Salvation

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"What is the way to salvation?" This was the very concise question that Hazrath Uqba bin Aamir (R.A.) posed to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam).  Subhanallah! This was the main concern of the Sahabah (R.A.) — how to gain salvation from the fitnas (evil and mischief) of this world as well as the torments of the Hereafter. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) gave a most concise reply to the concise question. He said: "Control your tongue, let your house be sufficient for you and cry over your sins (Targheeb)." This is an all time remedy for remaining safe from the fitnas of this world and the next.

INFERNO

The misuse of the tongue creates unimaginable problems. A wrong word pierces hearts and breaks relationships.   One wrong word could spark an inferno that could burn down entire families in its wake. A wrong word can also land a person in the fire of Jahannum. Hence, one should think carefully before saying anything. This will save one from much misery and hardship.

 

"Let your home be sufficient for you" means that without any genuine deeni or worldly need, one should remain within the home environment. The fitnas outdoors, especially in shopping malls, beaches, parks, etc., are becoming worse by the day. If one must leave out of genuine necessity, continuous istighfaar should be made.

CRY

The third advice was to cry over one's sins. Allah Ta'ala loves the one who sincerely sheds tears of repentance. It is reported in a Hadith that the eye that was restrained from haraam (by not casting lustful glances), the eye that remained on guard in the path of Allah and the eye that cried out of the fear of Allah will not enter Jahannum.

    

While this Hadith applies for all times, let us very strictly adhere to the advice therein especially in the mubarak month of Ramadhaan. Spending this one month in the correct manner will pave the way for the rest of the year to be spent in the obedience of Allah Ta'ala. May Allah Ta'ala enable us to do so. Aameen.

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