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Noor-e-Nisbat by fighting Ghaflah!

Posted in Dhikr, Essentials of Deen, Fighting Ghaflah, Ibadah, Leaving Sin, Online Talks, Our Spiritual Enemies, Spirituality, Taqwa with tags , , , , , , , on October 7, 2013 by Islamic Spirituality

Our Mashaikh of Tazkiya have a term ‘Noor-e-Nisbat’.

Nisbat means connection and attachment to Allah. Nisbat means to have such a strong attachment and connection that the lower party is elevated by the higher party. It means that the adna party is raised higher by the ala party.

What you’re attached to makes a big difference. This is why Allah Swt attaches things to Himself. He sent Quran as a book and attached it to Himself as Kitaabullah. He sent Nabi SAW and attached him to Himself as Rasool-Allah. This means Allah Swt wants us to attach ourselves to Him.

What types of Nisbat Allah Swt wants to give us:

That is Jannah. Since Allah Swt will live forever, He wants us to live with Him forever. This is the Nisbat Allah Swt wants to give us. This is what is ‘ya khafi-ul-lutfi adrikni bi lutfikal khafi.’ This is the meaning of Allah Swt’s name Al-Latif which means unfathomable. He wants to give us unfathomable Nisbah, an eternal Nisbah with Him.

The person who tries to get that Nisbah in this world, Allah Swt will enable him to get that Nisbah in the next world. That is why Allah Swt sent down the Quran, Nabi SAW etc. So this is the maqsad of Tariqah; that the Salika becomes ‘Raziatam marziya’ that I become such that Allah Swt is pleased with me.

So deen is not that you pray five times a day. You have to make your aspirations, your dreams, your words and thoughts such that they become close to Allah Swt. They become as close to Allah Swt as possible. We cannot become one with Allah Swt but we need to become as close while maintaining that distance. This is called Wassal.

Allah Swt says in Quran that they are such people that Allah Swt has drawn them closer to Himself.

And when Allah Swt draws someone close to Him, He draws them closer to Him perfectly. This is what the Sahaba had. They tried to draw themselves as close to Allah Swt as they could and then Allah Swt drew them closer to Him. This is either through zuhad or mujahida  etc.

In the beginning, we make you do tauba, fear and love Allah Swt and love the Nabi Swt and after a woman has done that we want to proceed to the next goal. First goal is to leave sin and to live a life according to Shariah. That may be ongoing but if you have made efforts and are still making them and you know what’s wrong, you should make another goal which is to make yourself pleasing to Allah Swt.

Those who love Allah Swt, they love Allah Swt madly. They love Allah Swt more than anything in the world. And there are two obstacles in this.

  1. 1.       Sin
  2. 2.       Ghaflah

Ghaflah means to forget Allah Swt. Allah Swt says in Quran:

Don’t you dare forget Allah Swt for even a second.

As critically important it is to stay and leave sin, it is the same for ghaflah. Whenever we forget Allah Swt, we will forget that we have to please Allah Swt. Whenever we are ghafil of Allah Swt we are in danger of sinning.

If you look around yourself, everything is such that you forget Allah Swt. This is the beauty of zikr, that it makes you remember Allah Swt. The malls and roads are designed such that you stay trapped in this world and forget Allah Swt. Every single thing in the dunya that you can imagine is for this sole purpose. You know which is the nicest doughnut and the nicest soap dispenser; you will find beauty and attraction in the most trivial part of your life. Every single beauty of this world is to make you forget the beauty of Allah Swt.

Allah Swt says in Quran:

O Insan, what has made you forget your kind Rab?

When you get the candies of this world you forget Allah Swt. First the dunya tries to make you ghafil of Allah Swt and then it makes you forget that you even have ghaflah.

Ghaflat is progressive. It is evasive. Allah Swt wants us to remove ghaflah from our hearts. We cannot remove the ghaflah from today’s society. So we have to remove ghaflah from our heart. This is what Shaytan does. He makes us forget the remembrance of Allah Swt by making us enter into ghaflat.

So don’t think that I’ll leave my sin first and then I’ll attack ghaflah. No. You have to stay away from ghaflah.

Mafhoom of Hadis:

The beauty of excellence of the imaan and deen of a person is such that they leave (tark) those things that don’t concern them.

Hence, the whole concept of Tazkiya is to make people leave ghaflah by making them remember Allah Swt. The second step is to do qasad. Qasad means to have determination. That is to become resilient on doing zikr. One is like zikr is good; I think it’s nice, sign me up. This is the first step. The second step which is qasad is that I am going to chase zikr. You have to broaden the horizon of your zikr.

I am a zikr seeker. I am a zikr chaser. I am a zikr lover.

This is what we want you to do. We want you to take the second step.

The problem with you is that you are willing to do only that amount of zikr which is within your reach. You are willing to do only as much of zikr as it falls into your lap. That’s not qasad.

3 things you have to do if you want to be successful in deen

  1. 1.       Want it BADLY
  2. 2.       Work for it. HARD.
  3. 3.       Pray for it.
  4. 4.       Over and over and over and over again.

Eg: If there is a woman who has a family member and the family member is sick. If you ask her to do some specific zikr, she will do it. She will do it over and over again and she will come to you asking for more.

So you have to do it more. You have to do it with a different approach. Not with I have to do it 15 mins a day. You should do it with the approach that I have to do this to get closer to Allah Swt, to become a beloved of Allah Swt. You have to make a conscious, deliberate, long term effort. This is what is qasad.

This is why you have to do Zikr-e-qalbi since it is the zikr you can do 24/7. And it takes effort. It is possible to do zikr with your tongue and forget Allah Swt in your heart but it is not possible to do zikr in your heart and not remember Allah Swt.

This is why zikr-e-qalbi is a direct attack on ghaflah.

I want every moment of my life to be interlaced with the remembrance of Allah Swt. I want to remember Allah Swt with my every single breath. 100 % doing zikr of Allah Swt. This is zikr-e-qalbi.

There are two ways to do zikr-e-qalbi:

  1. 1.       Muraqabah

Whenever you get free moments, you must remember Allah Swt to fight ghaflah. You must do muraqabah whenever it’s possible. Even if you are free for 2-3 mins, now you might think that it won’t do anything but you underestimate it. Even if you do it 2-3 mins for a few days, you will feel a difference.

  1. 2.       Waquf-e-qalbi

This is remembering Allah Swt while multi tasking. So you must remember Allah Swt before and after when doing some time and this way that task will inshAllah be counted as zikr.

