• condeming • oneself • is • a • practice • of • the • truthful •

something we can all work on..

O you who believe! Fear Allah and keep your duty to Him. And let every person look to what he has sent forth for the morrow, and fear Allah. Verily, Allah is All-Aware of what you do” [al-Hashr : 18]

So, by your Lord [O Muhammad] We shall certainly call all of them to account. For all that they used to do” [al-Hijr : 92-93]

And march forth in the way (which leads to) forgiveness from your Lord, and for Paradise as wide as are the heavens and the earth, prepared for al-Muttaqoon” [Aal-Imraan : 133]

from Hilyatul-Awliyaa:

* A’ishah, raadi Allahu ‘anha, was once asked about the verse,

Then We gave the Book [the Qur’an] for inheritance to such of Our slaves whom We chose [the followers of Muhammad] Then of them are some who wrong their ownselves, and of them are some who follow a middle course, and of them are some who are, by Allah’s Leave, foremost in good deeds. That [inheritance of the Qur’an], that is indeed a great grace.” [Faatir : 32]

She answered, “‘My son! They are in Paradise. Those who raced towards good deeds are those who lived during the time of Rasulullah, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, who testified to their sustenance and Paradise. As for those who were moderate, they followed him among his companions and caught up with him. And as far as those who wronged themselves are concerned, they are people like me and you.”

 

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* Abud-Dardaa, raadi Allahu ‘anhu, said, “No one can achieve complete understanding of Islam until he condemns people for the sake of Allah and then returns home and condemns himself even more.”

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* Wahb ibn Munabbih, rahimahullah, said, “It is written from the family of Daawud, alayhissalaam, ‘An intelligent person should not be distracted on four occasions- when he is supplicating to his Lord, when he is auditing himself, when he is being informed by his friends about his shortcomings, and when he is alone with himself.'”

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* Umar, raadi Allahu ‘anhu, famously said, “Take account of yourselves before you are taken to account, and weigh your deeds before they are weighed for you.”

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* al-Hasan al-Basri, rahimahullah, said about the verse:

No. I do swear by the criticizing self” [al-Qiyamah : 2]

A believer will always be critical of himself in his food, his drink and his speech. A sinner will not criticize himself.”

He also said, “A believer is a guardian over himself: he takes account of himself for Allah. Those who take account of themselves in this world will be audited lightly in the Hereafter. Those who take this issue lightly will find their auditing very difficult.”

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* and Ibnul Qayyim, rahimahullah, said, “Condemning oneself is a practice of the truthful. A servant draws closer to Allah in a moment [when he condemns himself] much more than he would do so through actions.”

[Ighaathatul Lahfaan, 1/99]

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