14 February 2014 CE | 12 Rabbi al-Thanni 1435 AH

Hadith Explanation

Clear and True Faith

Some of the Companions of the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) came to him and said, “We have found something in our hearts which we are proud to speak about.” He asked them, “Have you really found it.” They (radi Allahu anhum) said, “Yes.” Then he (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “That is true faith.” [Muslim; Kitab al-Imaan]

Peace and sweetness, such as cannot be imagined unless once experienced, spring from a reassuring familiarity with the decree of Allah, which is reflected in submission, sincerity and worship. No desire, or will, or force of habit, can be given precedence over His will and command; there can be no attraction to anything that contradicts any of His Attributes; and there can be no desire that opposes His decree – and if ever such a thing does happen to such a person, then he simply dismisses it as the whispering of Shaytaan. Indeed, he would rather fall from the sky than give reality to such a thing within himself. This is clear and true faith.

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