Most Beloved People To Allah – Anfa’uhum


By Eman Al-Obaid – Al-Huda Sisters, Dubai

Adapted for Hiba Magazine by Tasneem Vali

Ibn Umar reported: Two men came to the Messenger of Allah (sa), and said: “O Messenger of Allah, which of the people are most beloved to Allah? And which deeds are most beloved to Allah?” The Prophet (sa) said: “The people most beloved to Allah are those who are most beneficial to the people; and the most beloved deed to Allah is to make a Muslim happy, or remove one of his troubles, or to forgive his debt, or to satiate his hunger, or to walk with his brother regarding a need…and whoever walks with his brother regarding a need until he secures it for him, then Allah the Exalted will make his footing firm across the bridge on the day when the footings are shaken.” (At-Tabarani)

Clearly, the best among us is the one who gives the most to our fellow humans. It does not specify that we must be beneficial and of help to only Muslims, we must contribute toward helping everyone. The ways in which we can be beneficial are simple:

  1. Benefit oneself – meaning stop yourself from committing Haram or forbidden acts, and obey Allah’s commands regarding all aspects of your lives (forbidden acts will destroy you).
  2. Obey the Prophet’s (sa) directives, anything that Allah and His Messenger (sa) forbade, stay away from it.
  3. Perform not only the obligatory, but also go above and beyond to achieve Allah’s love.

Obviously, to be the ‘most’ beloved to Allah, we must be the best at everything we do. We cannot be ordinary, we cannot follow what others do – we have only Allah and the Prophet to guide us. In our hi-tech space age lives, with everything labelled as Top 5 or Top 10 ways to do something, let us look at the most authentic Top 10 list on how to be Allah’s beloved.

Top 10 Characteristics of Anfa’uhum

  1. Constantly make Dua to Allah for guidance.
  2. “The best of you are those who are best to their families, and I am the best of you to my family.” (Tirmidhi) Benefit your household, family and children (not only yourself) by:
    1. Righteous upbringing/nurturing dependents.
    2. Making your family realize the greatness of Allah, teaching them about Allah, making them love the religion and confident about being on the right path.
    3. Teach your dependents prayer, fasting, charity, etc. and their importance.
    4. Meet your spouse/parents and children with a beaming, happy face.
  3. Become a good example for everyone around you – the way you talk, the way you deal with others, etc.
    1. Instil love and respect for Allah and the Prophet (sa) in everyone you meet.
  4. Benefit other Muslims (Muslims around you) with the most beloved deeds to Allah.
    1. Happiness enters your heart by doing/fulfilling righteous acts commanded by Allah.
    2. Help in removing any distress from your brother/sister in Islam, Allah will remove your distress on the Day of Resurrection.
    3. “The best of you are those who feed others and return greetings.” (Abu Ya’la, Hasan)
    4. Distress can be of any type, large or small – work, life, study, money, advice, opinion, hunger.
    5. Distress of life is nothing compared to the distress of the Day of Judgment, so make sure you help.
  5. Do not be selfish to only benefit yourself – wish the best for the others.
  6. Smile to spread happiness, Allah loves it; it is an act of charity. Meet others with a beaming smile, this is the least you can do.
  7. Do not expect any reward, gratitude, praise or thanks, help only for Allah’s sake. Wait patiently for the best reward possible from Allah.
  8. Fulfil someone’s needs; Allah will be there during your time of need.
    1. Be very helpful, examples: pick, drop, photocopy, grocery, anything at all
    2. You start the act; most people feel shy or feel it beneath their dignity to ask for help so approach them yourself in a respectful manner.
    3. Allah will deal with you the same way, when you are shy to ask for help – Allah will help you.
  9. Benefit yourself by keeping your anger away from others.
    1. Do not show your anger. When you are angry – forgive people.
    2. When you are angry, you are harming others and are of no benefit to them.
    3. Learn to suppress anger.
    4. Forgiving and pardoning people is following Allah’s commands.
    5. “The best of the Muslims is he from whose hand and tongue the Muslim is safe.” (Muslim)
  10. Treat people with most excellent manners/character.
    1. Treat others the same way you want to be treated.
    2. “The best of people are those with the most excellent character.” (Tabarani)
    3. “The best of people are those that bring most benefit to the rest of mankind.” (Daraqutni, Hasan).
    4. “The best of people are those who live longest and excel in their deeds, whereas the worst of people are those who live longest and corrupt their deeds.” (Tirmidhi)

