Don’t Think Less of Virtue
Allah subhana wa ta'ala’s great favours and blessings are upon us today, for though the whole of the Dunya is surrounded by this disease and by worries, and beset by so many issues, with everyone occupied with worry and distress, with no corner of the world upon which this Adhab of Allah is not falling, yet with Allah’s Karam, with His Grace, with His Mercy and His Fadhl, at this moment in time, Allah ta’ala has given us the Tawfeeq to Remember Him. This is a great sign, that at a time when Allah ta’ala is displeased with His servant, that servant, instead of going towards negative solutions, towards the wrong path and increasing in sin, is given that Tawfeeq, that opportunity which Allah gives to His beloved servants. It is a sign of Allah’s love for His servant that the servant turns to Allah and he trembles and turns to his Lord and remembers his Lord. The Barakaat of our pious predecessors are a great Fadhl of Allah, in that whilst people are immersed in this stress and this worry and these issues, and are lost in the Dunya, yet Allah ta’ala, with His Fadhl and His Mercy has pulled us and has selected us for His remembrance.
It is stated that a person should never consider a so-called small good deed as a minor thing. Never. A small good deed should never be thought of in this way; even if it seems minute and trivial, he should not consider it as insignificant and he should not look down upon it. Remember, you will forget the good that you have done due to considering it in your mind to be a minor thing, but Allah ta’ala has enabled you to implement that good deed. And this is also a great Fadhl and Grace from Allah that Allah ta’ala makes the servants that He loves occupied in actions that they are not aware of themselves. Do we have the guts or the capability to do this work of the Deen? Do we have the ability to do the work of the Silsila? Are we able to serve the Friend of Allah? They are not even aware themselves, but not everyone gets this Tawfeeq. This is the sign of those who are beloved to Allah ta’ala that He puts them into such a path and work which they sometimes don’t even feel like doing. They don’t feel like doing the Khidmah, the service, but Allah ta’ala enables them to do that work. He doesn’t even know what great work he is doing. That is why you should never fail to be grateful to Allah whenever you get an opportunity to do a good deed, and acknowledge what a great mercy Allah is bestowing upon you.
Just like today, for despite the conditions, we are remembering Allah’s Name. In this scenario it would be easy to be lazy, so to remember Allah morning and evening is a massive, massive Ni’mah of Allah; it is a treasure and a gift from Allah. We cannot imagine how great a blessing and bounty this is in this time of Adhab, when Allah ta’ala’s punishments are descending onto the earth – and Allah ta’ala knows best what is going to happen tomorrow. We don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Perhaps this is the first phase, and the second phase and then the third phase is going to come – Allah knows best what He will do with the Dunya. So in such a time, don’t be Ghaafil, don’t be ignorant, don’t be lazy and don’t be negligent. Go towards the Ni’mahs that Allah ta’ala has given, whenever you get an opportunity. Sometimes Allah ta’ala enables a human being to do such good deeds that he is not even aware of, but in the Hereafter he will be shocked and surprised at the weight of those deeds.
So, my brothers, it is stated that you should not consider even the most apparently minute good deeds to be insignificant. Rather, you should consider them as Allah’s Karam, His Ni’mah, His Mercy. Why? You may forget when you do such good deeds, those deeds that you did even when you didn’t feel like doing them, but Allah ta’ala enabled you to do them anyway. And you may forget those deeds, but such deeds will not leave your side until they take you to the door of Jannah. SubhanAllah! Not until it brings you to Paradise will that one good deed leave you, that deed that today we consider as a minor thing. Today we say ‘Oh, it is Mustahabb, it is preferable, it is Masnoon, you don’t have to do it. It is only Sunnah – what difference does it make? It is not Fardh, it is not compulsory.’
Imagine! That is why we are wrapped up in this Adhab. Allah ta’ala has defined the good deeds for our benefit – they are a bounty for us, a treasure for us. It is from Allah’s untold mercy that we are given these blessings, but we reject them, saying ‘No, no, this is Masnoon – it is a minor good deed. Why should we do this? It is only Sunnah – it’s not Fardh, is it? It is not Fardh.’ These statements are often uttered today. ‘What is this? Is it Fardh? Is it Sunnah? Oh, it’s Sunnah - ok, well let’s leave it then. Khair, no problem, we don’t need to do it. It’s alright, leave it. If we don’t do the Sunnah, what difference will it make to us? It is not a special action – we don’t have to do it. It’s ok, it’s fine – we’ll leave it, no problem. It is not necessary.’ These are the utterances.
