Tauheed – Showing off your good deeds is Minor shirk

What Has Been Said About Ar-Riyaa`

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Riyaa` is the performance of an act of worship with the intention of pleasing other than Allah the Exalted.

Deeds which contain elements of riyaa` are invalid, and a form of minor Shirk. Allah does not accept such deeds.

Riya makes us focus on earning appreciation from people rather than seeking Allah’s favor and acceptance.

It is a common human weakness to enjoy being praised and hearing good about oneself; hence, the danger of riyaa` ,

During prayer, the Muslim realises he is being watched, so he perfects his bowings and prostrations. Rather than aiming to please Allah, he aims to impress the people.

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In a Qudsi narration, when people are awaiting the reward for their actions on the day of Resurrection, Allaah will say to those who mixed their deeds with Riyaa’:

“Go to the one for whom you were showing off to in the world and see if you will find any reward with him”
[Ahmad 5:428]

Go to the one who can neither give you paradise nor protect you from Hellfire? Certainly, humiliation awaits he who commits Riyaa’!

The good Muslims of before were careful in hiding their deeds and avoiding Riyaa’

It is reported that when Ibn Abî Laylâ prayed [at night], if someone entered his house, he would lie down on his bed as if he was sleeping.
[Hilyatu Al-Awliyâ` vol.4 p351]

In Al-Madînah, there were poor people who didn’t know where they were getting their food from. When ‘Alî b. Husayn passed away, they started missing what they used to be given at night.
[Siyar A’lâm Al-Nubalâ’]

It should be your goal to give charity so secretly that no one even knows you gave out except Allah.

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Why would a Muslim worship Allah at night, but then announce it on Twitter in the morning?

It is easy to know you who is fasting by checking status updates on BBM.

Why are you angry because your friend left for Makkah without telling you? Or didn’t send you pictures? Don’t you understand your friend is just trying safeguard his umrah from Riyaa’ and reaffirm his sincerety to Allah?

Allah (the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful), says:

“So whoever desires to meet his Lord, let him do righteous deeds and let him not associate any partners with his Lord in his worship”
[Qur’an 18:11]

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On the day of resurrection, a martyr, who spilt his blood in battle and sacrificed his life, will stand before Allah and narrate how he fought fearlessly in jihad; this man will expect a reward from Allah

Similarly, a scholar, who on the surface looked like he was benefiting the Ummah with his knowledge, giving heart rousing lectures, leading Muslims in prayer and making them shed tears due to his beautiful recitation, will also expect a reward.

Finally a wealthy man will follow suit, standing before Allah he will claim he spent his wealth on his relatives, on the poor and in every way that pleases Allah.

Allah will reject their deeds.

Allah has scanned their hearts for sincerity and did not find that. Rather, He found that they did what they did to be praised, to be hailed, to be called the brave warrior! The scholar! The generous man! And indeed they were called by the titles they sought.

Consequently, all three will be dragged with their faces downward and will be casted into Hell.

[Muslim 20:4688]

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This is what Riyaa’ does.

I pray Allah to make you and I sincere Muslims and protect us from falling into any form of Shirk.

Ameen.

Assalamu alaikum.

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Tauheed – On saying “I swear Allah will never forgive him”

Assalamu alaikum.

How many times have we seen a brother working so hard on acts of worship like tahajjud and fasting, only to get so full of himself, and start criticising the weaker Muslims?

His good deeds make him feel superior and over confident, he feels he is so righteous he can determine who is going to burn in hell fire, though his own safety is not even guaranteed. When he sees the sinner entering the club, he says:

“I swear Allah will never forgive him!”

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Or when the newspapers report a scandal, he shouts:

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“I swear these leaders are all going to hell fire!”

Let it be known, that part of tauheed is to acknowledge that the power to forgive is in the hands of Allah.

The prophet ( p.b.u.h ) was injured during the battle of Uhud. He ( p.b.u.h ) said:

“How can a people achieve success after having injured their prophet?” [Fath Al-Bari 7:365]

Thereafter Allah said:

“Not for you is the decision; whether He turns in mercy to pardon them or punish them”
[Qur’an 3:128]

If prophet Muhammad ( peace be upon him ) as high as his position is with Allah could not condemn anyone to eternal punishment, then what about ordinary Muslims like you and I?

