Thursday, November 15, 2007

Message for Friday - Ask G'd, Give to Men

اليد العليا خير من اليد السفلى

The Prophet Muhammad (SAAS) said, "The upper hand is better than the lower hand."

الأيدي ثلاثة: فيد الله العليا، ويد المعطي التي تليها، ويد الآخذ السفلى

He (SAAS) also said, "There are 3 types of hands, the Hand of G'd is the [most] high, the hand of the giver which follows, then the hand that takes is the lowest."

When Muslims supplicate to G'd, many of them hold their hands up as a symbolic gesture that they are begging G'd, asking him for HIS forgiveness, grace, well-being, material blessings, etc. And with the provisions that G'd blesses his servants, they are suppose to work and strive to utilize material blessings to their fullest potential. Muslims are to then spend their wealth in productive manners and share wealth with the less fortunate.

The Islamic teaching is that although there may come times due to calamities or lack of resources where Muslims need to ask for material assistance, Muslims should always seek to better their condition and not be comfortable with others doing for them what they should do for themselves. In otherwords, Muslims should not humiliate themselves to being perpetual BEGGERS and/or BUMS.

ليس للمؤمن أن يذل نفسه

Prophet Muhammad (SAAS) said, "It is not fitting for a believer that he debases himself."

Unfortunately, some Muslims have become comfortable with begging. Whether on the welfare rolls in Europe or "brothers" with 3 women and no job, who send the women down to the welfare offices for money and food stamps to help feed their lazy behinds, these matters are unacceptable.

Man's dignity comes through begging G'd then doing for self, not begging people.

And surely G'd knows best.

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