The Life in this World

بسْم الله الرّحْمن الرّحيم، اللّهمّ صلِّ على سيّدنا محمّدٍ وآله

 وصحْبه وسلِّم

They used to enjoy eating, sleeping and having intercourse just like you. They hardly thought of their impending deaths just like you... Imam Hasan al-Basri ra. said, "Death exposes the lowliness/reality of life in this World, leaving no joy in the hearts of men with intellect"

“And present to them the example of the life of this world, [its being] like rain which We send down from the sky, and the vegetation of the earth mingles with it and [then] it becomes dry remnants, scattered by the winds. And Allah is ever, over all things, Perfect in Ability.Wealth and children are [but] adornment of the worldly life. But the enduring good deeds are better to your Lord for reward and better for [one’s] hope.” al-Kahfi:45-46     (Remember to recite al-Kahfi on Friday(today) for protection against the fitnah of Dajjal)

Allah ta’ala inspired to Moses upon whom be peace, “O Moses, if I love a servant, I will keep the World away from him, this is how I treat my lovers, O Moses! If you see wealth drawing near, say, “This is a punishment, hastened, for our sins.” If you see poverty approaching, say, “Welcome to the signpost(poverty) of the pious.”

Allah Most Exalted is He said, “The most lightest of punishment that I inflict upon a man of knowledge who becomes attached to the World is I remove the sweetness he experience in intimate conversation with Me.”

Allah ta’ala inspired to ‘Isa/Jesus upon whom be peace, “O ‘Isa, relate to the Children on Israel to remember these two phrases : “Tell them to be content with little wealth for the benefit of their religion, like how the lover of the world/wealth are content with little of religion for the benefit of their worldly life.”

  Imam Hasan al-Basri said, “May Allah bless the one who wears old clothes, eats dry bread, whose bed is the ground, who weeps over his sins and is in continuous Divine worship.”

Indeed this is the way of The Prophet Jesus and The Prophet Muhammad they are the foremost of ascetics. May we not claim to be their followers if we have greed for the world and wealth in our hearts!

Abu Hazim al-Madani said, “Whatever has passed from this world(your life ) was just a dream while whatever is left (in the future) are also just dreams(that are not certain). When his wife told him, “Indeed winter is coming, we should prepare storing food, clothes and firewood,” he replied, “All of that is not certain, but what is certain for us is death, the Resurrection after that, standing, facing Allah ta’ala after which is either heaven or hell.”

Malik ibn Dinar said, “If the heart is overpowered by attachment to the world, all advice you give to it will be in vain.” 

In a hadith, ‘Uqbah bin ‘Amir r.a. said, the Messenger of Allah said, “I am not afraid that you will associate anything with Allah in worship after (my demise, but I apprehend that you will vie with one another for the life of the world.”

The world is bound for destruction, (the signs of which is everywhere) and the most destroyed is the heart of those who indulge in it. The Hereafter is full of indulgences and the heart of those who seeks it glows with life.

May our remembrance be the remembrance of Death and the Hereafter. May our hearts long for the eternal abode of peace in the company of the martyrs, men of Truth, men of piety and Prophets of Allah. May the destructions, the disasters, accidents, corruption, the racism, the hatred, the oppression, the injustice, the greed, the suffering of the life in this world make us long for the Hereafter and work towards it for it is eternal. May we be in the morning as if we are going to die in the afternoon and be in the afternoon as if we are going to die in the evening and be in the evening as if we won’t live to see the sun rise, for death is certain and no one knows when it’ll come. 

The Messenger of Allah upon whom be the blessings of Allah forever said:

  • “Love of the world(the wealth, the fineries etc.) is a sin that cannot be forgiven.”
  • “Whoever loves the Life after death will sacrifice his Life in this world, and whoever loves his Life in this worldwill sacrifice his Life after death, therefore prioritise the eternal (the life after death) from the impending destruction (life in this world).

