By Halima Bint Muhammad Abdul Hannan
On the authority of Abu Tha’labah al-Kushanee — Jurthoom bin Nashir (may Allah be pleased with him) — that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: Verily Allah ta’ala has laid down religious obligations (fara’id), so do not neglect them; and He has set limits, so do not overstep them; and He has forbidden some things, so do not violate them; and He has remained silent about some things, out of compassion for you, not forgetfulness — so do not seek after them. A hasan hadeeth narrated by ad-Daraqutnee and others.
It’s curious that man speaks only of his rights, neighbours rights, family rights, employees’ rights but never the rights of his lord upon him.
If the age of maturity has drawn near and you are considered to be Aaqil then fulfil the rights due upon you, do not violate those actions that have been made obligatory upon you like Salah, fulfil the rights due upon you. He set boundaries for a reason such as ‘do not indulge in interest’, so do not transgress them, fulfil the rights due upon you, Allah kept silent in certain matters out of his mercy this is not a sign of weakness from him such as the incident of the cow in Surah Baqarah. Allah gave an easy commandment and did not expand on the matter so that the people could slaughter the cow and be done with the commandment, yet they questioned it and Allah shows their impudence and their lack of recognition of his silence on the matter, so when Allah remains silent in a matter do not indulge in it further, Question yourself whether you are fulfilling the rights of Allah, so fulfil the rights due upon you.