On the authority of Abu Ruqayya Tameem ibn Aus (may Allah be pleased with him) the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The religion is naseehah.” The people said, “To whom?” The Prophet (peace be upon him) replied, “To Allah and to His Book and to His Messenger and to the Leader of the Muslims and to the common folk of the Muslims.” (Recorded by Muslim.)
Naseehah is interpreted by scholars to mean sincerity. Just like the hadith, “Hajj is Arafah”, the latter part of the hadith indicates the important part that it plays in the former of the hadith.
Similarly, sincerity is an important part in religion. The word naseehah has two basic linguistic meanings:
1) To clean, purify or improve something of all unwanted elements, as in purifying honey from unwanted materials. The word to indicate purifying honey for example is “nasahtu” al asl or I purified the honey. This implies sincerity.
2) to unite or join something together that is scattered or separated, as in sewing a garment which implies giving advise to others.
How are we to be sincere with Allah
• Belief in Him
• Reject shirk
• Reject any distortions in His attributes
• Obedience to Allah
• Striving against those who oppose Him
• Loving because of Allah
• Hating because of Allah
• Recognition of his favours
• Purity in intention in every matter
• Inviting others to good
• Being courteous to people.
Let’s reflect what it means to be sincere to Allah. Are we doing all of these? Have we been obeying Allah all the time and staying away from what Allah prohibits? How do make our intention in things we do everyday? Are the things we do are all for His sake?
How are we to be sincere to His Book
• Belief that the words from Allah’s Books are His words
• And the words cannot have any resemblance to man’s word
• And none can create anything similar
• Belief in what Quran contains
• Reciting it, learn it and understand it
• Obeying it
Do we take time reading and understanding and implementing Allah’s orders in His book? If not yet, put a strategy plan on how we can do it.
What are we doing now with the Quran?
How do we see ourselves relating with the quran in five years time?
What are our ambitions relating to the Quran?
Sincere to the Messenger
• Belief in his Message (the quran)
• Belief in all that he brought (sunnah)
• Obedience of what he ordered and prohibited
• Love and respect for him
• Adherence of his manners and morals
• Love for sahabah and his family
Are we learning his sunnah? Are we practicing what we learn?
To the leaders of Muslims
• Aiding them in what is right and obedience to them herein
• Cautioning them and reminding them politely
• Preventing them from being deluded in false praise
• Advising them when possible
I ask Allah that you become the leaders of the Muttaqun. Be the leaders like the four rightly guided caliphs. Be the like of Umar bin Abdul Aziz who put fear to Allah more than fulfilling their worldly desire.
To the Muslim People
• Guiding them toward their best interest in this world and the Hereafter and helping them to achieve it
• Covering up their faults and shortcomings
• Enjoing them in what is right aand prohibiting them from wrongs
• Respect for the elderly and mercy towards the young
• Giving good advice
• Refraining from cheating and envying them
Be sure to carry ourselves in the beautiful manners as taugth in the quran and the sunnah.
Sincere advice is among the collective duties of Islam. It is fard kifayah.
Fard Kifayah means that if a sufficient number of qualified people perform this duty, the others are absolved. However if insufficient number do so, the entire community is held accountable.
Do you know that among the right of one muslim to another is to give advice when he asked?
Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “The rights of a Muslim over another are six.” It was asked, “What are they, O Messenger of Allah?” He replied, “When he meets him, he greets him; when he invites him, he responds; if he seeks his sincere adivce, he advises him; if he sneezes and praises Allah, he asks Allah to have mercy on him; if he is ill, he visits him; and when he dies, he follos him [that is, his funeral procession].” (Muslim)
As you can see, the right of your muslim counterpart is that, if he asks for advice, you must advise him. But how do you so?
The one who can dispense advice should be someone with knowledge especially more of the deen. My advice is to seek as much ilm as you can and ask Allah to give you wisdom and that He guides you always.
2, The forty hadith of Imam an Nawawi (Abridged from Arabic Sources) – Umm Muhammad