Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The bankrupt ones.

Every morning from 7am-8am Tanyalah Ustaz will be on TV9. The topic discussed yesterday and today is about the hadith on the bankrupt ones. Ustaz Norhisham was discussing the following hadith;

Abu Hurayra (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (Peace Be Upon Him) once asked his companions: “Do you know who is the bankrupt one?”
The companions replied: “A bankrupt person amongst us is the one who neither has a dirham nor any possessions.”
The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said: “Rather, the bankrupt person from my Ummah is the one who will come on the Day of Resurrection with a good record of Salah (Prayers), Sawm (Fasts) and Zakah (Obligatory Charity); but he would have offended a person, slandered another, unlawfully consumed the wealth of another person, murdered someone and hit someone. Each one of these people would be given some of the wrong-doer’s good deeds. If his good deeds fall short of settling the account, then their sins will be taken from their account and entered into the wrong-doer’s account and he would be thrown in the Hell Fire. {Sahih Muslim, Book 32, Hadith Number 6251} 

In between laundry, I might have missed some points but I thought I would just share some that I captured. For the benefit of those who is interested and don't have the luxury of time to watch the show, here u go :)

He elaborated on each of the 5 liabilities.

1. Offending a person;
This includes cursing and swearing. And vulgar words. To anybody. Even when it's considered fully justified eg somebody is cutting the queue, or messing with our FB wall or driving painfully slow on the highway etc etc etc. I am fully guilty of this coz my mouth do works faster than my brain. So note to self. Mind my language, and my middle finger :-P

2. Slandering;
There is a clear difference between backbiting (or we harmlessly called gossiping) and slandering. If it's true it's backbiting. If it's not true it's slandering. Both are great sins. He did discuss how gullible all of us to this 2 offences especially when everything is a click away. Be careful of what we share virtually. Coz the readers are limitless. We are totally accountable of spreading the message to more people. Sometime we feel that we can say whatever we want on our FB wall. And share whatever video clips or news. And voice out our opinion with total freedom. And the sharing leads to more comments from our friends. And more bashing.

Somebody asked about the issue of slandering the ulama'. This is quite common nowadays especially if the ulama' belongs to a different political party. And have different opinion from us. Ulama' need to be respected. There will be differences in opinions. Even among the ulama'. But we the commoners need to give them the due respect. He quote a hadith on the sin of slandering an ulama' but I can't remember the full hadith. But I remembered him saying talking bad about people is ONLY justified if it's going to benefit somebody. eg; If you have an experience being cheated by somebody, and if your friends are going to deal with the same person, then it becomes justified to tell your friends about your bad experience.

3. Unlawful consumption of wealth; He reminded the audience to be very careful of the source of the money we earned. Especially the money to raise the family. Every single tiny weeny things. eg; the time we are on FB when we are supposed to work, the harmless bribery that we get to push a business deal through...doesn't matter whether it's 1% or 10% or 50%, the "extra" claims that we submitted monthly etc etc etc. Sounds petty and harmless but nothing is too small on the day of judgement.

The last 2 offences, murder and hitting are pretty straight forward.

The greatest challenge with all these offences is it involves another person. So the only way to undo them is to deal with the person involve. Directly. e.g; If we slander somebody, we need to seek his/her forgiveness, and clear the matter with all the people that we have told the lies. Thinking about it makes me cringe, especially if we share the stuffs on FB :( It's up to the person to forgive us or not. If it's not resolved it will remain a liability to us till the Day of Judgement. Ustaz did mention no amount of istighfar, and zikir and sunat prayers and sadaqah can undo the offence. Coz Allah can only forgive those offences that involve us and HIM not us and another person.

One of the signs we are committing any of these offences is our prayers are not being answered. Sometime we wonder why our life is so difficult, or our kids so stubborn despite us being the obedient servant of God. Coz we might thought that we are not too bad coz at least we pray, and fast, and perform our Haj. His response is check out all these 5 offences. It could be a test from Allah, but it could also be the result of our own doing.

It is a real pity if we live our life in this world with wealth and abundance and being respected by many because of our status but return to the Creator with nothing. Worse if we return to Him with deficits. May Allah guide us all. Have a productive day people ;)

1 comment:

  1. A good summary indeed! Thank u. Tu lah u, mmg menakutkan the 1st 3 tu. It's not easy to control ... especially bila tgh marah. Hablum minAllah tu insya Allah kan kerana Allah Maha Pemurah, Maha Penyayang & Maha Pengampun. Hablum minannas ni yg payah ... sama2 la kita beringat.