بسم الله الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على خير خلق الله محمد إبن عبد الله ، فعليه أفضل السلام واتم التسليم وعلى صحبته الكرام وعلى آله الطيبين الطاهرين ومن سلك نهجهم إلى يوم الدين .
Indeed the greatest jareema or crime in the sight of Allah is to call others to the haqq whilst you yourself are neglecting it. How many a times do we see a person of "knowlegde" calling others to follow and revive the sunnah of our beloved prophet and rasul, sala Allahu alayhi wassalam, yet no sunnah is apparent on them?
It is as the person said:يا من تدعى محبته اين أنت من سنته
meaning, "Oh you who has claimed his love(the prophet), where are you from his sunnah."
This is a true statement. WE muslims should not be like the yahud whom Allah said about,
أتأمرون الناس بالبر وتنسون أنفسكم ؟
meaning, " Do you order others to do good while you forget your own selves ??" (surat al Baqarah)
So, Allah cursed them and His wrath was over them for what they(the Jews) did. They betrayed the truth by not only killing the ones who called to it(their prophets), distorting it and hiding it, but also CLAIMING to be from its people.
Let us ponder the words of Allah azza wa jall when He says:
يا أيها الذين امنوا لم تقولون ما لا تفعلون كبر مقتاً عند الله أن تقولواما لا تفعلون
"Oh you who believe! Why do you say that which you do not do? It is a great sin in the sight of Allah that you say that which you do not do!" (Surat as-Saff)
Subhaan Allah! We should pay close attention to this because guess what? Allah is talking to YOU! Yes, you and not the other one. Ibn Abbass radiAllahu anhu, who was one of the greatest scholars of the sahaba and the paternal cousin of the prophet sala Allahu alayhi wassalam, said that we should pay CLOSE attention whenever we see YA AYYUHAL-LATHEENA AMANO or OH YOU WHO BELIEVE in the Quraan. This is because when Allah says this he is either telling us to do something OR warning us from doing something.
In this case, He , azza wa jall, is warning us from a nasty practice. O MUSLIM! Realize and know that Islam is a deen of decency and honesty. We do not like lying , hypocrisy, and inaccuracy.
That is why Islam encourages honesty and being true to oneself and to Allah. The earlier nations, christians and jews, went astray because of not doing these things. They played with the religion of Allah and took it lightly. WE should avoid falling in the same sin.
When someone robs a bank or commits murder, that person is looked down upon in the worst way and what he or she did is warned from and rejected by people and society. However, when someone plays with the religion of Allah by neglecting his awamir(orders, commandments), insulting His messenger(s), twisting the deen to fit people's opinions and "rationale" , then this is OK. How is this fair?
Do the creation now have more rights to be respected and obeyed than the Creator?! No, By Allah! The laws of Allah and His deen should be more dear to us than our own selves. WE should not only do what we are required to do but we should also LOVE doing it.
فلا وربك لا يؤمنون حتى يحكموك فيما شجر بينهم ثم لا يجدوا في أنفسهم حرجاً مما قضيت ويسلموا تسليما
"But no, by your Lord, they can have no Faith, until they make you (O Muhammad) judge in all disputes between them, and find in themselves no resistance against your decisions, and accept (them) with full submission." (Surat an-Nisaa)
Yes , this is the state of the true believer. This is true submission to Allah. Worshiping Allah and obeying Him should not be a chore that you just do and get done with. It should be something one should be looking forward to and be pleased to do.
So, this is my piece of advice for the Muslims and those who are involved in working for the deen of Allah. It is not a light matter , so be careful O servant of Allah. O Allah guide us to the best of haqq.
-By Umm Abdillah