Believe – hands, tongue, heart?

There has been a lot of discussion, emotion, turmoil and agitation over the current P/I conflict. And I wanted to remind that there are heinous crimes committed worldwide almost daily, about which we are unfortunately increasingly desensitised, crimes against men, women, children of every age, belief, standing, relationship, perpetrated by persons who are identified by their nationality, their religion, their gender, their communities and their societies. I pray for a safer world, a world in which all of humanity has access to the basic necessities of life, including life and security.

Here are some hadith that speak to the different ways in which we disapprove of ill:

“”Whoever amongst you sees anything objectionable, let him change it with his hand, if he is not able, then with his tongue, and if he is not even able to do so, then with his heart, and the latter is the weakest form of faith.”

 

“Never before me had a Prophet been sent by Allah to his nation who had not among his people disciples and companions who followed his ways and obeyed his command. Then there came after them their successors who said whatever they did not practice, and practised whatever they were not commanded to do. He who strove against them with his hand was a believer; he who strove against them with his tongue was a believer; and he who strove against them with his heart was a believer; and beyond that there is no faith, not even as minute as a mustard seed”

 

“I heard the Messenger of Allah (SAW) say: “There shall be much tumult after me and, in such times, a believer will not be able to change anything (Munkar) with his hand or his tongue.”I said: “O Messenger of Allah, what should they do then?” He said: “They should denounce it with their hearts?”I said: “0 Messenger of Allah, will this make them any less believers?” He (SAW) said: “No. Only as much as a few drops effect a reservoir of clear water

 

“If a sin is committed on this earth, he who witnessed it and disapproved of it is equal to a person who has not witnessed it, while he who has not witnessed it but approved of it is equal to a person who has witnessed it”

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