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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

How does MY ENVIRONMENT and THE COMPANY I keep, AFFECT MY RELATIONSHIP with my CREATOR?

Riwayah from Rasool Allah (Excerpted from Dr. Farhat Hashmi’s tafseer of Surah Tawbah: 9:101)

وَمِمَّنۡ حَوۡلَكُم مِّنَ ٱلۡأَعۡرَابِ مُنَـٰفِقُونَۖ وَمِنۡ أَهۡلِ ٱلۡمَدِينَةِۖ مَرَدُواْ عَلَى ٱلنِّفَاقِ لَا تَعۡلَمُهُمۡۖ نَحۡنُ نَعۡلَمُهُمۡۚ سَنُعَذِّبُہُم مَّرَّتَيۡنِ ثُمَّ يُرَدُّونَ إِلَىٰ عَذَابٍ عَظِيمٍ۬ (١٠١)

And among those around you of the wandering Arabs there are hypocrites, and among the townspeople of Al-Madinah (there are some who) persist in hypocrisy whom thou (O Muhammad) knowest not. We, We know them, and We shall chastise them twice; then they will be relegated to a painful doom. (101)

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) riwayah is as follows about where one lives and what are one’s pastimes and where it leads us:

One who goes and lives in the jungles (in the boonies away from educated people and removed from an environment of Deen): his heart becomes hardened

One who pursues hunting (without purpose) he become Ghafil (ignorant)

One who desires the proximity of the ‘Sultan’ (likes to be in the halls of rulers) he becomes Ghafil (ignorant) from Allah.

(He forgets Allah because he becomes immersed in the comforts, luxury and opulence of the ruler. He thus also forgets the Hereafter and the fact he is answerable for his actions on the Day of Judgment).

End Riwayah (words within parenthesis are mine & FH)

WHERE DO YOU LIVE? AND WHO IS YOUR COMPANY?

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