بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّ حِيْمِ
says in Surah An'am;
It is those who believe and confuse not their beliefs with wrong - that are (truly) in security, for they are on (right) Guidance. (6:82)
Allah warns against clothing up our beliefs with dhum (wrong) as it will inevitably lead to distress. To clothe ones belief means to cover it up with something, and in this case it is covering it with wrongful deeds and actions. This has a greater spiritual implication as oppose to the theological.
All the varying categories of dhum will cover the qalb and will bring about grief and misery. The Christians for example believe in the Oneness of God but worship Jesus (as). Thus they will find themselves among the unfortunate ones.
Allah talks about the signs of the Day of Judgement. Understand that this world is His and He allows what He wants to take place. It is not our business to question His workings. Our goal is to find peace and tranquillity. How can this be achieved? Do as Allah says in the ayat mentioned above; and confuse not their beliefs with wrong.
On the Day of Judgement Allah, through His Divine capacity to forgive, will pardon whomever He wants, but you should not wait for that Day. While your posses the capacity and ability wash away your blemishes with tauba. We are taught to pray;
Allahummas turrnaa bi satrikal jameel
“O Allah! Cover us (i.e. our faults) with a beautiful covering”
Your mission in life is to leave here with a shinning qalb. Yes you may do wrong, but whenever you do hasten to wash it away. This is how life is; we are not angels. We sometimes falter along the path.
One day, the Sahaba, Hanzalah al-Usaydi met Hazrat Abu Bakr and confessed to him that he was convinced he was a hypocrite because he felt divided between contradictory feelings. In Prophet Muhammad’s (pboh) presence, he almost saw paradise and hell, but when he was away from him, his wife and children and his affairs caused him to forget. Hazrat Abu Bakr in turn admitted that he experienced similar tensions. They both went to the Prophet (pboh) to question him about the seemingly dismal state of their spirituality. Hanzalah explained the nature of his doubts and Prophet Muhammad (pboh) answered,
“By He who holds my soul in His hands, if you were able to remain in the [spiritual] state in which you are when in my company, and remember God permanently, the angels would shake your hands in your beds and along your paths. But it is not so, Hanzalah: there is a time for this [devotion, remembrance] and a time for that [rest, amusement].”
We have entered the blessed month of Rajab, which means Ramadhan is fast approaching and the beauty of Ramadhan is that if you keep the fast and pray to your Lord all your sins will be forgiving. So start training yourself from now so that when Ramadhan arrives you will be able to fully benefit.
Remember no amount of money can buy peace and tranquillity. The greatest thing you can achieve in this world is peace and tranquillity.
We don’t want to clothe our beautiful bright shinning ruh with dhum. If you can maintain this, insha Allah you will find peace, and on the Day of Accountability you will find yourself amongst those whose personality will be bright and shinning.