Tears for Paradise. Tears of reflection, regret, and repentance. Tears of acceptance and submission to Allah, Lord of Creation and Master of the Day of Judgement. I have awakened from a slumber where I had forsaken my Creator and Master. I need to make amends, repent and run to my Master, Allah SWT before the end comes. Al Fatihah. May Allah be pleased with us all...ameen.
Sunday, 16 June 2013
Lack of justice is one of the major causes of problem at work and in our society at large.
Honour should be given to whom its due. People should be given what is due to them. Appointments, postings, promotions, etc. should be given based on competence rather than on sentiment, tribalism, favoritism, etc. By so doing, there will be progress and respect in our places of work. Wherever we find ourselves, we should be just and fair in all our dealing with fellows beings because Allah says:
“O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice as witness to Allah, even though it be against yourselves or your parents, or your kin, be the rich or poor, Allah is a better Protector to both (than you). So follow not the lust (of your hearts), lest you avoid justice; and if you distort your witness or refuse to give it, verily, Allah is Ever Well-Acquainted with what you do.” Ch4 VI35
Narrated Anas (R.A): The Prophet (S.A.W) was asked about the great sins.
He said, “They are:
To join others in worship with Allah.
To be undutiful to one’s parents.
To kill a person (which Allah has forbidden to be killed i.e to commit the crime of murdering).
And give a false witness.
(Sahih Al-Bukhari, Vol 3, Hadith No.821)
If one is charged with the responsibility of judging between people, he should do it with equity and justice. Any person charged with the responsibility of leading people should also fear Allah and discharge his duty with fear of Allah.
Narrated Abu Hurairah (R.A): The Prophet (S.A.W) said,
"Seven people will be shaded by Allah under His shade on the day (i.e Day of Resurrection) when there will be no shade except His. They are:
A just ruler;
A young man who has been brought up in the worship of Allah [i.e worships Allah (Alone) sincerely from his childhood];
A man whose heart is attached to the mosque (who offers the five compulsory congregational prayers in the mosques);
Two persons who love each other only for Allah’s sake and they meet and part in Allah’s Cause only;
A man who refuses the call of a charming woman of noble birth for illegal sexual intercourse with her and says: I fear Allah;
A person who practices charity so secretly that his left hand does not know what his right hand has given (i.e nobody knows what he has given in charity);
A person who remembers Allah in seclusion and his eyes become flooded with tears.”
(Salih Al-Bukhari, Vol 2, Hadith No.504)
From the above hadith, we see the virtues of being just. One does not have to be a king or a Governor to be called a ruler. As long as you have been entrusted with the responsibilities of even a few number of people, you are a ruler and you will be responsible for your actions.