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Call Yourself to Account; Say to it

By Shaykh Abdul-Qaadir Al-Junayd

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Shaykh ‘Abdul-Qaadir ibn Muhammad Al-Junayd

His authentic and established statement:

“The Muslim is the brother of the Muslim. He does not oppress him; he does not abandon him; he does look down upon him. It is a sufficient amount of evil for a person that he looks down upon his Muslim brother. All of the Muslim is Haraam for the Muslim; his blood, his wealth, and his honor.”

Call it (yourself) to account; for indeed calling oneself to account brings about salvation. The servant will continue to be in a state of good as long as he admonishes himself and he is concerned with calling himself to account. Say to it (yourself); say to it: O self, how many Muslims have you abused, and cursed, and backbitten, and falsely accused; slandered and lied on?

Say to it: O self, how many people’s wealth you have consumed; and their earnings; and their (hard earned) wages and property without right or justice?

Say to it: O self, how much cheating, trickery, and deceiving the people have you done? How many bribes have you taken? How many rights have you violated? How much mockery, ridicule, scorning, and harm have you meted out?

Say to it: O self, how many a worker, housekeeper, or weak person have you caused to fear or terrorized or beaten or harmed?

Say to it: O self, how many people has the evil reached from your heart; from malice and envy?

Say to it: O self, how many a brother have you wronged in dispute and argumentation?

Say to it: O self, how many have you angered; how many have you humiliated; how many have you saddened; how many have you made to suffer; and how many people have you caused pain?

Say to it: O self, how many Muslims have we caused to be estranged from his mother and father? Or we caused his son or daughter to be estranged from him? And we caused them to enter into disrespect and evil? How many a husband have we corrupted and caused to be estranged from his spouse or caused problems between them?

Say to it: O self, how many people have we harmed by way of music playing from our cars? Or how many an elder or worker or driver have we frightened or caused fear to by speeding in our cars?

Say to it: O self, the rights of the people are not something light nor are they insignificant nor are they unimportant with Allaah, the Majestic and High. Rather, He, Glorified be He, has made for them an appointment for retribution. It has been authentically narrated from the Prophet that he said:

“The rights will be returned to those whom they are due on the Day of Judgment; even to the point that the normless sheep will receive retribution from the one with horns.”

Say to it: O self, have you seen a settling of the score as it relates to the rights or a reckoning as intricate as this? Perhaps it will repent. Perhaps its transgressions will desist. Perhaps its deceptions will cease. Perhaps its arrogance will be cut off. Perhaps it heart will yield and repent. Perhaps its eye will redden and flow with tears.


Translated By Raha ibn Donald Batts

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 January 2014 10:45 )