Taneem ad-Dari (RA) said:
The Prophet (SAW) said (3x) “The religion is naseeha (sincerity and sincere advice).”
We said, “To whom?”
He said, “To Allah, His Book, His Messenger, and to the leaders of the Muslims and the general people.” (Saheeh Muslim No. 55)
So many times I find myself in the position of being advised. Let me be totally honest in saying that many of these times I did not graciously accept the advice. In all actuality I took offense and tried to defend my actions, even when I was in the wrong. You see we all have this little inner voice; you can call it your ego, or pride or what have you. Whatever you call it we should(myself included) learn how to silence it. Lest we find ourselves imitating Shaytan in his arrogant mannerisms.
I mean think about it. In most situations the people who take the time out to advise us when they see us erring are the ones who truly care about us. People like our parents, other family members, and our brothers and sisters in Islam. These good people are only trying to guide us, as opposed to those who sit back and say nothing. These naysayers may even partake in our evil deeds. Ask yourself, who really has your best interest?
In the spirit of enjoining the good and forbidding the evil we should all try to look out for each other. It’s a highly effective concept, because while you gently remind others, you yourself are reminded to do good. That brings me to an ayah that I came across in the Qur’an.
وَذَكِّرۡ فَإِنَّ ٱلذِّكۡرَىٰ تَنفَعُ ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ
“And remind (by preaching the Qur’an O Muhammad(SAW)) for verily, the reminding profits the believers.” (Adh-Dhariyat:55)
Indeed the speech of Allah is the best speech, and he knows what is best for his servants. So the next time you find yourself being prompted to remember Allah(SWT) by one of your peers, or a friend, or maybe by a complete stranger online, think twice before you put your dukes up!
“The religion is naseeha…”