Who to start with?
In Da’wah (call to Islam), start with yourself before the members of your family and other people and look at what is lacking in you in order that you may start treating it.
So if there is a common deficiency between you and one of your companions or family members, then join him with you in resolving this problem because the Messenger of Allah said: “Whoever from amongst you sees an evil he should change it with his hand and if he is not able to, then with his tongue and if he is not able to, then he should hate it in his heart, and that is the weakest level of faith.” [Narrated by Muslim and Ahmed]
How is your humbleness in prayer?
When our hearts are overloaded with the pressures of life and at the point of exploding, comes the prayer as an outlet where souls can breathe the taste of tranquility, throw the troubles of life away and become happy and calm. However, for prayer we have to provide it with what makes us Humble. Allah Says (what mean): “Indeed, they used to hasten to good deeds and supplicate Us in hope and fear, and they were to Us humbly submissive” [Quran 21:90]
How is your relationship with Allah?
Are you one who’s supplications are answered or do you notice most of your supplications not being answered?
Look into your Aqeedah (Faith) and the level of your certainty and reliance upon Allah, and observe closely your food and drink – are they from that which is Halal (lawful) or Haram (unlawful), or is there some doubt about their source?
If the situation was one that requires enjoining good and forbidding evil, what would you do? Prophet Muhammad said: “By Him in Who’s Hand is my soul, you will enjoin good and prohibit evil or (else) Allah will soon send upon you a punishment from Him, then you will call upon Him and He will not answer you.” [Ahmed and At-Tirmithi]
Maybe you would benefit from reading Hadeeths (Prophetic narrations) pertaining to the punishment of the grave and that of its bliss, about the terror of the Resurrection, and the torment of the Hell-Fire. You could well continue reading for days, weeks or months, accompanying that with good actions and self-struggle.
Are you prepared for the meeting with Allah?
- Have you fulfilled the rights of the creation, one to another? Or are you in a constant state of postponing and deferring?
- Have you converted your knowledge of repentance into crying and penitence?
- Have you turned whatever you have read about loving Allah into real love for your Muslim brothers?
- Do you often visit them, and overlook their faults? Do you aid the needy from amongst them, feel delighted for their happiness and grieve for their sorrow?
It is better for you if you were to meet death whilst trying to improve your own condition than to die whilst striving to improve others’, being held accountable at the same time for leaving off obligatory actions just like the lantern that burns itself out and gives light to others, as in the Hadeeth: “The example of the scholar who teaches the people good things but forgets himself is that of a lantern, it gives light to the people but burns itself out.” [At-Tabarani]
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