Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
Imam Malik (رحمه الله) stated that a clever person has three traits:
- Firstly, the person leaves the world before the world leaves him and the person prepares for the Hereafter in such a way that they forget this world. However, this doesn’t mean that the individual should sit in one corner and forget about their responsibilities towards their family or worldly necessities. To fulfil the necessities and responsibilities of your parents, wife and children is a rewarding act.
- Secondly, the person prepares for his grave before he enters the grave. Certain people make plans that when they reach a certain age they will keep a beard or start reading Salah, however they may not even reach that age. Therefore, individuals must strive to do good deeds straight away.
- Thirdly, the person who pleases Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) before he meets his Lord. This means on the Day of Judgement Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) will call your name and place your book of deeds in your right hand, and state “You have earned Jannah and you can enter it through any door which you please.”
In another Hadith, it is narrated that a person came to see Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and asked “Teach me an Amal, so that when I do that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) loves me and the people also respect me”. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) replied “Distance yourself from the worldly desires and Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) will love you, don’t be greedy for other’s belongings and you will gain the respect of the people”. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) also stated “Love the people for the sake of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), and not because of their worldly possessions which you desire”.
If an individual requires or wants anything, they should ask Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) for it, and Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) will be happy, as Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) loves when His slaves ask from Him. However, if an individual goes to another person and asks from them repetitively, the person will get tired of them asking. But, Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) comes to the first Heaven when it is Tahajjud time and states “I will give you forgiveness, if you require forgiveness, I will give you food, if you require food, and if you want to admit to your sins, I will not reveal it to another soul and will forgive you as if you have never sinned”.
May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) grant us the ability to apply this knowledge. Ameen.
Checked & Approved by Molana Mohamed Aadil Saleh (Bradford, UK)