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"O Allah! We seek goodness from Your Knowledge and with Your Power (and Might) We seek strength, and We ask from You Your Great Blessings, because You have the Power and We do not have the power. You Know everything and I do not know, and You have knowledge of the unseen. Oh Allah! If in Your Knowledge this action (We are about to take) is better for my religion and faith, for our life and end [death], for here [in this world] and the hereafter then make it destined for us and make it easy for us and then add blessings [baraka'] in it, for us. O Allah! In Your Knowledge if this action is bad for us, bad for our religion and faith, for our life and end [death], for here [in this world] and the hereafter then turn it away from us and turn us away from it and whatever is better for us, ordain [destine] that for us and then make us satisfied with it."


عَنْ عُمَيْرِ بْنِ هَانِئٍ الْعَنْسِيِّ ، قَالَ : سَمِعْتُ عَبْدَ اللَّهِ بْنَ عُمَرَ ، يَقُولُ : كُنَّا قُعُودًا عِنْدَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ ، فَذَكَرَ الْفِتَنَ فَأَكْثَرَ فِي ذِكْرِهَا حَتَّى ذَكَرَ فِتْنَةَ الْأَحْلَاسِ ، فَقَالَ قَائِلٌ : يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ وَمَا فِتْنَةُ الْأَحْلَاسِ ؟ قَالَ : ” هِيَ هَرَبٌ وَحَرْبٌ ، ثُمَّ فِتْنَةُ السَّرَّاءِ ، دَخَنُهَا مِنْ تَحْتِ قَدَمَيْ رَجُلٍ مِنْ أَهْلِ بَيْتِي يَزْعُمُ أَنَّهُ مِنِّي ، وَلَيْسَ مِنِّي ، وَإِنَّمَا أَوْلِيَائِي الْمُتَّقُونَ ، ثُمَّ يَصْطَلِحُ النَّاسُ عَلَى رَجُلٍ كَوَرِكٍ عَلَى ضِلَعٍ ، ثُمَّ فِتْنَةُ الدُّهَيْمَاءِ ، لَا تَدَعُ أَحَدًا مِنْ هَذِهِ الْأُمَّةِ إِلَّا لَطَمَتْهُ لَطْمَةً ، فَإِذَا قِيلَ : انْقَضَتْ ، تَمَادَتْ يُصْبِحُ الرَّجُلُ فِيهَا مُؤْمِنًا ، وَيُمْسِي كَافِرًا ، حَتَّى يَصِيرَ النَّاسُ إِلَى فُسْطَاطَيْنِ ، فُسْطَاطِ إِيمَانٍ لَا نِفَاقَ فِيهِ ، وَفُسْطَاطِ نِفَاقٍ لَا إِيمَانَ فِيهِ ، فَإِذَا كَانَ ذَاكُمْ فَانْتَظِرُوا الدَّجَّالَ ، مِنْ يَوْمِهِ ، أَوْ مِنْ غَدِهِ ” أبو داود

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Importance of a good shaykh by Shaykh Abd'al-Qadir al-Jilani Radi Allahu anhu

Al Ghawth al-Adham Shaykh Sayyad Abd'al-Qadir al-Jilani Radi 'Allahu anhu said: You must work hard to ensure that your hearts are not locked out of the door of His nearness. Be sensible! You are getting nowhere. You must seek the company of a Shaykh who is learned in the law [hukm] and knowledge ['ilm] of Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He), and who will show you the way toward Him. Without seeing the successful [muflih], one cannot succeed. If a person does not seek the company of scholars who put their knowledge into practice ['ulama 'ummal], he is a chicken from an egg abandoned by the rooster and the mother hen.

Seek the fellowship of those who enjoy fellowship with the Lord of Truth (Almighty and Glorious is He). What each of you should do, when the night has grown dark and people have gone to bed and their voices are silent, is get up, take an ablution [yatawadda'], perform two cycles of ritual prayer [yusalli rak'atain] and say: "O my Lord, guide me to one of Your righteous servants near to You, so that he may guide me toward You and make me familiar with Your path." The instrument [sabab] is necessary. Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) was quite capable of guiding [His servants] to Him without the Prophets [anbiya']. Be sensible! You are getting nowhere. You must awaken from your heedless folly. As the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam has said: If someone relies entirely on his own subjective judgement, he will go astray. Try to find someone who will be a mirror for the face of your religion [din], just as you look in the mirror to check the appearance of your outer face, your turban and your hair. Be sensible! What is this crazy foolishness? You say, "I don't need anyone to teach me," and yet the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam has said: The believer is the believer's mirror [al-mu'minu mir'atu 'l-mu'min].

