Be amongst the few

When Umar bin al-Khattab radi allahu `anhu (may God be pleased with him) was walking in the market, he passed by a man who was supplicating, “O Allah, make us of Your ‘few’ servants! O Allah make us of Your ‘few’ servants!”

So ‘Umar said to him, “Where did you get this du`a’ (supplication) from?” And the man said, “Allah in His Book says ‘And few of My servants are grateful.’(Qur’an 34:13)” So ‘Umar wept and admonished himself, “The people are more knowledgeable than you, O Umar! O Allah make us of Your ‘few’ servants.”

Sometimes when you advise someone to leave a sin, they respond with “But most people do it, it’s not just me!” But if you look for the words “most people” in the Qur’an, you will find that most people “do not know” (7:187), “do not give thanks” (2:243) and “do not believe” (11:17). And if you look for “most of them”, you will find that most of them are “defiantly disobedient” (5:59), “ignorant” (6:111), “turning away” (21:24), “do not reason” (29:23), and “do not listen” (8:21).

So be of the “few”, whom Allah says about them:

“And few of My servants are grateful.” (34:13)

“But none had believed with him, except a few.” (11:40)

“In the Gardens of Pleasure, A [large] company of the former peoples, And a few of the later peoples.” (56:12-14)

Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said, “Go on the path of truth and do not feel lonely because there are few who take that path, and beware of the path of falsehood and do not be deceived by the greatness of the perishers.”

:مرَّ قوم براهب في دير فقالوا له : متى عيد أهل هذا الدير ؟ قال

 يوم يغفر لأهله .

ليس العيد لمن لبس الجديد ، إنما العيد لمن طاعاته تزيد .

ليس العيد لمن تجمل باللباس و الركوب ، إنما العيد لمن غفرت له الذنوب .

في ليلة العيد تفرق خلق العتق و المغفرة على العبيد .

فمن ناله منها شيء فله عيد و إلا فهو مطرود بعيد .

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Ibn Al-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

"The year is a tree.

And the months are its branches.

And the days are its twigs.

And the hours are its leaves.

And the breathing is its fruit.

So the one whose respiration is in obedience: then the fruit of his tree will be good; and the one whose case is in sinfulness: then his fruit will be colocynth (a type of bitter plant). And indeed the reaping will be on The Day of Return.

And it is at the reaping wherein the sweet form of the fruit will become distinct from its bitter.

Ikhlaas (sincerity) and Tawheed are a tree in the heart; and their branches are the actions; and their fruit is: a well-disposed life in the dunya – as well as everlasting bliss in the Hereafter.

Just as the fruit of Paradise is not cut off (due to season) nor is it out of reach;[1]accordingly the fruit of Tawheed and Ikhlaas in the dunya are likewise.

Shirk and lying and riyaa [2] are a tree in the heart; and their fruit in the dunya is: fear and anxiety and sorrow and a constricted chest and a darkness of the heart.

And their fruit in the Hereafter is: Az-Zaqqoom [3] and an everlasting punishment.

Indeed – Allaah has mentioned both of these two trees in Soorah Ibraheem. [4]”

(Taken from: Al-Fawaa-id p.261)

[1] A reference to His saying The Most High:

{وَفَاكِهَةٍ كَثِيرَةٍ. لّا مَقْطُوعَةٍ وَلا مَمْنُوعَةٍ}

((And an abundance of fruit. Neither limited [to season] nor forbidden.)) (Al-Waaqi’ah: 32-33)

[2] Al-Jurjaanee said riyaa is: “abandoning Ikhlaas in actions due to observing other than Allaah in that.” Ibn Hajar stated: “riyaa is manifesting worship with the intent that the people should see it and so they praise its performer.” (See: Nadratun Na’eem vol 10 p.4552)

[3] As He, The Most High states:

{إِنَّ شَجَرَةَ الزَّقُّومِ طَعَامُ الأثِيمِ}

((Indeed the tree of Az-Zaqqoom. Will be the food of the sinners.)) (Ad-Dukhaan: 43-44)

[4] That is in His saying The Most High:

{أَلَمْ تَرَى كَيْفَ ضَرَبَ اللَّهُ مَثَلًا كَلِمَةً طَيِّبَةً كَشَجَرَةٍ طَيِّبَةٍ أَصْلُهَا ثَابِتٌ وَفَرْعُهَا فِي السَّمَاءِ }

 {تُؤْتِي أُكُلَهَا كُلَّ حِينٍ بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهَا وَيَضْرِبُ اللَّهُ الأَمْثَالَ لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَذَكَّرُونَ}

{وَمَثَلُ كَلِمَةٍ خَبِيثَةٍ كَشَجَرَةٍ خَبِيثَةٍ اجْتُثَّتْ مِنْ فَوْقِ الأَرْضِ مَا لَهَا مِنْ قَرَارٍ}

((Do you not see how Allaah sets forth a parable; a good word – the like of a good tree, whose root is firmly fixed and its branches (reach) to the sky. It produces its fruit all the time, by permission of its Lord, and Allaah sets forth parables for mankind in order that they may remember. And the parable of a bad word is the like of a bad tree; uprooted from the surface of the earth having no stability.)) (Ibraheem: 24-26)