Sunday, 26 September 2010

Allah's (s.w.t.) Unlimited Treasures

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

This is a summary of a lesson from our shaykh, Mu’allim at-Tarim, Shaykh Zakaria ibn ‘Umar Bagharib (q.s.).

It is accepted by Muslims that Allah (s.w.t.) Created the heavens and kept so many valuables in it.  Billions of people will get their own part of Jannah with such valuables that we cannot imagine in this world.  Whatever we see is just a glimpse of heavenly delights.  Then, Allah (s.w.t.) Created an uncountable amount of things in the universe.  And this is just the latest universe out of many and there will be an infinite number of universes after we are gone.  There are Creations that have had their Yawm al-Qiyamah and there are Creations in formation for Allah (s.w.t.) is always al-Khaliq, the Creator, and al-Mumit, the Destroyer.

All Creation benefits according to degrees from the Treasures of Allah (s.w.t.).  After Creating creatures, Allah (s.w.t.) has been Spending on them and will keep on Spending forever.  Allah (s.w.t.) is ar-Razzaq, the Provider.  All these things also come from the Treasures of Allah (s.w.t.).  Such is Allah (s.w.t.), whose Treasures are Unlimited and never gets exhausted.

The archangel Jibril (a.s.) is so large that he could cover the distance between the East and the West.  If he stood, his head would reach just beneath the ‘Arsh of Allah (s.w.t.).  When Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) went for Mi’raj, Jibril (a.s.) stopped at Sidrat al-Muntaha and said that he cannot proceed further.  As the Holy Spirit that brought Revelation to ‘Isa (a.s.), this is the maqam of ‘Isa (a.s.).  For those of discernment, this is the point where the maqam of Muhammad (s.a.w.) passed that of ‘Isa (a.s.).  For did not Allah (s.w.t.) Promise to Raise us by Degrees and such is His Raising of the Greatest of Prophets, Muhammad (s.a.w.).

From here, 70,000 Veils of Nur begin.  Such a huge angel is Jibril (a.s.), but if he crosses one of these Veils from the Nur of Allah (s.w.t.), he would be burnt to nothingness, annihilated.  So, these powerful Creations of Allah (s.w.t.) are nothing compared to even the Light of Allah (s.w.t.).  How Powerful and Majestic is Allah (s.w.t.) then?

Yet for all that, we doubt His Will.  And some even question His Existence.  The Majesty of Allah’s (s.w.t.) Might lies not in the big things, but in the tiniest details.  He is al-Lathif, the Subtle One, Aware of even the smallest details of each and every one of His Creation.  As Imam al-Ghazali (r.a.) wrote, Allah (s.w.t.) Knows the shadow of the black ant on the black rock in the black cave on a black night.  He Knows us to the Limits of our being.  So we should be ashamed when we are away and be aware when we are near.


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