Friday, 23 May 2014
Condition of the Lovers of Allah (s.w.t.) on the Day of Judgement
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is adapted from ‘Ishq Ilahi by Shaykh Faqir Zulfiqar Ahmad an-Naqshbandi al-Mujaddidi (r.a.), and translated by Shaykh Kamal ad-Din Ahmad.
According to a hadits, some people will rise on the Day of Judgement in such a state that upon seeing Allah (s.w.t.), they will smile, and upon seeing them, Allah (s.w.t.), will Smile. A voice will then be heard:
(To the righteous soul will be said:) “O (thou) soul, in (complete) rest and satisfaction! Come back thou to thy Lord well pleased (thyself), and well-pleasing unto Him! Enter thou, then among My devotees! Yea, enter thou My Heaven!” (Surah al-Fajr:27-30)
Those who love Allah (s.w.t.), and moreover, those who love one another for the sake of Allah (s.w.t.), will be Granted sanctuary under the shade of the ‘Arsh of Allah (s.w.t.). On that day, there will be no shade except the shade of the ‘Arsh. For ordinary people, the Day of Judgement will last 70,000 years; whereas, for the lovers, it will last only the duration of the two sunnah raka’at before fajr. They will stroll upon hills of musk and behold the Jamal of the True Beloved.
The lovers will have naught to do with the tribulations of the Day of Judgement. No concern will the lovers have other than beholding the Beauty of their Beloved. Some lovers will be so absorbed in their yearning for Allah (s.w.t.) that they will rush to the gates of Jannah and ask the gatekeeper, the angel, Ridhwan (a.s.), “We were told in dunya that in Jannah one is Granted the beatific vision of Allah (s.w.t.).”
Ridhwan (a.s.) will ask Allah (s.w.t.), “O Lord, the scales of justice have yet to be weighed, yet these people seek entry into Jannah?”
Allah (s.w.t.) will Address them, “O my servants, you have still to Account for your deeds, yet you wish to enter Heaven?”
The lovers will respond, “O Lord Most Generous, You Know Well that we turned our backs on dunya, and devoted ourselves only to You. Our hearts desired not the bounties of the world and we always remained content. We loved You and worshipped You throughout the nights, our foreheads in prostration. We prayed and supplicated unto You from the depths of our hearts. We restlessly passed the nights away, longing to attain Your Pleasure. At the time of our death, we had nothing in our hearts but love for You.”
Allah (s.w.t.) will then address Ridhwan (a.s.), “Ridhwan, these are my lovers. What Reckoning can there be of them? Open the gates of Jannah and let them enter without having to account for their deeds.”
According to a hadits, on the Day of Judgement, Allah (s.w.t.) will Express Regret to those lovers who faced adversity in dunya, and lived in abstinence, remaining poor and hungry. Allah (s.w.t.) will Commiserate Himself before them, just like a friend feels bad in front of another friend for not giving him a gift.
On the Day of Judgement, the lovers will be Granted near the watering place, hawdh of Kawthar. The most beloved of Allah (s.w.t.) and the mercy unto the worlds, the Blessed Prophet (s.a.w.), will fill cups of water for them to drink. He will recognise each of his followers by the nur shining forth from the limbs that they used to wash in wudhu’. Even the angels will be pleased when they see these people as the ummah of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.). When they reach the plains of Judgement, the dazzling angels will rise and proclaim, “The servants of the servants, of the servants of Muhammad have arrived!”
The hardships of the Day of Judgement will fall upon the kuffar, the mushrikin, the munafiqin, and the fasiqin. The lovers will cross the Swirath over Hell as fast as the speed of wind. The heat of hellfire will be cooled by the nur of their iman such that Hell itself will cry out and request the lovers to pass quickly, lest their faith extinguish its fires.
On the Day of Judgement, Allah (s.w.t.) will Grant the lovers the right of shifa`ah. They will take many sinners along with them into Heaven. The lovers will not be subjected to the rigours of the Day of Judgement and they themselves will be a means of delivering others from it. A radiant nur will shine in front of them, leading them to the doors of Heaven:
And those who feared their Lord will be Led to the Garden in crowds: until behold, they arrive there; its gates will be opened: and its keepers will say, “Peace be upon you! Well have ye done! Enter ye here, to dwell therein.” (Surah az-Zumar:73)
On the Day of Judgement, Allah (s.w.t.) will have a special regard for those who instilled love for Allah (s.w.t.) in the hearts of others. On the day, wealth and children will be of no use:
The Day whereon neither wealth nor sons will avail, “But only he (will prosper) that brings to Allah a sound heart.” (Surah ash-Shu’ara:88-89)
Those believers who passed this ephemeral abode as poor and indigent will be treated as honoured guests on the Day of Judgement. It is reported in a hadits that the blessed Prophet (s.a.w.) used to supplicate, “O Allah, Let me live as an indigent and die as an indigent. Raise me among the indigent on the Day of Judgement.”
Our du’a then is thus: “O Allah, Grant me a heart imbued with love for Thee, and may Thy Mercy always Descend upon my heart. Grant me a heart that is so absorbed in love for Thee that I may be oblivious to the pandemonium of the Day of Judgement.”