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“Charity erases sins just as water extinguishes fire.”
And said:
“He is not a perfect believer, who goes to bed full and knows that his neighbour is
And said:
“Show mercy to people on earth so that Allâh will have mercy on you in heaven.”
And said:
“Try to avert fire even by half a date (in charity) if not by tendering a good word.”
And said:
“Clothing an under-clad Muslim, entit les you to a garment from the Paradise; feeding a
hungry Muslim will make you eligible (by Allâh’s Will) for the fruit of the Paradise, and if you
provide water to a thirsty Muslim, Allâh will provide you with a drink from ‘the Sealed
He used as well to exhort the believers to spend in charity reminding them of relevant virtues for
which the hearts yearn.
He said:
“The believers in their mutual love, are like the human body where when the eye is in
agony, the entire body feels the pain; when the head aches, all the body will suffer.”
And said:
“The bonds of brotherhood between two Muslims are like parts of a house, one part
strengthens and holds the other.”
And said:
“Do not have malice against a Muslim; do not be envious of other Muslims; do not go
against a Muslim and forsake him. O the slaves of Allâh! Be like brothers with each other. It
is not violable for a Muslim to desert his brother for over three days.”
The Prophet (Peace be upon him) used as well to promote that habit of abstention from asking the
others for help unless one is totally helpless. He used to talk to his companions a lot about the
merits, virtues and Divine reward implied in observing the prescribed worships and rituals. He would
always bring forth corroborated proofs in order to link them physically and spiritually to the
Revelation sent to him, hence he would apprise them of their duties and responsibilities in terms of
the consequences of the Call of Islam, and at the same time emphasize the exigencies of
comprehension and contemplation.
That was his practice of maximizing their morale and imbuing them with the noble values and ideals
so that they could become models of virtue to be copied by subsequent generations.
‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ud (May Allah be pleased with him) once said: If you are willing to follow a good
example, then you can have a recourse in the tradition of the deceased, because the living are likely
to fall an easy victim to oppression (so they might waver in faith). Follow the steps of Muhammad’s
Companions. They were the best in this nation, the most pious, the most learned and the least
pretentious. Allâh chose them to accompany the Prophet (Peace be upon him) and establish His
religion. Therefore, it is imperative to get to know their grace, follow their righteous way and adhere
as much as you can to their manners and assimilate their biography. They were always on the
orthodox path. There is then the great Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) whose moral visible
attributes, aspects of perfection, talents, virtues, noble manners and praiseworthy deeds, entitle
him to occupy the innermost cells of our hearts, and become the dearest target that the self yearns
for. Hardly did he utter a word when his Companions would race to assimilate it and work in its
Those were the attributes and qualities on whose basis the Prophet (Peace be upon him) wanted to
build a new society, the most wonderful and the most honourable society ever known in history. On
these grounds, he strove to resolve the longstanding problems, and later gave mankind the chance
to breathe a sigh of relief after a long wearying journey in dark and gloomy avenues. Such lofty
morale lay at the very basis of creating a new society with integrated components immune to all
fluctuations of time, and powerful enough to change the whole course of humanity.
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