When the believer's faith is sound, he comes to be a mirror for all creatures. They behold their religious faces [wujuh adyanihim] reflected in the mirror of his speech, every time they see him and get close to him. What is this craziness? Not a moment goes by without your begging Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) to provide you with more than you already have to eat, to drink, and to wear, with more sexual opportunities and more income. These are not things that could increase or decrease, even if you were to be joined in your plea by every supplicant whose prayers are answered [da 'in mujab].

Supplication [da 'wa] will neither increase one's sustenance by so much as an atom, nor reduce it by an atom. This is a foregone conclusion [mafrugh minhu]. You must devote your attention to doing what you have been commanded to do, and to avoiding what you have been forbidden to do. You should not worry about that which is bound to come your way, because He guarantees that it will come to you. Allotted shares [aqsam] arrive at their appointed times, whether they be sweet or bitter, whether you like them or dislike them.

The people [of the Way] attain to a condition in which they no longer have any prayer of supplication [du'a] or request [su'al] to make. They do not beg [in their prayers] to gain advantages, nor to get rid of disadvantages. Their supplication comes to be a matter concerning their hearts, sometimes for their own sake and sometimes for the sake of all creatures, so they utter the prayer of supplication without conscious premeditation [fi ghaiba].
"O '' Allah, endow us with good behaviour in Your company under all circumstances!
[When the believer's faith is sound], fasting [sawm], prayer [salat], remembrance [dhikr] and all acts of obedience [ta 'at] become second nature to him, mingled with his flesh and blood. Then he receives protection from Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) under all circumstances. The restraint of the law [hukm] does not desert him, not for an instant, while he is on this course. The law comes to be like the vessel in which he sits, as he travels over the ocean of the power [qudra] of his Lord (Almighty and Glorious is He). He goes on traveling over it until he arrives at the shore of the hereafter, at the shore of the ocean of grace and the hand of nearness. Thus he is sometimes in the company of creatures and at certain times in the company of the Creator. His work and toil are with creatures, while his relaxation is with the Creator.
From Shaykh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani, "The Sublime Revelation (Al-Fath ar-Rabbani)," translated by Muhtar Holland (Al-Baz Publishing, Houston, 1992), p. 426-8.
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah r.a., who said that Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. said: Allah SWT said:

Whosoever shows enmity to someone devoted to Me, I shall be at war with him. My servant draws not near to Me with anything more loved by Me than the religious duties I have enjoined upon him, and My servant continues to draw near to Me with supererogatory works so that I shall love him. When I love him I am his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him, and were he to ask Me for refuge, I would surely grant him it. I do not hesitate about anything as much as I hesitate about [seizing] the soul of My faithful servant: he hates death and I hate hurting him. (It was related by al-Bukhari)

“Allah! There is no God save Him, the Alive, the Eternal. Neither slumber nor sleep overtaketh Him. Unto Him belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. Who is he that intercedeth with Him save by His leave? He knoweth that which is in front of them and that which is behind them, while they encompass nothing of His knowledge save what He will. His throne includeth the heavens and the earth, and He is never weary of preserving them. He is the Sublime, the Tremendous.”

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Striving for Halal Sources of Income

Islamic Religious Council of Singapore

Friday Sermon
3 June 2005 / 25 Rabiul Akhir 1426

Striving for Halal Sources of Income

My brothers in Islam,

I would like to remind myself, and my dear brothers, to constantly have taqwa to Allah s.w.t. We can do this by following what Islam has taught us, be doing all that Allah has commanded us to do, and avoiding everything that He has forbidden.

Islam teaches us to work with diligence and to give our best in everything that we do. As an exemplary ummah, we should strive to give our best, to work hard to produce good results. The question is: What constitutes a commendable working attitude?

Insya Allah, today’s’ khutbah will discuss on the Islamic concept on the best way to earn our living.

