O you who believe! Have taqwa of Allah and always speak the truth.
Allah [SWT] commands us to have taqwa of Him and then commands us to speak the truth. So, Allah [SWT] is linking taqwa with truthfulness and thus a means of increasing our taqwa is speaking the truth. So here’s a tip: speak the truth always! What other benefits are there of saying a Trueword?
And remember when Ibrahim (Abraham) and (his son) Isma’il (Ishmael) were raising the foundations of the House (the Ka’bah at Makkah), (saying), “Our Lord! Accept (this service) from us. Truly! You are the All-Hearer, the All-Knower.”
Our Lord! And make us submissive unto You and of our offspring a nation submissive unto You, and show us our Manasik (all the ceremonies of pilgrimage – Hajj and ‘Umrah), and accept our repentance. Truly, You are the One Who accepts repentance, the Most Merciful.
Let’s look at this situation: we have two of the best of Allah’s creation (Ibrahim and Ismael, upon them be peace) making the most holy structure on the face of the Earth (the Ka’bah) in the most sanctified place on Earth (Makkah)…what is it the thought that is going through their minds?
“Whosoever intercedes for a good cause, will have the reward thereof; and whosoever intercedes for an evil cause, will have a share in its burden. And Allah is Ever All-Able to do everything.” [Nisa:85]
“Whoever guides anyone to goodness, his reward shall be the same as those who follow his guidance without lessening a bit of their reward. And whoever guides anyone astray, his sin shall be the same as the sin of the person who follows him without lessening a single bit of their sin.”
[Rasool Allah saws, reported by Muslim]
Supporting a good act = share in the reward
Supporting an evil act = share in the sin
Therefore, support everything good either by your words (encouragement), your actions (helping out), or your wealth (by donating), and shun everything bad.
Forward this – or anything beneficial anywhere – to a friend, and earn a TON of ajr!! In sha Allah. THAT is how you can get rich real quick 🙂
Verily, those who disbelieve spend their wealth to hinder (men) from the Path of Allah, and so will they continue to spend it; but in the end it will become an anguish for them. Then they will be overcomed. And those who disbelieve will be gathered unto Hell.[Anfal:36]
Amount spend on war on Afghanistan: $66 billion
Amount spend on war on Iraq: $186 billion
So the wealth is spent, and is continuously being spent…
And the regret is starting to creep in…
And soon, in sha Allah, the last part of the ayah will be fulfilled.
“Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their private parts; that will make for greater purity for them. Indeed Allah is well acquainted with all that they do.”[An-Noor 24:30]
“So Allah made purification and spiritual growth to be the outcome of lowering the gaze and guarding the private parts.”
Ibn AlQayyim AlJawzee
Lowering your gaze (for the sake of Allah) = Purification and increasing your chastity. The pleasure of lowering the gaze is not like the small pleasure of staring.