The Fruits of Faith

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all worlds, Who says in His Ever Glorious Book, “But as for those who believe and do good deeds, their Lord will guide them because of their faith. Streams will flow at their feet in the Gardens of Bliss.” I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger. May Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him, his Household, Companions and upon those who follow their path to the Day of Judgment.

One of the graces that the Almighty Allah bestowed upon His servants is that He made for every good work that man performs good fruits.  One of the greatest works that has good effects on the individual and society is Belief in Allah. The Prophet (PBUH) showed us the reality the belief that should be present in the heart of the believer when Jibreel asked him about belief. The Prophet (PBUH) replied, “It is to believe in Allah, His angels, His Books, His Messengers and the Last Day and that you believe in destiny (Qadar), its bad and good consequences.” Faith is not just a word to be uttered by the tongue. Rather, it is a belief instilled in the heart, an acknowledgment with the tongue and actions of the body. Faith is something that is settled in the heart and is manifested by actions that show adherence to the commands of Allah and avoidance of His prohibitions.

Once, Imam Hassan Al-Basri was asked: Are you a believer? He replied: “Belief is of two kinds. If you are asking me about belief in Allah, His Angels, Scriptures, Messengers, Paradise, and resurrection, then I’m a believer. But if you ask me about the words of the Almighty Allah, “True believers are those whose hearts tremble with awe when Allah is mentioned, whose faith increases when His revelations are recited to them,” then I do not know whether or not I’m one of them.

When the true belief touches the heart and guides the soul, it will have strong impact in purifying the soul and the mind and it will have its effects on the individual and society. Among the fruits of such belief is that: it leads to the high morality because faith and honesty are related to one another. The Prophet (PBUH) said, “No faith for those lacking honesty, and no faith for those who do not respect their promise.” Also, belief and modesty are related to one another. Safwan Ibn Sulaym said, “The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) was asked, ‘Can the believer be a coward?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ He was asked, ‘Can the believer be a miser?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ He was asked, ‘Can the believer be a liar?’ He said, ‘No.’” some scholars equated belief to truthfulness, saying, “Genuine belief means that one says the truth even if he thinks it would harm him, and to avoid lying even if one thinks it would protect him.” Thus, when a person has high morals it means ha has true faith. A believer always utters good words that build correct, and develop, not those word that destruct, spoil or cause damage.  Our religion is a religion of ethics, reformation, and construction.  Whoever exceeds in these manners, he exceeds in faith.

Among the fruits of faith are tranquility and inner peace. When faith controls the human soul, it will be filled with tranquility, certainty and contentment, and thus will attain happiness in this world and the Hereafter.  The true believer realizes that what has come to him could have never missed him, and that what has missed him could have never come to you. This makes a believer always thanking Allah in times of easiness and patient is the state of hardships. The Almighty Allah says, “He will guide the heart of anyone who believes in Him.” The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “How wonderful is the case of a believer; there is good for him in everything and this applies only to a believer. If prosperity attends him, he expresses gratitude to Allah and that is good for him; and if adversity befalls him, he endures it patiently and that is better for him.”

Among these fruits is that faith protects a believer from committing major sins. The Prophet (PBUH) said, “The one who commits an illegal sexual intercourse is not a believer at the time of committing illegal sexual intercourse and a thief is not a believer at the time of committing theft and a drinker of alcoholic drink is not a believer at the time of drinking.” The true believer also avoids anything that harms his brothers such as mockery and evil thoughts. The Almighty Allah said, “Believers, no one group of men should jeer at another, who may after all be better than them; no one group of women should jeer at another, who may after all be better than them; do not speak ill of one another; do not use offensive nicknames for one another. How bad it is to be called a mischief-maker after accepting faith! Those who do not repent of this behavior are evildoers.” Allah also said, “Believers, avoid many suspicions – some suspicions are sinful- and do not spy on one another or speak ill of people behind their backs: would any of you like to eat the flesh of your dead brother? No, you would hate it. So be mindful of Allah: Allah is ever relenting, most merciful.” Belief instils in the heart the value of thinking well of others, as Allah said, “When you heard the lie, why did believing men and women not think well of their own people and declare, ‘This is obviously a lie’?”

Among the fruits of faith is the support and help from Allah, because genuine faith makes a person under the protection of Allah, as the Almighty Allah said, “For Allah is certainly with the believers.” The word “with” here means support, help and assistance. The Almighty Allah also said, “O you who believe! If you help Allah, He will help you and make you stand firm.” Allah, the Almighty, says: “Indeed, We will support Our messengers and those who believe during the life of this world and on the Day when the witnesses will stand; “and incumbent upon Us was support of the believers” and “Those to whom hypocrites said, “Indeed, the people have gathered against you, so fear them.” But it [merely] increased them in faith, and they ‘Sufficient for us is Allah, and [He is] the best Disposer of affairs.’ So they returned with favor from Allah and bounty, no harm having touched them. And they pursued the pleasure of Allah, and Allah is the possessor of great bounty.”

