PODNEWS: YOUTH & GANGS

I saw a news documentary a while ago which I wanted to discuss. It reported on the rise of drug trafficking and gangs, especially amongst the Muslim youth. In most cases, the first people that need to take responsibility and prevent this occurring are parents. Unfortunately, many parents point fingers and claim that school teachers, the police or the Imams of Mosques must keep the youth away from gangs and dealing drugs. Even though, they all have a duty but the primary and biggest duty lies with the parents. 

Parents must educate their children continuously on the bad effects of gangs and illegal drugs. How it ruins the lives of the people involved and those who are connected to them, such as their families. It is just like the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, advised in a Hadith found in Sahih Bukhari, number 2101. A bad friend is like a bad smell which infects their friends as well as others.

The key to keeping the youth away from gangs is education from parents primarily and then from others, such as siblings and teachers. Parents must question the whereabouts of their children in a gentle way. They must enquire about who they are going out with, where they are going and about their activities. They should even meet their children’s’ friends to ensure they are suitable for companionship. If their children are in possession of expensive things which the parents did not purchase they must question this. If children are questioned like this from a young age they will get familiar with it and not become upset when they are questioned later on in their lives. This is the duty of parents as indicated by the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, in a Hadith found in Sunan Abu Dawud, number 2928.

Unfortunately, some parents believe their duty is only to earn wealth for their children. So they busy themselves with this and neglect the more important duty of rightly guiding and keeping an eye on their children. Yes, earning wealth is important but it cannot take priority over educating one’s children on the difference between right and wrong.

This news documentary also discussed how some drug dealers fabricate or misinterpret the verses of the Holy Quran and the Hadith of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, in order to justify what they do. This is absurd as Islam clearly prohibits anything which causes harm to oneself and others, such as dealing illegal drugs. They even claim that selling illegal drugs to non-muslims is acceptable. But this completely challenges the teachings of Islam as a muslim must treat everyone with kindness and respect, irrespective of their faith. If a muslim does not have permission to disrespect the gods of other religions how can Islam encourage muslims to mistreat people from other faiths? Chapter 6 Al An’am, verse 108:

“And do not insult those they invoke other than Allah, lest they insult Allah in enmity without knowledge…”

If the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, stressed the good treatment of animals in many Hadith, such as the one found in Sahih Bukhari, number 3318, how can Islam give permission to mistreat humans?

Educating one’s children will prevent them from being duped into believing and acting on evil statements and advice. This education begins at home; parents must step up and fulfil this duty. Only then does this duty extend to others, such as school teachers.

A parent will be exonerated on the Day of Judgement if they fulfil this duty irrespective of how their child chooses to behave. But if they fail this duty they will be held accountable in both this world and the next.

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PODTAFSEER: CHAPTER 1, AL FATIHAH – VERSE 7 OF 7

“The path of those upon whom You have bestowed favour, not of those who have earned [Your] anger or of those who are astray.” Chapter 1 Al Fatihah, verse 7.

In the previous verse, a Muslim requests Allah, the Exalted, to guide them on the straight path which leads to Paradise. Chapter 1 Al Fatihah, verse 6:

“Guide us to the straight path.”

Verse 7 further explains the straight path and mentions the incorrect paths which were taken by the previous nations. The interpretation of the first part of this verse is done by another verse of the Holy Quran chapter 4 An Nisa, verse 69:

“And whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger – those will be with the ones upon whom Allah has bestowed favor of the prophets, the steadfast affirmers of truth, the martyrs and the righteous…”

Verse 7 highlights an important reality. One can only find and journey down the correct path, without straying off course, through the mercy and guidance of Allah, the Exalted. Those who have been rightly guided are the ones who strive in obedience to Allah, the Exalted, by fulfilling His commands, refraining from His prohibitions and by facing destiny with patience. This in fact the path of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. So it is clear, that a muslim cannot be one of the rightly guided, mentioned in this verse, without practically following the footsteps of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. Chapter 3 Alee Imran, verse 31:

“Say, [O Muḥammad], “If you should love Allah, then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins…”

This verse concludes with a Muslim requesting Allah, the Exalted, to protect them from straying off course and becoming one of those He is angry with. These are the people who know the truth yet turn away from it. They are the people who possess corrupt intentions, meaning those who perform deeds for other than the pleasure of Allah, the Exalted.

