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I Need Your Deeds

posted Aug 24, 2012, 11:45 AM by Global Peace and Research Foundation GPRF

By: Umar Shariff
(President DIET, Bangalore)

In times when I'm busy with my daily activities, I'm just able to fulfil the Fard (obligatory deeds) that are legislated by Allah. Sometimes I'm missing on many Sunnah (voluntary deeds), that would inshaallah earn the love of Allah. I'm in need of rewards from Allah, to get higher ranks in the hereafter. Yes, I'm in need of deeds.

I came across some people who recently apologised to me saying, "Sorry, I backbited you without knowing you well".

Backbiting is detested in Islam.

Allah says in the Qur'an,

“neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting). And fear Allaah. Verily, Allaah is the One Who forgives and accepts repentance, Most Merciful” (al-Hujuraat 49:12)

I came across some who have no control over their tongues, who end up in gossiping and backbiting. Yes, many have backbited me, and some have apologised. I tell them that it's fine; but I'm not willing to forgive them. I'm willing to help them and extend my brotherhood and compassion to them; but not willing to forgive them; for I'm desirous of their hard earned deeds. Yes, I'm a greedy man, greedy for their deeds.

One time Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam was amongst his companions, and asked them a question, "Do you know who is the one who is bankrupt?" They said, 'The bankrupt is the one who has no money and no possessions.' He said, 'Among my Ummah, the one who is bankrupt is the one who will come on the Day of Resurrection with prayer and fasting and Zakah (to his credit), but he will come having insulted this one, slandered that one, consumed the wealth of this one and shed the blood of that one, and beaten that one. So they will all be given some of his hasanaat (good deeds), and when his hasanaat run out, before judgment is passed, some of their saiyiyaat (sins) will be taken and cast onto him, then he will be cast into the Fire.'" (Muslim: 4/1998, Hadith no. 2581)

Yes, I'm all excited to know that, people are backbiting me. I'm very happy that deeds are in store for me inshaallaah.

All that I have to tell them is, " I'm not willing to forgive you for backbiting me; for I need your deeds."

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