2009/11/17

What is faith?

Narrated Abu Huraira (May Allah be pleased with him)


One day while the Prophet (peace be upon him) was sitting in the company of some people, (The angel) Gabriel came and asked, "What is faith?" Allah's Apostle (peace be upon him) replied, 'Faith is to believe in Allah, His
angels, (the) meeting with Him, His Apostles, and to believe in Resurrection." Then he further asked, "What is Islam?" Allah's Apostle replied, "To worship Allah Alone and none else, to offer prayers perfectly to pay the compulsory charity (Zakat) and to observe fasts
during the month of Ramadan." Then he further asked, "What is Ihsan (perfection)?" Allah's
Apostle (peace be upon him) replied, "To worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you cannot achieve this state of
devotion then you must consider that He is looking at you." Then he further asked, "When will the Hour be established?" Allah's Apostle replied, "The answerer has no better
knowledge than the questioner. But I will inform you about its portents.

When a slave (lady) gives birth to her master.
When the shepherds of black camels start boasting and competing with others in the construction of higher buildings. And the Hour is one of five things which nobody knows except Allah.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) then recited: "Verily, with Allah (Alone) is the knowledge of the Hour--." (31. 34) Then that man (Gabriel) left and the Prophet asked his companions to call him back, but they could not see him. Then the Prophet said, "That was Gabriel who came to teach the
people their religion." Abu 'Abdullah said: He (the Prophet (peace be upon him)) considered all that as a part of faith.

Ref: Bhukhari
Guidelines
"Good deeds are not equal to the evil ones. Repel other's evil deeds with your good deeds. You will see that he with whom you had enmity, will become your close friend.
But none will attain this quality except those who patiently endure and none will attain this quality except those who are truly fortunate."

Chapter: 41, Verses 34-35, Al-Quran
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Melinda on November 17, 2009 at 11:28 PM said...

My dear friend--this was such a beautifully written and important piece. I have grown a lot in my faith during my recovery and this faith continues to grow, particularly through my spiritual advisors, such as yourself. Thank you so much for your blog.

Melinda

 

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