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In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate

…..a full package After the Prophet, (pbuh), passed away, some Arab tribes refused to pay Zakat. Abu Bakr, who was appointed to succeed the Prophet, (pbuh), wanted to fight them. 'Umar, came to the Abu Bakr and said how could he fight them when they testified that there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is His Messenger and they were praying. Abu Bakr swore that he would fight whoever differentiate between Salat and zakat Then he said, "the religion has been left by Muhammad complete. I am not going to allow the religion of Allah be diminished." Abu Bakr waged war against those who refused to pay zakat until they surrendered. Islam is a full package. As Muslims, we cannot take some and leave some-whatever is convenient we take and whatever is not, we leave or seek dispensations so we don't have to do it. If you want to keep the favor that Allah has bestowed upon you, i.e. your faith (Iman), and if you want Allah to continue to give you favors, then you have to do everything Allah tells you to do. You cannot believe some and not believe the other. If you do that, then you are not being truthful. Allah knows if you are truthful when you say you believe in Him. Remember Paradise is only for the believers. “The believers are only those who believe in Allah and His Messenger, and then doubt not, and strive with their wealth and their lives for the cause of Allah. It is those who are the truthful. ’’ Say: “Are you informing Allah of your faith. While Allah knows whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And Allah is Aware of all things.” “They consider it a favor to you that they have accepted Islam. Say: “Do not consider your Islam as a favor to me. But Allah has done favor upon you that He has guided you to the faith, if you are truthful.” “Indeed, Allah knows the unseen of the heavens and the earth. And Allah is the All Seer of what you do. ” (49:15-18) May Allah guide us and make our ending better than our beginning and in the highest of Iman. Ameen,

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