JUMAAT   Oktober 23  1998

Dead Hearts

Quoted from AlJumuah, Vol 8 Issue 4
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    While thousands of Muslims are killed all over the 
    world, and while tens of thousands are imprisoned and tortured for calling to 
    the path of Allah and for enjoining the good and forbidding the evil, most 
    Muslims remain remarkably silent and have no worry except for the material 
    things of life.  Their hearts have been filled with the love of this life and
    the forgetfulness of the Hereafter.
    Allah says in the Qur'an:
    "You will indeed find them, of all people, most greedy of life, even more 
    than those who do not believe in Resurrection.  Each one of them wishes he
    could be given a life of a thousand years.  But the grant of such life will 
    not save him even a little from due punishment.  For Allah sees well all that
    they do.
                                                               (Al Baqarah, 2:96)

    Many Muslims today have become so much attached to their life that their 
    desire is to dwell among their family, house, money and commerce.  They have 
    forgotten that matters of the Hereafter should come before matters of this 
    life and that we must strive to follow the orders of Allah, not just those 
    we find easy and convenient to follow.  Some Muslims today claim that it is 
    better to perform extra prayers and extra fasting rather than enjoin the good
    and forbid the evil or defend the lives of weak Muslims.  Such people would 
    even blame the Muslims who strive to perform these obligations.

    This is what Ibn al-Qayyim had to say about such people:
"The Shaitan has misled most people by beautifying for them the performance of certain voluntary acts of worship such as voluntary prayers and voluntary fasting while neglecting other obligatory acts of worship such as enjoining the good and eradicating the evil, to the extent that they do not even make the intention of performing them whenever they are able to. Such people are considered by the scholars to be on the bottom of the scale of religion: For the essence of our religion is to perform what Allah ordered us to do. The one who does not perform his obligations is actually worse than the one who performs sins. Anyone having some knowledge about the revelation of Allah, the guidance of the Prophet, sallallahu alayhe wa sallam, and the life of the companions would conclude that those who are pointed at today as the most pious people are in fact the least pious. Indeed, what kind of piety is there in a person who witnesses Allah's sanc- tities being violated, his religion abandoned, the Sunnah of His Messenger shunned, and yet remains still with a cold heart and a shut mouth. Such a person is like a dumb Shaitan! In the same way the one who talks falsehood is a speaking Shaitan. Isn't the misfortune of Islam due only to those who whenever their life and food are secure, would not care about what happens to the religion? The best among them would offer a sorry face. But if they were challenged in one of the things their heart is attached to like their money, they would spare no efforts to get it back. These people, besides deserving the anger of Allah, are afflicted with the greatest calamity without even knowing it. They have a dead heart. Indeed the more alive a person's heart is, the stronger its anger for the sake of Allah and the more complete his support to Islam and Muslims." (A'alaam al-Muwaqqi'een, volume 2, page 176)


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