No One Learns For Free

The Egyptians have been passing through countless hardships ever since the army overthrew the MB government. When they did so, I was expecting the conflicts to somehow diminish. I naively thought that overthrowing the MB would prevent an imminent danger of civil war. Instead, when inspecting the events carefully, civil war is the most convenient term that can be used to describe this state we’re living in nowadays.

The division has become extremely severe, from the very inside out. Never before were families torn apart so carelessly. Bloodshed has become the number one priority in solving problems. Hatred and vulgarity is the ongoing theme nowadays, driving us towards more darkness than ever before.

I have no doubt about the MB being guilty of several crimes, already talked about this before. But sadly their crimes are currently being used as an alibi for further bloodshed. In addition, current officials are blatantly repeating the exact same crimes committed before by the MB, each in favor of their own, with no sign of a conscience.

Revolutions are supposed to awaken us from a sleep, and not throw us in a deeper coma. They’re supposed to shed light and not take it away. In our case so far, our road has been full of opportunists, each seeking a bigger piece of the prize. A prize that is covered in blood of martyrs, and sweat and agony of those who are still alive. But non of that is important, as long as you do not care for anyone other than yourself.

The One who united all of us before, three years ago, is capable of doing so once again at the right time. Maybe we need some time to reflect and learn. Maybe we need to be reminded that everything happens for a reason. After all, no one learns a lesson for free.

May Allah be with us all

Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday

Today is the memorial of the birth of our prophet Muhammad (Mercy and Peace be upon him). I certainly do not have the required knowledge to talk about him in detail, as I’m still in the process of learning about him. I’m doing so through his ‘Seerah’, AKA his Biography, which I greatly encourage anyone eager enough to know about this man, and the means he used to convey the message of Islam to read. Today there are about 1.6 billion Muslims around the globe, and it all started with this man. Anyone convinced that Islam was spread by the sword is the most in need to read his ‘Seerah’ and get to know for himself where the truth lies.

You can see someone from a distance, and instantly admire that person. Though the moment you see that person speak, can in fact be a more decisive moment for this admiration that you had a moment ago. I believe the words that come out of your mouth can be used for lots of different things, good or evil. More importantly for your own sake, the words you speak are a mirror to your character. Choose them as how you wish people to see you.

For now, all I am capable of doing in regard to this year’s memorial, is to gather some of his well known, and most authentic ‘Hadiths” (Sayings), that reflect what kind of a man he was.

Thank you for reading, and may God bless you all.

Character

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “One who covers up the failings of someone in this world will have his shortcomings covered up by God on the Day of Judgment.” – Riyadh us-Saleheen, 240

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “By his good character, a believer will attain the degree of one who prays during the night and fasts during the day.” – Abu Dawood, Hadith 2233

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Being rich does not mean having a great amount of property, but [it] is being content [with what one has].” – Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Hadith 453

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “(God) has revealed to me that you should adopt humility so that no one oppresses another.” – Riyadh-us-Salaheen, Hadith 1589

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “No one has swallowed anything more excellent in the sight of God…than the anger he restrains, seeking to please God most high.” Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1324

A person once asked the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him): “What is faith?” The Prophet replied: “When a good deed becomes a source of pleasure for you and an evil deed becomes a source of disgust, then you are a believer.” He was then asked: “What is a sin?” The Prophet said: “When something pricks your conscience, give it up.” Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 8

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Envy is not permitted except in two cases: (Envy) of a person who God has given wealth and he spends it in the right way, and (envy of) a person who God has given wisdom and he gives his decisions accordingly and teaches it to others.” – Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 2, Hadith 490

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Wealth consists of various kinds of treasures, and those treasures (all) have keys. Blessed is the man whom God has made a key for good and a lock for evil.” Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1366

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever suffers an injury and forgives (the person responsible), God will raise his status to a higher degree and remove one of his sins.” Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 998

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Shall I tell you who are the best among you?…The best of you are those who when seen are a means of God Being brought to mind.” AL-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1302

Narrated Masruq: “I asked (the Prophet Muhammad’s wife) Aisha which (good) deed was most loved by the Prophet. She said: ‘A deed done continuously.'” Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 2, Hadith 232

Charity

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Charity does not diminish wealth.” – Riyadh-us-Saleheen, Volume 1, Hadith 556

Equality

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “God does not judge you according to your bodies and appearances, but He looks into your hearts and observes your deeds.”

