Religion is Nasihah Part 1

Religion is Naṣīḥah Part 1
Delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on Friday 15th January 2021 at Al Kawthar Academy, Leicester

The famous ḥadīth of Tamīm al-Dārī is often translated as, “Religion is advice.” However, there is more to the meaning of these words than a simple translation. What exactly is ‘naṣīḥah’ and how can it be applied to Allāh, His Prophet ﷺ and the believers?

This talk details the word naṣīhah beyond its common, but partial translation of ‘advice’. The word ‘nuṣḥ’ is explained; including its meaning of extracting pure honey, and several verses in the Qurān containing derivatives of the word are mentioned. Previous prophets, including the Prophet ﷺ exercised nuṣḥ in all conditions and examples of these are explained in this talk.

Thereafter the talk explains ‘naṣīḥah to Allāh’ and how it entails placing Allāh above all else and not being in a deceitful relationship with Him. The sincere believers who remained behind at the battle of Tabūk are mentioned as positive examples. Furthermore, our duties to Allāh’s book are said to be similar to the Prophet’s ﷺ duties as mentioned in Surat al-Jumu’ah.

Towards the end of the talk, five of our duties to the Prophet ﷺ are extracted from verses of the Qurān. Naṣīḥah to the Muslims leaders and laity is also mentioned, but very briefly.

Below are some of the timecodes and topics for this talk:

0:00 – Intro: The ḥadīth of Tamīm al-Dārī
10:05 – Meaning of naṣīḥah
19:53 – The Prophets having nusḥ for their nations
31:08 – Antonyms of naṣīḥah
34:49 – Naṣīḥah for Allāh
40:05 – Background of naṣīḥah in Sūrat al-Tawbah
52:05 – Our duty to the book of Allāh
56:12 – Our duty to the Prophet ﷺ
1:00:25 – Naṣīḥah for other believers

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