ALLAH does not change the state of people, until they change it themselves

31.1.11

Backbitting(Ghibah)


Note: Y.Ali=Yusuf Ali's Translation of the Verse of the Quran
24:15 (Y. Ali) Behold, ye received it on your tongues, and said out of your mouths things of which ye had no knowledge; and ye thought it to be a light matter, while it was most serious in the sight of Allah.
49:12 (Y. Ali)… And spy not on each other behind their backs. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Nay, ye would abhor it.But fear Allah. For Allah is Oft-Returning, Most Merciful.
104:1 (Y. Ali) Woe to every (kind of) scandal-monger and-backbiter
Prophet Muhammad(SAW) said :”Do you know what backbiting is?” They said, “God and His Messenger know best.” He then said, “It is to say something about your brother that he would dislike.” Someone asked him, “But what if what I say is true?” The Messenger of God said, “If what you say about him is true, you are backbiting him, but if it is not true then you have slandered him.” (Muslim)
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “A man might speak a word without thinking about its implications, but because of it, he will plunge into the Hellfire further than the distance between the east and west.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (6477) and Sahîh Muslim (2988)]
Prophet Muhammad(SAW) said : “Who protects his tongue from unlawful utterances and his private parts from illegal sexual intercourse, I shall guarantee him entrance into Paradise.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever can guarantee to me what is between his two lips and what is between his two legs, I can guarantee for him Paradise.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (6474)]
Action Plan
Backbiting and slander is so widespread that it has become the topic of people’s meetings and an avenue for expressing their anger, misgivings and jealousy.
1. Those who indulge in backbiting are oblivious of the fact that they are only harming themselves. This is because of the fact that on the Day of Resurrection both the wrongdoer and the wronged will stand before God, Who is the Just Judge, God will then give this wronged person from the good deeds of the person who wronged him in accordance with his wrong by backbiting.
2. Some situations allow us to inform others of what someone has done. It is allowed for us to inform the authorities when someone does injustice to us or others. It is allowed for us to inform someone who can help a perpetrator from committing further vice. It is also permissible for us to tell whoever seeks our advice on a person for business dealings or marriage. In this case it is not allowed for us to hide what we know about the person so that the enquirer will not be deceived. All these types of speaking about others are lawful.
3. Islam teaches us that if people are being ridiculed or backbited in our presence, we should defend their honor. If we neglect this, we shall deprive ourselves of ever needed help and mercy from God.

28.1.11

SUPERHEROES 2

In my previous article I wrote about our kids being led in satanic way through fake 'superheroes'. They don't know who the real heroes are. Here a point arises, how come they don't know about their heritage? The most important thing of their life.


kabhe ay naujawan muslim! tadabbur bhe kia tuny?
wo kia girdoun tha, tu jis ka hai ik tuta hua tara
?
(Iqbal)

It points towards us adults who got off the right track, the ‘SIRAT E MUSTAQIM.’ We forgot our heritage, the glorious origin from which we evolved. Do you realize that our ancestors ruled the world for more than a thousand years, thousand years!!! How did they manage it? What was it that they had and we don’t? Why are we in an abyss at the mercy of the world?

They had ‘imaan’ in them. They believed in the sovereignty of Allah with their hearts and implied it in each and every aspect of their lives. From the Caliph to an ordinary peasant, all worked together as an Ummah. Unlike us they adhered to Allah’s commands completely and not just that what suited them best from Islam leaving what was against their desires like we do.

Allah says:

"Aey Nabi (S.A.W) apne un logo k haal per ghaur kia jo dawa to ye karty hain k jo kuch apki taraf nazil kia gya hai,us per bhi Imaan laye hain or us per bhi jo pehly utara gya tha. Mager chahty ye hain k apna muqadma taghoot k pas ly jayen halanky unhein hukum dia gya tha k wo taghoot k fesly tasleem na karyn or sheytan to yeh chahta hai k unhein gumrah kar k bohat door tak ly jaye."
( Surah Nissa-ayah 60)

The Munafiqs (hypocrites) took those of their affairs to Hazrat Mohammad S.A.W in which they knew he would rule in their favor and when they knew that a particular affair will be ruled against them then they went to taghuti courts. This was the background behind this Ayah.

Don't you feel that this ayah is about us? We don't practice Islam completely.


Allah says in Surah-e-Tauba;

"Or Islam mein pury dakhil hojao"

Allah knows that until we except Islam completely, we can't benefit from its blessings.

