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Post by Aysha Bash on Sat 05 Mar 2016, 8:44 am

Characteristics of the people of
Paradise–
A perfect world.
The “every man’s dream”.
Allah swt promises us this perfect world
and tells us about “…. a garden as wide
as the heavens and earth, prepared for
the righteous ” (Surah Ale Imran 3:133)
The magnificent creation made for us by
Our Lord.
Our merciful Lord tells us the
characteristics we need to reach this
splendid place,in the next verse
“Who spend [in the cause of Allah ]
during ease and hardship and who
restrain anger and who pardon the
people – and Allah loves the doers of
good,” (Surah Ale Imran 3 :134)
But we need to beware of Shaitan and his
tricks which are aimed at us falling short
of being the people of Paradise.
Let’s see what they are and what tricks
shaitan can play on us :
1. “spend [in the cause of Allah ]
during ease and hardship” 3:134
The primary context that comes to our
mind when we read this verse is our
wealth.
But, Allah swt wants us to think more
deeply as He uses the word “anfaq
(spend)” in this verse and not “amwaal
(wealth)” here.
Our time,resources,
intelligence,beneficial knowledge, good
manners are all part of our provision
from Allah swt.
When we have the time, we visit the
sick,are cordial to people, share the news
of deals in the market, but when we are
pressed for time,or going through a
tough period in our lives, what do we
do? We stop calling people, get irritable.
when we feel that the sales are few, we
don’t share the news with others, lest we
lose out on the good stuff.
How much time,money,resources would
we lose in making a quick call, or
dropping a message or smiling even
while rushing?A warm quick hug ,
donuts for the kids, sharing just one
useful information on Facebook , putting
one dollar instead of 5 in the donation
box.
We must constantly strive to ‘spend” of
our provisions as ” the most beloved of
deeds to him was a righteous deed which
a person persists in doing, even if it is
something small.”(Ibn Majah : Vol. 1,
Book 37, Hadith 4237)
But shaitan tries to trick us by trying his
best to delude us painting the false
picture of poverty(Surah Baqarah 2:268),
or by trying to worry us about losing
precious time.
Allah swt calls spending in His way a
“loan to Him”, and He says , ” Who is it
that would loan Allah swt a goodly loan
so He may multiply it for him many
times over? And it is Allah swt who
withholds and grants abundance, and to
Him you will be returned.” (Surah
Baqarah 2:245)
2.“restrain anger ” 3:134
To understand the depth of this
characteristic, let’s see what these words
in arabic mean.
“Kazim” literally means to suppress some
thing, to close the mouth of a water
container and “Ghaiz” means to express
an anger in which the blood pressure
shoots up. How we felt that surge of heat
when some one made a belittling remark
at us? or when some one quickly parked
in our spot for which we had been
patiently waiting? Or when our children
just don’t seem clean up or our spouse
seems inconsiderate?
There are three levels of “anger” with
the lowest ranging from, just giving a
“look”, to the moderate one being not
smiling,and snapping back in retaliation ,
banging doors, yelling , stamping feet
being the highest level.
Bitter words escape our mouth, wrongful
actions are done by our limbs. And in
the end, all that is left to gain is deep
regret.
Shaitan does not want us to control our
anger. He strokes our ego and fuels our
emotions , so that we ,instead of letting
go of that remark , we snap back in
anger. Instead of moving on in that
hurtful situation, we stay and fume,
some times planning our revenge in
anger, wasting both our time and energy.
But what does Allah swt want us to do at
this time?
Allah swt wants us hold it, as His
messenger (ﷺ) said, “The strong is not the
one who overcomes the people by his
strength, but the strong is the one who
controls himself while in anger.” (Sahih
al-Bukhari :Book 78, Hadith 141)
There is no sip greater in reward near
Allah than the sip of anger; the servant
suppresses it seeking the pleasure of
Allah.” (Ibn Majah).
3.”who pardon the people” – 3:134
“Afeen” in the arabic language is made
up of the huroof, win , fa , wow.
These words mean, to to obliterate
without any traces, forgo,forgive.
We see a beautiful selection of words by
Allah swt here again. Instead of using the
word “ghafireen” which means to “
protect, cover over, hide, forgive.
And forgiveness in the english language
means “ the act of escaping a mistake or
offense”.
The difference between the two arabic
words powerfully impacts the act of the
forgiveness.
Allah swt wants us not to just forgive,
but to forgive in a manner, that
obliterates all traces of the incident in
our minds. So that we don’t hold any ill
feelings in our hearts for the people who
have been unjust to us.
Allah swt warns us that “…Indeed, Satan
induces [dissension] among them. Indeed
Satan is ever, to mankind, a clear
enemy.” (Surah Al Isra :53)
Shaitan, will try to fuel our emotions of
hurt,anger, sorrow by reminding us
about the incident again and again.
The key lies in consciously forgiving the
person ,doing once’s best not to let
oneself dwell in that incident and
focusing on the reward that one gets for
doing this.
“..and let them pardon and overlook.
Would you not like that Allah should
forgive you? And Allah is Forgiving and
Merciful.” (Surah An Nur: 22)
Allah swt loves those people who forgive
and HE forgives them their sins.
What can be better than His love and His
forgiveness?
What we have to contemplate about is, “
what is more valuable to us, His love
and forgiveness Or our anger and
revenge”?
If the former is more precious to us,
then the it is inconsequential whether
the person deserves our anger and
pardon or not.
“Our Lord, forgive us our sins and the
excess [committed] in our affairs and
plant firmly our feet and give us
victory over the disbelieving people. ”
3:147

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