A Few Differences between Money & Knowledge

KNOWLEDGE

From the first moments after birth, a child begins to learn. Some children speak at the age of two and some; well before. But how does a baby learn when it doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong?

Knowledge is not only gained by mentally assigning yourself, it is also gained through features given by Allah Taa’la, i.e. the eyes and the ears etc. The correct use of these bounties that Allah Taa’la has bestowed upon us is another way of thanking Allah Taa’la for them.

Many people question the importance of knowledge. In a Hadith it states:

“It is compulsory on every Muslim to seek knowledge.”

This Hadith clarifies that to seek and obtain knowledge is compulsory for every Muslim, but what knowledge is regarded here?

Each human who can afford to study, complete their studies finishing with PhDs and Masters in particular subjects, the Hadith states, “On every Muslim.” What will be the difference between a Muslim and a non-Muslim if we all acquire the same knowledge? The emphasis on, “On every Muslim” in this Hadith indicates knowledge specific to a Muslim, which infers the Deen (Religion) of Allah.

MONEY / WEALTH

Every human needs food, requires shelter, clothing etc. Each person must earn in order to fulfil their necessities.

It is clear that humans need to earn for their necessities, but what is the difference between a Muslims earnings and a non-Muslims earnings? Muslims know that they have to earn money the ‘Halaal Way’, i.e. that they have to work rightly for their living, they must not steal, deceive or work in such a manner wherein the rules of Islam are broken, i.e. in Pubs, nightclubs, or by gambling money etc.

Once the earner has earned enough money to match the requirements of Zakaah – the conditions for which are covered specifically elewhere – then he must pay his Zakaah, which is also compulsory if the conditions are met.

THE DIFFERENCE

The differences – listed below – are mentioned by our pious predecessors and generally explain the difference between those who run after money and neglect the Deen (Religion) of Allah Taa’la and those who spend their lives in the path of Allah Taa’la, just for His pleasure.

Once a person came to Hadhrat Ali Radhiallaho Anhu and questioned him, “What shall I gain; knowledge or wealth?” Hadhrat Ali Radhiallaho Anhu answered “Gain knowledge because it is more beneficial then gaining wealth”. The person then asked for some benefits of gaining Knowledge over wealth, Hadhrat Ali Radhiallaho Anhu replied:

  • •  Knowledge is the inheritance of the Prophets (alayhisalaam), and wealth is the inheritance of Fir’awn (Pharaoh) and Qaroon,
  • •  The more knowledge you gain, the more beloved you become in the eyes of people and the more wealth you gain, the more people hate you out of jealousy…
  • •  As time passes, the value of money decreases and the value of knowledge increases,
  • •  Wealth needs to be looked after, whereas knowledge protects you,
  • •  You will always fear the theft of money, but knowledge cannot be stolen from the heart,
  • •  On the Day of Judgement, Allah Taa’la will ask you two questions regarding your wealth; how it was earned and how it was spent. These are two separate questions regarding Wealth whereas one question regarding knowledge will be asked: How much you acted upon it,
  • •  Knowledge helps you gain money but money cannot buy you knowledge,
  • •  Excess money brings pride.

Once Hadhrat Mohammad Shafee questioned his students, “What is the meaning of knowledge?” One of them replied, “It is to know,” Another said, “It is ‘to recognise’.” Like this the other students said the different things they thought knowledge meant. Hadhrat Mohammad Shafee remained in disappointment to the answers he received from his students. After some time, a student asked Hadhrat Mohammad Shafee, what he recalled the meaning of knowledge in which Hadhrat replied, “Knowledge is that light, which once it is gained; you cannot resist acting upon it, and until you don’t act upon it; you are not content. This is the meaning of knowledge, or else knowledge is a burden.”

The difference between people who run after money and those who go into the path of Allah Taa’la and gain his knowledge is briefly explained above.

The moral of this topic is not so that one stops earning so that he may gain knowledge, as to earn for one’s family is equally as important. The main point is to recognise that excess money could ruin you in this world, and in the next. Also, if you can take some time out and study the Deen (Religion) of Allah Taa’la, Inshallah it will be of great benefit in both worlds.

