Thursday, March 15, 2012
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
I read some really interesting stuff today so thought I'd share it with you all inshaALLAH t3ala!
You know how when we read about the munaafiqeen in the Quran Karim, the first thing that goes through our mind is, we arent from them, so this isnt about us. Alhamdulillah t3ala We're 100% muslims, welll....We were studying the tafseer of these ayahs:
إِنَّ الْمُنَـفِقِينَ يُخَـدِعُونَ اللَّهَ وَهُوَ خَادِعُهُمْ
4:142 Verily, the hypocrites seek to deceive Allah, but it is He Who deceives them.
وَإِذَا قَامُواْ إِلَى الصَّلَوةِ قَامُواْ كُسَالَى يُرَآءُونَ النَّاسَ وَلاَ يَذْكُرُونَ اللَّهَ إِلاَّ قَلِيلاً
And when they stand up for Salah, they stand with laziness and to be seen of men, and they do not remember Allah but little.
مُّذَبْذَبِينَ بَيْنَ ذلِكَ لاَ إِلَى هَـؤُلاءِ وَلاَ إِلَى هَـؤُلاءِ وَمَن يُضْلِلِ اللَّهُ فَلَن تَجِدَ لَهُ سَبِيلاً
4:143 (They are) swaying between this and that, belonging neither to these nor to those; and he whom Allah sends astray, you will not find for him a way.
and here's what it said in their commentary:
إِنَّ الْمُنَافِقِينَ يُخَادِعُونَ اللّهَ وَهُوَ خَادِعُهُمْ ...
Verily, the hypocrites seek to deceive Allah, but it is He Who deceives them.
There is no doubt that Allah can never be deceived, for He has perfect knowledge of the secrets and what the hearts conceal. However, the hypocrites, due to their ignorance, scarce knowledge and weak minds, think that since they were successful in deceiving people, using Islamic Law as a cover of safety for themselves, they will acquire the same status with Allah on the Day of Resurrection and deceive Him too.
Allah states that on that Day, the hypocrites will swear to Him that they were on the path of righteousness and correctness thinking that such statement will benefit them with Allah.
For instance, Allah said,
يَوْمَ يَبْعَثُهُمُ اللَّهِ جَمِيعاً فَيَحْلِفُونَ لَهُ كَمَا يَحْلِفُونَ لَكُم
On the Day when Allah will resurrect them all together; then they will swear to Him as they swear to you. (58:18)
Allah's statement, وَهُوَ خَادِعُهُمْ (but it is He Who deceives them) means,
He lures them further into injustice and misguidance. He also prevents them from reaching the truth in this life and on the Day of Resurrection.
يَوْمَ يَقُولُ الْمُنَـفِقُونَ وَالْمُنَـفِقَـتُ لِلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ انظُرُونَا نَقْتَبِسْ مِن نُّورِكُمْ
On the Day when the hypocrites ـ men and women ـ will say to the believers: "Wait for us! Let us get something from your light!'' It will be said: "Go back to your rear! Then seek a light!'' until, وَبِئْسَ الْمَصِيرُ (And worst indeed is that destination). (57:13-15)
A Hadith states;
مَن سَمَّعَ سَمَّعَ اللهُ بِهِ، وَمَنْ رَاءَى رَاءَى اللهُ بِه
Whoever wants to be heard of, Allah will make him heard of, and whoever wants to be seen, Allah will show him.
... وَإِذَا قَامُواْ إِلَى الصَّلاَةِ قَامُواْ كُسَالَى ...
And when they stand up for Salah, they stand with laziness.
This is the characteristic of the hypocrites with the most honored, best and righteous act of worship, the prayer. When they stand for prayer, they stand in laziness because they neither truly intend to perform it nor do they believe in it, have humility in it, or understand it. This is the description of their outward attitude!
As for their hearts, Allah said,
... يُرَآؤُونَ النَّاسَ ...
to be seen of men,
meaning, they do not have sincerity when worshipping Allah. Rather, they show off to people so that they gain closeness to them. They are often absent from the prayers that they can hide away from, such as the Isha prayer and the Dawn prayer that are prayed in darkness.
In the Two Sahihs, it is recorded that the Messenger of Allah said,
أَثْقَلُ الصَّلَاةِ عَلَى الْمُنَافِقِينَ صَلَاةُ الْعِشَاءِ وَصَلَاةُ الْفَجْرِ، وَلَوْ يَعْلَمُونَ مَا فِيهِمَا لَأَتَوْهُمَا وَلَوْ حَبْوًا، وَلَقَدْ هَمَمْتُ أَنْ آمُرَ بِالصَّلَاةِ فَتُقَامُ، ثُمَّ آمُرَ رَجُلًا فَيُصَلِّي بِالنَّاسِ، ثُمَّ أَنْطَلِقَ مَعِيَ بِرِجَالٍ مَعَهُمْ حُزَمٌ مِنْ حَطَبٍ، إِلى قَوْمٍ لَا يَشْهَدُونَ الصَّلَاةَ، فَأُحَرِّقَ عَلَيْهِمْ بُيُوتَهُمْ بِالنَّار
The heaviest prayers on the hypocrites are the Isha and Dawn prayers. If they know their rewards, they will attend them even if they have to crawl.
