Abu Hurayrah (ra) narrated that the Messenger of Allah(saw) said:
He who believes in Allah and the Last Day should either utter good words or better keep silent
He who believes in Allah and the Last Day should be generous to his neighbor and
He who believes in Allah and the Last Day should be generous to his guest
Explanation of the Hadith:
The saying of the Prophet (saw), "He who believes in Allah and in the Last day, "Should do so and so, indicates that the things required are feature of faith. Deeds implied by faith are sometimes related to the rights of Allah, such as performing duties and abandoning illegal action. Saying good words or otherwise keeping silent is but an example of doing or abstaining from certain actions. In some other cases, the deeds implied by faith are related to the rights of people such as being generous to guests and neighbors or abstaining from harming them.
Allah(swt) knows the best
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Thursday, March 31, 2011
|Gaza children gather to support Japan|
Children gathered in Gaza City on Thursday in solidarity with the victims of Japan's devastating earthquake.
|IOF aggression on Gaza killed 14 and wounded 48 in ten days|
The Israeli occupation forces' aggression on the Gaza Strip over the past ten days killed 14 people including five children and wounded 48, medical sources said on Monday evening.
|One Day Old Palestinian Baby Inspected at Checkpoint|
A Palestinian one-day old baby was inspected and forced through X-ray search by Israeli forces stationed in a checkpoint at Bartaa al-Sharqiya, a village northwest of Jenin, north of the West Bank.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
March 21, 2011
Libya: A New Crusade
Here we go again! It's Iraqi-style shock and awe for Libya.
Let's get that nasty Saracen, Muammar Gadaffi, the man we love to hate.
As in the case of Iraq, the assault on Libya was preceded by a huge barrage of anti-Gadaffi propaganda and steaming moral outrage by western media and politicians. American TV crews rushed to Libya to witness the wicked colonel get his comeuppance. None went to Bahrain or Yemen.
The attack was led by France. President Nicholas Sarkozy just suffered his own bout of shock and awe when polls showed his conservative party trailing the hard right National Front of Marine LePen. Blasting Arabs is a sure-fire way to win back the hearts of France's rightwing voters. So "aux armes, citoyens!"
Bien sure, the French attack had nothing, nothing at all to do with unsubstantiated claims by Gadaffi's number one son, Saif, that Libya has secretly financed Sarkozy's last election campaign.
The ever-bumbling Arab League had first given a tepid ok to a no fly zone to stop Gadaffi bombing rebels civilians, but then recoiled as western warplanes began attacking Libyan ground targets and civilians- including Gadaffi's compound in Tripoli.
The fireworks were most impressive. To no surprise, Libya proved a total pushover. Its feeble military was routed.
But the nasty question then surfaced: what is the objective of this operation? Washington's crusaders lacked a cogent answer.
Wars are waged to attain political objectives. Killing enemy forces is merely the means to this objective. The UN mandate is only to protect civilians, not to remove the Gadaffi regime. The US is targeting Gadaffi but claims - wink, nudge - that it is only after command and control targets.
But Gadaffi has been through many attempts to kill him. In 1987, he took me by the hand and led me through the ruins of his residence which had been demolished a year earlier by a US bomb that killed his two-year old daughter. . . .
America would be hailed as genuine liberator of long-suffering Libyans if it also intervened in Bahrain and Yemen - and perhaps Saudi Arabia - to protect civilians from the ferocity of their despotic governments and promote real democracy.
But it's only oil-rich Libya that is getting the "humanitarian" treatment from the US and oil-hungry western European former colonial powers.
A fractured Libya will not only curtail oil exports, it will open the gates to a flood of African emigration to southern Europe. Gadaffi has long been cooperating with France, Italy and Spain to halt the flow of such economic refugees. He now threatens to open the flood gates. There is also a risk that the Libyan conflict could spread into neighboring Mali, Chad, Niger and Sudan.