There is a type of psychology, Gestalt psychology, which says;

A hole is different from its parts. The parts force a holistic pattern to our perception."

Quran is a whole pattern, a complete code of life. The thorough system which has human as his sole subject. How can we take some parts of it and be contented that we are obliging our duty?? We are distorting its pattern which is resulting in our destruction. Do you see the line of fault? The messed up pattern is ruining the perfect picture because of our faults and is resulting in the wrong bringing up of our children who are the future of Islam.

ganwa di humny jo islaaf sey meeras payi the
surayya sey zameen per asman ne hum ko dy mara
(Iqbal)

Save yourself and this generation and most of all save your ‘Imaan’ before it’s too late.

Ribat


The Messenger, peace be upon him, once asked: "Listen. Shall I guide you to the things through which God blots out sins and elevates you to higher ranks?" When his Companions asked him to do so, he told them: "Perform wudu (ritual ablution) as correctly as possible, even in the most adverse conditions; walk to the mosque for each prayer, and wait for the next prayer after praying. This is the ribat, this is theribat (preparation, dedication)." [Muslim]
The hadith begins with 'Listen' to stress the importance of what follows. In this case, it is the five daily prayers.
The prescribed prayer is the pillar of Islam. Without it, Islam cannot be maintained. When believers pray correctly, they are protected from evil thoughts and deeds. It is also a sacred ladder for ascending to the Presence of God. But before we climb it, we must perform wudu as perfectly as possible. From the first step toward wudu, believers begin to gain reward. While performing it, they are relieved of the stress of daily life and cleansed of sins. When performed in difficult circumstances, believers receive an even greater exhilaration.
God's Messenger describes the prescribed prayer as ribat, which can be translated as "dedication to something or guarding the frontier." By describing the prescribed prayers as ribat, God's Messenger also emphasizes that Muslims should dedicate their lives to Divine worship and organize their daily activities around the five daily prayers. They should ensure that they can pray when necessary and with full attention. After each prayer, they should wait expectantly for the next one. Those who pray in such a manner will be cleansed of sins and, moreover, protected against committing more sins.

25.1.11

Peer o Mureed: The Teacher and the Student


The question by Allama Iqbal:

Discerning eyes bleed in pain;
For faith is ruined by knowledge in this age.

Explanation of the Stanza: The discerning eye (the eye which recognizes the reality) is bleeding because the knowledge of the current age has ruined the faith. Please tell me, what is the solution to this?

The answer by Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi: 

Fling it on the body, and knowledge becomes a serpent;
Fling it on the heart and it becomes a friend.

Explanation of the stanza: 
If you will use knowledge to use it for the decoration of your body, then it will bite you like a snake, but if you will use knowledge for discovering yourself and for improving your inner self, then knowledge will be like a gentle friend for you in your whole life.

Meaning knowledge should not be used for showing off, but it should be used for improving yourself from your heart, soul and brain. If Muslims use the knowledge of the west(secular knowledge as they call it), then it’ll become a source of mercy for the humanity, a source of peace for the humanity. The dilemma is the knowledge and research of the west is used badly, in a negative manner, in a neglectful manner. Hence, it has been the source of trouble for the religion, for the faith today, and the religious scholar today are even cursing these knowledge
A message by Iqbal to today’s youth that if you’ll always observe intellectual humility and always use knowledge for improving your inner self, your heart, the khudi that Allama Iqbal usually talks about, then it will be better for you and for the humanity as a whole.

23.1.11

Superheroes?

Children-are the future of a nation. Young buds which grow into numerous beautiful flowers; ornating the garden with their looks, satiating our eyes.
As a psychologist puts it,


"The minds of children are blank slates on which our teachings, standards and ideals are to be written."


The young minds are like a sponge, absorbing each and every happening of their surrounding. Very much careful steps should be taken when teaching/training them.
A scholar said:

"For an infant, his first school is his mother's lap"


Proper education is necessary to raise a child into a dutiful responsible citizen and moreover to make him a better Muslim. Careful measures must be taken from very first step. Educating the young mind is like molding the character of a whole nation because the young man of today will be a responsible citizen of tomorrow.

