Wednesday, 23 December 2009
What Have We Learnt in Creation?
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is adapted from a swuhbah by Shaykh Muhammad Nazhim Adil al-Haqqani (q.s.) on the 18th December 2009.
Whenever we wish to draw closer to the Divine, we have to recite a'udzubillah so that Shaythan is Removed from our presence, and the angels welcome such a servant of the Lord. Man is Judged according to what he has learnt in this worldly life. Allah (s.w.t.) will Question each and every one of us Asking us what we have learnt throughout our lives. We are of different professions and we have learnt skills and knowledge pertaining to our trade, hobbies, interests and leisure. Others have learnt knowledge of which they are too ashamed to speak of, in the Divine Presence, and yet others have learnt what had expanded their egos and pleased their desires.
When the Lord of the Heavens Asks, what we have learnt in our worldly existence, how many of us will be able to answer, “O Allah, I tried to learn Your Divine Orders and Commands.” How many would say they were learning how to keep their egos from evil. How many can say they were learning how to save themselves from Shaythan for the devils cheat us of our rightful inheritance in akhirah. From the billions on earth today, only a handful can answer as such. These are the ones who tried to learn about the Rights of Allah (s.w.t.) and to fulfill them as best as they could.
Today, when someone is asked Who Created him, he says his parents did. This is the sign of our ignorant times. Few Say their Lord Created them. When one realises that he is a Creation of Allah, he must then ask the Divine Purpose of his Creation so that he can fulfill that purpose. Today, Divine Wrath approaches. Shaythan and his followers work hard to make this world secular, where the name of Allah (s.w.t.) is not remembered or honoured. The Divine hammer will Come Down hard on Shaythan and his helpers. We run to Allah (s.w.t.) because we are displeased with our ego. Whoever is pleased with his ego is displeased with Allah (s.w.t.). The first to rebel against the Command of Allah (s.w.t.) is always our ego. It always takes a stand opposing what Allah (s.w.t.) has Commanded. That is why it is important to know what Allah's (s.w.t.) Rights upon His Servants are so that we can fulfill them and flee from our defiant egos.
Today, it is difficult to find a person with a spiritually clean and bright face. Many are so dark and ugly by the deeds that they do. The Prophet (s.a.w.) and the swahabah wore the same clothes most of the time; many did not have more than even one set of clothing. Sometimes, these clothes were worn until it was impossible to tell if these were white or black clothes. Despite this, their clothes had the most fragrant of smells, the fragrance of the rose, and their bodies and mouths emanated a heavenly fragrance. Today, our bodies emit horrible odours and we try to mask them with the copious use of perfumes. Why are our faces not lit with nur and why are our bodies and mouths emitting bad odours? This is because we have not learnt about Allah's (s.w.t.) Rights and we have not done our best to fulfill these rights.
We must know the purpose behind learning. We must know what to learn and we must learn the purpose behind our Creation. We must follow the ways of the purified souls and remember Allah (s.w.t.) always. Those who do not know and fulfill the rights of their Lord will be Sent to Jahannam in humiliation by Allah's (s.w.t.) Wrath. Unfortunately, most Muslims are chasing the knowledge of this world only, just like the unbelievers. They must repent and mend their ways. When Shaykh Nazhim (q.s.) was in seclusion in Madina, during an eclipse, he heard a secret voice reciting istighfar in one of the minarets of Masjid an-Nabawi. The Prophet (s.a.w.) repented seventy times daily. Even if we repented seventy million times daily, it would not be enough but for Allah’s (s.w.t.) Mercy.