It would not be right to compare ourselves to society’s ignorant and heedless in the matter of service and endeavour in the way of Allah. Allah, glorified and exalted be He, holds up the Companions as an example for us. In other words, we are duty bound to measure our efforts in Allah’s way up against the state of the Companions.
MESSAGE OF DAY
Of the 120,000 Companions who were present during the Farewell Pilgrimage, only 20,000 lay buried in their own lands. The greater majority died, but breathed life into the lands to which they went to convey Allah’s message, to strive in His way and to revive hearts.
Mawlana Jalal al-Din al-Rumi says: “‘What is religion?’ my mind asked my heart. Whispering to my mind’s ear, my heart said, ‘Religion is noble conduct.'”
In our day, Islam is being attacked from all sides. Islam is facing such attack by virtue of its being the sole religion which reminds people of a Hereafter and calls them to truth and justice. Accordingly, it is imperative that believers strive for the future of Islam.
Allah has given the human being two ears and one mouth. This means that one should not speak without first listening and trying to understand.
Sufism is the art of forgetting grievance. It is the means of acquiring His good pleasure and approval through resignation to His every determination, bitter or sweet.
A believer who loves Allah will be subjected to many trials in their lives, to test the sincerity in their affection, in the same way that gold is rubbed against a touchstone to test its purity.
In this realm of trial, every product has its own market. A servant who seeks happiness should avoid wandering through the markets of misery and gazing at carnal and satanic shopfronts.
The sun of eternal happiness can only rise on the spiritual horizon of those who lead their lives in the light of Divine revelation, in accord with what is right, and who know how to transition to the Hereafter with a clear conscience, a sound heart and with nothing that will cause them shame.
The passing rosiness of worldly life is the precursor of a pallid end, and its heedless laughter, the omen of Hellfire’s crackling.
It is certain that a dark night of the worldly life deprived of the light of belief and acts of worship, and spent in all kinds of amusement, madness, oppression, injustice, and carnality, will not bring forth a bright morning of eternity.
The worst heedlessness is a person’s possessing a spiritually lifeless heart and not even being aware of it.
All of us will see in the Hereafter what we have done in this world. What we will reap in the Hereafter tomorrow can only be the crop of what we have sown in the worldly field today.
Funerals pass us by constantly on the street. Human beings should take lesson from the millions of people who are buried beneath the earth. They should continually contemplate their end, knowing that they too will one day be carried in that wooden casket.
Dominion belongs to Allah. It has been given to the servant as a trust. The believer has come to this world not to take possession of it, but to be a witness, or representative of the Qur’an and the Sunna. This is why wealth should be made a witness for one’s belief. This can be realised by viewing wealth not in the sense of ownership, but as a trust.
On the Day of Resurrection, other beings will be raised up along with human beings, and will seek retribution for the rights that were violated in the world. In this respect, the oppression of animals – not to mention human beings – over-exerting them, and even breaking off a fresh branch from a tree unnecessarily has been prohibited in the religion.
Human spirituality and carnality are like opposite ends of a balance. When one end becomes lighter, the other weighs heavy. Hearts cannot attain eternal pleasures until they draw away from fleeting ones. In just the same way that children cannot receive loftier sustenance and life-sustaining nourishment without first being weaned off milk.
The most fortunate of people are those who can render their hearts a spiritual meeting place in the climate of the Qur’an and the Sunna, and who are able to take in all of creation.
Every sincere service and endeavour undertaken purely for the sake of earning Divine approval, and far from any thought of self-interest, is an expression in action, of the aspiration and quest for ultimate union with Allah.
In this world, the poor are in need of the wealthy, while in the Hereafter, the wealthy will be in much more need of the prayers of the poor. The poor are in this sense an invaluable blessing for the wealthy, because it is through the poor that they are able to attain the approval and good pleasure of Allah.
A believer who aspires to attaining the good pleasure and approval of their Lord must first be pleased with God’s determination for them.
Patience is required, until one’s last breath, in times of affluence and poverty, in the endeavour to earn rewards and in avoiding sin. For, all of these are a means of Divine test and trial.
A believer must forget complaint even at the first moment of trial, when all afflictions and tribulations strike with all their might. They must consider the good that will come to them as a result of their patience, and must remain self-composed.
Some properties are referred to as timeshare properties. However, when considered from the perspective of belief, all transitory properties are in fact timeshare properties.
Selfish and uncaring indifference to the suffering of others can in no way reflect the scope of a Muslim’s conscience.
Allah Almighty gives to whoever He wills in abundance, and to whoever He wills, sparingly. But He holds everyone accountable relative to the bounties He bestows upon them.
Every blessing that the servant converts into capital for carnality is in reality not a blessing, but a spiritual affliction that will turn their otherworldly life into torment.
When one can offer thanks to Allah for His countless blessings and strive to earn His good pleasure and approval, what great ingratitude it is to instead focus on the bounty and forget the Bestower of that bounty.
Every blessing for which thanks is not given and which leads a person to heedlessness has in fact ceased to be a blessing, and has become instead a heavy burden in the Hereafter.
There is no turning away of the needy in Islam. One who is not able to give anything must at the very least offer comfort and consolation with their words.