Nowadays, it is seen that children have idolized Ben10, Superman, Spider man etc. They are 'superheroes' for them. A source of inspiration and they want to become like them, imitate them, dress like them, carry their gadgets; school bags, watches, eatables. Children are badly obsessed with them. My 3 year old cousin was even trying to jump from his 2nd floor balcony to fly like superman! I was shocked when I heard this. Is this the road they are going down after those fake 'superheroes'? It is too much. And this is not their fault. Their parents don't give them enough time. The gardener is neglecting his asset so the hedges will no doubt grow wild and the flowers will wither. The charm of the garden will perish. Parents leave their children infront of the TV setting cartoon network, pogo, wikid, and get busy in their work not realizing for the slightest moment that their minds are being corrupted and invaded by Satan through this wired device.

I don't need to write here what kinds of programs are shown on these channels. They watch whatever is shown, not knowing what is right or wrong; just imagine what we are doing to our children. We are throwing them in fire, ruining them from the core, murdering the most enchanting thing about them; their innocence by our own hands.

Our superheroes are Hazrat Mohammad SAW, Hazrat Umar RA, Hazrat Usama bin Zayd RA; the youngest General of an army, Mohammad Bin Qasim, Tipu Sultan and Tariq bin Zayad; who burned his ships for his back way to home, on a strange land in the name of Allah. They are the greatest human beings who did real superhero acts, endangering their life for a real purpose, not just for stunts in front of a camera. Our children must know about these heroes who spent their lives for Allah and gave away their lives for the same purpose. They must follow their footsteps, imitate them, live and breathe with them like they do with Batman, Spiderman. and this task is subjected to us, solely our duty to tell children of their heroic acts, spend time with them, sacrifice ourselves for them so that they become real flowers, satiate our eyes and souls in the true manner.

12.1.11

What’s Your Morning Routine?

What’s Your Morning Routine?
I hate routine. Except when it comes to morning routines :) That’s something I try and stick to! ;)
There’s something about starting your day on a number of pre-planned actions that really set your day straight. Below I describe the ‘ideal’ ProductiveMuslim morning routine. (Note: I assume that Fajr Athan is at 5.00am and that work starts at 8am, feel free to ‘adjust’ the routine below to suit your timetable inshaAllah)

4.00AM – 5.00AM: 5 Essential Actions

1. Wake up!

Perhaps the first and most important step to having a great morning routine is waking up early! And it is in that moment of indecisiveness – whether you should wake up immediately or enjoy your nice comfy bed for ‘5 more minutes’- wherein lies the secret to either a great day or a crazy one. Here’s a tip that always works with me for waking up: You know how shaytaan whispers in your ears “just sleep for 5 more minutes”… I simply whisper back to myself “just wake up for 5 minutes” ;) Yup, you can imagine the rest. As soon as you’re awake and begin reciting the Adkhar and making wudhu, you can imagine what happens to sleep – (Gone! Left the building!).

2. Make the Dua(s) for waking up and recite last 10 verses of Surah Al-Imran

Alhamdulillah, we have a beautiful set of “waking up” supplications which Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) taught us. A collection of Wake Up Supplications can be found on MakeDua.com. My favorite is the recitation of the last 10 verses of Al-Imran (Chapter 3 of the Quran). You can almost feel your heart coming to life and being ‘juiced’ when the first thing you do as soon as you wake up is remember Allah & recite His Glorious Words from the Quran.

3. Make Wudhu

We can all agree, there’s something about wudhu that really focuses your positive energy and cleanses you inwardly as well as outwardly. I had a friend who used to call this feeling “WuBuzz!” short for the “Buzz” you feel after wudhu ;) Don’t forget to say Bismillah before starting wudhu and the dua after finishing wudhu! The 8 gates of Heaven will be opened for you, (not a bad way to start your day ;) and you’ll feel refreshed and ready for the day ahead.

4. Tahajjud & Witr

Tahajjud or Qiyaam has been described as the “honour of the believer”, because who else would go through what you just did (wake up, wudhu..etc) just to stand up and pray? The beauty of Tahajjud is hard to describe; from the feeling of tranquility in your heart and understanding the Quran better at this time, to feeling closer to Allah at a time of isolation from others and wishing that you would never get up from that prostration, to self-reflection moments that we rarely get a chance to exercise in our busy world… all of them and more come from Tahajjud! Finally, praying Witr after Tahajjud and making sincere dua to Allah is a true booster to your day!

5. Istighfar moments

Don’t forget to use the last 5-10 minutes before Fajr to ask Allah for forgiveness and making lots of istighfar so that you are among those Allah mentioned in the Quran: “And in the hour of early dawn, they (were found) praying for Forgiveness” (Quran, Chapter 51, Verse 18).

