In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, The Most Merciful
Asalaamu Alakyam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatu Dear brothers and sisters!
In the Quran we learn “The Story of Habil and Qabil”, the first crime that took place on Earth. The people who carry the Quran in their hearts live in the past and present. It is rich in wisdom, life lessons and indeed a guide for all of humanity.
1) One of the lessons we learn is the danger of anger and jealousy. When persistent on such emotions it can ultimately lead into disobedience to Allah Subhana Wa Tala. In such severe cases it can turn a person against their own family.
The Prophet (salAllahu `alaihi wa sallam), said: “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should maintain good relation with his kindred.” (Reported by al-Bukhari and Muslim)
o Keep the relationship of your relatives strong so it may be a mercy for you.
o Turn away from such diseases of the heart anger, jealousy, pride, arrogance etc., in fear they may cause your downfall.
o “Anger corrupts faith in the same way that vinegar destroys honey."
o Be cautious of your tongue more so than your hand, for you might say something displeasing to Allah without even knowing.
2) Anger can give you great power but if it’s not under control it can ultimately destroy you. To the point a person could have so much hate and envy in his heart he wouldn’t hesitate to kill. Just like how Kabil became mad and unjustly ended his brother’s life by his own hands.
Prophet Muhammad (salAllahu `alaihi wa sallam), said: “Don’t ever be envious, for envy eats up your good deeds as the fire eats up logs” (narrated by Ibn Dawud).
o Among the ways to protect yourself from envy is to put your trust in Allah
o Think before you react and don’t allow your emotions to take
the best of you
o Who ever suppresses their anger when he has the power to show it, Allah will reward them greatly
o Always regard Allah as the first witness on yourself if you are going to sin
Allah mentions The Story of Habil & Qabil in Chapter al-Maidah, verses 27-31!If there were any mistakes made then it was from me and the Shaytan and I seek Allah's pardon and if there was any good in it then it was from Allah Subhana Wa Tala.
-The Stories of the Quran will be a series I will be doing inshAllah in the course of a couple months, I will put up Part 2 of Habil & Qabil very soon. A little preview; It will be about giving for the Sake of Allah and believing in Qadar! Soon to follow is Harut and Marut and the Dwellers of the Town, InshAllah!