What will we do with all that excess money earned? After we die, it is going to be inherited by others and the State in the form of Inheritance Tax. How will this benefit us and help us in the Hereafter? Whereas the knowledge we earn will help us to pass this life peacefully and help us in our afterlife whilst answering the Angels etc. Those who earn money can make their Hereafter good, by spending it in the correct manner; by helping the poor and giving it whereever it is needed most in the world through reputable Islamic Charities. You are part of the Ummah and people are in need.



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A Muslim’s Character

The Holy Quraan states: “Surely there is for you the best example in the Messenger of Allah (Muhammad Sallallahu-Alayhi-Wasallam), for whoever seeks the pleasure of Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah often (much).”

(Surah Al-Ahzaab:21)

Almighty Allah also says: “By the pen and that which they (men) inscribe. You are not, by the grace of your Lord, possessed. And surely for you is a reward unceasing (unfailing). And surely you are of great character.”

(Surah Al-Qalam: 1-4)

Good conduct and noble character are the most valuable and precious assets of any human society. They are the treasures of pride for any individual. They build nations and make them imitable among others. No human society can be humane without them. Nations and people without good conduct and high character are nothing but a group of animals living with laws of the Jungle. People of high character and good conduct are high in any society.

There are two levels of character; an ordinary and a superior level. An ordinary character is based on this principle: “Do as you have been done by.” Such a character might be termed a `knee-jerk character’, because whoever possesses such a character, offers only `reflex responses’ to treatment by others; i.e. breaking with those who break with him, wronging those who wrong him, and harming those who harm him.

However, the higher level of character is based on a different principle. This higher principle is: “Do as you would like to be done by.” This principle is elaborated by our Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu-Alayhi-Wasallam) in another way: “Love for your brother what you love for yourself.”

Whoever possesses such a character deals with both, friends and foes, in the same manner, irrespective of how this principle and way of thinking could easily change the behaviour of the whole human society. This is the moral revolution which paves way for all other successful and lasting revolutions and changes in society.

If all people could adopt this highly principled character, the enmity, antagonism, envy and bloody confrontations would diminish from the human society. The person possessing this character is reconciliatory, even joining with those who break with him. He is compassionate, even to those who seek to harm him. He is forbearing, even towards those who wrong him. This is the principle of ethics for the Muslim Ummah.

We all know that our Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu-Alayhi-Wasallam) was the Final Prophet. He completed the principles of Islamic beliefs and teachings. He also came to accomplish the principles of noble characters and human values, as he stated himself saying: “I am sent in my mission to accomplish the principles of noble characters.”

Our Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu-Alayhi-Wasallam), as a teacher of the best and highest conduct and characters, was himself an embodiment of all noble qualities and values. The whole of Makkah had witnessed his noble characters for forty years before he received revelations, and called him Al-Sadiq and Al-Ameen. Friends and foes nobody could dispute his sublime characters.

It is a fact that those who are closer to a person usually do not hold him in such high esteem as those who are further away. However this does not seem to be true in the case of our prophet (Sallallahu-Alayhi-Wasallam). History tells us that the closer one came to our Prophet (Sallallahu-Alayhi-Wasallam), the more one was taken by his fine qualities. The more the people knew him, the higher the respect they paid to him. This is in no way an exaggerated claim. The finest details of his characters and behaviours are recorded on the pages of history books.



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The Importance of a Spiritual Physician

In this day and age, many people raise a lot of objection against Tasawwuf. This is due to lack of understanding of Deen, ignorance or indifference. Hundreds of books have been commissioned on this very comprehensive issue. We all should bear in mind that to reform the character and the inner-self in compliance with the commands of Allah is imperative upon every Muslim individual as the performance of our five daily prayers.

If we take this into contemplation, we realise that if the inner-soul is not refined, then all of our worship rather then attaining rewards, it would turn into a scourge. Because this is the foundation of every man’s spiritual life. Just as it will be impossible to build a construction, if its foundation is weak

When I speak about morals and characters, it is different as to what is commonly understood by the public. Morals is not just confined to be polite with people and speak pleasantly, to show others that this person is gifted with high morals and to raise him sky high. But rather a moral, as understood by Islam is far more comprehensive than this. Morals mainly deal with the attribution of the inner-self, the heart and the soul.

