admin on September 9th, 2010

All throughout our lives our environments change but there is one thing that remains constant, no matter what situation we may fall into. This is the fact that we are constantly in a relationship with Allah. With each emotion that we feel that results into action, we are paving our path way to our permanent abode in the After Life.

There are four main states that we may find ourselves in

1. The State of Blessings

2. The State of Hardships

3. The State of Sins

4. The State of Obedience

These four states are not completely separated from one another, and a person may be going through more than one at the same time. With each one of these states, there is a specific form of worship that is mandated.

The State of Blessings

In the state of ni`am, or blessings, the believers should respond with Shukr. Shukr is often times translated as “gratitude,” however it encompasses more than just that. There are three parts to shukr and if one of these parts is not present, the shukr is not complete. The blessing must be reflected in:

o Your heart

· Strive to be pleased internally with what Allah has bestowed upon you. Never think “I deserve this” or “I earned this myself.”

o Your limbs

· Be sure not to commit any haraam with the blessing that Allah has bestowed upon you. This is the epitome of ungratefulness.

o Your tongue

· Thank Allah verbally and be sure to not boast about what has been bestowed upon you.

We must also remember that if you are thankful during times of ease and blessings, Allah will increase those blessings. On the other hand, if you are ungrateful, the blessings that Allah has bestowed upon you will decrease and eventually perish.

The State of Harships

In the state of Al-Balaa’, or hardships, the believer should respond with Sabr. Sabr is to have patience and ridda (acceptance) of the state that you have been placed in. One does not have to be pleased with their current situation, but they should acknowledge that the All-Knowing, the All-Seeing, has allowed them to be in this state so it must be for the best. During this time one should also increase in acts of worship and obedience to Allah subhanahu wa ta`la.

The State of Sins

Being human, we will all be in states of sin at one point or another. Our beloved Messenger, sal Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam, said “Every son of Adam is a sinner, and the best of sinners is the one who seeks forgiveness.” From the words of Rasul Allah we see that when we are in the state of sin, we should react to this by doing istighfaar, or seeking forgiveness. It is not enough to simply mutter a “I’m sorry God” and return to our daily routine, rather there are parts to istighfaar and if one of them is not there, the istighfar is not complete. The istighfar must encompass:

· Renouncing the sin

· Firm intention to never return to the sin

· Regret over having committed the sin

· If the sin was against the rights of another human being: compensate for that wrong doing.

The State of Obedience

In the state of obedience (I ask that this is our most frequented state)the believer should respond with striving to maintain ikhlaas while doing his or her actions as well as responding with Shukr.  Any action, if done for the wrong intention, will not be accepted. We learn this from the first hadeeth in Imam An-Nawawi’s forty hadeeth collection:

“Actions are (judged) by motives (niyyah), so each man will have what he intended. Thus, he whose migration (hijrah) was to Allah and His Messenger, his migration is to Allah and His Messenger; but he whose migration was for some worldly thing he might gain, or for a wife he might marry, his migration is to that for which he migrated.”

Shaytaan often times, finding us in an obedient state, will begin to use his whispers to cause us to be arrogant. Arrogance is one of the most tempting, yet destructive sins that one can fall into. Remember that the sin that shaytaan committed was a sin out of arrogance and he is now destined to eternal destruction. A way to combat these whispers is to display shukr. Remember that Allah is the one who allowed you to be obedient. Any good that you do should be attributed to the blessing of Allah upon you, not the righteousness of your own soul. And the more you thank him for allowing you to be obedient, the more He will bestow upon you the means to be obedient.

I ask Allah to cause us to be of those who respond in the appropriate manner no matter what state we are in