Saturday, 6 October 2012
Only the Pure are Accepted by Allah (s.w.t.)
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is adapted from a swuhbah from Shaykh Muhammad Nazhim Adil al-Haqqani (q.s.) on the 20th December 2009.
Shaykh Nazhim (q.s.) says we must listen, understand and obey the advice given. Before one can advise others, he must advise his own ego and be able to control it. One who cannot make his own ego to submit to advice, has no value in this world and in the hereafter.
Allah (s.w.t.) Raised us to be His Khalifah so we must obey all Divine orders. Allah (s.w.t.) Tells us to advise people about the Truth. Accepting advice and preaching it is a means of safety for us and the entire ummah. Amongst all Allah's (s.w.t.) Creation, only Man has been Honoured by Allah (s.w.t.) with many Gifts. These Gifts are to aid us in carrying out our duties to our Lord so that we attain honour and closeness to the Divine Presence. And yet Man uses these Gifts to seek gratification and pleasure, to satisfy his desires and please his ego. Man misuses Allah's (s.w.t.) Gifts. Allah (s.w.t.) Sends understanding to the hearts of Man, but he fails to act on it. He is busy satisfying his ego.
We must preserve our honour by obeying Allah (s.w.t.) and avoiding evil. Just as an apricot has value as long as it is still attached to the branch of a tree. The moment the tree tires of the fruit, and lets it go, it falls to the ground. It gets covered in mud and soil, and its value diminishes. Any person who takes a path of evil dirties himself by such acts. He falls from his honourable position in the heavens, to the earth just as Sayyidina Adam (a.s.) fell from Paradise when he did wrong.
Allah (s.w.t.) Created us Pure, Placed us on a pedestal of Honour and Purity and Gave us Pristine Attributes. We must be thankful and use these gifts respectfully. Every act of disobedience dirties us and takes us further from Allah (s.w.t.). When the Angel of Death comes to take back our souls to Allah (s.w.t.), if that soul is pure, it is brought to the Station of Lights, Honour and Holiness; the Oceans of Allah’s (s.w.t.) Blessings. But, so many return dirty, steeped in sin and defiance. How did we manage to dirty ourselves in our short time in this world? Why have we lost our positions of honour? Why have we not purified ourselves? We should never return to Allah (s.w.t.) dirty.
The Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “Purity is half of iman.” Those who are spiritually impure have no faith in Allah (s.w.t.) and His Commands. Every prophet was Sent to tell us to be pure. They came to teach us how to use Allah's (s.w.t.) Gifts in order to be purified. Without such knowledge, Man remains impure due to his acts, so we must seek such knowledge.
Purity here does not refer to physical purity although that is also important in religion. Purity in the hadits above is about cleansing ourselves internally – our heart, our soul, our thoughts, our intentions, our spirituality. One will not be accepted by Allah (s.w.t.), unless he is pure. For example, before we perform swalah, we must cleanse ourselves from minor and major impurities, so we take ablution or we take the compulsory bath. The main point we must remember in our journey through life is to keep ourselves pure. We must purify ourselves up to the end of our lives. Those who do not, have no grant in this world or the hereafter. If you return to Allah (s.w.t.) impure, we will be sent to Jahannam to be cleansed there.
So many have been seduced by Shaythan's persuasive whisperings. His ears are full of music. He no longer hears the call to purify himself. Many academics who teach Islam, believe that they are an authority on religion. They fail to understand that their book knowledge is not a means to purity and that the knowledge of purity is not found in new books. It is from the teachings of the Prophet (s.a.w.). So many of these proud scholars are impure internally and yet they think highly of themselves and actually teach others. An impure person will think impure thoughts and spread impurity. He who is impure is n no state to teach purity. The prophets exhorted us to purify ourselves by means of the constant glorification of Allah (s.w.t.).
Dirty creatures stay in dirty places. Rats like to stay in sewers and toilets. They find what they seek there, just as the people who gather in pubs and discotheques find pleasure in being in such filthy places. There they remain, reluctant to leave, and Shaythan whispers to them to invite more and more people to join the party. They live this life seeking the pleasures of the night, recruiting from amongst their friends. It is for them the destination of their lives. They have found a place of blissful abandon, a place of freedom to pamper their egos and feed their desires. Advertisements market such places as the hang-out of the elite, for the modern and forward thinking person, who is unafraid to do anything he wants. Their teacher is Shayhtan and his aim is to get everyone lost in these channels of sewage and to remain impure. The representatives of Dajjal are Shaythan's army. They are everywhere, promoting this carefree lifestyle of promiscuity and indulgence. The young of today have fallen into a cesspool of the dirtiest sins. And all of them stand to be cheated by Dajjal and Shaythan.
Allah (s.w.t.) Calls on us to be pure. Purify ourselves and come to Him. Purify our mind, our body and our heart. If we are impure, we can never enter the Divine Presence. The prophets call us to cleanliness, Shaythan calls us to filth. We have these two paths to choose from. There is no safety for us in this world or the hereafter, if we choose the filthy route. In this modern world, we are proud of our technological advances, but our morals are like the people of jahiliyyah. People today, eat, drink and act without care for halal and haram. We must be pure and be aware of Shaythan.