07 September 2014
The dunyaa is a prison for the mu’min
The dunyaa is a prison for the mu’min ...
It is mentioned that when al-Hafidh Ibn Hajr was the chief justice (of Egypt), one day he was passing through the market with a caravan, looking well groomed. So a Jew who was selling hot oil, looking very disheveled and dirty because of the oil, accosted him by grabbing the reins of his mule saying,
"Yaa Shaykhul-Islaam, you claim that your prophet said that the dunyaa is a prison for the mu’min and a jannah for the kaafir; so what type of prison are you in and what type of jannah am I in?"
He (Ibn Hajr) replied,
"Regarding what Allaah has prepared for me in the hereafter from its bliss, then it is as if I am in prison, and with regards to what Allaah has prepared for you in the hereafter from its punishment, then it is as if you are in jannah."
At which point the Jew became a Muslim.
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The signs of a hypocrite are that when he speaks he lies, when he promises he breaks the promise,
when he is entrusted he betrays & when he is in an argument he screams & yells.
Hypocrisy is to display outwardly that which is contrary to the inward condition.
It is important that each one of us works very hard to identify such weaknesses within ourselves & remedy them as best as we can.
This will help purify the heart & make all our acts of worship much more satisfying & meaningful.
May the Almighty protect us from all forms of hypocrisy. Aameen.