You have to do effort. You have to spend years of effort. You have to spend years and years scrubbing so that your heart can shine with the remembrance of Allah Swt. And with these things, you should remain in wuzu, follow Sunnah and keep making effort of remembering Allah Swt by fighting Ghaflah.

Another thing you need besides this is to feel the love for Allah Swt.

You need love for Allah Swt.

There is no relationship in this world where you will know that if the other person will be happy with me or not. The easiest love in this world is that of Allah Swt. And that is the Quran, Sunnah, and Shariah.  You have to follow them to become a beloved of Allah Swt. Allah Swt has done this to make it easier for us to reach His love.

And you can ask your heart whether this thing you are doing is pleasing to Allah Swt or not?

Another important thing is that a woman should fill her heart with the love of Allah Swt.

And you should love Allah Swt more than anything in the world. If you are a mother, you can wake up a hundred times for your children in the middle of the night. So that’s what you should do for Allah Swt. You should be able to wake up and do anything for Allah Swt.

Allah Swt used the words ‘kasrat for zikr and shidat for love’ that we should do zikr-e-kaseer and we should have intensity of love.

This is what you need to do. You don’t have to change your environment. You don’t have to change your husband. That is not something you can do. You have to change the environment of your heart. You do what you can do and Allah Swt will do the rest for you.

As for leaving sin, you must make the niyyah. The sin of loving the world, the sin of laziness, the sin of sacrificing for the world more than you do for Allah Swt etc. And you have to make this niyyah everyday. If you mess up at work, you still make niyyah everyday to fix that mess. You don’t give up.

You should make a list whether literally or in your mind. Make a list of all the sins you do and all the things Allah Swt loves. And one by one knock the sin list and check the things that Allah Swt does. You make lists for you dunya. So you should do this for your deen. Make a plan for your deen and tazkiyah. Look at that paper everyday and renew your niyyah and inshAllah Allah Swt will give it to you.

Those of you who have been with us for more than two years, we want you to be stronger. So,

1.   Zikr-e-Kaseer

2.   Leave sin

3.   Fight Ghaflah

We want you to do these three things. May Allah Swt curb us of ghaflah and make us of the muqariboon.

Ameen.

On Leaving the Laghw [Tark-e-fuzool]

Posted in Acquiring Sacred Knowledge ['ilm], General Bayans, Issues faced by Muslim Ummah, Karachi Talks, Leaving Sin, Muslim Youth, Nafs, Our Spiritual Enemies, Taqwa on April 28, 2013 by Islamic Spirituality

[These are the rough notes of a talk given by Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmed  in Karachi on Sunday, 16th sept, 2012]

Laghw

Momineen woh log hein jo laghw se bhagte hein.

Being involved in too many pointless and wasteful activities is also something that harms a person’s hurt. Just like you are a student and you are involved in all sorts of pointless activities, then your intellectual progress will go down.

There are 4 things that are poison for the heart. If a person engages in them then it will poison their heart such that

  1. Fuzool kalam. Idle and wasteful conversations.

Talking too much. Pehle zamany mein aurtein batooni hoti thiin ab mashaAllah mard bhi baatooni ho gaye hein. And when it comes to talking to Allah swt, they can’t do it. Dua nahi mangi jaati. It means Allah swt se ham kalami hou hi nahi sakti. Kitni pareshan haalat hai. Cannot talk to Allah swt and can talk to people so much. Syedna Rasool Allah (s) said tongue will lead so many people to hell. That firstly means haram kalam. But it also means useless and idle talks.

Every word we speak will either be noor on our heart or it will bring zulm on our heart. Even the West acknowledges that you should be purposeful in your speech. And if you don’t have anything good to say then you should stay quiet altogether.

Power of tongue is such that even a few of rude words can bring us to sin. Like if you say something to your parents that’s rude, this is a sin. In English they say that wounds inflicted by sword are cured but the wounds inflicted by words cannot be cured. Because you cannot put a band-aid on a person’s heart.

Another Hadith is that gheebah is greater than zina. Gheebah is the sin of the tongue.

Aspects of fuzool kalam.

i. Tabsira. This means views and analysis. Mera tabsira ye hai. Chalo TV ya news pe kisi aur ka tabsira sunte hein. Phir un pe tabsira karte hein. Ghatoun nikal jaate hein par eik masla bhi hal nahi hota. Pichle 3 saal mein hi dekh lein kitne news nigar ne tabsiray kiye, million of hours of tabsira. Or maybe even billion of hours. Agar aap woh waqt dua, ibaadat pe lagate tou aap ka mwashara theek hou jata. Aaj kal naujawan ka imaan itna kacha hai, koi juloos nikal aye wahin sare kaam chor deta hai.

Eik buzurg ko darakht ne kaha k dekho mein kitna acha houn log mujh pe pathar phainkte hein aur mein un pe phal barsata houn. Unhoun ne poocha agar tum itne achay ho tou Allah swt ne tumhein aag ka fuel kun banaya? Ajeeb. Uss ne kaha haan eik baat hai k mujh mein istaqamat nahi. Jis taraf hawa chalti hai mein uss taraf ko ho jata hoon.

ii. Sawal. Asking bad questions with bad intentions or to ask a question that is of no benefit or relevance to you. That’s all fuzool. So many people have asked me questions in my short life that was of no benefit to them. And I told them in the hope that they will ask me better questions. But they don’t do that. It’s like you have cancer and you ask the doctor about a pimple. And the doctor answers hoping he will ask about his cancer later.

You should not be speaking at all. No recreational conversation. That’s what our buzurg said. Speak of khayr and deen. Any worldly talk will lead to fuzool. Although talking about halaat of Muslims is another thing.

Example of the woman who only spoke Qur’an.

Once there was a woman who was so afraid of being thrown into the fire of Jahannum because of the tongue that she only used to recite verses of Qur’an even in her conversations.

In more recent times, yahan karachi mein eik mureed apne shaykh ko milne aate thay tou shaykh aur mureed dono khamosh beth’te thay. Chup ki majlis.

Ham tou buhot batooni insan ban chuke hein. Jitna baat insan karta tha utna kam sochta hai.

Sometimes it’s our speech and tongue that involves in laghw.

  1. Second type of fuzool is fuzool dekhna. Idle and wasteful gaze.

Fuzool dekhne se shaytan insan ko haram mein mulawas kar deta hai. Like maybe there’s a person who went to the store with the intention to buy something. All the women on the way to the store, in the store and then from store to home are all fuzool to him. If he walks around in such a way that not only does he looks at the item he has to buy, but all the other things as well. So he doesn’t lower his gaze and starts looking at fuzool. Looking at billboards is fuzool. It’s not required for driving. If you expand the range of fuzool range, sooner or later you will have a haram nazar. Our basarat is over-charged, and our baseerat is almost non-existent.

