Meeting for Allah's Sake

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"I am bored. Let's take a drive."

Once the above statement has been uttered by somebody, the action starts. Shortly thereafter the vehicle has taken off and the occupants are on a "drive." The crucial question is: "Where to?"


911 SHAITAAN AVENUE

Often aimless "drives" end up down 911 Shaitaan Avenue. Environments of vice and evil, places where people walk around  naked with merely some scraps of fabric on them or even the shopping malls are indeed down Shaitaan Avenue. The address is 911 since visiting these places is always an emergency situation for the level of one's Imaan.

ABODE IN JANNAH

Rather than take aimless drives, visit somebody for the pleasure of Allah. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is reported to have said: "The one who visits a sick person or visits his Muslim brother for the pleasure of Allah, an angel calls out to him: 'You are an excellent person, your walking is also blessed and you have built yourself an abode in Paradise' (Tirmizi)." 

Visiting somebody for "the pleasure of Allah" means that there is no worldly motive for the meeting. Some of the avenues of visiting a person for the sake of Allah Ta'ala only are:

  • Visiting a pious person to benefit from his pious company
  • Meeting a person to encourage him towards Deen
  • To visit a relative with the intention of joining family ties
  • Visiting the bereaved to console them
  • Visiting a sick person in adherence to the sunnah
  • To visit a Muslim to make him happy, since to make the heart of a Muslim happy is also an act of ibadah, etc.

Males should also make use of the free time to visit the graveyard. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has stongly encouraged this practice as it reminds one of death.

Therefore, rather than take aimless drives, visit someone for the pleasure of Allah Ta'ala and build yourself an abode in Jannah.

It should nevertheless be remembered that the above applies only if in visiting the person one will not become involved in sin. If visiting somebody will involve one in sin, such as watching any haraam, gossiping, listening to evil talks, etc., one should refrain from such a visit.

 

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