Whoever thinks he has the might to decide on who will be forgiven or who will not be forgiven is putting himself in the position of our Rabb, Al-Ghafoor, Ar-Raheem. It is a claim for rights in Rabbship which belong solely to Allah. This person is making himself a partner to Allah. This person is committing shirk.

In a hadith, a man said:

“By Allah (the most High)! Allah will not forgive such-and-such a person,

at which Allah, Almighty, All-powerful said:

“Who is he who swears about Me that I would not forgive so-and-so?
I have pardoned him(the sinner) and wiped out your (the swearer’s) deeds.”
[Muslim 32:6350]

The man who said this was a believing slave, but after he spoke those words, his previous good deeds were brought to nought.

Abu Hurairah said:

“He spoke one word which destroyed his life in this world and in the Hereafter.”

The Prophet (peace be upon him ) informs us in this Hadith that there were two men, a pious man and a sinful man. The former condemned the latter and swore that Allah would never forgive him his sins.

Allah became angry at the statement that suggests one may be barred from Allah’s Mercy and Forgiveness. On the contrary, Allah  declared He had already forgiven the sinner and He, Most High, had invalidated the deeds of the pious man.

Thus due to an injudicious word, the pious man’s deeds were made to count for nothing while the sinner was forgiven.

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Pause, and let this sink in.

You have prayed consistently for many years, fasted in the month of Ramadan many times, perhaps even gone for Hajj and Umrah; Alhamdulillah your good deeds are numerous. Yet one statement of Shirk can wipe all that away..

Who told you Allah will not forgive them their major sins when Allah said:

“Allah forgives whom He will sins other than shirk” [ Qur’an 4:116]

On a closing note, Allah’s mercy is all encompassing. Allah’s Mercy touches the Believers AND the disbelievers.

It was part of Allah’s mercy to send a prophet to the worst tyrants of all, Fir’aun; had Fir’aun accepted the invitation to Islam, then Allah is pleased with the repentance of the transgressor.

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Dear brothers and sisters, do not bar anyone from Allah’s Mercy, as you might actually be barring yourself instead.

May Allah perfect our tauheed.

Assalamu Alaikum.

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Tauheed – Making fun of Islam

(“And if you question them, they declare emphatically:
” We were only talking idly and joking. ”
Say: ” Was it at Allah, His Aayat and His Messenger you were mocking?
“Make no excuses! You have rejected faith after you had accepted it,”
[Qur’an 9:65-66]

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Mocking Islam, or trying to undermine its sanctity and respect, is blatant kufr – no one would dispute that based on the above verse.

The two verses refer to an incident in which the hypocrites, having taken part in the Battle of Tabuk with the Muslims, began to discredit and insult them and their Religion.

The hypocrites mocked Islam when they said:

“We have not seen the likes of these reciters of ours, the most untruthful tongues, the greediest stomachs, the most cowardly in
the face of the enemy…” [At-Tabari 14:333]

The hypocrites afterwards claimed that the slanders they spoke were jokes not meant to be taken seriously.

They were believers in Allah and His Messenger, people of tawheed, however, once they uttered those words, Allah said:

“Verily you have disbelieved after your belief.” [Qur’an 9:65-66]

Their excuses were not acceptable, for they were guilty of mocking Islam, guilty of mocking Allah, His Revelation, His Proofs, His Signs and His Messenger; so Allah labelled them disbelievers.

It is common to find a Muslim man or woman being mocked for adhering to the Islamic sharee’ah.

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Prophet Muhammad ( peace be upon him ) says let the beard grow. Refusing to do so is bad enough, but deriding the command wipes away your tauheed.

The order to wear the hijab, or to stand infront of people to convey a hadith or two, comes from Allah the most High. So when you wink, laugh, stick your tongue out, point, or throw jibes at the obedient Muslim, then your disrespect is directed to Allah and His wisdom in commanding the law.

Allah says the disbelievers mock those who believe, but those who obey Allah and remain steadfast despite the taunts will be on top on the Day of Resurrection [Qur’an 2:212]

The understanding of some scholars is that the only option for the Muslim who mocks Islam is to embrace Islam anew, by testifying that none is worthy of worship except Allah (swt) and that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the Messenger of Allah.

