By Adil James, TMO
Bloomfield–April 16–Imam Al-Masry of the Bloomfield Muslim Unity Center gave an educational lecture Saturday evening about the things that Allah likes and dislikes.
The imam focused on honoring and respecting parents, neighbors, saying that Prophet (s) had said that being good to a neighbor was a clear sign of iman. The imam spoke about avoiding pride and arrogance, saying that harsh proud men are men of hellfire.
He gave the example of a man who in the time of Prophet (s) evicted another man from his home for not paying rent, and threw all of his furniture into the street–the man who evicted the renter complained to Prophet (s) because people were cursing him as they encountered the furniture in their way in the street, and Prophet (s) said that Allah had cursed him first for what he had done.
Another good characteristic the imam emphasized was that of serving others–he said that â€œwe should not be embarrassed to serve others,â€ illustrating this with an example from the Prophetâ€™s (s) life of when he helped an old woman by carrying her belongings. When she spoke against him (not knowing who he was) and then realized who he was, she said â€œYou were given the best of manners,â€ and immediately said shahada.
The imam encouraged people not to expose the good that they do, saying Allah doesnâ€™t like that. He said the hadith that seven will be shaded on the Day of Judgment, including those whose left hand doesnâ€™t know what the right hand does,â€ meaning they hide their sadaqa.
The imam also quoted a hadith showing that hidden sadaqa is extremely powerful.
Another disliked action, the imam explained, was transgression–he said there is a line beyond which you must not go.
The imam spoke at length against betrayal. He also spoke against waste and extravagance, and against looking slovenly.
Throughout his lecture the imam illustrated his arguments with examples.