What does the Sunnah give? What does the Sunnah of Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam give? Do we think it doesn’t give us benefit? My brothers, if we implement the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, if we implement any Tariqa, any method of his, what are we giving to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam in return? This is Allah’s immense Karam that He has favoured us. Allah is saying ‘Ok, I give you permission to imitate My Habeeb sallallahu alayhi wasallam .Can a person get this permission from anywhere else? Allah says ‘If you imitate My Habeeb sallallahu alayhi wasallam then instead of being strict with you, I will give you rewards because he is so beloved to Me. His habits and his personality are so beloved to Me, so your imitation of him becomes a great Ibadah for you.’
Allah ta’ala has opened this door for us, this door of His love, of His nearness, of His Qurb. SubhanAllah! So think about the deeds that we do commonly. We refer to things as ‘small’ good deeds, but don’t consider them as minor, because even a small good deed can give the biggest reward in that it can take you close to Allah. If we do a minor deed, it brings us closer to Allah; if we do another one, we move closer again; if we do another, closer still to Allah. But we leave Nawafil and we leave Sunnah, and we don’t worry about it. Rather we say ‘What is there in this for me?’ SubhanAllah. Is this even something that needs to be discussed?
If a so-called minor deed has the effect of connecting us to Allah, then what about a good deed like the Sunnah? If you do an action under the shade of the Sunnah, for example, and if you do the work to revive the Sunnah of Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, can there be a bigger action than this? What is the status of a person who is a shareholder in that? If Allah ta’ala accepts and magnifies a normal minor deed, then what of the work of the Sunnah? How can such a deed be rejected? So never consider a deed to be minor. If a normal good deed will not leave your side until it takes you to Paradise, then where will a Sunnah good deed leave you? It will never leave you alone. It won’t leave you alone on the Day of Resurrection, it won’t leave you alone in the grave, it won’t leave you alone on the Bridge of Siraat, it won’t leave you on your own in the darkness, and when everyone is distressed and beset with problems in the world, even then it won’t leave you on your own. Even in the world it won’t leave you isolated and on your own.
Let me tell you of an event of today, of this day and age. I am not relating an account from the days of old, but rather of this era through which we are passing, that generation of modern, progressive thinking, in which all the Sunnahs look backward to people. We call them backward and fundamentalist, astaghfrullah. Can Iman remain after such statements? We have no respect in our hearts for these Sunnahs and we look down on them. When someone speaks about the Sunnah, we think that he is backward. But let me tell you, in this day and age there are pious people, pious families with upright, good parents who establish a religious, practicing home. The daughter of one such family graduated from Madrasah, so they decided to admit her to High School. She wanted to go and kept asking persistently, so they said ‘Ok, fine, let’s enroll her. We will protect her and look after her. The school is secure and safe, she will be within its boundaries.’ This was not in this country, but rather in our home country.
So they enrolled their daughter and sent her to the school. Now, she was the daughter of a pious, upright home, where Purdah was maintained, where Burkah and Hijab was normal, and she went from this environment into the school, where the environment, obviously, was modernist, progressive and open-minded. So when she arrived, people started joking about her, laughing at her and mocking her. Everyone looked down at her and criticized her, saying ‘Who does she think she is? Where has she come from? Whose daughter is she?’ and so on. She was shaken by this and came home in a worried state. Eventually, she said to her parents ‘I am going to take my Purdah off. After today, I am taking my Hijab off. No-one in the whole school wears this apart from me. I can’t live like this, so I’m not going to wear it. How can I study if everyone else is different?’
This was like an electric shock to the parents. They were extremely displeased and unhappy, thinking ‘What has happened here?’ They couldn’t imagine how this could occur, but always remember: the environment has an effect. It doesn’t matter how much Tarbiyah you give a child, when you send that child to a dirty environment, as soon as the child arrives there, the colour rubs off. In a dirty environment, shaytan immediately embraces that client. A dirty environment and a corrupted society is a very bad thing, and even if you have done Tarbiyah at home, it gets wasted. All the pressure comes upon the child, so as soon as the child comes out into such society, into the wrong place, immediately the colour and the effect of that place rubs off. We may say that we have trust, but we have to be extremely cautious in this country, extremely cautious. ‘No, no, they have done this, and there is protection there and procedures - what is the difference if they go there? There is no difference. It is alright, there is no problem.’ But these things happen.