. . . Everyone hates the prolix Gadaffi, particularly Arab despots who he routinely blasts as "old women in robes," "Zionist lackeys," and "cowards and thieves." But the Arab world grows restive as it sees US-backed despotic regimes in Bahrain and Yemen gunning down protestors. Or watching reports of US air strikes killing large numbers of Pakistani and Afghan civilians. And, of course, seeing Israel using heavy weapons against Palestinian civilians.
America's glaring double standard in the Mideast and Muslim world is a major reason for growing hatred of our nation. Events in Libya may end up further enflaming such feelings.
America would be hailed as genuine liberator of long-suffering Libyans if it also intervened in Bahrain and Yemen - and perhaps Saudi Arabia - to protect civilians from the ferocity of their despotic governments and promote real democracy.
But it's only oil-rich Libya that is getting the "humanitarian" treatment from the US and oil-hungry western European former colonial powers. . . .
SIGN PETITION opposing no-fly zone -- just click and send. Results will be automatically tabulated.
Enver Masud, "A Clash Between Justice and Greed, Not Islam and the West," The Wisdom Fund, September 2, 2002
"C R U S A D E," The Wisdom Fund, October 16, 2003
Enver Masud, "Revealed: America's Hidden Hand Behind The UN Resolution For A No-fly Zone Over Libya," The Wisdom Fund, March 19, 2011
Enver Masud, "Reply to CSID's Open Letter Opposing the No-fly Zone," The Wisdom Fund, March 22, 2011Pepe Escobar, "Libya Endgame: Divide, Rule And Get The Oil," Asia Times, March 25, 2011
heads up high.
Hashim Amla. The bearded one has a curiously old-fashioned habit, one that
was in evidence again on Sunday. When he gives a snick, Amla tucks his bat
under his arm and walks off the field. He doesn't wait for the umpire.
Unlike other professionals who walk only "when the bus breaks down", Amla
walks because he knows he is out. Because he was brought up that way. Did
the umpire know that Amla had got the faintest of touches to MS Dhoni? Was
Dhoni convinced? We will never know. But Amla knew. And he walked.
The thing about snicks is that, even when played with a soggy tennis ball,
if you hit the thing you know you're out. Instantly.
The umpires might not be sure, even the catcher can be uncertain but the
batsman knows for sure.
When Hashim Amla goes out to bat there is a great deal more national pride
at stake than in a pick-up game of beach or cake-league cricket. Apart from
anything else, this is how this young man earns his crust.
In a world of backhanders and dodgy deals, questionable tendering practices,
ruthless profiteering and political skullduggery, where the winner is
rewarded regardless of the cost or at whose expense he profits, we have a
sportsman of the greatest talent who embodies all that was once noble and
good about the Gentleman's Game.
Amla is a man of profound religious conviction; no one, even the most ardent
habitue of Castle Corner, would begrudge him his principled stand on not
wearing the team sponsor's logo. But it is as a walker that he deserves much
greater kudos than he gets. Not because he seeks it but because he is a role
model in a world sadly lacking in this species.
Monday, March 21, 2011
For a moment, I try to imagine what my life would have been like if my father had stayed in Vellore and not moved to Bangalore in 1980. It would have moved pretty much the same way I think. Getting married at 19. Having children by 20 and so on. But I doubt I'd have been able to be a writer. The reason for that is the poor opportunities that there are for education of girls in Vellore. Let me rephrase that a bit. For Muslim girls in Vellore.
So I might have been able to finish my tenth. And maybe "plus 2". But getting a degree would have only been a dream. Or maybe not. Maybe I would have been satisfied with whatever education I got there. So when I say that there are poor opportunities, it doesn't mean that there are no good schools there. It only means that the Muslim girls there are conditioned from the time they are small to not consider education to be very important. The opportunities might exist, but are often over ridden by parents who want to get them married as soon as they attain the right age.