Allah says in surah Al-Baqarah, ayat 198:

Which means: There is no sin on you if you seek the Bounty of your Lord.

This verse clearly tells us to seek Allah’s bounty that awaits those who worked hard for. For Allah s.w.t has made this Earth full of sustenance for His servants. Allah s.w.t has guarantee that everyone will receive his due share or rizq, or sustenance from Allah.

So Allah forbids us from being idle, and just hoping others for donations or assistance. Instead, Allah s.w.t commands us to go out and work. Earn an honest living, to sustain ourselves and our families. For everyone will receive what he strives for. The measure of things he will receive will depend on how much effort he exert to achieve it. Allah is Most Just. If one works hard, Allah will give him the justifiable rewards for his commendable efforts. On the other hand, if one is being lazy, Allah will not give him the same rewards that Allah gives to those who work hard.

Allah says in surah An-Najm, ayat 39:

Which means: And that man can have nothing but what he does (good or bad).

My brothers in Islam,

We all know that Allah commands us to earn our living from Halal sources. This is stated in many verses in Al-Quran, among them, the verse 114 in Surah An-Nahl:

Which means: So eat of the lawful and good food which Allâh has provided for you. And be grateful for the Graces of Allâh, if it is He Whom you worship.

Thus, we must ensure that our sources of income are Halal. But how to ensure that they are Halal?

The answer, is to ensure out sources of income do not contain elements that Allah has forbidden.

Allah has forbidden all things that will bring harm or destroy the our spiritual self, our physical self, our mind, our wealth and our family lineage.

On this ground, everything that destroys or harms our wealth and our mind is Haram. And everything that relates to those Haram things, is also considered as Haram. Such as assisting companies that deals with Haram things.

In order to ensure that our sources of income are Halal, we need to sit down and do some self check. Does our income come from Halal sources? Do we want our children to grow up on foods that come from Haram sources? When Rasulullah s.a.w has said in a hadith narrated by Imam Tirmizi:

Which means: There is no benefit for flesh that grew from Haram sources, except that Hell is a better place for that flesh.

So let us ensure that our the flesh that grows on our body, and on our children’s bodies does not come from Haram sources.

My brothers in Islam,

Allah forbids us from deriving our sources of income from games of chance such gambling, betting and such. This is because the money that we will earn from such sources does not come from our own sweat and toil. But on factors that are beyond our control, factors that are based on chances and fortunes. Factors that will bring about destruction to our wealth and family ties.

Halal sources are those that came from our own efforts. Not from relying on chances. In this respect, Rasulullah s.a.w. said in a hadith narrated by Imam Bukhari:

Which means: There is no food that is better for one to eat other than what he earned from his own hand.

That is why we can see that every prophet worked for their living. They did not rely on donations from other people. The Prophet Muhammad s.a.w himself has camels and sheep for his livelihood. He himself milked his own sheep. He did not rely on others to support him. And he is the greatest Prophet. He is Allah’s selected servant. If he did not work at all, that will not be a problem for him. For Allah will provide everything that he wants. But our Prophet Muhammad s.a.w worked with his two hands. Why? It is an example to the rest of us so that we will likewise earn our living, and not just rely on assistance from others or from games of chances.

We should never think that we are not able to find Halal source of income or that we will forever be poor if we do not indulge in income that is forbidden by Allah. Allah s.w.t has promised us our rizq, our sustenance, according to our needs.

Of course, everything is in Allah’s knowledge. The amount of rizq that we will receive from Allah is determined by Him, from his infinite knowledge on our capabilities and what we will do in the future.

But we do not know how much is that. Only Allah knows. So we must always strive harder to earn our living from Halal sources. We must never sit down and sigh that nothing we do can change our bad luck, our poverty. For that will bring about Allah’s anger.

We need to do only three things: to plan, to strive and to seek Allah’s help.

We make careful planning to find Halal sources of income. And we work hard for it. Give out best. And we pray to Allah, asking Him to grant us continued Halal income, and to bless it. Insya Allah, the food that we eat, that we put on our table, is Halal and blessed by Allah. For there is nothing greater than Allah’s blessing.

Insya Allah, next week’s khutbah will discuss further on one source of Haram income that is quite pervasive in these days.