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26 June 2019 CE | 23 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Pressurizing for Batil

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “He who presses for something he knows is false (Batil) remains under the hatred of Allah until he gives it up.” [Abu Dawud]

We should be very careful about asking, let alone insisting, on things contrary to Allah’s likes and dislikes. For example, sometimes parents don’t like the practice of Islam by their children, and harass their daughter to take her scarf off, or their son to shave his beard off. Many times this insistence is subtle, yet all the more powerful.

This pressure to live by standards set by Shaitaan is actually common place in society. It is “normal” to tell friends/relatives to buy a house on mortgage, or go to events where men and women socialize together, or to take an interest bearing loan for education, etc. Asking a person to do anything that is Haraam (forbidden) or Makruh (disliked), or telling them to avoid a Fardh (obligatory deed) or Sunnah (recommended deed), is to press for Batil.

There are many ways in which a person may press for something that is false. Sometimes, in business transactions or law suits, people insist on what is not rightfully theirs in Allah’s Sight, only because their feelings or the law of the land allows them to ask for it.

People who apply pressure for Batil should know that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) hates them so long as they don’t repent, ask for His forgiveness, and try to make up for their wrongs. There can be nobody more ruined than one who is hated by Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). May He save us from joining the ranks of the ruined.

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