loves for the sake of Allah alone and hates for the sake of Allah alone;
and whatever he gives for the sake of Allah alone; and whatever he
withholds, withhold for the sake of Allah alone, indeed, he perfects his
Imăn.” (Abu Dă’wood).
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) explains that to be a true
believer ones love and enmity, affections, relations and transactions
should have only one purpose; to seek Allah’s pleasure. Without this
one’s Imăn will not be complete. The greater the deficiency in this
respect, the more defective the Imăn.
Supreme Loyalty to Allah
Even today we see that only those are considered real and true followers
of a creed or ideology who are loyal to it with their heart and soul.
Every creed in the world desires such adherents and no creed can prevail
in the world except through such followers. However, there is a
difference between Islăm and other creeds and ideologies. Although
others demand from men total loyalty and dedication, they in fact have
no such right upon him, their claims are entirely unjustified.
But Allah, for whom Islăm demands the sacrifice of life has a right upon
us. Everything must be given in this way, for whatever exists in the
heaven and on earth belongs to Allah. Man himself and whatever he
possesses, and whatever lies within him, all belong to Allah. It is
therefore in perfect harmony with justice as well as reason that
whatever belongs to Allah must be reserved only for Him. Whatever
sacrifice is made for Allah is in reality a payment of what is due.
Where Do We Stand?
Let us examine our lives by the crucial criteria, of Imăn and Islăm as
laid down by the Noble Qur’ăn and the Prophet of Allah (Sallallahu
If we claim that we have accepted Islăm, have we oriented our living and
our dying towards Allah only? Are we living for this cause alone? Are
our hearts and minds, our bodies and souls, our time and efforts devoted
to the fulfilment of Allah’s wishes?
Have we made our likes and dislikes totally subordinate to the wishes of
Allah? If we love anyone is it really for the sake of Allah? If we
dislike anyone, is that too for the sake of Allah? Do we give and
withhold only for the sake of Allah? Are we spending on ourselves and
giving wealth to other people, or withholding the same because that is
what Allah wants? Is our motive nothing but to gain the pleasure of
If we find such a state of faith and submission within ourselves, we
should thank Allah that He has bestowed upon us the blessing of Imăn in
its fullness. And if we feel any deficiency, we must give up every other
concern and worry and concentrate wholly on remedying this deficiency.
For on its removal depends our well being in this world as well as
success in the Hereafter.
Do not use this criterion to test or judge others and determine whether
they are Muslims or hypocrites of Kăfirs; use it only to judge ourselves
and if we detect any deficiency, try to remove it before we meet Allah.
Article taken (with Thanks) from Attarbiyah
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