عَنْ أَبيْ عَبْدِ اللهِ جَابِرِ بنِ عَبْدِ اللهِ الأَنْصَارِيِّ رضي الله عنه أَنَّ رَجُلاً سَأَلَ النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فَقَالَ – أَرَأَيتَ إِذا صَلَّيتُ الـمَكْتُوبَاتِ، وَصُمْتُ رَمَضانَ، وَأَحلَلتُ الحَلاَلَ، وَحَرَّمْتُ الحَرَامَ، وَلَمْ أَزِدْ عَلى ذَلِكَ شَيئاً أَدخُلُ الجَنَّةَ ؟ قَالَ – نَعَمْ. رواه مُسلِمٌ. وَمَعْنَى حَرَّمْتُ الحَرَامَ: اجْتَـنَبتُه، وَمَعنَى أَحْلَلتُ الحَلاَلَ: فَعَلتُه مُعْتَقِداً حِلَّه
On the authority of Abu Abdillah Jabir bin Abdillah Radiyallahu ‘anhuma, that a man asked The Messenger of Allah Salallahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam, “do you think that if I do the compulsory salah (ritual prayer), fast during ramadan, take I permit that which is lawful and forbid that which is Haram and do not increase beyond that, will I enter paradise? So he said, Yes. (Muslim)
A few weeks ago we discussed the above Hadith in our Monday class at MMU. What continues to strike me is how simple the Prophet (Salallahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) may Islam for those who found difficulty in practicing the many virtues of Islam, in other narrations we find an elderly man say to the Prophet (Salallahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam), ‘The duties of Islam are becoming too much for me, tell me something I can hold to.’ The Prophet (Salallahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) replied, ‘Make dhikr.’
Often we meet young and old people who want to come back to Allah and please their Lord and again and again we hear them complain of burdens laid upon them by miss informed people. I was once approached by a sister who had just accepted Islam and was being told that she MUST as a form of obligation pray the Nafl salah, when I spoke to the sister who told her the Nafl must be done and that it was an obligation, I asked, ‘What does Nafl mean?’ if those rak’ahs were obligatory they would be termed as Fard, strangely she was still adamant upon her mis-understanding.
We should keep at heart that Allah is the one who sets religious duties, no-one has the ability to make something an obligation unless it is clearly identified as such through a link (‘illah) or by explicit mention in the Qur’ah, continuous actions, advice or approvals of the Prophet (Salallahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam), the actions and advice of the 4 Khualfa, Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali and those companions who were known for specialist knowledge, there after any other persons statement remains ineffective unless it is an explanation of those mentioned above.
It should be clear in our hearts and mind that we are only messengers who are here to pass on with honesty, integrity and truthfulness; without hiding anything, shying from any topics or changing what’s is agreed upon or what is known to be acceptable.