The sweetness of Islamic faith
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Tue Mar 31, 2009 1:43 pm
Adil Salahi | Arab News
Anas ibn Malik quotes the Prophet (peace be upon him) as saying: "Any
person who combines these three qualities will experience the sweetness
of faith: 1) that Allah and His messenger are dearer to him than anything
else; 2) that his love of others is purely for Allah's sake; and 3) that
he hates to relapse into lief as much as he hates to be thrown in the
fire." (Related by Al-Bukhari).
The first thing to note in this Hadith is that certain qualities are
necessary before a person experiences the sweetness of faith. This
suggests that a person may look at the message of Islam and find it
reasonable and logical. He declares himself a believer and expresses his
unhesitating belief in Allah's oneness and in Prophet Muhammad's message.
Such a person is a Muslim, no doubt. He earns the reward of believers.
However, he needs to do more in order to experience what the Prophet
describes as "the sweetness of faith."
Such sweetness is like the fruit of a tree. Thus, when one is convinced
of the truth of faith, that person has planted a shoot, which one needs
to nurture and look after so that it grows into a tree and producdisbees
its fruits. Nurturing the tree of faith is by fulfilling Allah's orders,
doing what He wants us to do and refraining from what He has forbidden
us. Indeed when a believer begins to do that, committing himself to do
what Allah has bidden, he will soon find the effects of such commitment
within himself and in his life generally because Allah only orders us to
do what is good for us, and He forbids us only what is evil and harmful
to us or others. Thus, such committed person will realize that his
commitment brings him increasing benefits in this present life, in
addition to what he hopes to receive of Allah's reward. He would then love
his commitment and do it more than willingly.
Islam forbids all intoxicating drinks, putting extra emphasis on even
tasting an alcoholic drink. Take the case of a young Muslim studying in
all drinking. They try to persuade him to have a small glass of wine,
concentrating on its benefits and saying that drinking in moderation
causes no harm. He may feel tempted to join, but then he looks at one of
his friends on whom the effects of alcohol are beginning to tell and
realizes how that person is starting to lose control of himself. Our
Muslim friend will then step back, finding extra strength to resist the
temptation. The more he reflects on the effects of drinking the greater
is his love of the Islamic way that forbids all alcoholic drinks, even
in the smallest measure. His commitment to do Allah's bidding grows always
stronger. It is such strong commitment that is the mark of his love of
Allah and His messenger.
The two other qualities develop in consequence of the first. A Muslim's
commitment to obey Allah in all that He bids us to do or refrain from will
begin to influence his social life. His relations with other people will
put much importance on their attitude to Islam and Islamic life. He will
love those who do what He does of obeying Allah and following the
Prophet's guidance. His relationship with them will be based on the fact
that they share a commitment and a method of living that places
obedience to Allah as paramount. They will all feel a bond uniting them in
a cause that brings only goodness in human life. Such bond generates a
sort of happiness that envelops them all, a happiness that can transform
every human society and bring the best out of it.
Experiencing all this, a true believer is always increasingly happy with
his faith and way of life. He will not barter it for anything on earth.
He realizes that this happy life will also bring him far superior
happiness in the life to come. He cannot imagine himself going back to
disbelief. Indeed, to him the very thought is so repugnant that he would
prefer to be thrown in the fire rather than be an unbeliever.
Authored By: Adil Salahi < islam@arabnews. com
<mailto:islam@arabnews. com> >
With Kind Regards
The sayings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad <http://muhammad. net/>
(peace be upon him) 'Acquiring (religious) knowledge in company for an
hour in the night is better than spending the whole night in prayer.'
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