A Muslim also seeks the refuge of Allah, the Exalted, from the path of those who went astray. These are the people who do not search for the truth and instead wonder blindly and aimlessly in this world. Their ignorance is the source of their misguidance as one can only be rightly guided through knowledge. It is not possible to reach a destination without the knowledge of its location and the path leading to it. Similarly, one cannot reach Paradise without knowledge of the path which leads to it. This knowledge is found in the Holy Quran and the traditions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. Seeking knowledge has therefore been made a duty on all muslims according to a Hadith found in Sunan Ibn Majah, number  224.

Muslims should seal the recitation of Chapter 1 Al Fatihah with the word amen. This is a request to Allah, the Exalted, to accept the supplications mentioned in it. The one whose seal corresponds with the Angel’s seal will be forgiven their minor sins. This is advised in a Hadith found in Sahih Bukhari number 782.

A Muslim should not be fooled by the luxurious lifestyles of the misguided. As in reality, the one who is truly successful is the one rightly guided by Allah, the Exalted. And right guidance is directly linked to His sincere obedience. This is the party that will obtain ultimate and eternal success while the worldly success of the misguided will fade away and mean nothing on the Day of Judgment. Chapter 58 Al Mujadila, verse 22:

“…Unquestionably, the party of Allah – they are the successful.”

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PODSERIES: BENEFITS OF TESTS AND TRIALS – PART 1 OF 7

Muslims have been guaranteed to face difficulties and tests throughout their lives. Therefore, it is important to understand some of their benefits and wisdoms so that one can increase their patience and obedience to Allah, the Exalted, during them.

The first benefit is that through tests a muslim better understands the infinite power of Allah, the Exalted. This can occur when a Muslim faces a difficulty they cannot remedy with the resources they possess, such as private healthcare. This realisation inspires one to live in obedience to Allah, the Exalted, throughout their life full well knowing no wealth or social influence will protect them from the decree of Allah, the Exalted. So a test or difficulty which drives a Muslim in this direction may well be the cause of their obedience and therefore, a cause of their salvation on the Final Day.

The next wisdom and benefit of tests is that they can result in a Muslim becoming humble to Allah, the Exalted. When a person always experiences ease it is easy for them to become arrogant and proud of their life and what they possess. It is important to note that only an atom’s worth of pride is needed to take one to Hell. This is confirmed in a Hadith found in Sahih Muslim number 265. Tests and difficulties can break this pride and remind muslims that they are and should behave as the humble servants of Allah, the Exalted. Therefore, it is important for muslims who face difficulties to ensure they remove any signs of pride from themselves by acknowledging that every blessing they possess has been granted to them by none other than Allah, the Exalted. In fact, being proud of something which was created and innately belongs to someone else is simply foolish.

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PODTAFSEER: CHAPTER 1 AL FATIHAH – VERSE 6

“Guide us to the straight path.” Chapter 1 Al Fatihah, verse 6.

This is a supplication asking Allah, the Exalted, to guide one down the path which is pleasing to Him namely, Islam. This path has also been mentioned in another verse of the Holy Quran. Chapter 4 An Nisa, verse 69:

“And whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger – those will be with the ones upon whom Allah has bestowed favour of the prophets, the steadfast affirmers of truth, the martyrs and the righteous…”

This path is none other than the way of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. All other paths to Allah, the Exalted, are closed except his path. In fact, the forgiveness and love of Allah, the Exalted, is not possible to obtain without following the way of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. Chapter 3 Alee Imran, verse 31:

“Say, [O Muḥammad], “If you should love Allah, then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins…”

It is important to note, in order to follow someone down a path one must first obtain knowledge of the guide’s journey, for example, which direction they are travelling in. Without this information it is not possible to follow them.  Similarly, one can only follow the path of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, after obtaining knowledge and acting on his traditions. It is the reason why obtaining this type of beneficial knowledge has been made a duty on all muslims. This is confirmed by a Hadith found in Sunan Ibn Majah, number 224.

This verse encompasses three requests. The first is for Allah, the Exalted, to show one the correct path. The second is for Allah, the Exalted, to provide them with the strength to journey down the path. And finally, it requests the protection of Allah, the Exalted, from straying off the path after setting down it. All three are important as one may discover the path but not journey down it. The one who journeys down it may eventually stray from it. Only the person who fulfils all three elements, through the mercy of Allah, the Exalted, will obtain success in this world and in the next.

This verse also reminds Muslims not to become proud of any success they obtain as it is clear that this is only possible through the guidance and mercy of Allah, the Exalted. Without this guidance success is simply not possible. This guidance is needed with every breath as it only takes one moment to fall into perdition. This is why it is important to recite this chapter and specifically this verse often. In fact, the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, has declared the prayer to be defective if Chapter 1 Al Fatihah is not recited in it. This is confirmed in a Hadith found in Sahih Bukhari, number 756. Chapter 3 Alee Imran, verse 8:

“[Who say], “Our Lord, let not our hearts deviate after You have guided us and grant us from Yourself mercy. Indeed, You are the Bestower.”

The straight path is sincerely obeying Allah, the Exalted, by fulfilling His commands, refraining from His prohibitions and by facing destiny with patience. The one who strays off this straight path through disobedience must swiftly sincerely repent and re-join the righteous on their journey towards the presence of Allah, the Exalted, in the everlasting abode of peace and comfort. Chapter 54 Al Qamar, verse 55:

“In a seat of honor near a Sovereign, Perfect in Ability.”

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PODHADITH: LOVE FOR OTHERS – PART 1 OF 2

The Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, once advised in a Hadith found in Sahih Bukhari, number 13, that a person cannot become a true believer until they love for others what they love for themself.

This does not mean a muslim will lose their faith if they fail to adopt this characteristic. It means that a muslim’s faith will not be complete until they act on this advice. This Hadith also indicates that a muslim will not perfect their faith until they also dislike for others what they dislike for themself. This is supported by another Hadith found in Sahih Muslim, number 6586. It advises that the muslim nation is like one body. If one part of the body is in pain the rest of the body shares the pain. This mutual feeling includes loving and hating for others what one loves and hates for themself.

A muslim can only achieve this status when their heart is free from evil traits such as envy. These evil traits will always cause one to desire better for themself. So in reality, this Hadith is an indication that one should purify their heart by adopting characteristics, such as being forgiving, and eliminate evil traits, such as envy. This is only possible through learning and acting on the teachings of the Holy Quran and the traditions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him.

It is important for muslims to understand that desiring good for others will not cause them to be deprived of good things. The treasury of Allah, the Exalted, has no limits. So there is no need to adopt a selfish and greedy mentality.

Desiring good for others includes striving to aid others in anyway one can, such as financial or emotional support, the same way a person would desire others to aid them in their moment of need. Therefore, this love must be shown through actions not just words. Even when a muslim forbids evil and offers advice which contradicts the desire of others they should do so gently just like they would want others to advise them kindly.

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PODTAFSEER: CHAPTER 1, AL FATIHAH – VERSE 5

“It is You we worship and You we ask for help.” Chapter 1 Al Fatihah, verse 5.

This verse reminds mankind to always act with sincerity towards Allah, the Exalted, both outwardly and inwardly. Outwardly in the form of physical prayer. And inwardly by only relying on His infinite mercy while turning away from relying on anything else. This does not mean one should not use means, such as medicine, and instead rely only on direct divine help. Instead, a Muslim should use the means provided by Allah, the Exalted, rely on His help and then accept His decree under all circumstances believing He chooses the best for His servants. Chapter 2 Al Baqarah, verse 216:

“But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah knows, while you know not.”

This is why the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, advised someone to tie up their camel, meaning, use the means provided by Allah, the Exalted, and then trust that He will keep the camel safe. This is mentioned in a Hadith found in Jami At Tirmidhi, number 2517.

