Reflecting on Surah An-Naml:1-26 by Naheed Baluch
How particular am I about the rights of Allah and the rights of people? Do I keep the akhirah in mind whenever I sin or whenever I do any good deed?
Who establish prayer and give zakah, and of the Hereafter they are certain [in faith].
The right of Allah is that I should worship Him alone. Alhamdulillah I do this. I do perform my salah. However, I need to be more mindful of worshipping Allah at the prescribed time[awwal waqt] .
I need to be more focused on my salah and not distracted by the dunya. Alhamdulillah I have become mindful of my salah but I believe I need to do much better. Besides performing salah, the right of Allah would be to obey Him and keep away from His disobedience. Any time I sin, I am turning away from the obedience of Allah. I need to develop more taqwa by constant reminder of the punishment for any sin I may commit. I also need to constantly remind myself for good attached to any deed I am doing for the sake of Allah.
With regards to peoples’ rights, I guess I need to focus more on people rather than myself. I think I’m too much focused on myself. I need to give my family more time. I also need to serve my parents more as they are my greatest muhsineen. When it comes to my siblings, being the eldest at home I need to take more care of them and spend more time with them and educate them about Islaam.
Besides the five rights of one muslim on another saying yarhamukAllah, when he or she says Alhamdulillah, accepting an invitation, visiting him or her when she’s sick, attending their funeral, responding to the salam and attending the funeral procession , there are many other rights: like concealing his or her faults, helping them when they are in some sort of a difficulty etc.
I should also be mindful of giving sadqah and zakah (whenever it applies to me). InshAllah I will give zakat whenever it becomes due on me.
At the time of doing any good deed for the sake of Allah I do keep the akhirah in mind, however when I’m sinning I forget the akhirah or I may remember but I try not to think about it too much. I should be more conscious and fearing. I should also try not to render my good deeds by sinning. Constant reminder of the akhirah can help me hasten towards good and stop sinning inshAllah.