All the things you watch in media; the movies and also youtube is all fuzool. Mein hairaan hota hoon even good Muslims who don’t have TVs at homes, woh pata nahi kya kya youtube pe dekhte hein. Mein halal mein baat kar raha hoon but woh sab fuzool hai. Laghw hai. Ye laghw ki dunya hai. And it’s making you too visually aware. You over-use your gaze. Fuzool nazar ka chaska lag gya iss liye batni nazar se mehroom ho gaye. It’s a big cost to pay. So we should stop looking around. You should literally and physically lower your gaze.

Next time try it when you go to the shop. It’s not going to hurt you in anyway. Tell yourself I don’t want to see even any item that I don’t have to buy. I want to prove that I can control myself from all this marketing. I gaurantee you fuzool nazar leads to haram nazar.

Hadith: Jo bad nazri karta hai Allah swt uss se ibaadah ki lazzat cheen lete hein.

You will loose the lazzat of dua, namaz and you will even loose the lazzat of khidmat of people. Apne parents ki khidmat bhi aap ko bojh mehsoos hou gi. Kun k woh bhi eik ibaadat hai. Chirr wala mizaj hou ga. Aap kya samajhte hein k kisam kisam ki bad nazri karein gey aur sirf eik lazzat ibaadat ki cheeni jaye gi? Nahi balke kisam kisam ki lazzat aap se cheeni jaye gi. The best way to save yourself from bad nazri is to stop yourself from fuzool nazar.

  1. Third fuzool is fuzool sun’na. Idle and wasteful listening.

Not just haram things like gheebat and music is downright haram. But this would include everything laghw like you guys love to get the scoop – nayi taazi sunne ka shauq hai. Qur’an ki tilawat sunne ka time nahi. Jin k pass music ka time nahi hota unhoun ne bhi earphones ka silsila nikal liya. Aap k pass bhi ye choice hai uss pe Qur’an sun sakte hein. Fuzool sunna also leads to haram. This is the general tarteeb of how shaytaan gets us into haram:

Listening to the other -> Seeing the other -> Talking to the other -> Touching the other

This is the tarteeb. So if you stop yourself from fuzool hearing, then you can stop from haram hearing and a list of other things that follow.

  1. Fourth thing is fuzool khyalaat. Idle and wasteful thoughts.

Jitne ziada aap fuzool khyalaat sochein gey utne hi jaldi aap haram sochne wale ban jaein gey. You have to keep a control. Do mukhalafat of nafs. We go all the way from fuzool thinking to day dreaming and always conceptualizing sin. Why? kun k aap ne apne aap ko zikr pe nahi lagaya. Jab zikr pe nahi lagaya to khala (void) bana liya. Jo khala hai woh pehle fuzool se bhare ga phir haram se. Iss liye khala hi nahi chorna. Always be thinking thoughts of Allah swt. And when you are not thinking about Allah swt, then shaytan and nafs books a room in your heart.

Eik mashk karein abhi. Imagine a person who hasn’t thought anything fuzool for a whole 24 hours, na fuzool kalam bola, na fuzool suna, na kaha. Just imagine how easy it would be for such a person to remember Allah swt. Ye zikr iss liye sikhaya jata hai kun k shariat aur deen pe chalna asaan lagta hai. Aap kehte hein na k asaan kar k dein buhot mushkil hai deen pe chalna. Ye fuzool chor dein gey tou automatic hou jaye ga, az khud ho jaye ga. Iss se aur asaan tou ho nahi sakta. Magar karna kya hoga? turk-e-fuzool.

  1. Fifth is fuzool khana. Wasteful/extra food.

Aap kehte hou na k mein ne sirf fard karna hai. Chalo aap khane peenay mein fard karo. Certain amount of food you need to keep the body going. The rest of the energy and calories go to your nafs. It goes to the pait of nafs. Fuzool khane k itne nuqsan hein who sun lein:

  • Waqt zaya.
  • Paise zaya.
  • Nafs strong hota hai.

Abhi aap Ramadan guzar chuke hou na, Allah swt ne ragra lagaya na k khana kam karo peena kam karo taqwah mil jaye ga.

  1. Sixth is fuzool kamana. Extra/useless earnings.

Ye sun k shayed aap iss pe sab se ziada ghabra jao gey. Fuzool kamana. You can do it up till you get your comfort and up till you get the comfort of your family, for the short-term future. Beyond that it becomes fuzool kamana. Mushkil hai iss cheez ko maan’na. Poori dunya aap ko sikha rahi hai aur kamao aur kamao. Aap bahana banao gey koi nahi mein kharch (sadqa) karoun ga. Koi nahi kharch karte aap. Zakaat tak nahi dete. Kamana eik hadd tak jaiz hai, uss k baad zaya hou jata hai.

Jo fuzool kamane mein lag jaye ga woh sooner or later haram kamane mein phisal (slip) jaye ga. It’s gauranteed. Tark-e-fuzool se ijtinab-e-haram hota hai.

How can you lose fuzool kamana?

One way practically to do this is to leave the doubtful. Another meaning of fuzool is extra. Technically speaking it just means extra.

Listen to this sentence carefully: because we are so involved in the extras of this world, we don’t have time for the extra of deen. Dunya k fuzool mein itna busy hein k deen k extra k liye time nahi hai.

You can say Jannat-ul-firdous is extra. So if you’re involved in extra of dunya then be ready to sacrifice jannat-ul-firdous. Be ready to sacrifice the company of sahaba karam and nabiyyeen.

  1. Seventh is fuzool milna milana. Idle and wasteful gatherings.

Fuzool suhbat. Fuzool gatherings. Fuzool social life. Fuzool interactions with people. Same thing: jitni fuzool suhbat mein jaein gey, utne aap haram suhbat k khatre mein hein. If you meet for anything of deen then it is beneficial. Anything else is at best doubtful and at worst haram.

1. Some gatherings are like medicines. Without them you cannot be healthy or survive. For example halal job and halal business can fal into this. It is necessary interaction. In education that is your vital interaction, within the bounds of shariah.

2. Some gatherings are like an illness. The gathering of dunya where sin and ghaflat takes place. Taubah karna, gunah se bachna. Aur tuabah rakhne k liye ghaflat se bachna. Cyber majlis is also harmful. You own suhbat with the laptop.

3. Some gatherings are like poison.

i. Haram gatherings are like poison.