People Most Beloved to Allah –The Mutatahireen مُتَطَهِّرِين


Adapted for Hiba Magazine by Tasneem Vali

 “…Truly, Allah loves those who turn unto Him In repentance and loves those who purify themselves (by taking a bath and cleaning and washing thoroughly their private parts, bodies, for their prayers, etc.).” (Al-Baqarah 2:222)

Cleanliness and purity are encompassed in the word ‘tahir’, the root ‘ṭāhārā’ (ط ه ر) occurs 31 times in the Quran, in 11 derived forms. To understand why Allah loves the pure or those who purify themselves and as soon as they nullify their state of purification / cleanliness – they hasten to purify themselves again – we must realize what purity really means.

Learning from the example of the Sahabah, we should realize that in Islam everything is an act of worship, practised for Allah’s sake alone. Purity of our heart, spirit, soul, appearance, body and actions is also an Ibadah.

 Two types of Purification

Allah loves those who strive to purify themselves in every way.

  1. Purifying from something visible or apparent (by taking a bath, cleaning, and washing the private parts, bodies, doing Wudhu, putting on clean clothes, using perfumes, keeping their houses clean, etc.).
  2. Purifying from something not visible – hidden or abstract.(Can be achieved by upholding the five pillars of Islam, having a clean and pure thinking process, avoiding sins, making a lot of Dhikr and especially making sure the heart is pure of spiritual maladies such as anger, hatred, relying on other than Allah, fear of loss of provision, antipathy toward death, wantonness, pride, arrogance, etc)

 Visible (outer) Purification:

  • Purifying ourselves  from dirt or impurity using water (occurs after menstruation or sexual relationship with one’s spouse, after answering the call of nature).
  1. At the time of the Prophet (sa) in the desert, water was a precious commodity; yet the stress and first priority was always on purifying oneself using water.
  2. Purity is a gate to prayer; unless you are pure, your prayer will not be valid.
  3. Islam highlights cleanliness as an integral part of the Deen (way of life). Hadeeth: Abu Malik Al-Ashari (rta) reported: The Messenger of Allah (sa) said: “Purity is half of faith.” (Muslim)
  • Taking care of all types of cleanliness/etiquettes during eating, drinking etc., to remain clean.
  • Those who stay away from their wives when they are menstruating are also pure.

 Hidden (inner) Purification:

  • Purify ourselves from sins/mistakes that we commit.
  • Make sure we do not transgress in regards to the Rights of Allah or the Rights of Allah’s (people, animals, plants etc.) creations over us.
  • Purify of our sprit and soul, like the sicknesses in our heart (jealousy, envy, hatred, aggressiveness, anger, etc.).
  • Purify our tongue so we do not speak ill of someone, backbite or lie.
  • Purify ourselves from character flaws, bad manners.

Learning from the example of the Sahabah, we should realize that in Islam everything is an act of worship, practised for Allah’s sake alone. Purity of our heart, spirit, soul, appearance, body and actions is also an Ibadah.

Most Beloved People To Allah: The Tawwabeen


By Eman Al-Obaid – Al-Huda Sisters, Dubai

Tawwabeen are those who repent to Allah (swt) for their inadequacies and strive to improve themselves spiritually, eventually this improvement is reflected in their actions. It is not the same as ‘seeking forgiveness’ (Istigfaar), repentance (Tawbah) encompasses much more. Istigfar is only one of the steps in the process of repentance; it requires not only change but also action.

The root of Tawbah is t-w-b; “…suppose you are travelling somewhere and by mistake you take a wrong turn. You realize you are travelling on the wrong path. Armed with this awareness, the first thing you will do is to return to the place from where you took the wrong turn — this process is called Tawbah in Arabic…”

After the person repents from committing a major sin, he is as though he didn’t commit any sin at all. This is great encouragement – Allah has promised to accept our repentance and totally wipe out our sins. 