Before we proceed further, let us first of all examine what is man? then it will be easy to understand this aspect in detail. Man is a combination of the body and the soul, not the body alone. Take a look at a dead body, despite of it being composed of a heart, lungs, arms, legs etc but it is ceased to be man and becomes a lifeless corpse like dust and stone. While he is still living, he is very energetic and active. He shows affection to people, to his society, to his family and he is able to look after his possessions. But, when he faces his last breath what happens? He becomes motionless, unbeneficial for people; those people who had loved him are the same people who are very anxious to bury him. Nobody is willing to retain his body.

What an extreme change it becomes after the soul has left the body. This goes to show how important the soul is, the body has ceased to be a man and becomes a waste matter.

A body passes through many stages. There’s a time when it is healthy, and a time when it is sick. It becomes essential upon everyone to treat it with medicines when it is sick, and for this, he has to resort to a professional physician. Likewise, the soul also passes through different stages, sometimes it passes through good stages i.e the soul is strong and sometimes passes through bad times. The diseases, through which the heart suffers from, are ones such as jealousy, pride, selfishness etc.

Good habits like leniency, gratitude, modesty, etc beautify the soul. Just as good attributes like good health, glowing attractive face, handsomeness, beautify the body. Allah and his Messenger Allah’s peaceand blessings be upon him has ordained us to discharge many duties. Some of these relate to physical or spiritua, physical like the rituals of salaah, hajj and fasting; and spiritual like rectification of the heart, this is compulsory upon everyone just as our five daily prayers.

The rectification of the heart is very important, but it is sad to say that many people in this area neglect this. Know that if the heart is in a good condition, then the whole body will be in a good condition, but if it is corrupted then the whole body will be corrupted. This is a Hadith.
Allah Almighty has provided solutions by allowing certain people to become spiritual guides. These spiritul guides (Pious Sufis) are spiritual doctors who can diagnose the diseases and prescribe remedies for these diseases.

Islam is disseminated through a branch named Tasawwuf. Many people think Tasawwuf has nothing to do with Islam, this mentality is wrong. All tasawaf deals with is the rectification of the heart. These are another class of doctors who are the only one’s that can detect the internal spiritual diseases (despite the modern day, technology has advanced, but cannot diagnose the spiritual diseases). These are the pious Sufis through whom Allah has prescribed remedies. If the innerself is not rectified then our daily worship or any other worship, which relates to the body, will be of little use. Rather than it being accepted, it could be thrown into our faces. A simple example is ‘Ikhlass’ (sincerity). When we do any form of worship, we have to make a firm intention that we do this to gain the pleasure of Allah. If we intend to please other people, then it is a great sin. The Prophet Allah’s peaceand blessings be upon him said:

“Whoever prays for ostentation, then he has committed shirk”

So for our prayers to be accepted, we have to cultivate sincerity in to our hearts.

The way to do this is first pledge his allegiance to a Sheikh (spiritual guidance). He places his hand under the hand of his Sheikh, swears fidelity and becomes his disciple. The Sheikh prescribes him with some daily rehears. By him being punctual upon the rehears, it helps him to acquire higher degrees of character and to uproot the diseases of the heart.

The daily programme is provided for the disciples to recite these rehears without him paying attention toward the sins. For this, the disciple is subjected to serve exertion. Through this a person archives good morals and character and inculcating good attribute is facilitated for him. In the end, he becomes the beloved of Allah.



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Islam and Anger

INTRODUCTION

The aim and objective to read this essay is to practice what you learn and follow the way shown by our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH ) and not to become angry.

It is really common that a comment or criticism or someone behaving badly makes someone angry. Becoming angry immediately is natural but becoming angry is such a way that it goes beyond its limits is certainly blameworthy. This includes doing all the things that anger demands a person to do.

Each and everyone of us should know from which spiritual malady we suffer from and try our utmost best to get rid of our spiritual maladies.

