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Sālih bin Muhammad Al
Afterward, this blessed Call was conveyed to areas outside of the Arabian Peninsula. So it
reached India, Shām, 'Irāq and the far West (i.
e. Morocco and Spain) and it had a great effect onthem.
And all praise is for Allāh, the impact of this Call continued to have an effect in these
regions. Every time a ruler would leave and his dynasty would dwindle or disappear, even if fora short while
, such that there would be no ruler for this country of Tawhīd, the effect if the
Creed would continue to remain within the rural and urban areas of the Peninsula.
may Allāh have mercy on him, had a great effect.
In his introduction to these four rules he asks his Lord to make the student of knowledge fromamong those who when they are given something are thankful. Being thankful for one's blessingleads to the continuity of these blessings and the receipt of more of them, while it's opposite,which is being ungrateful for one's blessings, leads to their termination.
"Andremember when your Lord proclaimed: 'If you give thanks (by accepting Faith and
worshipping none but Allāh)
, I will give you more. But if you are ungrateful, verily My
punishment is indeed severe'." [Surah Ibrāhīm
The author mentions three traits and they are (1) being grateful for one's blessings, (2) patient during times of tribulation, and (3) seeking forgiveness for one's sins. And
he asks Allāh to grant
you these three characteristics.
If Allāh blesses someone with a healthy body or removes a hardship
from him or gives himsome provision, offspring, marriage or any other desirable thing that is permissible, he shouldknow that it c
omes from Allāh's bounty and generosity and rush to thank and praise Him for
having blessed him.
This is since no one brings about good except for Him and no one repelsevil except for Him and no one repels evil except for Him. So he should give thanks to his Lord.
Gratitude is expressed through speech and action. One can show thanks through speech by
praising and thanking Allāh for what He has given him, and through action by giving away
money if he has it, hoping that it will increase his wealth since charity does not decrease one'swealth.
And if the blessing he has is knowledge, he should teach people good things, hoping that Allāh
will reward him for it. He should pass on to others the good that he enjoys since a person doesnot truly believe until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.If the blessing he has comes in the form of a healthy body, he should spend his free time doing
good things that Allāh loves and is pleased with. This is so that he will not be from among those
who take their blessings for granted. The Prophet
"Free time and good health are
two blessings (from Allāh) that many people take for granted." [Bukhārī: 6412]
So when a servant praises and thanks his L
ord, he will be blessed in what Allāh gives him from
wealth, knowledge, health, family and children. When his sins, he knows that he will be heldaccountable for it and that he has a Lord that will Judge him for his sins, so he rushes to Him andseeks His forgiveness.
And what comes in the [Qudsī] Hadīth [Allāh says],
"My servant commits a sin and knows
that he has a Lord that will recompense the
sin, so he seeks Hisforgiveness & He forgives
him." [Bukhārī: 7507 and Muslim: 2758]
Forgiveness is one of the greatest things a servant can achieve. No person sits in a gatheringwhich ends in seeking forgiveness for one's sins except that it serves as expiation for his sins.That is if that gathering was for a social occasion, but if the gathering was a gathering of goodthis seeking of forgiveness at the end serves as a seal, which is stamped upon him to the point that there will be no harm upon him. So when he sins, he seeks forgiveness.Look at the example of the Prophet
though Allāh forgave his past and future sins, the
Companions estimated that he
would seek Allāh's forgiveness and repent to Him a hundred