I haven't lived in Vellore as a resident to know how different the education prospects are. I'm only a visitor there. I completely belong to Bangalore, even more so because I wouldn't be the person I am today if it weren't for my education. And of course my father's insistence that I do well. My father was never the type to encourage only my brother to study well because boys matter more. He wanted both of us to do equally well. In fact, the happiest memory I have is of the time when I was in eighth standard, two months before he died. I had got 25/25 in Maths, two times in a row, a fact that surprised me and my father. But more than surprise, I remember how thrilled he was and the pride he had felt that I had actually scored full marks.
So, where does fighting prejudices come here? I've had a good childhood Alhamdulillah. The only prejudices I faced in school were when my teachers insisted I ask my mother to make biriyani for the school tuck shop, because of the universal idea that Muslims eat biriyani for breakfast, lunch and dinner. (A pet rant which I tried to make into a book called More than Just Biriyani, which has unfortunately not yet taken off)
Another prejudice may have been when I heard a passing remark about how you Muslim girls get married and have babies, so what's the use of your education but it didn't rile me so much, because I was determined not to become one of them (how little I knew what was in store for me!)
But it was only after college got over that I noticed more. I suppose all these prejudices were there from a long time but because my nose was always buried in books, I never really opened my eyes and saw it. The prejudice around my hijab.
As a teenager, I went through a mild period of rebellion. I didn't like the hijab. It was too constricting and what was the point of wearing nice clothes when we had to hide it under the burqa? Over the years, that changed into resigning myself to the fact that I had to wear it on family occasions and whenever I went anywhere with my family. But I refused to wear it when I met my friends. I was two people at once. But I started noticing the prejudice that appeared in people's eyes when they saw me in a hijab. Shopkeepers spoke in a condescending tone and they struggled to find the right words in Hindi or Urdu, assuming that I wouldn't know English. But that was just the beginning.
Over the years, something inside me transformed. I cannot explain how, but I have come to accept the hijab as a part of me. It reflects who I am and wearing it in no way means that I am demure and shy. I can be strong and confident with it. In fact, I liken it to the power dressing that corporate women do. Yes, yes. Smile all you like. Or did your eyes just pop out?
So, a couple of years ago when my book "Kite Strings" was released, I chose a "jilbab" that looked more like a coat. It had padded shoulders and it made me look more confident about myself. Unlike the regular "jilbabs" it didn't soften my appearance. I admit, my friends are now used to seeing me in it. They do not find it odd at all. At least I hope so. But the journalists at the launch were a wee bit taken aback I think. After the launch, there was a question and answer session and one journalist (I don't know which paper he wrote for) verbally attacked me all of a sudden. He wanted to know why I hadn't written "Kite Strings" in Urdu.
I was taken aback. Where did that come from? I explained to him that I don't know Urdu as well. But he refused to keep quiet. He went on rather irascibly about how a Muslim writer had translated her book from Malayalam or Urdu into English. I still didn't understand his question. Had he wanted me to write in Urdu and then translate into English? Why? When I can write perfectly well in English? I tried explaining but he got heated up and he went on and on and on about why I couldn't write in Urdu. I could sense Wendy m'am (my teacher who launched my book) and Christina(my friend who's an author too, and who was on the panel with me) stiffening as this man went on. But for some reason, thankfully, I didn't lose my cool. He finally asked me, why I didn't write in my own language. I thank Allah for giving me the presence of mind to tell him that I consider English to be own language. He didn't quite know how to pummel me further after that.
On and off, I've faced prejudices because of my hijab but I don't let it bother me. I cannot carry around a sign around my neck telling people not to be prejudiced, right? One of the reasons for the prejudice is that people think I've been forced to wear this and they see me as being downtrodden. I beg to differ. I wear my hijab because it's a part of my identity as a Muslim. Don't Sikhs wear their turban for the same reason? Has anyone forced them to wear it? And how am I downtrodden when I've got an excellent education and support from a loving family which has helped me become a writer. In English.
Slight resentment flared up in me last week when I went to BIT. One of the fellow speakers had brought along his friend who was also an engineer. He wanted this other guy to speak to the students too. Before we went on to the seminar hall, we were introduced and when Anu (Annapoorna, my friend who is a product of BIT too) told this man that I had written a book, this man raised his eyebrows, and asked if I'd written it in English.