From these spiritual maladies, there is one malady which is anger. This is when a person goes beyond their limits, and it is this very anger that causes great harm to a person in the World and surely in the Hereafter.

There are many people that suffer great hardships and sorrow throughout their lives because they carried out all the things that their anger demanded them to do. A common example is when the husband divorces his wife in the state of anger without even thinking what he is doing and in the end the consequence and result is only regret and hardships in this world and in the hereafter.

WHAT IS ANGER?
Anger is a secret weapon of man towards of evils but sometimes its result’s in the destruction of many noble qualities. It snatches away the wisdom of man and thus he becomes a brute beast devoid of any sense.
Anger is a temptation of shaytaan and deception of shaytaan
Anger is the root of all evils.
Anger is a spark of fire that are always bursting.
Anger is a very bad condition that weakens the person Iman (FAITH)
The meaning of anger is a rage fierce, displeasure, passion excited by a sense of wrong , physical pain, inflammation, mad, hot tempered, choleric, inflamed, A violent passion excited by real or supposed injury.
Anger is the strong feeling caused by extreme displeasure.
Anger is a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure and hostility.

ANGER AND WRATH.

When someone is angry, mad, and reaches a state of having wrath against any person, he should make a special Du’a. In doing so he will cool down . It is reported that the Messenger of Allah said ( narrated by Sulaiman Ibn Sard and reported by Bukhari and Muslim ) that while Sulaiman was with the Prophet ( MUHAMMAD), two persons were blaming each other. The face of one became red and his jugular veins swelled. the Prophet ( Muhammad) said. I know a statement if he or she say’s it then the person with anger will cool down.
The person with anger should say : I SEEK REFUGE IN ALLAH FROM SATAN THE OUTCAST.”

IS ANGER LAWFUL OR NOT ?

Anger is lawful in cases of religious affair’s when its honours are at stake. It is an effective preventive measure to safeguard the dignity of man. A person who has no anger is called a coward because he has got no true faith in Allah. The person fears the creation and not the creator. This doesn’t give the right for youngsters to become angry with parents when they don’t get what they want.
If a person doesn’t practice Islam, a person disobeys the command of Allah or a person doesn’t listen to his parents then to become angry with such a person can be lawful. But the person shouldn’t become too angry because in Islam extreme anger is unlawful because it creates opposition and bitterness.
It is undesirable for a pious man to lose his temper, due to jokes, frivolous talks, quarrels, criticism and greed for wealth.
The real strength of a man lies in controlling his wrath. i.e. Anger.
It is reported in a Hadith on the authority of Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) that the messenger of Allah (Mohammed (PBUH ) Peace and blessing of Allah be upon him said :

“The man is not a good wrestler; the strong man is in fact the person who controls himself at the time of anger.”

the above Hadith is stated in Bukhari.
Anger is unlawful because it destroys the faith of a man. Bah bin hakim (Allah be please with him) Reported that the messenger of Allah (peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) . Said: Verily anger spoil’s faith just as aloes spoils honey .
It is stated in Bukhari.:

” A person should be cautious from being angry.”

It has been narrated by Abu Huraira (May Allah be pleased with him) That Allah’s Messenger Muhammad ( PBUH) Said:

“ The strong is not the one who over comes the people by his strength”
“But the strong is the one who controls him while in anger.”

In another narration by Abu Huraira (May Allah be pleased with him man said to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH ) Advise me.
The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Said :

” Do not become angry “

The man asked the same question again and again and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) Replied by in case by saying:

“ Do not become angry and furious”

By looking from the advise given by our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) we shouldn’t become anger and furious. If we remember the advise and saying of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH )then the person becoming angry will control his anger.
But the youngsters of today have forgotten the teaching of our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) there become angry and furious for small reason like if their parent tell them to do something which their donut like there say to the parent in anger that I donut what to do it like cleaning the house or the toilet. So the best person is one who controls him self in anger.

Hadrat Anas: (Allah be pleased with him) reported that the messenger of Allah ( Muhammad( PBUH) said:
Who so takes up his tongue as treasure Allah will keep his secrets concealed and who so restrains his anger Allah will with hold his punishment on the resurrection day and who so ascribes excuse to Allah will accept his excuse.
So by reading this we should refrain from becoming anger. Because anger destroys one faith. The person in anger forgets where he is and says anything which he regrets after.

