Hajj: In tawaf on the second floor......obeying Allah!

Excerpted from the tafseer of Surah Al Imran 3:104 by Dr. Farhat Hashmi:

سُورَةُ آل عِمرَان

سۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

وَلۡتَكُن مِّنكُمۡ أُمَّةٌ۬ يَدۡعُونَ إِلَى ٱلۡخَيۡرِ وَيَأۡمُرُونَ بِٱلۡمَعۡرُوفِ وَيَنۡهَوۡنَ عَنِ ٱلۡمُنكَرِ‌ۚ وَأُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ هُمُ ٱلۡمُفۡلِحُونَ (١٠٤)

Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong; they are the ones to attain felicity. (104)

Rasoolallah pbuh said:

Three things Allah likes

1. Do ebadah and do not do shirk

2. Hold fast to Allah’s rope

3. Do not make divisions amongst yourself

Things Allah does not like

1. Do not debate/argue

2. Do not waste money

3. Ask too many and unnecessary questions.

15 thoughts on “HOW TO PLEASE ALLAH?


  2. AA,
    I’m striving to stay on the straight path. NO APOLOGIES sought or even accepted for what’s in Quran and Sunna. Actually, reasoning/debating with facts, true verses, and commands or acts of our prophet (PBUH) are pretty much well taken; but sometimes one has to go word by word to show the sharp dinstiction between what is prohibited in Quran and Sunna, the punishment that should be implemented/by whom, and what that punishment is. What was done along islamic history was the law of the land in a given time and place. Differences are in logistics (not the core) of maintaining descency and modesty of the society. I believe sticking to the core helped me with those who are not used to a sister debating and rebutting issues supported by Quran. Jazaki Allah Khair


    • WAS ALhamdollillah! Not everyone has the knowledge to know the Quran well enough to answer questions, may Allah continue to enhance your search for excellence in His book!


  3. AA
    Jazaki Allah Khair. You always bring me peace and comfort. I encountered these questions in one of the dialogs, in which questions regarding women, aqeedah and practices; even freedom of religion, went smooth; then the harder ones came. My answer (for the second) were ” First highlight the old testament, biblical and quranic versions of Lut’s story are the same. It’s left for the law of the land. Rulings on Fahesha are the same regardless of religion, community and society. Also setting examples of incidents that we hear about here in the US; that when it comes to protect society from indescent public acts”. This issue as well as freedom of religion didn’t go as smooth with muslims.


    • Walaikum Asalaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatahu,
      It is advisable to study what the Quran and sunnah say about fahasha and stick to it, it is our Deen, NO APOLOGIES!


  4. AA, jazaki-Allah khair for prompt response. If the questions, reasoning pertain to the core of the religion (not like children of Israel and cow) on the sharp lines between prohibited acts as explicitly mentioned in Quran and authenticated Hadith and the interpretation of scholars. Some scholars (out of being extraprotective; or law of land in a given time and place) would prohibit acts/things and set up punishments that are not mentioned in Quran and not done or ordered to be done by profit (PBUH). These issues are the hot topics in interfaith dialogues. Answering them based on research in quran, and hadith is comforting, But addressing them with brothers (and sisters) from the same faith is not easy. No winners or losers are sought.


    • Walaikum Asalaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatahu,
      It is important to watch the Nafs while answering such questions that are sticky, what may have been perfectly appropriate like marry Hazrat Ayesha at age 9 and consummating the maraige at nine is difficult for westerners to understand,however the pioneer women of American usually carried a baby at age nine, (check the pioneer museum of american women in omaha Nebraska) as did the women of the book which well documented in their history. Most of all there was a reason why Allah Subhanawataala chose a young wife for RasoolAllah pbuh.
      These among other things..make muslims apologetic. There is no need to be so, there are divine reasons for each choice made for RasollAllah whether it was Ayesha RA at nine or Sauda RA at 80 , as wives of RasoolAllah pbuh.


      • Well. Fortunately enough the issues of Ayesha (RA) and wives of the prophit(PBUH) are raised, our (muslim) reasoning is gracefully taken. Some issues are raised with the laws of Islam regarding
        1. Those who convert e.g. abandon Islam specially after embracing the religion for some time then, for whatever reason switch to some other or no belief. In Quran, it’s frankly mentioned twice, that they’ll get the punishmet from Allah (SWT) and they’re the losers. However, many muslims bring the issue (supported by scholars) that because Abou-Bakr (RA) fought them, they should be killed.
        2. Gays, what’s and their punishment in Islam. From Quran, it was Allah (SWT) who punished Lut’s people and Lut (AS) and his followers were ordered to leave. Basically, it’s Allah (SWT) who dealt with this issue. This issue is a very sticky to discuss.


      • ASA, These are all fiqh (law) questions and have to do with the judicial system, we are not expert lawyers and judges and should leave it to them. It is also redundant to talk about these things because we are not living in a Muslim country with muslim laws. In this country some states allow capital punishment and some don’t, in some sodomy is a misdemeanor and in some it has fairly harsh punishment so it is not a good idea to discuss islamic law when it is not relevant here nor are we lawyers (fiqh/jurists).
        Our discussion should be aqeedah, islamic practice, racial and societal equity and harmony, this is what makes a pluralistic society. We leave the laws to the lawyers that is the rule in every country.


      • ASA, as far as “fahasha” which is open exhibition of sexual acts or recruitment for them in society are prohibited in gays and straights, so if one did not commit fahashah in public, how would people know if you are gay or straight. Privacy and modesty are the crux of a muslim society.


  5. ASA.
    As Shaikh Magraoui would remind us: The need to speak and be heard comes from the Nafs, evaluate what it wants to say before letting it escape the tongue. Let only that be uttered which is pleasing to Allah Subhanawataala, and it will automatically be pleasing to Creation.


  6. AA
    how to know if you don’t ask? often times too many questions are needed to know or understand!!!!!!!.
    are reasoning and debating considered arguing????????


    • Walaikum Asalaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatahu,
      You bring up some good points my friend!
      As far as asking questions………..this is pertaining to asking irrrelevant questions rather than to understand the issues pertaining to yourself, not just a pie in the sky, and refers to when the children of Israel, were nit picking by asking what kind of cow, what color how old etc etc, they were either stalling or it was a habit to question their Prophet I do not know, this type of questioning that is not personal to get knowledge that is applicable to your directly or your circumstances is a time waster.
      Arguing……….Once you have conveyed the message the other person comes back very emotionally and negatively (not sane questions to understand your Deen) if you go into a debate to prove yourself right and him wrong, you have missed the boat. You may win the argument but he or she has left with anger at losing the argument, which makes you and me a loser since we alienated him from the beauty of the message ………….maybe even forever.
      This is discussed in more detail in the tafseer of surah Baqara. Hope this answers your questions.


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