Preserving your Gems

A summary explanation of the Hadith ash-Sharif on the inherent virtues in a believer and how they are lost

Bismillahi wa salatu wa salamu ‘ala Rasulillah wa ‘ala jami’il ambiyai wal-mursalin wa ‘ala ahlihi wa sahabihi ajmain, amin.

 Our beloved Prophet and noble master, Rasulullah Muhammad Mustafa [sallallahu alaihi wa sallam] said:

There are four invaluable gifts embedded in the son of Adam (alaihi ‘s-salam). These four gifts are in turn removed by other four vices, evils. As for the invaluable gems (gifts), they are; Intellect, Religion, Shame and (ability and inclination) to do good deeds. Of these: anger removes intellect, envy removes religion, desire removes shame and sense of caution and backbiting removes goods deeds.


Since excessive anger is a step to insanity. When man gets angry his intellect vanishes and his wisdom suppressed. He becomes a toy in the hand of Shaytan who makes him utters statements that he is bound to regret. Know, and may Allahu ta’ala grant you safety, that anger comes in four shades and only one of these can be found in a true Muslim. Some are quick to anger and also quick to go out of it; some get angry late and go out of anger late; some get angry  quick and come out of it late; while some get angry late and quickly come out of anger. This (last type) is the anger of the believer. We attain to this fortune when we realise Allahu ta’ala’s sublimity over us and His promise to remove His anger on the Day of Accounting on those who restrain their anger when provoked by other creation of Allah. The Holy Qur’an elaborating on those who will enter into Allahu ta’ala’s rahma and compassion says:

Those who avoid the major sins (Kabair) and indecencies, and forgive when they are angry. (al-Shura: 37) Continue reading “Preserving your Gems”