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The believer’s faith

"And He is with you (by His Knowledge) wheresoever you may be"

By Dr. Mohammed Rateb Nabulsi  / 9 Jan 2013

In the Name of Allah the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

"Fear Allah wherever you are". This is your relation with Allah the Almighty

"Do good deeds after doing bad ones, the former will wipe out the latter". This is your relation with yourself.

And "behave decently towards people".This is your relation with the society

Your relations are of three kinds, no matter how much they varied or increased in numbers: Your relation with Allah, with yourself, and with your society.

The above Hadith is a sufficient, inclusive, and summarized advice which included the basic rules of dealing with Allah the Almighty, dealing with one’s self, and dealing with other people.

"Fear Allah wherever you are"

Where are you?

You are in the kingdom of Allah, and under His control.
Wherever you go, in any country and any place, you should know that Allah is with you (by His Knowledge), Allah says:

"And He is with you (by His Knowledge) wheresoever you may be" [Al-Hadid, 4]

Scholars of interpretation said: The general accompaniment of Allah means: His knowledge.
Hence, one is within Allah’s kingdom and under His control. No human being, even if he/she was Kafir (atheist), is out of the reach of Allah’s fate.

"Or those who do evil deeds think that they can outstrip Us (i.e. escape Our Punishment)?" [Al-Ankabut, 4]

The meaning of “outstrip us” is that they thought they were far from Allah’s control, and that they were free to do whatever they likes, without being held accountable for their deeds, and without punishment, which is the opposite of the meaning of this ayah.

Dear brothers:

You should believe with no doubt that you are under Allah’s control, in Allah’s kingdom. Allah knows all your conditions, He hears all your words as He is the All-knower and the All-Hearing. He knows what chests conceal, he hears you when you whisper to yourself, and He is aware of every move you make as he is the All-Seeing.

You meet the minimum limits of faith when you believe that Allah is with you wherever you are and when you know for sure that He Knows, He will hold you accountable, and will punish for sins.

Dear brothers, this is a very critical Ayah which indicates that Allah is with you (by His Knowledge) :

"And He is with you (by His Knowledge) wheresoever you may be" [Al-Hadid, 4]

However, when Allah says:

"And know that Allah is with Al-Muttaqun (the pious)" [Al-Baqarah, 194]

This is the exclusive accompaniment and it means that Allah is with you protecting, helping and supporting you, giving you triumph and prosperity.

The prophet PBUH showed us those levels of faith:

• The lowest of which is to be submissive to Allah’s method.
• Then comes the level of faith: which is to draw closer to Allah and connect with Him.
• The highest is the level of Ihsan (doing the best): which is to worship Allah as if you are seeing Him, and to believe beyond doubt that though you can’t see Him, He sees you.

Dear brothers, the true believer never doubts that he is watched (by Allah):

If someday you are alone never say I am alone*** But say: I am watched
You will submit and abide by Allah’s method when you know for sure that Allah is with you in privacy, publicity, and when you speak out or talk to your inner self. Allah is the One who knows the secrets and what is more hidden, and is Aware of what you speak, hide, or what is hidden from you.

Some scholars said:

Allah knows what took place, what is taking place, what will take place and what never takes place, how would it have been if it were to take place?

Allah knows everything hidden from you, hence, Allah says:

"So invoke not with Allah another ilah (god) lest you be among those who receive punishment. And warn your tribe (O Muhammad) of near kindred. And be kind and humble to the believers who follow you. Then if they disobey you, say: “I am innocent of what you do.” And put your trust in the All-Mighty, the Most Merciful, Who sees you (O Muhammad) when you stand up (alone at night for Tahajjud prayers). And your movements among those who fall prostrate (along with you to Allah in the five compulsory congregational prayers)". [Al-Shu’ara, 213-219]

You submit and abide by Allah’s method when you know that Allah is with you knowing all about you whether you are alone or with others, at home or at work, on travel or in your residence, happy or sad, and He knows the slightest details of your relation with your wife. When you know that, you keep disciplined and obedient.

However, dear brothers, the Prophet PBUH assured us of Allah’s mercy by saying:

"Allah the Almighty overlooks my nation’s inner self talks, unless they bring them to action or talk about them" [Bukhari and Muslim]

We won’t be held accountable for our thoughts or inner speech unless they turn into acts or words, as both are considered of man’s actions, and when you believe with no doubt that you are accountable for your words exactly like your deeds, you watch your mouth:

"A man might speak a word without thinking about its implications, but because of it, he will plunge into the Hellfire further than the distance between the east and west" [Bukhârî and Muslim]

"Accusing a chaste woman of fornication annuls the acts of worship of a whole year" [Tabarani and Bazzar]

You watch your mouth when you know that you will be held accountable for your words (which are the actions of the mouth) as well as your deeds (which are the actions of the body), and you should know that the faith of a man cannot be straight unless his heart is straight, and his heart cannot be straight unless his tongue becomes straight.

However, if we ignore much of these whispers and thoughts, and if we turn a blind eye to them, they might turn into potential, which would turn into a will that will turn into an act, and we get into trouble.

Though we are not going to be held accountable for bad thoughts and whispers, we should resist them, for, if a thought was the gate to an act, it would turn into a sin.
A thought could lead to an idea which leading to a potential leading to a will and finally turning into an act.

If such thoughts were in creed, the thought could turn into an idea which could turn into a potential leading to a will causing into doubt and leading eventually to Kufr (Atheism) and deviation from the religion.

Hence, we should resist ideas that don’t please Allah the Almighty, though we are not going to be held accountable for them, for, if these ideas thrive, they will turn into acts, leading to polytheism (Shirk), or to deviation in the religion.

Dear brothers, Allah says:

"And follow not (O man i.e., say not, or do not or witness not, etc.) that of which you have no knowledge. Verily! The hearing, the sight, and the heart, of each of those you will be questioned (by Allah)". [Al-Isra’, 36]

You should sift what you hear and check what you see, because the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said that Allah the Exalted said:

"…And My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (doing extra deeds besides what is obligatory) till I love him. When I love him I become his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes, and his leg with which he walks…" [Bukhari]

This means that he won’t walk but to a good destination, won’t strike but in Allah’s cause, won’t hear but what is accepted in Allah’s method, and won’t accept less than that, not to mention that his vision will be inspired by the light of Allah.

Dear brothers:

"Verily! The hearing, the sight, and the heart, of each of those you will be questioned (by Allah)". [Al-Isra’, 36]


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