If you were a politician and someone comes to one of your gatherings and mocks your party leader, would you consider that person a party member? Or a someone from the opposition trying to create division?

Same way anyone who ridicules the sunnah of prophet Muhammad is not one of us.

Dont let the mockery get you down, Muslims who are constantly jeered at only need to remember the pious from previous generations and see what was the final outcome.

“As he (prophet Nuh) was constructing the ship, whenever the chiefs of his people passed by him, they mocked at him.” [Qur’an 11:38]

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Allah saved prophet Nuh and those with him in the laden ship, and drowned the rest of the disbelievers.

Therefore do not be part of the group that mocks Islam.

A wise poet once said:

“When someone slanders the leader, he is taken to prison, but when someone slanders Allaah, we tell him that people are free to speak as they wish.”

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May Allah guide us to paradise.

Ameen.

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Tauheed – What has been said about the fortune-teller

Praise be to Allah

Knowledge of the future is exlusive to Allah alone. He says in the Quran

“No one knows what he will earn the next day” [Quran31:34]

If only Allah has knowledge of the future, then it is unwise to have faith in horoscopes, palm readers and crystal ball gazers. All are acts of shirk, because they involve depending on something other than Allah and believing that benefit and harm come from something other than Him.

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The Prophet has condemned whoever visits a fortune-teller.

He who does that makes the fortune teller a partner to Allah in possessing knowledge of the unseen. Only Allah has knowledge of the unseen and the fortune tellers are liars.

Fortune tellers falsely claim to have knowledge of the unseen in order to cheat people of their money and change their beliefs. Such predictions are frequently found in newspapers under the horoscope section.

Others send text messages on fortune telling, with the aim of spreading misguidance, and propagating lies and shirk. They say pick a number, the number you pick corresponds to some good or bad fortune.

If you need guidance on an important matter such as marriage or exams, perform istikhara or consult those with knowledge. Do not disobey Allah by going to the fortune teller,

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Some ‘Imams’ also claim to predict future events. They will tell you success will come if you do such and such.
Why do those who seek worldly provisions go to them? If the responsibility for distribution of wealth was in the hands of the imams/fortune tellers, they should have been the most prosperous. On the contrary, the fortune tellers are the most filthy!

“None in the heavens and earth knows the unseen except Allah” [Quran 27:65]

It is reported on the authority of Abu Hurairah (ra) that the Prophet said:

“Whoever went to a fortune-teller and believed in what he said, has disbelieved in what was revealed to Muhammad.” [Ibn Majah 936]

The Prophet informs us in this Hadith, that whoever visited a fortune-teller and asked him about the unseen – about which, in reality, none possesses knowledge except Allah – and believed in his words, has committed an act of disbelief in the Qur’an and Sunnah, for Allah is Alone in His Knowledge of the unseen.

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Sometimes the fortune teller gets lucky, predicts something and it comes true. These fortune tellers seek help from the jinn.
Seeking help of the jinn or turning to them to fulfill ones desires to cause harm or bring benefit is shirk, because it is a kind of mutual benefitting whereby the jinn responds to the humans request and fulfills his needs in return for the humans veneration of the jinn, or directing some acts of worship to the jinn in a matter that takes one out of Islam.

“and verily there were men among mankind who took shelter with the males among jinn, but they (jinn) increased them (mankind) in sin and transgression [72:6]

We must advise ourselves not to go anywhere near these liars, lest we fall into sin, or our good deeds are wiped out. It is an empty soul which has not tasted imaan (faith) which seeks out these paths. These paths represent a vain attempt to escape Allah’s decree.

Any Muslim who allows fortune telling predictions to determine his actions should seek Allah’s forgiveness and renew his Islam.

Assalamu Alaikum

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Tauheed – Love for Allah

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(Love for Allah)

Amongst the forms of Shirk is Loving others as much as, or more than Allah. This is because Love is a form of worship that should be reserved exclusively for Allah.

