“Fear Allah wherever you are, do good deeds after doing bad ones, the former will wipe out the latter, and behave decently towards people.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
These three pieces of advice from the prophet Muhammad make up the code by which the Muslim man lives. If you follow these three rules in your life your dunya and akhirah will both be a success.
“Fear Allah where ever you are…”
Allah is All-Seeing, All-Hearing, and All-Knowing, so no matter where you are He sees, hears, and knows everything you think, say and do. Like as Luqman, the Wise, said to his son:
“O my son, indeed if wrong should be the weight of a mustard seed and within a rock or somewhere in the heavens or in the earth, then Allah will bring it forth.” (Luqman:16)
Yes! On everything you did in your lifetime, big or small, good or bad, will be recounted back to you on the Day of Judgement. Nothing will be missed or forgotten.
So if you are at work, fear Allah; if you are at home, fear Allah; where ever you are, fear Allah.
“…do good deeds after a bad deed, the former will wipe out the latter…”
After advising us to fear Allah at all times and in all situations, the Prophet ﷺ tells us what to do if we slip and do a bad deed, because lets face it we are only human and it is inevitable that we will all, at one time or another, do a bad deed. The Prophet ﷺ tells us that good deeds wipe away bad deeds, such as performing the prayer, or fasting, performing umrah, giving charity, etc. The Prophet ﷺ said about the prayer:
“If there was a river at someone’s door and he took a bath in it five times a day would there remain any dirt on him?” The Sahabah responded, “Not a trace of dirt would remain.” The Prophet ﷺ said, “That is the example of the five prayers with which Allah blots out evil deeds.” (Al-Bukhari)
And he ﷺ said:
“Al-Umrah to Al-Umrah is an atonement for what is between them.” (Al-Bukhari)
He ﷺ also said:
“Charity wipes away sin as water extinguishes fire.” (At-Tirmidhi)
“…and behave decently towards people.”
Then after reminding us about our responsibility to Allah the Prophet ﷺ proceeds to advise us regarding our responsibilities to our fellow man. Good manners are an essential part of the Muslim man. The Muslim man treats people as he likes to be treated and he understands his duty, as a Muslim, to everyone around him. Whether they are a family member, a neighbor or a stranger on the street, everyone deserves to be treated with kindness and good manners. The Prophet ﷺ said:
“If kindness is added to something it beautifies it, and if it is removed from something it disfigures it.” (Muslim)
And he ﷺ said:
“The things that most lead people to Jannah are fearing Allah and good manners.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
This hadith belongs to a group of hadith known as the jawaami’. These are hadith that have few words but great meaning, and this hadith is a perfect example of that, because this hadith manages to incorporate almost the whole religion within three short sentences. If you were to implement this one hadith in your life it would be sufficient for your success in both the Dunya and the Akhirah.
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