May Allah make us among those whose hearts are disgusted by the attractions/allurement/adornments of this world!  Imam asy-Syafi’i ra. said, “If the Life in this world were to be sold in the market, I would not purchase it even at the meagre price of a piece of bread as I see ugliness/repulsiveness in it.” Fudhail ibn Iyadh r.a. said, “The world is as repulsive to me as a carcass is repulsive to you such that you avoid getting your clothes soiled by it.” Subhan Allah!

His Intellect, Eloquence and Abilities

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem, Allahumasolli ‘ala Sayidina Muhammadin wa ‘ala Aalihi Wasohbihie wa Sallim fi kulli Waqtin Wahin…

Wahb ibn Munabbih said, “I have read seventy one books, and in all of them I found that the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him had the most superior intellect and best opinion.” It is related from Mujahid that the Prophet pbuh, when he stood for prayer he could see all those behind him as if they were in front of him. (The Pole of Guidance Imam Al-Haddad radiayallahuanhu, a descendant of the Prophet pbuh was also given this ability by Allah. Thus the Saints inherit certain abilities of Prophets.)

Baqi ibn Mukhallad related that ‘Aisha said, “The Prophet may Allah bless him and grant him peace, could see as well in the dark as he saw in the light. Besides these, he also had incredible strength, he was related to have threw down Abu Rukana one of the strongest people of his time three times, and called him to Islam. Abu Hurayra said, “I did not see anyone who walked as swiftly as the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. It was as if the earth rolled up for him. We would exhaust ourselves and yet he was not tired at all.”

His laugh was only a smile and he smiled the most. When he turned to face someone he turned his whole being/body to face that person. When he walked it was as if he was going down a slope.

His speech comprises unequalled eloquence and incomparable fluency. This is shown by such expressions as:

  • “A man who knows his own worth is not destroyed.”
  • “A man is with the one he loves.”
  • “The best of affairs is the middle way”
  • “Answer the one you love gently lest one day he becomes one who hates you.”
  • “Happy is the one who accepts someone else’s warning”

When Umm Ma’bad descibed him pbuh, she said, “Sweet in speech, distinct, without using too few or too many words. It was as if his speech consisted of threaded pearls. He had a loud voice which was very melodious, may Allah bless him and grant him peace.”

His noble lineage

The Messenger of Allah said, “Allah brought me down to earth in the loins of Adam a.s., placed me in the loins of Nuh a.s. and then cast me into the loins of Ibrahim a.s..  Allah continued to move me from noble loins and pure wombs until he brought me out of my parents. None of them were ever joined together in fornication.”

Ibn ‘Abbas said that the spirit of the Prophet was a light in the hands of Allah two thousand years before He created Adam. That light glorified Allah and the angels glorified by his glorification. When Allah created Adam, He cast that light into his loins.

To be continued if Allah wills…

The Man with Too Much Tea

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem, Alhamdulillahi Wasolatu Wasalaamu ‘ala Rasulillah…

A scholar of great knowledge once visited a Sufi Sage. He was very pleased to be visiting the Sage and, started talking and talking to show how much knowledge he had.

Finally the Sage said, “Let me pour you some tea,” and began pouring tea for his guest out of a teapot. He kept pouring until the teapot was full, and began to overflow onto the table.

The scholar was surprised. “What are you doing?” he asked. “You are as full as this teacup,” said the Sage. “How can I put anything in it, when it is overflowing already?”

One must therefore visit a Sufi sage with an empty heart, with a humility that is receptive to whatever the sage may choose to put in there. If one’s heart is already full – of pride, of worldly concerns- one can receive nothing. The scholar in this story was obviously a person with too much tea in him.

