‘AL-AMAANA’: THE TRUST OF MORALITY
Allah is so Merciful that He created mankind with a moral sense of right and wrong. Deep within our souls, even when we are in the highest level of sinfulness or even denying the existence of Allah, most people have a sense of morality. This is The ‘Amaana’ of Allah. Al-Amaana is a trust or responsibility that we each have to each other, to our own selves, to the environment and the creatures of the earth. Allah tells us about this in Juz 22;
In our state of sinfulness, we moved away from the moral sense of honesty. Truth is fragmented by denial and excuses. We lie to ourselves, we lie to family and friends. We even think up excuses that we will say to Allah. As we leave our sinfulness behind, we must make honesty the foundation of our recovery. Truthfulness will break us free from our old ways and help us tread a path to Paradise on The Straight Path of Allah swt;
“Oh you who believe! Keep your duty to Allah and fear Him, and speak always the Truth. He will direct you to do righteous good deeds and will forgive you your sins. And whosoever obeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed achieved a great achievement” (33:70-71)
In recovery, as we embrace Islam as a way of life, we will find that there are times when speaking the truth could mean putting ourselves into a difficult situation. However, we will find that in the bigger picture of things, speaking the truth means things turn out well in the end. No one on The Straight Path ever regrets telling the truth, but we always regret a lie. Truth leads to contented hearts and as Allah says in the Verse above, as a result of honesty Allah will forgive us of our sins.
Each and every one of us among mankind has been entrusted by Allah with a moral responsibility. We are custodians of this earth and we must always do our best to spread goodness wherever we can and prevent wrongs wherever we can. This is an obligation upon every one of us. Today we see the moral decay of society. Those things that used to be taboo or shameful are now acted out in public until it becomes the norm. In our sinfulness, perhaps, we contributed to this lack of morality. Now is the time to turn back to Allah and spread goodness, where we once spread wrong. We must unite together to uphold the moral goodness.
“Truly, We did offer Al-Amaanah to the heavens and the earth, and the mountains, but they declined to bear it and were afraid of it. But man took it. Verily, he was unjust and ignorant” (33:72)
What Allah means in this Verse is that Allah offered The Trust of Morality (Al Amaanah) to the heavens, earth and mountains to hold onto. But they knew how heavy this burden was and how difficult it could be to keep in tact, so they refused to take it. So Allah offered this trust to Prophet Adam, as, and he accepted it for himself and the whole of mankind. This is why it has become a moral responsibility on every one of us to work deeds of moral righteousness. We look to that which is in our hearts, a sense of right and wrong, and then adhere to what has been confirmed in the Qur’an and Sunnah of Muhammad, pbuh. Prophet Adam, as, underestimated the magnitude of what he was accepting. Trust is a massive thing. Al-Amaanah can be best understood as obedience to Allah in all matters and its foundation is to keep our behaviours and etiquette in line with what Allah loves.
In our addiction think of all those times we broke the trust of others, we acted against our morality and social acceptance. We hurt others, cheated and blamed. Allah saw it all. Now we must repent to Allah and give back to the society and to our family. With a strong morality and adhering to the trust of Allah we will be successful on the Path to Recovery.
Hudaifa reported that the Prophet saws said: “A man may sleep and Al-Amanah will be taken from his heart, leaving nothing but a trace like a blister left by a coal if you were to roll it over your leg — you will see it protruding but there is nothing inside.” Then he took a pebble and rolled it over his leg (Ahmad)