Friday, 19 October 2012
Live Like a Flower in a Garden
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is adapted from a swuhbah from Shaykh Muhammad Nazhim Adil al-Haqqani (q.s.) on the 15th October 2010.
Shaykh Nazhim (q.s.) began by reminding us about a simple and known fact that is always forgotten – we must obey our Creator, Allah Almighty. If we do not, we face a series of problems that grow in severity in this world and the next. The life of the disobedient are filled with burdens. We must bring that same message to everyone we meet and call Mankind to obedience to Allah (s.w.t.). The disobedient fall into the valley of trouble and despair in this life, just as they will fall into the valley of fire in the hereafter.
Do we not want to enjoy the sweet life in both worlds? Allah (s.w.t.) did not Create us except to taste the sweetness of being Created; the love and pleasure culminating in an eternal existence in Paradise. Why do we reject this and choose a meaningless existence saddled with disappointment and despair? Humanity is drunk throughout the day, seeking pleasure and meaning in this life. The disobedient are so desperate to taste that pleasure but they cannot taste anything. They eat but it is tasteless. They drink but it is tasteless. They socialize but it is tasteless. They sleep and even their sleep is tasteless. The disobedient cannot even sleep naturally anymore. So many people need sleeping pills and other drugs just to fall asleep. How troubled their souls must be that they cannot find any taste in living. One whose heart is at peace, can eat dry bread with salt, and he will find it fulfilling. And he can sleep in the open with a rock as his pillow and will be a picture of tranquility and contentment. One whose heart is aimless and restless, even if he is sleeping on a thick and comfortable mattress, still needs medicine to induce sleep. Those sleeping with the help of drugs are sleeping the sleep of death, like corpses.
Sleep contains a form of spiritual rest, a Grant from Paradise. As believers fall asleep, their souls are taken by the angels. The sleep of the Believers and Lovers of Allah (s.w.t.) and His Prophet (s.a.w.) is sweet. And their waking moments are equally sweet. To the rest of humanity, everything is tasteless. Taste comes from spirituality, not from the physical world but far too many do not understand. They are looking for life’s sweetness, in all the wrong places.
Shaykh Nazhim (q.s.) spoke on the deception posed by technology. On the surface, it seems like a wonderful thing. It seems to make life so much easier – everything is fast, easy and automated. Communication, travelling, farming, medicine have all been transformed dramatically by technology. In the old days, workers worked methodically, doing dzikrullah, while the angels joined them in the remembrance. There was pleasure in the air, unlike today, when the air is polluted with poisonous fumes and noxious discharges. But what has happened to Man with this technology? He has become a creature who has faith only in the material world and has forsaken his spirituality. That has dire consequences, as peace, love and all pleasurable experiences reside in our spiritual self and not our physical bodies. It is attained by spiritual practices not by physical stimulation. Today’s people are devoid of spirituality and faith. They are desperately unhappy but do not know why. They are yearning for rest but cannot find it. Man is drowning himself in this worldly life, hoping to become numb and detached from his hopelessness and emptiness. Technology is killing your spirituality. We must return to nature and lead a natural way of life.
All men are brothers. As such, we must behave as brothers to one another. Every tribe is Created unique, with special characteristics. When we unite, we complement each other. Each tribe is like a different flower. When united, they form a resplendent garden with a staggering array of stunning flowers of unique shapes, colours, fragrances and sizes.
O mankind! We Created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and Made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the Sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has Full Knowledge and is Well Acquainted (with all things). (Surah al-Hujraat:13)
Shaykh Nazhim (q.s.) asked, have we ever seen flowers fighting? Obviously not. Humans should not be in conflict; they should be in cohesion. There is no honour in fighting and killing. Today, missiles and weapons of mass destruction, are not only designed to kill, but also to kill in the most painful and inhumane way. They not only kill and maim as well. They have no regard or concern for the plants or animals either. Civilised people do not burn each other to death. Allah (s.w.t.) will Send a Divine Cleansing to weed out those who perpetrate cruelty and violence. The weeds will be killed and this earth will then become a Garden where only the flowers will remain.