The Quran enjoins respect and good opinion for the preceding generations
The Qur�an enjoins respect and good opinion for the preceding generations
The holy generation succeeding the Companions followed in the
footsteps of the Companions and showed them due respect. They
cherished no rancour and enmity against the believers and wished
everyone well. In the words of the Qur'an,
As for those who came after them, they say: `Our Lord, forgive us
and our brothers, who preceded us in belief, and put not into our
hearts any rancour towards those who believe. Our Lord, surely You
are the All-Gentle, the All-Compassionate.' (al-Hashr, 59.10)
As described in the surah al-Tawba (9. 100), this blessed generation
followed the Companions in good-doing, the Arabic original of which
is ihsan. In addition to its meaning explained above, that is,
respect, being well-wishing and altruistic, it also means as in the
hadith: Good-doing (ihsan) is that you worship God as if you were
seeing Him; if, however, you do not actually see Him, surely He sees
you. This generation came at a time when Jewish conspiracies and
hypocrisy caused great dissentions among the Muslims. At that
critical juncture, they protected Islam, defended it, and practised
it in deep consciousness and devotion. They became the referents of
the Qur'anic verse:
Our Lord, in You we trust; to You we turn; to You is the homecoming.
Among them were those who performed every night hundreds of rak`a
(cycles) of prayer, who would recite the whole of the Qur'an every
two or three days, who always did their obligatory prayers in
congregation in a mosque, who, like Masruq, always slept in sajda
(prostration) in front of the Ka`ba, and who did not laugh loudly
during their whole lives.
THE SHORTEST DISTANCE BETWEEN A PROBLEM AND A SOLUTION IS THE DISTANCE BETWEEN YOU HEAD AND YOUR KNEES.
THOSE WHO KNEEL TO ALLAH CAN STAND TO ANY THING.
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