Assalamu Alaikum.

[Those of you who are not readers of my Ramadan blog might find the post title exceptionally strange. Those of you who are readers of that blog will find it completely normal (for me that is).]

So I’ve been MIA from all my blogs, save for the Ramadan one (all the links are on the right hand side under Blogroll). I thought I’d start a new series on Tafseer whereby I would post short bits and pieces  on various ayaat of the Quran, insha-Allah. The point is so that we can apply the Quran step by step, insha-Allah.

Will it be a daily thing? I have no idea. Would you like it to be a daily thing? Let me know, insha-Allah.

So, here’s the first ayaah:

“And those who give that which they give with their hearts full of fear because they are sure to return to their Lord (for reckoning).” [Al-Muminoon (23) : 60]

Who are these guys (or girls), you ask? Well, Aisha (radiallahu anha) already did that for us:

Aishah, the wife of the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said; “I asked the Messenger of Allah about this verse: “And those who give that which they give with their hearts full of fear…”.” Aishah said: “Are they those who drink alcohol and steal?” He said: “No, O daughter of As-Siddiq! They are those who fast, perform salaah, give charity while they fear that their Lord will not accept it from them. It is these who hasten to do good deeds, and they are the foremost of them.” [Sunan At-Tirmidhi, Hadeeth No. 3175. Graded ”saheeh” by Al-Albani in Saheeh Sunan At-Tirmidhi, Hadeeth No. 3175 ]

What does this hadeeth tell us? Well, for one, it clears the misconception that many Muslims have regarding the acceptance of deeds. I’ve come across people who think that one needs to be CERTAIN that Allah has accepted their deeds – and this is a big mistake. How can one be certain of something that is known only to Allah???

As the hadeeth proves, the great people are actually those who fear that their deeds might not be accepted. However, they do hope that Allah has accepted their deeds. And this is what the believer does – he lives between fear and hope.

Another lesson that we learn from this hadeeth is that this fear drives these people into doing more good deeds. They don’t rest on their laurels. And how can they? The time for rest is in Paradise, not in this world. Remember: Paradise is earned. It will not drop into our laps.

May Allah make us from amongst the foremost. Ameen.

PS. Any suggestions on the format for these reminders would be more than welcome, insha-Allah.