Will you explain the hadith, "The best ones among you are the ones who make people remember Allah when they are seen"?
Submitted by on Tue, 28/11/2017 - 13:57
Dear Brother / Sister,
Some hadiths regarding the issue are as follows:
1. “When Allah’s best slaves are seen, Allah comes to mind. The worst slaves of Allah are the ones who bear tales to cause mischief, destroy the friendship between those who love each other and who want to cause innocent people to commit sins and fall into trouble." (Majmauz-Zawaid, h. no: 13140)
2. They asked, "Which people are better to be together with?" The Prophet answered: "Those who make people remember Allah when they are seen." (Majmauz-Zawaid, 1/226)
3. "The best ones among my ummah are thosewho make people remember Allah when they are seen. The worst ones among my ummah are those who bear tales, destroy the friendship between those who love each other and habitually cause trouble to innocent people." (Musnad, IV/277)
4. The Prophet (pbuh) was asked, "Who are the saints of Allah?" he answered: "They are such people that Allah comes to mind when they are seen." (Tabari, 4/2731)
5. They asked, "O Messenger of Allah! Which people with whom we sit are better?" The Prophet answered: "Those who make you remember Allah when they are seen, who increase your ilm when they speak and whose deeds remind you of the hereafter." (Abd b. Humayd, Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani, Matalibu Aliya, Tevhid Publications: 3/123)
The characteristic mentioned in the hadith is to place Islam in the first place in all phases of life. When a person tries to do everything in accordance with the consent of Allah, those who see him remember Allah from his deeds. The strongest means of conveying the message of Islam is tongue of one’s deeds; that is to convey the message of Islam with his deeds and attitudes. Reflecting Islam in one’s life is superior to telling people about Islam.
Mentioning Allah is a great fact advised in the Quran. Mentioning Allah also means remembering Allah. Reading the Quran, adhan, deeds of worshipping like prayers and fasting are also dhikr and they remind people of Allah.
The orders and prohibitions of the religion of Islam, which consists of belief and deeds, remind people of Allah; similarly, there are some people who obey Allah’s orders and prohibitions so perfectly, they became such nice models with their words and deeds that it is impossible not to remember Allah when they are seen.
For, worshipping has two aspects: One aspect is related to Allah and the other is related to His slaves. Thus, the best slaves worship and display their servitude wherever they are so much so that Allah comes to mind at once. That the expression “Allah’s slaves” exists in the hadith in meaning indicates what we mention.
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