Thursday, 24 May 2012
Helping Allah (s.w.t.)
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is the transcript of a lecture given by Mawlana Waffie Mohammed on Helping Allah (s.w.t.).
As with all the other chapters of the Holy Qur’an, Surah Muhammad contains important messages for us and it is very direct and straight to the point. Allah (s.w.t.) Says;
O ye who believe! If ye help Allah, He will Help you and will Make your foothold firm. (Surah Muhammad:7)
Firstly we must understand that Allah (s.w.t.) does not need us. It is we, who need Him. So what then does He Mean when He Says, “...if ye help Allah…?” In order to understand this, let us reference the Israelites. As mentioned in the Qur’an, the Israelites were Given vast Blessings. They did not have to do anything. And yet they did not help Allah (s.w.t.). And sadly even today they are still fighting for material acquisitions. Allah (s.w.t.) did not set their feet firmly because they did not aid Him. On the other hand Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) grew up as an orphan. When he was a young man, he had to take small jobs in order to take care of himself. One of the differences with him is that He helped Allah (s.w.t.) and Allah (s.w.t.) Planted his feet firmly and his mission started to grow and spread. Even today his mission is spreading all over the world. And his status, which is second to none, also grew astronomically.
The question is how can we help Allah (s.w.t.)? One means is by assisting in spreading His Word. Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) is reported to have said, “The best amongst you are those who have learnt the Qur’an and taught it to others.” This is because you are helping to spread the Word of Allah (s.w.t.). And if you help Allah (s.w.t.), He will never desert you. This is why da’wah is so important and incumbent on all Muslims.
The second means of helping Allah (s.w.t.) is by spreading His Light. Moses (a.s.) wanted to see Allah (s.w.t.) and was told that he could not. Why? Because Moses (a.s.) wanted to see Allah (s.w.t.) with his physical eyes. Can you look directly at the sun at midday? And that is the sun. What about the Light of Allah (s.w.t.)? How then can we spread His Light? By polishing and keeping your heart clean. For example if we want to brighten a dark room with the sunlight all we need to do is to take a clean mirror and angle it to reflect the sunlight into the room. So too our hearts are like mirrors. If we can keep it clean and pure it can reflect the Light of Allah (s.w.t.) as He says in Surah Nur:
…Light upon Light! Allah doth Guide whom He will to His Light... (Surah an-Nur:35)
Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) is the best example of this. His entire personality was like a mirror. Many companions reported that there were times when they looked at him and he was much brighter that the full moon. If we keep our heart clean we can also reflect something of the Light of Allah (s.w.t.).
…enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong…. (Surah Ali ‘Imran:104)
Allah (s.w.t.) Loves purity and by engaging in the halal and abstaining from the haram you will be getting closer and closer to your Lord. This is evident on the night of the Mir’aj. Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) aided Allah (s.w.t.) so much that He was physically Returned to Allah (s.w.t.) in this world.
We thank Allah (s.w.t.) for Blessing us with His Pure and Unadulterated Words. We are truly blessed because we alone have it. We must therefore get close to it and try to inculcate the three points mentioned above. By helping Allah (s.w.t.), we would have attained success in both worlds and insha’Allah, Allah (s.w.t.) will Take Care of your affairs.