Sunday 17 September 2023

Let the mark of Allah’s favour and honour to you BE SEEN (Hadith Prophet Muhammad ﷺ)

Islam forbids extravagance and lavish living and life style, for such display of wealth leaves negative impression on others who can hardly make their ends meet. But at the same time, it is not desired that a person who has been adequately blessed should appear in rag tags or dirty clothes, even if as a mark of humility. Although wearing gold studded shirts and watches is not desired, for these give an impression of arrogance and pride, yet a well-to-do person should ensure to wear clean and washed clothes and not necessarily new clothes. 

On the same subject, a Hadith attributed to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ is mentioned in Sunan Abi Dawud (Book # 34 Clothing (Kitab Al-Libas): كتاب اللباس / Chapter # 1518 Regarding Worn Out Clothes, And Washing Clothes / باب فِي غَسْلِ الثَّوْبِ وَفِي الْخُلْقَانِ ) as Hadith number # 4063, quoted herein under:

Abu al-Ahwas quoted his father saying: I came to the Prophet (ﷺ) wearing a poor garment and he said (to me): Have you any property? He replied: Yes. He asked: What kind is it? He said: Allah has given me camels. Sheep, horses and slaves. He then said: When Allah gives you property, let the mark of Allah's favour and honour to you be seen.
Grade: Sahih (Al-Albani)

Arabic Text:
حَدَّثَنَا النُّفَيْلِيُّ، حَدَّثَنَا زُهَيْرٌ، حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو إِسْحَاقَ، عَنْ أَبِي الأَحْوَصِ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، قَالَ أَتَيْتُ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم فِي ثَوْبٍ دُونٍ فَقَالَ ‏"‏ أَلَكَ مَالٌ ‏"‏ ‏.‏ قَالَ نَعَمْ ‏.‏ قَالَ ‏"‏ مِنْ أَىِّ الْمَالِ ‏"‏ ‏.‏ قَالَ قَدْ أَتَانِيَ اللَّهُ مِنَ الإِبِلِ وَالْغَنَمِ وَالْخَيْلِ وَالرَّقِيقِ ‏.‏ قَالَ ‏"‏ فَإِذَا أَتَاكَ اللَّهُ مَالاً فَلْيُرَ أَثَرُ نِعْمَةِ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكَ وَكَرَامَتِهِ ‏"‏ ‏.

Sometimes well-to-do believers are found wearing dirty and even torn clothes and shoes, which in fact is a display of thanklessness to Allah for not wearing good clothes which they he can easily afford. At the same time, they live an extravagant way of life, moving about in flashy and expensive cars, partying in luxury hotels and displaying wealth as a show off, which is tangent to living a life of piety, humility, humbleness and thankfulness. So, let us live a life as per the honour, favours and blessings upon us by Allah and as directed by the revered Prophet (ﷺ) of Allah mentioned in the Hadith shared above. 

May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is Our duty is only to convey to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible for making you accept it forcibly, and if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, you will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

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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