An Exemplary True Muslim (Part 2)


We should not spread gossip (carry words) among Muslims. It has been declared that those who perpetrate these two types of iniquitous acts will be subjected to various kinds of torment. Also, it is haram to lie and slander, and must be avoided. These two evils were forbidden in all the previous dispensations. It is very blessed to conceal Muslims' defects, not to spread their secret sins and to forgive them their faults. We should be compassionate towards our inferiors, those under our command [such as wives, children, students, soldiers] and towards the poor. One should not reproach them for their faults. We should not hurt or beat or insult those poor people for trivial reasons. We should not violate anybody's property, life, honour, or chastity. Debts to everyone and to the government must be paid. Bribery, accepting or giving, is haram (prohibited). However, it would not be bribery to give it in order to get rid of the oppression of a cruel tyrant, or to avoid a disgusting situation. But accepting this would be haram, too. Everybody should see their own defects, and should every hour think of the faults which they have committed towards Allahu ta'ala. They should always bear in mind that Allahu ta'ala does not hurry in punishing them, nor does He cut off their sustenance. The words of command from our parents, or from the government, if they are compatible with the Shari'at [1], must be obeyed, but the ones incompatible with Shari'at should not be resisted against lest we should cause fitna.

After (learning Islam's credal tenets from books written by the scholars of Ahl as-sunnat [2] and) correcting our belief accordingly and (learning Islam's commandments, again from books written by those blessed scholars and called books of fiqh [3] and) adapting ourselves to the rules of fiqh, we should spend all our time remembering Allahu ta'ala. We should continue remembering, mentioning Allahu ta'ala as the great men of religion have communicated. We should feel hostility towards all the things that will prevent the heart from remembering Allahu ta'ala. The better you adhere to the Shari'at, the more delicious will it be to remember Him. As indolence, laziness increase in obeying the Shari'at, that flavour will gradually decrease, being thoroughly gone at last. What should I write more than what I have written already? It will be enough for the reasonable one. We should not fall into the traps of the enemies of Islam and we should not believe their lies and slanders.

[1] Shari'at: (pl. of Shari'a) i) rules and commandments as a whole of the religion. ii) religion.
[2] Ahl as-Sunna (wa'l-Jama'a): the true pious Muslims who follow as-Sahabat al-kiram. These are called Sunni Muslims. A Sunni Muslim adapts himself to one of the four Madhhabs. These madhhabs are Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi'i and Hanbali.
[3] fiqh: knowledge dealing with what Muslims should do and should not do; actions, a'mal, 'ibadat.