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The following is an excerpt from Bidayah al-Hidayah by Imam Ghazali r.a. may Allah make it easy for us to practice these adabs. Amin

The Proper Conduct for a Student

  1. Greeting the Teacher/Guide/Guru with a Salutation of Peace (Salam)
  2. Limiting conversation in his presence.
  3. Not to talk unless told to by the Teacher.
  4. Not to ask anything before being permitted to.
  5. Do not go against him by saying, “So-and-so said something different than what you mentioned.”
  6. Do not mention a different view than his, such that one sees himself as knowing better than the teacher.
  7. Do not ask a question to a friend who sits together in the teacher’s class.
  8. Do not twist and turn your head during the lesson but sit serenely, head bowed as if in prayer.
  9. Do not ask too many questions especially when the teacher is not in a good mood.
  10. Stand up when the teacher stands up as a show of reverence.
  11. Do not harbor bad thoughts of him if one sees something wrong in his external acts. One has to recall the stroy of Nabi Musa a.s. and  Nabi Khidr a.s. from surah al-Kahfi of the Quran. One does not know the inner state of the guru, and upon what his actions are based.

Wallahu’alam

Sayings to remember…

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem, Alhamdulillahi Wasolatu Wasalaamu ‘ala Rasulillah…

  • Rasulullah s.a.w. said, “The most beloved of people to Allah is the person who bring most benefit to the people.”
  • al-Habib Abdullah bin Alwi al-Haddad said, “None can bring a better benefit to the people than a person who preaches and calls people to the Door of Allah. He teaches the obligatory, that is Oneness of Allah and obedience to him, reminding people of  His Signs and Bounties,giving good news of His Mercy and reminder of His Wrath that strike those that turn away from Him among the disbelievers and corrupters.”
  • If an advice comes from the bottom of the heart, it will enter to the depths of the heart. If it (advice) is from the tip of the tongue, it will not enter beyond the ear.
  • Good is abundant but the doers are few – Rasulullah s.a.w.
  • The elite are patient when calamity befell them, while the elect are thankful when calamity befell them.

Wara’ – Abstaining

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem, Alhamdulillahi wa solatu wasalaamu ‘ala Rasulillahi wa aalihi wa sohbihi ajmain…

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On the authority of Abu Dharr, Rasulullah s.a.w. said, “Part of the goodness of a man’s practice of Islam is that he abandon whatever does not concern him.”

A shaykh we know, may Allah be pleased with him said, “Wara’ is seclusion.” It is mentioned in the Risala of Qushayri that, withdrawal from those of his own kind is indispensable for the seeker in the beginning of his state, and then seclusion in the end (the desire of which comes naturally), because of his attainment of intimacy with Allah. This is because they have tasted the sweetness of being alone with the One. Wara’  according to Imam al-Haddad is the avoidance of not only everything that is haram but also everything that is syubhah. The Imam endeavored to be well-informed about everything that either came into his possesion or proceeded from it. This, he did without exaggeration and without obsessively prying into the affairs of others, keeping the golden mean.

Some musk from the spoils of war was brought to ‘Umar b. Abd al-‘Aziz, who held it to his nose and remarked, “The only benefit to this is its scent, and I hate to think that I alone sholud smell it without all the Muslims sharing it.”

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O young man, do not occupy yourself with that which is irrelevant to you so you miss that which is concerns you! Thinking of the states of another person and his faults are things that are of no concern to you, while reflecting on your states is your concern. Do not spend time in the company of neighbours, friends and acquiantances without good reason, for that is an illusion. Most of the lying takes place between two, and disobedience doet not happen but between two. None of you should go out of his home except to pursue essential personal nad family interests.

Make every effort not to be the first to speak and that your speech is only in answer to a question. When a person asks you about something, answer him only when there are benefits for both of you in responding to him, otherwise do nt answer him. When you see a muslim brother, do not ask him, “Where are you going to?” or “Where are you coming from?”. He may be unwilling to answer you about his personal affairs so he would lie and in result it would be you who pushed him into lying.

2. – Excerpt from Jila’ al-khatir discourses of Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani