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20th April, 2021

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Answer to Worries

Alhamdulillah, with Khair, with goodness and with security, Allah subhana wa ta'ala has given to us the ability to do this great Ibadah in this great month – and He has enabled us to do this with ease. Let us pray to Allah ta’ala that we are able to spend the rest of Ramadhan in this way as well.

Now, if we look at the life of a human being, with all its twists and turns, these thirty days of Ramadhan help to us to cope with the rest of the days of life. We develop a good habit and then the rest of our lives can be spent in the obedience to Allah. This is such an important part of the life of each human being. In the same way that nobody can reject death, this point and this fact is also something that nobody can reject, namely that in all the sections and phases of life, we see human beings who are young, old, weak, men, women mature, not mature – different types of people – but for every human being, this thing is a requirement. It is a very important part of life, not a small part, without which there can be no success. Rather, we should consider that when a person is born, then he brings that along with him into his life. Just as when life comes, a death will follow, this aspect is recorded with each person in the same way.

What is that? You will easily understand when I explain to you – it is difficulties, problems, illnesses, ups and downs, physical or mental problems of some kind, wealth issues or children issues. Brothers, whichever problem you care to name, doesn’t everyone have something like this in their life, whoever you look at? The rich man is upset about something, the poor man is upset, the healthy person is upset, the person who has no child is upset, a person who has children is upset, a married person is upset, an unmarried person is upset. Issues and problems arise throughout life, and it cannot be that a person does not have some sort of issues or distress, though there are different grades and intensities – and this is Allah ta’ala’s Hikmah.

So why should Allah ta’ala keep His servants distressed or upset or annoyed? This is a big point, isn’t it? This is such an important fact that Allah ta’ala states that we cannot live our lives without this, for without it, our coming into the world is a waste of time. Yet we consider this to be our biggest obstacle. If you ask ‘Why didn’t you pray Salah?’ someone replies ‘Oh, I was ill.’ ‘Why didn’t you come to the congregational prayer?’ – ‘Oh, I was dealing with something else that happened to me.’ ‘Why didn’t you keep the fast?’ – ‘Oh, I had to go to the hospital.’ Excuses and reasons are given, aren’t they? We make so many excuses. There is a Sahih Hadith narrated by Hadhrat Anas radhiAllahu anh – and I am speaking here from the Qur’an and the Hadith. This is such a subject that the whole Qur’an is full of this topic and explanations about it.

So Hadhrat Anas radhiAllahu anh said that the Holy Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam stated – and this is a great Hadith – that when Allah subhana wa ta'ala wants good for somebody, when he has love for him and wants to elevate his status, when he wants to draw His servant near, then Allah ta’ala makes him upset and gives him worries. SubhanAllah – say SubhanAllah! Allah is saying ‘I know about the thing that he is scared of, and I give it to him - he doesn’t like that thing, but I like it.’ SubhanAllah. Yes? Take a headache – does anyone like a headache? Nobody does. Does anyone like to feel down? Nobody likes that. But Allah is saying ‘Actually, this is goodness and is My favour upon My servant – I am testing him.’ This is where Iman is such a great asset – the person who doesn’t have Iman can never understand this point, SubhanAllah, that this is also a Ni’mah from Allah. You can try to convince the person without Iman thousands of times about this, but he will say ‘No – how can this be a Ni’mah of Allah?’ I am speaking about a person who doesn’t believe in Allah. He will say ‘Are you mad? How can distress and worry and sorrow be a good thing?’ But if a person is a believer, he will realise and say ‘Allah gave me this – alhamdulillah, alhamdulillah.’

Look at this very important point about the treasure of Iman. Allah ta’ala has give us Yaqeen in Allah’s wisdom - this is natural in Islam. Allah teaches us that Deen is natural and we accept natural facts – we accept the ups and the downs because they are part of life. If we take the example of that beautiful flower, the rose, which is the king of the flowers, we see that to get to the rose, Allah ta’ala has put thorns and spikes on the stem. It is the best flower, isn’t it, but you can’t just break it off the top – you have to get past the thorns first. The more valuable and precious our mission is, it will be accompanied along the way by obstacles, barriers and difficulties. So the greatest mission of a Mu’min, of a Muslim, is what? To get to Allah. Is there any bigger mission than this for a human being? If there are thorns and spikes with a rose, then will there not be obstacles and barriers in the path to get to Allah? Of course there will be. So you realise from this what is behind the issues and problems that hold you up in life.