I chose to keep quiet and let Anu talk for me because I decided that he would see for himself when I did get on stage to speak.
My friends are now used to me in a hijab and don't think of it as being separate from me at all. Inshallah, there will be a day when it will be the case with everyone else also. But until then, all the ignorant people who want to ask me this question, here's my virtual sign around my neck.
Yes. In English, dammit!
"தமிழ் நாட்டில் வசிக்கும் முஸ்லிம் பெருமக்களில், ஹஜ் 2011-ல் ஹஜ் புனிதப் பயணம் மேற்கொள்ள விரும்புவோரிடமிருந்து விண்ணப்பங்களை மும்பை, இந்திய ஹஜ் குழு சார்பாக தமிழ் நாடு மாநில ஹஜ் குழு வரவேற்கிறது.
ஹஜ் 2011-ற்கான விண்ணப்பப் படிவங்கள் சென்னை-34, புதிய எண்.13 (பழைய எண்.7), மகாத்மா காந்தி சாலை(நுங்கம்பாக்கம் நெடுஞ்சாலை)யில், ரோஸி டவர், மூன்றாம் தளத்தில் தமிழ் நாடு மாநில ஹஜ் குழுவின் நிர்வாக அலுவலரிடமிருந்து 16-3-2011(நாளை) முதல் பெற்றுக் கொள்ளலாம். அல்லது விண்ணப்பங்களை www.hajcommittee.com என்ற இணையதளம் மூலமாகவும் பதிவிறக்கம் செய்து அச்சு எடுத்துக் கொள்ளலாம். விண்ணப்பப் படிவத்தை நகல்கள் எடுத்தும், உபயோகப்படுத்திக் கொள்ளலாம்.
ஹஜ் குழுவின் விதிமுறைகளின் அடிப்படையில்,
* ஒரு குழு/உறையில் விண்ணப்பங்கள், ரத்த-உறவு முறையுள்ள குடும்ப நபர்கள் அல்லது நெருங்கிய உறவினர்கள் முதலானோர் ஐந்து நபர்களுக்கு மிகாமல் உள்ளடங்கியதாக இருக்கவேண்டும். இவ்வுறையி/குழுவில் அந்நிய நபர் எவரையும் சேர்க்கக்கூடாது.
* விண்ணப்பதாரர் ஒன்றுக்கு மேற்பட்ட மாநில ஹஜ் குழுவிடம் விண்ணப்பித்தாலோ அல்லது ஒரு மாநில ஹஜ் குழுவில் பலமுறை விண்ணப்பித்தாலோ, அவ்வாறான விண்ணப்பங்கள் முற்றிலுமாக நிராகரிக்கப்படுவதுடன் எந்தவொரு மாநில ஹஜ் குழுவாலும் ஏற்றுக் கொள்ளப்பட மாட்டாது.
* பாஸ்போர்ட்டில் மட்டுமே ஹஜ் பயணத்திற்கான விசா வழங்கப்படும் என சவுதி அரேபிய அரசு அறிவித்துள்ளதால், கடவுச் சீட்டின் நகலை இணைத்து விண்ணப்பப் படிவங்களை 30 ஏப்ரல் 2011-ற்குள் மாநில ஹஜ் குழுவிற்கு சமர்ப்பிக்க வேண்டும்.
தங்கள் வசம் பாஸ்போர்ட் இல்லாதவர்கள், முதலில் பாஸ்போர்ட்டிற்கு விண்ணப்பித்து மண்டல பாஸ்போர்ட் அலுவலகத்திடமிருந்து பெற்ற ரசீதின் நகலை விண்ணப்பப் படிவத்துடன் இணைத்து சமர்ப்பிக்கவேண்டும்.