In reality, using the means provided by Allah, the Exalted, while acknowledging they are from Him is an aspect of trusting in Him.

Acknowledging that Allah, the Exalted, is the only Entity worthy of worship is in fact an acknowledgment of a muslim’s servanthood to Him. One should therefore, prove their declaration of servanthood by striving to obey their Master by fulfilling His commands, refraining from His Prohibitions and by facing destiny with patience.

It is important to note that this verse has been arranged in a specific way. Meaning, the remembrance of Allah, the Exalted, has come before the remembrance of the worshipper (“It is YOU, WE worship…”). This is an indication that a Muslim should always fulfil the etiquette of true servanthood by placing the will and desire of Allah, the Exalted, before their will and desire. Meaning, they should not observe their servanthood and the worldly blessings they possess, rather, they should focus on the Lordship of Allah, the Exalted, and strive to fulfil His rights.

In addition, one should never become distracted by the Giver of help and blessings by the blessings themselves. This is why Allah, the Exalted, is mentioned first then His help in the form of blessings mentioned next. So a muslim should not become lost in the blessings they receive as this is the first step to misusing them thereby failing to fulfil true gratitude and servanthood to Him. If one always focuses on the Giver of blessings and help, namely Allah, the Exalted, they will always use the blessings according to His command. This is true gratitude and leads to an increase in blessings. Chapter 14 Ibrahim, verse 7:

“And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]…”

Finally, the specific order of words in the verse also inspires one to adopt patience during difficulties, such as the loss of blessings. If one focuses on the lost blessings they will more easily turn to impatience. But the one who fulfils the order sequence of this verse by focusing on Allah, the Exalted, and their obedience to Him, will not be effected in such a way if they lose some worldly blessings. Rather, they will remain patient through sincere obedience to Him.

This verse uses the plural form when describing a person’s attitude towards Allah, the Exalted, instead of the singular form, even though a single person is reciting this verse. This eliminates the major sin of pride. An atoms worth of it is enough to lead a person to Hell. This is confirmed in a Hadith found in Sahih Muslim, number 265. When one recites the plural form they are reminded that they are only a single person worshipping Allah, the Exalted, amongst countless beings some of which do nothing except worship Him, such as the Angels.

Acknowledging that there is no help, power or strength except from Allah, the Exalted, also eliminates pride.  How can one be proud of any act of worship or any righteous deed when they acknowledge that the inspiration, strength, knowledge and opportunity needed to perform the deed comes only from Allah, the Exalted.

This verse also aims to eliminate wishful thinking. This occurs when a Muslim fails to fulfil their duty and then expects the help and mercy of Allah, the Exalted. No doubt, Allah, the Exalted, can provide help to anyone at any time but this verse shows the correct method of obtaining the help and mercy of Allah, the Exalted. A muslim should first strive in the obedience of Allah, the Exalted, for example, through worship, and then hope for the help of Allah, the Exalted.

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PODTHOUGHT: OBTAINING PEACE

I had a thought which i wanted to share. Throughout the divine scriptures there are many examples which indicate that a person shall be treated according to how they act. For example, in one verse of the Holy Quran Allah, the Exalted, declares that He will remember the person who remembers Him. Chapter 2 Al Baqarah, verse 152.

“So remember Me; I will remember you.”

Another example is found in chapter 2 Al Baqarah, verse 40:

“…fulfill My covenant [upon you] that I will fulfill your covenant [from Me]…”

Finally, in a Hadith found in Jami At Tirmidhi, number 1924, the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, advised that whoever shows mercy to others will be shown mercy by Allah, the Exalted.

It is quite obvious that people strive in this material world as they desire peace of mind, and contentment. In light of the earlier discussion, peace in one’s life is often achieved when a person allows others to live in peace. If one reflects on their own life they will realise that people can be split into two categories: those who mind their business and allow others to live in peace and those who do not. It does not take a genius to figure out that those who let others live in peace are the ones who gain peace. Whereas, members of the other group never find peace, irrespective of how many worldly blessings they may possess. This is one of the reasons why the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, advised in a Hadith found in Sunan Ibn Majah, number 3976, that a muslim cannot perfect their Islam until they avoid things which do not concern them.

