HINDRANCES ON THE PATH – Book Sample
Contents – HINDRANCES ON THE PATH
- First Hindrance
- Neglecting the Rights of the Neighbors
- Second Hindrance
- Lie regarding Marriage
- Third Hindrance
- Exposing One’s Secrets
- Fourth Hindrance
- Not observing Veil
- Fifth Hindrance
- Delaying Marriage
- Sixth Hindrance
- Not neglecting shortcomings of each other
- Seventh Hindrance
- Interfering in the Affairs of Others
- Eighth Hindrance
- Minors Mistakes
- Ninth Hindrance
- Evil Talking
- Tenth Hindrance
- Neglecting Children
- Eleventh Hindrance
- Bad treatment with Parents
- Twelfth Hindrance
- Neglecting the Rights of Parents
- Thirteenth Hindrance
- Evil Companions
- Fourteenth Hindrance
- Not Wearing Proper Islamic Hijab
- Fifteenth Hindrance
- Not caring for the Children
- Sixteenth Hindrance
- Discouraging Wife
- Seventeenth Hindrance
- Exposing the Family Secrets
- Eighteenth Hindrance
- Exposing the Beauty
- Nineteenth Hindrance
- Not Raising the Children in a Good Manner
- Twentieth Hindrance
- Not enjoying good and not Forbidding Evil
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
“Verily, the Muslims ((those who submit to Allah in Islam)) men and women, the believers men and women ((who believe in Islamic Monotheism)), the men and- the women who are obedient ((to Allah)), the men and women who are truthful ((in their speech and deeds)), the men and the women who are patient ((in performing all the duties which Allah has ordered and in abstaining from all that Allah has forbidden)), the men and the women who are humble ((before their Lord – Allah)), the men and the women who give Sadaqdt ((i.e., Zakdt and alms)), the men and the women who observe Saum ((fast)) ((the obligatory fasting during the month of Ramadan, and the optional Nawdfil fasting)), the men and the women who guard their chastity ((from illegal sexual acts)) and the men and the women who remember Allah much with their hearts and tongues. Allah has prepared for them forgiveness and a great reward ((i.e., Paradise)).” ((33:35))
Introduction – HINDRANCES ON THE PATH
All praises are due to Allah, Lord of all that exists, and may Allah’s peace and blessings be on the most honorable Prophet and Messenger, Muhammad, his progeny and Companions.
The Path to the Hereafter is long and hard and contains hindrances, barriers, shortcomings and errors. However, whenever any Muslim, male or female, falls into a type of shortcoming, he or she follows the mistake with repentance, invoking Allah for forgiveness, returning to Him and seeking His Pardon.
There are many types of hindrances that Muslims might face on the Path ((to Allah and His reward in the Hereafter)). Some examples of these hindrances are: laziness in performing the compulsory acts of worship, ignoring voluntary worship, excessive indulgence in disliked acts ((that Allah and His Messenger: i did not prefer for Muslims, even though they are not a part of the prohibitions)) and committing what Allah has disallowed; the accompanying sign for all of this being the wastefulness of time and energy.
No matter if the hindrances on the Path are few or many, they are still difficult barriers to surmount for those who have not prepared themselves adequately for this task.
It is a fact that sometimes, falling into shortcomings might signal the beginning of righteousness and a path that directs to repentance. If so, then one stays on the Path firmly until he or she reaches its end, when the sun of this life sets for the last time and the sun of the Hereafter rises, where the believers dwell in the Garden of Eden in delight and comfort. We ask Allah to gather us all in that dwelling.
Neglecting the Rights of the Neighbors
It is the sacred month of Ramadan, when Muslims are fasting in obedience to Allah and to draw closer to Him; stomachs are hungry and the sunset is near. The family sits around the table on which the food for breaking the fast is placed. Every eye especially the children’s, are following the mother in anticipation of the tasty food and drink that she has prepared for them. A few moments to break the fast remains, hands have been washed and sleeves rolled up.
Then, the voice of the Mu ‘adhdhin ((who calls the Adhan -the call to prayer)) announces the termination of the tenth day of the sacred month. In haste, all hands race toward the plates, when all of a sudden, the sound of the bell shatters the silence of the moment.
They wonder who would be coming at this very moment. One of the youngers who fasted until half the day only, ((because he is still young and not required to fast the entire day yet)) rushes to the door and inquires, “Who is it?” A voice that has weakened by hunger and shyness answers, “I am you neighbor.”
The boy went back to his mother in a hurry to tell her and a sense of anxiety overtakes the family, “What brought our neighbor at this time? Has any harm touched her or one of her children?” His mother suddenly remembered that her neighbor’s husband has been absent for some time and she rushes to open the door, welcome her neighbor and ask her, “What is it, I hope to Allah that everything is alright?”
Her neighbor lowered her head and said in a shy voice
Her neighbor lowered her head and said in a shy voice, “We are looking for something to break our fast. My children are hungry and I am still fasting.” So the mother pulls her neighbor kindly in and offers her, her kindness and generosity.
When the father went out for mosque to join the prayer in congregation, he lays his eyes on his neighbor’s house and realizes that only a wall separates between hunger and full stomachs, poverty and abundance. He asks himself, ‘Our neighbor only came to us when extreme need struck her.
How is it that we did not ask about her condition? Why did we not visit her? Why did she come to us, is it because we are the closest neighbors to her, or because she is shy and feared that her own people would know that she is in need?’
There are many families who live in the same condition, living in intolerable conditions and lacking the ability to sustain their needs of food and drink. We should all fear Allah’s torment, for we go to sleep with the stomach full while our Muslim neighbors suffer from hunger, our relatives overwhelmed by sadness and our friends in desperate need.
Once, a relative of mine conducted research in a charity organization and came to know that some families, who belong to sub-tribes, known for their wealth, are among the recipients. He mentioned some family names, the rich members of whom can spend on their extended family and relatives for the rest of their lives from the charity they should pay in one year!
Materialism has shot its poisoned arrows at the hearts of many Muslims so much that it is feared the Muslim community will be affected in such and adverse way that the brother does not know or have contact with his own brother, and the same for relatives and neighbors.
If we are not at the side of our relatives and neighbors in difficult times, when will we do that, when Allah sends down His relief to them and they thus overcome the hardship? No, there are orphans, widows and needy people all around
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