09-10-2005, 12:28 AM
The Benefits of Practicing lkhlas with AllaahReply
By Shaykh Husayn al-'Awaayishah
1. The Muslim Ummah will be victorious, for the Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said (what translated means): “Allaah only gives victory to this nation because of its weak ones, because of their du’aa, Salaah and Ikhlas.” (At-Targhib wa at-Tarhib)
2. Acquiring safety from Allaah's punishment and wrath in the Hereafter. Allaah said about some people who observe Ikhlas (what translated means):
“And they give food, in spite of their love for it (or for the love of Him), to the poor, the orphan, and the captive. (Saying): ‘We feed you seeking Allaah's Countenance only. We wish for no reward, nor thanks from you. Verily, we fear from our Lord a Day, hard and distressful, that will make the faces look horrible (from extreme dislikeness to it).’ So Allaah saved them from the evil of that Day, and gave them Nadhratan (a light of beauty) and joy. And their recompense shall be Paradise, and silken garments, because they were patient.” (76:8-12)
3. Elevation to a higher grade in the Hereafter. There are many aayaat and ahaadeeth about this subject, such as the following aayah that describes the abrar (the pious). Allaah said (what translated means):
“So Allaah saved them from the evil of that Day, and gave them Nadhratan (a light of beauty) and joy. And their recompense shall be Paradise, and silken garments, because they were patient. Reclining therein on raised thrones, they will see there neither the excessive heat of the sun, nor the excessive bitter cold. And the shade thereof is close upon them, and the bunches of fruit thereof will hang low within their reach. And amongst them will be passed round vessels of silver and cups of crystal. Crystal-clear, made of silver. They will determine the measure thereof according to their wishes. And they will be given to drink there a cup (of wine) mixed with Zanjabil (ginger, etc.). A spring there, called Salsabil. And round about them will (serve) boys of everlasting youth. If you see them, you would think them scattered pearls.” (76:11-19)
Also, the Messenger of Allaah (Sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said (what translated means): “The first group that enters Paradise will be glittering like the moon when it is full. The following group will glitter like the brightest planet in the sky; they will neither urinate, nor answer the call of nature, nor spit, nor have any nasal secretions; their brushes will be from gold, their sweat is Misk. The aloes-wood will be used in their centres, and their wives are from Hur al-‘Een (Houris, female fair ones, with wide, lovely eyes). They will all look like each other, just as is the statute of their father Adam, sixty feet in the sky.” (Saheeh all-Bukhaaree & Saheeh Muslim)
4. Safety from falling into misguidance in this dunya, that is, the life of this world. We have mentioned before example to this subject in the story of Prophet Yusuf.
“Thus it was that We might turn away from him evil and illegal sexual intercourse. Surely, he was one of our Mukhlasin (chosen, guided persons who observe Ikhlas with Allaah.” (12:24)
5. Acquiring an increase in huda (Right Guidance), as Allaah said (what translated means): “Truly! They were young men who believed in their Lord, and We increased them in guidance.” (18:13)
6. Residents of the heavens will love those who observe Ikhlas. The Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said (what translated means): “When Allaah loves a slave, He summons Jibreel, saying: ‘Allaah, the Exalted, loves Fulan (such and such person), so love him’, and Jibreel will love him. Then he calls upon the people of the heaven: ‘Allaah loves Fulan, so love him’, and the people of the heaven will love him. Then acceptance (honour, content, love, etc.) will be sent down (and spread up [meaning between the community of the believers]) on earth for him.” (Saheeh al-Bukhaaree & Saheeh Muslim)
7. Acceptance and honour for the mukhlisin, those who observe Ikhlas, will be sent down and spread up on earth for them, as was mentioned in the previous hadeeth.
8. Having a good reputation among people, as was mentioned in the previous hadeeth. Also, the Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said (what translated means): “Each slave has a reputation in the heaven. If his reputation in the heaven is good, it will be sent down to earth (transferred as such). However, if his reputation is bad in the heaven, it will be transferred as such to the earth.” (Al-Bazzar)
9. Acquiring safety from all types of hardships and disasters in this life, as was mentioned in the story of the three persons who were trapped in the cave.
10. Achieving tranquillity in the heart and feeling joy, content and elation, for Allaah said (what translated means): “Verily, in the remembrance of Allaah do hearts find rest.” (13:28)
11. Faith will be endeared to the mukhlisin, while wickedness will be made hateful to them. Allaah said (what translated means): “And know that, among you there is the Messenger of Allaah. If he were to obey you (follow your opinions and desires) in much of the matter, you would surely be in trouble, but Allaah has endeared the Faith to you and has beautified it in your hearts, and has made disbelief, wickedness and disobedience (to Allaah and His Messenger) hateful to you. These! They are the rightly guided ones.” (49:7)
We have mentioned before how Prophet Yusuf was made to hate fornication, disbelief and wickedness, and how Eemaan was made beautiful to him, that he preferred staying in jail rather than falling into fornication and sin.
12. Allaah willing, Ikhlas will guide one to choose the rightly-guided company, those who observe Ikhlas. The best example for this subject is that the companions of the Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) were friends with each other as they were friends with the Messenger (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), and who can find a better company than the Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and his companions.
13. Enduring all types of hardships in this life with patience. The Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and his companions were excellent in this behaviour, for they endured and were patient in the face of all types of hardships, and the proof to this better behaviour is detailed in abundance in their Seerah (life stories).
14. Acquiring the good end, as is evident from the story of the man who had killed ninety nine persons, but then sought to repent from his crimes. This person's Ikhlas in seeking forgiveness from Allaah guided him until he died while his heart was coming back to Allaah, the Exalted.
15. Du’aa will be accepted, as is evident from the story of the young boy, the wizard and the priest. Also, an example to this is the story of the three men who were trapped in the cave. This, indeed, is a vast subject with numerous examples testifying to the fact that Ikhlas is an essential ingredient that ensures the acceptance of du’aa.
16. Being rewarded in the grave, and receiving the glad tidings of the joy and happiness that the mukhlisin will enjoy in the grave and in the Hereafter. We have narrated the hadeeth by al-Baraa' ibn ‘Azib which describes how one's good deeds will come in the shape of a handsome man, wearing nice clothes and whose scent is pleasing, saying: “I am your good deeds.”
09-10-2005, 01:51 PM
Jazak Allah koli khair :thumbs_up!!
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