Even if you claim you will not do anything haram there, it’s still haram. Jaise aap kehte hein mein wahan ja kar nazar neechay rakhoun ga. Aap wahan ja kar nazar neechay rakh bhi lein, aap ka wahan ja kar hazri dene se Allah swt apni nazar neechay nahi rakhein gey. Why do you want to be at a place which Allah swt is looking at with anger and wrath?

ii- Na-jins ki suhbat is like poison.

To keep company of those people who are not trying to seek the pleasure of Allah swt like you want to. Like there’s a young man who keeps company of corrupt young men or women for the sake of imaan. Ye buhot kawi ho tou imaan wale ka rang dusroun pe charhe ga. But you have to be honest with yourself k kis ka rang kis pe charh raha hai.

4. Some gatherings are like food. Especially those gathering that are like food for the spirit and heart like majlis or gatherings of mashaikh. Lazman aisi majalis ko pakrein.

Story of dropping your pre-conceptions before learning Islam

Shykh Abdul Qadir Jilani rah ka eik haqeeqi kissa hai. Baghdad mein hote thay, buhot baray alim-e-deen thay aur Hanbali Fiqh k Allama thay samajh lein. Log jo un ki majlis mein aate thay tou ulema bhi aate thay aur awam-un-naas bhi aate thay. Tou woh farmate thay k jo bhi aap le kar aye hein woh darwaze pe chor aein. Log sunte hein tou un ko samajh nahi aata. It means you have to drop all your pre-conceptions. Then you have to learn deen of Islam. Then you have to re-learn your life in the light of what the deen tells you. This is what is called fana and baqa.

Shykh Abdul Qadir k gatherings mein eik tarteeb tha. Woh log thay salikeen, sunte thay aur badalte thay. Phir eik waqt aata k shykh kehte jis cheez ko seekhne aap aye hein woh aap seekh chuke hein ab aap jahan se bhi aye hein wahan wapas chale jaein. Aaj kal koi aise safar kare tou kehte hein iss ko kya hou gya hai apne parents ko chor k ja raha hai. Ghar pe bhi tou apne Rabb ko mana sakta tha.

Allah swt hamein bhi taufeek dein k ham bhi badal sakein

The Anatomy of Sin

Posted in Lahore Talks, Leaving Sin, Muslim Youth, Nafs, Our Spiritual Enemies, Taqwa with tags , on November 18, 2012 by Islamic Spirituality

Controlling Anger; a unique attribute

Posted in Muslim Youth, Nafs, Our Spiritual Enemies, Purification of the Heart on October 6, 2012 by Islamic Spirituality

 وَالْكَاظِمِينَ الْغَيْظَ وَالْعَافِينَ عَنِ النَّاسِ ۗ وَاللَّـهُ يُحِبُّ الْمُحْسِنِينَ

and who restrain anger and who pardon the people – and Allah loves the doers of good;

[Al-Imran 3:134]

Ta’leem and Tarbiyyah- these two things used to go hand in hand. In fact, for the first 1300 years for this Ummah, there used to be no difference between “Taleem yafta and Tarbiyat yafta“. Jo Taleem yafta tha, woh tarbiyyat yafta tha. It was unimaginable at that time, considered as a great discrepancy in education, for somebody to be Taleem yafta but not tarbiyyat yafta. Taleem aur Tarbiyyat Lazim aur malzoom tha aik dosre ke liye!

It was considered such a great defect that no educational institute could bear it; no Ustaadh could bear it; No parents could bear it. Now we are living in such a time that Taleem is one thing and Tarbiyyat is totally different. Just being educated doesn’t mean a person is also tarbiyyat yafta – two separate worlds. So much so that in the olden days, the parents used to do tarbiyyat of their children when their children were young and when their children became 16-17-18 they would transfer literally deposit the hands of their children to some Aalim or Shaykh who would then do tarbiyyat of that young man or woman for the rest of their lives. And, Adults used to worry about their tarbiyyat. Barey Barey Awliyah Mashaikh, jab unke Shaykh dunya se rukhsat hotey they, woh kehtey thay ke ab kisi ka saya mujh per nayi hai.

It has been narrated about Allama Shabbir Ahmed Usmani rah that during the end of his life there was no one to scold or reprimand him. Once he was sitting and crying – upon being asked why he was crying – he sighed: Today there is no one to reprimand Shabbir Ahmed!

Allahuakbar! So worried about Tarbiyyah. Even though he was such a big Aalim, Scholar of Hadith, Scholar of Tafsir!

Such a difference between them and us.Today the children don’t like it if their own Parents try to do their tarbiyyah! Whichever of the parent is soft they like to be with them. And, if any of the parent is even slightly strict, Allahuakbar! Reaction, spontaneous combustion! They will talk-back; they will disappear! Women say that their son doesn’t even come in front of his father! Allahu akbar`

Barey barey Ullema Mashaikh apni aakhri umar tak apney aap ko Shaykh ke mustaghni nayi samajhtey yeh 16-17 saal ka larka apney aap ko baap ka mustaghni samajhta hai?!

Even amongst brothers- if the elder brother tries to even slightly reprimand his younger brother, the younger one stops coming in front of him; stops meeting his older brother; doesn’t talk to his older brother; keeps to himself; keeps in his room!

Allahuakbar! Koi apney bhai se mustaghni hogya? Yeh toh qiyamat ki baat hai!

يَوْمَ يَفِرُّ الْمَرْءُ مِنْ أَخِيهِ

On the Day a man will flee from this brother

[80:34]

Mufassirin have written that Allah swt has Made a point here in this ayah regarding the importance and closeness of  brother-brother relationship. i.e. Allah swt is Using this to illustrate the haibah of the day of Judgement is such a Day that a person would even flee from their own brother! And people have started doing this in this world! Allahuakbar – this is a sign of the end of times!

One thing is that something has been mentioned as a sign of the closeness of the Day of Judgement but this has been mentioned as something that would happen on that Day itself! Can we comprehend the severity of such an action?

There are two emotions that a person is often unable to control.

1. Desire (Shehwah)

2. Anger (Ghadab/Ghaiz/Ghussah)

Before we understand what the cure is we need to understand the human being. Allah swt has Given a human being 3 particular parts:

First: Mind (Aqal)

Our mind is the seat of thoughts; its job is to just process thoughts-all the time its just thinking thoughts, processing them. Our mind with the neural networks; neural pathways – it is the real information superhighway! The Internet is still less compared to the human mind. Hundred thousands, Billions of thoughts a person can think – if they live an average life span.