Look, another point has just come to my mind, which is a beautiful point. Difficulties, issues and sorrows are all there, but how does that turn into goodness? SubhanAllah. There must be a Tariqah to transform them. How can we make all the obstacles and barriers and issues into goodness? How can I elevate my status through this? How can a human being get close to Allah and become the Wali of Allah through such problems and issues and diseases and so on? If we utilize this formula, that is when a person really becomes a person. If you don’t utilise the formula, then you cannot succeed. Otherwise, what will happen? If a person doesn’t use this formula, he will be destroyed and will go towards negative paths and go astray. Yes? The straight path will close. If he utilizes the formula that Allah ta’ala has given him at the time of problems and difficulties, then he will get close to Allah, then he will become a Wali of Allah, then he will find good results in his destiny. He will get this through his difficulties. Rather than taking him far from Allah, his difficulties will bring him close to Allah, nearer to Allah. So what is that formula – that is what we need to understand, SubhanAllah. What do we have to do practically?

{وَٱلۡعَصۡرِ (١) إِنَّ ٱلۡإِنسَـٰنَ لَفِى خُسۡرٍ (٢) إِلَّا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ ٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتِ وَتَوَاصَوۡاْ بِٱلۡحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوۡاْ بِٱلصَّبۡرِ (٣)} SubhanAllah. So Allah has promised by something here, and has made a great statement in this great Surah from the Qur’an. The pious elders have spoken about this, and it is also attached to Hadith, for the Muhadditheen and the Ulema-e-Kiram have said that the person who recites this Surah and its verses abundantly is guaranteed to depart from this Dunya with Iman. This is guaranteed through reciting this Surah, so keep reading this Surah. It is a great Wazifah and is a great lesson that will enable you to leave this world with Iman. My Hadhrat noor ‘ala marqadah wrote this point in his discourses, SubhanAllah. I do this, alhamdulillah - it is a great Wazifah. These ayahs in this Surah are there to enable you to leave the world with Iman. Read this Surah in Salah and read it in your normal life and in your Duas, and through this, Allah ta’ala gives the effect from reciting Surah al-Asr of this guarantee that you will die with Iman.

And another point that we should understand, MashaAllah, is that we should be grateful that Allah ta’ala gives this Ni’mah, because a Mu’min has this great Fikr and concern that he should die with Iman. This is the greatest worry, is it not? This Surah that Allah has given us is the solution to this worry. In the whole Surah of Wa-l-Asr, Allah ta’ala gives the solution to all the problems you will encounter. Even if the biggest problems come into your life – distress, sorrow, worry, depression – to convert that into something good which will bring you closer to Allah, recite this Surah because Allah has put the solution in this Surah. In very few other places will you get this style. Allah says ‘I swear by the declining day, by this generation, by the world that I have created’ – Allah is announcing and declaiming loudly here. But we don’t listen to the Qur’an and don’t read it like this, although Allah says, {أَفَلَا يَتَدَبَّرُونَ ٱلۡقُرۡءَانَ‌ۚ}. Allah says ‘Why don’t you read the Qur’an and reflect and ponder over what Allah has given to Insan?’ Is this not the case brothers?

So look at the solution Allah ta’ala has given. Allah swears { وَتَوَاصَوۡاْ بِٱلۡحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوۡاْ بِٱلصَّبۡرِ}. Allah says ‘Exhort one another to the truth, to Haq’ – and what is that Haq? Sabr – endurance, patience. Why has Allah attached endurance to truth? SubhanAllah – whoever is on the path of truth, the true believer who is following Iman in the right way, when he stands up for Haq, there will be nothing apart from distress and problems in his life. At every step, he will have a challenge, on every footstep he will have a test, and his every word will be challenged. If he says something right, he will be tested about the truth he is speaking. If he speaks the truth at home, he will have problems at home; when he is in the workplace, there will be problems there due to his following of the Haq.

So Allah swears that along with the Haq, the true Muslim will always experience problems and sorrows and difficulties and barriers - and his task is to stay on the Haq. If everyone says ‘Do this’, he says ‘No, this is wrong so I cannot do this.’ Say SubhanAllah. Yes? If everyone does business in a certain way and says ‘This is right and we can do this’, he says ‘No, I can’t do this. I don’t care if there are hundreds of people doing it, I can’t do it.’ He will have difficulty at that time, won’t he? People will stop giving him money and loans and his business will go downhill. He will also have a problem in the house if is he on the Haq. Someone will say ‘This is allowed - this is how to bring up children. They can do this – it is permissible.’ But he says ‘No – I want my children to become Hafidh and learn how to recite Qur’an. I want to teach them Deen and push them towards being Ulema and scholars and make become included in that best of Jamats’ – and then everyone will call him mad and tell him to get out of the house! He will encounter opposition. Yes? If something wrong is happening at home and he says ‘Stop this now – finish this’, everyone else at home will go against him. So where there is Haq, what else will there be as well? There will be difficulties along the way, in parallel to the Haq.

