Friday 15 September 2023

Three Times when a believer doesn't remain a believer (Hadith Prophet Muhammad ﷺ)

Committing sins is the gravest harm a beleiver can induce to his otherwise good character. It is for this very reason; believers have been cautioned many a times both in Qur'an and in Hadiths of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ to refrain from even thinking of committing a sin, for a polluted thought process can be taken advantage of the Evil and lure him into actually doing an act from where there is no return.

We share today a Hadith attributed to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ wherein he cautions the believers and warns them that at the time of committing three grave sins, a beleiver doesn't remain a beleiver, and unless he repents earnestly and seeks the Divine forgiveness, his faith remains doubtful.

This Hadith is mentioned in Bukhārī  (Book 86 - Limits and Punishments set by Allah (Hudood) /  كتاب   الحدود / Chapter 20: The sin of illegal sexual intercourse / باب إِثْمِ الزُّنَاةِ ) as Hadith 6810, given herein under:

Narrated by revered Abu Huraira: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "The one who commits an illegal sexual intercourse is not a believer at the time of committing illegal sexual intercourse and a thief is not a believer at the time of committing theft and a drinker of alcoholic drink is not a believer at the time of drinking. Yet, (the gate of) repentance is open thereafter."

Arabic Text:
حَدَّثَنَا آدَمُ، حَدَّثَنَا شُعْبَةُ، عَنِ الأَعْمَشِ، عَنْ ذَكْوَانَ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، قَالَ قَالَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ "‏ لاَ يَزْنِي الزَّانِي حِينَ يَزْنِي وَهْوَ مُؤْمِنٌ، وَلاَ يَسْرِقُ حِينَ يَسْرِقُ وَهْوَ مُؤْمِنٌ، وَلاَ يَشْرَبُ حِينَ يَشْرَبُهَا وَهْوَ مُؤْمِنٌ، وَالتَّوْبَةُ مَعْرُوضَةٌ بَعْدُ ‏"‏‏.‏

Imagine these three grave offences which even believers are guilty of committing and even after committing these sins, they just shrug off their act as if nothing bad has happened. Or even when they knowingly commit a sin, they just laugh it out and say that they would repent afterwords. 

Remember, committing a crime unknowingly or leading into a crime is one thing but deliberately committing a sin and knowing the gravity of the act, if one still opts to go ahead, then he is putting his faith at stake. Let us then refrain from evil thoughts or being alone with opposite sex for such acts can enter into harmful acts. 

My siters in Islam, you entice and lure men into sin by wearing inappropriate and revealing dresses. it is for this reason; it is mandatory for Muslim women to cover their curves of the body by not wearing revealing dresses and observe Hijab. And if a woman is wearing tempting clothes or perfumes that attract men and induce in them haram thoughts, then other than the men who are being lured in to it, the women too will be guilty of doing so.

Drinking is yet another haram act for when one is drunk, he loses control over senses and in this state most of acts illegal sex take place. In fact, women are forced to drink alcohol which makes them lose their senses and thus men take advantage of state. 

So, believers, especially women, take care of your modesty and be not be alone with men or in parties where alcohol is openly drunk so as to protect your modesty and honour. Although the gate to repentance never closes, one should avoid situations when one gives into sin and loses one's chastity, and faith too.  And if at all a sin has been committed, then one must earnestly repent one's act and seek Divine forgiveness for Allah is all Mercy and oft Forgiving.
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.

Reading the Qur'ān should be a daily obligation of a Muslim - Reading it with translation will make it meaningful. But reading its Exegesis / Tafsir will make you understand it fully. It will also help the Muslims to have grasp over social issues and their answers discussed in the Qur'an and other matter related to inter faith so that they are able to discuss issues with non-Muslims with authority based on refences from Qur'an.

Note: When we mention God in our posts, we mean One True God, we call Allah in Islam, with no associates. Allah is the Sole Creator of all things, and that Allah is all-powerful and all-knowing. Allah has no offspring, no race, no gender, no body, and is unaffected by the characteristics of human life.

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