Date: 20th June 2014; 21st/22nd Sha’ban 1435;
ISLAMIC AL-JUMUAA REMINDER AND LEGACY GROUP (http://aljumaareminder.com/) reminds that Allah is ever Watchful:
ALLAH IS WATCHING YOU
Say: “Sufficient is Allah for a witness between me and you. Verily, He is Ever Well – Acquainted, All-Seer of His slaves.” (Qur’an 17:96)
Verily, your Lord is Ever Watchful. (Qur’an 89:14)
When Nabi Sallallahu alaihi wasallam was asked about the highest level of Imaan (faith), he said “The highest level of Imaan is Ihsaan (perfection). You worship Allah as if you can see him; but if you can’t do that level then at least remember that Allah sees you.” This is how the righteous were before us, they always remembered the fact that Allah subhana wata’ala is watching over them.
Uthman Ibn Affan famously, whenever he would remove his clothing to shower in his home, he would be ashamed of the fact that Allah sees him unclothed, that Allah sees him in that state. How many of us even remember Allah while we’re showering and remember to be ashamed of Allah? But this is how the righteous were.
From amongst the early Muslims, there was a righteous man by the name of Hatim al-Asam and he used to study with his teacher, with some other young students. Hatim used to be treated better than the other students. So one day the other students complained, they said, “You treat Hatim better than the rest of us.” So the teacher to prove to them that they’re not on equal level, one day he brings each of them a chicken. He gives every student a chicken and he says, “Go where no one can see you and slaughter the chicken.” They all come back with the animal slaughtered except for Hatim, so the teacher asked him, “Why didn’t you slaughter the chicken?” Hatim answered, “You told me to go where no one could see me but everywhere I went Allah could see me.”
How many people remember this? When they are told make sure no one sees you, how many people think of Allah? But people only think of other human beings seeing them, other human beings walking in upon them and so they lock doors, they close windows, they turn off lights, they make sure there are no cameras and they don’t care that Allah is watching, the most important of all the witnesses. And for that reason the early Muslims they used to say do not look at how small the sin is but look at the Greatness of the One you are sinning against.
It’s not about the sin you are committing; it’s about who you are committing it in front of – Allah. And for that reason Ibn Qayyim he used to say that if someone is committing a sin, big or small and the fact that they don’t care that Allah is watching them and looking at them while they are committing the sin that could be worse than the sin itself that they’re committing. If the wind blows and it moves the door the person gets scared because he/she thinks another human being is going to see him/her and the person did not care that Allah sees him/her; then that can be worse than the sin itself.
With Allah being the first of the witnesses then it befits the believing men and women to make sure that when they are alone with Allah that they’re also enemies of the Shaytan. But unfortunately many people in the Masjid and the public they show that they are friends of Allah and enemies of the Shaytan. And the best of their behavior/manners comes out when they’re with the believing brothers and sisters in the Masjid and in Islamic events.
When does the worst come out of us, brothers and sisters? When we’re alone with Allah, that’s when the worst of our manners comes out, the worst of our deeds comes out. So that means then in that case we’re becoming enemies of the Shaytan in public but we’re good friends with the Shaytan and enemies of Allah when we’re alone. Is it befitting that the only time your alone with Allah is when the worst out of you comes? Let us always remember and be aware that Allah is always watching us. There is never a time Allah is not seeing us.
And when they meet those who believe, they say: “We believe,” but when they are alone with their Shayatin (devils – polytheists, hypocrites), they say: “Truly, we are with you; verily, we were but mocking.” (Qur’an 2:14)19 - IARLG - ALLAH IS WATCHING YOU; Date: 20th June 2014; 21st or 22nd Sha’ban 1435 (84 downloads)
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