Aaa…I have an excuse! Do you have one?

Based on Br. Hassan Adnan‘s lecture on the weekly halaqah at Youth Club Lahore in Dewan e Khas mosque.
For audios and slides check out: CLICK HERE
Compiled by Br. Abdullah Intekhab. May Allah reward him and accept his hardwork.

Top 10 Excuses (to avoid following Islam)

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Every single human being on the face of earth has one thing in common to every other human being: Time. This is one resource that we all have and we all have a responsibility to invest it wisely. Just like the student who waits till the last day to prepare and submit his assignment, we’re all waiting too. There’s a deadline, the clock is ticking and our time is running out. LITERALLY!

وَالْعَصْرِ (By the time that is running out), خُسْرٍلَفِي الْإِنسَانَ إِنَّ (indeed mankind is in loss.)

10. Family (I’m too busy with work and my loved ones)

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In implying this reason we deny one of the most fundamental beliefs of religion that:

‘Allah does not charge a soul except [with that within] its capacity…’ [2:286]

Things, whatever and whoever they be, are a part of the life not life itself. Life is bigger, it’s bigger than you and me and it’s getting bigger every day and we’re drifting further and further off.

‘Wealth and children are [but] adornment of the worldly life. But the enduring good deeds are better to your Lord for reward and better for [one’s] hope.’ [18:46]

Our family, as much as we love them, hindering us in doing what needs to be done becomes an enemy of ours. And we need to be mindful of these facts before we do or say anything or make any excuses or give any rationales. Anything will be an overbearing burden if we can’t control it; life is all about control. YOU have to be in control; your life should not be about “Why me” instead it should be about “HOW”. How do I get out of this situation; or how I do grasp this opportunity to do good?

 

09. Studies (They take too much time for me to make time for anything else)

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Pursuit of knowledge taking you around the world?

Seeking “ilm” for the greater good?

Too much pressure to perform?

Allah says He’s the controller of your affairs; He’ll manage all your worries only if you submit unto Him. We have to also have a correct understanding of knowledge as well; knowledge is that which brings you closer to Allah. Saying that in NO WAY means that Muslims should not pursue sciences and technology; instead what it means is that the right kind of knowledge used for the good of Islam and the Muslims should be our pursuit and that in itself becomes your gateway to religion. So, the pursuit of knowledge instead of being an excuse becomes your reason for following Islam.

 

08. My Intentions are Pure

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Whatever I do, however I live; it’s alright my intentions are pure. We’re just hanging out, we’re just friends, I was just consoling her through that break-up; but my intentions are pure.

بِالنِّيَّاتِ الأَعْمَالُ إِنَّمَا

We LOVE throwing this hadith around don’t we? The point is; actions are a product of intentions. Having a good intention implies a good action and vise-versa. Laws in Islam are based on human Fitrah and saying that one is above and beyond human instincts is like saying you’re supernatural, are you?

A good explanation follows here: http://bukhariexplanation.com/hadith-1/

 

07. I’m not an Extremist (Take a chill pill, man)

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So, you don’t want to be extremists? Good for you! But what is extremism?

Would you call the Prophet PBUH an extremist? He was the best Muslim you see. Had a beard, his trousers hung above his ankles, He was aggressive in daw’ah, was always ready for Jihad. Neither was a mullah, a wahabi or a terrorist (auzubillahi min zalik).

So what is extremism?

The only middle path is that of the Messenger PBUH. Unfortunately we, the Muslims, do follow A middle path but it’s not THE middle path. Ours is a path somewhere between the Messenger and Satan.

‘And of the people is he who worships Allah on an edge. If he is touched by good, he is reassured by it; but if he is struck by trial, he turns on his face [to the other direction]. He has lost [this] world and the Hereafter. That is what is the manifest loss.’ [22:11]

On the other side; what the middle path signifies quantitatively is to not transgress the boundaries set by the Messenger PBUH; that is true extremism.