One of the fruits of belief is for Allah, Most High, to entrench the love of man into the hearts of others. So, the true believer shall be lenient and easy to deal with. In this regard, He, Most High, says: “Indeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds – the Most Merciful will appoint for them affection.” That is to say that whenever the man sincerely gets close to Allah, He, Glorified is He, would make the hearts of the believers turn to him in love; a point which is recorded in the Qudusi Hadith wherein Allah, the Almighty, says: ” When Allah loves a slave, calls out Jibril and says: ‘I love so-and-so; so love him’. Then Jibril loves him. After that he (Jibril) announces to the inhabitants of heavens that Allah loves so- and-so; so love him; and the inhabitants of the heavens (the angels) also love him and then make people on earth love him” and ” And My servant continues to draw near to me with nafil (supererogatory) deeds until I Love him. When I Love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, and his sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he strikes, and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him; and were he to seek refuge with Me, I would surely grant him refuge.”

Another fruit for true belief in Allah is that it is a main reason for alleviating disasters and removing afflictions. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Shouldn’t I tell you about something that if one of you is afflicted with harm or disaster, Allah will alleviate his affliction in case he says it! The companions said: “Yes!” He (PBUH) said: “The supplication of Dhu Al-Nun “There is no deity except You; exalted are You. Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers,” for Allah, Most High, said afterwards, “So We responded to him and saved him from the distress. And thus do We save the believers.”

With that said, I ask Allah to forgive me and you

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All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the Worlds; I bear witness that there is no god but Allah; and I bear witness that our master Prophet Muhammad is His slave and Messenger; may Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him, his family, companions and whoever follows their guidance to the Day of Judgment.

Muslim brothers,

One of the greatest fruits of Iman is that it realizes social security and safety. If belief is well established in the heart of the true believer, it will serve as a source for security and stability, thus people’s souls and property are safe. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “The Muslim is the one from whose tongue and hand the people are safe, and the believer is the one from whom the people’s lives and wealth are safe.” So, the ethics of true believers prevent them from terrifying others or committing aggression against them, even if they are non-Muslims; Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Whoever kills a Mu’ahid, will not smell the fragrance of Paradise, even though its fragrance may be detected from a distance of forty years.”

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) explicitly stated that he who harms his neighbors is not a perfect Muslim or who eats to the full while his neighbors are hungry; He (PBUH) said, “By Allah, he does not believe! By Allah, he does not believe! By Allah, he does not believe!” It was said, “Who is that, O Allah’s Messenger (PBUH)?” He said, “That person whose neighbor does not feel safe from his evil.” So, true belief drives man to do good, help others, cultivate his manner and whose impact is reflected in his behavior and dealing with other creatures. He even shows mercy for man, animals and inanimate objects just to attain to the Pleasure of Allah, Most High, “And they give food in spite of love for it to the needy, the orphan, and the captive, (8) [Saying], “We feed you only for the countenance of Allah. We wish not from you reward or gratitude.”

True is the poet who composed the following verses:

In case belief is lost, safety is lost

And there will be no life for he who does not have a religion

And he who is content with life away from religion

He has truly accompanied himself to destruction

One of the greatest fruits of belief in Allah is the great reward prepared by Allah for the true believers in the Hereafter “Indeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds – their Lord will guide them because of their faith. Beneath them rivers will flow in the Gardens of Pleasure;” “And give good tidings to those who believe and do righteous deeds that they will have gardens [in Paradise] beneath which rivers flow;” “But they who believe and do righteous deeds – those are the companions of Paradise; they will abide therein eternally” and “Indeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds – they will have the Gardens of Paradise as a lodging, (107) Wherein they abide eternally. They will not desire from it any transfer.”

In the Qudusi Hadith, Allah, Most High, states, ” The Prophet, said, “Allah said, ‘I have prepared for My pious worshipers such things as no eye has ever seen, no ear has ever heard of, and nobody has ever thought of. All that is reserved, besides which, all that you have seen, is nothing.” Then he recited:- ‘No soul knows what is kept hidden (in reserve) for them of joy as a reward for what they used to do.’

So, we should do our best to reach this degree of Iman on the level of conviction, saying and actions, and thus showing mercy, cooperation, truthfulness, shyness, generosity and chastity will prevail. On the other hand, we should keep away from lying, cheating, betrayal, backbiting, mischief, and injustice.

O Allah! Make Iman endear to us and make us hate disbelief, immorality and disobedience and make us from those who are rightly-guided! O Allah! Protect our country and all the world’s countries!