Everybody can have good thoughts or bad thoughts – we can think a wide variety of thoughts. Now these thoughts they are like traffic; if traffic is flowing it is never a problem. When the traffic is blocked; when it gets stuck – the system stops functioning. Sometimes a person’s mind gets stuck on one thought and so they are unable to anything else. Sometimes its due to some inferiority complex; a trial; or a failure; some worry or the other – somethings may not be going the way they want them to go; a person may not be behaving the way someone wants them to be! And so a peson gets stuck on it. The information traffic gets jammed. And sometimes a person gets dirty thoughts

The Rule about thoughts:

Coming of bad thoughts in itself is not blameworthy- that is part of our humanity. But, if we dwell on those bad thoughts; deliberately think bad  thoughts; let them become a train of thoughts then that will be accounted for. And Allah swt has Given Shaytan the power of Waswasa; he can light that spark in our minds!

..to be continued, inshaAllah.

[Inspired from talk by Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmed db, NOT a word-word transcription]

To listen to original mp3, click HERE

On Sohbah & Gatherings (Leaving the Laghw)

Posted in Karachi Talks, Leaving Sin, Our Spiritual Enemies, Repentance, Taqwa, Zuhad on September 21, 2012 by Islamic Spirituality

The Ulema and Mashaikh say there are four types of Gatherings:

1. Some are like Medicine; without these, one can not survive.

For example, a gathering for seeking earning through a halal job to provide for one’s family.
2. Some are like an Illness; diseased.

These are the gatherings of duniya, where ghaflah (heedlessness) and sin takes place. These could be gatherings of people, and sometimes, even ‘fazool’ browsing on the internet. So once you have made true Tauba, in order to safeguard it, you should avoid the majaalis of ghaflah and sin.

3. Gatherings that serve as ‘Poison’. 

This is poisonous suhbat (company) – it can be in the form of haraam suhbat or ‘Na-jins ki suhbat’.

As far as the haraam majlis goes, even if you claim you will not commit anything haram (unlawful) there, why do you wish to be seen at such a place anyway, where Allah swts gaze of wrath and anger pours down?

Second is the Na-jins ki suhbat. This means to go and keep the company of people who are not trying to earn the pleasure of Allah swt. Why? Because you do not know who is influencing who; kis ka rung kis per charh raha hai and mostly, un ka rung aap per charhay ga, naa ke aapka un per. So one should avoid the company of those who are not dyed in Sibghatullah (The Color of Allah).

4. Some gatherings are like ‘Food’-food for the soul

Like ‘ghiza’.
These majaalis provide spiritual nourishment to one’s Ruh. These are the gatherings of Ulema,Tulaaba (students),Mashaikh. One must attend such gatherings so that the Ruh is nourished”

-Notes from Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmed’s Bayan on ‘Leaving the Laghw’

Retaining the Blessings of Sohbah

Posted in CII talks, Dhikr, Essentials of Deen, Nisbat, Our Spiritual Enemies, Purification of the Heart, Repentance, Spirituality, Tasawwuf Essentials, Tazkya Talks with tags , on April 4, 2012 by Islamic Spirituality

[Following are some rough notes that were taken during the CII Tazkiya Talk by Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmed db on 29th March, 2012. NOT a transcription]

قَدْ أَفْلَحَ مَنْ زَكَّاهَا

وَقَدْ خَابَ مَنْ دَسَّاهَا

[Surah Al-Shams 91:9-10]

سُبْحَانَ رَبِّكَ رَبِّ الْعِزَّةِ عَمَّا يَصِفُونَ

وَسَلَامٌ عَلَى الْمُرْسَلِينَ

وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ

[37:180-182]

——————————

Tazkiya means to purify oneself.

Allah swt sent the Quran and Sayyidina Rasoolullah saw so that we may become pure enough to get access to Jannah, to become eternal companion of Sayyidina RasoolAllah saw and to become beloved of Allah swt.

Tazkiya means to make ourself so pure that we are able to gaze eternally on the most pure Being i.e. Allah swt and reside eternally in the purest place called Jannah.

We need to purify different parts of our self :-

1-      Aqal:

Purifying the thoughts, think what types of thought we would think in Jannah infront of Allah swt those are the thoughts we need to think, many times in a good suhbah we can do ibadah but cant do tazkiya and after coming back we come back to the old impure self, it’s a life long process a person has to be constantly on watch of our thoughts since many of us allow ourself to think impure thoughts and thus whatever nur we got from suhbah and zikr just by that thought it takes away the nur we got from ibadah & zikr so whenever we get suhbah when we come back from such an experience, since many people who are students of tazkiya manytimes they adopt the suhbah they don’t know how to retain the benefits of that suhbah.

Since one command is:

وَكُونُوا مَعَ الصَّادِقِينَ 

[9:119]

but after one is separated from that suhbah , one thing they shud safeguard themselves from is their thoughts, so what shaytaan makes them do is make them think in their mind some sinful thought because of which we could loose the benefits of that suhbah

E.g

  1.  Could be thoughts of materialism: love for this world

-  planning and calculating on the future and keeping all the trust in the asbaab without putting any tawakkul on Allah swt

2. Secret desires, wishes, evil thoughts for another person, hasad, envy etc, impurity of the thought lead s to a deeply offensive chain of thoughts

2. Purity of our homes:-

Tazkia of our home ensures we stay steadfast with taqwa otherwise love for Allah swt will only be in Shaikh’s suhbah and in Khanqah and Masjid

It means to purify our homes, bedrooms from anything that reminds us, invites us or gives us the opportunity to sin.

E.g. People in America say that I don’t ever want to have a gun in my house, similarly if that novel or magazine entices you to look at sinful pictures they are like guns against our qalb(spiritual heart), -

When they return, the true students do tazkiya of their house and their mind, their greatest worry is to preserve that nur they got of that suhbah

3. Persevering in our relationships  with family members:-

The second they do disobedience or have arguments with their family members, they will loose the nur they got from the suhbah, so purifying those relationships from any unrealistic expectations, arguments.

They will be less dependent on makhlooq after the suhbah but if we don’t take care of it we will lose the barakaat of suhbah

4. Tazkiya of lifestyle:-

Home is made a home of purity, once they leave home, and go into office or school they are not leading a pure lifestyle

e.g.  after suhbah return to their friend or workplace and return to bad nazri, and if they reexpose themselves to those sinful radiation they will lose the barakah, noor and blessing of their mashaikh.

