Monday, 20 September 2010
Our Best Deeds
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is adapted from a swuhbah from Shaykh Muhammad Nazhim Adil al-Haqqani (q.s.) on the 02nd February 2010.
We are reminded not to be heedless. We must always try to improve ourselves and raise our spirituality and faith. We must know what Allah (s.w.t.) Wants from us, and try our best to fulfill these Commands to please Him. Allah (s.w.t.) has Given Good Tidings to the righteous. It is an immense loss and a disgrace if we are amongst the heedless. When a person's personality is dominated by his ego, he becomes evil. Many are heedless of the fact that they will bring their deeds to akhirah to be shown to Allah (s.w.t.), and to be Judged.
In the old days, when people stayed in farming villages, they used to have a special day each week when they would take their farming produce to the market to sell them. The farmers would collect all the best fruits and vegetables and bring them to the market, leaving the deformed and less-than-perfect ones for their own consumption. Hence, only the best of the harvest was put on display for all to see. Similarly, we will gather on Judgement Day with the harvest of our deeds. All these will be on display for all to see, just like the farmers. People will be able to see what deeds others have done. So many of us will be ashamed when all our deeds are put on display for all to see. Are we prepared to have our deeds on display? Have we purified our intentions so that all that goes on display does not shame us? We must bring our best deeds to meet Allah (s.w.t.) so that what is on display is the best of our deeds, each deed done seeking Allah's (s.w.t.) Greatest Pleasure, Ridhwanullahi Akbar. Some will be happy on that Day and others will be in humiliated. We have the choice to decide in which category we will be in.
One who is intoxicated with this worldly life will ignore such advice. How can we not prepare for Judgement Day when we already know that it is a Day of difficulty and repayment? It is a Day so chaotic and tumultuous that even prophets will tremble in terror. We bring our best deeds for that Day because we will not dare present the King of Kings inferior deeds. We must present Him the very best of deeds, befitting His Majesty. Animals do not make preparation for Judgement Day. We must not be like animals; not making preparations.
The best deed that we can bring to meet Allah (s.w.t.) is true faith and belief in Him, to believe in His Existence and His Beautiful Names. We must not be like Shaythan who exhorts us to reject the existence of Allah (s.w.t.). How can the Creation exist without a Creator? Such teachings have penetrated the schools. Many now attribute everything to 'nature' and they reject the existence of Allah (s.w.t.) completely. Such is the state of humanity in the 21st Century. We are proud to be at the pinnacle of our technological advances thus far, yet we are actually at the bottom of the deepest pit of spiritual poverty. Far too many reject the existence of Allah (s.w.t.) and even from those who believe, many do not lead clean lives. They have no clue as to what is required of them by their Lord. They are ignorant of their Divine purpose. We are in the Dark Ages of the end of times.
It is in times like these, we must reach out to others. The Qur'an brings truth and peace in hearts. We must constantly improve our knowledge and never feel that we already have enough. There is no limit to the knowledge that Allah (s.w.t.) Sends down to His servants. Every moment, a new creation is being Created and new knowledge is Sent down to us. In the 19th Century, they thought that they were advanced yet compared with the knowledge of the 20th Century and with what we know today in the 21st Century, we understand that knowledge has no limit. We must keep seeking knowledge and strive to know more about ourselves, our Lord and our Prophet (s.a.w.). That is why Rasulullah (s.a.w.) said, “Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave.” All the knowledge that we seek must bring us to Allah (s.w.t.). As sincere servants, it must lead us to realise Allah's (s.w.t.) Greatness. We should not run away from knowledge. People are running away from guidance like donkeys running from a lion. We cannot be donkeys. We must be lions.