Sunday, 26 May 2013
Good & Evil Never Mix
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is a transcript of discourse delivered by Mawlana Waffie Mohammed.
Allah (s.w.t.) Tells us:
… And whatever good ye send forth for your souls, ye shall find it in Allah's Presence ― yea, better and greater, in Reward, and seek ye the Grace of Allah: for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surah al-Muzzammil:20)
Good goes to Allah (s.w.t.) and evil goes down into a dungeon. Allah (s.w.t.) Says:
As for the righteous, they will be in Bliss; and the wicked ― they will be in the Fire, (Surah al-Infithar:13-14)
What we need to understand is that good goes up to Allah (s.w.t.) and evil goes downwards. Good and evil do not mix. They are not even recorded in the same place. As I’ve said in the past good is recorded in the skies and evil is recorded in a dungeon. Allah (s.w.t.) has Given us examples in the Holy Qur’an about the end of those who lived a life of wrong and those who lived a life of good. We reference just two examples.
Firstly, the story of Qarun. Qarun was a person who lives at the time of Moses (a.s.). Once he overheard Jibril (a.s.) explaining to Moses (a.s.) the process for making gold. So in his pastime, he used to make gold. And he became so wealthy that the keys for his treasures were a burden for men. Allah (s.w.t.) Records this:
Qarun was doubtless, of the people of Moses; but he acted insolently towards them: such were the treasures We had Bestowed on him, that their very keys would have been a burden to a body of strong men ... (Surah al-Qaswasw:76)
When Moses (a.s.) told Qarun to pay his zakat, he schemed up a plan to accuse Moses (a.s.) of adultery in an effort to get rid of him. And what was his end?
Then We Caused the earth to swallow him up and his house; and he had not (the least little) party to help him against Allah, nor could he defend himself. (Surah al-Qaswasw:81)
Allah (s.w.t.) Caused the earth to swallow him along with his wealth. Evil goes down into the earth.
The next reference is Jesus (a.s.). Jesus (a.s.) was a righteous man. He was brought into this world in an extraordinary way. He never depended on anyone for anything. Jesus (a.s.) lived in the hills and came down to preach to the people. Allah (s.w.t.) Records of him in the Qur’an:
And Zakariya and John and Jesus and Elias: all in the ranks of the righteous: (Surah al-An’am:85)
He never wanted anything from him yet they want to kill him. What did Allah (s.w.t.) do? Allah (s.w.t.) took him up in the skies and he is still there.
Nay, Allah Raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise. (Surah an-Nisa’:158)
What is the importance of telling you this? It is to show you the ends of those who did evil and those who did good. Allah (s.w.t.) is Dzu al-Ma’arij. “Dzu al-Ma’arij” literally means “He is the Owner of the Ascending Stairways.” Our mission is to ascend and get closer to our Lord. And those who do will get a greater reward. On that Day, they will have the fastest transport to reach their Lord. We must build our transport here. The time is now and the preparation is now. There is nothing wrong in striving for betterment in the world, but we do not make it our lord and become arrogant because of what we think we have achieved. We must understand, what Allah (s.w.t.) has for us, we will get it.
Mawlana ar-Rumi (q.s.) wrote, day and night, there is movement of foam on the sea. We see the foam, but not the sea. What he is alluding to is to drown ourselves in our Lord and not in the world. We must be careful of what we are fighting for. We all have to leave one day. What are we sending before us and where is it being kept? We must remember what we send in the dungeon will not help us. It will only lead us into the Fire. What we send upwards is safe and, insha’Allah, the more we send the further and further away we will be from the abyss.
May Allah (s.w.t.) Bless us and Guide us and Enable us to send plentiful upwards to Him for safekeeping, insha’Allah.