Nasihah (Advice): Deliberate before making any worldly commitments
Live your life in this world with moderation and always deliberate before making any commitment. In short, don’t bite off more than you can chew. Hasan al-Basri (Rahimahullah) said: “Beware of your commitments that you make in this world, for the world has a way of consuming a person. A person makes a commitment to one thing and he finds himself involved in ten other commitments. (Hilyatul Awilya, Vol:2, Pg: 153)
Nasihah (Advice): Exposing the shortcomings of others is to one’s own detriment and concealing them is to one’s own benefit
Imam Malik (Rahimahullah) said: “I noticed people who seemed to be faultless and were considered to be good people but they began disclosing the faults of others. As a result, People started finding faults in them. And I noticed people who seemed to be bad and sinful people. But they refrained from exposing the shortcomings of others. As a result, Allah concealed their faults” (Khulasatul Athar, Vol: 4, Pg: 195)
Nasihah (Advice): Standing up against crime is encouraged in the Hadith
Sayyiduna Abdullah bin Amr (Radiyallahu Anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “He who is killed by defending his wealth dies as a Shaheed (martyr) – (Sahih al-Bukhari, Hadith #: 2480)
Nasihah (Advice): Always use the right hand when giving and taking
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) used to prefer using his right hand. He used to give and take with his right hand. In fact, he used his right hand for most of his chores. (Nasai, Hadith #: 5059, Narrated by Aa’ishah)
NB. When performing menial tasks, like cleaning the private areas or carrying shoes or trash, one should use the left hand.
Haarith rahmatullahi alaih reports, “I heard Hadhrat Uthmaan radhiyallahu anhu saying: ‘Keep away from wine for it is the root of all vice and evil. Amongst the former people there was a man who used to be engaged in ibaadat (worship). An immoral woman fell in love with him. In order to get him to her, she sent her slave girl to him with this message that we request your presence in order that you may give testimony on a certain issue. (To give testimony is an act of virtue and pious people do not miss these opportunities.) So he accompanied the slave girl. She ensured to lock each door he entered through thus allowing him no escape.
Suddenly he was ushered before a beautiful woman who had with her a little child and a bottle of wine. She said to him, “By Allah! I have not called you here to give testimony. Rather, I have invited you here only so that you may either commit zina with me, or drink a glass of wine or murder this little boy.” He replied: “Give me a glass of wine.” (For he thought this to be the lightest and least harmful of the 3 evils) Hence, she served him a glass. On drinking this and becoming intoxicated he said: “Give me more.” Thereafter it was not long that he committed zina with her and also murdered that little child.
So keep away from wine, for by Allah, Imaan and a close attachment to wine cannot coexist, and either one is sure to drive out the other.’” (Nasai, vol. 2, pg. 330)
Advice of Hazrath Esa alaihis salaam
Imam Maalik rahmatullahi alaih reports that Esa alahis salaam said, “Do not speak excessively without remembering Allah Ta’ala lest your hearts become hard. And indeed a hard heart is distant from the (blessings) of Allah Ta’ala but you do not know. Do not look at the faults of people as if you are (their) lord. Instead, look at them as if you are (their) slave for indeed, people are either involved (in sin) or protected (from sin). So have mercy on those who are involved (in sin by advising them with kindness) and be thankful to Allah Ta’ala that you are protected.
Do not consider any Sin as Trivial
Hadhrat Aaisha radiyallahu anha reports that Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam said, “O ‘Aaisha! Stay far away from those sins which are considered trivial*, for indeed, Allah Ta’ala will take (people) to task for it (sins that are considered trivial).”
*For example mocking someone, using someone’s property without their permission etc.
