Those Who Worship Allaah On An Edge

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful The Bestower of Mercy


Ibn Al-Jawzee (rahimahullaah) stated in [Ath-Thabaat Indal Mamaat, page: 11]:

And indeed many of the creation become helpless when their loved ones die. So amongst them is one who tears his clothes; and amongst them is one who strikes his face out of despair and amongst them is one who raise objections.  And indeed I have seen an old man who reached nearly eighty years of age and he used to strictly guard the congregational prayer. So a son of his died and he said: ‘’It is not befitting for anyone to supplicate, for indeed he will not be answered.’’  He then said: ‘’Indeed Allaah has turned away from us, for He has not left us with a child.’’  So, I realised that his prayers and performance of good deeds was merely a habitual thing, because they were not nurtured upon knowledge and Imaan. These (people) are those who worship Allaah on an edge. [Ref 1]

[1] Allaah [The Most High] said:

وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يَعْبُدُ اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ حَرْفٍ ۖ فَإِنْ أَصَابَهُ خَيْرٌ اطْمَأَنَّ بِهِ ۖ وَإِنْ أَصَابَتْهُ فِتْنَةٌ انقَلَبَ عَلَىٰ وَجْهِهِ

‘’And among mankind is he who worships Allah on an edge (i.e. in doubt); if good befalls him, he is content therewith; but if a trial befalls him, he turns back on his face….’’ [Soorah Al-Hajj: Ayah 11]

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