பூர்த்தி செய்யப்பட்ட விண்ணப்பங்களை, பயணி ஒருவருக்கு ரூ.200/- (ரூபாய் இருநூறு மட்டும்)-ஐ திருப்பித் தரப்படாத பரிசீலனைக் கட்டணமாக பாரத ஸ்டேட் வங்கியில், மத்திய ஹஜ் குழுவிற்கான நடப்புக் கணக்கு எண்: 31634038682-ல் செலுத்தி அதற்கான வங்கி ரசீதின் நகல் மற்றும் பன்னாட்டு பாஸ்போர்ட் இருப்பின் அதன் நகலை அல்லது பாஸ்போர்ட்டிற்காக விண்ணப்பித்திருந்தால் மண்டல பாஸ்போர்ட் அலுவலக ரசீதின் நகலை இணைத்து தமிழ்நாடு மாநில ஹஜ் குழுவிற்கு சமர்ப்பிக்கவேண்டும்.
பூர்த்தி செய்யப்பட்ட விண்ணப்பங்களை தமிழ் நாடு மாநில ஹஜ் குழுவிற்கு சமர்ப்பிக்க வேண்டிய கடைசி நாள் 30-4-2011 ஆகும். ஹஜ் 2008, 2009 மற்றும் 2010-ல், கடந்த மூன்று ஆண்டுகளாக தொடர்ந்து விண்ணப்பித்து தெரிவு செய்யப்படாதவர்களின் விண்ணப்பங்களை நேரடியாக தெரிவு செய்யும் திட்டத்தைத் தொடர்வது என மத்திய ஹஜ் குழு முடிவெடுத்துள்ளது.
ஹஜ் 2011-ல் இச்சலுகையை பெற விரும்பும் விண்ணப்பதாரர்கள் மற்றும் சக பயணிகள் கடந்த மூன்று ஆண்டுகளாக விண்ணப்பித்த உறை எண் விபரங்களை விண்ணப்பப் படிவத்தில் குறிப்பிட வேண்டும். (இவ்வாறு வைக்கப்படும் விண்ணப்ப உறைகளில் புதிய விண்ணப்பதாரர்கள் எவரையும் சேர்க்கக்கூடாது). இவ்விண்ணப்பதாரர்கள் குலுக்கல் இன்றி தற்காலிகமாக தேர்வு செய்யப்பட்டவர்கள் என்ற தகுதியைப் பெறுவார்கள். இவ்வாறு சிறப்பு வகையில் நேரடியாக தேர்வு செய்யப்படவுள்ளவர்கள் பாஸ்போர்ட்டை தங்கள் வசம் வைத்திருக்கவேண்டும் மற்றும் ஹஜ் 2011-ற்கு விண்ணப்பிக்கவேண்டும்.
விண்ணப்பங்களை பெறும் கடைசி நாள் வரையில், சிறப்பு வகை விண்ணப்பங்கள் ஒதுக்கீட்டை விடக் குறைவாக இருந்தால், மீதமுள்ள இருக்கைகள் பொதுவகையில் அளிக்கப்பட்டு, அவ்விருக்கைகளுக்கு மாநில ஹஜ் குழு குலுக்கல் நடத்தி தேர்வு செய்யும்.
மாநிலத்திற்கு அளிக்கப்பட்ட ஒதுக்கீட்டை விட அதிகமாக சிறப்பு வகையில் விண்ணப்பங்கள் பெறப்பட்டிருந்தால் மாநில ஹஜ் குழு, சிறப்பு வகை விண்ணப்பதாரர்களுக்கு மட்டும் குலுக்கலை நடத்தும்; பொது வகையில் புதியதாக விண்ணப்பங்கள் ஏற்றுக் கொள்ளப்பட மாட்டாது. மத்திய ஹஜ் குழுவால் நிர்ணயிக்கப்படும் ஒதுக்கீட்டின் அடிப்படையில், கணினி மூலமாக குலுக்கலை நடத்தி தேர்வு செய்யப்பட்ட புனிதப் பயணிகளுக்குத் தமிழ்நாடு மாநில ஹஜ் குழு தெரிவிக்கும். குலுக்கல் மூலமாக பயணிகள் தேர்வு செய்யப்படுவது முற்றிலும் தற்காலிகமானது.