A Disassociate from bad company:

-          Disassociate from all those interactions and relationships from people who are distant or disobedient to Allah swt if we sit in their company we’ll lose the blessing  that we got from the company of our Shaykh

-           if you were to sit with a person who sells ittar even if you don’t apply ittar even sitting with him you ll get that fragrance and just like that the opposite effect is of sitting with the black smith i.e. at least the smoke will harm you

-          No matter how much good suhbah a person may have they can never have the 100 percent immunity from the negative effects of negative suhbah, we should never think we’re immune now, we will again lose the barakaaat n fuyoozaat the second we slip in the negative suhbah.

     B At work place:-

-          Even if we cant control the environment, if the work place environment has a sinful environment it will a negative effect on us

-          How to save oneself from the effect of negative sohbah?

become a person of istaghfaar constant taubah, wipe away the negative effect by making constant istaghfaar to make sure they have wuqoof e qalbi, always thinking thoughts of Allah swt n feeling of Allah swt in heart when they slip they make istaghfaar .

Tazkiya lifestyle means enough wuqoof e qalbi that even while at that university n workplace you are always thinking and feeling Allah swt, if you slip n fall into makhroohaat n muharramaat you make istaghfaar, its our responsibility to maintain that purity.

 

5. Tazkiya of our heart:-

Most important, we need to look at the impurities of heart:-

First impurity:-

1-      Love for dunya

Hadith :- hubbud duniya raasu kulli khateeati (Love of this world is the Source of all evil)

If a person feels a feeling of inclination or desire towards the dunya then it’s a problem, they have started loving the dunya,  the materialistic duniya we must purify ourselves from those actresses sportstars, false love, we should only love the pure hearted,

- we should make dua that O ALLAH  Grant me a heart that in my heart there is only love for the pure hearted

- thoughts of how to save money in this way or that, or having thoughts and love for duniya we need to stop that.

- Living in the duniya striving in the duniya is allowed, but  loving the duniya isn’t allowed.

Hazrat ji said that  is duniya k liyey agar hum poori koshish bhi karay hamesha yahan nahi reh sakta ,we’ll end up leaving this world still people put so much effort in increasing this world and,  Allah swt sai hat kar aik lamha bhi guzaar nahi saktay uskai liye insaan mehnat nahi karsakta. The reality is what we need is Allah swt alone and even one moment without Him means we didn’t satisfy our need we NEED HIM every single moment of our life.

LOVING SOMEONE FOR THE SAKE OF ALLAH SWT

love for nabiyyen, siddeqeen, shuhada, saaliheen more n more love we have that more n more barakah we’ll hav in our time, we should try to return to beneficial suhbah to nourish the spiritual heart.

One way to lose that love of duniya is wuqoof e qalbi and loving things that Allah swt has made permissible to love.

LOVE FOR ALLAH SWT:-

If we don’t have love for Allah swt then the love for the shaykh wont benefit us. The best way to please the shaykh is to please Allah swt, ultimately an pan-ultimately pleasing Allah swt. The more and more we love Allah swt, the less and less we’ll love the duniya.

How to get this?

The more and more zikr a person does the more and more love of Allah swt enters their heart so after suhbah they have to make a decision, not to return except by having that zikr of Allah swt to interact n interrelate with people around us, once we get love of Allah swt we must purify our heart from the love for ghayr ullah, we should not harbor any thoughts or love or feelings for anyone of opposite gender.

Fida and fana for Allah swt once such a state of love for Allah swt comes it takes away all the unlawful loves, then we will be able retain and preserve the blessings we get from our mashaikh

Then, every single time they spend time in the suhbah of their mashaikh:

1. It’ll have a long-lasting effect

2. have a long-lasting after effect

If we don’t follow the above mentioned steps, the suhbah might have an effect but long after effects wont be there,  even if a person doesn’t always get suhbah, a person should keep their tazkiya and whenever they’ll get that suhbah it’ll be noorun ala noor and they’ll be able to get baqa and sustain those blessings and positive feelings they had in the suhbah of their mashaikhs. To do a lot and a lot of zikr so that the love of Allah makes me fida, fana and baqa, its that baqa that connects us to the barakah of our mashaaikh

Summary:-

We must purify our:-

1 Aqal,

2 home,

3 family and relations,

4 lifestyle,

5 qalb ,

so that our engagement in this world is pure.

Confronting our Worst Enemy – Shaytan

Posted in Acquiring Sacred Knowledge ['ilm], Nafs, Our Spiritual Enemies, Spirituality, Taqwa with tags , , , , on February 15, 2012 by Islamic Spirituality

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا ادْخُلُوا فِي السِّلْمِ كَافَّةً وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا خُطُوَاتِ الشَّيْطَانِ إِنَّهُ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ مُبِينٌ

[2:208]

سُبْحَانَ رَبِّكَ رَبِّ الْعِزَّةِ عَمَّا يَصِفُونَ

وَسَلَامٌ عَلَى الْمُرْسَلِينَ

وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ

[37:180-182]

In the month of Ramadan,many of us may have heard that Allah swt chains up all of the Shayateen and many of us may have felt in the month of Ramadan that in addition to many many reasons this certainly was a major reason why we felt closer to Allah swt, why we had the ability to engage in more ibadah and then this brings the question that since the month of Ramadan has ended and that Shaytan and the Shayateen have been unchained and unleashed and again they are being musallat; are coming upon us – how is it that we can protect ourselves from Shaytan.

In the month of Ramadan, Allah swt Gave us 29 or 30 days of training how we can control and subdue are Nafs. Those of us who spent that month properly you would now be much stronger viz-a-viz our Nafs – now we should think how to make ourselves stronger viz-a-viz Shaytan. Anycase, in the Deen of Islam,  the second the month of Ramadan ends the month of Shawwal begins. from the 1st of Shawwal begins what are known as the “Ash-har-ul Hajj – the months of Hajj. A person can make niyyah and leave their home from the very first of Shawwal and make the journey for Hajj. Originally before the Muslim Ummah was blessed with the invention of Airplanes or airtravel, when people would travel for Hajj they would leave weeks or months in advance. And, one of the ultimate features of Hajj is Rami which means the pelting and stoning of Shaytan and one of the climaxes of Hajj is this repudiation of Shaytan. So, it means that in these months of Hajj, this month of Shawwal we should think how we should protect ourselves from Shaytan.

Now Shaytan is unseen; the unheard. Normally people don’t like to talk about him; but any good strategist knows that you should know your enemy; you should study your enemy

And Allah swt has said this in the Qur’an-e-Karim,

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا ادْخُلُوا فِي السِّلْمِ كَافَّةً

that O you who believe! you should enter the Deen of Islam entirely

وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا خُطُوَاتِ الشَّيْطَانِ

And you should not follow the whisperings – mechanisms of Shaytan

 إِنَّهُ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ مُبِينٌ

that Indeed his is a clear/open/manifest/die-hard enemy to you!

