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The First Time One Sins…


Ibn Hazm related that a thief was brought to Abu Bakr r.a. who said, “Cut off his hand.” The thief said, “Forgive me, O Khalifah of the Messenger of Allah, for I have never stolen prior to this.” Abu Bakr r.a said, “You have lied, for by the One Who has my soul in His Hand, Allah does not suddenly take a believer on the first time that he sins”

Anas bin Malik r,a, related that a thief was brought before ‘Umar ibn Khattab r.a. The thief said, “By Allah, I have never stolen before this.” Umar said, “You have lied, by the Lord of Umar. Allah does not take a slave at the first sin.” It is said that ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib said, “O Leader of the Believers, Allah is more forbearing than to take a slave for his first sin.” Umar then gave the order and the man’s hand was cut off. Then ‘Ali asked him to speak the truth – how many times before had he stolen? He said, “21 times.”

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Ibn as-Sammak al-Wa’iz wrote to a brother of his,

“I advise you to have taqwa of Allah Who is your intimate confidant in your secret and who watches over you in your public sphere. Put Allah in your consciousness in every state, night and day. Fear Allah according to the measure of His nearness to you and His power over you. Know that you are in His eye and that you never exit from beneath His authority to the authority of anyone else, nor from His kingdom to the kingdom of anyone else. Let your fearful caution of Him be very great, and let your shyness before Him increase. And peace.”

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Narrated Ibn Abbas:

When (the dead body of) ‘Umar was put on his deathbed, the people gathered around him and invoked (Allah) and prayed for him before the body was taken away, and I was amongst them. Suddenly I felt somebody taking hold of my shoulder and found out that he was ‘ali bin Abi Talib. ‘ali invoked Allah’s Mercy for ‘Umar and said, “O ‘Umar! You have not left behind you a person whose deeds I like to imitate and meet Allah with more than I like your deeds. By Allah! I always thought that Allah would keep you with your two companions, for very often I used to hear the Prophet saying, ‘I, Abu Bakr and ‘Umar went (somewhere); I, Abu Bakr and ‘Umar entered (somewhere); and I, Abu Bakr and ‘Umar went out.”‘

(sahih Bukhari)

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6:151 Say: “Come, I will rehearse what Allah hath (really) prohibited you from”: Join not anything as equal with Him; be good to your parents; kill not your children on a plea of want;- We provide sustenance for you and for them;- come not nigh to shameful deeds. Whether open or secret; take not life, which Allah hath made sacred, except by way of justice and law: thus doth He command you, that ye may learn wisdom.

17:31 Kill not your children for fear of want: We shall provide sustenance for them as well as for you. Verily the killing of them is a great sin.

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Lowering the gaze


Al Junayd (al baghdadi) was asked about what would help one lower the gaze and he said;

“Your knowledge that Allah’s gazing upon you precedes your gazing upon that which you gaze upon”

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Humiliation


In a hadith Qudsi, Allah says “My slaves, I have forbidden injustice to myself and ahve forbidden it between you so do not wrong each other”.
Part of that which is forbidden is a Muslim’s humiliation of his brother. Because the Mu’min is ordered to help his brother. The Prophet s.a.w said “Help your
brother whether he is wrongdoing or wronged” He asked “Messenger of Allah, I will help him when he is wronged but how can I help him if he is wrongdoing” He (s.a.w) answered. “Prevent him from doing wrong, because that will be your helping him.” (Bukhari)

Abu Dawud narrated a hadith of Abu Talhah al-Ansari and Jabir ibn Abdullah that the Prophet s.a.w said. “Any Muslim man who humiliates a Muslim man in a place wherein his respect is violated and his honour reduced. Allah will humiliate him in a place wherein he would love His help. Any man who helps a Muslim in a place in which his honour is reduced and his respect violated then Allah will help him in a place in which he would love His help” (Abu Dawud)

Imam Ahmad narrated in a hadith of Umamah ibn Sahl from his father that the Prophet s.a.w said. “If in someone’s presence a Mu’min is humiliated and he doesn’t help him even though he is able to help him, Allah will humiliate him in front of all people on the Day of Rising.” (Ahmad)

Al-Bazzar narrated a hadith of Imran ibn Husayn that the Prophet s.a.w said. “Whoever helps his brother in his absence while he is able to help him, Allah will help him in the dunya and the akhirah.’ (AL-Bazzar)

(from “The Compendium of Knowledge and Wisdom” by Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali)

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Supplication for gathering


Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam said,

“Whoever sits in a gathering and indulges in useless talk
and before getting up supplicates:

`Subhanaka Allahumma wa bihamdika,
ash-hadu an la ilaha illa Anta,
astaghfiruka wa atubu ilaika

(O Allah, You are free from every imperfection; praise be to You.
I testify that there is no true god except You;
I ask Your Pardon and turn to You in repentance),’

he will be forgiven for (the sins he may have intentionally
or unintentionally committed) in that assembly.”

[At-Tirmidhi].

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