If Only You Knew ...


Imagine the following scene. You have your hard earned capital to invest. You go for advice to an experienced person who is an expert in the field. The expert says to you: "If only you knew what profits you will earn if you invest in that business, you would put all your money into it." What will be your reaction? You would certainly rush to do so. Everyone naturally would heed the advice of an expert since we all want the maximum profits.

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), the expert of all experts, has also advised us of where to invest our most valuable capital: our health and time. Among the various aspects that he has directed us to invest our capital are some simple actions discussed hereunder which earn super profits in the Hereafter and bring great barakah (blessings) in this world.



Hazrath Abu Hurairah (R.A.) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "If only people knew what is (to be earned) in calling out the azaan and in performing salaah in the first saff (row), thereafter if there was no other way to acquire this virtue except by drawing lots, they would have drawn lots (to get a place in the first row)."  

         This statement eloquently describes the eagerness with which people would have competed with one another to earn the rewards, had they only known what really is achieved from these actions. For instance, if there is only one place left in the first row and two people came at the same time to take that spot, both will be extremely eager to do so. Therefore, in order to decide who should take the spot, they would draw lots (for e.g. they would spin a coin to decide who wins). We should therefore be most eager to call out the azaan and to be in the first saff. However, if a muazzin has been appointed in the musjid, it will be his right to call out the azaan.



Furthermore, Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) says: "If people only knew the reward of going early to the musjid, they would have rushed early."

       The immense rewards mentioned above are for going early to the musjid for Salaah. Furthermore, one who goes early will certainly join the Imam from the first takbeer. The one who joins the Imam from the first takbeer for forty days consecutively will be granted two "certificates", one of being freed from the fire of Jahannum and the other of being free from hypocrisy (Mishkaat).



Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) further declares: "And if people only knew (the reward and benefit) of performing Esha and Fajr with the congregation, they would certainly come even if they had to crawl."

The importance of these two salaah has been explained in many ahadith.  It is reported in one Hadith that the one who performs his Esha Salaah with jama'ah (congregation) gets the reward of performing ibadah for half the night. If he then performs his Fajr Salaah with jama'ah, he gets the reward of spending the entire night in ibadah.


The experts who advise us about worldly investments do sometimes err or misjudge. Yet we trust in their expertise and take their advice. Rasaulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) knew for certain without any risk of error what tremendous rewards these actions will earn. Let us then take his advice and invest our capital in these actions. 
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