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If you endeavour to put a number on the blessings of Allah (SWT), you will not be able to do so. – Surah Ibrahim, Verse 34
Human beings; we are made up of our body, our spirit as well as (and very importantly) our feelings. Feelings, this is to be the main topic of discussion for Ml Carr’s Khutbah. More specifically, feelings of belief. Allah defines the believers as those who, when Allah is mentioned, their hearts tremor out of awe of Allah. When verses of Allah are presented to them, they are increased in belief. This feeling called belief – sometimes we feel positive, and sometimes we feel negative. Certainly, there are ways to increase both these positive feelings and negative feelings.
He goes on to relate the Hadith of the man who had killed 99 people. The man who murdered 99, asks a pious person if there is any repentance for him. The pious person replied saying that there is no forgiveness for him and just so the murderer kills the pious person as well. Why not? One more murder won’t change his situation. The person though pious, lacked knowledge and so responded to the man with more negativity only resulting in more negativity, costing the pious person his life. The man who was now a murderer of 100, is told to go to a learned person. The person, very importantly, is described as learned. It is imperative that we have knowledge of what Allah wants from us. We need to ask those who do know, if we do not. The man then asks the learned person if there is any salvation for him. The person of knowledge then says,
What possible barrier can there be between yourself and Tawbah?
There is no barrier. If we sincerely turn in repentance to Allah (SWT), Allah is more than willing to forgive us. The importance of the difference between how the two responded to the man who committed his sin of murder, is that one responded without knowledge and continued the cycle of negativity whilst the other responded with knowledge. In the second approach there was not the seeking to remedy the situation by adding more negativity, rather there was a positive interruption. The idea is definitely not a means to justify sin, but when we do see others doing things of negativity, then in terms of Quranic instruction and Quranic advice we are advised that if we do seek to interrupt the wrong being done, it must a be POSITIVE interruption. A positive interruption of knowledge.
The Companions (RA) of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) – Allah chose them to be the Companions of the Prophet (SAW) just as He chose Nabi Muhammad (SAW) to be the Final Messenger. We are pleased with them as we know Allah (Most High) is. We know them to be people of integrity and truthfulness, just as we know them to be human beings. And as human beings, they erred. But when they erred, Allah gave them instruction.
Allah speaks: When they oppress themselves (by doing wrong, disobeying Allah) they come to you O Messenger of Allah and they seek Allah’s forgiveness and the Messenger seeks forgiveness on their heart they will find that Allah (SWT) is Oft Forgiving.-Surah Nisa, Verse 64
Even the Companions erred (they are human beings, just like us), and when they erred it was a negative thing, but how did they complete it? By breaking the cycle of negativity – by doing something positive; by seeking the forgiveness of Allah.
Allah says: Good and evil can never be the same. Somebody does something bad to you. Respond with that which is better.- Surah Fussilat, Verse 34
So when someone does something bad to us, we shouldn’t respond by doing something bad. Rather we should break that negative cycle by doing something good. The wording of the Arabic shows that Allah calls a good the best. So whenever we have a good on the one side or a bad on the other side, we don’t have a good on the one side – we have the best.
Why has Allah chosen to express Himself in this manner? To show us that a good can never equate to a bad. Therefore, when we commit a bad – in terms of punishment, Allah only gives us a single punishment. However, when we do a good – our reward is tenfold. A good action can never equate to a bad action. Therefore, Allah refers to a single good action as the best of actions. This is important for us. This is important because if we have anyone in our lives who is doing bad, there is hope. They have not killed 100 people. And even in the Hadith of the man who did, still we found the doors of Tawbah open and wide. Still the Prophet (SAW) said there is hope for this person.
“Interrupt the negative cycle, bring something positive into the equation. The hope is that this person will change.”
In terms of our feelings, it is very much like the weather–some days the sun is shining, the next it’s cloudy, the next is rainy. Some days we feel very positive, others negative. Quran teaches us the positive psychology of Islam – so whenever we find ourselves in a negative cycle, Islam teaches us to do our best within ourselves to break that negative cycle, and when it comes to others we should encourage to break that negative cycle. All this with the ultimate idea of being rightly guided and leaving off the bad completely. May we be able to maintain a positive attitude towards ourselves and when we are afforded the opportunity to interrupt the negative cycle of other people’s lives it is to add positivity that will result in bringing them and ourselves closer to Allah (SWT).
Positivity begets positivity.