I was about to order someone to pronounce the Adhan for the prayer, then order someone to lead the prayer for the people, then order some men to collect fire-wood (fuel); then I would burn the houses around men who did not attend the (compulsory congregational) prayer.
In another narration, the Prophet said,
وَالَّذِي نَفْسِي بِيَدِهِ، لَوْ عَلِمَ أَحَدُهُمْ أَنَّهُ يَجِدُ عَرْقًا سَمِينًا أَوْ مِرْمَاتَيْنِ حَسَنَتَيْنِ، لَشَهِدَ الصَّلَاةَ، وَلَوْلَا مَا فِي الْبُيُوتِ مِنَ النِّسَاءِ وَالذُّرِّيَّـةِ لَحَرَّقْتُ عَلَيْهِمْ بُيُوتَهُمْ بِالنَّار
By Him, in Whose Hand my soul is, if anyone of them had known that he would get a bone covered with good meat or two (small) pieces of meat between two ribs, he would have turned up for the prayer, and had it not been that the houses have women and children in them, I would burn their homes around them.
... وَلاَ يَذْكُرُونَ اللّهَ إِلاَّ قَلِيلاً ﴿١٤٢﴾
And they do not remember Allah but little.
means, during the prayer they do not feel humbleness or pay attention to what they are reciting. Rather, during their prayer, they are inattentive, jesting and avoid the good that they are meant to receive from prayer.
Imam Malik reported that Al-Ala' bin Abdur-Rahman said that Anas bin Malik said that the Messenger of Allah said,
تِلْكَ صَلَاةُ الْمُنَافِقِ،
تِلْكَ صَلَاةُ الْمُنَافِقِ،
تِلْكَ صَلَاةُ الْمُنَافِقِ،
يَجْلِسُ يَرْقُبُ الشَّمْسَ، حَتَّى إِذَا كَانَتْ بَيْنَ قَرْنَيِ الشَّيْطَانِ، قَامَ فَنَقَرَ أَرْبَعًا، لَا يَذْكُرُ اللهَ فِيهَا إِلَّا قَلِيلًا
This is the prayer of the hypocrite, this is the prayer of the hypocrite, this is the prayer of the hypocrite.
He sits watching the sun until when it goes down between the two horns of the devil, he stands up pecks out four Rak`ahs (forAsr) without remembering Allah during them except little.
Muslim, At-Tirmidhi and An-Nasa'i also recorded it.
At-Tirmidhi said "Hasan Sahih''.
مُّذَبْذَبِينَ بَيْنَ ذَلِكَ لاَ إِلَى هَـؤُلاء ...
(They are) swaying between this and that, belonging neither to these,
means that the hypocrites are swaying between faith and disbelief. So they are neither with believers inwardly or outwardly nor with disbelievers inwardly or outwardly. Rather, they are with the believers outwardly and with the disbelievers inwardly. Some of them would suffer fits of doubt, leaning towards these sometimes and towards those sometimes.
كُلَّمَآ أَضَآءَ لَهُم مَّشَوْاْ فِيهِ وَإِذَآ أَظْلَمَ عَلَيْهِمْ قَامُواْ
Whenever it flashes for them, they walk therein, and when darkness covers them, they stand still. (2:20)
Mujahid said; مُّذَبْذَبِينَ بَيْنَ ذَلِكَ لاَ إِلَى هَـؤُلاء ((They are) swaying between this and that, belonging neither to these),
"The Companions of Muhammad,
... وَلاَ إِلَى هَـؤُلاء ...
nor to those:
Ibn Jarir recorded that Ibn Umar said that the Prophet said,
مَثَلُ الْمُنَافِقِ كَمَثَلِ الشَّاةِ الْعَائِرَةِ بَيْنَ الْغَنَمَيْنِ، تَعِيرُ إِلى هَذِهِ مَرَّةً، وَإِلَى هَذِهِ مَرَّةً، وَلَا تَدْرِي أَيَّتَهُمَا تَتْبَع
The example of the hypocrite is the example of the sheep wandering between two herds, sometimes she goes to one of them, and sometimes the other, confused over whom she should follow.
Muslim also recorded it.
This is why Allah said afterwards,
... وَمَن يُضْلِلِ اللّهُ فَلَن تَجِدَ لَهُ سَبِيلاً ﴿١٤٣﴾
and he whom Allah sends astray, you will not find for him a way.
meaning, whomever He leads astray from the guidance, فَلَن تَجِدَ لَهُ وَلِيًّا مُّرْشِدًا (For him you will find no Wali (guiding friend) to lead him (to the right path)) (18:17) because, مَن يُضْلِلِ اللّهُ فَلاَ هَادِيَ لَهُ (Whomsoever Allah sends astray, none can guide him). (7:186)
So the hypocrites whom Allah has led astray from the paths of safety will never find a guide to direct them, nor someone to save them. There is none who can resist Allah's decision, and He is not asked about what He does, while they all will be asked.
Which made me think: What's the difference between us so called muslims, and the munafiqeen?? Sadly, Our prayers are just like ALLAH تعالى has described here...In the prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallams time, there was a huge difference between the muslims and the munafiqeens, but in todays time, there is no difference! Our every prayer is delayed, we hardly ever know what we recite in our prayers, never have we actually got up to pray with excitement....May ALLAH t3ala forgive us and make us true muslims with his mercy, bil 3afiyah, aameen thumma aameen.