Look at the final Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. When he promoted the Haq during his life, everyone went against him – the Deen started in this way, didn’t it? The same people who had praised him and embraced him and trusted him with their property, when the Haq came, then straightaway the problems came. So how was the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam successful throughout the whole of his life? What was the formula? { وَتَوَاصَوۡاْ بِٱلۡحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوۡاْ بِٱلصَّبۡرِ} Adopt endurance and Sabr in your life – say SubhanAllah! Sabr is what we need to bring into our lives. Throughout his whole life, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam promoted the truth, and he had the greatest weapon. Such events befell him – the severity he suffered at Taif, being imprisoned in Makkah – the Muslims were under the equivalent of house arrest – and what was the solution? Sabr – endurance and patience.

Hadhrat Ali karamAllahu wajh, who has the title of the Bab-ul-‘Ilm - the gateway to knowledge - made a great statement about Sabr. He said that Sabr is such a factor and element of life that without it, no task of yours in the Dunya can be complete, just as your body is incomplete without its head. If you take the head off a person’s body, is he a human being anymore? Does he exist anymore? No – would anyone know whether he was Zaid or Bakr? Could anyone recognize a person without their head? You can’t if you don’t see the face, and the head has disappeared! You can’t recognize a person in the darkness for the same reason, as there is no sight of the face. So he said that Sabr is as essential to deeds as a head is essential to the body.

Pay attention to what I am saying, otherwise it will go to waste. Don’t look right or left, just listen to what I am saying. Allah ta’ala becomes displeased if you are looking around. If I am delivering this message and you are looking to the left and the right, Allah ta’ala takes that point out of the heart. Be careful about this – don’t look around. Take care and pay attention. This makes the person who is speaking forget what he is saying – I have forgotten such a good point - because people supposed to be listening are disturbing him. Okay, something is happening, but forget that. Is this the Muhabbat and love you have for Allah and His Rasool sallallahu alayhi wasallam? Pay attention and don’t look left and right.

I can’t remember what I was saying. What was I saying? Ah, yes – in the same way that a human being who does not have his head on his body, Hadhrat Ali karamAllahu wajh has said that without Sabr, a person cannot complete any task in life. No task can be successful without this factor. Why? He will not be able to cope with the difficulties, sorrows and problems in his life, even if he is rich. Make a telephone call to a person you regard as wealthy and ask him whether he has any problems in his life. The wealthiest of people will give you a whole list of the problems and difficulties he has in his life. And this is always apparent, that everyone always focuses on their own difficulties – and the people who work in hospitals know this from their experience with the patients.

Ask doctors and nurses and those who work in the medical field if they have this knowledge that every patient says ‘Oh, I am in the worst situation – please help me! I am finished – don’t go to the other patients, help me. No-one is paying attention to me, but I have got the worst illness. He is not that sick - I am worse, so please come to me and help me. Is this not the case? Every patient thinks he is in the worst situation. If you ask a person who has a toothache, he will say ‘Forget your headache – this toothache is so bad that you cannot imagine.’ If you talk to someone who has a stomach-ache, he will say ‘This stomach-ache is the worst – you cannot imagine how bad it is!’ Or someone will say ‘I can’t pass urine – forget your pain, you have no idea how bad my discomfort is.’ Such a person does not have patience and endurance, but SubhanAllah, if you have endurance and patience, everything comes onto the same level playing field. When a person has Sabr, how he turns the tide, because Allah ta’ala gives him goodness so that every bad thing he experiences takes him closer to Allah.

This is a fantastic point – every bad thing in your life takes you closer to Allah. How does Sabr convert you? When a person considers himself as sick and in pain, when he does Sabr, he will say ‘Leave me, I’m fine – go and look at the other patients. They need your help.’ SubhanAllah – because he has become good. He says ‘No, don’t worry about me, I’m okay. Look at the other patients first. I’m fine – I’m a little tired and my head aches, but he has a stomach-ache and is in a worse situation.’ Why? Because he has Sabr, and this has turned him towards Allah. He leaves his Fikr and worry about himself and looks towards the Makhluq. As soon as a person sacrifices himself, he will look towards other people and thus he becomes a Wali of Allah. SubhanAllah – a Wali of Allah.

Wilayat and its Darajaat are unique and amazing, SubhanAllah. The Darajaat of Wilayat are not attained from specific actions. There are some A’maal that require persistent effort, but if you do Khidmah of Allah’s Makhluq, you attain the nearness of Allah very quickly. It can take a very long time to attain closeness to Allah through Ibadah, but if you knock on a neighbour’s door and say ‘Do you have any problems at home? What is the problem? I heard some crying and screaming’ – through that, you get multiple rewards. You can pray Tahajjud for thousands of years, but this action of asking after a neighbour and helping the neighbour will immediately make Allah ta’ala happy with you. In Salah, there could be showing off and pride, so it is very hard to pray an accepted Salah, but if you knock on a neighbour’s door to ask after him, whether it is a Jew, a Christian, a Kafir, a Sikh – whatever – SubhanAllah, Allah says ‘I love this action. You loved My human being, and I love you for this fact.’ SubhanAllah – this is our Deen, brothers, this is Ibadah. So Sabr – patience and endurance – has been stated to be a fantastic action by Hadhrat Ali karamAllahu wajh, because it transforms your actions towards Allah.

So Hadhrat Anas radhiAllahu anh narrated in this Hadith that Allah says that status of the person who has Sabr and exhibits endurance is transformed. Allah gives sicknesses for this reason – He wants to make you His beloved and get close to Him. Allah is saying ‘I gave him difficulties and made him unemployed for this reason. I stopped him from completing his projects for this reason.’ Everyone has their projects and says ‘Oh, I will not succeed unless I achieve this. That person is successful so I cannot pass away without achieving this. His business is flourishing, he is getting married, he has got children and I do not have this.’ Everyone looks at his own sorrows, but Allah ta’ala is saying ‘I gave you these difficulties so that you can do Sabr and become a true human being.’ Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said that he becomes what type of human being? He becomes such a human being that when he turns to Allah and raises his hands in Dua, then in the heavens, all the angels – according to the meaning of the Hadith I am sharing with you – they all turn to Allah and say ‘Oh Allah, he is my friend, so accept his Dua.’ SubhanAllah. What is sickness? I will tell you in the end what sickness is, according to Hadith. So all the angels say ‘We are aware of this servant of Yours, and he is in a bad way. You could have taken his life before, but You have given him a new lease of life due to this sickness.’ There is a beautiful Hadith on this subject that tells of four Prophets – but I don’t have the time to go into the details of this today. To be honest, I am a bit tired today, and this will extend the topic too much.

So do you understand what I am saying? Those angels are there and the person himself doesn’t understand because he is sick, yet he is being given a new lease of life and will get the taste and enjoyment from that, because when it comes to showing Sabr, he says ‘Ya Allah, SubhanAllah – all of my time is being spent in Your remembrance, so the machine of my life is running fine. I have no distress and no sorrow and no difficulty – I am fine. Khair, Allah ta’ala has given me more opportunity – and if it was not for this extra life, I would not this opportunity to say SubhanAllah more times. So I am fine because when I say ‘SubhanAllah’, I get reward higher than mountains of Thawab – just by saying SubhanAllah once. How will I get Thawab after I die? I run to Salah because I will not get that opportunity again. I am keeping a fast and doing Duas – all of this will finish when I pass away. Let my life carry on and carry on – let the car keep rolling even if it is broken.’ Allahu Akbar.

What a great life Allah ta’ala has given to us - we think one thing but what does Deen teach us? If you are upset, you get a positive effect, don’t you? Yes? So where does everything good come from? From our sorrows and difficulties and worries, Allah ta’ala gives Rizq and happiness. Allah ta’ala says ‘I am with that person who I give sadness to – I am with him.’ {إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ مَعَ ٱلصَّـٰبِرِينَ } – Allah says ‘I am with the Sabireen’ – Allah has announced this, and it is a great announcement.

So brothers, some people whose awareness is open, whose Batin is open, when they see others with problems, they are envious of them. They say ‘Allah, this is not happening to me – make me beloved to You like this beloved servant who is close to You. Draw me towards that same situation.’ So should we be upset with our difficulties? No – rather, what should we be? People who have Sabr. And what is the sketch that is drawn out in the Hadith? All the angels in the heavens become aware of that person and they know him – they know that person who has sorrows and difficulties by name, personally. They are aware of his every issue, because as soon as he has a sorrow or a difficulty or a problem, they immediately say to Allah ‘We know this servant of Yours – we know him.’ Allah ta’ala then gives the answer to them, saying ‘What do you know about this person? I know My servant – I know him well!’ I am sharing the meaning of this Hadith with you. Allah says to the angels ‘You don’t know him – who knows him best? I know him – he is My servant. This is that servant to whom I give without him needing to ask from Me. Who knows him better than Me? You don’t need to give him a reference for Me or intervene on his behalf. Even without him asking, I give him over and above what he wants from Me. And if he makes a mistake, then I transform his bad deeds into good deeds.’ This is Allah’s response to the angels. ‘You don’t know this person – I know this person. I never leave anything lacking in his life – what do you know?’

And then the other side of this Hadith comes. Allah says ‘Oh My angels, don’t you know the fantastic way that I will take the Hisaab from this servant on the Plain of Resurrection?’ Every single second of their life will be held to account on the scale of Justice. It is not the case that you can do what you want and that only the five-pound notes and ten-pound notes and twenty-pound notes that you gave will count – no. Every second will count, every Salah – every action will be weighed, my friends.

So be cautious in Salah – and let me explain a point here. Be cautious, because some people have a very bad habit in Salah, a very bad habit, that if they are stood near a pious servant of Allah or a Wali of Allah, they start to copy that person and by doing so, they effectively mock that person. Such a person is not praying Salah, rather he is looking towards that person and copying him. The pious man stands up in Salah, so this person stands up as well; he prays in a certain way and manner, say bowing down in a certain way, so that person bows down in the same way. This is not Salah. We need to follow only one person, and that is the Imam. Follow his Takbir, his ushering. As soon as he says ‘Allahu Akbar’, then forget who is on your left and right and whoever is next to you. Look at your actions and what you need to be doing. What do some people do? They wait and start copying – he is getting up slowly, so they get up slowly; if he delays, then they delay also. Their Salah is spoiled in this way. I am giving you Islah here – this is Islah, rectification. Sometimes this happens, doesn’t it? So be careful about this, very careful. Follow your Imam, because he is leading the Salah, don’t follow that pious person elder. As soon as you say ‘Allahu Akbar’, you become detached from the Dunya that is around you. If you are looking at him and your Tawajjuh is on him, then your Salah has ended. Yes? When you are paying attention to a person’s Salah and looking at whether he is getting up slowly or not and then doing the same, and then seeing whether he has bowed yet so that you can bow down, then you are spoiling and ending your Salah according to the Shari’ah. This is how I see it – such a Salah is Fasid, null and void. So be careful about this. When Allahu Akbar is said, then detach yourself from the Dunya and become immersed in Allah’s love. Don’t look to the left and the right to see who is there, just concentrate on your Salah. It is your own Salah, it is your getting up, your bowing, your prostrating, your sitting – that is what should be the case. Say SubhanAllah. Okay, fine – this Mas’alah has been solved today.

So what was I saying? I am a little bit slow today – the machine is running slowly today. What was I saying? Ah yes – Allah subhana wa ta'ala gives the answer to the angels. ‘Look at the gain on the Plain of Resurrection – when I take Hisaab from the people, that is when My servants will see the value of their Sajdah, and they will see where their attention was at the time of going into Ruku’, where their thoughts were, what they were thinking, what they were looking at.’ We just think ‘I have prayed Salah and now I’m going home’, but Allah says ‘I know – I am swift in accounting. I will take a strict account of everything. My Hisaab is not the accounting that you reckon for – my Hisaab will be total and I will extract the very thoughts that were within you!’ Say SubhanAllah. ‘I will take out what was within – like your showing off at the time you were giving Adhan. You were giving a beautiful Adhan and you were thinking about the people that would be listening to and enjoying your Adhan. When you were reciting Qur’an, you were thinking about the people who would be enjoying it, so you were worried about the Dunya, not Me!’

Look how sincere we need to be – think about it. We need to be so sincere, and you don’t get this Ikhlas from a shop or from a department store or from the marketplace. You will learn this Ikhlas from the Khanqahs. I swear by Allah – I say this while sitting on the prayer mat – that this one treasure of Allah can only be acquired from the slippers, from the shoes, from the Sohbat of the Wali of Allah. No Dar-ul-Uloom can teach you Ikhlas, no institute can teach you Ikhlas – you will learn Ikhlas from the broken down Khanqah. There are no fans blowing there, and no thick, lush carpets and fancy décor. But you will get the most valuable treasure from there. The wealthiest person will be there, and even if he is weak in practice, he will be wealthy, for he will have the great treasure that is acquired there, which is Ikhlas – sincerity. This comes from the Khanqah – say SubhanAllah. If you want to get a lush carpet, go to the best carpet shop; if you want to shop for groceries, go to the biggest mall or supermarket; but if a person wants to learn Ikhlas, then he should go to a broken down Khanqah – that is where you will learn Ikhlas. Sit with the broken-hearted people, sit with those in distress and sorrow.

SubhanAllah, I cannot even read to you the subject matter of one of my letters I read recently from Hadhrat Sahib. One of the statements from the great statements that he wrote made me shake when I read it. He was my Sheikh and my teacher and there was a great connection of love between us, and MashaAllah, my Hadhrat had a lot of love for me and would share his family matters and issues with me. I received one Ajeeb letter from Hadhrat Sahib in which he said ‘I have reached old age, and I am feeling thirsty and am enveloped with sickness, and my wife is a kidney patient and we are poverty-stricken’ - he shared his personal issues with me in a unique and Ajeeb way. We think that the Wali of Allah is from the heavens and that mercies are raining down upon them, but you don’t know the affairs of their heart and the conditions in their homes. Why? Because Allah ta’ala says ‘The person I want to take towards goodness, I give him more worries, more upset, more sorrows.’

Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said ‘I have been afflicted to a greater extent than anyone else was afflicted in life.’ This is Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Why? Because there is no human being and no personality with a higher status than that of Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, he who was wrapped in the blanket. So you cannot see externally what worries and problems a Wali of Allah may have at home, because in some way or other, Allah wants to bring him towards goodness and well-being. Say SubhanAllah. So should we be upset and down when we have distress and worries? Do you understand what I am saying a little bit? Is it having an effect on you? Am I saying the right thing? Are the sicknesses coming out? I will speak at the end about how this relates to Ramadhan.

So brothers, Allah ta’ala says that this is how we will have to give the Hisaab in the Hereafter. If we say ‘Oh, I’m off’, Allah ta’ala says ‘Where are you going? Your feet cannot move until you give the account from your youth to your old age. Your feet will tell Me where you spent your life as a youth and what you did and where you went.’ The life that will come in the Hereafter is not some joke, my brothers! Today’s day has gone, one more day of your life has gone, and you will have to give an account of it. Did you waste it, or did you spend this day for the Hereafter, knowing that you would have to stand in front of Allah and give the Hisaab? For those who are conscious, they do work for the Akhirah in every second of their lives. They live in this world and fulfill the needs of this world, but every second they worry: ‘Allah, what will I do? How will I pay for this in the Hereafter? I need to make use of all of the seconds of my life in this world.’ SubhanAllah.

Don’t waste the time in this world. Allah ta’ala has given you the needs of the stomach, and a job, a wife, children, home and family, but you shouldn’t lose one second in which you do not gain the Akhirah through these responsibilities. What a Maqam Allah ta’ala wants to give us! Allah has said that you can transform every second of the day into benefit in the Akhirah, whatever responsibilities you have – this is a great and high Maqam. For example, when you are in the world and you have time to spare and are not at work, and you are with your wife and you love her and she loves you – Allah has given a natural passion and attraction between them and a means of relaxation. Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam has taught us that even at that time, Allah ta’ala has shown the way to do this so that you can attach it to the Akhirah. This enjoyment between the husband and wife when they are together is nothing compared to the enjoyment of the Hereafter. The enjoyment of this world doesn’t even come close to an atom’s weight of that, but you can even attain Jannah through the enjoyment of this world when you do it the right way. What can I tell you? The words of a Wali of Allah are Ajeeb and unique. The Wali of Allah did an Ajeeb Ziyarah – look at the condition of the Wali of Allah at that time that he is with his wife. Where is he at that time? His thoughts and everything are on the Ahkams of Allah and the right way of life, so even then his Darajaat are being elevated. He considers it to be a Ni’mah, a treasure of Allah.

So I was requesting that for any action that Allah ta’ala gives us in life, in no phase of life should we be empty; there is nowhere that we cannot earn reward – in very second of life this can be done. When Eid comes, we get happy and say ‘Eat drink and be merry’, but how could it be that we forget at that time? How could we forget? Allah says ‘Eat, drink and at the same time, earn the Akhirah.’ Allah doesn’t stop us from going to our wives, and He doesn’t say that we shouldn’t work and He doesn’t say not to have a business. Allah says we can do everything, but SubhanAllah, He says ‘Don’t forget Me at the same time. Don’t forget Me.’ This is the life of the Mu’min. So Allah ta’ala says ‘Such a life have I given to the Mu’min – I have given you much in the world, but keep on living your life and focusing on the Akhirah.’ You are not a wild donkey that you can just go running around doing what you want. How could you do this? Eventually, Akhirah will meet you. Slowly, eventually, old age will come, and your hands will shake.

Were you like this a few years ago? Were you like this five years ago, frail and incapable? When you meet your friends after four years, don’t they say ‘Oh, you have changed a lot in your face. I can see grey hairs now’? Don’t they say this to you when they meet you after a few years? They say ‘Oh, you were young and vibrant and energetic before, and now I can see a few grey hairs on the side of your head.’ This is a natural feature of a man that will come – you don’t remain the same as a man. Transformation takes place. So when you give Hisaab in the Hereafter, you will say ‘How will I answer for my deeds to Allah ta’ala?’ But look at what Allah ta’ala says. He says ‘At that time when there is severe Hisaab, there will be one group, a unique and Ajeeb group of people. What will happen to them? They will be having a bath in the rain of mercies that will be pouring down. They will be immersed in those mercies, bathing in them.’