5.00AM – 5.05 AM: Fajr Athan

Say as the muaddhin (The person who calls to Prayer) says and don’t forget the Dua after athan. Supplications Related to Athaan can also be found at MakeDua.com

5.05AM – 5.30AM: Between Athan & Iqama

1. Pray the 2 rak’ahs Sunnah of Fajr

Don’t miss this! Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The two rakahs before the dawn (Fajr) prayer are better than this world and all that it contains. (Riyad-us-Saliheen (Hadith # 1102). Just think about this hadeeth for a moment; 5 minutes of your time to pray 2 short rak’ahs are better than this whole wide world with all its’ lands, people, treasures, nature and beyond! SubhanaAllah!
Also, if this is the importance and merit of the Sunnah of Fajr, what about the obligatory Fajr prayer itself? 

2. Dua

Did you know that the time between the Athan & Iqama is a prime time to make dua? Make the most of it! Narrated Anas ibn Malik: “The supplication made between the athan and the iqamah is not rejected.” (Sunan Abu Dawood, Book #2, Hadith #0521)

3. Lie on your right side

Narrated ‘Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her): “Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) used to pray two light rakahs before the morning (compulsory) prayer after the day dawned and the Mu’addhin had finished his adhan. He then would lie on his right side till the Mu’addhin came to pronounce the Iqama.” (Sahih Bukhari, Book #11, Hadith #599)

4. Brainstorm session

I sometimes use this time to either plan my day, or brainstorm ideas for ProductiveMuslim/articles or just reading and writing. You’ll be surprised how active your brain is at this time! You’re awake, alert and kicking ;)

5. Quran memorization

Speaking of your mind being active, memorizing Quran at this time is incredible as well. I have tried memorizing Quran after Asr/Maghreb when I’m tired and back from work Vs. after Fajr. The difference is overwhelming, SubhanaAllah! After Fajr, your brain is truly like a sponge and it is the best time to memorize verses from the Quran :).

5.30AM – 6.00am: Fajr Salat & Dhikr

If you are a brother, and can get to a mosque no matter how far – go for it! The beauty of praying Fajr in the masjid is hard to describe. I prefer walking to the Masjid Vs. driving (cycling is good as well ;) since you get a chance to breath in the fresh morning air; Allah says in the Quran: “And the Dawn as it breathes away the darkness” (Chapter 81, Verse 18)
After Fajr Salah, sit back, relax and enjoy performing the post Salah Dhikr and morning supplications.

6.00 – 6.30am: Recite, Read or Exercise

1. Quran Memorization/Recitation

Recite and/or Memorize Quran as mentioned previously, or if you have a good tafsir book, then reading the meaning of at least one page of the Quran is a great bonus!

2. Reading

Spend this time reading Islamic material. I stress that the reading must be Islamic, because as I mentioned previously, your mind is like a sponge at this time and is highly active. You want whatever you’re reading to be truly embedded into your mind & soul inshaAllah.
Suggested books to read: Hadeeth books, Stories of the Prophets, Seerah, etc…

3. Exercise

Another option is a quick 30 minute exercise. This could be jogging around the block, cycling, using a treadmill, some aerobics/cardiovascular exercises and anything that builds your stamina.

6.30AM – 6.45: Plan Your Day

This is where I plan the rest of my day. Sometimes I check and send e-mails around this time as well to help me plan my day or set out tasks for myself and team members.

6.45AM – 7.00: Get Ready For Work

Shower, get dressed, and gather your paper work, (although organizing your items the night before makes this 15 minute process of getting ready a lot smoother!) Put things where you can find them so that you don’t waste time searching for them.

7.00AM – 7.10: Duha Prayers.

Nothing sets your day straight like Duha prayer. Nu`aym ibn Hammar (Allah be pleased with him) relates that he heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) say: “Allah Most High says: O child of Adam, don’t fail to perform four rakahs in the beginning of your day, and I shall be your sufficiency at its end.” (Abu Dawud (1289) and Tirmidhi (475).

7.15AM – 7.30AM: Breakfast

Reward yourself for a ProductiveMorning with a big FAT hearty (healthy) breakfast! Try to avoid caffeine and have a fibre filled bowl of goodness to set you in good stead.

7.30AM – 8.00AM: Commute to Work

Imagine if all your mornings were like the above… how much will you gain spiritually? How much knowledge will you acquire? What will your mood be like for the rest of the day? Try the above, just for one day, and let me know how it goes inshaAllah.
JAZAKALLAH khair for reading :)
If you achieve any good from this, then everything is from ALLAH, only the mistakes are mine, so i hope u will pardon me for my mistakes and May ALLAH forgive us of our mistakes :) INSHALLAH

11.1.11

Islamic Calendar

Assalamu Alaikum all brothers and sisters in Islam. 


