GREATEST JIHAD

A’eesha BL

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barkatuh. How do you reply someone that calls you a killer when you know very well you have not killed anyone.

The muslims of today have no doubt heard so much of this as regards the ruthless killings and crisis going on. At first I answered every question and whenever I did convince someone on the rulings and meaning of jihad I realise I needed to do more. To fight the war on the field I have to win my heart over so the actual determining battle is within me.

Our Prophet (S.A.W) said that Nafs is our greatest enemy. When Sahabas came back from physical Jihad the Prophet (S.A.W) advised them that now their greater Jihad is against their Nafs.

Along with our souls, Allah (SWT) has placed within us something called the ‘nafs’ or the ‘self’, which propels our evil passions, our relish for food and other sensual gratification. It also keeps us occupied with worldly indulgence and makes us slaves to our desires thus preventing us from following the orders of Allah (SWT).

Its is a selfish thing and if the nafs is not pure, the shaytan enters and pulls it towards his evil intentions and over time the soul becomes weaker and weaker and eventually starts receiving orders from shaytans directly.

Those who cannot fight against these passions and are unable to bring them under their control may find themselves the servants of nafs or evil passions and thus moving away from the righteous path.

“But as for he who feared the standing before his Lord and restrained the soul from (his) desire, then indeed, Paradise will be his refuge.” (79:40-41).

Taken from ‘Ihya ‘Ulum ad-Din’ (The Revival of the Religious Sciences): God has armed soldiers which He has placed in the hearts and the souls and others of His worlds, and none knows their true nature and actual number except He. He proceeds to explain that the limbs of the body, the five senses, will instinct and the emotive and intellective powers are among those soldiers. Know that the two soldiers of anger and sexual passion can be guided by the heart completely or on the other hand disobey and rebel against it completely, until they enslave it. Therein lies the death of the heart and the termination of its journey towards eternal happiness.

The heart has other soldiers: knowledge, wisdom and reflection whose help it seeks by right, for they are the Party of God against the other two who belong to the party of shaytan.

The thoughts that stir one’s desire are of two kinds: praiseworthy, and that is called “intuition”, and blameworthy, and that is called “whispering” (waswasa). The heart is owned mutually by a shaytan and an angel. The angel stands for a creature which God has created for the overflowing of benefit, the bestowing of knowledge, the unveiling of truth, the promise of reward, and the ordering of the good. The shaytan stands for a creature whose business is to be against all this. Whispering against intuition, shaytan against angel, success against disappointment.

The Prophet SAW said: “There is none among you in whom there is not a devil” They said: “Even in you, O Messenger of God?!” He said: “Even in me, but God helped me to overcome him and he has submitted to me, so he doesn’t order anything except good” (Muslim)

The mutual repelling of the soldiers of the angels and the devils is constant in the battle over the heart, until the heart is conquered by one of the two sides which sets up its nation and settles there. And most hearts have been seized by the soldiers of shaytan, who fill them with the whispers that call one to love this passing world and disregard the next.

The Prophet SAW said: “The struggler is the one who strives against his soul/self in obedience to God, the Mighty and Majestic” (Tirmidhi)

Sufyan al-Thawri said: “I never dealt with anything stronger against me than my own soul/self; it was one time with me, and one time against me”.

POEM TITLE: GREATEST JIHAD
I sat alone, dusk came slowly
The cold war is on
My blood I shed
The clouds were brown
I watched the sun set
My palm, I put on my chest
My eyes, I gazed at the sky blue
For You Allaah, for You I will.

The Adnan calls and something holds me
Every time it holds me
You see me walk to pray
But deep inside I am crawling
I pull up and stand
Push and prostrate
Thoughts distract me
I cast away
Focus and I must pray
Sigh at salaam, whisper Alhamdulillaah
Inside I am panting
The challenge keeps mounting
This is jihad speaking

O heart of mine
You love
You want
You lead me to lust
You are strong and I am just dust
Your wind blows me
I get up and you blow me
Pride and ego let them go
And together we both will grow
I turn humble but your pride lifts me
I push you down but you hold and pull me
I’m on the ground fighting
This is jihad speaking

My beast of pride
I must tame
I fear its growl
It leads me astray
I sit still
But its not at ease I am
Inside is a beast, outside is me
Its canines threaten to pierce my skin
Drowning in lust
Burning with desire
I must gasp and quench
To extinguish its fire
This is jihad speaking

My lips bleed when I slander
Back biting words I must not utter
The gossip came
My tongue dares to spread
The lies untold
At its tip they wait
I’m tempted to say
But on that day its my neck I would slay
This weapon I swallow wags within
I’d rather bleed and heal
Than feed on flesh of men
Ya Allaah forgive me for I have failed
This is jihad speaking

I am dressed
Yet under dressed
Its a shield I have broken
The pieces I have thrown
All over this jungle
Now I search to find them
On the road I walk on thorns and stones
My hijab I must pull over
But society adorns me
These colors, so much luring
I am tempted
But I fear Him
This is jihad speaking