Today people are becoming angry because of the lifestyle and the society we live in. When a person is under stress he or she tends to become angry because the jobs not done or their children donut listen to them. There become angry and the anger is taken out on the child.
When a person becomes angry to their parent then that mean he’s angry with Allah Paradise lies between your parent . If you treat them and help them then Allah will reward you in this world and the hereafter. But if you displeased your parent
this means you are displeasing Allah then the person will be deprived from Allah’s mercy. and the person will get punish in the hereafter.
The aim and objective of reading this is to practice what has been written and refine from becoming angry. To become angry for Islamic reason is permissible but it shouldn’t cause anyone harm.
Women should control their anger. because anger effects everyone. So anger is lawful for islamic reason and if ones hourner is at risk’s.Other then this Anger is not permissible.

AT THE TIME OF ANGER

As humans beings, we have our our emotions. We react in either positive or negative emotions. Sometimes we may lose our logic and we cannot control our emotions. Hence, we behave in a strange way.
For those who lose control of their emotions and react negatively they have to be advised in advance what to do in such a situation. Our beloved Prophet (Muhammad) gave us a prescription that makes us control our negative behavior. By using it, we will not show our anger and madness . Our blood pressure will stay normal. All what it takes is that a person has to read the following statement at the time of anger and wrath.:

” I SEEK REFUGE IN ALLAH FROM THE OUTCAST SHAITAN “

( THE WORD YOU HAVE TO READ IS IN ARABIC AND IT IS TAW’WAZ.)

From a personal experience, dealing with children fighting one another and with family counselling, this prescription has worked beautifully. I enencourage that we recite it loudly for at least three times at the time of anger . Allah will send special angels to protect us from the mischievous Shaitan. Remember what Allah said in Surah Fussilat

( This surah is in the 24th parah Ayat 36 in the holy Qur’ran ) the meaning is below ( Ayah 36):

” AND IF AN EVIL WHISPER FROM SHAITAN ( SATAN) TRIES TO TURN YOU AWAY ( OH MUHAMMAD(MUHAMMAD) ( FROM DOING GOOD ), THEN SEEK REFUGE IN ALLAH. VERILY, HE IS THE ALL-HEARER, THE ALL- KNOWER “

So the best person is one who controls himself in anger.
When a person is angry he should make wudu (Ablution ) ) and then he should recite the verses from the Holy Qur’ran the anger should have gone away. The person should prey Taw’waz (aeo zo billahi mnashayta nirazam) and then prey ( Ayatul kursi) which is in the Holy Qur’ran . ( 3rd para 2nd ruku )
Every person male or female should try to recite the Holy Qur’ran everyday because by reciting the Holy Qur’ran it takes away the anger and the heart will become clean.
Anger effects everyone it doesn’t matter if the person is young, old, male, and female. So one should try to control one’s anger. There is a great reward given to the person who controls his anger.
May Allah give eveyone the abilty to practices upon the Qur’ran and the way shown by our Prophet Muhammad ().

SAYING OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PBUH ) ABOUT ANGER.

Allah’s Messenger ( MUHAMMAD)Said a Muslim is never allowed to stay angry with his Muslim brother over three day’s , because he who does that, then dies will go to hell ( FIRE ) . ( This is reported by Abu Dawood ) (Sahih Al – Jami ) ( page 7609).

The messenger of Allah (Prophet Muhammad ( says about anger:
“ Anger is the effect of shaytaan and shaytaan was created from fire. And water extinguishes fire.”
It is narrated in Bukhari that two people were arguing in the presence of Rasulullah (Muhammad ) One of the two became so angry that his face went red and his veins swelled. Rasulullah (Muhammad) Lifted his face towards that person and said to him that I know a sentence if you were to say it your anger will go away. The sentence is ( taw’wz ). The translation is as follows:

“ I SEEK ALLAH’S PROTECTION FROM THE CURSED DEVIL”

 

THE VIRTUES OF CONTROLLING ONES ANGER.