So that daughter had been given Tarbiyah, but she said ‘I am not wearing the Jilbab or the Hijab from now on.’ This was a huge blow to her parents. It was a big test for them. They cried all night long and then went to their daughter and presented themselves with sincerity. The mother took her veil off and the father took his ‘Imamah off, and they said ‘Listen, we would like to make a final request to you. You say that you are not going to wear Hijab or observe Purdah, but please listen to our final request. There are two paths in front of you: either you immerse yourself in progressive, modernist thinking, or you save the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. These are two opposite options that are available to you.’ Now these words came to her from her father’s mouth, and Allah ta’ala had heard the Duas that he had been making all night long, that father whose heart had been pierced by this electric shock. His words had a powerful effect on his daughter, and she began to cry. She cried so much that it seemed as if the very walls of the house were crying with her, and then she said ‘Oh my father, I promise you that no Ghair Mahram will see this face; only a Mahram will see my face. Trust your daughter! It cannot be that I will disregard or sacrifice the Sunnah of Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam.’ SubhanAllah!
Alhamdulillah, listen to what happened thereafter. The father related that one or two days after this, he and his wife saw a sudden improvement in her life. She would spend long hours at night in ‘Ibadah, reciting Qur’an, praying Nawafil, doing Dhikrullah. He said ‘Whenever me or my wife would get up, we would see that she was immersed, enveloped and busy in the worship of Allah. Her direction of life had changed. Once I was sleeping in the room next door to hers, and SubhanAllah, I saw an illustrious, light-filled person, wearing white Libaas, come and sit down beside me.’ This person spoke to him, saying ‘I am your Nabi, Hadhrat Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam, and your home has accepted the gift of my Sunnah. Your daughter promised to revive the Sunnah of Purdah and Hijab, and I love this so much that my heart felt that I should come and sit with you and speak with you.’ Allahumma salli ‘ala Sayyidina wa Maulana Muhammadin, wa ‘ala alihi wa ashabihi wa sallim!
My brothers, this is the meaning of doing good deeds. Look at what a great Maqam a person has when he does a good deed. This is the situation in front of us, that sometimes Allah ta’ala tests us and shows us things in the environment in which you are living. Allah wants to strengthen Taqwa and Iman, so Allah shows these examples. This happens whenever a person makes a stand and embraces the Sunnah of Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. It doesn’t matter how much external or worldly loss might result, or how much opposition he faces if he stands firm. It is not necessary for a person to see and feel these rewards, but it is a fact that the chief of created beings, the Holy Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, gives love and affection to that person or to that family who revive the Deen. It seems as if the Holy Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam has come to do Ziyarah! You hear this in Naats and Nasheeds – it looks as if he has just arrived. This is the reality of this. Wherever the blessed Sunnah and practice of the Holy Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam is revived, imagine the peace there and the beautiful feeling there. It cannot be that the Holy Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam would not arrive there. I could tell you about various events of this nature; several examples spring to mind.
So I request that you should never disregard a so-called small deed. Don’t say that it is insignificant – astaghfirullah. Never leave a small deed or a small Sunnah. Any opportunity that you get to do a good deed, it doesn’t matter how small it seems to be or how tiny it is thought to be, embrace it, do it! Remember this. It is stated that a person should not delay in doing good deeds; rather he should hasten toward good deeds so that shaytan does not divert him. If you get an opportunity to do a good deed, don’t delay – hasten, hurry, do it quickly. You should be aware that a time will come when a person wants to do a good deed, but the doors will shut. Allahu Akbar. SubhanAllah, that time comes. What time is that? We know that time, don’t we? When death comes to a person, that is the time when the door shuts. At that time when all the doors close on a person’s face, he remembers then and thinks, ‘Oh, if only I could say SubhanAllah once, or Alhamdulillah once. If only I could pray Nawafil now once, if only I could sit in Dhikr now, if only I could attend a Majlis now.’
I have heard people say such things as they are lying on their mattresses about to depart this world. My body shook once when I heard such a person say ‘Hadhrat Sahib, if Allah has mercy on me now and gives me a bit more life, then I will never miss any of your Majaalis. I don’t know why I was lazy! I wanted to come, but I didn’t attend. People used to stop me, but I made a big mistake. Oh Hadhrat Sahib, if Allah gives me a bit more life now, I will do it!’ But those promises come to an end, my friends, and that is why it is stated that a person should not delay in doing good deeds. Hasten to do good deeds. Quickly, as soon as you get a chance, do that deed straightaway. There should be no question of delaying.
