Sunday, May 3, 2009

Weight of "La ilaaha illa Allah" on the scales

Narrated Anas bin Malik Radhiyallahu anh:
"Once Mu'adh was along with Allah's Apostle as a companion rider. Allah's Apostle said, "O Mu'adh bin Jabal." Mu'adh replied, "Labbaik and Sa'daik. O Allah's Apostle!" Again the Prophet said, "O Mu'adh!" Mu'adh said thrice, "Labbaik and Sa'daik, O Allah's Apostle!" Allah's Apostle said, "There is none who testifies sincerely that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and Muhammad is his Apostle, except that Allah, will save him from the Hell-fire." Mu'adh said, "O Allah's Apostle ! Should I not inform the people about it so that they may have glad tidings?" He replied, "When the people hear about it, they will solely depend on it." Then Mu'adh narrated the above-mentioned Hadith just before his death, being afraid of committing sin (by not telling the knowledge).

Narrated Anas Radhiyallahu anh:
I was informed that the Prophet had said to Mu'adh, "Whosoever will meet Allah without associating anything in worship with Him will go to Paradise." Mu'adh asked the Prophet, "Should I not inform the people of this good news?" The Prophet replied, "No, I am afraid, lest they should depend upon it (absolutely)."
(Sahih Al-Bukhari)

- The believer who testifies to the Shahada (Ash'hadu an La Ilaaha Illa Allah, Wa Ash'hadu anna Muhammedan Rasoolullah) should do so with Uttermost sincerity, Knowledge, Submission and Obedience to Allah SWT, Love for Him and His Rasool, complete acceptance and 100% certainty with truthfulness and by negating any other Lord besides Allah.
- Prophet Sallallahu alaihiwassalam was afraid that if people knew this, they would lag in striving towards excelling more in doing righteous deeds and acts of worship. This shows that we have to do act upon our shahada too.
- The value of the speech of Prophet Sallallahu alaihiwassalam that the sahaba Mu'adh Ibn Jabal had, is subhanAllah a big lesson for us to learn from. The sahabahs and the scholars were so afraid that knowledge would be lost. Do we sincerely pass on what we learn?! Are we selfish when it comes to sharing ilm?!
- And most importantly, the fact, that this hadeeth was preserved even though Muhammed Sallallahu alaihiwassalam was feeling skeptical to let his Ummah know of this- to me, this shows that Allah Azza Wajal has preserved of His Dheen everything that we need to know, the dheen is perfect, there is no need for us to add anything, or bring in any new traditions (which are termed as bid'ah- innovations) If we do try to bring in any new practice, thinking it is for good, then it is like saying that The Prophet could have added it to our religion.

And Allah knows best.

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