Allah the Most Exalted said:

“And of mankind are some who take for worship others besides Allah, as rivals to Allah. They love them as they love Allah.”
[Q2: 165]

A sign that a man loves his family more than Allah is he amasses haraam wealth so that he can spend on them to make them happy. This man would rather displease Allah than displease his family. He loves his family more than Allah. Shirk.

Abdullah, son of Abu Bakr was so much lost in the love of his wife Atika that he did not participate in the battles against the non-Muslims. He even neglected his prayers. Abu Bakr sensed the danger and asked him to divorce his wife.

If our love for others leads to disobeying Allah, this could lead to shirk. May Allah protect us.

A sign that a woman loves the her friends more than Allah is when she dresses to impress her friends, instead of dressing to impress Allah. Her dressing meets the specifications of her friends, instead of meeting the Islamic dress code.

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We must love Allah and Prophet Muhammad (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) more than ourselves, families, friends and wealth.

After accepting Islam, AbdurRahman bn Abubakar said to his father,

“O father, at Badr, twice I had you under my sword, but my love for you held me back.”

To this, Abubakar RA replied

“Son, if I had you only once under my sword, you would have been no more”

This shows Abubakar’s love for his son was for Allah’s sake, not for any special quality inherent in AbdurRahman.

Similarly we know how long prophet Ibrahim AS prayed for offspring, but did not get that until he was very old. When Allah gave the command to slaughter his son as a test, prophet Ibrahim AS was willing to do it. So who did prophet Ibrahim love more? Allah? Or His son?

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Go ahead and seek your worldly portion, Islam discourages laziness in the strongest terms; but do not allow the love for wealth to penetrate into your heart; Do not develop an attachment. Look at your wealth not as something to cherish, but as blocks, sand and cement needed to build your house in paradise.

Allah Almighty said:

“Say: If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your kindred; the wealth that you have gained, the commerce in which you fear a decline, and the dwellings in which you delight …are dearer to you than Allah and His Messenger, and striving hard and fighting in His Cause, then wait until Allah brings about His Decision (torment).”
[Q9:24]

This verse warns of the threat of punishment for the person who loves the EIGHT more than his religion.

The “eight” being: ancestors, descendants, brothers, spouses, tribe, wealth, trade and habitat.

Whoever takes any of the “eight” as partner (to Allah) for whom he has as much love as he has for Allah,  has committed major shirk.

Allah says:
‘But those who believe, love Allah more (than anything else)”
[Q2:165]

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Today people keep relationship, and love only for some worldly reason but this will not provide them any benefit on the Day of Judgement. Rather it will be source of regret.

Allah says:
The love between you is only in the life of this world, but on the Day of Resurrect ion, you shall disown each other, and curse each other, and your abode will be the Fire, and you shall have no helper
[Q29:25]

Assalamu Alaikum.

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Tauheed – on saying “If only such and such”

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Assalamu Alaikum.

Regret is part of everyday life but when something unfavorable happens to you do not say

If only I had known the business would collapse, I wouldn’t have invested my money!”

If only I had known fuel would be scarce this week, I would have bought some last week!”

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If only I had known the lecturer would give a surprise test today, I would have studied last night!”

These are statements of the one who sets up his knowledge as a partner to Allah, statements that imply one’s knowledge averts harm, not Allah.

Why not submit to the will of Allah? Remind yourself that whatever occured was by Allah’s decree, not your miscalculation.

In the aftermath of the battle of Uhud, when the muslims suffered casualties, the hypocrites said:

If we had anything to do with the affair, none of us would have been killed here.” – meaning if we had stayed at home..

Allah replied:

“Even if you had remained in your homes, those for whom death was decreed would certainly have gone forth to the place of their death!” [3: 154]

This ayat proves that even if somehow you had prior knowledge of an imminent misfortune, it would still afflict you, if that is what Allah has decreed, and you would not be able to avoid it.

Acknowledging this fact is necessary to complete your tauheed.

It is narrated in Sahih (Muslim) from Abu Hurairah ((May Allah be please with him that the holy prophet (peace be upon him said)

If any adversity (misfortune) comes to you don’t say:

If I had only acted in such and such way, it would have been such and such’

but instead say:

‘Allah has decreed it and what He willed is done.’

