Monday, 20 September 2010
Be with Those Who are True
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is adapted from a swuhbah from Shaykh Muhammad Nazhim Adil al-Haqqani (q.s.) on the 29th March 2010.
At times Allah (s.w.t.) Sends down the Tajalli of Jalal and at other times, the Tajalli of Jamal. Because of our sins, Allah (s.w.t.) also Sends Down Divine punishments. We are in need of a shelter from Divine Wrath, and we must know that “as-Salamu’Alaykum” is a protective, heavenly roof over our heads, in that it contains Allah's (s.w.t.) Holy Name, as-Salam. Under this Divine Umbrella, we pray for a good and holy life, in this world and in the hereafter, filled with peace, pleasure and contentment.
Every human being who strays from the Straight Path will fall into Hell. That is a hadits. Today, many humans have left the Straight Path; they are doing what the Prophet (s.a.w.) forbade them to do. For example, the Prophet (s.a.w.) said that when the Muslim community splits into sects, believers must follow the majority. Hence, anyone who pulls away from the majority will go astray. The Ahl as-Sunnah wa al-Jama’ah make up the vast majority of Muslims today, so to break away from them, is to defy a Divine order, as no Prophet (a.s.) speaks, except that which is a Divine Commandment.
Your companion is neither astray nor being misled, nor does he say (aught) of (his own) desire. It is no less than Inspiration Sent Down to him. (Surah an-Najm:2-4)
Every group that dissociates itself from the Ahl as-Sunnah wa al-Jama’ah is in grave danger when Imam Mahdi (a.s.) appears. The Wahhabi and Shi’ah must think about this Divine Order, for the majority will never bow to and take the ideology of the minority. To leave the masses, and to break off to form your own splinter group, is not the Prophet's (s.a.w.) way. Allah (s.w.t.) is Generous. When He Gives, He Gives continuously, that is why Blessings Descend constantly on earth, but those who break away to form sects, do not receive these Blessings. That is why the Prophet (s.a.w.) kept advising his ummah to stay united, and not to break into sects.
Verily, this brotherhood of yours is a single brotherhood and I Am your Lord and Cherisher: therefore, serve Me (and no other). (Surah al-Anbiya’:92)
Like the thousands of prophets before him, Rasulullah (s.a.w.) brought sound advice and heavenly warnings for mankind.
And hold fast, all together by the Rope which Allah (Stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves ... (Surah Ali ‘Imran:103)
Muslims should not give themselves names like Salafi or Shi’ah, as if they were a separate group that is out of Islam. They do not have a different shari’ah, Qur’an or prophet. Divine Wrath is not to be trifled with. We cannot divide the ummah of Muhammad (s.a.w.). We must not arouse Divine Anger by going against the Commandments. There is nothing to be gained by being at loggerheads with fellow Muslims of different sects and ideologies. There is no room for petty quarreling, fighting and debating in our short lives. Islam is a beautiful religion. It is Filled with light, happiness and perfection. It is Sent to Guide each one of us, to Purify and Correct ourselves, so as to reach the Divine Presence. If we return as unclean, we will be Hurled into Hell. So, we must clean ourselves, instead of dirtying ourselves by hatred and division.
The Prophet (s.a.w.) said that we are a moderate ummah, ummatan wasathan. So, we do not ascribe to extremist views, but be moderate in all matters. Today, we are alive; tomorrow, we will die, and the angels will question us in the grave. We must walk on the Straight Path, fear Allah (s.w.t.), obey His Commandments, and be with the swadiqin, for the angels will ask us which of the swadiqin we were with, when we were in dunya. We must follow the swadiqin; they are never on the wrong path. They guide us to be united and moderate so that we attain Salvation.
O ye who believe! Fear Allah and be with those who are true (in word and deed). (Surah at-Tawbah:119)