Sometimes back i posted a fatwa for if we can use the Christian (or the Gregorian) calender, which was something that was not of our own. Today i'm posting about the Pro's of our own Islamic Calender. Here it goes,



  • Umar ibn al-Khattab established the Islamic Calendar uniting the different dating methods of his time by counting back to the year of the Hijrah (migration to Madina) to determine when to start.
  • 16 July, 622 CE = 1 Muharram, 1 AH
  • Islamic Calendar begins with sacrifice (hijrah of the Prophet and the Muslims to Madina) and ends with sacrifice (hajj, hijrah of Hajira).
  • Not from someone’s birthday, or some king or ruler’s orders, but from the foundation of the Islamic community - on brotherhood and unity we begin and end.
  • Lunar: Based upon the moon - accurate, close, visible, reminder of the beauty, order, submission of Allah’s creation but also its imperfection, its rise and fall, it needs the sun to shine. We interact with the signs of Allah when we look for the new moon every month, it is not passive time-keeping and time-passing, it’s natural. Animals, sea-creatures, oceans, plants, even human cycles are lunar timed.
  • We rotate through the seasons - dynamic, perpetual. Summer is not just in June. Eid is not just in winter. A nation of all times and all seasons, we remain steadfast no matter what the season.
  • Note the meaning of the names of the months:
    1. Muharram ["Forbidden" - it is one of the four months during which time it is forbidden to wage war or fight]
    2. Safar ["Empty" or "Yellow"]
    3. Rabi al-Awwal ["First spring"]
    4. Rabi al-Thani ["Second spring"]
    5. Jumada al-Awwal ["First freezing"]
    6. Jumada al-Thani ["Second freezing"]
    7. Rajab ["To respect" - this is another holy month when
      fighting is prohibited]
    8. Shaban ["To spread and distribute"]
    9. Ramadan ["Parched thirst" - this is the month of Islamic daytime fasting]
    10. Shawwal ["To be light and vigorous"]
    11. Dhul-Qida ["The month of rest" - another month when no warfare or fighting is allowed]
    12. Dhul-Hijja ["The month of Hajj" - this is the month of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, again when no warfare or fighting is allowed]
  • Nadwi: "The Islamic Era did not start with the victories of Islamic wars, nor with the birth or death of the Prophet (peace be upon him), nor with the Revelation itself. It starts with Hijrah, or the sacrifice for the cause of Truth and for the preservation of the Revelation. It was a divinely inspired selection. God wanted to teach man that struggle between Truth and Evil is eternal. The Islamic year reminds Muslims every year not of the pomp and glory of Islam but of its sacrifice and prepares them to do the same."
  • We look at history through the life of the Prophet, peace be upon him, the greatest life ever lived, everything is either before or after Hijrah. “Allah has renewed time”, it’s a universal new beginning in the history of man and civilization with the Hijrah of the Prophet and our forerunners at its centre piece.
Follow something that was our own, not something that we were forced to follow because of our own mistakes.