06. Mr. Goody Two Shoes

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I’m a good person: I don’t drink, haven’t killed anyone, I don’t steal or fornicate. I’m a good person.

I’m from a good family; my father owns a business and runs it honestly; we don’t do harm to anyone; we give charity and I help my father in the business and we live a good life. Don’t tell me to be SO Islamic; we’re alright, we’ve been like this for generations. And whatever “family traditions” we have, I’ll uphold them, don’t tell them they’re not Islamic. They make me happy, how can something that makes me happy not be Islamic!

‘And when it is said to them, “Come to what Allah has revealed and to the Messenger,” they say, “Sufficient for us is that upon which we found our fathers.” Even though their fathers knew nothing, nor were they guided’ [5:104]

We put TOO much emphasis on Haqooq-ul-Ibad, don’t we? Take care of the people Allah will forgive you His rights, right?

Does it make any sense that the One Who gave you life; gave you EVERYTHING is the One you choose to ignore the most? It’s like you were hired to work under someone else but you report to some other guy and keep expecting the first person to overlook your transgressions.

Why would Allah burden you, He has put you in this world He knows you can handle the deen and dunya together. He opens up the avenues of good if we follow good; and will leave us free to whatever we will if we want to go astray. We mystify the good and the bad; Allah has demystified it for us.

‘As for he who gives and fears Allah – And believes in the best [reward], We will ease him toward ease. But as for he who withholds and considers himself free of need – And denies the best [reward], We will ease him toward difficulty.’ [92:5-10]

05. I love Allah… Don’t Judge Me

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I love Allah, He will forgive me in’sha’Allah. Don’t bug me to pray and fast and what not.

‘Say, [O Muhammad], “If you should love Allah , then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.”’ [3:31]

Allah’s love is manifest through the love of His Messenger and following what he commanded and did; Allah’s love is manifest in loving the Word that He sent down for us. Allah’s love is manifest through being what He wants us to be. There’s NO other way of loving Allah.

This is not to say that it’s too late; Allah IS all merciful; but ASK! Repent…

“Sons of Adam are all sinful except those that repent’

We all want that one person in our lives whom we can bug all we want and ask anything we want of and say anything to and they will still be happy with us, don’t we? We have Allah; and we miss out on that experience… loving Allah is a transcendent experience in itself.

04. Allah is Ghafoor & Raheem, He will forgive me

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Allah IS intensely and extremely Merciful, Allah WILL forgive ALL sins except shirk, Allah DOES love you VERY MUCH… but there’s a deadline; there’s ALWAYS a deadline:

‘Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.”

And return [in repentance] to your Lord and submit to Him before the punishment comes upon you; then you will not be helped.’ [39:53-54]

Could it be any clearer? Allah forgives, when you repent; Allah LOVES the repentance of His slaves. And it’s not like you can wait; we don’t know when the time will run out and the doors of His Mercy will be closed forever. Allah is just, what do you think that Allah is foolish (astaghfirullah) that you will spend your entire life in His disobedience and He will still forgive you?

“Migration will not end until repentance ends, and repentance will not end until the sun rises in the west.” [Classified as Sahi, Al-Albani]

03. No Compulsion in Religion

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Yes, there is no compulsion is religion but Allah did show you the road, and success is only a consequence of walking this road.

‘There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing.’ [2:256]

There is a clear division:

‘And We will present Hell that Day to the Disbelievers, on display – Those whose eyes had been within a cover [removed] from My remembrance, and they were not able to hear.’ [18:100-101]

Nothing else is acceptable to Allah; there is no compulsion is like Allah giving you a choice to go to Heaven or go to Hell. Who in their right mind would choose Hell, only if we knew! Only if we knew…

‘Indeed, the religion in the sight of Allah is Islam. And those who were given the Scripture did not differ except after knowledge had come to them – out of jealous animosity between themselves. And whoever disbelieves in the verses of Allah , then indeed, Allah is swift in [taking] account.’ [3:19]

02. I’ll do it when I’m older

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Who owns tomorrow, not even the best fortune tellers can tell what’s exactly going to happen (if you believe in that kind of stuff!). Who has till “old-age”?

