Fruits of Eman

April 29, 2007

“Have you not seen how Allah has given the parable of a beautiful kalimah like a beautiful tree whose roots are firmly established, and whose branches tower in the sky?  It gives its fruits at all times by the permission of its Lord and Allah sets forth parables for mankind in order that they may remember” (Translation of the Meaning of the Holy Quran, 14:24-25).

This verse in Surat Ibrahim likens our beloved kalimah to a tree.  What the benefits of a tree?  It can give us shade, it has life, it shows strength and stability, it can provide shelter (wood) and it can provide air (oxygen).  What are some of the fruits of this tree?  There are twenty (I have included some proofs though many more exist):

  1. Jannah
  2. Protection from the Fire
  3. A key to have all other deeds accepted (Surat Isra, 9:19)
  4. A means of forgiving sins (Surat Furqan, 25:70)
  5. Achieving the protection of Allah (Surat Baqarah, 2:257)
  6. Allah will fight on your behalf (Surat Hajj, 22:38)
  7. Allah will guide you (Surat Yunus, 10:9)
  8. Protection and comfort for the believers (Surat Al-Emran, 3:173)
  9. Good always occurs to him (need citation!)
  10. Exit and escape from all sorrows and problems (Surat Talaq, 65:2)
  11. Raised up in this life and the hereafter (Surat Mujadila, 58:11)
  12. Protection from falling into evil (need citation!)
  13. A good life (Surat Nahl, 16:97)
  14. Angels give you glad tidings (Surat Yunus, 10:64 & Surat Fussilat, 41:30)
  15. Khilafah (Surat Noor, 24:55)
  16. Brotherhood (need citation)
  17. Love written for you on earth (Surat Maryam, 19:96)
  18. Benefit from advice (Surat Dhariyat, 51:55)
  19. Light on the Day of Judgment (Surat Hadeed, 57:12)
  20. Greatest blessing: looking at Allah (Surat Yunus 10:26 & Surat Mutafifin 83:19)

I’d like to talk about the second point listed above: Protection from Fire.  What does this entail?  Consider a graph with an x-axis.  Let’s call everything below the x-axis, kufr, and let’s call everything above the x-axis, eman.  Note that the lowest level of kufr includes the munafiq (the hypocrite).  What differentiates someone between the level of having eman (being a Muslim) and being a kafir?  There’s a iktilaf (difference of opinion) of where someone is put if they do not pray, whether they are below or above the x-axis.  Nevertheless, let’s talk about what’s above the x-axis in the area of eman.  Let’s draw a line above the x-axis.  The area below this line will be that of the fasiq.  Who is the fasiq?  The fasiq is one who indulges in major sins and does not complete the five pillars of Islam.  The agreement that Allah (SWT) has with the fasiq is that he will eventually enter paradise (though he may have to go to the Hell-fire first).  Now, let’s consider the area above that of the fasiq.  This area is for the mumin.  Who is the mumin?  The mumin is one who fulfills the five pillars and avoids the major sins.  The agreement that Allah (SWT) has with the mumin is that he will be saved from the Hell-fire though he may still receive punishment in his grave or the like.  Insha’Allah, we are all amongst the mumin (and insha’Allah, muhsin, on top of that) and we are saved from the Hell-fire.  Ameen.

Note that the posts in my aqeedah series will, insha’Allah come from my notes from Shaykh Yasir Qadhi’s classes.

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