Allah is so Kareem, so merciful, that He enables us to do good deeds. And even if we don’t do the good deed, Allah forgives us! Listen to this event: when a person passes away, Allah subhana wa ta'ala stands that servant in front of Him, whether a man or a woman, and says ‘I am very angry with you for your disobedience and for your laziness, for your sins and your rejection of the Sunnah practices. I am very displeased with you! However, I saw that when your dead body was lying there, people were praising you. They said that you were a pious man, a much-loved person who had good Akhlaq, good conduct, and they said that you had light on your face. And they said that it looked as though you were forgiven!’ People say this, don’t they, when they are stood at the Janazah and they see the deceased body. Allah says ‘So when they were praising you, I was aware of your sins. I was aware of all your misdeeds, but the people didn’t know. They didn’t know what you are in reality because you did everything in secret, behind a veil - so they were praising you. But I am your Rabb, oh My servant.’
Listen now to what the Rabb says! Allah says ‘Oh My servant, I am your Rabb! When My servants on earth have good feelings for you and are praising you and saying good things about you on the earth, then your Rabb on the ‘Arsh also says good things to you - so I forgive you! Go – I have forgiven you, I have forgiven you.’ Allahu Akbar! Allah says ‘Does anyone hide defects more than I do? They don’t know, and they are speaking well of you, so despite that fact that I know all about you, I put all your sins and misdeeds behind a veil and keep them secret. Go, I forgive you!’
Allah is Kareem, merciful, so Raheem! Allah Himself makes people say good things and puts good words in their mouths. Even their enemies say nice things because Allah makes them do so. Allah wants to forgive His servants, SubhanAllah. Allah ta’ala creates a means, a resource for those who didn’t even do good deeds. They couldn’t do good things, and when people used to tell them to do good things, they were angry, but Allah says ‘My servants were praising you on the earth, putting a veil in front of your misdeeds, so I, your Rabb on the ‘Arsh, hearing that people on earth are praising you, forgive you in the heavens!’
So brothers, people, Allah ta’ala has given us this wealth, the wealth of the Deen. He gives us the opportunity to do good, so do good when you get those opportunities. Promise to Allah today, whatever condition we are in, that we will perform Mustahabb actions, preferable actions, Masnoon actions. Sunnah is Sunnah, so in no way should we reject those deeds when Allah gives us the chance, because we don’t know whether there will be time for this tomorrow. We may be lying on a bed, unable to pray Salah, so we must appreciate and value these deeds today, and count them from morning until night. Allah ta’ala has given us life, and in every breath, we have an opportunity to earn good deeds. There are opportunities with every breath that we take, yet we leave the biggest of good deeds. Allah gives us the opportunity to do so many deeds.
Let us analyse ourselves. When you lie down at night, think to yourself ‘Allah gave me a chance, but I didn’t do this, and I didn’t do that. I didn’t even do this, and I left this action and that action. I could have done these actions, and I didn’t go towards this good deed.’ Analyse every evening. ‘I’m so stupid and foolish! I wasted my whole day because I didn’t do any good deeds.’ We always analyse the other side. ‘Oh, I need to put money into this and I didn’t invest in that. And I didn’t buy that stock from him, and if I had put money into that item, I would have got a good return. And if I had done this, I would have got a good sale and my turn-over would have improved. If I had purchased that shop or this business, I could have done that as well. I could have turned over this much and sold that stock as well. I could have made sweets like this; I could have made Kebabs like that.’ Examples abound. For this, there is analysis day and night, and discussions and meetings take place and plans are drawn up. But nobody has the Tawfeeq to sit down and think ‘Oh, my life has passed me by today. That time is not going to come back – it has been cut out from the diary of my life. What deeds I have missed! I could have earned these good deeds - I could have earned so many rewards.’
May Allah subhana wa ta'ala give us all the Tawfeeq to value the breaths of this life, my friends. May we value the breaths of this life – health and breath are great Ni’mahs. The things that we are running after will evaporate like thin air. When someone is sick and lying down on the mattress, then nothing of the world comes in use for him. Nothing comes in use for him at all. People will come and grab that wealth and run away with it. Ok, you are living in the Dunya, so you have to earn and live, but also earn and accumulate those things that will go with us into the Hereafter.
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2nd Dec, 2020