Allah says about old people that they sometimes are not even in control of their physical and mental faculties; what use is servitude then? Giving your “party” years to dunya and when you’re bed-ridden hold a tasbih and start going “Haq, Haq”…

Again that is not to say that it’s ever too late to repent; but for us, NOW is the time, Here is the place. No matter if you’re old, young, healthy or stung; repent now and start anew. Like a new born baby in front of your Lord. But we like to plan our plans; we love this life, gotta get me a car, a house, a wife and kids, some property down the line and a solid retirement plan; THEN I’ll start praying five times a day and wake up for tahajjud, but:

But they plan, and Allah plans. And Allah is the best of planners.’ [8:30]

01. ALL Muslims go to Heaven!

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Ok, I’ll grant us this fantasy for a while. But let’s first explore but this word “Muslim” means.

Muslim means the one who Submits in humble submission and worship. Worship to whom? Allah! Ok, so that’s established; we submit to Allah. What’s submission to Allah; Having Iman. What’s Iman; Iman is to recite the Kalimah and ACT on it!

Yes, all Muslims go to heaven; all those who hav said the Kalimah will go to Heaven. But we have to understand things in context here. Saying the Kalimah is a direct case study of بِالنِّيَّاتِ الأَعْمَالُ إِنَّمَا. Saying the Kalimah implies in and off itself faith in Allah, His Messengers, His Books, Angels, the Last Day and His Divine Decree. And having faith in anything is manifest in our actions. By being good Muslims is our faith manifest.

After the Battle of Badr interrogating the prisoners of war when the Messenger came to his uncle Abbas bin Abdul Muttalib (RA), the Messenger asked his uncle to set his own ransom price. His uncle responded by saying that I am a Muslim and I only joined the Quraish in Badr so that I could come join you in Madinah, but the Messenger was not convinced and he PBUH said (and I’m paraphrasing) that: We take people as they appear to be through their actions. Anyone who appears to have the actions of the disbelievers we will deal them as such and vice versa.

We pray that every Muslim upholds the values of Islam and can stand with faith and pride on the Last Day in front of His Lord; expectant of His Mercy and not despondent and awaiting His punishment.

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44 thoughts on “Aaa…I have an excuse! Do you have one?

    • wswrwb.

      Do tazkiya of heart with Quran. Read it. Ponder over its meaning. read Authentic tafasir and read the works of the old scholars on Quran, you’ll have a tazkiya that you would have never ever imagined. insha’Allah

    • Sure. You have Ibn e Kathir. One of the best and most authenticated tafsir that is available. The style is unique. Ibn e Kathir brings all possible references from Quran and Hadith whereever any topic comes.

      Then you have Taiseer ul Quran by Abdurrahman Kailani, It is also very good and it gives a very nice understanding of Fiqh. I would prefer both of them, whatever easily available and whatever suits you.

      qtafsir.com has ibn e kathir complete. Taiseer ul quran would be available in hard form insha’Allah from any nearest islamic book store.

    • Waiyyak ukhti. This book is a treasure on this topic. I am sure, once a person realize his/her hardness of the heart, he/she can start working for it. The book of scholars are really different and presents a paradigm shift in this world of false knowledge. May Allah make is beneficial for us. Ameen

  1. aoa… i have read the article and its very thought provoking, its all about going to the basics (foundations). when the foundations/roots become strong only then the plant of iman will flourish…and it will be a cumulative growth…..it will take time and patience and continuity in the actions…. and the scary thing is that with a hard heart, the knowledge will increase in corrupting the heart…rather than benefiting.
    May Allah grant us the will, wisdom and passion to struggle in His path with sincerity..ameen

    jazakAllah for the guidance…
    would appreciate if you could recommend such more good books/articles
    Assalamualaikum wr wb!

