The seven under the Shade of Allah Almighty - II

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4. Two men who love each other for Allah's sake, meeting for that and parting upon that:

Allah Almighty Says (what means): “The believers are nothing else than brothers, so make reconciliation between your brothers, and fear Allah, that you may receive mercy." [Quran 49:10] 

Having mutual love for the sake of Allah is one of the great doors leading to the good of the Hereafter and a cause of tasting the sweetness of faith in this world. Loving one another for Allah's sake means that the Muslim does not love another except for the correctness of his religion. So it does not matter what the person looks like, what he wears, how rich or poor he is, where he comes from, or what the color of his skin is - perhaps you dislike everything about him, but you love him for his belief in Allah: this is loving for Allah's sake. 'Allah, the Mighty and Magnificent Says in a Sacred Narration: "Those who have mutual love for the sake of My Glory will have minarets of light and will be envied the Prophets and martyrs." [At-Tirmithi & Ahmad]

Imagine being envied by Allah's chosen Messengers and those who were slain in His Path! Such is the reward of those who love one another for Allah's sake.

5. A man who is called (seduced) by a woman of beauty and position but he says: 'I fear Allah':
Allah Says (what mean): “And come not near to the adultery. Verily, it is   a shameful (deed) and an evil way (that leads one to Hell).” [Quran 17:32]

This world is full of temptations that lead to burning in the Fire and amongst them is that which comes from women. Many a man has led his soul into destruction on account of the lure of a woman, which is why the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) warned his nation specifically about this. He  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) said: “The world is sweet and green and verily Allah is going to install you as successors upon it in order to see how you act. So avoid the allurement of women: verily the first trial for the Children of Israa'eel was caused by women.” [Muslim]

The most important provision which we need to protect ourselves from this and all other temptations in life is the fear of Allah. This fact is alluded to in the following verse (what means): “And as for him who feared standing before his Lord and restrained himself from impure evil desires, verily Paradise will be his abode.” [Quran 79:40]

6. A man who gives in charity and hides it, such that his left hand does not know what his right hand gives in charity:
This describes the type of person who goes to great lengths to protect himself from ostentation and showing off in worship. Being ostentations is to do deeds in order to earn the praise and recognition of people. This sin destroys all the benefits that lie in righteous deeds and brings on a serious punishment for the one who commits it. It is particularly dangerous because it is in man's nature to desire and enjoy the praise of others.

Thus, great care has to be taken to ensure that one's intentions begin and remain pure whenever good actions (such as charity) are being done. Allah warns (what means): “O you who believe! Do not render vain your charity by reminders of your generosity or by injury, like him who spends his wealth to be seen of men and he does not believe in Allah nor in the Last Day.”  [Quran 2:264]

7. A man who remembered Allah in private and so his eyes shed tears:
Our noble Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) informed us: “If you knew what I knew, you would laugh little and weep much.” [Al-Bukhari] Crying is not a sissy thing to do! The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) who was the best of all creation, would weep, as would all of his Companions. Tears are a genuine expression of fear of Allah's Punishment and of our sincere love and awe of Him.

But how often do we remember Allah in seclusion and are then moved to tears? How much do we laugh and how little do we weep? The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) said: "There is nothing more beloved to Allah than two drops and two marks: A tear shed due to fear of Allah, and a drop of blood spilled in the path of Allah. And as for the two marks, then a mark caused in the path of Allah, and a mark caused by fulfilling one of the duties made obligatory by Allah." [At-Tirmithi]

Finally, through these seven types of people mentioned in the narration, we have been given clear signposts of the way to attain Allah's pleasure and satisfaction. So you should devote yourself to being one amongst those seven, for indeed fortunate will be those who are granted Allah's Shade on the Day when there will be no shade but His.

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