💎Pearls of Wisdom: Gentleness

In today’s class of الرفق واللين , i understood the concept of gentleness is very vast and covers almost every aspect of life. We usually think the gentle is the one who speaks gently. Gentleness and عجل are inversely proportional. Gentleness and patience are interconnected. And gentleness and hikmah are interconnected.

A person is considered gentle when his or her affairs are properly planned with wisdom. (H)She has given proper time to grip the task and knows how to perform the task. There is hikmah in the processes of the task.

We claim to be gentle but what we actually do whenever there is some work or task, we jump into the task without planning step by step. For example our day to day routine, most of us just jump into the day and go with the flow whatever come at front we start doing it. We do not plan our days properly. How much time for home, how much for Dawah, some days are wasted because of our mood swings, laziness.

Amna Irfan

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** Nails and planks of wood **

Prophet Nooh (PBUH) spent a long time constructing the ark. However, it had to be something out of the ordinary, as it would need to survive a flood the like of which humanity had never seen before, and was due for war with waves like mountains.

Nevertheless, Allah said, in description of the ark:

وَحَمَلْنَاهُ عَلَى ذَاتِ أَلْوَاحٍ وَدُسُرٍ

“And We carried him on a [ship of] planks and nails”
(Al-Qur’an, 54:13)

It wasn’t described as “a ship of engineering mastery” or “an ark of robust construction” but simply “planks and nails”

This is a subtle Qur’anic indication that Prophet Nooh’s ship was merely a means, and that had Allah not carried the ship through the relentless storms, it could never have made it. It was His preservation all along.

Thus Allah said in the Ayah after it:

تَجْرِي بِأَعْيُنِنَا

“Sailing under Our Eyes .. ”
(Al-Qur’an, 54:14)

This is a reality to recall when pursuing knowledge, giving Da’wah, applying for a job, searching for marriage, attempting to raise children upon Islam, or their likes;

Those of us whose heart becomes attached to the means will fail, whilst those whose hearts rely upon Allah – The Lord of all means – must succeed.

O Allah, do not leave us to ourselves for even the blink of an eye.

-Ustadh Ali Hammuda

Do not be a trial for wrongdoers

عَلَى اللَّهِ تَوَكَّلْنَا رَبَّنَا لَا تَجْعَلْنَا فِتْنَةً لِّلْقَوْمِ الظَّالِمِينَ وَنَجِّنَا بِرَحْمَتِكَ مِنَ الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ

Upon Allāh we have relied! Our Lord, do not make us a trial for the wrongdoing people. And save us by Your mercy from the disbelieving people.”

Al-Qur’ān, 10: 85-86

What does this actually mean? How can we be a trial for wrongdoing people?

Imām al-Shawkani gives two ways of understanding this:

The first understanding: O Allāh, do not allow the wrongdoing people to persecute us in our Dīn thus exposing our faith to fitnah (trials).

With this understanding, it becomes clear just how key this Du’ā is particularly for Muslims as minorities where the upper hand may be against them.

The second understanding: One is essentially asking Allāh for protection from being overcome whilst, at the same time, asking for the protection of non-Muslims from seeing Islām in a negative light. Both understandings are captured by the wording of the Du’ā. In summary, it is saying:

“O Allāh, protect us from behaving in ways that will put people off Islām.”

The followers of Mūsā (ʿalayhi al-Salām) are afraid, many challenges lie ahead of them, a confrontation with the Pharaoh seems imminent, and they and their families are under genuine threat, yet in spite of these factors combined, they make Du’ā for others before making Du’ā for themselves, not wanting others to go astray because of them;

“…Our Lord, do not make us a trial for the wrongdoing people…”

Only after they made this Du’ā did they then say:

“And save us by Your mercy from the disbelieving people”

This truly does speak volumes about the mind-set of a believer.

Benefits to keep in mind:

1: Dīn will always come first

Notice the arrangement of the Du’ā of Mūsā’s followers. They first requested the protection of the Dīn; “Do not make us a fitnah for the wrongdoing people”, then came second in line the Du’ā for the protection of their worldly matters; “And save us by Your mercy from the disbelieving people.”

If your religious matters are in place, then every other matter comes second place and every other loss is bearable. This is why the Prophet (sallAllāhu ʿalayhi wasallam) would say in his Du’ā:

وَلَا تَجْعَلْ مُصِيبَتَنَا فِي دِينِنَا

“…and do not make our calamity in our religion.”

At-Tirmidhi, on the authority of Ibn ‘Umar

Beware of allowing society, culture, social media, friends, or their like, to ever change that arrangement.

2: Beg Allāh to keep you safe from fitnah

The followers of Mūsā (ʿalayhi al-Salām) sought refuge in Allāh from being a means of fitnah to others and from being the subjects of fitnah themselves. At a time when the pull to sins is more intense than ever before and accessibility is unrestricted, there can be no safety save for those who have been chosen by Allāh. This is the time, therefore, to memorise this Du’ā and implore Allāh with it from the bottom of our hearts.

The Prophet (sallAllāhu ʿalayhi wasallam) said:

تعوَّذوا باللهِ من الفتنِ ، ما ظهر منها وما بطن

“Seek refuge in Allāh from fitnah, the outward and the inward.”

Muslim, on the authority of Zaid b. Thābit

The inward fitnah includes rejection of faith, envy, showing off, self-admiration, confusion, loss of interest in Islām, and their like. As for the outward fitnah, this includes the fitnah of the opposite gender, trials that come with children, fame, wealth, and so on.

We ask You, O Allāh, to safeguard us and our children from fitnah, the outward and the inward.

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