"The religion is naseehah." The people asked, "To whom?" The Prophet replied, "To Allaah and to His Book and to His Messenger and to the leaders of the Muslims and the common folk." [Collected by Bukhari, Muslim]
It lurks in the deepest, darkest parts of ourselves and waits expectantly for opportunities to strike. It attacks our defences of 'Eeman, strategically tears down our walls of at-taqwa and ruthlessly diminishes our ihsan, or perfection of worship. Struggling against the evil that is inherent in all of us, is a battle that is fought on a daily, even hourly basis, and like most wars it is seldom won alone. Allaah, through His eternal mercy, has given the believers the most powerful weapon available to assure victory in this constant struggle between good and evil - each other.
How many of us have looked to our brothers and sisters in Islaam and have seen them straying from the path of Allaah, and have turned our faces away? How many of us have seen our brothers erring and said to ourselves, it is none of my business? Well, it is our business for the Prophet has made it our business. In the hadeeth related by Tamim ad-Dari, the Prophet said, "The religion is naseehah." The people asked, "To whom?" The Prophet replied, "To Allaah and to His Book and to His Messenger and to the leaders of the Muslims and the common folk." [Collected by Bukhari, Muslim]
has equated the entire religion to giving naseehah, but what exactly is
naseehah? Naseehah is an Arabic word that is usually translated to mean
"sincerity" or "sincere advice", but actually embodies every type of virtue.
As believers, this statement of the Prophet
must be taken to heart. By learning what naseehah is, we can then
act on it and bring about positive changes in ourselves and each other.
Naseehah is a wonderful weapon, but like most weapons, if the user does
not know how to use it properly, it can cause more harm than good.