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Make Receptive to Advice

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said to Ali (radi Allahu anhu): “O Ali! You have a large share in Paradise. Do not look at a non-Mahram again after the first unintentional look. The unintentional look is forgiven.” [Musnad Bazzar]

In this Hadith the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) is telling us that if we unintentionally look at a non-Mahram, Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) will forgive us for it, but not for continuing to look or looking intentionally. We are so weak! May Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) help us to seek His pleasure.

From this Hadith we also learn one of the precious ways in which the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) would correct and advise people. We see that he (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) started by giving Ali (radi Allahu anhu) good news. By telling him of a large share in Paradise for him he was indirectly complimenting him. Then he proceeded to tell him how to guard his good fortune by refraining from the sin of looking at non-Mahram women.

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) and His Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) have taught us all the wisdom (Hikmah) that humanity can possibly attain to. It is our foolishness that makes us turn towards others and look elsewhere for it.

Let us also practice this tip, if the need arises to correct someone’s un-Islamic behavior. Praise the person sincerely and truthfully, everybody has some good in them. This will make them more receptive to advice and eager to do even better since they have been praised.

The Slave Who Taught Manners

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) taught us to say: “O Allah, I ask You for the good that Your slave and Prophet has asked You for, and I seek refuge with You from the evil from which Your slave and Prophet sought refuge.” [Ibn Majah]

While this is a short yet comprehensive Dua and part of a larger invocation it also tells us that regardless of the position any one of us holds with respect to any other human, in relation to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala), we are all His slaves. The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) was Allah’s slave and each human being is Allah’s slave, willing or unwilling!

Hasan Basri (rahimatullahu alaihi), a Tabiee who had the good fortune of having met a hundred and twenty Sahabah, bought a slave. He asked the slave, “O slave, what is your name?” The slave replied, “Sir! Slaves do not have a name except that by which their master addresses them.”

Hasan Basri (rahimatullahu alaihi) then asked him, “What do you prefer to eat?” The slave replied, “Sir, a slave has no preferences of food. Whatever the master provides, he eats. Whatever he feeds one, one eats.”

Hasan Basri (rahimatullahu alaihi) then asked, “What clothing do you prefer to wear?” To this, the slave replied, “Sir, slaves have no preferences pertaining to clothes. Whatever the master dresses them in, are their clothes. With whatever he clothes, one wears.”

On hearing this Hasan Basri (rahimatullahu alaihi) fell unconscious.

On regaining consciousness he said, “I have set you free.” The freed slave firstly thanked him by saying “JazakAllah” and then asked, “What was the basis of freeing me? Due to what happiness do I owe my freedom?” Hasan Basri (rahimatullahu alaihi) replied, “You have taught me the meaning of true servitude to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala).”

Thus, whatever Allah feeds one with, one must happily eat; whatever He clothes one with, one must happily wear; and the wife He grants one, be pleased with her.