Tuesday, June 7, 2011

10 Signs of Scrupulous Piety (al-Wara`)

The sign of scrupulous piety (al-wara`) is considering ten things mandatory upon oneself:

  1. Guarding the tongue from backbiting due to the saying of the Most High: “Do not backbite one another.” [49:12]
  2. Shunning suspicion due to the saying of the Most High: “Avoid much [negative] assumption. Indeed, some assumption is sin.” [49:12] And also due to the saying of the Messenger, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, “Avoid suspicion, for airing suspicion is the most lying form of speech.” [Musnad Ahmad]
  3. Shunning mockery due to the saying of the Most High: “Let not a people ridicule another people; perhaps they may be better than them.” [49:11]
  4. Lowering gaze from forbidden things due to the saying of the Most High: “Tell the believing men to lower their gaze.”[24:30]
  5. Truthfulness of the tongue due to the saying of the Most High: “And when you speak, be just.” [6:152]
  6. Recognizing the blessings of Allah the Most High upon oneself in order to avoid conceitedness due to the saying of the Most High: “Rather, Allah has conferred favor upon you that He has guided you to the faith, if you should be truthful.”[49:17]
  7. Spending one’s wealth on good rather than bad things, due to the saying of the most High: “And those who, when they spend, do so not excessively or sparingly.” [25:67] Meaning, they do not spend on sinfulness and do not prevent obedience, “but are ever, between that, [justly] moderate.” [25:67]
  8. Not seeking haughtiness and pride for oneself, due to the saying of the Most High: “That home of the Hereafter We assign to those who do not desire exaltedness upon the earth or corruption.” [28:83]
  9. Maintaining with care the five prayers on time, with proper bowing and prostration, due to the saying of the Most High: “Maintain with care the [obligatory] prayers and [in particular] the middle [`asr] prayer and stand before Allah, devoutly obedient.” [2:238]
  10. Steadfastness upon the way of Sunnah and Jama`ah, due to the saying of the Most High: “And, this is My Path, which is straight, so follow it; and do not follow [other] ways, for you will be separated from His way. This has He instructed you that you may become righteous.” [6:153]

Imam as-Samarqandi
Tanbeeh al-Ghafileen 2:518-519 Translated by Islaam.com


majworld said...

nice guidelines for following the straight path..

Uni said...

Yeah, I so wish we could inculcate these habits in us so that they become part of our personalities.

Thanks for dropping by!

reedssss said...

nice n effective line for future thnksss for let us knw

Uni said...

Most welcome :) may Allah Enable us to follow all of these, Ameen!

JazakAllah for dropping by!

Mohammad Zafar said...

Jazakillah for reminding. Certainly reminding helps the believers.

Tauqeer said...

'Jazak Allah khair' for the reminder :)

Uni said...

@Mohammad Zafar and Tauqeer
BarakAllah !!