Narrated Ma’qil, he heard the Prophet (ﷺ) saying, “Any man whom Allah has given the authority of ruling some people and he does not look after them in an honest manner, they will not enter Paradise nor smell its fragrance.”
Hudzaifah (r.a) also said, “Allah’s Apostle (ﷺ) related to us two prophetic narrations, one of which I have seen fulfilled and I am waiting for the fulfillment of the other. The Prophet told us that the virtue of honesty descended in the roots of men’s hearts (from Allah) and then they learned it from the Qur’an and then they learned it from the Sunnah (the Prophet’s traditions).
The Prophet (ﷺ) further told us how that honesty will be taken away: He said: ‘Man will go to sleep during which honesty will be taken away from his heart and only its trace will remain in his heart like the trace of a dark spot; then man will go to sleep, during which honesty will decrease further still, so that its trace will resemble the trace of a blister as when an ember is dropped on one’s foot which would make it swell, and one would see it swollen but there would be nothing inside. People would be carrying out their trade but hardly will there be a trustworthy person. It will be said, ‘in such-and-such tribe there is an honest man,’ and later it will be said about some man, ‘What a wise, polite and strong man he is!’ Though he will not have faith equal even to a mustard seed in his heart.”
No doubt, there came upon me a time when I did not mind dealing (bargaining) with anyone of you, for if he was a Muslim his Islam would compel him to pay me what is due to me, and if he was a Christian, the Muslim official would compel him to pay me what is due to me, but today I do not deal except with such-and-such person.’” – Sahih Bukhari 504, vol 8.
“There is no faith for the one who has no trust.“
Brothers and Sisters,
We know that there is nothing more valuable than faith in the Hereafter. The Prophet (ﷺ) said, which means: “A person shall not enter Paradise without faith.” Then the Prophet (ﷺ) said in another hadith: “There is no faith for the one who has no trust.” – Sahih Muslim.
Trust (al-Amanah) is a virtuous character of a Muslim. Trust can be divided into various categories:
1. We are an Amanah of Allah it is obligatory for us to save ourselves from His punishment and leave what Allah has prohibited for us.
2. Our children and our wive(s) are an Amanah upon us.
3. The Qur’an is an Amanah – for us to read, understand and maintain its laws.
4. As-Sunnah is an Amanah of the Prophet’s (ﷺ) to his people to avoid slander (fitnah) from arising.
5. Work is an Amanah it must be carried out with the utmost commitment and sincerity.
6. The country is an Amanah for those who have been entrusted by Allah to ensure that justice and peace are maintained. Just as the military, police and immigration officials are entrusted to protect all, a leader should be just to everyone and not just to a certain party or selected groups of people. That is the trust of the people on the leader.
As humans, we acknowledge that we have many weaknesses. As such, it is important for everyone to help, remind and work with one another to ensure peace and justice are upheld – whether in the family, household, or the country.
When a leader is trustworthy, both the country and its people will prosper. Allah easily forgives the sins and accepts the repentance of those people who are good. With His Mercy and Forgiveness, Allah may bless a country to prosper, shower His Mercy from the heavens and the earth and increase His favours upon them.
We ask Allah to forgive our sins, and to accept the fasting in Ramadan, the prayers and acts of worship that have been done with faith and sincerity in accordance with the Prophet’s (ﷺ) Sunnah. Because worship without faith has no value, worship with faith but without sincerity has no value, and worship with faith and sincerity without following the Sunnah of the Prophet (ﷺ) will not be accepted.
We call on all those who love Allah and His Messenger (ﷺ) to work together to save ourselves, our families and our country from the trials of damage, destruction and persecution. Ameen.
Sheikh Hussain Yee