Thursday, April 29, 2010

Duties towards Mankind

Our Holy Qur'an was revelaed to us for our guidance with Man as its Subject.. With this blessing to mankind, we muslims have been invited to the right path ..Allah(swt) said " Ye are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah... Surah Al-Imran :110)

Haqooq ul Allah and Haqooq ul Ibaad are the two most important aspects in a life of a Muslim to complete his Faith .
Haqooq Ul Ibaad is the duty we owe to makind.. the rights of every Muslim on the other Muslim. A Muslim who fulfills the " Haqooq Ul Allah" will also fulfill the ' Haqooq ul Ibaad " these are two different things but still intertwined. A Muslim must himself be good and must also encourage others to do good, and he must strive for the welfare of society. This duty is called - Amar Bil Maroof, which means enjoining the right. A Muslim must also refrain from sins and must try to prevent sins and corruption from occurring in the society and this duty is called - Nahi Anil Munkar(forbidding the wrong.) Amar Bil Maroof and Nahi Anil Munkar together form one of the most important duties in Islam for every Muslim. Fortunate are the ones who practise this in daily life to live a peaceful life in the spirit of brotherhood as one Muslim Nation.

O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things). (Surah Al-Hujrat :13)

In the authentic hadith of Bukhari .. Abu Hurairah (Radhiallaho Anha) reported: Messenger of Allah (Sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam) said, "Every Muslim has five rights over another Muslim (i.e., he has to perform five duties for another Muslim): to return the greetings, to visit the sick, to accompany funeral processions, to accept an invitation, to respond to the sneezer [i.e., to say: `Yarhamuk-Allah (may Allah bestow His Mercy on you),' when the sneezer praises Allah.''.. Sahih Bukhari

There is a hadith of when Prophet Mohammed (saws) was asked, “Who is the best Muslim?” He replied, “He is the one from whose hand and tongue all Muslims are safe .... Sahih Bukhari... What a beautiful lesson taught to us, If we all sincerely follow this I think we would have not been in a situation where we stand now...where there is injustice, Back biting, slandering, hatred, Bloodshed etc. humanity needs to revive on these lessons....In another Hadith Prophet Mohammad(saws) said "'None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself ..... Sahih Bukhari.... If only we followed all this, we can be a true momin and make our self way to Jannah.

There is also this beatiful Hadith that makes us ponder and realize our duties towards each other... Once Prophet (saws) was asked by the Sahabah “Do you know who a bankrupt person is?” They said “the bankrupt among us is the person who does not have any wealth. He (saws) said, “The bankrupt of my Ummah, the bankrupt person is someone who comes on the day of judgement with many rewards, prayer, fasting, Zakat, but he had accused this person falsely, he abused another, cursed a third, taken the money of somebody else, spilt the blood of someone else, so he ends up giving them from his good deeds and if he runs out of good deeds and he didn’t pay them back, then they start giving him some of their sins and he ends up going to hell fire.” - Sahih Muslim

On the day of judgement there will be no wealth, the only wealth that exists is hasanat (good deeds) and he has a lot of them, but because of his dealings with others and because he scored low on the scales of Akhlaq (morals) and he was cursing people, backbiting others, causing fitan (mischief), He has to pay them back. Everything must be sorted out. He will pay them back and if his good deeds are not enough, he will start receiving some of their sins and will end up going to hell fire. This clearly states how much Islam Values about Good Conduct . And indeed our Prophet (saws ) is the Best example to follow as how to fulfill our duties and rights towards mankind.

Whatever has been done to any of the humanity(Allah's Creations) .. we are answerable on the day of Judgement.. and Allah(swt) will not forgive us unless the person who we hurt or did injustice to forgives us.. suchis the Value of humans and all this comes under haqooq ul ibaad..We have to live our life in accordance to the guidelines of Islam.. Every single person from our Parents, borthers, sisters to relatives, Neighbors, traveller, strangers.. every person have to be treated fairly and in the best manner. We will be accounted even for our behaviour towards animals. ALlah(swt) created us as Ashraf Ul Maqlooq and as Muslim we belong to the best Ummat. Indeed we have been given so many favors and its our responsibility to give back to Allah (swt) by loving him and being grateful to him, Our Prophet(saws) and also the mankind ( All the creations of Allah(swt) .

In these Quranic Verses Allah(swt)has clearly stated how we are supposed to be among each other as one .

So give what is due to kindred, the needy, and the wayfarer. that is best for those who seek the Countenance of Allah and it is they who will prosper.( Surah Ar-Room:38)
And hold fast, all together by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude Allah's favour on you; for ye were enemies and He joined your hearts in love so that by His Grace, ye became brethren; and ye were on the brink of the pit of fire, and He saved you from it. Thus doth Allah make his signs clear to you: that ye may be guided. Surah Al-Imran : 103
Also in this beautiful Ayat its said "Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah; and those who are with him are strong against Unbelievers, (but) compassionate amongst each other. ( Surah Al-Fath:29)

Islam is the most beautiful religion .. It's our way of life .. Allah(swt ) has guided us through the Holy Quran and by sending Prophet Mohammed(saws) as Mercy to mankind. We just have to follow .. and be the obedient believers. Haqooq Ul Allah and Haqooq Ul Ibaad both go side by side and a Muslims life is all about these two and how we fulfill this responisibility. If there is a sin committed by us its between us and Allah(swt), and Allah (swt) can forgive us, but if there is a sin committed between us and someone else, then that has to be sorted out between the two. So we have to be very careful with our conduct towards Allah"s creations. Haqooq ul Ibaad comes under Haqooq ul Allah.. We have to fulfill our rights towards Muslim as Allah(swt ) has asked us to do .. Its the duty we own to makind and mainly to ALlah(swt) and a great source to strive for Jannah.

May Allah(swt) guide us on the right path in fulfilling the Haqooq Ul Ibaad and make us strong in our faith .. ameen.

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