People are under the misconception that if they do not sin, they do not need to do Tawbah. However, Allah says in the Quran: “…Truly, Allah loves those who turn unto Him in repentance…” (Al-Baqarah 2:222). Why does Allah love those who repent? We are Allah’s salves, He does not needs us, yet He loves and appreciates us for any effort we make to follow His commands. If Allah loves a group of people, we certainly want to be among them. Imagine how life will be when Allah is happy with you! Subhan’Allah

Process of Tawbah

  1. Recognize that you have committed a major sin or transgressed against yourself. Major sins include associating partners to Allah. When a person sins his faith decreases.
  2. After committing the sin, you return to Allah. What makes a person (who committed a sin) return to Allah? Allah’s mercy; He will send some means in order to make that person remember Him. Allah doesn’t leave them astray – Allah makes them recall through signs – like books, lectures or advice from someone.
  3. When you return to Allah, you regret your sin. You feel ashamed because of Allah’s Greatness and Mercy. You feel guilt / regret / remorse when you think of your actions.
  4. Now you will feel the urge to repent with sincerity. You will hasten because you want to do it before you die. Guilt is the gate to Tawbah. It is worse if you sin but do not feel any regret or guilt – because then you will not repent.

After Tawbah your faith and Iman are strengthened and renewed. You will reinforce your belief in Allah, knowledge about Him and the Day of Judgement. When your faith and Iman are strengthened, your heart turns to Allah. Allah welcomes everyone who repents and returns to Him.

This is motivation for us – Abu Musa Al-Ash’ari (ra) reported, the  Prophet (sa) said: “Allah, the Exalted, will continue to stretch out His Hand in the night so that the sinners of the day may repent, and continue to stretch His Hand in the daytime so that the sinners of the night may repent, until the sun rises from the west (start of the Day of Judgement).” (Muslim)

Stop and quit the sin immediately, this is the journey of the توابون

Allah welcomes everyone who repents and returns to Him. 

Allah appreciates each step of this process; the more difficult the sin is to give up, the greater the reward. Determination, sincere intention and effort not to regress and commit the sin again follows repentance along with righteous deeds Replace sins with good deeds.

What happens if you commit the sin again?

Even if you commit the sin, again (by mistake) you will be considered to be among the توابون because the heart is determined not to commit the sin again. We are weak and can fall in to sinning again. If we repent again – Allah will accept the repentance, Allah is generous in His forgiveness. Only Allah knows your intentions when you recommit sins – and when you do Tawbah.

It was once said to Al-Hasan Al-Basri: “…a man commits a sin, makes Tawbah, and then commits a sin again, and he makes Tawbah again, until when? He replied: I do not see such a behaviour as being anything other than part of the good traits of character of the believers”.

After the person repents from committing a major sin, he is as though he didn’t commit any sin at all. This is great encouragement – Allah has promised to accept our repentance and totally wipe out our sins. In human relationships, if one commits a mistake – no matter how many times he apologizes –people always associate him with that particular incident, but it is different with Allah.

Hadith – “All the sons of Adam are sinners – no one is perfect but the best of people are the ones who repent.” (Ahmad and others).

But why does Allah love the Tawwabeen?

  1. They know that their Lord is the only One who can forgive them. They know only Allah can bestow forgiveness in response to repentance from beginning to end
  2. They feel gratitude that Allah is their Lord – perfect in every way.
  3. They remember Allah after committing a sin by recalling His signs; it is a sign from Allah of accepting their repentance.
  4. They realize that Allah is guiding us to repentance; Allah loves it when we repent, He makes it easy for us. Repenting to Allah is not a favour to Allah – it is a favour from Allah that He accepts our repentance.
  5. They depend on Allah’s mercy, when Allah accepts the repentance of His slave; He will make everybody forget the sin.
  6. They know Allah has total control; they are embarrassed to be among those who have witnessed their sins.

May Allah make us among those who repent. Ameen.

Catch an awe-inspiring transcription of Fiqh of Tawbah, based on a workshop conducted by Brother Kashif Nasheem Dilkusha, project head, Azan, in an upcoming issue of Hiba Magazine.