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TRUSTWORTHINESS AND RESPONSIBLITY – (3)

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WEALTH AND ABILITY GIVEN BY ALLAH ARE ALSO A TRUST

Trust also means that you should take a survey of your powers of perception with which Allah has blessed you. You should have a look at those special ability which Allah has given you. If you look at your property and your children, who are very dear to you, you will feel that all these are Allah’s trust which has been deposited with you.

Therefore it is necessary that they should be sacrificed in His cause, and they should be utilised for seeking His pleasure. If you suffer a loss in them, you should not start crying and wailing and you should not consider that it was your personal property that has been taken away from you, because compared to you Allah is the more rightful owner and He has the right to use it in any way He likes. If you are tested by an increase in them, then you should not hesitate to Strive in Allah’s way, when called upon to do so, and you should not turn away from obedience to Allah on account of them, Or you should not feel conceited on their strength.

“O you who believe ! betray not the trust of Allah and the Messenger, nor misappropriate knowingly things entrusted to you. And know that your possessions and your progeny are but a trial, and that it is Allah with whom lies your highest reward.”

( Anfal.. 27-28)

OTHERS SECRETS WITH YOU ARE A TRUST

Trust also means that you should protect the rights of the gatherings which you attend. You should not disclose their information and their secrets to others.

A number of relationships are severed, rifts are created in friendships and interests are endangered when the information about or the secrets of the gatherings are disclosed by someone by correctly or incorrectly quoting the source, thus jeopardising all the plans.

Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) has said:

“The confidential talk of the meetings should be guarded, provided it conform to the moral laws and the principles of religion, otherwise its sanctity vanishes, If a Muslim is present in such a meeting where criminals, are conspiring among themselves, so that they may indict some loss on others, then it is his responsibility that he should try to prevent this evil to the best of his ability.”

Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) has said:

“The secrets of the gatherings are a trust, but three kinds of gatherings are exceptions: one in which haram (illegal) blood is being shed, one in which haram (illegal) sex is being indulged into, or in which property is being illegally usurped. “

[Abu Daud]

The conjugal relations are sacred in the eyes of Islam. The domestic relationship between a husband and wife and their mutual affairs should be fully protected. The closest man should also not be informed about them.

But foolish people relate their private matters and domestic affairs here and there to outsiders. This is a very bad habit and Allah has declared it haram.

Asma binte Yazid (RadiyAllahu Anha) reports that she was with the Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) and a husband and a wife were sitting there. The Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said:

“Is there a man who narrates the acts performed with the wife? And is there a wife who relates her relation with her husband to others?’ People did not say anything from fear. I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah! By God, husbands also do this and wives also do likewise, He said: “Do not say like this, Its example is like a devil-man meeting a devil-woman, and he covers her and performs the sexual act and people are watching. “

[Ahmed]

The Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said :

“On the Day of Judgment before Allah the greatest act of misappropriation will be that a man may love his wife and the wife may also be inclined towards her husband and then he may disclose his wife’s secrets to others.“

[Muslim]

The deposits which are given to us in trust are for being protected for a fixed period, and then to be returned on demand. We are answerable for these trusts.

While migrating to Medina, the Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) left behind his cousin, Ali (RadiyAllahu Anhu) so that he may return to the polytheists the deposits kept with him in trust, although these polytheists were the members of the same community which was driving him out of his native place, He was being compelled to leave his home in the cause of his belief, but how can a decent man behave indecently even with indecent and infamous people?

Maimoon bin Mehran (RadiyAllahu Anha) says that three kinds of treatment be always meted out to good and bad man alike: keeping trust, fulfilling promise and kindness,

To consider trust as personal property is a wicked act, theft.

