EXPOSING SHORT COMING OF OTHERS

EXPOSING SHORT COMING OF OTHERS

“And yield not to any mean swearer. Defamer, going out with slander”.                                                               

                                                                   (Al-Qalam:10-11)

There was once a wise man, who, after a very long time met his friend.While they were both chatting, his friend said,

“Do you know so and so (name of a person) whom you always considered as your best friend? Well, he has been speaking ill about you to others”

The wise man neither considered this information useful nor was he impressed by itsw conveyor. He just looked at his friend and said,

“You have committed three acts of evil and treachery. Firstly, you have displeased my heart against a brother in faith. Secondly, you have unduly diverted my heart and made it occupied with something unpleasant. And thirdly, you have lowered yourself in my eyes and proved wicked by exposing others”.


In the verses of Sura al-Qalam mentioned above, generally teaches us not to pay attention to a type of mean and lowly people who always engage in defaming and exposing faults of others, even to the extent of slandering – fabricating defects against others.

Imam Ali bin Abi Talib (as) has said,

 

“The worst of the people are those who do not forgive errors and do not cover up short-comings of others”.


The vice and bad habit of exposing the short-coming and defects of others is caused by jealousy and hostility. It leads to the spread of corruption and enmity among people. It causes ill-feeling and disunity in a society or even at home within ones own family.

And this why the habit of covering defects of others has been praised and encouraged in Islam. Imam Ali (as) guides us with the following words:

 

“Keep silent and cover up (short-comings of people) so that you remain secured and safe”

“One who covers up (short-comings) of a Muslim, Allah would reward him by covering him up in this world and in the hereafter”

Quite often the one with big mouth in fault-finding and exposing others, has in his own self such sins and defects as to require much attention in rectifying before his concern for others. Thus Imam Ali (as) suggests;

“Whoever is inquisitive about the defects of others, should commence this and do first with his own self”.

The Imam (as) warning people against friendship of such people further says:



“Refrain from associating with the fault-finders because their friends too, cannot remain safe from their harm”.

AL-JUMUA’H (FRIDAY)

AL-JUMUA’H (FRIDAY)

O you who believe, when the call to prayer is made on ‘ yawmil-jumua’h’ hasten to the remembrance of Allah and leave off all business.That is better for you,if you know  (62:9)

In Arabic yawmil-jumua’h literally means the day of congregation.This day (i.e Friday) is also known as:

Sayyidul-ayyaam the master of all days.In Islam, just as Makkah is the most preferred city and Ramadhan is the most blessed month, Friday is superior to the other six days of the week.The Holy Prophet (saw) has said:

“Friday is the master of all the (other) days, and its greatness with Allah is More than the day of Adh-ha and the day of Fitr”.

Yawmul-Eid  the day of rejoicing. Imam Ali bin Abi Talib (as) has been reported saying:

“Present to your family members some fruits on every Friday so that they may rejoice (are delighted with Friday)”.

Yawmul-Ijaabah the day of acceptance.The Holy Prophet (saw) has said:

“Friday is the best of all days of the week. Good (deed) done on Friday earns many rewards and supplications are (also) accepted”.

 

Some of the other names given to Friday are:

 

Yawmul-Barakah  the day of blessing

Yawmul-Karaamah the day of honor

Ywamul-mazeed  the day of abundance

Friday is different from Jewish Saturday (Sabbath) and Christian Sunday.Jews believe that Saturday is primarily a commemoration of god’s ending his work and resting on the seventh day.Work is forbidden on this day but there is no mention of prayer or worship.Christians changed the Saturday to Sunday.According to the Holy Qur’an, Allah (SWT) needs no rest, nor does He feel fatigue.

Allah ! There is no god save He, the ever-living, the self-subsisting (by whom all subsist). Slumber does not seize Him, nor does sleep.

                                                                                                              (2:255)

 

S.V.Mir Ahmad Ali writes in is commentary of the Holy Qur’an:

 

Islam says: when the time of Jumua’h prayer comes, discontinue every activity and answer the call to prayer, meet earnestly, pray, consult and learn by social contact; and when the meeting is over, scatter and go about your business”

 

 

                                                                                            To be continued next Friday.

MORAL STORY

Mufaddhal was one of the most remarkable companions of Imam Ja’ffar as-Sadiq (as). One day, as he was passing through the market of Kufa, in Iraq, he saw two followers of Imam quarrelling with each other. Mufaddhal came closer and asked them why they were quarrelling.It seemed that the quarrel was over some kind of inheritance and one of them was claiming a sum of four hundred dirhams from the other.

When Mufaddhal heard this story, he took both of them to his house. There he gave the money to the claimant, made them friends again and pleaded with them to live in peace.

When they were leaving, Mufaddhal told them,

“ Verily this money is not from me but from my master Ja’ffar ibn Muhammad (as) who has permitted me to use it for maintaining peace amongst the believers”.

When two believers are quarrelling, Islam teaches us to make peace between them and not to add wood to the fire.Whoever encourages a fight or quarrel is not a believer, but a devil in the form of a human being.

 

Released by:

 

Mulla Mujaheedali Sheriff

mulla@almahdi.org.uk

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