    • SubhanAllah. Allah guides whom He wills and none can misguide whom Allah has guided.
      Ya ukhti, the key to softening the hard is that you remain among the people who fear Allah Subhana huwa taa’la.

      This is another book by a great scholar of Islam of current Times, Sheikh Saleh Al Munajjad, and masha’Allah he not only explains the weekness of fatih, but tells us the remedies and cures from it.

      I am sure if one act on these small things, one will cure one’s weekness, insha’Allah.

      here you ukhti
      http://www.kalamullah.com/Books/weak-iman.pdf

  2. jazkAllah already gone through 4 pages of it…….Alhamdulillah!
    thanx a million 🙂
    remember me in your duas
    assalamualaikum wr wb!!

  3. Assalamualaikum wr wb!
    everyone has two such forces that reside in them… the good and the bad, when good prevails….everything seems to be going on fine…one starts doing good deeds, ibadaat, etc…… but then this other phase takes over the charge…and then suddenly u feel as if u’re chained….one doesnt feel the drive or motivated to do the deeds…acts of worship become difficult.. but still one manages to do them…..
    how do u explain such a condition…? what can be done
    Assalamu alaikum Wr Wb!

    • Walykum asalam wr wb.

      Imam bukhari in his introduction to Sahih Bukhari writes at one place about iman. Yazeedu wa yankus. This (imaan) increases as well as decreases. This is the belief of main stream Muslims.

      Normally this happens due to sins. One should look at what sins are going on in one’s life and try to stop doing them. And this is a constant struggle. as explained in a narration of (probably Ibn e Abbas) that taqwa is something that when passes from a jungle full of thorns, one make sure that the thorn doesn’t prick one’s clothes, this is taqwa, that one has to be mindful constantly of one’s state.

      May Allah help you with uplifting your imaan. FEAMANALLAH

  4. assalamualaikum wr wb!

    how can one bring consistency/continuity in any kind of deeds/ actions/ tasks….. and if the determination starts to diminish, how to motivate thy self?

    • Walykum asalam wr wb. This is the most common problem that we normally face in real life. This is something that I face too. I think the problem is that we do not do constant tazkiya of our heart and soul. which is extremely important. And the key to it is Quran, reading it, memorizing it, pondering over it and practising it.

  5. the word tazkiya may sound cool…. but when it comes to purifying one’s own soul.and the heart …..its the most difficult and time taking thing to do, especially for someone who needs a constant buck up/ motivation/ guidance …. at one point one thinks its paying off, ure growing inside but the next moment u realize ure three steps back….

    • this is true. This all sounds easy but well it takes some effort. So the best thing is to keep pious company, especially at home. may Allah make it easy for everyone of us. ameen

  6. yes… jazakAllah…..
    but how did this get its name….ehd e alast??
    and this is like one oath taken from us…does this oath refer to the oath mentioned in Surah Yasseen:60, also?

    • the reason is known as ahd e alast is because of its words, alustu birabkum. M I not your Lord?

      However, I don’t know the tafsir of Surah Yaseen, so it can be reffered to a scholar of tafsir whether both the ahds are same.

      It seems they are not. Allah knows best

  7. oooh ok… Alhamdulillah…
    jazakAllah hu khairan kaseeraan brother Zaki

    i ask too many questions, sorry to bother you 🙂

  8. assalamualaikum wr wb!

    sometimes it happens that when ever we are giving out something to someone, for the sake of Allah…. that giving is sometimes followed by a small regret…like “yeh kuyn day deya”…it was such a nice piece of cloth or whatever the thing maybe….
    and then one needs to tell/explain one self that “nahe i gave it for the sake of Allah”
    why doe it happen… is it that because in the first place our intention wasn’t pure enough??

    • Walykum asalam wr wb.

      Alhamdulillah. Yes this happens. This is not because of our wrong intention. Allah SWT says in the Quran,

      “Beautified for people is the love of that which they desire – of women and sons, heaped-up sums of gold and silver, fine branded horses, and cattle and tilled land. That is the enjoyment of worldly life, but Allah has with Him the best return.” [3:14]

      Allah SWT has made love of a lot of things in man’s heart including all his posessions. A human being will always think twice before giving something one loves in the way of Allah. It is mainly because of the waswasa of Nafs.

