KEEPING THE COMPANIONSHIP OF THE PIOUS AND ABSTAINING FROM BAD COMPANY – Bahaar E Shariat Vol16

Hadith 1: The example of a good companion and a bad companion is like that of the seller of musk and the one who blows the bellow of the blacksmith. As for the seller of musk, then either he will grant some of it to you, or you may buy some from him, or at least you will enjoy the pleasant fragrance from him. As for the one who blows the bellow of the blacksmith, then either he will burn your clothes or you will get an unpleasant smell from him.

Hadith 2: Keep only the companionship of a true believer.

Hadith 3: Sit amongst the elders and enquire from the Ulama and be friendly with the (Religious) Leaders.

Hadith 4: A Muslim, who associates with the people and is patient when they aggrieve him, is better than the Muslim who does not associate with them and is intolerant when they aggrieve him.

Hadith 5: A good companion is one, that when you remember Allah, he assists you and when you forget (to remember Allah), he reminds you.

Hadith 6: A good companion is one, that by seeing him, you remember Allah; and his conversations help you to increase your virtuous deeds and his deeds remind you of the hereafter.

Hadith 7: Do not keep the companionship of a person who does not acknowledge your position, like you acknowledge his position 1

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1. In other words, do not keep the company of a person who looks down on you, or it could mean that he is aware of his rights which you are responsible for, but he does not acknowledge your rights.
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Hadith 8: Hazrat Umar Radi Allahu anhu said ‘Do not involve yourself in that which is not beneficial to you; and stay away from your enemy and avoid your friend unless he is trustworthy, as there is none equivalent to one who is trustworthy and only one who fears Allah can be regarded as being trustworthy (An Ameen). And do not be in the company of a ‘Faajir’, for he will teach you sinful acts and do not discuss secretive issues before him; And in regards to your affairs, (only) take the advice  of those who fear Allah’.

Hadith 9: Hazrat Ali Radi Allahu anhu said ‘Do not establish a brotherly bond with a sinful person, for he will adorn his actions before you (i.e. make his wrongs look good), and he will desire that you too may become like him, and (in doing so), he will bring forth his worst traits, making them seem good before you. His association with you is flawed and shameless. Also, do not establish a brotherly bond (friendship) with a foolish person, for he will put himself into hardship and he will afford you no benefit, and at times, he will try to cause you benefit, but he will end up causing you loss. His silence is better than talking, and to keep him at a distance is better than his closeness, and his death is better than his life. And do not befriend a liar as well, for living with him will not bring you any benefit. He will carry your  issues to others and he will bring that which others say to you, and even if you are speaking the truth, he will not be truthful’.

IMAMAT RIGHTEOUS RELIGIOUS LEADERSHIP – Bahaar E Shariat Vol 1

Imamat (Religious Leadership) is of 2 categories. ‘Sughra’ and ‘Kubra’ Imamat-e-Sughra refers to the Imamat in Namaaz. Imamat-e-Kubra refers to leading the Muslims in Religious and worldly issues as the True Representative of the Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam. The authority that has been bestowed to the Imams (in the sense of Imamat-e-Kubra) is very dominant. The people do not even have the right to disobey their commands.

Every Muslim is obligated to follow them and adhere to their commands. There are however certain preconditions for a person to be appointed as the leader. The Imam must be a free person i.e. not a slave, he must be sane, an adult i.e. one who has reached puberty, he must be capable and he must be Qarshi as well, meaning that he should have connection to the Quraish. To be Alawi or to be Maasum is not a  condition. This condition is one that is stipulated by the raafdis (shias), as they do not agree with the other conditions.

They insist on the Imam being Hashmi, Alawi and Maasum. Their aim in doing so is to discredit and nullify the positions of the other 3 Khulafa, namely Hazrat Abu Bakr, Hazrat Umar and Hazrat Uthman رضى الله تعالى عنهما because these Khulafa were not from the families and lineage mentioned above. It must be noted that their Khilaafat has been unanimously accepted by all the Sahaba-e-Kiraam . رضى الله تعالى عنهما

Hazrat Maula Ali radi allahu anhu and Imam Hussain radi allahu anhu also accepted the Khilaafat of the other 3 Khulafa. As for the condition of being from the lineage of Hazrat Ali (Alawi), then this will also exclude Hazrat Ali radi allahu anhu and even his Khilaafat will be regarded as invalid according to them, since it is not possible for Hazrat Ali radi allahu anhu to be an Alawi, as this refers to his descendants.

The raafdis also believe that the Imam must be Maasum. This too is unacceptable just as we have already explained that only the Ambia عليهم السلام and Angels are Maasum.

Law: One being worthy of appointment as an Imam is not sufficient. It is necessary that he must be appointed by the preceding Imam or those Muslims that are appointed to handle the Religious affairs of the people.

Law: To follow the Imam (Khalifa) is absolutely Fard upon all Muslims. This however is on condition that his commands are in accordance with the Shariah. To follow anyone who commands anything contrary to the Shariah is disallowed.

Law: The Imam should be a person who is an Aalim. He should be a courageous person, or one who is assisted by the Ulama.

Law: The leadership (Imamat) of a woman or a Na Baaligh (one who has not reached puberty) is disallowed. If the preceding Imam has appointed a Na Baaligh as the Imam, then the people should appoint a guardian to carry out the duties until such time that he reaches puberty. The Na Baaligh will only be an honorary Imam. The actual Imam for this duration will be the appointed Guardian.

Belief: After the Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam the First Righteous Khalifa is Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique, followed by Hazrat Umar-e-Farooq, then Hazrat Uthman-e-Ghani, then Hazrat Ali-e-Murtuza and finally Hazrat Imam Hassan who ruled for six months رضى الله تعالى عنهما . These personalities are known as the ‘Khulafa-e-Raashideen’ and their Khilaafat is known as the ‘Khilaafat-e-Raashida’. Every one of them fulfilled their responsibilities and discharged their duties as true representatives of the Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam to the best of their abilities and with complete devotion. Read the rest of this entry »

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