Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Don't Say If

This is a reminder for me first, but I thought I'd share it here as well. It is reported in Saheeh Muslim, in Kitab ul-Qadr (The Book of Destiny), chapter 8. It seems really appropriate to my situation.

Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying:

A strong believer is better and is more lovable to Allah than a weak believer, and there is good in everyone, (but) cherish that which gives you benefit (in the Hereafter) and seek help from Allah and do not lose heart, and if anything (in the form of trouble) comes to you, don't say: If I had not done that, it would not have happened so and so, but say: Allah did that what He had ordained to do and your "if" opens the (gate) for the Shaytaan.


medgirl said...

Jazakallah for the reminder. I find myself doing that a lot. Its sometimes hard to remind myself of that when I'm really down. I'm trying to learn to hate the feeling when the stuff of this 'world' makes me sad.

Salaam, MedGirl

Amy said...

Wasalaam Medgirl, and jazakillahu khair for the comment. Sometimes it is really difficult to just open our hands and accept the Qadr of Allah.

Squeegie said...

I get the impression you don't listen to Hannity very much in that you categorize the "you're a great American" salutation as an expression of mindless conformity to the qualifications you listed. It's just a way for like-minded people to identify themselves as such. Heck, perhaps some of them even think of Sean as a great American. But mostly I think it's a way for people to voice their agreement with Sean's conservative leanings. Is there something that's hard to stomach about people agreeing with each other?

Amy said...

Squeegie, I think you meant to leave this comment on the A+ Civics post and not this one.

I definitely thought that saying "You're a great American" was mindless conformity, with an added bonus of exclusivity. "WE" who listen to Sean Hannity are great Americans while "THEY" who do not (i.e., liberals/leftists/democrats whatever) are not great Americans. So it also happened to be insulting.

And Sean does not have "conservative leanings." He is the conservative pole trying to pull as many people towards him as possible.