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12/17/07

Moderation in everything


Bukhari -Volume 8, Book 76, Number 471:

Narrated 'Aisha:

Allah's Apostle said, "Do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately and know that your deeds will not make you enter Paradise, and that the most beloved deed to Allah's is the most regular and constant even though it were little."

Bukhari Volume 8 Book 79 Number 470

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah's Apostle said, "The deeds of anyone of you will not save you (from the (Hell) Fire)." They said, "Even you (will not be saved by your deeds), O Allah's Apostle?" He said, "No, even I (will not be saved) unless and until Allah bestows His Mercy on me. Therefore, do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately, and worship Allah in the forenoon and in the afternoon and during a part of the night, and always adopt a middle, moderate, regular course whereby you will reach your target (Paradise)."

These 2 verses of Hadith really get me thinking about how we should be careful in all of our practices and avoid being too extreme in anything! Basically take the middle road in all your practices, in prayer, and in life in general. As well it shows that it is not the big deeds in life, it is the smaller and consistent ones! sure donating hundreds or thousands of dollars is a very good thing and would help many people, but giving perhaps $20 dollars every month for years will have a greater impact on many more people! Be regular with prayers, and charity, the Quran says this over and over again, why do we not listen and take heed, instead we stumble upon who does and does not wear hijab or the debate whether the beard is sunnah or fard! People, we need to get back to basics, we need to focus on really what is important ... we must all find out what that is for each of us!!

1 comment:

ammena said...

Salam, and whats sad about this is that many governments are making it hard for people to donate to islamic charities without fear that in the future they might be investigated for giving money to groups that support terrorism. Allahu alim

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