This is through the problems and sicknesses they had in the world, and just as Hadhrat Sahib told me ‘I am old and ill, and my wife is with me and is the same, and we do not have any children with us, and we are in poverty - but be careful Farooqui Sahib. Never be neglectful of the Dhikr of Allah! In every corner, do the Dhikr of Allah – visit people in their homes for this.’ This letter is in my room – I keep it there. Suddenly, the direction of the letter changed, and he said ‘Farooqui Sahib, don’t waste any time. Love your students and teach them Dhikr. In every corner of the world, go and teach Dhikr. Don’t lose heart – whatever happens in the world will be made through Dhikr.’ The subject matter of the letter suddenly changed. Say SubhanAllah. Was he not a Wali of Allah? This is what you call a Wali of Allah! SubhanAllah – he was in difficulty, but alongside that, he suddenly said ‘Have Sabr.’ The ascension came into him when Allah came back into his remembrance, into his thoughts and into his memory. He forgot all his difficulties when he remembered this. Allah says ‘Look, My angels, My mercies are raining upon him in proportion to the difficulties and problems that he had in his life.’ He will be immersed in that in the Hereafter.

Allah says {إِنَّمَا يُوَفَّى ٱلصَّـٰبِرُونَ أَجۡرَهُم بِغَيۡرِ حِسَابٍ۬}. Everyone who will be standing at the Reckoning in the Hereafter will be stood there for years – and one year of the Hereafter is equivalent to fifty thousand years of this world, and they will be standing there for years. Who can give their accounts at that time? But they will be told, the people of Sabr, {ٱلصَّـٰبِرُونَ أَجۡرَهُم بِغَيۡرِ حِسَابٍ۬}. Allah will say ‘I am not stopping you. There is no Hisaab for you, no restriction, no barrier, no hurdle!’ SubhanAllah. At that time – and these are the final words of the Hadith, SubhanAllah – those people of the world who had big difficulties and sicknesses, sicknesses for each of which thousands of doctors would come to offer solutions to their pain and their problems, at that time in the Hereafter they would call out ‘Oh Allah – you can cut our bodies and we will not say a word of complaint now that we have seen this destination! This is what we need, and this is what we want.’ So tell me, do we now think difficulty is good or bad? How does it become good? When the human being exhibits what? Sabr – endurance, patience. Sabr is very essential.

I will take a shortcut now, otherwise I could discuss this in detail because I am getting a lot of enjoyment. But we have to come to the point now because we need to do Dhikr – so what is the conclusion? In this month of Ramadhan that Allah ta’ala has given us, Allah’s Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam says about this month, at the beginning of the month: “Shahr-us-Sabr wa Thawabuhu al-Jannah” – SubhanAllah! Sabr is attached to this month. Say SubhanAllah. This is the month of Sabr - and what did Rasoolulah sallallahu alayhi wasallam say? Listen - he said that this is the month of Sabr and that the reward of that Sabr is direct Paradise without any Hisaab. SubhanAllah.

Have you ever gone to a cricket match and when you get there, people are jumping on top of each other trying to buy tickets to get into the stadium, but there are some VIPs who are told ‘Oh, you have no need to queue – you can bypass this queue and go straight to the VIP gate? Everyone will look at him, thinking ‘Oh, he’s a VIP – a Very Important Person.’ You may have had this experience of standing all night long in a queue to buy a ticket, and then some man walks straight into the stadium with his suit and tie and nice shoes. The gate is opened separately just for him and he is invited to come to one side and go in. This will be the opportunity for all these people on the day of Judgement. A caller will announce ‘Come over here you VIPs – come here. You Sabireen, come here quickly. Come to the side and enter – Marhaba, Marhaba!’ The angels will say ‘Why are you afraid? There is nothing restricting you. You are those who had Sabr in the Dunya, so go, go - for you, the Doors of Paradise are open. There is no Hisaab for you.’

Those people, SubhanAllah, who said ‘My wife is sick, and I am down, and there is no food at home, and my son is not here nor anyone else’ – what will be their Hal and their Noor? Allah ta’ala will set aside such rewards for them that that person could never imagine. The highest grade and rank is for the Sabireen –{إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ مَعَ ٱلصَّـٰبِرِينَ }. Allah has mentioned this. So what is this? This is the repayment. Allah Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam says ‘Come, come, My Ummah – don’t be afraid. I will take every one of you to the Maqam of Sabr through the thirty days of Ramadhan. We have these thirty days of fasting, and no Ummah got this before you. This is not a difficulty or a burden for you, rather, I am making you practice for every single second so that if you forget for the rest of the year, then come in Ramadhan and practice, practice, and you will continue to get the Thawab for the rest of the year.’ Say SubhanAllah.

So Allah’s Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam announced that this month is the month of what? The month of Sabr, and the payment for patience will be received on the Day of Hashr when the Doors of Jannah will be opened for you with no Hisaab. So look at the Sabr of this month. These are small points, but you get a big understanding from them. So what is the Sabr in this month? Sabr for us is that, in the morning, after you have had your Paratha and eggs and Kebabs – we eat so much, may Allah forgive – then Allah ta’ala keeps us hungry thereafter. Allah ta’ala has stopped us from doing every Jaiz thing and has prohibited them – and this is all being counted. Allah says ‘You went through that pain and those difficulties, and you felt tired and hungry and low on energy for Me.’ I asked a youngster today how his Ramadhan was going, and he said ‘Hadhrat Sahib, I feel thirsty, very thirsty right now!’ SubhanAllah – Ajeeb. This is Sabr – endurance. How much does that poor soul know about Ramadhan, a young man who just a few months ago became a real Muslim. He didn’t pray Salah before, and then Ramadhan came upon him. So I gave him encouragement and asked him today, and he gave an honest answer, saying ‘Oh, I am finished – I am so thirsty!’ This is Sabr, patience.

