Lesson 10 on the virtues of the kalima is now available. You can listen to or download it here:
Here’s a brief transcript of part of the lesson which contained some beneficial points:
Narrated Abu Huraira (radiAllaahu ‘anhu):
I said: “O Allah’s Apostle! Who will be the luckiest person, who will gain your intercession on the Day of Resurrection?” Allah’s Apostle said: O Abu Huraira! “I have thought that none will ask me about it before you as I know your longing for the (learning of) Hadiths. The luckiest person who will have my intercession on the Day of Resurrection will be the one who said sincerely from the bottom of his heart “None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.”
[Sahih Bukhari, The Book of Knowledge, No. 99]
– Indicates the excellence of the statement La ilaha illAllaah. Anyone making this statement will receive intercession of the Messenger.
– Mentions people who will be in receipt of this intercession, the one who is sincere in this statement, and abides by it. A person enters into Islam sincerely and not out of hypocrisy.
– The person who is not of La ilaha illAllah will not receive intercession.
– Informs us of the importance of sincerity.
– This hadith introduces the topic of Shafa’ah. Linguistically, it means to make something two, to make it even. The root word means even, to make dua (supplication).
– The Prophets, Messengers and righteous people will be given permission to intercede on behalf of others.
– There is Hasanah Shafa’ah and some intercession is haraam such as when bribing a judge with regards to a legal prescribed punishment.
– Some intercession is legislated as worship e.g. Janazah (funeral) prayer. This is a type of intercession where a group of people gather together to supplicate.
– An example of haraam intercession is when grave worshippers ask a dead person in the Barzakh to make Shafa’ah. Intercession is something that belongs to Allaah, likewise the Barzakh, Izzah, Rizq, etc. People who do this will not receive intercession on the Day of Judgement as this invalidates Tawhid and contradicts the Kalima.
– Affirmed Intercession: Two conditions as mentioned in the Qur’aan, 1) “Who is it that can intercede with Him except with His Permission?” [Ayatul-Kursi] and 2) “On that day no intercession shall avail, except the one for whom the Most Beneficent (Allah) has given permission and whose word is acceptable to Him.” [20:109]
– There’s two extremes 1) Murjiah 2) Khawarij. Intercession is refutation of both groups.
– This topic of intercession is mentioned in the books of creed.