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Islamic Education- Kowledge of the Hearts- Lesson(54-54): Do we have the qualities of the true believers?
In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, Most Merciful  

Allah describes the believers to make them the example to follow:

 Dear brother, whenever we read an Ayah in which a description of the believers is mentioned, we should read it attentively and see whether we are included in this description. Concerning the qualities mentioned in the Ayat as such, it seems that the Almighty Allah has made them a goal that we have to achieve, or a standard according to which we evaluate ourselves. This standard shows how the believer feels towards things, how he acts, how he takes a particular stance, how he behaves and how Allah deals with him, defends him, supports him and grants him security.

 Let man write a list of the qualities of the believers as they are mentioned in the Quran and make them a standard to evaluate his faith and ask himself: Do I have those qualities? If he has them, he has been granted a great blessing, but if not, let him make them the goal he seeks to achieve. Whoever reauthors these qualities in the Quran, without caring about following them, his reading is a heedless and meaningless one. Allah the Exalted has made these qualities as a standard; they are the goal to be sought. If you have them, you have been granted a great blessing, but if you do not, then you are supposed to aspire to have them. This is why it is a serious problem to read the Ayat in which they are mentioned hastily and carelessly without thinking about acquiring them. Allah the Exalted is displeased with such kind of reading, because you do not get benefit from it, as you read the Quran without understanding what you read.

Man should worry about his heart:

 The Almighty Allah says:

((When Allah is mentioned))

[Al-Hajj, 35]

 The Mukhbiteen [those who obey Allah with humility and are humble from among the true believers of Islamic Monotheism], and they are those:

((Whose hearts are filled with fear when Allah is mentioned))

[Al-Hajj, 35]

 Al-Hasan Al-Basri, one of the well-known (tabi'een) followers, said, "If you pray, remember Allah and reauthor the Quran without being touched or impressed (while performing those acts of worship), then you should know that you have a serious problem in your faith". Man is worried about his health when he feels that he suffers from a symptom of an illness. Also, he hurries to see the best doctor if his eye hurts him saying that the matter is serious, and so he becomes worried about the condition of his body, his eyes, his heart, his organs and his senses. Moreover, he rushes to have scanning to his body, and he makes medical tests in order to make sure that he is fine. Why are weworried about our physical health, but not worried about the cleanness of our hearts (our spiritual heath)? Allah the Almighty says:

((The Day whereon neither wealth nor sons will avail* Except him who brings to Allah a clean heart [clean from Shirk (polytheism) and Nifaq (hypocrisy)].))

[Ash-Shu'ara', 88-89]

((Whose hearts are filled with fear when Allah is mentioned; who patiently bear whatever may befall them (of calamities);))

[Al-Hajj, 35]

The more knowledge we acquire the more patient we become:

  What marks your true faith is having your heart submissive to Allah, whenever Allah is remembered and remaining patient on Allah's Qada' and Qadar (Divine predestination and preordainment). Patience manifests someone's Islamic knowledge, so whoever remains patient knows Allah, but whoever is impatient is oblivious to the Almighty Allah. For example, the reaction of the child when his tooth is taken out is different from the one of the adult. The child cries, swears, and tries to prevent the dentist from taking his tooth out by his random movements. He reacts like this, because he has limited perception of things, and so he can't bear pain, whereas the adult sometimes accepts to have his tooth taken out without even using anesthesia if it is harmful to his heart, and he will remain patient. Hence, the more knowledge one acquires the more patient he becomes. The believer remains patient because he is certain that all Allah's Actions are due to profound Divine Wisdom, Mercy, Justice and Knowledge. Knowing this fact makes the believer remain patient.

One's acquaintance with Allah appears in hardships:

 The Almighty says:

((Who patiently bear whatever may befall them (of calamities); and who perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat)))

[Al-Hajj, 35]

 Why does Allah say, "who perform As-Salah (Iqamat-as-Salat)" instead of praying? There is a big difference between the two and there are too many meanings of this Ayah, but all we can say is that Allah knows best. To elaborate this difference, consider this example: In Arabic when someone wants to say that the building he has been constructing is finished he says, Aqamt Al-Binaa (I have finished the building). Using the word Aqamt (the verb in past tense of the noun Iqamat (constructing-construction)), indicates more than just building; it means that there were many steps he had to do before starting to build, like getting the building license and the acceptance of certain people, digging the land for the foundations, building the structure of the building, cladding it from outside and inside and having it finished. Thus, the word "Aqamt" embraces many stages.

