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

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عن عقبة بن عامر رضي الله عنه قال

 قلت :يا رسول الله ما النجاة ؟

 قال :امسك عليك لسانك ,وليسعك بيتك وابك على خطيئتك

Uqbah Ibn Aamir [radiyallaahu-anhu] said, ‘’I said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah! What is salvation[i.e. to be protected from Allaah’s punishment on the Day of Judgement]?’ He said, ‘Restrain your tongue, keep to your house and weep over your sin.’”

Restrain your tongue: Meaning, do not speak, except based on that which benefits you and that which concerns you, as the Prophet [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] said, ‘’Whoever believes in Allaah and the Last Day, then let him say what is good or remain silent.”

Keep to your house: Some people may think that this necessitates keeping away from the people completely; rather this is an advice of the Prophet [sallal-laahu-alayhi wasallam] that one stays in his house when Fitan becomes rife, so a person realises that there is no benefit in intermingling with the people; rather it becomes obligated on him [or her] to save himself [or herself] by staying indoors. However, this is not permissible in every era and place, because Islaam is established based on the foundation [ قُمۡ فَأَنذِرۡ – Arise and warn [i.e. call to Tawheed and warn against shirk(Surah Al-Mud-dath-thir’ Aayah 2], and this necessitates that one intermingles with the people to give them dawah. And this why the Messenger [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] said: ”The believer who mixes with people and patiently bears their harm is better than the one who does not mix with people and does not patiently bear their harm.’’ However, if intermingling with the people will result in harming the Aqeedah, manners and religion of the Muslim, then he [or she] should adhere to this noble advice of the Prophet [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] that one “Stays in his [or her]  house”.

And weep over your sins: This is a constant obligation, whether Muslim lives in isolation  from the people [i.e. when the need arises] or intermingles with them. One should take himself [or herself] to account and contemplates on what he [ or she] did during day and night, so that he [or she] remembers his Lord and hopes that he [or she] will be included amongst those seven people [i.e. those who will be provided with shade on the day of judgement when there will be no shade], and amongst them is ‘’the one who remembers Allaah when he is alone, and his eyes fill up with tears.’’ [Al-Bukhaari, no. 620]

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