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Allah is with you….what are the essential traits to be qualified for such a status?

by: Shaykh Zafar ul Hasan
ALLAH IS WITH YOU....

"Indeed, Allah is with those who fear Him and those who are doers of good

(Surah an-Nahl, verse 128)

“Allah with those…” What does this statement imply?

  When Allah is with you, He guides you in taking proper decisions, He protects you from calamities and losses. He increases your honour and status in the sight of people.  In the above Qur’anic statement there are two types of qualification mentioned,  those who fear Allah and those who do good things. The Arabic Terms are, Muttaqi and Mohsin.

  Both  terms are highly motivational for a person who believes in Allah.  They indicate that a person should work very hard in order to achieve good things that benefits him in this world and the hereafter. Any act that is honourable in the sight of Allah, any act that leads to the pleasure of Allah is highly recommended for every Muslim.

Always keep high spirits during your struggle, survive and lead ahead

Tabarani, has quoted Hussain bin Ali (Allah be pleased with them): Allah loves those deeds performed by his worshippers which leads to an honour and a good status in His sight.  He dislikes those deeds which are cheap and leads to sins.

After mentioning 18 Prophets with honour in Surah al An’am, Allah reminds us, Those are the ones whom Allah has guided, so from their guidance take an example. (Surah al-An’am, verse 90)

The Prophets of Allah are the best examples to be followed in all situations. It is because each one of them underwent a different set of issues and crisis and came out successfully.  Their problems were harder than ours. In spite of that, they always hurried and never delayed anything that lead to goodness and brought goodness. There can never be any better ideal than these people because they are endorsed by none other than Allah Himself.  

Who are our Ideals now a days?

 The fashions and the lifestyle of the Prophets can never be outdated. But alas!  The Muslims of today have taken up the musicians, singer, actors and others as their ideals, in order to achieve fame and status in the society. From a barber’s shop to a tailor’s boutique, wherever you go, you will only find superstars of our times being projected on posters and bill boards for promotional bids.  Those who discard the manners, the humbleness and the modesty of the prophets and pursue the materialistic way to satisfy their desires will never be successful in achieving it because honour comes from Allah while fame is pursued.

The Prophets never delayed good deeds

There is an entire surah named after all the prophets, Surah al-Ambiya ( The Prophets), which elaborates the lifestyle of the prophets and gives illustrious examples of  how they faced and overpowered their crisis. Allah concludes about them, They are those who did not delay in goodness, rather they were always ahead of others in it (Surah a-Anbiya).  The Muslims are encouraged in Surah al-Hadid to excel in good deeds, So be ahead of others in good deeds.”

It is painful to note that today’s Muslims do not delay evil, rather many of us are ahead in evil. We want to march ahead towards prosperity,  but we do not pick up the right directions to move.  

How to follow the examples of the Prophets

Consider these verses: So be patient just as the prophets before you were patient (Surah al-Ahqaf, verse 35) and Allah reminds us to observe patience in order to be qualified to achieve His help, “O You who believed, Seek Allah’s help with patience and salah.” ( Surah al Baqarah verse 153)

There are two deeds mentioned in the above verses, patience and prayers. But if we notice, many of us have already discarded our five time prayers and Sabr is our first casualty during a crisis. Discarding these two qualities has been one of the major reasons for the downfall of the Muslim. The two directions where they were supposed to proceed and march ahead are replaced by other worldly priorities. The more we distance ourselves from  patience and prayers the more humiliation we are facing on the way down.