JAZAKALLAH for reading

8.1.11

Allaah is Beautiful and Loves Beauty

By Imaam ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah rahimahullaah
From ’Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood radiallaahu ’anhu who said that the Prophet sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallamsaid, “No one will enter Paradise who has an atom’s weight of pride in his heart.” A man said, “What if a man likes his clothes to look good and his shoes to look good?” He said, “Allaah is beautiful and loves beauty. Pride means denying the truth and looking down on people.” 
Ibnul-Qayyim (d.751H) radiallaahu ’anhu said, commenting upon this hadeeth:
‘‘The phrase ‘Allaah is beautiful and loves beauty,’ includes the beautiful clothing which was asked about in the same hadeeth. It is included by way of generalization, meaning that beauty in all things is what is meant here. In Saheeh Muslim, it says: “Allaah is good and only accepts that which is good.” 
In Sunanut-Tirmidhee it says: “Allaah loves to see the effects of His blessing on His slave.’’  It was reported that Abul-Ahwas al-Jashamee said: The Prophet sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam saw me wearing old, tattered clothes, and asked me, “Do you have any wealth?” I said, “Yes.” He said, “What kind of wealth?” I said, “All that Allaah has given me of camels and sheep.” He said, “Then show the generous blessings that He has given you.” 
Allaah, may He be glorified, loves the effects of His blessings to His slave to be made manifest, for this is part of the beauty that He loves, and that is part of the gratitude for His blessings which forms an inner beauty (beauty of character). Allaah loves to see the external beauty of His slaves which reflects His blessings on them, and the inner beauty of their gratitude to Him for those blessings. Because He loves beauty, He sends down on His slaves clothes and adornments with which they may make their outward appearance beautiful and He gives them taqwaa which makes their inner characters beautiful. Allaah says:
“O Children of Adam! We have bestowed raiment upon you to cover yourselves (screen your private parts, etc.) and as an adornment, and the raiment of righteousness, that is better.”[Sooratul-A’raaf 7:26]
And He says, speaking of the people of Paradise:
“…and He gave them Nadrataan (a light of beauty) and joy. And their recompense shall be Paradise and silken garments, because they were patient.” [Sooratul-Insaan 76:11-12]
Their faces will be made beautiful with the nadrah (light of beauty), their innermost being with joy and their bodies with silken garments. Just as Allaah loves beauty in words, deeds, garments and outward appearance, so He hates ugliness in words, deeds, garments and outward appearance. He hates ugliness and its people, and loves beauty and its people. But two groups are misguided with regard to this issue: a group who say that everything that He has created is beautiful, so He loves all that He has created and we should love all that He has created and not hate anything. They say: whoever realizes that all that exists comes from Him will see that it is beautiful … these people have no sense of jealousy for the sake of Allaah or hatred and enmity for the sake of Allaah, or denouncing what is evil (munkar), or jihaad (struggle) for the sake of Allaah, or adhering His limits. They regard the beauty of images, male or female, as being part of the beauty that Allaah loves, and seek to worship Allaah through immoral acts. Some of them may even go so far as to claim that the One Whom they worship is manifested or incarnated in those images.
The second group, on the other hand, say that Allaah condemns the beauty of images, forms and outward appearances. Allaah says about the munaafiqoon (hypocrites):
“And when you look at them, their bodies please you…” [Sooratul-Munaafiqoon 63:4]
“And how many a generation have We destroyed before them. Who were better in wealth, goods and outward appearance?” [Soorah Maryam 19:54]
In Saheeh Muslim it is reported that the Prophet sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam said: “Allaah does not look at your outward appearance and your wealth, rather He looks at your hearts and deeds.” 
According to another hadeeth: “Shabbiness is part of faith.”  Allaah condemns those who are extravagant, which applies to extravagance in clothing as well as in food and drink.
In order to settle this dispute, we may say that beauty in clothing and outward appearance is of three types, one of which is commendable, one is blameworthy and one of which is neither. The kind of beauty which is to be commended is that which is done for the sake of Allaah, to help one to obey Allaah and fulfill His commands, such as when the Prophet sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam made himself look beautiful (i.e. handsome) when meeting the delegations that came to him. This is like wearing armour or battle-dress when fighting, or wearing silk and showing off (in front of the enemy). This is commendable because it is done to make the word of Allaah supreme and to support His religion and annoy His enemies. The blameworthy kind of beauty is that which is done for the sake of this world, for reasons of power, false pride and showing off, or to fulfill some (selfish) desires. This also includes cases where beauty is an end in itself for a person and is all he cares about. Many people have no other concern in life. As for the kind of beauty which is neither commendable nor blameworthy, it is that which has nothing to do with either of the two purposes mentioned above (i.e., it is neither for the sake of Allaah nor for the sake of worldly purposes).
The hadeeth under discussion refers to two important principles, knowledge and behaviour.  Allaah is to be acknowledged for beauty that bears no resemblance to anything else, and He is to be worshipped by means of the beauty which He loves in words, deeds and attitudes. He loves His slaves to beautify their tongues with the truth, to beautify their hearts with sincere devotion (ikhlaas), love, repentance and trust in Him, to beautify their faculties with obedience, and to beautify their bodies by showing His blessings upon them in their clothing and by keeping them pure and free of any filth, dirt or impurity, by removing the hairs which should be removed, by circumcision, and by clipping the nails. Thus they recognize Allaah through these qualities of beauty and seek to draw close to Him through beautiful words, deeds and attitudes. They acknowledge Him for the beauty which is His attribute and they worship Him through the beauty which He has prescribed and His religion. The hadeeth combines these two principles of knowledge and behaviour.’’