      Another place Allah SWT says in the Glorious Quran,

      “And We have already created man and know what his soul whispers to him, and We are closer to him than [his] jugular vein” [50:16]

      Allah SWT knows what his nafs whispers to him, about all the bad things the nafs want of this dunya, but man, through his knowledge, and taqwa, protects his actions and even thoughts to go beyond the bounds of Allah, the Knower of everything.

      Verily this sense is not something which consist of bad and impurity of intention, rather a quality of a momin, who reassure his love for Allah more than the things he is giving.

      If you read in Tafsir Ibn e Kathir, Surah Qiyamah ayah 1-2, it says as follows:

      ﴿لاَ أُقْسِمُ بِيَوْمِ الْقِيَـمَةِ – وَلاَ أُقْسِمُ بِالنَّفْسِ اللَّوَّامَةِ ﴾

      (Nay! I swear by the Day of Resurrection. And nay! I swear by An-Nafs Al-Lawwamah.) Qatadah said, “This means, I swear by both of these things.” This has also been reported from Ibn `Abbas and Sa`id bin Jubayr. Concerning the Day of Judgement, it is well known what it is. In reference to An-Nafs Al-Lawwamah, Qurrah bin Khalid reported from Al-Hasan Al-Basri that he said about this Ayah, “Verily, by Allah, we think that every believer blames himself. He says (questioning himself), `What did I intend by my statement What did I intend by my eating What did I intend in what I said to myself’ However, the sinner proceeds ahead and he does not blame himself.” Ibn Jarir recorded from Sa`id bin Jubayr that he said concerning Allah’s statement,

      So sister, this feeling is a blessing of Allah. May Allah be with you, may Allah make our intentions pure and bless us in an endures of life and life hereafter.

  9. Alhammdulillah summa Alhamdulillah!

    jazakAllah hu khairan kaseeran 🙂

    sometimes these whispers drag you down to the extent that one starts thinking keh im a big sinner, and it feels that the internal spiritualistic esteem/power is hitting rock bottom….phir us waqt kea karain?
    and how do you know that a certain feeling/ wispers/waswas is from your own nufs or from shaitan?
    plus, when the soul is whispering to you such negative thoughts…then it means its coming from nafs luwwamah…meaning one hasnt achieved the status of nafs mutmainnah, right??

    • waiyyak. Yes, this is true. The only way to know the difference between our own thinking, the waswasas of nafs and the waswasas of satan is “knowledge” of the Deen.

  10. Assalamu alaikum wr wb!
    Brother zaki whats the authenticity about 15th of shaban in islam?
    and if there isnt any then why do we have all the media, newspapers creating a hype about it and why dont the knowledgeable people raise awareness regarding this matter?

    salaaam

    • wswrwb.
      apologies for replying late.
      I am glad you put a lot of questions. may Allah put barakah in this matter.
      You may post questions at facebook.com/page.z.imtiaz

      Here is the link related to your question. Read on.

  11. assalamu alaikum wr wb!

    no problem at all… hope everything is going smooth at your end.
    jazakAllah, thank you… i read the article and it makes sense…many people quoted me these daeef ahadeeth as a daleel for celebating the 15th of Sha’aban…
    what i preceived is that no saheeh hadith has anythind about this night…so why should we celebrate it on such a large scale and also it has been seen that many people dont give much priority to the obligatory acts of worship….rather they tend to be more indulged/inclined towards voluntary acts of worship. Allah hu a’alam
    definitely cooking special meals, (and this custom of eating halwa puree) fasting, and saying things like its the night of decree is wrong and biddah…please correct me if im wrong

    sorry for bothering you again and again by asking questions… u are free to choose not to answer my questions any time 🙂

    Salaam

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