Monday 11 July 2022

Four Secrets of Piety

No one has perfect knowledge of any field, even the most respected scholars and educationists. Yet, one should keep looking for the wisdom hidden in their words and quotes for their knowledge is only revealing if one has quest for more. We have been sharing posts based on the viewpoint of the scholars on matters related to Islam and how to live a life as per the dictates of Islam as contained in the Qur'an.

And if someone wants to ask me to explain Islam in one sentence, I would say the beside having firm faith in One True God, His last revealed book (Qur'an) and Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, Islam is all about PIETY. We have shared a number of posts on how Allah commands us to follow the path of piety, in our thoughts, raiment and behaviour and communication skills, and avoiding indecency, lewdness, concealing truth and being watchful for the machinations of the Satan.

This post today is about a quote of one of the eminent 8th century scholar Hasan Al Basra:
Abu Sa'id ibn Abi al-Hasan Yasar al-Basri, often referred to as Hasan of Basra (Arabic: الحسن البصري, Al-Hasan al-Basri; 642 - 15 October 728) for short, or as Hasan al-Basri, was an early Sunni Muslim preacher, ascetic, theologian, exegete, scholar, judge, and mystic. Born in Medina in 642, Hasan belonged to the second generation of Muslims, all of whom would subsequently be referred to as the tābiʿūn in Sunni Islamic piety.

When once asked about the secrets of piety, the revered scholar has been quoted  ( I wish I could get a reference for it, but I have read his thoughts on piety since my childhood many a time and am sharing these today) as saying that the crux of his life has been that when he understood for things: 

  • I understood that my Rizq (means of sustenance) cannot be taken away from me by anyone, but Allah, so my heart became content.
  • I understood that no one can do my actions (of worship) for me, so I started doing these myself.
  • I understood that Allah is watching me, so I became ashamed to do wrong.
  • I understood that death is waiting for me, so I started to prepare for my meeting with Allah.
Four simple sentence, not needing any explanation, yet very heavy and load-full of wisdom. If we all start to follow these for secrets of piety, believe me our lives can be transformed from pursuits of worldly needs to our journey to the next world which is permanent and where once goes cannot come back to make amends.

Like the revered scholar said that the mere understanding that Allah is all the time watching us, can transform our life of lewdness, sin and wrongdoings to a the life of piety where our all our actions will be automatically orchestrated to decency, truthfulness and remembrance of Allah. This will make our lives easier, lighter and more focused on our meeting with Allah on the Day of Resurrection. And by following the life based on the above said four secrets of piety, we will be rest assured that our dossier will be handed over to us in our right hands, our visa to Paradise.

Let us start trying these from this moment onward, for we never know our next breath may be the last one!!

May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and help us to act upon the commandments of Allah contained therein. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others life miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

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