"People will take as their leaders ignorant persons who when consulted will give their verdict without knowledge. So they will go astray and will lead the people astray." (Bukhari)
"Now then, I have heard that some men amongst you narrate things which are neither in the Holy Book, nor have been told by Allah’s Apostle. Those men are the ignorant amongst you. (Bukhari)
"Take refuge with Allah from the difficulties of severe calamities, from having an evil end and a bad fate and from the malicious joy of your enemies." (Bukhari)
"In the last days there will be people who will be brethren in public but enemies in secret."
He was asked how that would come about and replied:
"Because' they will have ulterior motives in their mutual dealings and at the same time will fear one another." (Ahmad)
"Shall I tell you of the people of Paradise? They comprise every poor, humble person, and if he swears by Allah to do something, Allah will fulfill it; while the people of the fire comprise every violent, cruel arrogant person. " (Tirmidhi)
Prophet (PBUH) usually prayed 'O Allah! grant us so much (of Your)fear that it may serve as a barrier between us and our sins; and bestow upon us Your obedience that it may help us to reach Your Paradise; and grant us so much faith that it may help us to face the misfortunes of this world easily. O Allah! bless us to benefit from our powers of hearing and seeing and vigoar so long as You grant us life and make our heirs (beneficiaries) of them; and afflict with our rancour those who oppress us, and help us against those who are our enemies; do not entangle us in the difficulties of our religion; and do not make the world our main object, and the extent our knowledge; and do not appoint over us persons who will not show mercy to us. ' (Tirmidhi)
THE TWO GEMS
"He has let free the two bodies of flowing water meeting together: Between them is a Barrier which they do not transgress: ...Out of them come Pearls and Corals:" (Q55:19 - 22).
These verses are replete with allegorical meanings. Two bodies of flowing water symbolises the two strands of knowledge available to man- divine and mundane. So does it also captures the two types of men that habit the earth- the multitude unbelievers and the relatively few believers.
"Out of them come pearls and corals". Pearls are produced by oyster and corals by the polyp. Both are gems found in rivers of the world. One (coral) is a jewel of this life through and through. The jewels of the world - like coral - are hard; widely spread over the world, (i.e.in multitude) and comparativelycheap and less permeable to divine light.
Such is the similitude of the multitude who pin their hopes only on worldly plays and gains but the life of this world is not meant for play, amusement and pomp.
"Here is a similitude (of the world); how rain and the growth which it brings forth; delight (the hearts oft the tillers; soon it withers; You will see it grow yellow; then it becomes dry and crumbles away." (Q57:20)
The life of this world is nothing but goods and chattels of deception - a make believe gem! A coral of deception.
The other jewel (pearl) is of the Hereafter and like pearls they are soft, rare, costly, come not easy, translucent and giving the most lustre - the pearl of originality - the real gem. This is the similitude of the believers, though few, they are valuable in the eyes of Allah. Their value is such that
"Whoever kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is Hell, to abide therein (forever): and the wrath of and the curse of Allah are upon him, and a dreadful chastisement is prepared for him." (Q4:93)
The goal of the few believing men is Allah and indeed
"in nearness of Allah is the best of the goals to return to" (Q3:14)
"the Home in the Hereafter (Paradise) is for those who are righteous" (Q12:109).
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited