بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Especially Merciful.
السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ
May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon you.
Those of us who attend halaqaat/Islamic classes, have you noticed how when we are at the halaqah our hearts are PUMPING with awe and love of Allah, it is racing to please our Master, subhanahu, wa ta’ala? However when a few days go by, or even the next day in some cases, we find that suddenly we are not striving to be closer to Allah anymore. I always thought that it was natural to feel like this, but I just realised that it is only natural if we keep our hearts away from the remembrance of Allah. Think about it, why would a heart want to be close to Allah if our actions are taking the mind away from the remembrance of Allah? What I’m about to say is a reminder to myself first and foremost.
Before doing anything we need to realise that what Allah can give us, no one else can give us. Whether it is money, happiness, success at university or our workplaces or a spouse, it can only come from our Creator.
We also need to understand that when Allah gives us restrictions, they are for us! These restrictions have been put in place so that we may benefit from them and make our lives better. Instead of taking heed, we tend to turn away and still expect to feel spiritually alive. Think of that one thing that stops you from moving on in your journey towards Allah, is that really needed in your life? Are you giving it too much attention?
Sheikh Omar Suleiman highlighted something in one of his khutbas and I felt like he was speaking directly to me, Subhaan Allah. It seems to be that we only turn to Allah when we need something, not because we want to please Allah. Now, this doesn’t mean that we don’t turn to Allah when we need something, but don’t make it the only reason and time we actually want to connect with Him. Not only that, but when we do start praying and fulfilling the bare minimum that is expected from us, all of a sudden we expect Allah to fulfil our dunya desires. Of course, Allah is Merciful and the Provider, He never deprives us of anything that we need, but we need to reflect on why and how we ask Allah for what we want. What is the purpose? Let us reflect on the actions of RasoolAllah SAW. When he SAW used to contemplate in Cave of Hira, he didn’t go because he wanted a spiritual high or because he had problems in his life. Alhamdulillah, he had a beautiful relationship with Khadija RAA, he had a good reputation in his society and he didn’t have any economic difficulties either. So why was it that he would go to spend some time with Allah? The reality is that each time he went to Allah, his heart was already alive with awe of Allah and he wanted to adorn it with the pleasure of Allah. That’s it! He wanted to please Allah SWT, and in return, he felt contentment in doing so. Dearest reader, I am asking myself and you, do we worship Allah because we want something out of it or because we want to be close to Him? Sheikh Omar Suleiman said that when we reviving our hearts, we need to turn to Allah with no strings attached. Allah SWT tells us in Surah Al-Hadid verse 16:
أَلَمْ يَأْنِ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَن تَخْشَعَ قُلُوبُهُمْ لِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ وَمَا نَزَلَ مِنَ الْحَقِّ وَلَا يَكُونُوا كَالَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ مِن قَبْلُ فَطَالَ عَلَيْهِمُ الْأَمَدُ فَقَسَتْ قُلُوبُهُمْ وَكَثِيرٌ مِّنْهُمْ فَاسِقُونَ
|Has not the time yet come for the believers that their hearts should be humble for the remembrance of Allah and the Truth that is revealed, and (that) they should not be like those who were given the Book before, but time was prolonged for them, so their hearts hardened. And most of them are transgressors|
When Umar RAA recited the few verses of Surah TaHa, he immediately understood that he has to change his way. Unlike many of us today, including myself, he didn’t go home and think about what he should do and when he is ‘ready’ to leave his desires and his old way of life. SubhanAllah! He was on his way to kill the Prophet SAW just before he accepted Islam, and as soon as he took the Shahada he still went to the Prophet SAW – this time, not to harm him, but to embrace him and tell him that he SAW has his support from that moment onwards. Alhamdulillah! We too can be just like Umar RAA in his enthusiasm if we take our statements of ‘la ilaha illallah’ seriously and leave what is holding us back.
Often, we feel hurt when things we are attached to cause us pain. It is just Allah’s way of reminding us that these things are not for a believer. The things that you and I keep turning to are not what will give us the contentment in the heart, and we know that. Allah allows these things and people to cause us pain so that we break away from these addictions and turn to what really gives us life, and that is Allah and His beautiful religion that has been granted to us. Alhamdulillah. So what we need to do, together, is remove the heart from the environments which displease Allah SWT and take us away from His remembrance.
There was one part of the khutbah which really hit me. Sheikh said: “You only meet Allah a few times a day, what are you bringing to your Salah for your Salah to make you a better person?”
JazakumAllahu khairan for your efforts, may Allah forgive us all for our sins and grant us and our loved ones Jannatul Firdaus al-a’la, ameen. Please correct me on any mistakes I may have made.
May you be accompanied by safety/peace.