Verily ‘If opens the way for the work of Satan.” [Muslim 33:6441]

How does it open the way for the work of Satan? You start to doubt Allah’s power, you depend on Him less, you spend your time on planning, and when the misfortune strikes you forget to say

Inna lillahi wa Inna ilayhi raaji’un

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May Allah give us perfect tauheed. Ameen

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barakaatuh

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Tauheed – what has been said about bad omens

Praise be to Allah

Evil is ordained by Allah alone. Whoever believes that someone or something other than Allah can ordain evil has committed shirk.

Such people have set up a bad omen as a partner to Allah in ordaining evil.

Muslims are forbidden from believing in bad omens.

A black cat passing infront of you they say is a bad omen

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Bad omens could also be personal.

A brother witnessed an accident on a particular street, thereafter he avoided that route, believing a similar fate might befall him if he ever passed there.

Some residents of Abuja take the National hospital as a bad omen and avoid it no matter the staff on duty.

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Bad omens could be cultural. Some hausa people believe sleeping under the light of a full moon leads to sickness

Believing in bad omens is Shirk because it is an attachment of the heart to other than Allah and a belief that the cause of events is other than He.

A sign of belief in evil omens is pessimism based on these omens.

It is reported on the authority of Abu Hurairah (ra) that the Messenger of Allah said:

“There is no haamah  and no Safar”

[Bukhari 71:608]

Haamah means Interpreting omens based on the flight of a nocturnal bird. If a bird on a tree  upon taking off flies to the right, the mushrik believes good will follow; but if the birds flies to the left, then that would be a sign of evil to come and the intended action will be aborted.

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As for Safar, it is the the pagan belief that the arrival of the month of Safar in the Muslim calendar bodes ill; and as such, the mushrik would not embark on anything important in this month.

The prophet (peace be upon him) refuted those who believe Safar carries bad omens by marrying Aisha in this month.

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In the above hadith, the prophet (peace be upon) tells us of the falseness of believing in omens and their effect.

A muslim should not be pessimistic, and should not abort intended actions based on omens.

Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said:

“There is no contagious diseases and no bad omens, but al-f`al pleases me.”

They asked: “What is al-f`al?”

He replied: “It is the good word.”

[Bukhari 71:650]

Good and evil are ordained by Allah, the Prophet negated the idea that infectious
diseases such as ebola, measles or chicken pox of themselves can affect a person

These diseases have no power, they cannot be contracted unless Allah (The Most High) wills it.

Similarly the hadith tells us that omens cannot affect us, either adversely or positively.

Al-F`al also means Optimism. The prophet peace be upon him endorsed and approved optimism because optimism means to think well of Allah and to be filled with positive zeal to achieve one’s objectives – as opposed to pessimism which produces lethargy and depression.

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The Hadith rejects the belief in omens because such belief is a denial of Allah’s Qadr and because it causes the heart to become attached to other than Allah , and this is Shirk

Optimism is desirable because it strengthens one’s trust in Allah.

The true believer should supplicate to Allah should any trace of this belief in omens take hold of one’s heart.

On the authority of Ibn Mas’ood (ra), in a marfoo’ form, it is reported that he said:

“Bad omens are Shirk,

Bad omens are Shirk,

Bad omens are Shirk.

There is none among us who is not afflicted by it, but Allah, by true dependence on Him removes it from the heart.”

( Abu Dawood 29:3901)

Ibn Mas’ood informs us in this narration that the Prophet described Bad omens as Shirk, and he emphasised this by repeating it. And he said that there is none who is not afflicted by it to some degree at sometime or other, but that Allah will remove it from the heart of the one who places his complete trust in Him and depends upon Him Alone.

True dependence on Allah causes bad omens to be removed from the heart.

Imam Ahmad reports, on the authority of Ibn `Amr (ra), that the Prophet said:

“Whoever is turned back from his objective by a bad omen has committed Shirk.”

The Messenger of Allah informs us in this Hadith that whoever allowed pessimism due to omens to deflect him from his intentions has committed a form of Shirk,

Those who abort their intended actions due to a bad omen are those who belief in bad omens.

“Oh, Allah ! There is no good except that which You bestow and there is no evil except that which You bestow and there is none has the right to be worshipped but You.”

May Allah keep us away from all forms of shirk. Ameen.

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