Wednesday, 16 May 2012
Unlocking the Heart
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is adapted from a swuhbah by Shaykh Muhammad Nazhim Adil al-Haqqani (q.s.) on the 06th March 2010.
We du’a, that our hearts are unlocked, to receive spiritual guidance. When the Prophet (s.a.w.) preached to the Jewish community, they said to him, “Our hearts are locked, wrapped up, we cannot accept your message.” They could not bring themselves to open their hearts to accept the truth, so who can open such hardened and locked hearts? Only Allah (s.w.t.). So why did they not beg Allah (s.w.t.) to do so?
They say "Our hearts are the wrappings (which preserve Allah's Word we need no more)." Nay Allah's Curse is on them for their blasphemy; little is it they believe. (Surah al-Baqarah:88)
By saying that our hearts are locked, it does not diminish our responsibility in the Divine Presence when we return to Him. Many people today do not say that their hearts are locked, but they behave in that manner - they place no importance on the afterlife at all. Many of the ancient Holy Books have been adulterated by Shaythan, and have been rewritten by humans, losing their Divine Blessing. The ancient Torah came with a commentary from Musa (a.s.), but the re-written Talmud that is used by Bani Isra’il today does not contain the Torah or its commentary. After the passing of Musa (a.s.), hundreds of prophets were sent, and they all referred to the original Torah and its commentary to teach their communities.
Bani Isra’il is mentioned so very often in the Qur’an, and Allah (s.w.t.) Advised them repeatedly to follow His Guidance. The nature of Bani Isra’il is that they killed many prophets and they even tried to crucify ‘Isa (a.s.), but Allah Replaced ‘Isa (a.s.) with a man who looked like him, and when the Jews had crucified him, they were in confusion if that crucified man was indeed ‘Isa (a.s.), as his body was different from the ‘Isa (a.s.) they knew, although the face was similar. Until today, confusion reigns amongst the Christians too. Some say he died, others say he is heaven, sitting on the Right of the Divine Throne. Which Holy Book has ever warned about deviations introduced into the religion by Shaythan? The Holy Qur’an cleared this matter, clearly stating that ‘Isa (a.s.) was neither killed nor crucified.
That they said (in boast), "We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah";― but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was Made to appear to them and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not. ― Nay, Allah Raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise. (Surah an-Nisa’:157-158)
Muhammad (s.a.w.) and Musa (a.s.) both brought a Holy Book, and a Sword, unlike Jesus (a.s.), who turned the other cheek. He was Sent to heal. Even heal death and bring back the dead. But even he could not heal the dead hearts of those who refused to believe.
If we find a treasure chest that is locked, would we simply walk away from it? If the chest contained all the wealth that we desire, would we leave it and pretend that it did not interest you? If we knew that Rasulullah (s.a.w.) brought good tidings, brought heavenly treasures, surely we would make an effort to unlock this chest of gifts. We would seek out the missing key, to unlock all these heavenly treasures. Many of Bani Isra’il reject Rasulullah (s.a.w.); saying that they are loyal followers of Musa (a.s.), but Musa (a.s.) himself is following Rasulullah (s.a.w.).
It is strange that those who claim not to understand Rasulullah’s (s.a.w.) message, understand their worldly dealings perfectly. Bani Isra’il were enemies with all the prophets Sent to them, due to their love for dunya. That love of dunya, locks up human hearts. If they do not accept the message in dunya, they will accept it in akhirah, for when Bani Isra’il see the ‘Arsh at Mashar, they will say, “My heart accepts now.” On that Day, Rasulullah (s.a.w.), Allah’s (s.w.t.) Most Beloved, will sit on the Divine Throne, representing Allah (s.w.t.), for he is the Wasilah, who will be given the Maqam Mahmuda, as we pray for him, after each adzan. So ask Rasulullah (s.a.w.) to unlock your heart, but the proud ones are too busy with their worldly life to bother.