosque and said:

“Let no one among you convey to me what is said about me (in terms of what will give rise to bad feelings in my heart). For indeed I love to come out to you with a pure and clean heart (without having negative feelings about any of you as a result of knowing what you said about me)”
(Ahmad, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi)

SubhanAllah, when I read this hadith I just felt so much love for the Prophet (pbuh) and the purity of his actions and heart. For many people these days, if there is even a chance that someone is saying something bad about us, we just want to know, whereas the Prophet (pbuh) did not want anything to cause him to come to the people with negative feelings.

There are two things to learn from this; firstly, we should not go around telling people what others have said about them, because this causes rancor in the heart. We would be spreading fitna in society. On the tarbiya about mending discord, we saw that mending discord is better than extra prayers and charity. Similarly, planting negativity in the hearts of Muslims towards their brothers is “al-haaliqa” i.e. it shaves off the rewards from good deeds that we do. This is slightly different than if we are warning someone because someone poses a real threat, but even in that case there are strict conditions that should be adhered to.

Secondly, even in terms of ourselves, sometimes curiosity gets the best of us and we want to know what others have said. If we hear something that we do not like or did not expect, this will cause us to carry bad feelings towards the person.

Of course, if we feel we have upset someone, we should try to make amends.

One of the other reasons why the Prophet (pbuh) did not wants to know is because he wanted to see people with a happy countenance. It is natural that we will feel a little upset and hurt if we know that someone has said bad things about us, and it can even cause us to be suspicious of other people, and the Prophet (pbuh) wanted remove everything that would prevent him from being cheerful with people. So let’s implement the sunna of smiling 🙂

It is important to rid our heart of blemishes and prevent things that would cause our hearts to get these diseases. Anas Ibn Malik (ra) reported that he and other companions were sitting with the Messenger (pbuh), who said: “A man from the people of Paradise will enter now..” And a man from al-Ansar entered, with his beard dripping with water from Wudhu (ablution), and holding his sandals in his left hand.

The following day, the Prophet (pbuh) said the same thing and the same man entered.

On the third day, the Prophet (pbuh) again repeated his statement and the same man entered with water dripping and holding his sandals.

When the Prophet (pbuh) left, Abdullah Ibn Amr Ibn al-As (ra) followed the man and said: ‘I quarreled with my father and I swore I would not go to him for three days and night. Would you shelter me for these days?’ the man replied: ‘Yes.’

Anas said: ‘Abdullah said that he stayed with this man for three nights and he did not see him praying at night, but every time he moved and changed position in bed he would remember Allah saying, ‘Allahu Akbar’ Until Salat-ul-Fajr. ”

Abdullah said: ‘I didn’t hear anything from him but good. When the three nights had passed… I said: ‘O slave of Allah! I really didn’t abandon my father nor was I angry with him. But, I heard the Messenger of Allah speaking of you on three separate occasions, the Prophet had said that a man from the people of Paradise would enter, and you were the one to enter on all the three times. So, I wanted to stay with you to see what you do so that I could follow you. But I have not seen you doing much. So what is that you do for Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) to say what he had said?’

The man replied: ‘It is nothing more than what you saw.’ When it was time to leave, he called me back and said:

Yes, it is nothing more than what you saw, except that I have no place in myself for ill-intentions or envy towards any Muslim and what Allah has given them.’

Abdullah said: ‘This is what has made you deserving of the praise and this is what we cannot do.” (Musnad Ahmad)

May Allah make us all people of pure hearts, without envy or rancor or hatred towards others.

Simple Sunna

When the Prophet (pbuh) would sneeze, he would cover his mouth (Al-Hakim)

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