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Make a Promise, Be Saved from the Fire [inshaa’Allah]

Asalamoalaykum warahmatullah,

In light of the Aisha Khan case and many other cases of the similar kind, one must never ever accuse a Muslim regardless of what they’ve done. It is a major sin to accuse innocent Muslim women even if you think the accusation will somehow prove to be true. We’re not accountable for what they did. We’re accountable for what we do and think:

“Verily, those who accuse chaste women, who never even think of anything touching their chastity and are good believers — are cursed in this life and in the Hereafter, and for them will be a great torment” [al-Noor 24:23]

I know I cannot change the world but at least I can change myself. So this is how I’m going to live life and initiate change and I request everyone to make the same promise to themselves. This is my promise: if there’s one place in the entire world a Muslim brother/sister will feel safe with their honor/wealth/mind…then that would inshaa’Allah be me. I will try my best to not let my personal grudges get in the way and I will choose to bend in front of Allah SWT than prostrate to my Nafs or Shaytan’s waswasa. And of course it is upto Allah SWT to Help me control me.

I’m sure even thinking that way makes one feel better. Now let me tell you that there are great rewards for it. So every time somebody dishonors a person in your presence, I ask you to remember the following ahadith and take appropriate steps. That person doesn’t necessarily has to be an ‘Alim to warrant your defence. Any Muslim brother or sister! Too many people watch and allow injustice to happen. It’s not a true Muslim’s habit to allow that to take place inshaa’Allah.

Few reminders:

Reward for Protecting a Muslim’s Honor

  • From Abu’l-Darda’ RA: The Messenger of Allah salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam said: “Whoever defends the honour of his brother, this will be a protection for him from the Fire.” [Al-Khara’iti, Makarim al-Akhlaq; Ibn ‘Asakir. There is nothing wrong with its Isnad as there is corroborating evidence. See Ghayah al-Maram (below Hadith No. 431).]
  •  From Asma’ bint Yazid RA, who said: The Prophet salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam said: “Whoever defends his brother’s honour in his absence, will be entitled to Allah’s protection from the Fire.” [Ahmad et al. It is Sahih because of corroborating and similar reports. See Ghayah al-Maram (431).]
  • The Prophet salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam said: “Whoever defends his brother’s honour, Allah will protect his face from the Fire of the Day of Resurrection.“[Narrated and classed as Hasan by al-Tirmidhi. Classed as Hasan by al-Albani, Ghayah al-Maram (below Hadith 431).]

Punishment for Dishonoring a Muslim

  • From Mu’adh ibn Anas al-Juhani: The Prophet salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam said: “Whoever protects a Muslim from a hypocrite, (probably he said:) Allah will send an angel to protect his flesh from the Fire of Hell; and whoever accuses a Muslim of something, seeking to disgrace him, Allah will detain him on the bridge of Hell until he has been fully punished for what he said.” [Abu Dawud: Sahih Sunan Ab iDawud (4086); Ibn Abi Dunya. See also al-Albani, Sahih al-Targhib wa’l-Tarhib.]

And Allah SWT knows best.

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2 comments on “Make a Promise, Be Saved from the Fire [inshaa’Allah]

  1. I followed her story as it was all over the national media. I’m bothered by her story.

    I’m not upset with her specifically or would imply that something dishonorable was happening/happened on her part but I feel that the Muslim American community is going to pretend nothing wrong happened.

    That’s delusional. Something wrong did happen – otherwise a 19 yr old married Muslim sister won’t just disappear without telling anyone about her whereabouts.

    Our Muslim American communities need to stop pretending everything turns back to normal and speak about the underlying root causes of these issues.

    p.s. I like your blog. Keep up the good work.

    • I agree.

      And like I did in the post, I ask you to do the same. If you see injustice anywhere, please stand up for it and be pro-active. Do not let people suffer in silence whether it is your own sister or anybody else’s. These were the qualities of the Ansaar at the time of the Prophet salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam. I’m sure you know about the hadith in which the woman complained to the Prophet about being ‘forced’ to get married to the gentleman her father had decided for her. If you study the context of one of the narrations of the hadith, the Ansaar men of that time stood up to that lady and told her that they’d help her in her situation. That says a lot, keeping in mind that in Arabia, it was the norm to bury young girls alive. What a drastic change the knowledge of Islam had brought in them, subhanAllah.

      Education is important and it should be carried out 2-fold:

      (1) Initiation of dialogue in local communities. These topics should be brought up in our everyday conversations to make people realize the severity of such issues. Unfortunately, such topics are brushed under the carpet. People have forgotten how to live real lives and it’s destroying the social framework of families. A family destroyed is equal to a whole community being destroyed.

      (2) Most importantly, brothers must educate each other about Islam and it’s teachings. Men are qawamoon, protectors, of their families. They must be just and know what’s going on in their families. They spend their entire lives earning for the family which is mashaa’Allah excellent. But a family needs more than money. In fact, I’ll say it doesn’t need a lot of money. In reality, it needs care, concern and dedication as well as a leader who is assertive and makes decisions on the basis of what’s right for the each individual of the family and not just based on his desires/preferences. A lot of problems such as domestic violence issues would not exist if men and women assumed responsibility as they are asked by their Lord. And Allah SWT knows best.

      I think the family needs some Muslim counselling. May Allah SWT help them and ‘Aisha to be strong in this difficult time. May Allah SWT protect their honor and make them better Muslims.Ameen.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
      Wasalamu ‘alaykum,
      -UmmS.

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