07-10-2006, 10:31 PM
Nine Tips to Face Worldly Challenges Reply
It is reported that the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon
him) said: “My Lord gave me nine bits of advice and I give them toyou.
He advised me:
1. To be sincere whether in private and in public;
2. To do justice whether in anger or in happiness;
3. To be moderate whether in riches or in poverty;
4. To join (in relations) with those who (try) to cut me off;
5. To give to those who deprive me;
6. To forgive those who do wrong to me;
7. That my silence be thoughtful;
8. My speech be mindful (of Allah);
9. My vision be to take admonition.” (Reported by Razeen)
1. Al-Ikhlas (Sincerity) The first principle of Islamic ethics is
sincerity, which means purity of the heart and purity of the mind
(intention). It means truth and honesty. Sincerity is in every
situation, whether alone or in public. There are many who are not
sincere. They live the life of hypocrisy (nifaq). There are some
who show themselves very sincere when in public, but in their private
life when others are not watching them, their behavior changes. Real
sincerity comes from the fear of Allah. In another version of this
hadith, it is mentioned that Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)
said: “The fear of Allah (khashyah) in private or in public.”
2. Al-`Adl (Justice) Justice and fair dealing are necessary with all
people, with friends and foes alike, in happiness as well as in anger.
Sometimes it is easy to talk of justice in the situation of comfort
when there is no commotion or conflict, but the real challenge is to
uphold justice even in relation to those who make you angry. Justice
even to those who hate you and who never stop opposing and mistreating
you. Justice not only in words, but in words and deeds both.
3. Al-Qasd (Moderation) It is to follow the middle path. Moderation
should be in everything, not only in financial matters but in every
aspect of life. In tight situations people become extremist, upset and
afraid. In affluence also people lose control over themselves. The
rich do not see the need for moderation, but moderation is good for
all people in all circumstances.
4. Silat al-Rahim (Keeping the ties of kinship) These are family ties.
This means keeping good relations between all members of the family
and taking care of those who are in need. The challenge is not only
to help those relatives who are nice or who give, but to give also to
those who withhold and do not give anything on any occasion. Family
is moral commitment. One should not be good to family members only when
they are good, but one should be good even to those relatives who do
not treat you well.
5. `Ata’ (Generosity) Believers are always generous. They give to all
and everywhere. There is a great reward in helping people in their
needs. However, the extraordinary character is to give to those who
do not give and to give to those also who purposely deny and deprive
6. Al-`Afw (Forgiveness) It is not easy to forgive those who do wrong
to us. Islam teaches that one should forgive as much as possible, but
the greatest forgiveness is when one pardons while he is capable of
taking revenge and punishing. Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings
be upon him) has given us the best example of this value. He was ever
willing to forgive his enemies.
7. Fikr (Thinking and reflection) It is good to be silent as much as
possible, to speak only when it is necessary. But silence should be
with thinking and reflection.
8. Dhikr (Remembrance of and speaking of Allah) Our tongue is a great
gift of Allah to us. We are distinguished from animals because we can
use our tongue. We should use our tongue to praise Allah and give
thanks to Him, but we should also keep Allah in mind whenever we open
our mouth. A lot of sins of the tongue, such as lying, backbiting,
gossip, bad words, etcetera come because we do not remember Allah.
9. `Ibrah (Learning and taking lessons) Our eyes and minds must remain
open to understand things and to take lessons from the events around
us. We should be very thoughtful always.”
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