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The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alyhi wasalam) said:
“I swear by the One other than whom there is no deity, one of you may do the deeds of the people of paradise right up until there is only an arm’s length between him and paradise, but his destiny overtakes him, so he does the actions of the people of the fire and enters it. And, verily, one of you may do the deeds of the people of hell until there is nothing between them and hell except for one arm’s length, but his destiny overtakes him, and so he does the deeds of the people of paradise, and enters it.” [Muslim]
Abu Bakr (May Allah be pleased with him) continuously supplicated to Allah (Azza Wajal) with the concern he may go astray, he would say: “O Allah, the turner of hearts! Make my heart constantly firm in your religion” and he would say “By Allah, I would not rest assured and feel safe from Allah’s punishment even if one of my feet was in Paradise”.
Just like the computer, a problem happened with it and he threw it away and didn’t fix it, in the same way he loses Islam and the battle against Shaytan.
Subhanallah, although Abu Bakr (May Allah be pleased with him) was given the good news of being guaranteed paradise, he would constantly ask Allah to make him firm in the religion and would only be sure of paradise until both his feet were in it.
Mu’awiyah b. Qurrah reports that Abu al-Darda (May Allah be pleased with him) used to say, “We ask Allah for a lasting faith (Emaan), true certainty and beneficial knowledge.”
Mu’awiyah b. Qurrah then said, “So this indicates that there is a type of faith that does not last, and a type of certainty that is not true, and a type of knowledge that is not beneficial.”
A person may have corruption and defect in his belief without knowing; here is an example and analogy:
Lets assume he bought a computer and he started working on that computer. In the first month it is working fine, the second month it is working fine, and then he puts it through a rigorous application and the computer failed and broke down. He takes it to see what the problem is and finds it had a defect from day one, he thought that the computer is brand new and nothings wrong with it, but there was something hidden.
In the same way, he could be living now thinking that his Emaan (faith) is perfect and his Aqeedah (belief) is fine, but without knowing he may have a Bida (innovation), have doubts about the Quran, doubts about the Anbiyah (Prophets), doubts about the laws of Allah (azza wajal), doubts about stoning the adulterer, doubts about the creation of Adam (Alayhi Salam), and he has these doubts in the corner of his heart, and then death approaches and Shaytan puts him through the test.
Things become difficult on him in those last moments, and that defect shows up. He finds out there was a corruption in his belief and because he discovered there is something wrong with it, he decides there is something wrong with Islam and tries to change Islam to fit his new beliefs, convenience and spare time.
Just like the computer, a problem happened with it and he threw it away and didn’t fix it, in the same way he loses Islam and the battle against Shaytan. That is why ibn Qayyim (May Allah have mercy on him) said,
“We don’t expect Allah would mislead anyone who was on the straight path except if that person had a hidden defect. We believe out of the mercy of Allah, Allah will not mislead him if that person had true righteousness.”
Allah (Azza Wajal) says,
“Say (O Muhammad ): “Shall We tell you the greatest losers in respect of (their) deeds? “Those whose efforts have been wasted in this life while they thought that they were acquiring good by their deeds! They are those who deny the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of their Lord and the Meeting with Him (in the Hereafter). So their works are in vain, and on the Day of Resurrection, We shall not give them any weight.” [Surah 18 Khaf verse 104-5]
Allah here is telling us about the biggest losers, they are the ones thinking they are doing right but they are doing wrong. They think changing the laws of Allah or denying Shariah is acceptable. They wish to change Islam to suit their new beliefs while knowingly rejecting clear-cut Islamic rulings with their 21st century interpretation/version of Islam.
Allah (Azza Wajal) did not allow any Tahreet (distorting the proof) and Tamtheel (resemblance) and Allah blessed this Ummah of Muhammad (salalahu ‘alyhi wasalam) that we have riwayah (narrations) and isnad (chains of narrations).
Tahreet is a way of changing and distorting the word and meaning like what happened to the people of Injeel (Bible) and Torah, not that the Torah and Injeel can be changed and distorted because it is the word of Allah, but the people pushed their tongue to change the word and meaning of the Torah and Injeel. Allah (Azza Wajal) says,
“There is among them a section who distort the book with their tongues: (As they read) you would think it is a part of the book, but it is not part of the book; and they say, ‘That is from Allah.’ But it is not from Allah: It is they who tell a lie against Allah, and (well) they know it!” [al-Imran (3) : 78]
Any person of knowledge who prefers this worldly life will eventually say about Allah things that are not true, because many a time, the rulings of Allah contradict people’s desires and wishes. (Al-Fawaa’id 185)
Imam Ali (May Allah be pleased with him) said:
“Know the truth to know its men” so if a righteous man says to you, ‘I have changed the meaning of clear cut verses of Allah.’ respond to him with:
“The truth is not known by men but men are known by the truth, change yourself not Islam!”
If Allah makes you stand up you will never fall, and if he lets you fall and leaves you to yourself, you will always fall.
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