[2:208]

Shaytan’s Enmity for us

The way we normally explain this to people is that we don’t appreciate and understand how much enmity Shaytan has. Imagine if there is someone who you think is your enemy or somebody who you think is your family’s enemy or perhaps you think that hitler was the enemy of Jews – infinitely more than any of the enmities that have ever existed between any two human beings; infinitely more than that is Shaytan’s enmity for each and every believer. The enmity that Shaytan has for a mo’min is more than the enmity that hitler had for the Jews; more than – had for the cambodians; more than slovedon Milošević had for the Bosnian Muslims – more than anyone you think alive on this earth have enmity for the Muslims – infinitely more than any human being can have anmity – Shaytan has enmity for the mo’mineen.

And how long has he had this enmity for?

He has had this hatred and hasad; enmity and jealousy; spite and malice for millions of years! Allahu akbar kabira

Now, in this day and age if someone has an dushman [enemy] – they think and talk to their friend to plan some defensive strategy. So why not plan some defensive strategy against the biggest Dushman that we have which is Shaytan.

So it is important for us to reflect upon – Who is Shaytan? How did he become Shaytan? What exactly is his relationship with us? And how can we protect ourselves and preserve ourselves from Shaytan.

All of you are very familiar of the famous story of how Iblees became Shaytan. I would just highlight a few points of that. Allah swt has Mentioned this story in many different places in the Qur’an-e-Karim, but most importantly Allah swt has Mentioned a lengthy dialogue that takes place between Him and Shaytan in three places in the Qur’an – Surah Suaad, Surah Al-Hijr and Surah A’raaf.

The Story of Shaytan

As all of you know Allah swt Created Sayyidina Adam alayhisalaam and then He called all of the angels  to witness that act of creation  and make Sajdah to Adam a.s. then Allah swt also called one representative from the Jinn whose name was Iblis. He was called so that he could be an ambassador of all the Jinns and also because he had spent so many years prior to this  event in ibadah in worship that Allah swt  had Let him hang out with the angels. Sometimes he is referred to in Arabic as “Taoos-ul-Malaika – Companion/Likeness/Comrade of the angels”. And as all of you know Allah swt Commanded all of those present in that gathering to Make Sajdah to Adam a.s.

The angels, because its not in their ability to disobey a direct command – certainly when  Allah swt Created Adam a.s. the angels  asked that O Allah what are you doing? this is some type of creation that is going to create fasaad on earth! this is a creation that also has the propensity and potential for evil in it, why would You create such a creation when You have us the angels who have only good! this is a type of creation whom You are Giving and endowing with freewill and the freedom to disbelieve and disobey in You – why would You want to create such a creation when You have us who always believe and obey You – so certainly they asked these questions but when Allah swt’s Direct Order and Command came to make Sajdah – all of the angels, because that is the way they are they have the freedom to think and to ask and question but they don’t have the freedom to disobey Allah swt – so automatically they obeyed and fell into Sajdah.

Iblis being Jinn had that freedom to disobey and he chose to exercise that freedom and he didn’t make sajdah to sayyidina Adam a.s.

How did Allah swt Express this act of Iblis not making Sajdah, He swt said in Qur’an:

أَبَى وَاسْتَكْبَرَ وَكَانَ مِنَ الْكَافِرِينَ

[2:34]

أَبَى

the first word means: he rejected; he denied; he refused the commandment of Allah swt

 وَاسْتَكْبَرَ

And then he had takabbur on top of that – very important – many times people think that Shaytan refused the commandment because he had takkabur. No.

- Shaytan refused the command because he had hasad; he had envy for sayyidina Adam a.s.

- After refusing, Allah swt Mentions that he had takabbur – this is a particular type of takabbur and this is that type of takabbur that when a person disobeys Allah swt they feel justified in doing so; they feel they have a valid reason and excuse in doing so and therefore they feel absolutely no shame; remorse or regret whatsoever in that act of disobedience.

- If someone were to ask them that why are you doing this when Allah swt Wants you to do it otherwise? Why are you doing this when the Quran and the Sunnah say otherwise? They give their reasons and they feel justified in doing so! this is a particular type of takabbur

First lesson derived from this verse:

- Many times the most common lesson that people mention in this ayah is that Shaytan was worshipping for millions of years and those millions of years of ibadat didn’t help him at all and that doesn’t make such an impact on our hearts because we are not people who worship millions of years anyway! so if that is the lesson to be learnt that if you have a lot of ibadah even that wouldn’t help you – most of the young men and women would think that oh i don’t even have lots of ibadah anyway 

- The Second Lesson:

What is going to happen to us if we choose to reject and deny the commandments of Allah swt and we feel justified and remorseless in doing so. That is the  asl link that Shaytan is trying to make; Shaytan wants that human beings should become like him – that means that not only should they become disobedient and distant from Allah swt, they should feel justified and proud in doing so. Whether they do so in the name of Modernism; they do so in the name of Reformism/Secularism/Liberalism/Nationalism/Marxism, they go all the way and do so in the name of Agnosticism and Atheism – but they should feel absolutely content and proud and firm on their disobedience! They should have a deep, intellectual philosophical grounding for their disobedience – which makes them absolutely disobey Allah swt without any hesitation and without any regret – thats what Shaytan wants because that is his Satanic Attribute.

So, Allah swt Says in the ayah that:

أَبَى

that he denied and rejected the commandment of Allah swt

 وَاسْتَكْبَرَ

And he had takabbur.

So, what was the result of that?

 وَكَانَ مِنَ الْكَافِرِينَ

And, interestingly Shaytan does not disbelieve in Allah swt at this moment. Its not that he becomes an Atheist; he is looking at Allah swt, he cannot be in a state of Atheism or agnosticism because he is in the ro’iyyat, deedaar of Allah swt but he is called among the kafireen because knowing Allah swt exists and disobeying Him is the ultimate type of Kufr – its even more ultimate than Atheism and Agnosticim! This is the kind of Kufr that Shaytan wants the mo’min to fall into. Because the mo’min believes that Allah swt Exists, just like Shaytan knew Allah swt Exists!

So, the Shaytanic Kufr is to know Allah swt Exists, but to disobey Him. And that is what Allah swt Mentions in this Ayah:

 وَكَانَ مِنَ الْكَافِرِينَ

that he became eternally, permanently amongst the Kafirs.