Those who ignore this advice and busy themselves with interfering with other people are the ones who never find peace. As they deprive others of peace, in turn, Allah, the Exalted, deprives them of it.

Therefore, a large step towards achieving peace of mind is to let others live in peace. It is important to note, this does not mean one should abandon commanding good and forbidding evil as this is an important duty. But it means that those things which are not sinful should be left alone as constantly chiding others on issues which are not unlawful only leads to enmity and the loss of peace in people’s lives. There was a day and age when people loved being advised by others on all lawful and unlawful matters. Even if this meant they were being chided as they desired to reform themselves for the better. But that day has long passed. Nowadays, most people dislike being chided over the unlawful let alone those things which are not unlawful, yet undesirable. So it is best to avoid this attitude if one desires to gain a bit of peace in their life.

To conclude, the one who lets others live in peace shall be granted peace by Allah, the Exalted.

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PODTAFSEER: CHAPTER 1, AL FATIHAH – VERSE 4

“Sovereign of the Day of Recompense.” Chapter 1 Al Fatihah, verse 4.

After declaring that Allah, the Exalted, is Most Kind and Most Affectionate in the previous verse, the Holy Quran immediately declares that Allah, the Exalted, is the Master of the Day of Judgment. Chapter 1 Al Fatihah, verse 3:

“the Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.”

Again, this is aimed to create a balance between hope and fear. This is to ensure the qualities of Mercy and Affection do not mislead anyone into remaining heedless of the fact that on the Day of Judgment, Allah, the Exalted, will gather the entire creation and hold each person accountable for their deeds. A Muslim should therefore, strive to avoid wishful thinking by believing they can live in disobedience; yet obtain the mercy of Allah, the Exalted, in this world and in the next. One must prove their servanthood and acceptance of Allah, the Exalted, as the Lord of the worlds, through sincere obedience; by fulfilling His commands, refraining from His prohibitions and by facing destiny with patience. Only then is a muslim in the right position to hope and rely on the infinite mercy of Allah, the Exalted, to save them in both worlds.

An important aspect of the Day of Recompense is the Scales, which will be used to weigh a person’s deeds; good and bad. This great event has been discussed throughout the Holy Quran, and the Hadith of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. For example, chapter 101 Al Qari’ah, verses 6 to 9:

“Then as for one whose scales are heavy [with good deeds]. He will be in a pleasant life. But as for one whose scales are light. His refugewill be an abyss.”

It is important for muslims to regularly assess their own deeds. As no one except Allah, the exalted, is better aware of them than themselves. When one honestly judges their own deeds it will inspire them to sincerely repent from their sins and encourage them towards righteous deeds. But the one who fails to regularly assess their deeds will lead a life of heedlessness, whereby they commit sins without sincerely repenting. This person will find the weighing of their deeds on the Day of Recompense extremely difficult. In fact, it may well cause them to be hurled into hell.

A clever business owner will always regularly assess their accounts. This will ensure their business heads in the right direction and ensures they complete all the necessary accounts such as a tax return correctly. But the foolish business owner will not regularly take accounts of their business. This will lead to a loss in profits and a failure in correctly preparing for their accounts. Those who fail to file their accounts correctly with the government face penalties, which only makes their lives more difficult. But the key thing to note is that the penalty of failing to correctly assess and prepare one’s deeds for the Scales of Judgment Day does not involve a monetary fine. Its penalty is more severe and truly unbearable. Chapter 99 Az Zalzalah, verses 7 and 8:

“So whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it. And whoever does an atom’s weight of evil will see it.”

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PODHADITH: SINCERITY – PART 3 of 3

The final thing mentioned in the Hadith found in Sahih Muslim, number 196, is sincerity towards the general public. This includes desiring the best for them at all times and showing this through one’s words and actions. It includes advising others to do good, forbidding them from evil, to be merciful and kind to others at all times. This can be summed up by a single Hadith found in Sahih Muslim, number 170. It warns that one cannot be a true believer until they love for others what they desire for themself.

