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Friday, April 16, 2004  

The Recompense of Works Those possessed of sound hearts and upright minds know that they will be requited for what they do in life, that they will reap what they sow, that they will be judged just as they judge others, and that they are heading toward that which they have forwarded for themselves. How can such people not know this or fail to be certain of this when what they believe and trust in comes from what they hear in the perfect revelation of God and the utterances of His Prophet (may peace and blessings be upon him)? They are sources that impart conviction and certitude in one whose heart God illuminates and whose breast He dilates. So be present of heart and attentive of ear and listen to what may awaken you from your heedlessness and rouse you from your slumber. Act well for your own good, and save yourself “on a day when no wealth shall avail, nor children, save those who come to God with a sound heart” (26:88-89). God the Exalted says, To God belongs what is in the heavens and what is in earth, that He may recompense those who have done wrong with their doings and recompense those who have done good with good (53:31). And He says, Exalted is He, And there is nothing for man except what he has striven for, and his strivings shall surely be seen; then he will be recompensed for it to the full, and to your Lord is the final end (53:39-42). And He says, Exalted is He, It is not by your wishes, nor the wishes of the People of the Book. He who does wrong will be recompensed accordingly, and he will find neither protector nor ally other than God. And he who does good, whether he be male or female, and he is a believer, such will enter the Garden, and they will not be wronged [so much as] the thread of a date-stone (4:123-124). And He says, Exalted is He, He who does an atom’s weight of good will see it, and he who does an atom’s weight of evil will see it (99:7-8). And He says, Exalted is He, God charges no soul except that which it can bear. It will be requited for whatever good and whatever evil it has earned (2:286). And He says, Exalted is He, He who does good, it is for his own self, and he who does wrong it is against it; and your Lord is not unjust to His servants (41:46). And He says, Exalted is He, [Judgment Day shall be] a day when each soul will find the good it has done brought near; as for the evil it has done, it will wish that there would be a mighty distance between them. God warns you to beware of Him, and God is kind to the servants (3:30). And He says, Exalted is He, Fear a day when you shall be returned to God, then each soul shall be recompensed for what it has earned, and they shall not be wronged (2:281). It is said that this verse was the last verse of the Quran to be revealed. The Messenger of God (may peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The Holy Spirit whispered into my heart: Live as long as you wish, you shall die! Love whatever you wish, you shall be separated from it! Do whatever you wish, you shall be rewarded for it!” And the Prophet (may peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Benevolence does not decay, sins are not forgotten, the Judge does not die. As you judge, so shall you be judged.” And he relates on behalf of his Lord, “O My servants, it is but your deeds that I count for you, then I shall pay you in full for them. He who then finds good, let him thank God and he who finds otherwise, let him blame none but himself.” And he said, “Do not insult the dead, for they have gone to that which they had forwarded [for themselves].” And he said, “A slave may be raised to a higher rank in the Garden than his master. The master will say, ‘O Lord! This man was my slave in the world!’ He will say, Transcendent is He, ‘I have merely rewarded him for his deeds.’” ‘Ali, may God honor his countenance, said, “This world is the abode of works; there are no rewards in it. The Hereafter is the abode of rewards, there are no works in it. So act in the abode of no reward for the sake of the abode of no works!” Al-Hasan al-Basri, may God have mercy on him, said, “God will say to the people if the Garden, ‘Enter the Garden through mercy, dwell therein perpetually by your good intentions, and take your shares of it by your works!’” All the aforementioned quotes that indicate the occurrence of recompense were provided as a reminder; otherwise they are well known to common believers and the elite alike. They are so well known that even the most simpleminded of believers are privy to them. -Imam ‘Abdallah ibn ‘Alawi al-Haddad, Two Treatises of Imam al-Haddad



posted by SuFiSTiC | 4/16/2004 03:53:00 AM |
As for him who fears to stand before his Lord and restrains the ego its desires, the Garden is shelter.
(The Snatchers:40)
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "The Fire is surrounded by all kinds of desires and passions, while Paradise is surrounded by all kinds of disliked, undesirable things."
(Bukhari)
Whoever does good at night is rewarded during the day and whoever does good during the day is rewarded at night. Whoever is sincere in abandoning a desire is saved from catering to it. God is too noble to punish a heart that has abandoned a desire for His sake.
(Abu Sulayman ad-Darani)
Beware of your ego, and trust not its mischief;
The ego is worse than seventy devils.
(Arabic Poem)
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I seek God's forgiveness, and do not claim that my intention in producing this Blog is confined to good religious purposes; how may I do so when I am aware of the hidden desires, egotistic passions, and worldly wishes that I harbour? I do not claim innocence for myself; the ego is indeed an inciter to evil, save when my Lord shows mercy; my Lord is indeed Forgiving, Merciful. O God! I seek Your protection against my committing idolatry [shirk] knowingly, and Your forgiveness for that of which I am not aware! I ask God to make me and all other believers benefit from this Blog and to render my production of it purely for the sake of His Noble Countenance.

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