So Allah is making us practice a little bit of Sabr in life, but then we have the rest of our lives when tests will come, hurdles will come, barriers will come. Your children will test you and push you, your family members will push you, tragedies will test you in your life. Maybe such a time will come in your life when you go into a jail when you weren’t even at fault, and you are in a dark cell. People will be shocked and amazed, and say ‘Why have you been taken inside?’ And you will be sat in the jail in the cell, thinking ‘What’s happening? Why have I been taken in? Why have I been put into this jail?’ You will be thrown into such a corner of the jail that people will start shaking, but what do you have to do at that time? Be one of the Sabireen – SubhanAllah. You get such a Maqam when you do Sabr! I swear by Allah, Allah gives you enjoyment at that time! I swear by Allah, enjoyment comes into your life at that time when you have to go through a test such as this. When I was in that test, I slept at that time more peacefully than I had ever slept in my life. Everyone else was afraid for me at that time, those around me. They would try to wake me up, but I would sleep on. They said ‘Are you on holiday here, mate? I have never seen a person sleep like this in a cell!’ I said ‘I am sleeping so peacefully here and having such good dreams. My need for sleep is being fulfilled here!’ SubhanAllah – this was Bi-idhni-llah.

So what was this brothers? This is the conversion, for Allah says that when you have endurance and Sabr, Allah ta’ala converts it into goodness. Difficulties come, problems come, trials come, but when does goodness come? When we are patient – and Ramadhan will teach us this, SubhanAllah. So if we do Sabr today, not eating Roti or drinking tea, then what happens is that as soon as the evening comes, then Allah promises what His Nabi has promised. As soon as a person goes towards Iftar and drinks water and eats dates, Allah’s Ni’mahs come. Allah says ‘See? I gave you a test in the world, and immediately you got Jannah in the world.’ Our Jannah is here in the world and is limited, isn’t it? It is like the enjoyment of Jannah, isn’t it, when the food goes into the stomach and we enjoy the tasty food, sucking on mangos and other tasty things, but Allah says ‘This is just worldly enjoyment. When you come back to Me and break the fast of the world in the Akhirah, then those eighty years you fasted for Me in the world, then will you break that fast and you will see the enjoyment of Jannah. That is where you will see the true enjoyment – you will see how much you enjoy it when you break the fast in the Akhirah.’ May Allah ta’ala give us the Tawfeeq to practice the Deen and save us from wasting time.

Whatever comes to my mind in Ramadhan I will keep sharing with you. Today was a good topic that came to my mind MashaAllah. Never be upset or down or sorrowful, for nothing will be stopped in your life – say SubhanAllah. Just say ‘Why shouldn’t I earn Jannah? InshaAllah, this fast will break one day and my difficulty will disappear, because Allah has promised that He will listen to everything we say and will definitely give to us.’ But first He will deliver you to Paradise, and then He will give you whatever you ask for. Allah says ‘Oh angels, what do you know about this person? I have given him his reward already, but I want to see how long he will continue on the path of patience and endurance.’ It cannot be that Allah will not give to him. So whoever is in difficulty, remember that whatever condition you are stuck in and whatever difficulties and problems come, don’t worry – this is Allah’s promise that He will give to you. He says ‘I will definitely give to you – you will certainly get one hundred percent, but it will be according to My Hikmah and Wisdom.

So whoever was upset and down, are your hearts open now? Alhamdulillah – end of story. The solution has been found. So Ramadhan has come, and to attain it and keep it with you through the rest of the year, you will have to follow the principles in the same way. Sit in Dhikr – you will have to sit in Dhikr – and sit in the company of the Wali of Allah, and then you will continue to get the enjoyment for the rest of the year. This is the Sabaq that I have been reminding you of and giving to you repeatedly.

Come – let’s recite Durood Shareef and start Dhikr inshaAllah.

22nd Apr, 2021
Mashalla Allhumdulilla thankyou interesting lesson.

Please can I have all the zikr in arbic it's is to read your way is very clear mashalla Allhumdulilla.
21st Apr, 2021
Mashalla Allhumdulilla thankyou interesting lesson.

Please can I have all the zikr in arbic it's is to read your way is very clear mashalla Allhumdulilla.
21st Apr, 2021
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