Hadith : 4

Aisha, wife of the Prophet, reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said, “Be moderate in worship, draw near to Allah, and give glad tidings, for indeed, none of you will enter Paradise because of his deeds alone.” They said, “Not even you, O Messenger of Allah?” He said, “Not even me unless Allah grants me mercy from Himself; and know that the most beloved deed to Allah is that which is done regularly even if it is small.”

[Sahih Muslim, Book 39, Number 6770]

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Abu Umamah reported: “I came to the Messenger of Allah and said: ‘Order me to do a deed that will allow me to enter Paradise.’ He said: ‘Stick to fasting, as there is no equivalent to it.’ Then I came to him again and he said: ‘Stick to fasting.”‘ [Ahmad, an-Nasa’i, and al-Hakim].

Hadith – 3

Mentioning Of Pride ..

Allah Subhanahu says :

اِنَّ اللّٰهَ لَا يُحِبُّ مَنۡ كَانَ مُخۡتَالًا فَخُوۡرَا

” ….. Allah does not like those who are self – deluding , proud and boastful.”

[Qur’an 4:36]

He further says :     اِنَّ اللّٰهَ لَا يُحِبُّ كُلَّ مُخۡتَالٍ فَخُوۡرٍۚ

“… Allah does not like any self – deluded and boastful.”  Qur’an 31:18

In another place the Almighty says :

فَلَبِئۡسَ مَثۡوَى الۡمُتَكَبِّرِيۡنَ…..

“…And indeed , what an evil abode will be for the arrogant.”  [ Qur’an 16:29]

Ibn Mas’ood reported that Allah’s Messenger (S.A.W) said : ” He who has in his heart the weight of a mustard seed of pride will not enter Paradise.” A man remarked , ” O ‘ Allah’s Messenger , a man like his garment to be beautiful and his shoes to be beautiful . ” The Prophet replied , ” Allah is beautiful and likes beauty , pride is disdaining the truth ( with arrogance , vanity) and despising people.”

HAritha Ibn Wahab Radiyallauhuanha reported Allah’s Messinger ( S.A.W) as saying : “Shall I inform you about the inhabitants of the Fire (hell)? They are , ‘ The cruel , the proud and the conceited persons. ‘ “

Abu Sa’eed Radiyallahu anha reported that the Prophet (S.A.W) said : “He who is humble for Allah’s sake to a degree , Allah will exalt his status to one grade until He makes his abode in the higher rank of the High Places ( i.e in Paradise). If anyone is proud against Allah’s orders to a grade , Allah will degrade him until He will put him to the lowest ofthe Low places ( i.e in Hell) “

 

Contemplate and be Thankful

Remember the favours of Allah upon you and how they surround you from above and below – indeed from every direction.
” And if you would count the graces of Allah , never could you be able to count the”  [Qur’an 14:34]

Health, safety , nourishment, clothing , air and water – these all point to the world being yours , yet you do not realize it, You possess all that life has to offer , yet remain ignorant .

“He has completed and perfected His Graces upon you , [both] apparent [ i.e Islamic Monotheism . and the lawful pleasures of this world including health , good looks , etc ] and hidden [ i.e one’s faith in Allah , guidance for doing righteous deeds and also the pleasures and delights of the Hereafter in Paradise , etc”  [Qur’an 31:20]

You have at your disposal two eyes , a tongue , lips , two hands , and two legs .

“Then which of the blessings of your Lord will you both [Jinns and men] deny?”   Qur’an 55:13

Can You picture yourself walking without feet? Should You take it lightly that you slumber soundly while misery hinders the sleep of many ? Should you forget that you fill yourself with both delicious dishes and cool water while the pleasure of good food and drink is impossible for some , due to sickness and disease? Consider the faculties  of hearing and seeing with which you have been endowed. Look at your healthy skin and be grateful that you have been saved from diseases that attack it .

Would you sell your ability to hear and see for the weight of Mount Uhud in gold , or your ability to speak for huge castles? You have been given abundant favors , yet you feign ignorance , Not withstanding warm bread , cool water , easy sleep , and good health , you remain despondent and depressed . You think about what  you do not have and are ungrateful for what you have been given You are troubled by a loss in wealth , yet you have the key to happiness and many blessings. Contemplate and Be thankful .

“And also in your ownselves [ are signs ] , will you not then see?” [ Qur’an 51:21]

Reflect upon yourself , your family, your friends , and the entire world that is around you .

“They recognize the grace Of Allah , Yet they deny it.” [ Qur’an  16:83]