Being sincere to people is so important that according to the Hadith found in Sahih Bukhari, number 57, the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, placed this duty next to establishing the obligatory prayer and donating the obligatory charity. From this Hadith alone one can understand its importance as it has been placed with two vital obligatory duties.

It is a part of sincerity towards people that one is pleased when they are happy and sad whenever they are grieved, as long as their attitude does not contradict the teachings of Islam. A high level of sincerity includes one going to extreme limits to make the lives of others better, even if this puts themself in difficulty. For example, one may sacrifice purchasing certain luxuries in order to donate the wealth to the needy. Desiring and striving to always unite people on good is a part of sincerity towards others. Whereas, dividing others is a characteristic of the devil. Chapter 17, Al Isra, verse 53:

“…Satan certainly seeks to sow discord among them…”

One way of uniting people is to veil the faults of others and advise them privately against sins. The one who acts in this way will have their sins veiled by Allah, the Exalted. This is confirmed in a Hadith found in Jami At Tirmidhi, number 1426. Whenever possible, one should advise and teach the aspects of religion and the important aspects of the world to others so that both their worldly and religious lives improve. A proof of one’s sincerity to others is that they support them in their absence, for example, from the slander of others. Turning away from others and only worrying about oneself is not the attitude of a Muslim. In fact, this is how most animals behave. Even if one cannot change the whole society they can still be sincere in helping those in their life, such as their relatives and friends. Simply put, one must treat others how they desire people to treat them. Chapter 28, Al Qasas, verse 77:

“…And do good as Allah has done good to you…”

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PODTAFSEER: CHAPTER 1, AL FATIHAH – VERSE 3

“the Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.” Chapter 1, Al Fatihah, verse 3.

Allah, the Exalted, has countless divine qualities but only two of them have been mentioned in this verse. The first is the Most Affectionate. The other is that Allah, the Exalted, is the Most Merciful. There are many possible interpretations of these two divine qualities. One is that Allah, the Exalted, is the Most Affectionate towards all of creation in this world but He is the Most Merciful to the muslims in both this world and in the hereafter. This is supported by chapter 33 Al Ahzab, verse 43:

“…Allah is All-merciful to the believers….”

The divine name Most Affectionate is exclusive to Allah, the Exalted. Therefore,  no one else should be named this. This is because the Most Affectionate means, the being whose mercy encompasses all. Such a characteristic can only be possessed by Allah, the Exalted. A person can only have the Most Affectionate in their name if their full name is “the servant of the Most Affectionate.” On the other hand, the merciful has been attributed to others such as the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. Chapter 9 At Tawbah, verse 128:

“There has certainly come to you a Messenger from among yourselves. Grievous to him is what you suffer; [he is] concerned over you [i.e., your guidance] and to the believers is kind and merciful.”

The Most Merciful in respect to Allah, the Exalted, means the One who does countless favours and is benevolent towards others. When used in reference to the creation it means soft-hearted, and compassionate. This is a quality all muslims must strive to achieve if they desire to be treated with mercy by Allah, the Exalted, the Most Merciful. This has been advised in a Hadith found in Sunan Abu Dawud, number 4941.

It is believed that these two divine qualities of Allah, the Exalted, have been mentioned straight after the previous verse, which declares the Lordship of Allah, the Exalted, in order to create a balance between fear and hope. Chapter 1 Al Fatihah, verse 2:

“[All] praise is [due] to Allah, Lord of the worlds.”

When one truly believes that Allah, the Exalted, is the Lord of the worlds it will push them towards fear of Him. If a person is inviting punishment when they cross the limits of a worldly king, can one imagine the seriousness of crossing the limits set by the Lord of the worlds? So in order to balance this fear, Allah, the Exalted, mentioned these two divine qualities of hope so that people understand that even though the punishment of Allah, the Exalted, is severe, He is also Most Merciful, and Most Affectionate.

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