Benefits Of Living In The Dunya
15TH August 2020
قُلۡنَا اهۡبِطُوۡا مِنۡهَا جَمِيۡعًا ۚ فَاِمَّا يَاۡتِيَنَّكُمۡ مِّنِّىۡ هُدًى فَمَنۡ تَبِعَ هُدَاىَ فَلَا خَوۡفٌ عَلَيۡهِمۡ
وَلَا هُمۡ يَحۡزَنُوۡنَ
وَالَّذِيۡنَ كَفَرُوۡا وَكَذَّبُوۡا بِـاٰيٰتِنَآ اُولٰٓٮِٕكَ اَصۡحٰبُ النَّارِۚ هُمۡ فِيۡهَا خٰلِدُوۡنَ
We said: “Get you down from here, all of you, and guidance shall come to you from Me: then, whoever will follow My guidance need have no fear, nor shall they grieve.
But those who refuse to accept this (guidance) and reject Our Signs as false are destined for the Fire where they shall abide for ever.”
قُلۡنَا اهۡبِطُوۡا مِنۡهَا جَمِيۡعًا. In this Ayah, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta Ala commands everyone to go down, this includes Hadhrat Adam Alayhis Salam and all the children of Hadhrat Adam Alayhis Salam. Where is Allah Ta’ala sending everybody? It is to this Dunya, this world: Why? It is due to the consequence and punishment of not following the order of Allah that they have been taken out from Paradise and sent to this world. This is just like if we do anything against the law of the country we will be sent to the jail of this world. Therefore Hadhrat Adam Alayhis Salam and the children of Hadhrat Adam Alayhis Salam have been taken out of Paradise and sent to the jail of this world. It is clear for us to understand that if this world is the jail then there will be difficulties, issues, distress and problems. The purpose of jail is that nothing is according to your desires or needs but rather it is the Jailer that will decide. In terms of food if lentils are being served then you can’t demand anything else, you can’t sleep whenever you want and it is all controlled by the jail authority. This is the condition of the jail because it is a place of punishment and severity. If we look at this world we must accept mentally that this is a place of punishment, it is a temporary abode, with challenges and there will be ups and downs.
Allah Ta’ala has sent us to this world and informed us that there will be negative things, satanic things, sadness, distress and there will be loss upon loss. This is the introduction/definition to the world given to us by Allah but we must remember one important thing that Allah has stated in the Quran:
رَبَّنَا مَا خَلَقْتَ هَٰذَا بَاطِلًا سُبْحَانَكَ فَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّار
Our Lord, You have not created all this in vain. We proclaim Your purity.
So, save us from the punishment of Fire.
Who made this dunya/world? Allah created this world, everything we see from an atom to a particle of dust was created by Allah and was not made by any company, organisation or co-operation of this world. In this Ayah: رَبَّنَا مَا خَلَقْتَ هَٰذَا بَاطِلًا سُبْحَانَكَ, Allah is reminding us that despite the nature of this world being one of loss and distress there is actually nothing in this world that is wrong, defective and everything is correctly aligned in this world. In other words, the loss is correct, the sadness is correct, the illness is correct and the examination we are in is correct. Why is this? This is because Allah has created it, سُبْحَانَكَ, everything is free from defects and the world has zero defects. If Allah has created something then how can we pick bones, defects and cracks? In this world when we look at a car, the first thing we look at is who has manufactured the car. The more popular the manufacturer will mean we will be prepared to pay more due to the guarantee, popularity, quality and reliability. Therefore if Allah states سُبْحَانَكَ, can there be anyone greater than Allah? There is nobody greater than Allah and nothing has been created in vain. When we see science advancing in the world, studies of the atom, there is rubbish that is being recycled as in paper, cardboard and plastics. We throw them in the bin, there is a bad odour coming from the refuse but there is a benefit from such materials. Verily Allah is سُبْحَانَكَ is pure and there can be nothing that is defective in this world. There is a wisdom in everything created by Allah, so why do we look for defects and say there is something wrong? The reason for this is that we do not understand the superior benefits of creation. We can only blame our minds and intellects. For example, the benefits in anything created at the present time were not apparent to the people living 100 to 200 years ago. We must have complete faith, trust and belief in the benefit of the creation of Allah. This will eliminate our distress and worries as stated by Allah: رَبَّنَا مَا خَلَقْتَ هَٰذَا بَاطِلًا, nothing is defective. The person who has understood this has learnt how to live in this world. We have not created anything in this world, everything is in order and there is a benefit in every perceived loss, worry and illness.
If we look at the illness of today, Corona Virus, what apparent benefit can we see here? We are visualising that there are people are dying, facing many difficulties and issues. However, we must remember why these punishments are sent by Allah to befall on humanity. It is indeed the sins of mankind that causes such punishments. If we look at the corona virus as a form of punishment and then assess our sins, we have filled the earth with our sins and we have not stopped there as we have carried on committing sins in the oceans and the skies. We are all aware today that if you travel on an aeroplane there is alcohol, inappropriately dressed women who are immodest, maybe there will be a swimming pool, a jacuzzi and other recreational activities. All these sins are being committed in the skies and further the same sins are being committed in the oceans. We have lost so much shame that even in the seas on boats we have committed sins. The sins take place when one is a state of neglect and ignorance. Surely the biggest cause of sin is laziness and ignorance and it has been determined by the Friends of Allah that the secret to remove sins is to remove laziness and ignorance. We must remember that only a person who is neglectful will commit sins and a person is aware/conscious will never commit sins. When the eye of the heart opens for a conscious person he cries and shrieks with regards how he committed such sins. This is just like if a person is sleeping, he has a dream where he is committing sins then he wakes up shocked and disturbed. This is exactly the same as the ignorant person who is blind when he is committing sins such as zina, stealing, impure actions with mothers and sisters. In the society today we have all heard about such actions taking place. The more ignorant one becomes, the blindness increases and the person becomes more sinful. The worst thing for a human being is ghaflat/ignorance, when he is lazy this takes him to the sins. When in the world sins increase to such a level that on every square foot, mile and the homes are full of sins. I ask for forgiveness for saying this but this is the reality, we don’t consider them as sins but if use the Quran to define sins then our households and family life are rife with sins. This is the sign to the root cause of ignorance.
Lets now assess corona virus, this Faqeer will share with you what I have understood from this virus. This sickness or disease came when ignorance has spread, there are many theories out there, whether it has been manufactured, sent or released but everything is from Allah and he is in control. This virus is a punishment of Allah whether it has been engineered or come from a human being. There are two signs of a punishment of Allah, the Religion is taken away, the Masjid and Salah was taken away. If we look at the method which we are praying Salah, standing 2ft apart or a metre, we are hanging in between praying Salah in congregation and praying on our own at home. The deen, dunya and peace have been taken away from us. My brothers if this is not the punishment then what else can it be? What is the reason for the punishment? This is clearly due to our ignorance, fitna and sins that we are being punished with such a virus. رَبَّنَا مَا خَلَقْتَ هَٰذَا بَاطِلًا سُبْحَانَكَ This Ayah proves that this virus is not a defect, it has been sent by Allah and there will be a long term benefit. We know it is a punishment due to our ignorance. The word Corona if we read the same word in the style of the Urdu language then it means DO THIS, do what? This is TO DO THE DHIKR OF ALLAH. If we do this then laziness and ignorance will be eliminated, the Dhikr of Allah and ignorance are two opposite things, just like night and day, darkness and light, morning and evening. Where there will be Dhikr it will mean there will be no ignorance which will not allow any sins to take place.
In this way the Dhakireen may commit sins but they have a high level of recognition. On the other hand, those who do not do the Dhikr of Allah are not even aware and do not care about the sins being committed. I am talking about those people who are sincere with their Dhikr, prior to engaging in Dhikr they repent/tawbah and promise not to engage in sins. There are conditions of Tawbah, those people are false who commit fraud and say after Dhikr I can’t reform myself, surely they did not make the correct promises and were lying to themselves during tawbah. Verily, how can those people commit sins who make a promise with Allah, do tawbah and learn dhikr? If people commit sins after doing these 3 acts then they are clearly fraudsters and liars. These people did not sincerely ask for repentance and this is why they are committing sins. The qualities of a person who does sincere tawbah are that he has regret, remorse and is steadfast upon the promise he made to Allah. The person who commits sins after doing tawbah, making promises, doing the Dhikr, his lifestyle and home have not changed then he will have double punishment. This person is trying to deceive Allah and this is just what the people with no Imaan/faith used to do. This is why Dhikr is the greatest cure for ignorance. Moreover, Dhikr is the greatest act that can save one from the punishment in the grave as stated in a hadith by the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam. The persons punishment will be reduced when he enters the grave and this is why this current virus is saying: O foolish people CORONA-DO THE DHIKR OF ALLAH. The punishment has surrounded us and the only cure for this sickness is the Dhikr of Allah.
رَبَّنَا مَا خَلَقْتَ هَٰذَا بَاطِلًا سُبْحَانَكَ فَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّار, this virus is a benefit for us as it has come with the message that if you do the Dhikr of Allah you will be cured and saved from the punishment of Allah. START/DO (CORONA) THE DHIKR OF ALLAH, push yourselves to remember Allah, you will be saved from long term disease/sickness and the severe punishment of Allah.
As we have assess this virus then surely we will come to the conclusion that virus has come as a Rahma/Mercy. For those who study carefully they will see the messages of this virus to embark upon the Dhikr of Allah in our lives and reform ourselves. Therefore, it is clearly proven in the Ayah: رَبَّنَا مَا خَلَقْتَ هَٰذَا بَاطِلًا سُبْحَانَكَ, Allah is stating I manufactured/created this world but there are NO cracks/defects in this world. Where you will see apparent short term loss there will be long term benefit. There will be obstacles, sadness, problems, downfalls, difficulties, hurdles but the benefits are beyond these apparent problems and defects. Now, tell me when we go to Paradise will it not be due to the life of this world? Indeed the rewards we receive in Paradise will be due to the difficulties we faced in this life. Subhan’Allah. When we see Allah it will be due to the sadness we faced in this world. It is the actions in this world which will determine what we receive in Paradise. For example, when we say Subhan’Allah, a tree is planted in Paradise. This world is the similitude of a land in which we plough the seeds and the earning is in the hereafter. This world will provide benefit for the hereafter. Subhan’Allah. Due to this world we will see the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam in the hereafter. Subhan’Allah. This will all be due to the struggle, the worship and efforts we make in this world. At present we have the Quran in front us, we are reading the Quran and this effort is part of all the opportunities we have in this world. This is the world of opportunity so how can this Dunya/world be false or created in vain. Hence we must take advantage of every single opportunity and for a Mu’min/Believer every second can take him closer to Paradise. The hadith of the Holy Prophet Muhammad:
عَنْ أَنَسِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ إِذَا مَرَرْتُمْ بِرِيَاضِ الْجَنَّةِ فَارْتَعُوا قَالُوا وَمَا رِيَاضُ الْجَنَّةِ قَالَ حِلَقُ الذِّكْرِ
3510 سنن الترمذي كتاب الدعوات باب ما جاء في عقد التسبيح باليد
Hadhrat Anas ibn Malik Radi Allah Anhu reported: The Messenger of Allah Peace and Blessings Be Upon him, said, “When you pass by the meadows of Paradise, graze as you like.” They said, “What are the meadows of Paradise?” The Prophet Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him said, “Circles of remembrance.”
Sunan al-Tirmidhī 3510
As we see in the hadith it clearly states that when you pass by the gardens of Paradise in this world then take the fruits from them, eat from them and graze in the gardens. The Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam emphasises the word فَارْتَعُوا-Graze just like the animals graze the land we must graze in gatherings of Dhikr. The Sahaba Ridwanullahi Ajmaeen asked what are the gardens of Paradise in this world? We can’t see them? Which gardens are they? Herein Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam replied the Halaqa of Dhikr حِلَقُ الذِّكْرِ, the gatherings, assemblies of Dhikr where people gather to remember Allah and these are the gardens of paradise. Our minds can’t understand or see this but they are the gardens of paradise. In this way if you come and take fruits from these gardens then has the dunya/world not given you benefit? Indeed it has given you immense benefit if we utilise it properly. This further proves the Ayah of the Quran that Allah has not created anything without benefit. Allah has placed both profit and loss in a parallel manner, good things and defective things. This is the Sunnat-e- Elahi, the Sunnah of Allah that where Allah has created thirst, Allah has also created the means to quench that thirst. If Allah has created hunger then Allah has always created food to take away that hunger. If there is darkness, Allah has created light and if there is sickness then Allah has created remedies to cure that sickness. If somebody has pain, then Allah has created ease and comfort, if Allah has created desires of the nafs then Allah has created the means by which you can fulfil those desires: getting married. We can see here by all these examples that Allah has not given anything to us which has no benefit. There is always two things that are running parallel against each other and both are present. Another important point here, Subhan’Allah, just like darkness and light, where there are sins the rewards are also present. In this world there are good deeds and bad deeds, Subhan’Allah. After placing into this world, what did Allah give the human being? Subhan’Allah, what a great justice by Allah, Allah gave us UNDERSTANDING, realisation, awareness in our minds so we can distinguish between good and bad deeds. This is just like the understanding we have not to put our hands in a burning fire, even a young 7 to 8 month old child when you are drinking a hot cup of tea, I have experience this myself, if the child tries to place its hand on the cup, the child instantly pulls it away as it knows it will burn the hand. Allah has given us this understanding and awareness from birth. Once a child understands after trying to place the hand near a fireplace or anything hot, the child knows straight away not to go near that item again. As the child grows up, this awareness and recognition increases. So we realise here that the human being has an inbuilt awareness and with this Allah has placed within us two forces which we must remember. Allah has given us the energy and power to go towards the good and the bad/evil. We can go in whatever direction, Allah has given us self-control, freedom, will power, intellect, understanding of what is right and what is wrong. Allah has given us the energy to leave something and we are not compelled to do a certain act.
Is there anything greater than this? Allah has made it so easy, smooth and with such simplicity we can enter paradise. There is no limit in the ease and simplicity with which we can enter Paradise. However, behind us we have shaytan and nafs, they are doing their work and running after us. Despite Allah giving us the awareness and control, the human being still chases after the impure and dirty actions. This is because shaytan is working hard, he is working overtime with his company’s assistants to take hold of the human beings, influencing and constantly trying to deviate them and take them away from the path of righteousness. The shaytan overwhelms the human being, the human being tries to become stronger but shaytan continues to run after him. Herein, Allah has given us the cure to this and created something greater, الله أكبر and this is to annul and fight off shaytan. Allah states I have given you awareness but shaytan still manages to overwhelm the human being and because of this I will give you something greater than this awareness. Allah has given us a resource/tool, what is this resource? Allah states: سُـبْـحَـانَ ٱلله, الله أكبر,
فَاِمَّا يَاۡتِيَنَّكُمۡ مِّنِّىۡ هُدًى فَمَنۡ تَبِعَ هُدَاىَ, this verse helps us to understand that Allah is informing us that after giving you all the tools I will constantly send you guidance. Allah states in this verse that my great assistance/help will always be with you and after this shaytan will not be able to come close to you. Also, the munafiq/hypocrite will not be able to come close to you and you will easily be able to distinguish between right and wrong. As in the example of the child, you will never burn your hands. فَاِمَّا يَاۡتِيَنَّكُمۡ مِّنِّىۡ هُدًى فَمَنۡ تَبِعَ هُدَاىَ, Allah is clearly explaining to us that despite the full forces of shaytan and nafs I will open up the path of guidance. What is the path of guidance? What is هُدًى فَمَنۡ تَبِعَ هُدَاىَ, الله أكبر, this is the Quran and Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam. سُـبْـحَـانَ ٱلله. Allah states verily I have opened the paths of guidance فَاِمَّا يَاۡتِيَنَّكُمۡ مِّنِّىۡ هُدًى, this is the Quran and My Habib Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam. Despite all the negative forces in this world Allah is stating to us that My Quran and My Habib Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam will come to your salvation. There has been no generation where Allah has not assisted the human being when shaytan has overwhelmed them. This has happened when the human being has forgot their purpose/objective of life and is using its energy to commit sins the immediately Allah sends His Nabis/Prophets Alayhis Salam to the world. The sahifas/books, scriptures came and the Prophets Alayhis Salam continued to come. This is a promise of Allah in the Quran that I will continue to give you guidance. يَاۡتِيَنَّكُمۡ مِّنِّىۡ هُدًى فَمَنۡ, Allah states I have never left a time in the history of the human being void of my guidance. Rather, Allah constantly sent the guidance in the form of Prophets and Books of Guidance. سُـبْـحَـانَ ٱلله. The Nabi’s Alayhis Salam kept coming with various scriptures: the psalms, Zaboor, Injil, Torah, Hadhrat Musa Alayhis Salam, Hadhrat Isa Alayhis Salam and Finally Hadhrat Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam came with the Quran. I am not reading the Torah, Injil or Zaboor but I am reading in front of you this Glorious, Unique beyond Unique: يَاۡتِيَنَّكُمۡ مِّنِّىۡ هُدًى, what is this guidance هُدًى? What has Allah given us? The Imam/Head of All the Prophets Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, the Seal of All the Prophets Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, the Beloved of Allah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, the Beloved Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam of The Creator of the Entire Universe and He Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam is our guidance in the form of the Quran. The Quran in its totality brings together 100% comprehensively the Torah and the Injil/Bible.
Allah has given us the Imam/Head/Master Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam of All the Prophets from Hadhrat Adam Alayhis Salam to Hadhrat Isa Alayhis Salam . We are born amongst the Ummah/Nation of Hadhrat Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam . Allah has given us the Quran and the Beloved lifestyle, character, mannerisms of the Imam Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam of The Prophets Alayhis Salam . What a Great, Great, Great reward Allah has given to me and you. We can’t imagine the significance of this Supreme reward, we could have been born in the nation of Hadhrat Musa Alayhis Salam or Hadhrat Isa Alayhis Salam. They were also Prophets Alayhis Salam and they had Books but the massive favour upon us to be given the Quran. This is the Greatest Book, the Seal of the Books just like the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam being the Greatest of All Prophets Alayhis Salam and the Seal of Prophethood. Indeed everything has been sealed and delivered in this Book from الم to لْخَنَّاسِ. We are in this Great Ummah, we are not blind as we have the guidance beyond guidance. Allah has given this reward to me and you where Hadhrat Musa Alayhis Salam and Hadhrat Isa Alayhis Salam nations did not get this, the previous Prophets Alayhis Salam had the desire and requested to Allah if only we were part of the Final Nation of the Final Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam. سُـبْـحَـانَ ٱلله. Please think about this point. Which Book has Allah given us? Which Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam has Allah given to us? If we look at the previous Prophets Alayhis Salam and their Scriptures, the Injil:Hadhrat Isa Alayhis Salam, the Torah:Hadhrat Musa Alayhis Salam, the Zaboor:Hadhrat Dawud Alayhis Salam, all the previous nations had their Prophets Alayhis Salam and Scriptures but look at the Great Mercy of Allah and Great Status Allah has given the Ummah me and you are a part of. What is the reason for this? Allah states: O Muslims you are the greatest Ummah/Nation, the Superior Ummah with the Greatest Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam. This is just like if you have a king or a president, underneath them are the ministers, cabinet, vice-president, there those who will say we are part of the cabinet and others will say we are the first, second or third Secretary of the State. In this way previous nations will say we are part of the Ummah of Hadhrat Musa Alayhis Salam or Hadhrat Isa Alayhis Salam but سُـبْـحَـانَ ٱلله we will say we are the Ummati of Hadhrat Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam The Master of Both Worlds and the Ummati of the Beloved of Allah. We will have such a great status due to this and this will be all due to our connection with the Master of Both Worlds Hadhrat Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam. What a great connection/nisbat Allah has given to us. Allah has not given this relationship to previous nations which we have received. After this Allah has given us the Greatest Book, The Quran, is this not the case? It is in this Quran that Allah has stated to us that I have sent you to this world and I have provided you guidance. Allah is addressing us directly and we must forget the previous nations here. This is direct to me and you that: O servant of Allah, I have given you the Quran, the dignified and great connection of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam. Our recognition is via the Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, is this not the case my brothers? This is a great mercy and ease that Allah has granted to this Ummah to give us such a Magnificent Book and connected us the Greatest Prophet Hadhrat Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam with His Greatest Lifestyle/Sunnah.
Allah states فَمَنۡ تَبِعَ هُدَاىَ, this clearly translates to whoever follows this guidance of the Quran and the Holy Prophet Hadhrat Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam physical Shariah and Sunnah. This is why I always say that I will prove every single ayah of the Quran points to the Shariah and Sunnah of the Holy Prophet Hadhrat Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam. O Mumineen, O Believers read and study the Quran. Allah has placed this Ayah in the Quran because Allah knew the Ummah will forget this point and they will start to derive many other meanings of the Quran. They will just be actors with long speeches, big conferences but they will eliminate/wipe out the real essence of the Quran. The real essence of every verse of the Quran which Allah reminds us throughout the Quran is:
يٰۤـاَيُّهَا الَّذِيۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡۤا اَطِيۡـعُوا اللّٰهَ وَاَطِيۡـعُوا الرَّسُوۡلَ
Believers! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger
We must never forget this very important instruction of Allah. فَمَنۡ تَبِعَ هُدَاىَ, what is the Hidayah/Guidance?, this is complete following of the Sunnah of Holy Prophet Hadhrat Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam. The whole game is pivoting on these two factors, the status given to me and you but yet we have the audacity to disregard the Sunnah. Look at the lifestyle of the Ummah today! Can we see the Colour of the Quran and The Holy Prophet’s Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam physical Sunnah in our daily life or can we see this in any household? Can we see this in the sisters and daughters today? We see the same colours on the ummah today as those who Allah states are:
غَيرِ المَغضُوبِ عَلَيهِمْ وَلاَ الضَّالِّينَ
not those who anger you and not those who have gone astray
Let us examine, scan our families, from bottom to top, what type of attire/clothes are hanging in the wardrobes of our wives and daughters. What are they wearing and does it comply with Shariah and Sunnah? What is hanging on our walls? What is coming out of the entertainment boxes that are hanging on our walls? We have decorated our walls with these screens. It is an extremely sad state of affairs that such a Great Ummah, with such a Great Status given to us by Allah. Allah states: فَاِمَّا يَاۡتِيَنَّكُمۡ مِّنِّىۡ هُدًى فَمَنۡ تَبِعَ هُدَاىَ, you have to follow this guidance, there is no Scripture which has such clarity that is in the Quran. There is a clear guidance of the physical lifestyle of the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam. Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam told us that I am giving you a clear guidance and Allah states that I am giving a clear guidance to my Habib Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam.
لَّقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِّمَن كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّهَ وَالْيَوْمَ الْآخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا
Indeed in the Messenger of Allah Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam you have a good example to follow for him who hopes for (the Meeting with) Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much.
So much Mercy of Allah upon this Ummah that Allah is informing the Ummah that you do not have to worry about anything. The Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam is an example for you in every single aspect of your social, family and working life : eating, marriage, how to bring up your children. Every single thing has been recorded, we do not have this for previous Prophets Alayhis Salam. If I want to embark upon a business then I can look at the Sunnah of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam. What is the message of the Sunnah in this aspect? It is easy for us just like we find the meaning of a word in a dictionary. In exactly the same way, in our lifestyle at every step we must pick up the book of Sunnah, look at every page but we go the opposite way and follow the way of shaytan by looking at those who have no belief. We prefer their way of life and the way they bring up their children. We can see the consequences of this in our society today. We are not making preparations for the hereafter. We have been given a Great Status and we must remember that the punishment for such rejection of the favour of Allah will also be severe. Allah will ask me: I made you a part of Beloved Habib’s Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam Ummah, I gave you the Greatest Book, I gave you the Greatest lifestyle/Sunnah, also Allah will make it so that on the day of judgement this Ummah will be the first to enter Paradise where all previous nations will be standing behind. Now tell me, after all these favours, which guidance are we following today?
Such great guidance but we are wasting it: لَّقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ, Allah states in this Ayah that My Beloved Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam is the perfect, greatest example and guidance for you. Allah created a special Jamat of 124,000 Noble Companions of the Holy Prophet Hadhrat Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam and every one of the companion was a reflection of My Beloved Habib’s Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam lifestyle. Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam stated that every one of My Companion Radi Allah Anhu is like a star in the sky and whichever star you choose to follow will provide guidance. Such a complete, united companions that if he is a Sahaba of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam then we can close our eyes and follow because we will know that we will not be of the innovators or be committing shirk. Whatever action the Sahaba Radi Allah Anhu are informing us of will lead us direct to Paradise. Allah created such Noble Human Beings that they only imitate the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam. Can there be a greater guidance and description than this? Despite this we continue to shun the Sunnah and look for guidance amongst other cultures or societies and modern/advanced ways. Can there be a more wretched ummah than us for disregarding the guidance of Allah and the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam. This is why we see today that Makkah Al Mukaramah and Madinah Al Munawarah are closed. Where is the Quran today which we read and place on a shelf? We recite this Quran at functions and assemblies but we are not following the guidance it provides. Why are we banging the drum of something hollow? Even now the name of this disease is telling us that the time has come to CORONA/DO THE DHIKR OF ALLAH. The disease is telling us DO SOMETHING, your masjids have closed, what should we do?
So remember Me and I shall remember you
The solution is to Remember Allah فَاذۡكُرُوۡنِىۡٓ, after you do the Dhikr of Allah, laziness and ignorance will go away. There will be safety from a permanent punishment. This sickness has come as a Mercy of Allah and a reminder: رَبَّنَا مَا خَلَقْتَ هَٰذَا بَاطِلًا سُبْحَانَكَ فَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّار
The corona virus is not a defect but a reminder of the TRUTH. We are complaining about the fact there is no vaccine or cure, O Servants of Allah, all day and night we have face coverings, we have got issues and Allah is giving us the solution to all this which is the remove the barriers. We are running after money, material gain, even if we were naked our children would have been happy but we use the excuse that we have come to this country so we have to live like this. There are daughters, wives and mothers earning money. Is there anything more wretched than this that the women earn whilst the men eat off their money? With regards marriage we look for Career Women but then that same women throws her shoes at that same man. This is not a natural way of life and is a haraam way of life. This has become the demand of our way of life. We say that we are Muslims with small trimmed beards, faces that are disfigured and spoilt. We say we are learning the Quran, knowledge and tafsir but what type of knowledge are we learning? This is a massive delusion, am I not reading the Quran? Is this the gita? The Holy Quran has told us today:
فَاِمَّا يَاۡتِيَنَّكُمۡ مِّنِّىۡ هُدًى فَمَنۡ تَبِعَ هُدَاىَ, do you not understand the guidance that Allah has given us? A very clear guidance, is the Quran and Sunnah of the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam not guidance? This Great Book and the Sunnah of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam can remove our punishments. فَمَنۡ تَبِعَ هُدَاىَ, now comes the reward, whoever follows my Rasulullah’s Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam Shariah and Sunnah, you understand that this world is a testing ground, if a sickness or sadness comes you seek guidance which makes you feel happy. We should be thinking I do not care about the sickness but at least I’ve got a new lease of life. At least after this difficulty and being shaken up in this world I can stand up and correct my life. After committing sins you realise that you were doing wrong then you have got the benefit of this world. This is due to the fact that if you had not been shaken and reminded then how would you have corrected yourself. In this verse the word guidance appears twice مِّنِّىۡ هُدًى. The first word of guidance in the Ayah is a common guidance and the second one is the هُدَاىَ. This guidance is specific to the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam and a special message for the Ummah in this verse, whoever follows this guidance and all the aspects of his life are governed by the Sunnah; eating, drinking, travel, his business, saves himself from haraam and immodest things. That same person will sort his family life out and guided his children on the Shariah and Sunnah of the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam. This person who is on the correct guidance will run after those things that conflict with the Shariah and Sunnah of the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam. The love of children or anything in this Dunya will not allow them to disregard the Shariah. Rather, they will want to know what the guidance is from the Shariah when a child is disobedient. If we follow our desires in the correct upbringing of our children then we will fail the test. We need to grab hold of the Shariah in a balanced manner and control ourselves. Our faith/Imaan does not allow us to run after desires and blind love. The Shariah actually ask us to implement all the commands and to follow all the requirements within our family, wives, children and we must not allow any love for a child or a relative to make us disregard the Shariah in anyway. We must base all our decisions in accordance with the principles of Shariah and Sunnah. If we do not know then we must follow the guidance where Allah states:
فَسۡـئَلُوۡۤا اَهۡلَ الذِّكۡرِ اِنۡ كُنۡتُمۡ لَا تَعۡلَمُوۡنَۙ
So ask those who possess knowledge if you do not know
Who are the اَهۡلَ الذِّكۡرِ ? These are the Friends of Allah, the correctly guided and upright mufti’s and scholars. Those who do the Dhikr of Allah, their inner self is pure if you ask them and they will guide you correctly. We should not follow our nafs and make these decisions as we will die without Imaan. Listen to what the Quran says: فَمَنۡ تَبِعَ هُدَاىَ, those who follow the guidance of Allah according to the Shariah and the Sunnah then upon them will be no fear nor shall they grieve as stated in the Quran: فَلَا خَوۡفٌ عَلَيۡهِمۡ وَلَا هُمۡ يَحۡزَنُوۡنَ. This is such a great reward given to them by Allah. The first reward is the removal of fear and sadness. What is fear and grief? The fear occurs before the event and grief comes after the event. Do you understand what I am saying? For example if we take sickness, prior to this there is a disease like everyone is in a state of fear at present with regards to being afflicted by corona virus. It has not happened but people are afraid of getting the virus, also the same fear is present with regards to not being involved in an accident, flu and any other type of sickness. This is an extreme fear, just like corona, it has not afflicted people but every man and woman are dead with the fear of this virus. People have been locked in their homes for many months out of fear. The grief is the pain and the loss after the event. There are people in grief over the fear of death. However, فَلَا خَوۡفٌ عَلَيۡهِمۡ وَلَا هُمۡ يَحۡزَنُوۡنَ, those that follow the Shariah and Sunnah of Allah’s Habib Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam and follow the Last/Final Book; the Holy Quran upon these people will be no fear nor shall they grieve. These people are not satanic, they do not spoil their lives by disobeying Allah and His Messenger Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, they do not follow their desires and accept/embrace certain commands of Allah and leave/disregard others. The punishment for these type of people will be as today that although the disease is not apparent but due to the fear people are passing away. Allah states when they are surrounded by that calamity وَلَا هُمۡ يَحۡزَنُوۡنَ and due to the pain they will pass away. Allah states: فَمَنۡ تَبِعَ هُدَاىَ فَلَا خَوۡفٌ عَلَيۡهِمۡ وَلَا هُمۡ يَحۡزَنُوۡنَ, Subhan’Allah. Those that imitate My Habib Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam they will never be afflicted by such fear and grief/calamity, that is in this world and the hereafter. This is great news from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta Ala. They will not have any fear in them and they will not grieve, they will know that they will not have any punishments in the hereafter rather the fear will be removed. He will welcome death, going in to the grave, the day of judgment because if you have no fear then you will be looking forward to the event. This is a great reward as when there is no fear then the grief will never come.
There is good news here for the people who are righteous as they will not have any fear or grief in this world and the hereafter. This a beautiful point that Allah has outlined, a great Scholar stated that Allah has shown us that the punishment is annulled and the reward is proven. This is where 100% people have attained and guaranteed themselves a place in Jannah/Paradise. Verily these are the people فَمَنۡ تَبِعَ هُدَاىَ who implement the Shariah and Sunnah of Nabi Kareem Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam and the result of this is فَلَا خَوۡفٌ عَلَيۡهِمۡ وَلَا هُمۡ يَحۡزَنُوۡنَ, they have no fear nor shall they grieve. This is a jamat, a congregation of the Friends of Allah, the people in this category do not fear death, its consequences and hunger in this dunya. It is only those who have fear of this dunya that commit impure actions like burning the business down to fraudulently make an insurance claim, shall I get a loan, run after interest/riba and these are the factors that destroy a person. Why is a person afraid of these material aspects of the world? That person becomes the Friend of Allah and these are the signs of a Wali/Friend of Allah, they have no fear and they are not shaking over material gains. Due to having no fear and grief their life becomes like Paradise.
My Brothers, once again Allah has given us the same message in the Quran:
وَمَن يُطِعِ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ فَقَدْ فَازَ فَوْزًا عَظِيمً
Those who obey Allah and His messenger have indeed achieved the greatest success
In another place in the Holy Quran, Allah states in a beautiful way the reward of obeying Allah and His Messenger Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam:
وَمَنۡ يُّطِعِ اللّٰهَ وَالرَّسُوۡلَ فَاُولٰٓـئِكَ مَعَ الَّذِيۡنَ اَنۡعَمَ اللّٰهُ عَلَيۡهِمۡ مِّنَ النَّبِيّٖنَ وَالصِّدِّيۡقِيۡنَ وَالشُّهَدَآءِ وَالصّٰلِحِيۡنَ ۚ وَحَسُنَ اُولٰٓـئِكَ رَفِيۡقًا ؕ
And he who obeys Allah and the Messenger -they shall be with those whom Allah has favoured -the Prophets, those steadfast in truthfulness, the martyrs, and the righteous. How excellent will they be for companions!
This is beautiful news from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala. The person who follows Allah and His Messenger Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, surely he will be the companionship of the Prophets Alayhis Salam, the martyrs and the righteous. The guideline for success is only one and that is following Allah and His Messenger Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam. We must remember that shaytan is working overtime and to save ourselves from shaytan we must sincerely take the company of the Friend of Allah and the Dhikr of Allah. Insha’Allah by doing this we will be under the shade and protection of Allah. The Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam confirmed this that if you take the right protection then shaytan will run away.
The message today is CORONA KARUNA/DO THE DHIKR OF ALLAH. May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta Ala give me and yourselves the ability to act upon this message from the Quran. Insa’Allah in the next Dars we will discuss the next verse and look at the message being conveyed by Allah. My Brothers, this is a reminder from the Quran, the Quran is refreshing our Imaan. We don’t read the Quran in this way or do we? Allah has given us the ability and the opportunity to get the true message from the Quran. This is the same message throughout the Quran, to correct our lives in accordance with the religion of Allah and the Sunnah of Rasulullah. Let us see how many people change the direction of their lives today and how many people will do Tawbah today, will they accept this message from the Quran and remove the nonsense in their lives as they have realised the punishment of Allah. They will live their lives without fear, I hope after today including myself that we all make a sincere tawbah/repentance.
وَاٰخِرُ دَعۡوٰٮهُمۡ اَنِ الۡحَمۡدُ لِلّٰهِ رَبِّ الۡعٰلَمِيۡ
Our Last Prayer Is All praise be to Allah, the Lord of the universe.