Then, lets look at these different conversations and dialogues that take place between Allah swt and Shaytan

Dialogues between Allah swt & Shaytan

So, first in Surah Suad, Allah swt Asks Iblis:

أَسْتَكْبَرْتَ أَمْ كُنْتَ مِنَ الْعَالِينَ

[38:75]

Is it that you have adopted takabbur or are you amongst the people who view themselves to be higher and exalted – a’ali

So, Shaytan responds:

 أَنَا خَيْرٌ مِنْهُ

that I am better than him

[38:76]

i.e. he gives a justification. What you say in Urdu, “thak jawab deina” . Now can you imagine, Allah swt ko thak jawab deina? Shaytan did it with his words, me and you do it with our lives.

- Allah swt has the Muazzin call out, ‘As-Salatu khairun min an-naum’, hum thak jawab deitey hain, we keep sleeping!

- Allah swt Says in Qur’an,

لَقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ

[33:21]

that you have in the Prophet  صلى الله عليه وسلم  a beautiful example, hum thak jawab deitey hain – we like to adopt a different type of lifestyle. We have our own views as to what is beautiful; we have our own dictates and mandates of Fashion, culture and society

Atleast Shaytan was honest about it; atleast Shaytan verbally said it.

How is he better? he said:

خَلَقْتَنِي مِنْ نَارٍ

that You Made me from fire

 وَخَلَقْتَهُ مِنْ طِينٍ

and You Made him from the elements of the earth -

You made me from the elements of Fire – thermal energy; and he’s made up of the elements of earth – Calcium in his bones and iron in his blood and magnesium and zinc and copper and all of that – So, I’m better

قَالَ

then, Allah swt Responded

 فَاخْرُجْ مِنْهَا

that Exit from My Company! Leave My Presence! Leave My Auspicious Court!

 فَإِنَّكَ رَجِيمٌ

Indeed you are repudiated!

Then, Allah swt added:

وَإِنَّ عَلَيْكَ لَعْنَتِي

that Indeed upon you is My Curse – means that I Pick you up and Put you outside the reach of My Mercy! Never ever will My Mercy Ever Focus itself upon you again

 إِلَى يَوْمِ الدِّينِ

Until the End of Time; until the Day of Judgment

Then, Shaytan responded:

قَالَ

رَبِّ فَأَنْظِرْنِي إِلَى يَوْمِ يُبْعَثُونَ

that O my Rabb! Give me some respite until that Day in which You will Resurrect all of humanity

[38:76-79]

The Mufassiroon write that since at that moment Shaytan used the word, “رَبِّ” - my Rabb – that is why his dua was accepted. He made dua the same way the Ambiya made dua – with the word “rabb” and saying Rabbi, My Rabb. A lot of duas of the Ambiya-e-karaam have been mentioned in the Qur’an-e-Karim and they all called upon Allah swt with this word ‘Rabb”.

So, this is such a word that even Iblis, when he uses it, Allah swt Grants his dua – this is also a lesson for us – the mo’mineen – that Ya Allah swt, hum bi toh bil aakhir Aap ko Rabb ke hi naam se pukaartey hain; agar iblis ne ‘ain nafarmani ke waqt aap ko Rabb se pukaara Aap ney usko bi mohlat dia; tu agar hum gunah ke baad aap ko Rabb se pukaartey hain, hamein bi muaaf kerdein – this is the power of the word Rabb!

Iblis called upon Allah swt with this word Rabb and Allah swt Said:

قَالَ فَإِنَّكَ مِنَ الْمُنْظَرِينَ

you are amongst the people who have  been given respite; stay – you will not be touched – until the Day of Judgment

إِلَى يَوْمِ الْوَقْتِ الْمَعْلُومِ

[38:80-81]

until that Day whose time has been appointed and known to Allah swt

But, Iblis was Iblis – almost like a spoiled child when they get what they want from their parents they go back to their naughtiness! So, he called upon Allah swt with this Dua; he got what he wanted; Allah swt said okay you have been given respite.

Then, Shaytan said:

قَالَ فَبِعِزَّتِكَ

He swore by the Izzat of Allah swt! Allahu akbar – this is the most level of Kufr that you can imagine! Me and you could never dream like this  - that we would disobey Allah swt and then looking at Allah swt, invoke Allah swt’s Izzat – the Honour and Sanctity and Maqam of Allah swt. Iblis looks at Allah swt and says  فَبِعِزَّتِكَ

لَأُغْوِيَنَّهُمْ أَجْمَعِينَ

I will distract and destroy and despoil all of humanity!

So, if you want to understand how much of any enemy he is, this is his moment of declaring his enmity for me and you! Looking at Allah swt, and swearing by the izzat of Allah swt! Allahu akbar

Then, Shaytan even said, a strange thing:

إِلَّا عِبَادَكَ مِنْهُمُ الْمُخْلَصِينَ

Except those who are

عِبَادَكَ

Your Ibaad, who are Your worshipful servants

 مِنْهُمُ

from all of that humanity

الْمُخْلَصِينَ

those who have Ikhlaas

[38:82-23]

Even he knew, at that ultimate moment of enmity that he won’t be able to distract and lead astray those people who have two characteristics – Ibadat and Ikhlaas. Anybody who has that, even Shaytan felt that he wouldn’t be able to distract them.

Another Conversation between Allah swt & Shaytan

In another conversation, very similar to this, Allah swt Mentions in Surat-ul-Hijr. I will just mention to you the extra part of this conversation, most of the conversation is the same. Here, after Shaytan mentions this, the same thing:

لَأُغْوِيَنَّهُمْ أَجْمَعِينَ

إِلَّا عِبَادَكَ مِنْهُمُ الْمُخْلَصِينَ

that I will distract all of them, except those among them who are your worshipful servants and those who are people of Ikhlaas.

The exact same words. One ayah later, Allah swt Responds to him:

إِنَّ عِبَادِي لَيْسَ لَكَ عَلَيْهِمْ سُلْطَانٌ إِلَّا مَنِ اتَّبَعَكَ مِنَ الْغَاوِينَ

[15:42]

إِنَّ عِبَادِي

(that, Know Shaytan that) Indeed! My servants

لَيْسَ لَكَ عَلَيْهِمْ سُلْطَانٌ

that you will not have any ability or power over them

إِلَّا مَنِ اتَّبَعَكَ مِنَ الْغَاوِينَ

إِلَّا

Except from those human beings;

مَنِ اتَّبَعَكَ 

those who will follow you

مِنَ الْغَاوِينَ

from those who are distracted and astray and deluded

…to be continued, inshaAllah

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