குலுக்கலில் தேர்வு செய்யப்பட்ட ஹஜ் பயணிகள், பாஸ்போர்ட்டின் முதல் பக்கத்தில் புகைப்படத்தை இணைத்து, அந்த பாஸ்போர்ட்டுடன் ரூ.31,000/- செலுத்தியதற்கான வங்கி ரசீதின் நகலை இணைத்து 15.6.2011-க்குள் தமிழ்நாடு மாநில ஹஜ் குழுவிடம் சமர்ப்பிக்க வேண்டும்"
என்று தமிழ் நாடு அரசு வெளியிட்டுள்ள செய்திக்குறிப்பில் தெரிவிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Remember Martin Niemöller (1892-1984) advice.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me -- and there was no one left to speak for me.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Showing Off: the Minor Shirk
The last cause of arrogance we discussed is praise. We shouldn't praise people too much.
This doesn't mean that, for example, if you get a very high score on your GRE or MCAT and you tell your roommate,
"Alhamdulillah I got the national high for the GRE!" that he should respond with,
No, he should be encouraging and say, "Alhamdullilah."
The meaning of alhamdu is that praise goes back to Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala).Praise be to the One Who guided you to this good thing.
Sometimes, we don't like to show emotion; like when someone says, "That's fine. I'm glad you've memorized the Quran."
We should be saying, "Alhamdullilah! Masha'Allah!" Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala) says, "But as for the favor of your Lord, report [it]," (Qur'an, 93:11).
The Prophet said that Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala)likes to see the effects of His blessings on you. But don't go crazy. Don't go to one extreme or the other.
You have to realize that most of the diseases of the heart are solved by "iyaka na`budu (it is You we worship)." (Qur'an, 1:5).
When we say "iyaka na`budu" arrogance, for example, is wiped away.
Being scared is wiped away.
Shirk (associating partners to Allah) is wiped away.
Being lazy, misguided, miserly or devious is wiped way.
Most of the diseases of the heart are cured by struggling to obey Allah (swt).
Sometimes you wonder, "Subhan'Allah how long do I have to keep going through this internally?"
Iyaka na`budu. I'm waiting and I'm trusting in You. One day You're going to fix it for me.
The next disease of the heart is very dangerous; in fact the Prophet feared this thing the most for us.
The Prophet was merciful, loving and good to everyone - but this is the thing he feared for you and me the most.
It is so dangerous that the one who feels safe from it is usually the one who's been entrapped in its tentacles with no way out.
It's so deadly that you can do a lot of good deeds but if you've cloaked your good deeds with the dress of this thing, you've lost all the rewards. Imagine doing good and getting none of the rewards. You're doing good deeds but you're getting nothing: in fact you're getting punished.
This is the disease of ar-riyaa: to be a show-off.
People like me with big mouths who you guys invite to speak everywhere are the ones who have the biggest test of riyaa.
It's very difficult.
Nobody can say, "I'm safe from riyaa." The one who says this is showing off. The Prophet Muhammed warned us about riyaa, but what is the meaning of ar-riyaa?
Imam al Ghazali said in his book Al Ihya that ar-riyaa is to seek stations (i.e. being high in people's minds and hearts) with actions so that they see you; to seek the praise of the people.
There are some signs of the one who has riyaa that we will talk about , as well as their cures as found in Surat al-Fatiha (Qur'an, 1).
Riyaa is so dangerous that the Prophet gave it a special name.
He said, "Indeed the thing I fear for you the most is the minor shirk." We have minor shirk and major shirk. Major shirk is something like worshipping a statue or another god with Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala) or to take a legislator other than Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala).
But the minor shirk is mentioned in this hadith. And the Prophet said that it is the thing he fears for us the most.
The Companions of the Prophet asked him, "What is minor shirk, ya Rasullah?"
He said, "Ar-riyaa. Showing off."
In one hadith the Prophet gave the example of someone making the athan (call to prayer) and while making the athan he thinks, "Wow I bet the people think my voice is beautiful."