Nasihah (Advice): Concentration in Salaah
A good way of gaining concentration in Salaah is to bear in mind that every Salaah you are performing might be your last Salaah for life is uncertain and death may come at any time. Sayyiduna Ibn Umar (Radiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Pray your Salaah like a person who is about to leave this world, imagine that Allah is in front of you or at least imagine that Allah is watching you” (al-Mu’jamul Awsat by Tabrani, Hadith #: 4427)
Nasihah (Advice): Appreciate the disabled and weak
Sayyiduna Sa’d (Radiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Allah assists this Ummah (nation) by virtue of the weak and the disabled, their Duas, Salaah and their sincerity” (Nasai, Hadith #: 318)
Nasihah (Advice): Beware of cursing others
Uttering curses in Islam is a very delicate and dangerous issue. One should be careful not to incur the curse of someone and one should also be careful about uttering a curse, for a curse is something that takes its effect either on the cursed person or the one who has uttered the curse. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “When a person utters a curse, it ascends to the sky and the doors of the sky are shut on it, then it descends to the earth and the doors of the earth are shut on it, then it goes to the right and left, looking for a way to escape but it cannot escape. So it then goes to the one who has been cursed. If the person is deserving of the curse, it afflicts him/her and if the person is not deserving of the curse, it rebounds onto the one who has uttered the curse and afflicts him/her” (Abu Dawood, Hadith #: 4905)
Nasihah (Advice): Be grateful for Allah’s favours
Imam Harith al-Muhasibi D. 243h (Rahimahullah) said: “When a person is ungrateful for a favour that Allah has blessed him with, he is asking for it to be taken away from him”
(Risalatul Mustarshideen, Pg: 63)
Nasihah (Advice): The reward of being honest in monetary transactions
Sayyiduna Abu Sa’eed (Radiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “The honest and trustworthy trader will be with the Prophets, Siddiqeen (Pious) and martyrs (on the day of Judgment)” – (Tirmizi, Hadith #: 1209)
Nasihah (Advice): Sickness is atonement for one’s sins
Hasan al-Basri (Rahimahullah) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Indeed, Allah forgives all the sins of a person on account of him suffering one night with a fever” (Shu’abul Imaan, Hadith #: 9400)
Nasihah (Advice): The importance of maintaining family ties
There are numerous Ahadith that emphasize the importance of maintaining family ties and virtues have been recorded for those who make efforts to maintain family ties. In contrast to this, there are also numerous Ahadith that sound severe warnings to those who take steps towards severing family ties such as the Hadith in which Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “The person who severs family ties will not enter Jannah” (Sahih al-Bukhari, Hadith #: 5984, Narrated by Jubair bin Mut’im)
Nasihah (Advice): Good parenting
The rewards for good parenting and providing the correct Islamic upbringing are manifold. In the Hadith, Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has guaranteed his proximity in paradise for the parent who provides his/her children with the correct Islamic upbringing with sound morals and values. (Abu Dawood)
Hadith: Accompanying the Janaazah
Rasullullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: Once Dawood (Alay Salaam) asked, “O Allah, what is the reward of the person who accompanies the mayyit (dead person) to his grave seeking your pleasure? The reply was: “My Angels will accompany him when he passes away and they will supplicate for him amongst others as well.” (Ibnu Asakir)
Advice: Removing dirt from the Musjid
Muhammad bin Mansoor narrates: We were once seated with Imam Bukhari (Rahmatullahi Alayh) in the musjid. One of those present noticed a speck of dirt on his own beard, so he dusted it off resulting in it falling onto the floor of the musjid. I noticed Imam Bukhari (Rahmatullahi Alayh) carefully watching that little speck of dirt as well as simultaneously watching the people, waiting for an opportune moment to pick it up without being noticed. Once he gauged that the people’s sight had turned away, he discretely picked it up and put it into his pocket. On leaving the musjid he removed it and discarded it outside. (Risalatul – Mustarshideen, pg. 155)
Lesson: Honouring and showing respect to the sailiant symbols of Islam results in the person himself being honoured. It was such acts of respect that added to the respect and honour of Imam Bukhari (Rahmatullahi Alayh).
Nasihah (Advice): Safeguarding the honour and rights of fellow Muslims
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Beware of suspicion, for suspicion is the worst of false tales. Do not look for other’s faults. Do not spy one another, and do not practice Najsh (means to offer a high price for something in order to allure another customer who is interested in the thing). Do not be jealous of one another and do not nurse enmity against one another. Do not sever ties with one another. Become the servants of Allah, and be brothers to one another as He commanded. A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim. He should neither oppress him nor humiliate him. The piety is here! The piety is here!” While saying so he pointed towards his chest. “It is enough evil for a Muslim to look down upon his Muslim brother. All things of a Muslim are inviolable for his brother in Faith: his blood, his wealth and his honour” (Sahih Muslim, Hadith #: 2564)
Nasihah (Advice): The Fajr Salaah is a guarantee for divine protection
Sayyiduna Jundub (Radiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever prays the Fajr Salaah (in its prescribed time) is guaranteed Allah’s protection” (Sahih Muslim, Hadith #: 1494)
Nasihah (Advice): Ikhlaas (sincerity) in actions
Sayyiduna Abu Umamah al-Bahili (Radiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Allah accepts only those actions that are carried out solely for his pleasure” (Nasai, Hadith #: 3142)