Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Strengthening Our Devotions To Allah In Our Young Age

In our young age, no matter whether we are in our teens, our 20s, our 30s, or even early 40s - Allah SWT out of His Mercy does in many times, inject that impulse in our hearts to become better Muslims. Unfortunately, our surroundings and company, as well as the so many distractions in life make it difficult to traverse the path of righteousness. This very short treatise aims to provide some prescriptions to help all of us become better Muslims. A long journey will always start with the first step.

Huzaifah Ra states that (mafhum):

When a hardship came upon Nabi SAW, then immediately he would turn towards Solat. (Riwayat Abu Dawud)

Allah SWT states in the Quran:

"O you who believe, seek help through patience and prayer (Solat)." (Surah Al-Baqarah: Ayat 153)

We should also make zikr. Any zikr will make faith stronger. Some specific zikr to help strengthening Imaan which may be recited is as follows:

- "Hasbi yallahu wa ni'mal wakeel"

- Ayatul Kursi

- The last verses of Surah At-Taubah - i.e. Ayat 129 onwards from "hasbiyallahu laa ilaaha illa hu... 'adheem'. The translation of this verse is "So, if they turn away, say, enough for me is Allah. there is no God but He. In Him I have placed my trust, and He is the Lord of the Great Throne."

Great merits of the above last two verses appear in Hadith.

Abu Darda RA says:

"One who recites these verses three times, morning and evening, shall find that Allah Ta'ala makes things easy for him." (Riwayat Qurtubi)

In one narration, it has been reported that the Prophet Muhammad SAW said that (mafhum):

"The following seven people will be accommodated by Allah in the shade of His Mercy on the Day when there will be no other shade except His:

(1) A just ruler

(2) One who is young and worships Allah in his youth

(3) A person whose heart yearns for the Masjid

(4) Those two persons who love, meet and depart only for the pleasure of Allah

(5) A man who is tempted by a beautiful woman and refuses to respond for fear of Allah

(6) A person who gives alms so secretly that the charity of one hand is not known to the other hand

(7) A person who practises Zikr of Allah in solitude, so that tears flow of his eyes."

(Bukhari & Muslim)

Let us use whatever remains of our youth and young age for devotion towards the Almighty Creator. Indeed, we shall only appreciate what we have, when we lost it. We shall appreciate and miss our young age when we become old; and we shall appreciate and miss our young age on the Day of Judgement.

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