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DARS 27

The Dua of the Mujaddid rahmatullah alayhi

Wednesday 8th July 2020

17th Dhu al-Qidah 1441

نَحْمَدُهُ وَنُصَلِّيْ عَلَى رَسُوْلِهِ الْكَرِيْمِ

قَالَ اللّهُٰ تَعَالٰى فِي القُرْآنِ الْمَجِيْد:

أَعُوذُ بِاللّٰهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيمِ

بِسْمِ اللّٰهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

اِنَّ اللّٰهَ وَمَلٰئِكَتَهٗ يُصَلُّوْنَ عَلَى النَّبِىِّ يٰـاَيُّهَاالَّذِيْنَ اٰمَنُوْا صَلُّوْا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوْا تَسْلِيْمًا

اللّٰهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلٰي سَيِّدِنَا وَ مَوْلَانَا مُحَمَّدٍ مَعْدَنِ الْجُوْدِ وَالْكَرَم

اللّٰهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلٰي سَيِّدِنَا وَ مَوْلَانَا مُحَمَّدٍ وَ اٰلِه اَلْفَ اَلْفَ مَرَّةً

اللّٰهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلٰي سَيِّدِنَا وَ مَوْلَانَا مُحَمَّدٍ وَّ اٰلِه وَ اَصْحَابِه وَبَارِكْ وَسَلِّم, أمَّا بَعْد

أَعُوذُ بِاللّٰهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيمِ

بِسْمِ اللّٰهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

هُوَ ٱلَّذِي خَلَقَ لَكُم مَّا فِي ٱلۡأَرۡضِ جَمِيعٗا ثُمَّ ٱسۡتَوَىٰٓ إِلَى ٱلسَّمَآءِ فَسَوَّىٰهُنَّ سَبۡعَ سَمَٰوَٰتٖۚ وَهُوَ بِكُلِّ شَيۡءٍ عَلِيمٞ

He it is Who created for you all that is on the Earth. Then He turned to the heavens and made them seven heavens and He is the Knower of all things.

(Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 29)

​Allah ta’ala in this verse of the Qur’an draws the attention of mankind towards that promise that was made by the souls after they were all created, as mentioned in the previous verses. When the time came for man to inherit the Earth, it was completely prepared by Allah for the physical survival of human life.

هُوَ ٱلَّذِي خَلَقَ لَكُم مَّا فِي ٱلۡأَرۡضِ

He it is Who created for you all that is on the Earth

The place where man would live, the place selected for the human race was Earth which we recognise today as our world.

​Allah subhana wa ta’ala reminds us in this verse that His preparation was meticulous and faultless and everything that man would need to survive was created and placed on this planet.​He is the Creator and all resources that are required for human existence on Earth have been created for us.

​This verse also points to towards humans being ‘Ashraf-ul-makhlooqaat’ the superior creation and that all other things that are on the Earth, whether they be plants or animals have been created for mankind. خَلَقَ لَكُم (created for you) In other words all the creatures and items on this Earth are in place for mankind and for fulfilling the needs of the human race even though we may not see nor understand how all these things are for our needs and benefits. The oceans, the winds, the rivers, the mountains, the natural springs, the shine of stars in the skies and the heat and light of the sun are all created for mankind.

​Allah has given this great status to human beings that the rest of creation has the duty to be of use to mankind. So Allah subhana wa ta’ala reminds us that when you are on this Earth you must remember that promise, that covenant that you made with Me. Subhanallah.

​Allah subhana wa ta’ala states in this verse that this world that He has sent us to is a test and it is a test that we must pass. Allah tells us that He will prepare the Earth by providing us with wealth, sustenance, shelter and give us all the necessities of life. But the one thing that is our responsibility is that when we return to Allah from the Dunya which is indeed a certainty as stated in verse 28 of Surah Al-Baqarah:

ثُمَّ إِلَيۡهِ تُرۡجَعُونَ

Then unto Him you will return

Then we must return to Him successful. Our life on this Earth must not end in failure and we must pass this exam and by doing so we will fulfil that pledge/covenant that we made with Allah.

​My friends, at this moment in time we are all going through this test. Allah tells us to leave the matter of sustenance to Him and not worry about that. Whereas Shaytaan tells us the opposite and wants us to chase our worries about sustenance.

​Allah subhana wa ta’ala informs us that the rizq(sustenance) that is in our destiny will arrive to us for sure. For example, if there is some wheat growing in India that is destined for you then Allah will make it grow there and then be transported across the world to Bolton in Lancashire, England, then into your home and then as food for you. Subhanallah

​Allah has put into place a system by which He provides for us. No one can stop Him from providing whatever He wants to whomever He wants. Another example is that of a person receiving a letter or a parcel from the other side of the world. When the postman rings the doorbell and gives you that letter you are not surprised by how far that letter has travelled. Allah gives us all that we need, including sending us food from all parts of the world let alone food from our localities. Businesses transport food in bulk from all parts of the world. We are living now in an age where people eat fruits that are not native to where they live. We eat the fruits from trees that are thousands of miles away. This is all part of Allah’s preparation and distribution of sustenance.

​Remember that in all of this there is a sign that Allah provides for mankind in ways that we may not understand. We must increase our yaqeen that when Allah says:

هُوَ ٱلَّذِي خَلَقَ لَكُم مَّا فِي ٱلۡأَرۡضِ

He it is Who created for you all that is on the Earth

Then truly we must believe in this. Have trust in the statement of Allah and do not leave your real duty to Allah in search of something that has already been provided. And what is that duty and obligation that has been given to us?

ٱلَّذِي خَلَقَ ٱلۡمَوۡتَ وَٱلۡحَيَوٰةَ لِيَبۡلُوَكُمۡ أَيُّكُمۡ أَحۡسَنُ عَمَلٗا

The One Who has created death and life, that He may test you as to which of you is best in deeds.‌ۚ

(Surah Al-Mulk, verse 2)

We are in a test, an examination and my brothers to pass any test it is necessary to prepare. Allah subhana wa ta’ala sent us to this world that is our testing ground. And in this verse Allah informs us that we need to return to him with goodness by means of the accumulation of good deeds.

​Now in order to attain khayr (goodness) we need to overcome the barriers of Sharr (evil). Along with sustenance, and because this world is a testing ground it is also scattered with obstacles to test us. It contains both good and evil, and it is for us to decide which path we take. Do we succumb to the temptations that lead us towards evil or do we control and rectify ourselves by shunning evil and proceeding towards all that is good?

​Allah has created both good and evil for the purpose of our tests to commence. And our task is to distance ourselves from evil by embracing goodness. And the person who manages to do that in this Dunya (the testing ground) will deemed to have been successful. And when he returns to Allah, he will be rewarded with an eternal life in Jannah.

​So Allah informs us that He created all the resources of the Earth and its skies for the benefit of the physical survival of mankind on Earth. And mankind has been given one task by Allah and that is to live a life that leads to success in the Akhirah by first identifying the difference between good and evil and then by taking all that is good and by shunning and disregarding all that is bad and evil. That is our task.

​Now for this test, Allah has decorated the world around us with so many things. It is for us to determine which of these things are good for us and which of them are bad. Now the question arises, how do we distinguish between khayr(good) and sharr(evil)? How can we know what is good and what is bad? And there are attractions in all these different things that we see. How do we realise that all that glitters is not gold?

​How do I know which deed is good and which deed is bad? How do I know which meat is good for me and which is bad? How do I know if drinking alcohol is good or bad? How do I know if adultery is a good or evil act? How can I determine what kind of singing is good or bad? How do I know what is good to wear and what is not? How do I determine if immodesty is a good quality or a bad one? How can I decide? How can I differentiate between the multitudes of activities that exist in this world? And after all it is Allah who has created all these things. And not only has He created them but He has also instilled inside us desires that motivate us towards all kinds of pleasures. He has created the two forces namely Nafs and Shaytaan who try to drag us with forcefulness towards evil. They invite us towards it. Allah subhana wa ta’ala says:

أَمۡ حَسِبۡتُمۡ أَن تَدۡخُلُواْ ٱلۡجَنَّةَ وَلَمَّا يَأۡتِكُم مَّثَلُ ٱلَّذِينَ خَلَوۡاْ مِن قَبۡلِكُمۖ

Do you think that you will enter Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you?

(Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 214)

Do you think it is easy to attain Jannah without any effort? Is it easy to attain the Hoor, the palaces made of jewels, beautiful fragrant trees and the gardens of Jannah beneath which are flowing rivers? Can you imagine seventy thousand servants serving and assisting you?

​Allah subhana wa ta’ala reminds us that we can all attain this but it will require some effort. And that effort is to save ourselves from evil by overcoming that desire inside us that attracts us towards the evils in this world. This is indeed the test. Allah has mad man with this desire which emanates from a person’s Nafs. Desire for women, the availability of alcohol is all around us and then we have Shaytaan encouraging us to partake in all sorts of such activities. And then on top of that we do not have the understanding to differentiate between good and bad. So how do we save ourselves? Because we really need to pass this test.

​Subhanallah, we need to take what is good for us from this world. Now look at what we are up against. Shaytaan is constantly telling people to partake in wrongful activities by telling them that there is nothing wrong in doing so. In fact he looks to take advantages of the individual weaknesses in each person and encourages each person towards following that desire. If someone has a weakness for women he encourages him to commit zina. If a person has a weakness to attain material goods that are beyond his financial means, he will encourage him to acquire them by unlawful means, if someone has a weakness for alcohol, he will encourage him to drink and if someone has a weakness of talking about other people, he will encourage him to backbite etc.

​This is what we are up against. So how do we overcome this challenge? How do we decide what is right and what is wrong? Let me give you an example of a feast. Imagine that a floor mat, dinner mat is laid out with a variety of foods and a group of sick people are gathered around to eat, all people with health conditions, such as diabetes, kidney problems and other conditions that have dietary requirements. Before them are placed delicious and exotic foods such as mangos, cakes, biscuits, rice, chicken, yoghurt and all other nice foods of varying tastes and spices that you can think of. So how will these people who have varying illnesses know what they can and cannot eat from the feast that is before them? How will the diabetic person know what is good for him and what is harmful? Despite his condition he will be attracted to the food, his hunger and his taste for delicious food will want him to eat whatever he can.

​Now tell me, despite their desires to eat will these sick people with all sorts of dietary requirements eat all the different types of food in front of them without taking any caution as to what is good or bad for them? Would the diabetic person eat the food containing sugar? and would the person with high blood pressure seek out the food containing high levels of salt? And how can they even know what ingredients have gone into that food. All they can see is the delicious food in front of him.

​In the same way, the delicacies of the world, the attractions of the world are laid out in front of us. So many things that we look at and desire yet we do not know which is good for us and which is bad. Shaytaan and the Nafs tell us that if we desire it, just do it. They do not warn us of the consequences nor do they inform us of the harms. But we need to find a way to differentiate.

​Let us consider the diabetic person or the high blood pressure patient at the meal; they can save themselves from harm if they know what the foods before them contain and the knowledge of which foods will be harmful to their respective conditions. Once they have this knowledge, the diabetic will refrain from the sugary foods and the blood pressure patient will refrain from foods with high salt content. No matter how attractive and delicious the food may look they will refrain from them because they will understand the harm it will cause them if they eat it. Even if another person was to say to them, “Go on, eat it, you will be fine, you only live once, enjoy your food!” they will still say no to it and refrain from it. Although they may want that food so much, they will still not eat it due the medical conditions that they have been diagnosed with. By doing this they will save themselves from more disease, more sickness and will probably prolong their lives by doing so.

​Now this world is full attractions, some bad, some good, and Allah has told us to gather the good to take with us to the Akhirah otherwise there is a Hellfire that awaits us. The deeds that are decorated and advertised as beautiful by Shaytaan are done so with the purpose to try and mislead us and pull us towards evil.

​If we have no knowledge or information as to what is good and what is evil then what would become of us? Can we save ourselves without knowing what is good for us or harmful for us? We need to understand this important point. And from where do we get this knowledge? It is the Qur’an that tells us what we need to know to save ourselves. Alhamdulillah. Allah subhana wa ta’ala has given us clear guidelines to distinguish between good and evil.

​It is the Qura’an that informs us that the way of the Imam-ul-Anbiya wa al-mursaleen, Rahmat-ullil-aalameen, Hadhrat Muhammad Mujtaba, Mustafa sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the way of the one who travelled on the journey to the heavens on the Night of Me’raaj is the Tareeqah that will save us. Subhanallah. Allah states:

وَمَن يُطِعِ ٱللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُۥ فَقَدۡ فَازَ فَوۡزًا عَظِيمًا

And whoever obeys Allâh and His Messenger ﷺ has indeed achieved a great success (i.e. he will be saved from the Hellfire and will be admitted in to Paradise).

(Surah Al-Ahzaab, verse 71)

Allah reminds us that if we want to save ourselves from the evils in this world then we can do that by following the honourable lifestyle, the Sunnah of His blessed Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

​And just as the ill person who does not know his own illness nor the harms of the foods before him will eat without caring about the consequences. In the same way the person who has no regard for the Sunnah of Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, will hasten towards the attractions of the world even if they are bad for him. The people who do not want the Sunnah of Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in their lives, those who shun the Sunnah and disregard it from their lives have a spiritual illness. When they see the attractions of the world before them they listen to Shaytaan and their Nafs who tell them, ‘Do it, do it…’ and by doing it they harm nobody but themselves.

​Allah subhana wa ta’ala has told us to gather khayr (goodness) from the Dunya, and who has given us the information on what is sharr and what is khayr? It is the Leader of both worlds sallallah alayhi wa sallam. This information can be found from his blessed Sunnah. And a person who rejects the Sunnah will lack the recognition between truth and falsehood and will submerge in Sharr. To the extent that a person will begin to think that certain evil things are goodness and certain good things are bad. He will not be able to recognise halaal from haram nor haram from halaal. His thoughts and views will be based on whatever his desires want them to be. He will stop seeing this life as a test and will waste this life on worldly pursuits and when he returns to His Lord, he will do so having failed this test. And the destination for failure in this test is the Hellfire. Allahu akbar.

هُوَ ٱلَّذِي خَلَقَ لَكُم مَّا فِي ٱلۡأَرۡضِ جَمِيعٗا ثُمَّ ٱسۡتَوَىٰٓ إِلَى ٱلسَّمَآءِ فَسَوَّىٰهُنَّ سَبۡعَ سَمَٰوَٰتٖۚ وَهُوَ بِكُلِّ شَيۡءٍ عَلِيمٞ

He it is Who created for you all that is on the Earth. Then He turned to the heavens and made them seven heavens and He is the Knower of all things.

This Earth, and all it contains have been created for mankind. But we must return from it to Allah with good deeds and the definition of goodness can only be learned from one source and teacher and that is the blessed Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. It is his Sunnah that provides us with all the information that we need.

​For example it is the Sunnah to sit when drinking water, so we should also do that and in it there will be goodness. There is goodness in every deed of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and his manner. But Shaytaan tells us the opposite, he does not want anyone to follow the actions nor the methods of Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And just as a diabetic patient becomes cautious after learning of his illness and what foods can harm him, we too should become cautious after we learn what is good and what is bad. If the Qur’an and Sunnah informs us that something is bad for us then in no circumstance should we hasten towards it. If we are informed that we should conduct our businesses in a certain halaal manner then we should never do it in a way that is forbidden.

​As believers we are so fortunate to be able to have access to so much from the life of of our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, hence we can follow his ways and methods and live a successful life. Allah subhana wa ta’ala states in the Qur’an:

وَمَآ ءَاتَىٰكُمُ ٱلرَّسُولُ فَخُذُوهُ وَمَا نَهَىٰكُمۡ عَنۡهُ فَٱنتَهُواْۚ

And whatsoever the Messenger gives you, take it, and whatsoever he forbids you, abstain (from it)

(Surah Al-Hashr, verse 7)

Allah subhana wa ta’ala tells us to take what is given to us by His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and to refrain from everything that he forbade. For example early in the morning at the time of Fajr, Allah and His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam tell us to wake up and pray whereas Shaytaan encourages us to keep sleeping and rest. At that time sleep is our enemy and waking up is another deed that will take us to the open meadows of Paradise itself.

​The Prophet sallallahu alyhi wa sallam was sent to guide us and what he left with us was the Shari’ah and his Sunnah. To follow this is to be upon guidance. He wants us to gather and accumulate as many good deeds that we can before we return to Allah. If we do this then all the rewards of Jannah are waiting for us. The doors of Jannah will be open for those who take the khayr of this world when they leave it.

​We have reached the end of the rukoo’ and from the beginning verses to this point, Allah subhana wa ta’ala is delivering the same message to His creation. Allah does not want the human race to deviate and that is the reason why He revealed the Qur’an. It is the repetition of this message in its various forms that reminds us to remain on the straight path despite all the efforts of Shaytaan and the desires of the Nafs to take us away from it.

​We read the Qur’an again and again to keep reminding us of our purpose. And this humble servant of Allah will prove to you that every verse in the Qur’an guides us to the obedience of Allah and the obedience of His Messenger and that is to follow his blessed Sunnah. This is the style of the Qur’an. It praises Allah and His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam from the beginning to the end. Every verse that we have read from the beginning until now delivers this message, and the rest of the Qur’an will continue to the same. All the events and examples that are illustrated in the Qur’an point towards this exact same message. That message in a nutshell is:

مَّن يُطِعِ ٱلرَّسُولَ فَقَدۡ أَطَاعَ ٱللَّهَۖ

He who obeys the Messenger, has indeed obeyed Allâh

(Surah An-Nisaa’, verse 80)

Allah ta’ala informs mankind that to obey Him, we must obey His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. If we are disobedient to Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam then we are in no way obedient to Allah. This is the condition of obedience in Islam.

​The Prophet sallallahu alayhi was sallam came as a mercy to the worlds, and everything that he brought, everything that he did was khayr (goodness). He delivered this goodness to mankind. Hence his every action is khayr, and to follow these actions is an accumulation of goodness. His every action is beneficial for us and no loss can come from adopting any Sunnah. And if any action is done in opposition to the ways of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam then that will be sharr (evil) that would lead a person towards Jahannum.

​Time and time again the verses of the Qur’an give this same message. The words may be different, the methods of addressing humanity may be varied but the purpose and message of all these verses is the same. Open your eyes my friends, remember what the Qur’an tells us in the beginning.

ذَٰلِكَ ٱلۡكِتَٰبُ لَا رَيۡبَۛ فِيهِۛ هُدٗى لِّلۡمُتَّقِينَ

This is the Book (the Qur'ân), whereof there is no doubt, a guidance to those who are Al-Muttaqûn [the pious and righteous persons who fear Allâh much (abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which He has forbidden) and love Allâh much (perform all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained)]

(Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 2)

Allah ta’ala states that you will become a beloved of Allah by attaining taqwah. Reading and acting upon this book will give us taqwah. Why is this? It is because the verses of the Qur’an all direct us towards the tareeqah of Allah’s Habeeb sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

​Allah informs us that He is our Lord, that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is His Messenger. He created all that is on Earth for our use, then he placed us here for a test which is the life that we are given, to accumulate good deeds and refrain from bad ones. And then return to Allah. But it would be a great shame if a person was to return to Allah soaked in Sharr (evil).

​Allah tells us that the way to avoid the evils of the world is by following His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

وَمَآ ءَاتَىٰكُمُ ٱلرَّسُولُ فَخُذُوهُ وَمَا نَهَىٰكُمۡ عَنۡهُ فَٱنتَهُواْۚ

And whatsoever the Messenger gives you, take it, and whatsoever he forbids you, abstain (from it)

So when we learn of something that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has told us to abstain from then we should immediately leave that thing. Even if there are people who try and convince us otherwise, we must stay firm and stop doing those things that Allah and His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam have forbidden.

​The Shaytaan and the Nafs and those people under their influence will make it seem to us that it is hard to follow the Sunnah and that it is the norm to commit zina, drink alcohol and go dancing in clubs etc.

​The condition now is such that there are people in this Ummah who raise their children in such a way that when their sons and daughters attain a youthful age they go out dressed immodestly, dancing and drinking while thinking that this is the life to be lived. O People, Allah addresses us directly in the Qur’an. These are people who read the Qur’an yet ignore its message.

​From ‘Alhamdulillah’ to ‘wannaas’, the Qur’an gives the message, “O people follow the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and obey him. This is the only path to success, so do not leave it,” This is indeed the message of the Qur’an. So what will we do? Will we take the assistance of Shaytaan and our Nafs and head towards evil? Or will we take the help of Allah and His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and head towards goodness? With great sadness I can say that so many people have left Allah and His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and followed Shaytaan and the wrongful desires of the Nafs. Let us look at ourselves today and assess from the way we live if the friendship we have is with Shaytaan and the Nafs or with Allah and His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

​Think about the magnitude of our decisions. Allah created Shaytaan who worshipped Allah but due to his arrogance he was rejected and he has been given time until the Day of Judgement, during which he will try to mislead mankind by encouraging them and whispering to their Nafs and nudging them towards evil. On the other hand Allah and His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam are taking us towards goodness. How can we, despite knowing all this, still follow Shaytaan and the sinful desires of the Nafs?

​Allah’s Nabi sallallahu alayhi wa sallam gave us instructions on how to live our lives and conduct ourselves. He told us to be patient and not resort to anger. He told us that we should rid our hearts of spite and malice as these things lead us towards evil. Now if we feel that we are stuck in a life of Haraam, and want to turn to Allah, then do not worry. Do not feel helpless for the greatest help is from Allah. If we take a step towards goodness, Allah will make it easy for us. In fact Allah has given us a method by which we can make an instant move from evil to goodness and that method is called ‘taubah’. Repentance with remorse will take us out from the trap. Do not remain firm upon the wrongful path.

​How many ladies have brought up their daughters to adhere to purdah and live a life of modesty? So many women are regretting the way they raised their children when they see the results of their lack of effort to bring them towards Allah. Immodesty, shamelessness, goodness and badness are all mixed up while raising our children, and now that they are all grown up they cannot distinguish what is right and what is wrong. We would send our children from morning till late afternoon into environments that are distant from Islam and then we would send them to a masjid or madrassah for two hours in the evening at best to learn the Deen. Remember that darkness and light do not exist together. As parents we have a responsibility to encourage and raise our children in a manner that fills their hearts with love for Islam and a love for the blessed Sunnah of Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Our daughters should wear the hijab throughout the day and not only when it comes to the two hours of madrassah time in the evening. We cannot mix khayr with sharr. We cannot rely on some good deeds while doing many bad deeds and be expectant of Paradise. We must make an effort to eradicate sins from our lives and cannot afford to become content upon sin.

​Is it possible for a person to continue with his sins with contentment and without any remorse and then on the Day of Judgement go before Allah expecting Paradise because he has also performed some prayers and fasted a few times in Ramadan? Can he go with that expectation before his Lord?

​So Allah has taken responsibility to provide us with sustenance while we are in this Dunya, hence we must concentrate on that one task given to us and pass the test. We should try our best to save ourselves from evil during every second of the day, and the method for that is a beautiful method that has been given to us and that is:

لَّقَدۡ كَانَ لَكُمۡ فِي رَسُولِ ٱللَّهِ أُسۡوَةٌ حَسَنَةٞ

Indeed in the Messenger of Allâh ﷺ you have the best example to follow

(Surah Al-Ahzaab, verse 21)

Alhamdulillah, the blessed Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is the best of creation and the best example to follow. Whenever we want to save ourselves from evil, we should take the example of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. By doing that we will easily save yourselves from evil as it will provide us with the tools to do that.

​We moan and complain that it is too difficult to give up certain sins, and it is true that the Nafs and Shaytaan attack us in this way, but when we slip up we should immediately be remorseful and turn back to Allah in repentance. But we are too stuck in our ways. For generations we are stuck in our ways, from our grandparents to our own children we have succumbed to our desires and listened to Shaytaan. And while we continue to mix khayr with sharr, our future generations will also do the same. This is not the way to earn Jannah.

​Allah has created all the provisions that we need for survival on this earth, the Sun, the moon and the shine of the stars are all created for our benefit. The orbiting of the moon around the Earth and the rising and setting of the Sun is for us. He sends clouds to rain water upon the Earth so that we can drink and grow crops for our consumption. The weather, the climate and all that is on Earth is for mankind. It is so mankind can be comfortable on this planet. This is a physical provision and our task is to focus from the depth of our hearts on the task that we have been given. And we should certainly be focused on this as our time here is very limited:

ثُمَّ إِلَيۡهِ تُرۡجَعُونَ

Then unto Him you will return

​It will not be long before our time here will be up. Allah subhana wa ta’ala tells us that He gave us life and He will give us death and then raise us again to return to Him. So we must gather khayr during our time here and not any sharr (evil).

وَكُنتُمۡ أَمۡوَٰتٗا فَأَحۡيَٰكُمۡۖ ثُمَّ يُمِيتُكُمۡ ثُمَّ يُحۡيِيكُمۡ ثُمَّ إِلَيۡهِ تُرۡجَعُونَ

And you were lifeless and He gave you life; then He will make you die, and then He will make you live again, and then to Him you will be returned

(Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 28)

Allah subhana wa ta’ala tells us that there is no other option than to die and then be brought back to life and face judgement before Him.

​What will we say then? Will we make excuses before our Lord by saying, ‘O Allah, it was too hard, we could not overcome Shaytaan and our selfish desires.’ But we will be reminded that Allah sent us the Qur’an, in which every verse guides us. My friends, I ask you, have you learnt anything else other than guidance from this Book? The Qur’an was not revealed to cause enmity between mankind, in fact it is the total opposite. It is the word of Allah and calls mankind towards Him.

​The Qur’an places mankind into three categories, these are the Mu’mineen (believers), the kaafireen (disbelievers) and the muaafiqeen (hypocrites). Now we must assess ourselves and determine which of these three categories we belong to. Are we those who have no belief and do not believe in Allah? Are we those who believe in Allah and His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and take him as the best example for us to follow? And since he is the best of creation, his example is also the best. We are not in the Ummah of Isa, Musa or Nooh alayhi salaam, we are in the Ummah of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. His every action is superior to the actions of all other human beings. No Prophet can even compare to the blessed smile of Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. No action of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was without meaning or purpose. And we will not have any excuse on the Day of Judgment as we have the information of his blessed example from the Qur’an and the authentic books of Ahadeeth. And we cannot even make the excuse that we did not understand as the Qur’an and Ahadeeth have been translated into almost all the languages in this world. No matter what language you speak, whether it be Chinese or English, you will receive the same message from the Qur’an and that is:

وَمَن يُطِعِ ٱللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُۥ فَقَدۡ فَازَ فَوۡزًا عَظِيمًا

And whoever obeys Allâh and His Messenger ﷺ has indeed achieved a great success (i.e. he will be saved from the Hellfire and will be admitted in to Paradise).

Whether you are in Japan, Africa or America, Allah will send you the message of the Qur’an in your own language. Subhanallah.

​Now do we follow Shaytaan or will we follow the Rahman? Will we follow our Nafs or follow the Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam?

​Are we going to make excuses such as, ‘what can we do, we live in this country, it is so difficult.’ Let me tell you that it is not difficult to follow the Deen in any country. I am sat here reading the Qur’an in a little corner of Bolton in England and there are eight hundred to a thousand people listening to this right now. I present before you verses of the Qur’an and Ahadeeth. We are not here to listen to stories but to recognise the reality of our situation.

​My brothers, I am not here to show off any knowledge rather I am reminding all of us that life is short. We are living in a time which is close to the Last days. The days when the Mahdi will arrive. We must stop quarrelling amongst ourselves and prepare for the Akhirah. Let us all unite under one banner. Let all sects throw away their differences and unite under the banner of the Sunnah of Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

​We hear these days of scholars from different sects delivering speeches to prove they are right and a certain other group is wrong. We go to these talks for the purpose of entertainment rather than the purpose of self-rectification. When it comes to dhikr and rectification, people run away from it. When people are invited to dhikr they say they would prefer to attend a more scholarly bayan or a debate that refutes other people whether it be Breilvi, Deobandi or Ahl-e-hadith. Can you tell me if we are gathering goodness or evil from gatherings where a person is trying to prove that another Muslim is not a Muslim? They chase entertainment from the Deen rather than improving their own lives.

​What we need to have is improvement in our homes. If our earnings are unlawful, our family members have no modesty then what we really need is true guidance. How can we expect all our problems to be solved if we are immersed in haraam. We complain about our conditions but rarely look for that one true solution that we find in the Qur’an. If we do that we will transform our lives for the better insha’allah. There is only one path to take and that is the only solution. However we have let Sharr engulf us. How can we save ourselves if we have made evil our friend? Now do not despair. For every problem there is a solution and that is mentioned in the Qur’an:

قُلۡ إِن كُنتُمۡ تُحِبُّونَ ٱللَّهَ فَٱتَّبِعُونِي يُحۡبِبۡكُمُ ٱللَّهُ

Say (O Muhammad ﷺ ): “If you really love Allah, then follow me, and Allah shall love you

(Surah Aal-e-Imraan, verse 31)

Allah subhana wa ta’ala tells His Habeeb sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to announce with his own blessed tongue that if the people truly love Allah as is their claim then they must obey and follow the ways of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Whether it be Salaah, fasting or performing the Hajj, it must be done according to the method of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Success in the Akhirah lies upon our obedience of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and following his Sunnah. This is the only path to Allah, and the only way to attain the love and favour of Allah. If your worship does not contain the methods of Allah’s Nabi sallallahu alayhi wa sallam then it is not worship. The condition of acceptance is that we do every deed in the manner of Allah’s Habeeb sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. The path to success, the path to Jannah, the path to safety from the Hellfire and that is فَٱتَّبِعُونِى to follow the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And when we obey and adopt the ways of Allah’s Nabi sallallahu alayhi wa sallam then Allah says:

ي يُحۡبِبۡكُمُ ٱللَّهُ

Allah will love you

If you obey Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, then Allah will love you. And how will He love you? This is a special point to be noted. Allah ta’ala will call Jibreel alayhi salaam and say, ‘O Jibreel, these sinful people who have sinned in the past, who drank alcohol, who committed zina, who were immodest and consumed haraam have now turned to me in Taubah. They have all repented at different ages. Some are in their seventies, some are in their eighties and some are in their sixties (men and women of all ages, and Allah does do not look at a person’s age when he turns to Him in repentance). O Jibreel there is a person of this name, in this village, or town, in this country, he or she was stuck in the worldly ways and consumed by the darkness of sin, but today he has turned to Me and seeks forgiveness, and I have heard their pleas for forgiveness. And O Jibreel remain witness that I have forgiven him/her.’ Subhanallah. And what is Taubah? It is to be remorseful for our disobedience of Allah and His Messenger in the past, and a determination and true intention to obey Allah and His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in the future. It is to make a sincere intention to adopt the blessed Sunnah in our lives. And when a person follows the tariqah, the method, the Sunnah of Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Allah commands Jibreel to announce before all the angels that this person is loved by Allah.

​And the Qur’an testifies to this love in this verse:

قُلۡ إِن كُنتُمۡ تُحِبُّونَ ٱللَّهَ فَٱتَّبِعُونِي يُحۡبِبۡكُمُ ٱللَّهُ

Say (O Muhammad ﷺ ): “If you really love Allah, then follow me, and Allah shall love you

And not only will a person become a beloved of Allah but in the next part of the verse Allah states:

وَيَغۡفِرۡ لَكُمۡ ذُنُوبَكُمۡۚ وَٱللَّهُ غَفُورٞ رَّحِيمٞ

And forgive you your sins. Allah is Most-Forgiving, Very-Merciful.

Now people will often continue to sin and give the excuse that Allah is forgiving and Merciful. And they do this without any fear or any remorse for their actions. Astaghfirullah, Allah’s forgiveness and mercy is for those who turn to Him with regret in their hearts and have the intention to follow His Habeeb sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

​It is not befitting and is disgrace to continue to sin happily and just make the excuse that Allah is forgiving and merciful, and hence there is no reason to worry about eradicating haraam from our lives. Do we not read the Qur’an? Do we not see from the Qur’an and Ahadeeth what happened to those who were content upon their sins? To be openly sinful with no remorse and then be fully expecting Allah to forgive you is a very bad position to be in.

​When a person turns to Allah, repents and obeys Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he is enveloped in Allah’s mercy and forgiveness. Not only that but it is announced in the heavens, unknown to him that Allah loves him because he has formed a tie with Allah’s Habeeb sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and embraced the Sunnah. It is for this person that Allah says He is Most-Forgiving and Merciful. Forgiveness is not for the liar and deviant fraudster who has no intention to turn towards Allah in repentance.

​Jibreel alayhi salaam then announces to the Universe, to the creatures in the heavens and on the Earth that this man is a beloved of Allah due to his repentance and obedience to Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

​Imam-e-Rabbabni, Mujaddid Alf-Thani, Sheikh Ahmad Farooqui Sarhandi rahmatullah alayhi, was a great personality and the head of the Silsilah Mujaddidiah. He was that reviver of the Deen who came one thousand years after the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Look at his example of how he became a beloved of Allah. In his Maktoobaat he wrote in his own words a statement saying, ‘Alhamdulillah, I attained spiritual and physical knowledge and delivered it, And by the fadhal of Allah I passed all the stages of sulook and attained such a high status in tasawwuf to this extent that I was presented the cloak of acceptance by the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.’

​My friends, that was nothing minor. Subhanallah, He continued to write, ‘Allah subhana wa ta’ala raised me to such a high status and rank in Tasawwuf that I cannot share it with you as your minds may not be able to comprehend nor accept it. However what I will say that despite all these spiritual statuses and honours bestowed upon me, I still continue to make the dua…’

​Now this was the dua of such a great personality. My brothers, we should say Ameen to this dua. He stated that those who utter Ameen upon this Dua will insha’allah be forgiven. Subhanallah, now listen to his Dua, he prayed, “O Allah, despite all the status, the high rank, the inner (spiritual and tasawwuf) and outer knowledge (Qur’an and Ahadeeth) You have given me, please always keep me upon the ittibaa’ ( following and obedience) of your beloved Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Ameen, Make my every living moment in accordance with the Sunnah of Your Habeeb sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and when I die, let me be immersed in the ways of Your Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Ameen”

​He also stated that all his knowledge and spiritual status would be useless and a total waste if he was not to remain upon the obedience and Sunnah of Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. He was such a great personality, and complete adherence to the Sunnah is in fact the summary of his life.

​The lesson to be learned from that, is that no matter what status you have in this world or in spiritual terms. It can only benefit you if you are obedient to Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and upon his blessed Sunnah.

​My brothers, these are valuable moments. So let us look at ourselves and make dua to Allah. Let us analyse our own situations. Life on earth is very temporary and we will soon have to return to Allah. The way to assess ourselves is by reflecting upon our daily activities, and checking which of those are in accordance with the Sunnah and which are not. Look within ourselves and seek out the lights and darkness within us. Let us not blame our conditions upon the time and environments that we live in. Let us look in the mirror and question ourselves, ‘What is lacking in us?’

​If we do not make any effort to improve ourselves, then it will only lead to destruction and we see evidence of this destruction around us. My brothers we must stop playing the blame game for the problems of the world and look within ourselves to make the world a better place for all.

​And with this in mind we should asses our daily actions to check that we are adherent upon the Sunnah, which is the straight Path. A life without the Sunnah is darkness and delusion. I pray that Allah ta’ala gives us the taufeeq to obey Him fully and adhere to the Sunnah of His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Ameen.

وَآخِرُ دَعْوَانَا أَنِ الْحَمْدُ لِلّٰهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ
9th Aug, 2020
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