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25 July 2017 CE | 02 Dhul-Qadah 1438 AH
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Hadith Explanation


Traits Leading to Happiness and Ruin


The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “May I tell you who the dwellers of Jannah are? (They are) every person who is considered weak and is despised, and who, if he takes an oath of reliance upon Allah, will fulfill it. Now may I tell you who the people destined for Jahannum are? (They are) everyone who is ignorant, impertinent, proud and arrogant.” [Bukhari]

A Muslim who is humble, who lives for the Akhirah, who sends his goods in Sadaqah for his Hereafter, who takes a stand for Islam and not for himself, can be mistaken as weak. Since the majority of people adore power and want to associate with it, they look down upon those whom they consider weak. However, whether it is this weakness, or the weakness of pressing poverty, both keep a person humble and reliant on Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). Such a person doesn’t forget to call upon Allah for the fulfillment of his needs. Nor does he wait for other than Allah’s Decree.

On the other hand, proud people forget their insignificance in the greater order of things, their utter dependence on Allah (subhana wa ta’ala), and His rights over them. They lord it over others as though they had power independent of what Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has temporarily bestowed upon them as a test. Such are the people who then commit the deeds of the people of Jahannum and are forever ruined.

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