Allah created us for His ibada, for His worship and Allah tests us.
Just like a student works hard to get a good grade, an employee works hard to get a good salary, a Muslim should work hard to earn ajr from Allah.
Today’s khutba was about the rules of Allah’s “payroll” or the ‘fiqh of ajr.’
Two introductory points:
First: A top-performer is the person who does it right and works with devotion
- “devotion” means ikhlas
- “doing it right” means in conformity with the Sunna
Second: Allah has ordered us to compete (Aal-Imran:133, Hadid:21, Mutaffifeen:26, Nisa:104)
- Sahaba used to seek the greatest ajr
Rule 1: There is no ajr without Islam or imaan (Furqan:23, Nur:39)
- In His justice, Allah pays back the kuffar for their good works in this dunya by feeding them, granting them health and security, name, fame, wealth, and children. They are wages, ajr, for the good they do
- A man may have imaan, but he likes to work because so he is seen, heard, praised, and admired, will not receive ajr on the Day of Judgement
- A person can be devoted and sincere, but he likes to do things his way, or the ways of his ancestors, not the way taught by the Nabi ﷺ will also not receive ajr
Rule 2: Allah is Kareem (Generous), He gives us ten times the ajr for a single good deed, but does not multiply our sins, but counts them as one (Surah al-Baqara:261)
- Wages increase by how devoted a person is, how strong his imaan is, how much ikhlas he has, and how strictly he follows the Sunna of the Nabi ﷺ
- Allah does not multiply the sins. Despite this, if someone’s scale of sins weighs heavier, and the scale of good deeds weighs lighter, then there is destruction for him
Rule 3: You can work smart, instead of hard and get paid more, get more ajr by making sure you are following the Sunna
- Example 1: One of our mothers, the wife of our beloved Nabi ﷺ, sat for hours after Fajr making dikr. Nabi ﷺ taught her few words and told her that they were better than what she had done
سُبْحَانَ اَللَّهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ عَدَدَ خَلْقِهِ وَرِضَا نَفْسِهِ وَزِنَةَ عَرْشِهِ وَمِدَادَ كَلِمَاتِهِ
“Allah is perfect and praised as many times as His creation, as much as pleases Him, as much as the weight of His Throne, and as much as the ink of His Words.” (Muslim)
Making dikr taught by the Nabi ﷺ earns more ajr than anything anyone can come up with
- Example 2: Eating from your udhiyya is Nabi’s ﷺ instruction, therefore, fulfilling this Sunna is better than giving it all in charity
Rule 4: From Allah’s generosity a habit can turn into worship, aada becomes ibada, with good intention for which a person gains ajr
Rule 5: Just like you get double time for working after hours, weekends, or holidays, there are special times for which you get more ajr for your ibada
Rule 6: Nabi ﷺ gets the ajr for everything we do and he gets ajr for his personal worship
- Example 1: A scholar who combines knowledge of Islam with teaching it to others holds a very high status. That is why whatever is the heavens and the earth make istighfar for him
- Example 2: Parents teaching their children the correct deen earn the child’s ajr and of their subsequent generations
Rule 7: No matter how much ajr we accumulate, it is not enough to purchase Janna. Our ajr can never buy us Janna, it is only the cause for entry into Janna.
May Allah open our hearts and minds to the beautiful teachings of Islam and grant us maximum ajr for our good deeds and may Allah blot our bad deeds completely.
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