Words like venom reach me
Awakens the anger within me
I look ahead calmly
But its roaring within me
My patience is weak
Fume curbs to unease me
I clutch my head in my hands
Look at my eyes as they turn red
I need humility to keep bowing
It fights me but I’m trying
In anger I should refrain
Let wudu kill its rage
This is jihad speaking

I’m fighting as I look still
My gun I hold to my head
My arrow shoots to my heart
I’m hunted in my hunting
Preying on the predator within me
My sword is stained with my blood
I’m hurting
And He is healing
But still they would accuse me
I tell them I am a fighter
If that makes me a killer
I would love to start within
This is jihad speaking

I sat alone, dusk came slowly
The cold war is on
My blood I shed
The clouds were brown
I watched the sun set
My palm, I put on my chest
My eyes, I gazed at the sky blue
For You Allaah, for You I will.

This is jihad speaking!

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MANKIND

A’eesha BL

Good day readers and I greet you with the most beautiful and rewarding introduction assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barkatuh. We thank Allaah for His mercies and blessings upon us and we pray for His guidance in our lives. Ameen. It’s been two long weeks and everything humanly imaginable may have occurred around us or in some part of the world we are not aware of. May the souls of the departed rest in peace. Ameen .

We exist in billions… and each person is considered as a unique individual. Our tests and privileges in life differ; our minds and hearts certainly differ too. We are however together called mankind, addressed as such and judged as such.

Imam Jaffer as-Sadiq (A.S.) has said, “There is not a single difference of opinion between two persons whose solution is not given in the Book of Allah, the mighty, the glorious. But their intelligence does not fathom its depth.”
In this Hadith, it mentions about two persons, these two persons can be anyone from any walk of life, so this Hadith is telling us that there is every answer to every problem which any man may have, therefore this book of guidance is for the complete human race whose problems are answered in a clear form within the ayats of the Qur’an.

We are not Jinn nor are we animals. It is true that man has been blessed with intellect and a higher thinking faculty making us have certain control over our environment and interactions with each other. We have not been left without guidance, rules and judgement at the end of it all. But are we mindful enough? The Holy Quran is guidance for mankind. Individualise yourself and understand the reality of what is before you. You belong to an identity which your Lord has addressed; know your rights and the rights of your brothers over you for surely someday you would give account. May Allaah make us among the best of men. Ameen.

“O Mankind! Worship your Lord, who created you and those before you, happily you may guard (yourselves from evil)” (Sura Baqarah, Verse 21)

I came across a text of 100 hadith about being the best of characters and practices among mankind but just a few are put up here (more in the upcoming compilation of Unearthing4deen in sha Allaah).

“The best of the Muslims is he from whose hand and tongue the Muslims are safe.” (Muslim)

“The best of people are those that bring most benefit to the rest of mankind.” (Daraqutni, Hasan)

“The best of people during fitnah is a man who takes up the reins of his horse pursuing the enemies of Allah, causing them fear yet they make him fearful too, or a man who secludes himself in the desert fulfilling the rights of Allah upon him.” (Hakim, Sahih)

“The best of mankind is my generation, then those that follow them and then those that follow them. Then there shall come a people after them who will become avaricious, who will love gluttony, and who will give witness before they are asked for it.” (Tirmidhi, Sahih)

“The best of people are those who live longest and excel in their deeds, whereas the worst of people are those who live longest and corrupt their deeds.” (Tirmidhi, Sahih)

“The best of women are those that please him (her husband) when he sees her, obeys him when she is commanded, and who does not secretly betray him with regards to herself and her money in that which he dislikes.” (Ahmad, Sahih)

“The best of marriages are the easiest ones.” (Abu Dawud, Sahih)

“The best of your garments are those which are white; shroud your dead in them and clothe your living with them. The best of that which you apply to your eyelids is antimony causing the eyelashes to grow and sharpening the eyesight.” (Ibn Hibban, Sahih)

“The best of your religion is that which is easiest.” (Ahmad, Sahih)

“The best of the prayer lines for men are the first rows, the worst being the final rows. The best of the prayer lines for women are the final rows and the worst are the first rows.” (Muslim)

“The best prayers for women are those performed in the most secluded parts of their houses.” (Ibn Khuzaymah, Sahih)

“The best of you are the best of you in fulfilling (rights).” (Ahmad, Sahih)

“The best of you are my generation, then those that follow them and then those that follow them. Then there shall come after them a people who will betray and be untrustworthy, will give witness even though they have not been asked to, will make vows yet will not fulfil them and obesity will appear amongst them.” (Bukhari)

“The best of you are those who feed others and return greetings.” (Hasan)

“The best of which man can leave behind for himself are three: a righteous child who supplicates for him, an ongoing charity whose reward continues to reach him and knowledge which others benefit from after him.” (Ibn Hibban, Hasan)