Family

A man once told the Prophet that he had many children but did not kiss any of them. The Prophet (pbuh) replied: “Verily, God will only show mercy to those of His servants who do good to others.” Imam Bukhari’s Book of Muslim Morals and Manners

“Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worhsip none save Him, and show kindness to your parents. If one or both of them attain old age with thee, say not “Fie” unto them or repulse them, but speak unto them a gracious word.” Holy Quran, Surah 17, Verses 23-24

Forgiveness

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever suffers an injury and forgives (the person responsible), God will raise his status to a higher degree and remove one of his sins.” Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 998

Honesty

The Prophet (peace be upon him) quoted a person who will face severe punishment on Judgment day as saying: “I enjoined others to do good, but did not do it myself, and I forbade them to do evil, but did it myself.” – Riyadh-us-Saleheen, Hadith 198

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “If you guarantee me six things on your part I shall guarantee you Paradise : Speak the truth when you talk, keep a promise when you make it, when you are trusted with something fulfill your trust, avoid sexual immorality, lower your gaze (in modesty), and restrain your hands from injustice.” – Al Tirmidhi, Hadith 1260

Justice

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Help your brother, whether he is an oppressor or he is oppressed.” People asked, “…It is right to help him if he is oppressed, but how should we help him if he is an oppressor?” The Prophet said, “By preventing him from oppressing others.” Sahih Al-Bukhari, 3:624

The Prophet also stated that God said: “O My servants, I have forbidden oppression for Myself and have made it forbidden amongst you, so do not oppress one another.” – Hadith Qudsi, 17

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “To administer justice between two people is charity.” – Fiqh-us-Sunnah, 3:98

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The just and fair will be seated on chairs of light before God. Such people are those who decide with justice and deal justly in matters relating to their families and other affairs entrusted to them.” – Riyadh-us-Saleheen, Hadith 650

“God does not burden a soul beyond what it can bear. Each will enjoy the good it earns, as indeed each will suffer for the wrong.” – The Holy Quran, Chapter 2, Verse 286

Kindness

A man once told the Prophet that he had many children but did not kiss any of them. The Prophet (pbuh) replied: “Verily, God will only show mercy to those of His servants who do good to others.” Imam Bukhari’s Book of Muslim Morals and Manners

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “If one of you loves his brother, he should tell him that he loves him.” – Imam Bukhari’s Book of Muslim Morals and Manners

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Be kind, for whenever kindness becomes part of something, it beautifies it. Whenever it is taken from something, it leaves it tarnished.” He also said: “Make things simple and do not complicate them. Calm people and do not drive them away.” – Imam Bukhari’s Book of Muslim Morals and Manners

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) would hear the crying of a child in the company of his mother during payer, and he would then recite only a short portion of the Quran (to end the prayer and let the mother comfort her child).” – Sahih Muslim, Hadith 220

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “God did not send me to be harsh, or cause harm, but He sent me to teach and make things easy.” – Sahih Muslim, Hadith 707

Life & Human Nature

“God does not burden a soul beyond what it can bear. Each will enjoy the good it earns, as indeed each will suffer for the wrong.” – The Holy Quran, Chapter 2, Verse 286

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “There is no disease that God has created, except that He has also created its treatment.” – Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume, Hadith 582

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “If anyone would like to receive an answer from God in times of difficulty, he should make many supplications when times are easy.”

A person once asked the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him): “What is faith?” The Prophet replied: “When a good deed becomes a source of pleasure for you and an evil deed becomes a source of disgust, then you are a believer.” He was then asked: “What is a sin?” The Prophet said: “When something pricks your conscience, give it up.” Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 8

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Wealth consists of various kinds of treasures, and those treasures (all) have keys. Blessed is the man whom God has made a key for good and a lock for evil.” Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1366

Manners

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “One who covers up the failings of someone in this world will have his shortcomings covered up by God on the Day of Judgment.” – Riyadh us-Saleheen, 240

Mercy

A man once told the Prophet that he had many children but did not kiss any of them. The Prophet (pbuh) replied: “Verily, God will only show mercy to those of His servants who do good to others.” Imam Bukhari’s Book of Muslim Morals and Manners

Moderation

The Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) said, “Religion is very easy and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near to perfection and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded; and gain strength by worshipping in the mornings, the nights.” – Sahih Al Bukhari – Volumn I, Hadith 8

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “God did not send me to be harsh, or cause harm, but He sent me to teach and make things easy.” – Sahih Muslim, Hadith 707

Time

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “A time will come when the murderer will not know why he has committed the murder, and the victim will not know why he has been killed.” – Sahih Muslim, Hadith 1356

War

“During [a military expedition], a woman was found killed, so [the Prophet Muhammad] forbade the killing of women and children.” Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Hadith 258

Witnessing

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Should I not tell you of the best witness? He is the one who produces his evidence before he is asked for it.” – Sahih Muslim, Hadith 799

Women

The Prophet (pbuh) said: “The most perfect in faith amongst believers is he who is best in manner and kindest to his wife.”

The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “The best thing in this world is a virtuous woman (wife).” – Riyadh us-Salaheen, 1:280

The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “Whoever has three daughters, cares and provides for them, and shows them mercy, will enter Paradise .” Imam Bukhari’s Book of Muslim Morals and Manners

A man once told the Prophet that he had many children but did not kiss any of them. The Prophet (pbuh) replied: “Verily, God will only show mercy to those of His servants who do good to others.” Imam Bukhari’s Book of Muslim Morals and Manners