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21 September 2017 CE | 29 Dhul-Hijjah 1438 AH
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Hadith Explanation


So Allah and the People Love Me


Sahl bin Sad As-Sai’di (radi Allahu anhu) reported: “A man came to the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) and said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, guide me to such an action which if I do Allah will love me and the people will also love me.’ He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, ‘Have no desire for this world, Allah will love you; and have no desire for what people possess, people will love you.’” [Ibn Majah. Al-Albani classified this hadith as authentic.]

To “have no desire for what people possess” means to not be envious of others. When a person is not envious of what others have, they feel safe with him/her and like him/her.

To “have no desire for this world” means to remember that our real home and time for enjoyment are in Jannah. When a person has mansions and palaces in one city will he desire to stay in a cramped, dirty, motel room in some other city? On earth we are only taking an exam, which we would like to have end as soon as possible, so we can go to our mansions and palaces where delicious food and a life of enjoyment and relaxation awaits us.

As long as we live we are in an examination hall. Till we die we are taking the exam of life that will qualify us for either Jannah or Jahannum. Some academic exams take place in 5 star hotels, and some take place in village school rooms. He, whose exam is in a 5 star hotel, is in comfortable conditions but cannot afford to forget that he is there to take an exam. If he begins to enjoy himself in the hotel, roaming around and entertaining himself, he will fail his exam.

A king once passed by a pious person in the market place and asked him what he was doing. The pious man replied, “I’m trying to get people to be friends with Allah (subhana wa ta’ala).” The king asked, “How’s it going?” The man replied, “Allah is willing but the people are not willing.” Some time later the king passed by the same man in a graveyard. The king asked him again what he was doing. The man replied, “I’m trying to get (the dead) people to befriend Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). Now the people are willing but Allah is not willing.”

May we not be those lowly creatures that cling to earthly life but those who have the vastness of Jannah before their eyes.

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