September 26, 2020 | Safar 8, 1442
Al-Baqara (The Cow) Sura 2: Verse 286 (partial)
This verse is meant to underline the important fact that although the responsibility to hear and to respond reposed in this community is an onerous one, equally great is the mercy and compassion of Allah: Allah never burdens Allah's servants with anything more than they can bear. Everyone is responsible as far as they have the capacity to shoulder a responsibility, and they will not be held accountable for what is beyond their power. All rules and laws of the Shariah are based on this principle which allows concessions to individuals facing genuine hardships or constraints. Allah does not like that Allah's servants should encumber themselves with burdens that they cannot bear, nor is it permissible for anyone else to burden them with what they are unable to bear.
It is also worth bearing in mind at this point that, as reported in ahadith, whenever the Prophet (peace be upon him) took a pledge from his companions to hear and to obey him, he would himself add the words: "to the best of (your) ability". This was a practical implementation of this verse. The concession and the glad tidings in it for the believers is quite obvious, especially at a time when the responsibilities for a most glorious Shariah were being passed on to them.
"Pondering Over The Qur'an: Surah al-Fatiha and Surah al-Baqarah" - Amin Ahsan Islahi
From Issue: 966 [Read original issue]
The most excellent of those who perform any practice are people who do it with the greatest remembrance of God. The most excellent of those who make the pilgrimage are people who remember God most [in their pilgrimage]. And the same holds true for all other practices.
Ibn Abil-Dunya mentioned in a hadith reliably transmitted from the first generation that when the Prophet, peace be upon him, was asked which of the people who frequented the mosque were best, he answered, 'Those who remember God most.' When asked which of the people who attended a funeral were best, he answered, 'Those who remember God most.' When asked which warriors were best, he answered, 'Those who remember God most.' When asked which pilgrims were best, he answered, 'Those who remember God most.' And when asked which of those who visited the sick were best, he said, 'Those who remember God most.' At which Abu Bakr said, 'Those who remember have taken all the good!'
"The Invocation of God" - Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, p. 97
From Issue: 708 [Read original issue]
One Special Good Deed
What is the ONE special good deed that you’d want to remember your Ramadan with this year? Something you’ve never done before, something you’ve pushed yourself beyond your means and out of your comfort zone to achieve! If there’s nothing that comes to mind, this is the time to rush and make sure you make this Ramadan truly memorable for your soul by doing something extraordinary this Ramadan!
Here are some ideas:
- Go for Itikaaf.
- Take out your wallet and give the largest ONE donation you’ve ever given in your life to a charitable cause.
- Forgive that ONE person you said you’ll never ever forgive.
- Get to know a poor family and vow to sponsor them as long as you live.
- Feed 100 fasting people!
& there are lots more you can do...
What is it going to be for you?
Something that can make this Ramadan truly special. Think about it then take action!
From Issue: 597 [Read original issue]