 Regarding Salah, every one of us can pray whenever he wants to do so and say Allahu Akbar, but his prayer may lack the connection with Allah. Establish a connection with Allah through praying (Iqamat Salah), needs many preliminary steps such as getting acquainted with Allah, acting upon His Order, controlling all his senses, his actions, his stances, his income and his spending and treating his wife and raising his children according to the Islamic teachings This implies that it is not an easy to establish a connection with Allah as it takes times to be accomplished, and since it is requires preliminary steps, it is not an arbitrary job. Let us get back to the comparison between Iqamat As-Salat and constructing a building. In order to have the building finished, the constructor needs money, a building license, foundations, an architect and the blueprint. Therefore, it includes many stages.

 Much in the same line, in order to be permitted to have a connection with the Almighty Allah, you have to be pure, to have Halal income, to have Islamic relations with sh3er, to be disciplined and to be religiously committed. These are the qualities of the Mukhbit (singular of Mukhbiteen) to whom Allah the Almighty brings glad tidings, and whose heart is filled with fear when Allah is mentioned:

((Who patiently bear whatever may befall them (of calamities); and who perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat) and who spend (in Allah's Cause) out of what We have provided them.))

[Al-Hajj, 35]

 It is impossible to be granted Paradise while you are completely relaxed in the worldly life. Likewise, it is impossible to test the engine of your new car while descending the street. If you want to see how strong the engine of the car is, you drive it while descending the street. As for people, their faith cannot be tested in prosperity, because their actions may be similar in one way or another, so they are tested in calamities. In hardships one's Islamic knowledge, faith and strong patience are proved In fact, afflictions and hardships reveal these things, exactly like driving while ascending the street which reveals all the defects of the car such as the temperature of the engine and its strength.

Testing people is a Divine law decreed by our Lord the Almighty:

((For sure We are ever putting (men) to the test.))

[Al-Mu'minun, 30]

The crystal-clear difference between the believer and the disbeliever:

Dear brother, Allah says:

((Whose hearts are filled with fear when Allah is mentioned; who patiently bear whatever may befall them (of calamities); and who perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat), and who spend (in Allah's Cause) out of what We have provided them.))

[Al-Hajj, 35]

 You know what strategy is, and the believer's strategy is based on spending (in Allah's Cause) and giving Sadaqah. Giving Sadaqah and devoting the believer's life in the Cause of Allah make him happy. Unlike the strategy of the believer, the kafer's strategy is based on taking from other people, accumulating wealth, exhausting people's efforts, devouring their money and enjoying life. The believer's main concern is giving other people, so that Allah is pleased with Him. There is an apparently major difference between the believer and the kafer. The believer establishes his life on giving other people, while the kafer establishes it on taking from them, and the believer gives sh3er but never takes from them, whereas the kafer takes from people but never gives them. Thus, the believer and the kafer can never be brought together, and the so called "the Unity of Religions" is nonsense, because of the contradictions between them.

The believer acquires Allah's Attributes whereas the kafer is controlled by his desires:

 How can someone (disbeliever), who establishes his life on taking from people, enjoying cheap pleasures, achieving his own interests and ignoring all values and principles be brought togetherwith another one (the believer), who establishes his life on respecting principles and values, giving other people and fearing Allah? It is impossible for those two to get together, just like the impossibility of getting the light and dark together, because they contradict one another. The black color is the opposite of the white one, but you can have them together, while the case is different with the contradictory things; the existence of one of them means the absence of the other. There are so many contradictions between the believer and the kafer. Accordingly, the true classification of mankind is the one which divides them into two groups: the believers and the kuffar. The believer resorts to Allah, acquires the Divine Attributes, seeks Allah's content and draws closer to Him by serving His creations and offering them advice, while the kafer is controlled only by his desires, lusts and interests.

The truth (Haqq) is an objective value requires power:

 There is a rule in the United States which is applied by everyone there: Power makes the truth. According to them the powerful one can do whatever he wants since the truth is by his side. He can violate sh3er' rights, transgress other nations and smash sh3er' values. In their view doing these things is the truth, while according to the believers, the truth is what is mentioned in the Quran and Sunnah, and it requires power indeed. In fact, the truth is an objective value that is in dire need of strength, whereas in the view of the kuffar (disbelievers) power makes the truth. This is how they view it.

 Dear brother, let me repeat this point: Whenever you reauthor the Quran, think deeply of the believers' qualities and make them the standard to follow. If you have these qualities, you should thank Allah, but if you don't, make them the goal you aspire to achieve.

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