Saturday, 4 September 2010
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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is adapted from a swuhbah from Shaykh Muhammad Nazhim Adil al-Haqqani (q.s.) on the 20th March 2010.
Shaythan is the fallen one. He wants all of us to fall with him into the abyss of never-ending agony and darkness. There, the condemned are neither alive nor dead. They are suspended in a darkness of indescribable agony.
Who will enter the Great Fire, in which they will then neither die nor live. (Surah al-‘Ala:12-13)
Anyone who takes Shaythan as a guide and advisor has no hope. When all creatures are Gathered in the Plains of Mashar, Allah (s.w.t.) will Command all animals to return to being dust and water, from which they were Created. There is no Judgement upon them, their existence ceases at that point. When humans see and experience the pain of punishment, they too will cry out to their Lord, “Oh Allah, Make us unto dust too!” Whilst animals are returned to the earth, Man is to face repayment for his deeds. Many believe that this is a fairy tale so they never make preparations for that Day. They deny their Lord, they deny their own Creation, they deny the reality of life and they deny that they are to answer for what they have done.
Many deny their Lord and deny their meeting with their Lord. Even if one were to recite Laa ilaha il Allah once in his life, it means that we are unable to judge such a person. That recitation, even for that one time, is an unknown treasure. None know what Allah (s.w.t.) Has in store for him because of that recitation. How great Allah's (s.w.t.) Grants are to us - a single Laa ilaha il Allah brings untold benefits and salvation for such a person. So we must never judge anyone. He Alone is the Judge. We must recite Laa ilaha il Allah as much as we can for if only a single recitation can bring eternal salvation, we will never be able to imagine what constant the recitation of it can do for us.
Existence is not a joke. Every atom in Creation has a reality and is in constant glorification of Allah (s.w.t.).
The seven heavens and the earth, and all beings therein, declare His Glory: there not a thing but celebrates His Praise; and yet ye understand not how they declare His Glory! Verily He is Oft- Forbearing, Most Forgiving! (Surah al-Isra':44)
Trillions and trillions of atoms make up a human being and each one of those atoms is glorifying and praising Allah (s.w.t.). Allah (s.w.t.) Bestows honour and pleasure on each being that praises Him. Yet ironically, the owner of these atoms himself is heedless of Allah (s.w.t.). Allah (s.w.t.) Sent the prophets to teach us that all of Creation, every atom in Man's physical body, is in need of, and is in praise of, Allah Almighty. And yet humanity neglects their relationship with their Lord. Despite having been given a mind to think and understand, Man chooses to follow the way of Shaythan.
Those who defy Allah (s.w.t.), when they are Raised on Judgement Day, they will be Shown how every atom in their bodies was glorifying and praising Allah (s.w.t.). They will be filled with intense shame. That feeling of shame will be a great burden upon their souls, greater than being thrown into Hell. In defying Allah (s.w.t.), humanity has lost its single golden opportunity of servanthood to Allah (s.w.t.). Such unfortunate persons have the deepest regret. They would blame themselves endlessly for missing out on what Allah (s.w.t.) had Given them. Allah (s.w.t.) had Equipped them with free will yet they had chosen to follow his enemy.
Shaykh Nazhim (q.s.) says that even if all the food and pleasures of Paradise were presented to a person in Hell, he would reject it and say he does not deserve it. They would be so ashamed. Allah (s.w.t.) will Command us to judge ourselves. Those who were heedless would pronounce the pleasures of Paradise haram upon themselves. Even if they were to take a bite of heavenly food, they would experience no pleasure at all. We will all eventually come to our senses and realisation. If we can picture the regret in that person, what we feel now is but one atom of an Ocean of regret that will be experienced by such the condemned. Heedlessness leads to every known folly in dunya and in the hereafter. We will blame ourselves endlessly if we allow ourselves to be heedless. All this is stated in the Qur'an, but the Qur'an is not an ordinary book. We are unable to extract much understanding from it because we are heedless.
Eternity is a different experience for each one of us. There are countless different experiences of eternity, depending on the level at which we leave this world. Our final breath is the door to eternity. Some find their eternity is filled with pleasure. Others find their eternity filled with pain. Many, upon seeing what sort of eternity lies before them, plead with Allah (s.w.t.) thousands of times to be allowed to return to this worldly life to live life as better Muslims. There is o such return. Allah (s.w.t.), in His infinite Wisdom, Knows that even if He gave them a second chance, they would still re-live the heedless lives they had led the first time. Even if the heedless were resurrected a thousand times, they would live the same way they did the first time.
To inherit Paradise, we only have to be obedient to Allah (s.w.t.) and disobey our ego for the short time in dunya. We are here for only three days - yesterday, today and tomorrow. It is so short a time in exchange for eternity so we must be patient. Dunya deceives its lovers, to come to it and to abandon eternity. We must make time for Allah (s.w.t.) daily for good tidings are for those who make the effort to obey Allah (s.w.t.). Every prophet and every Divine Revelation came to guide us to seek His Pleasure. We must remember that we have a one-way-ticket home. We will never return once we leave this dunya. We cannot afford to make the wrong choice. We must choose the eternal life over dunya by seeking to please Allah (s.w.t.) and not our ego.