Abdullah Ibn Masood (RadiyAllahu Anhu) says that fighting in the cause of Allah vanishes all the sins except the misappropriation in trust. He says that on the Day of Judgment a person will be brought who had fought in the cause of Allah, would reply: “O Our Lord! How is it possible when the world has ended” Then it would be said: “Take him to Hell.” And in his presence the amounts of trust will be presented in the same form in which they were handed over to him in the world. He would see them and recognise them. He would go after them and seize them and carry them on his shoulders, till he would be under the impression that he has come out, when the trusts would slip from his shoulders, He would again run after them. This act would continue with him forever. Then he said that Salat (prayer) is a trust, Wuzu (ablutions) is a trust, to weigh a thing is a trust, to measure a thing is a trusts and he listed many things and said the greatest trust is that wealth or articles which are deposited or handed over,

The narrator of the hadith says that he went to Bara bin A ‘azib and asked him what he thought about What Ibn Masood (RadiyAllahu Anhu) said, Bara bin A’azib replied: “He spoke the truth, Did you not hear this command of Allah:

“Allah commands you to render back your trusts to those to whom they are due; and when you judge between man and man that you judge with justice.”

( An-Nissa.. 58)

Keeping trust protects the rights of Allah and those of His slaves. It keeps away men from lowliness and meanness. It reaches the desired heights only when this quality is absorbed by men in their natures and consciousness when it reaches the depths of their hearts and when it is guarded against the influences of close and distant relationships.

This is the meaning of the hadith narrated by Huzaifa bin Yaman (RadiyAllahu Anhu) :

“Keeping trust has been naturally ingrained in the depths of men’s hearts, Then Quran came and people learned it from Quran and Sunnah.”

[Muslim]

The knowledge of Shariah cannot be indifferent to the righteous conduct, and keeping trust signifies the correct knowledge of Quran and Sunnah as well as a wakeful conscience. If the conscience dies, then the quality of keeping trust is taken away. At such a time the recitation of the Quranic verses and the study of hadith cannot be profitable, but the claimants of Islam think about others and also about themselves that they are the bearers of this quality, but one may ask how can the heart that rejects the truth be expected to keep trust?

For this reason Hazrat Huzaifa (RadiyAllahu Anhu) has stated that the heart that has no belief loses the quality of keeping trusts. Accordingly he reports: “Then we started talking about vanishing the quality of keeping trusts and the Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said:
“When a man goes to one kind of sleep, the trust is squeezed from his heart till its effect remains equal to a point. Then he goes to another kind of sleep, then the trust shrinks from his heart in such a way as if it were merely a scar.”

Then the Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said:

“Then people indulge in buying and selling, but no one can give a thing in trust, so much so that it is said that in a certain family there is a trustworthy man, and about him it is said how tolerant, well-behaved and wise he is! although there is not an iota of faith in his heart.”

This hadith draws a horrible picture of vanishing the quality of keeping trust from the hearts of dishonest people, It is like finding sparks of goodness in the nature of some mischievous people sometimes, although they have no influence on their lives. And sometimes the good acts overshadow their evil deeds, but it is clear that these acts cannot revive the dead heart. This conscience-less person appraises men on the basis of his desires and preferences. He does not distinguish between faith and infidelity in them.

Keeping trust is a very important quality, Men with weak faith cannot bear it, Allah has given an example of how its burden bears down man’s whole existence, Therefore, it should not be considered an ordinary thing and no laxity should be shown in fulfilling its demands:

“We did indeed offer the Trust to the Heavens and the Earth and the mountains; but they refused to undertake it, being afraid thereof, but man undertook it. he was indeed unjust and foolish.”

(Ahzab.. 72)

Injustice and ignorance are two evils which beset man’s nature, and man has to face the problem of fighting a jihad against them. His faith cannot be complete Without cleaning and purifying it from injustice.

“If is those who believe and confuse not their beliefs with wrong-that are (truly) in security, for they are on (right) guidance,”

(Ana’am.. 82)

“Verily, from among the slaves of Allah those who are learned fear Allah.”

( Fatir ..28)

This is the reason why after mentioning man’s bearing trust in the foregoing verses of Surah Ahzab, it is said that those who are unjust and ignorant indulge in misappropriation, they are hypocrites and are the deserving recipients of Allah’s punishment; and security s granted to men of faith and keepers of trust:

“(With the result) that Allah has to punish the hypocrites, men and women, and the unbelievers, men and women, and Allah turns in mercy to believers, men and women, for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most merciful,”

(Ahzab.. 73)