HADEETH: It’s a matter of Imaan!
It is related from Hadrat Abu-Hurayra Radiyallaahu Anhu that he said that Rasullullaah Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam said: “Whosoever believes in Allah Ta’ala and the last day should honor his guest and whosoever believes in Allah Ta’ala and the last day should not cause harm to his neighbor and whosoever believes in Allah Ta’ala and the last day should either say that which is good or instead remain silent.” In another version of this hadeeth he (S.A.W.) added, “Whosoever believes in Allah Ta’ala and the last day should be kind and maintain ties with his kinsmen (family).” (Bukhari & Muslim)
A hadeeth that is preceeded by the words “whosoever believes in Allah Ta’ala and the last day” can only address an issue that is critically important in our lives both in this world and the hereafter. The instruction or message given that follows these words can never be undermined or underestimated. In this hadeeth, the holy Prophet Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam draws our attention to four aspects viz: Honouring the guest, abstaining from harming the neighbour, speaking that which is good and lastly maintaining family ties.
These four aspects are what we could well call the hinges of faith or Imaan for all these actions are associated with Imaan or faith for when the Prophet Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam began with the words “Whosoever believes in Allah Ta’ala and the last day should” this precisely is the message that he intended to deliver.
But surprisingly today these are the things which we have forgotten about or rather better still and more to the point we attach little or no importance to them whatsoever. Not surprisingly though, this is on account of us having become selfish instead of selfless which should be the character trait of every Muslim by default. This may be the result of the call of the hedonistic times we live in where the message is that self-gratification is the most important thing in the life of every human being and nothing else or nobody else besides one’s own self matters most! And on the other hand the message of the Qur’aan and ahadeeth is in stark contrast and open contradiction of this. They tell that servitude to others is what matters most in the sight of Allah Ta’ala and His beloved Messenger Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam. As Muslims this is the message that should appeal to us and we should be adhering to! After all is it not gaining and securing the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala that will mark our true success eventually?
Should you ask your grandparents or if you fortunate enough to have great grandparents about this hadeeth they in all probability practiced it rigidly in their days and are still doing so, despite many of them, not even knowing that such a hadeeth exists. They did it purely on grounds of compassion and kindness to their fellow human beings. Today, much has changed. Guests are no longer welcome into our homes and if perchance we find them in our midst then we view them as an ‘inconvenience’ or even an intrusion into our lives and privacy. With fake smiles we open our doors to them but our thoughts are on whether their visit is motivated by some need or what. Our concern is more centred around when they would be leaving instead of making them as comfortable as possible. Their departure fills us with delight. We shut our doors behind them breathing a sigh of relief and wish not to see them anytime soon! The only time we meet people is when we attend either a function or a funeral.
With our high walls and electrified fences our neighbours have become almost non-existent. We opt to live in our own solitary world and lead our own lives in isolation from those who are most near to us. As a result their needs and wants we’ve intentionally become blind and deaf to. To add insult to injury and more serious is that some of our neighbours have become the victims of our insults, hurts and prying and prodding into their personal lives causing them tremendous difficulty, to name but a few.
Our speech has become callous and unbridled. We utter and say whatever we want to and to whoever we want to when we want to little realizing the consequences of our words.
And lastly our families, the very foundations of our existence lie disintegrated and disunited. Some of us have severed these ties irreparably simply because of not understanding the graveness of the sin of severing family ties.
The greatest tragedy of all of the above is that many of us know this hadeeth but its practice has become extinct for our own selfish and self-centered reasons. Little do we realize that these are components of Imaan. Our entry into Jannah will surely be made easy and swift when we practice on these. On the adverse our failure to act on these teachings of our Nabi Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam could well mean admittance into the blazing fires of Jahannam for in each of them are the rights of our fellow human beings and for trampling and usurping the rights of anyone irrespective of race, creed or religion, Allah Ta’ala and his beloved Messenger has harshly and severely warned those who perpetrate these wrongs.
We all acknowledge that we are in this world for but a very temporary period of time. What will matter when we are laid in our graves are not the cars that we rode in, nor the palatial dwellings that we lived in and neither the hefty bank balances that we left behind. What will matter is how we lived our lives. It is beautifully said that we make a living by what we get but we make a life and that too a meaningful life by what we give. By putting into practice the above hadeeth we would be surely putting our lives on the track of living a life that matters. A life that will be missed by those we leave behind and not a life that all would be glad to be finally rid of…
Once a funeral passed the Prophet Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam and he remarked: Mustareehun or Mustaraahum Minhu. His companions Radiyallaahu Ta’ala anhum Ajmaeen were perplexed for they had not heard these words before. On enquiring from the Prophet Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam the meaning of these words he Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam replied. The mayyit is either one who is relieved from the trials and tribulations of the world (which naturally includes the mischief of people). This person is Mustareehun. Or the person is one who the world is finally free from his mischief and harm (which he caused to others in his lifetime). This person was referred to as Mustaraahum minhu.
A time will soon come in our lives when one of the two titles will also be applied to us. How we lead our lives will determine which title we become worthy of. The above hadeeth if applied would naturally make us worthy and deserving of the former title. Disregarding or non implementation of it would make us of the latter.