Sunday, May 13, 2012

Rejoice in the "concessions" of Allaah تبارك وتعالى

بـسـم الله والحـمـد لله والـصلاة والـسـلام عــلى رسـول الله، وبـعـد

On the authority of `Abdullaah ibn `Umar رضي الله عنهما that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “Allaah تبارك وتعالى loves that you accept His concessions in the same way as He hates that you approach evil deeds.”

[Musnad Imaam Ahmad (5832, 5839), Saheeh Ibn Hibbaan (2742), and graded as “Saheeh” by Shaikh al-Albaanee in Irwaa’ al-Ghaleel (564), Saheeh al-Targheeb (1051) and Saheeh al-Jaami` (1886)]


And in another narration the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “Allaah تبارك وتعالى loves that you accept His concessions in the same way as you love to accept His obligations.”

[Reported on the authority of Ibn `Umar رضي الله عنهما by Ibn Hibbaan (3568) and al-Baihaqee (4984). It was also reported on the authority of Ibn `Abbaas رضي الله عنهما by Ibn Hibbaan (354). It was also reported on the authority of Ibn Mas`ood رضي الله عنه by al-Tabaraanee (2581) and graded as “Saheeh” by Shaikh al-Albaanee in al-Irwaa’ al-Ghaleel (564), Saheeh al-Targheeb (1052) and Saheeh al-Jaami` (1885)]


What does it mean by “concessions”?

Allaah’s concession in religion doesn’t mean that one pray’s whenever he wants and abandons the prayers as and when he likes, neither does it mean that one becomes lenient or lax in religious obligations.

The concession here is choosing the easier of the two options as long they are not sinful:

Narrated `Aaishah رضي الله عنها: “Whenever Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم was given the choice of one of two matters he would choose the easier of the two as long as it was not sinful to do so, but if it was sinful, he would not approach it.” [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (3560, 6126, 6786) and Saheeh Muslim (4301, 4302)]


Why the need for “concessions”?

Narrated Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه: The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “Religion is very easy and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near to perfection and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded; and gain strength by worshipping in the mornings and in the nights.” [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (38)]


What are the types “concessions”?

A few examples are:


*Reduction in the number of prayers from 50 times a day to 5 times, but the reward remaining the same:

In the long Hadeeth about the Prophet’s صلى الله عليه وسلم night ascension to the Heavens, the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “Allaah تعالى said: {These are five prayers and they are all (equal to) fifty (in reward) for My Word does not change.} [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (349, 3342, 7517) and Saheeh Muslim (242)]


*Reduction in the number of raka`aat for the traveler, or while fearing the enemies, or during a war:

On the authority of Ya`laa bin Umayyah: He said: I said to `Umar bin al-Khattaab رضي الله عنه (about the verse): {There is no blame on you if you shorten the prayer if you fear that those who disbelieve will trouble you}. But the people are safe (now)”. He said: ‘I was wondering about that just as you are wondering. So, I asked the Prophet of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم about it. He صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “It is a charity which Allaah has granted you, so accept it.” [Saheeh Muslim (1114)]


*Delay in fasting for the sick and the traveler:

On the authority of Hamza bin `Amr al-Aslamee رضي الله عنه that he said: “Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم, I find strength in me for fasting on a journey; is there any sin upon me (in doing it)?” Thereupon the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “It is a concession from Allaah. He who took advantage of it, it is good for him, and he who preferred to observe fast, there is no sin upon him.” [Saheeh Muslim (1898)]


Religion is easy; don’t make it difficult for yourself.

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