Date: 6th January 2017; 7th or 8th Rabi-Al-Thani 1438;
ISLAMIC AL-JUMUAA REMINDER AND LEGACY GROUP, (http://aljumaareminder.com/), how to receive Allah’s Mercy:
HOW TO RECEIVE ALLAH’S MERCY [FROM THE QURAN]
DISCLAIMER: There are many different ways on how to receive Allah’s Mercy from the Quran and Sunnah but we are going to provide some of the general ways on how to receive Allah’s Mercy directly from the Quran. We are not downgrading the Sunnah because Allah swears by Himself as follows:
But no, by your Lord, they can have no Faith, until they make you (O Muhammad SAW) judge in all disputes between them, and find in themselves no resistance against your decisions, and accept (them) with full submission. (Qur’an 4:65)
We are just trying to highlight the general ways of receiving Allah’s Mercy.
Receive Allah’s Mercy through being patient:
And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.) who, when afflicted with calamity, say: “Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.“ They are those on whom are the Salawat (i.e. blessings, etc.) (i.e. who are blessed and will be forgiven) from their Lord, and (they are those who) receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the guided-ones. (Qur’an 2:155-157)
Note: One should not go around seeking unnecessary fitna (trials) but should ask Allah to keep him away from fitna. For example a man should not go to a night club and deceive himself that he is going there to be in the midst of fitna and remove himself to strengthen his imaan (faith). This is an example of a man who purposely seeks fitna for no reason.
One should simply ask Allah to keep him away from trials but if trials come his way, one has no choice but to deal with them. For example a man is entering a mosque to pray and he finds a prostitute dressed inappropriately in the mosque. This is an example of a man who did not seek fitna but Allah tested him.
Receive Allah’s Mercy through following the Qur’an and fearing Allah:
And this is a blessed Book (the Qur’an) which We have sent down, so follow it and fear Allah (i.e. do not disobey His Orders), that you may receive mercy (i.e. saved from the torment of Hell). (Qur’an 6:155)
Note: This is a wide area to explain. Following the Quran means we have to follow the authentic Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). These two should be the only ones we follow. Why do you think Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in his last sermon told us to hold fast to the Quran and Sunnah in order that we should not go astray? Some of you may be wondering by saying, “Hey, Prophet Muhammad only made us focus on deen (religion) and he forgot to tell us to work on our dunya (worldly matters).”
We reply by saying, “Are you serious? What our Prophet said is the truth. How to work on our dunya (worldy matters) has already been explained in the Qur’an and Sunnah and that is why there was no need to mention it. For example we are taught in (Qur’an 2:282) on how to handle debts and they should be written even though Prophet Muhammad (SAW) himself never knew how to read and write. Another example is that we should seek the bounty of Allah as shown in (Qur’an 2:198), (Qur’an 5:2), (Qur’an 16:14), (Qur’an 17:66), (Qur’an 28:73), (Qur’an 30:23,46), (Qur’an 35:12), (Qur’an 45:12), (Qur’an 48:29), (Qur’an 62:10), (Qur’an 73:20), etc. ”
We have been guided on how to go about in our worldly affairs. Everything is halaal (permissible) except those which were made haraam (forbidden) by the Quran and Sunnah. So make the right nia (intention) and be amazed of your rewards in the Day of Judgement (and in this world too if Allah so wills).
Receive Allah’s Mercy through fearing Allah:
“Do you wonder that there has come to you a Reminder from your Lord through a man from amongst you, that he may warn you, so that you may fear Allah and that you may receive (His) Mercy?” (Qur’an 7:63)
Receive Allah’s Mercy through listening silently when the Qur’an is being recited:
So, when the Qur’an is recited, listen to it, and be silent that you may receive mercy. (Qur’an 7:204)
Note: Please consult a Scholar on the interpretation of (Qur’an 7:63). There are different opinions on (Qur’an 7:63) that we believe it would be best for you to listen to them from a Scholar and choose the opinion you consider the most correct not because it is easy but because it the most correct.
Receive Allah’s Mercy through performing As-Salat, giving Zakat and obeying the Messenger:
And perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat), and give Zakat and obey the Messenger (Muhammad SAW) that you may receive mercy (from Allah). (Qur’an 24:56)
Receive Allah’s Mercy through seeking the Forgiveness of Allah:
He said: “O my people! Why do you seek to hasten the evil (torment) before the good (Allah’s Mercy)? Why seek you not the Forgiveness of Allah, that you may receive mercy?” (Qur’an 27:46)
Receive Allah’s Mercy through being Aware:
And when it is said to them: “Beware of that which is before you, and that which is behind you, in order that you may receive Mercy. And never come an Ayah from among the Ayat (signs) of their Lord to them, but they did turn away from it. (Qur’an 36:45-46)
Note: Many people are heedless of the signs of Allah. We should try not to be among the heedless. If we are heedless we will necessarily turn away from the Ayat (signs) of Allah even though they are present everywhere around us.
Let us represent the opposite of heedlessness which is being attentive, careful, heedful, observant, thoughtful, cautious and even caring.
Receive Allah’s Mercy through making reconciliation between your brothers and fearing Allah:
The believers are nothing else than brothers (in Islamic religion). So make reconciliation between your brothers, and fear Allah, that you may receive mercy. (Qur’an 49:10)
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