This is ar-riyaa.
In another hadith the Prophet said it's so dangerous that it's like the black ant on the black rock in the night with no moon. It can sneak up on you like this
Indeed riyaa is so difficult and dangerous that it can fall into your good actions.
The Prophet Muhammed said,
"The one who prays and wants people to see them has committed shirk.
The one who fasted and they want the people to know about their fasting has committed shirk.
The one who gave sadaqah (charity) and wants people to know about their charity has committed shirk."
You know how dangerous shaytan is, especially when it comes to sadaqah?
For example, maybe Islamic Relief or some charitable organization comes to your campus and they do a fundraiser. You're not even married and you say, "Subhan'Allah I really need this money but the Prophet said wealth does not decrease from giving charity.
So I'm going to give and no one will know about it." So you give the money and then later you get married.
Then ten years later you're sitting with your spouse at home and you say,
"You know what I did ten years ago?"
You just lost it.
This is Shaytan. Don't think that Shaytan will just mess with you at that moment.
We will talk about the attacks of Shaytan later in this series, insha'Allah.
One word that Ibn Qayyim used to describe Shaytan is very scary. He said Shaytan is patient. He waits. Then, at a specific moment, he hits you.
For ten years you got the hasanat (blessings) of this charity.
But what counts is when you die. So after that ten years if you start boasting to someone, then you've lost it.
You've got to start over.
This attack is even more dangerous because if Shaytan hits you today with riyaa you still have ten years to make up for it.
But if he waits ten years and then gets you then you lost ten years.
Shaytan is an enemy to us.
How dangerous is riyaa, the minor shirk?
If you read any of the du`a' that we recite every day after Fajr (predawn prayer) or `Asr (afternoon prayer) we say, "Oh my Lord, I seek refuge in You from associating partners with You knowingly and from associating partners with You unknowingly."
How subtle is riyaa?
Maybe a sister goes to Egypt or Syria for three months to study. She buys a nice jilbab (dress), not the American not-really-quite-there jilbab.
She buys the real jilbab. Then she comes back and goes to campus and now she wears jilbab and she thinks to herself proudly,
"Oh yes, now I wear jilbab."
Why is she wearing this jilbab?
Did she wear this jilbab to please Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala) or did she wear this jilbab so that people would say,
"Oh you wear jilbab, you're a big sheikha!" This is very dangerous.
Maybe a brother got some knowledge and then he comes to the MSA and he starts preaching,
"Well Ibn Malik said in the Al-Fiya..." and he reads some poetry that no one in the world can understand except him. Then you say to him,
We're talking about parking at jum`ah (Friday prayer), and you're reading the poetry of sarf (Arabic morphology)?"
Why did the brother read this poetry?
Why did he learn?
Why is he increasing himself?
This is ar-riyaa.
Many of us might be listening today and think, "Oh well I'm not even a good Muslim.
I don't need to worry about riyaa. I'm doing bad, ain't no riyaa in doing bad."
Check yourself before you wreck yourself.
That's not the case because you can even have riyaa in doing bad.
You might be doing bad and think, "Yeah them brothers see how I've got it going on.
They're going to think I'm all that."
This is riyaa.
In fact 99% of hip-hop music is riyaa. "Look at me, I'm the baddest dude on the block, I got more girls than stars in the sky, I can drink more than the Pacific Ocean.
It's because of me that the world's in motion."
This is riyaa!
This is showing-off and exaggeration.
Those of us who feel safe from riyaa, listen to the following statements of one of the great scholars.
He said, "The closest to people to falling into showing off are those who feel the most secure from it."
Those people who think, "I don't have to worry about what he's talking about. I'm not an active Muslim."
There is only one type of Muslim and that's an active Muslim.
You move, you breathe, right?
Your blood is moving in your body.
You're active and you're a Muslim. T
herefore you are an active Muslim.
We should note the types of riyaa so that we can protect ourselves from it.
Source: Suhaib Webb