Intoxicated on Dunya

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The following is adapted from a swuhbah from Shaykh Muhammad Nazhim Adil al-Haqqani (q.s.) on the 04th December 2010.

Shaythan was the first trouble-maker amongst Creation.  Our suffering and punishments come from obedience to Shaythan.  Adam (a.s.) was Ejected from Paradise because of Iblis.  Every prophet has come to warn his ummah of the Devil and his helpers.  But many are still obedient to Shaythan.  They love their enemy.  They adore the sinful and decadent lifestyle that he espouses.  That is a fact in today’s world.  People abhor the teachings of the prophets and they adore the way of the defiant.

"Did I not Enjoin on you, O ye children of Adam, that ye should not worship Satan; for that he was to you an enemy avowed? ― “ (Surah YaSin:60)

The believers must always remember how Adam (a.s.) and Hawa were Removed in humiliation from Paradise for obeying Shaythan once.  Obedience to Shaythan leads to Allah’s (s.w.t.) Wrath and to the loss of Blessings.  We remember the treachery of Iblis lies in his whispered advice.  We must be ever aware that the Devil and his wicked advice is aimed only on inflicting the greatest sufferings.  There is not one atom of good contained in any of his advice.  Why take him as an adviser and a companion? Allah Advises”

O ye Children of Adam!  Let not Satan seduce you in the same manner as he got your parents out of the Garden, stripping them of their raiment, to expose their shame: for he and his tribe watch you from a position where ye cannot see them: We Made the Evil ones friends (only) to those without Faith. (Surah al-A’araf:27)

Shaythan exists only to destroy us.  He is tireless in his efforts and he is relentless in his pursuit of us up to the last breath.  There is no suffering that encompasses us except that Shaythan has played a role in it.

Satan makes them promises, and creates in them false desires; but Satan's promises are nothing but deception. (Surah an-Nisa':120)

There is a palace in Madrid, Spain.  It is a huge palace.  So many rulers had lived in this palace.  Every ruler thought he would be there forever.  This thought occurred to them because Shaythan had whispered into their hearts.  Strangely, the kings never felt any enjoyment in these palaces even though they were lavishly decorated.  The palace was huge, perhaps, there were a thousand rooms, and one would need to walk forty days continuously in order to see all the resplendent rooms.  Shaythan’s whispered to them that they were the masters of this palace and beyond.  Yet, all these kings who stayed there, never felt contentment or happiness.  Shaythan whispered to the common folk, the subjects of the kings, inciting envy.  Little do they know, that the king sits upon an empty throne, feeling empty and never content.  But the foolish subjects envy the kings.  Shaythan incited them t be like kings, acquiring the wealth of the world for the purpose of accumulation.  They seek to enjoy in dunya and forget akhirah. This is the ignorance that has enveloped us today.  People obey such foolish whisperings and set their heart to acquiring worldly possessions.  They do not realise such worldly riches brings only grief and disaster to their owners. This beautiful palace was the biggest source of trouble to its owners; it caused them to forget the hereafter.  Did Allah (s.w.t.) not Teach us to learn and take wisdom from the fate of those before us?

Does it not teach them a lesson, how many generations We Destroyed before them, in whose dwellings they (now) go to and fro?  Verily in that are Signs: do they not then listen? (Surah as-Sajdah:26)

In Southern Spain, in Granada, is another majestic palace called al-Hamra.  Where are the kings that used to stay in that palace today?  We must not be cheated by Shaythan.  The foolish try to collect all of dunya for themselves, but it is impossible.  All that they gather will be left behind when they leave.  The builders of palaces and skyscrapers will all die.  Death pursues us all; if not tonight, then tomorrow, and if not tomorrow, then the next day.  The day will certainly come, when even kings are taken away from their palaces.  One after another, each new master of this palace had been taken away, and today, this great palace in Madrid has been turned into a museum and Monastery.  None of them had managed to stay permanently, and none had succeeded in taking it with him on his journey.

Since the beginning of time, billions have passed away.  Each one of them is now waits in the grave for Israfil (a.s.) to blow the Trumpet.  Those alive, who are heedless, are drink heavily from the pleasures of dunya until they are drunk with ambitions and plans.  They are oblivious to the reality that death may strike at the very next moment.  Allah has forbidden alcohol and intoxication, yet millions of Muslims are physically and spiritually drunk today.  There is a bad ending awaiting these people.

O ye who believe!  Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination― of Satan's handiwork: eschew such (abomination), that ye may prosper.  Satan's plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allah, and from prayer: will ye not then abstain? (Surah al-Ma’idah:90-91)

We must not to be cheated by Shaythan in this worldly life.  Every prophet came to remind people that their time in this world is short.  The focus of each and every one of us must be to attain the best life in the hereafter.  Unfortunately, people do not follow this advice.  They are drunk.


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