“The best Mosques for women are the most secluded parts of their houses.” (Bayhaqi, Sahih)

“Verily, the best of perfume for men is that which is strong in smell and light in colour, and the best of perfume for women is that which is strong in colour and light in smell.” (Tirmidhi, Sahih)

“The most beloved of deeds according to Allah are the continuous ones, even if they are little.” (Agreed upon)

“The most beloved of deeds according to Allah is that you die and yet your tongue is still moist from the remembrance of Allah.” (Ibn Hibban, Hasan)

“The most beloved of people according to Allah is he who brings most benefit, and the most beloved of deeds according to Allah the Mighty, the Magnificent, is that you bring happiness to a fellow Muslim, or relieve him of distress, or pay off his debt or stave away hunger from him. It is more beloved to me that I walk with my brother Muslim in his time of need than I stay secluded in the mosque for a month. Whoever holds back his anger, Allah will cover his faults and whoever suppresses his fury while being able to execute it, Allah will fill his heart with satisfaction on the Day of Standing. Whoever walks with his brother Muslim in need until he establishes that for him, Allah will establish his feet firmly on the day when all feet shall slip. Indeed, bad character ruins deeds just as vinegar ruins honey.” (Tabarani, Hasan)

“The best of people in recitation are those who when they recite, you see that they fear Allah.” (Bayhaqi, Sahih)

“The best of your leaders are those that you love and they love you, you supplicate for them and they supplicate for you. The worst of your leaders are those that you hate and they hate you, you curse them and they curse you.” (Muslim)

“The best of you are those with the softest shoulders during prayer.” (Bayhaqi, Hasan)

“The best of you are those who are best to their wives.” (Tirmidhi, Sahih)

“The best of you are those who learn the Qur’an and teach it.” (Darimi, Sahih)

“The best of places are the Mosques and the worst of places are the markets.” (Tabarani, Hasan)

“The best of dowries are the easiest.” (Hakim, Sahih)

“The most beloved dish according to Allah is that which most hands feed from.” (Ibn Hibban, Hasan)

“The most beloved servant of Allah is he who is most beneficial to his dependents.” (Zawa’id al-Zuhd, Hasan)

“The best of all deeds is the Prayer at its earliest time.” (Tirmidhi, Sahih)

“The best of Jihad is that man strives against his soul and desires.” (Daylami, Sahih)

“The best of all charity is that which is given to the relative that harbours enmity against you.” (Ahmad, Sahih)

“The best of all charity is that you give it while you are healthy and desirous (of that money), hoping to become wealthy but fearing poverty. Don’t delay until you are about to breathe your last and then you say, ‘This is for ‘so and so’ and this is for ‘so and so’’, for indeed, it has already been written that ‘so and so’ would receive that.” (Abu Dawud, Sahih)

“The best charity is to provide water.” (Ibn Majah, Hasan)

“The best prayer after the obligatory ones is the prayer in the depth of the night, and the best fast after the month of Ramadhan is the month of Allah, Muharram.” (Muslim)

POEM TITLE: MANKIND
I am one of us
The pathetic
The dependent
The crew of clay
Models of flesh and blood
The crowd of discretion
But still in subjection
The prevailing powerless
We rise, we fall
We are lost on our own
My kind are buried
My likeness have vanished
Makes me ponder
It could have been me or you
A part of us

I am one of us
A clan amongst the human race
The imperfects, the mortals
In relentless determination
But weaker than fate’s manifest
It is desires against resolve, surviving or dying
Robbers on our own highway
The victims and the villains
The killers and the killed
They are of my kind
Those that lie, that cheat and backbite
Together we dictate and lament
I am one of them
The kind that have lived and died
I am here, within the bereaved, a potential deceased

I am one of the guilty
Whose nature is to sin
Even after been led
Through a path to a flawless place
Still our hearts are insatiable
For fame, fortune and reign
Crowding our minds with perishing pursuits
Disregarding the essence of the purpose for creation
We know but yet can’t resist
We hurt but still won’t desist
We are like poles to the magnets of our addictions
In helpless hypnotic obsession
Succumbing to longings irrespective of warnings
We are not uninformed
We are just mankind

I belong here
An affiliate of the blind and mulish
In selfishness and greed
Our struggles we feed
Sieving out for benefits
And abandoning detriments
But halal and haram have more than just same consonants
With heaps of signs and symptoms
Our syndromes are exemplary assortments of defects
Temptation overpowers our resolve
We have in common an innate determinant
Of our deeds and misdeeds
If it good, the whole of us is good
We have hearts
We are some of us

I belong here to a certain identity
A seeker of the pleasers of Allaah
A thankful for His blessings
Yet a defiant to His commands
I fall in prostration to mend where I am broken
I am one of them
The sect that seek forgiveness
A sinner and a confessor  
A beggar and a giver
Descendant of descendants
A fraction of a whole
The whole that will be called as one
Judged and justified
Ya ayyuhan nas…O mankind
I am one of you.