There are many virtues in Ahadeeth recarding a person who controls his anger. In Tabraani . ( A book of Hadeeth ). It is narrated that Rasulullah ( Muhammad) Said : Who ever controls there temper Allah will take away punishment from him and who so ever safe guard’s his tongue Allah will conceal his sins.
In another Hadeeth which is narrated in (Tirmizi and Abu Dawood): Rasulullah(Muhammad) Who ever controls their temper in a state that if he wanted he could have took revenge. Then On the day of judgement Allah will call him in front of everyone and will give him the choice of picking the Hoor of his choice. So by controlling your anger Allah will give the choice of picking any Hoor from Paradise (Jannat). But today youngsters have forgotten the world hear after and there are to indulge in this world that we have forgotten the command of Allah and the way shown by our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) so from now on we should change our lifestyle. And we should live our life according to the way shown by our beloved Prophet
Muhammad (PBUH). because success in this world and the hereafter lies in the command of Allah and the way shown by our beloved Prophet Muhammad.(PBUH). May Allah gives us the ability to practice upon this ( Aamin ).

THE REMEDY FOR ANGER SHOWN BY OUR PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PBUH)
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The remedy for anger is that when a person who is angry should control his anger . In the Ahadith there are three way’s shown to control ones Anger.
1). is to say Ta’awwuz
2). is to doWudu (Abulution ) or drink water.
3). is to lie down on the floor

So when a person becomes angry he should perform ablution. Then the person should lie down because when a person is lying he becomes humble because this is the quality of the earth due to it being low and not bursting. This is the opposite to fire which is the origin of shaytaan which results to pride. When a person is lying down he is far from revenge and retaliation then a person who is sitting is further then the one who is standing.
In reality anger is a spark of fire and its flames are always bursting. The cure is that you extinguish
The fire with water so that the evilness doesn’t spread. i.e. by water it means to make wudu(Ablution).
The person who is angry should make wudu.then the person should recite the verses from the Holy Qur’ran which is (AYAH KURSI ) which is in the (3rd para, 2nd ruku). by reciting the Holy Qur’ran the person with anger it will cool him down because Anger is from shaytaan.
The person who is angry should be left alone to cool down and the above remedy should be practiced .The anger should go away.
In the state of anger one should use the above mentioned remedy so that he doesn’t regret later.

CONCLUSION

Today I have written about anger and if anger is permissible or not. Anger is only permissible for Islamic reason other then that anger is not permissible. Anger effects everyone weather Young old male or female.Our beloved Prophet Muhammad () has shown us a way to control ones anger so when someone is angry he should follow the three way’s shown in the Hadith.

The three way’s shown in the ahaadith to control you temper and anger.is the following.:

NUMBER ONE : (1) To say ta’awuz.

NUMBER TWO : (2) To do wudu or drink water.

NUMBER THREE : (3) To lie down on the floor.

The above is the remedy for anger. Its like a person is ill he takes medicine to get better . Like this when a person is angry he or she should take the medicine givin by our Prophet Muhammad ( ) . May Allah give every person the ability to practice’s upon this . ( Aamin).

Whosoever adopts these three qualities in his life Allah will shower his mercy upon him .
1) Who thanks Allah for all his favour’s.
2) When he has the strength to to forgive he forgives.
3) when he gets Angry he stay’s quite and calms down.

So by looking at the Hadith’s mention above we could see that the effect of being anger is a bad thing the person is deprived of many benefits in this world and the hear after
Just by controlling your anger Allah will give the person the pleasure of picking a hoor from Jannat. (Paradise)
Anger is a very bad condition it destroy the person Iman (FAITH)
Anger is a cause of temptation and deception of shaytaan so every person should not show
Anger to anyone. There’s more harm in becoming angry and not controlling the anger.
A person control his anger Allah will give him a choice of any Hoor from Jannet (paradise).
This is the reward given by Allah to the person who control his anger so may Allah give everyone the ability to control our anger and save us from this satanic effects.
May Allah forgive our sin’s and give everyone the ability to practice Islam and the straight path. The path shown by our prophet Muhammad.(PBUH)



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