Monday, 30 April 2012
Painting over the Gold Fence
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is adapted from a swuhbah from Shaykh Muhammad Nazhim Adil al-Haqqani (q.s.).
Let there be no compulsion in religion... (Surah al-Baqarah:256)
Whoever wants to believe, may believe. Who does not want to believe, he does not have to believe. Both the believer and the unbeliever will return to Him. We cannot force anyone to believe, because he will never really be a believer. This is profound wisdom. In the 20th Century they have tried to force people into so many things, but at the moment that the pressure was released, people returned to their old condition. It is the nature of man to be Muslim. We cannot separate them from that. As much as we try to paint over gold to cover it, still the gold remains gold under that paint. We must keep this wisdom. The conscience calls out, the inner feelings guide towards goodness. Only the nafs, the ego, forces us to evil, trying to paint us; but still there is that gold underneath.
We are going on the straight path towards Allah (s.w.t.). When babies make movements in the womb of their mothers, they try to escape the angels that come according to Allah's (s.w.t.) Command to make them to leave the womb. So the angels say to Allah: "Oh Allah, Your servant is disobedient, we cannot take him out." Then Allah's (s.w.t.) Tajalli, a spiritual manifestation, descends on the baby, and it falls into sajda, prostration, and come out of the womb in that position And at the end of our life our soul will come to make sajda before its Lord again. Therefore keep making sajda to Allah (s.w.t.). It is important. Without sajda there is danger for we may fall into the hands of Shaythan, making sajda to him instead.