Thursday 28th July 2011
Notes from the lecture “The four golden words”.
Please Note: This is not a transcript of the lecture.
1) If we were to analyse all the teachings and the lessons of islam. All the books, video/audio meterials on islam. They all bring us to four points. These four points which are explained and animated in numerous ways illustrate to us what Allah wants from us. Throughout the history of the humankind this is what the ambiyah (prophets) came to teach us and lead us into doing. These four aspects are in many respects, why people fail whilst others succeed tremendously. The Quran and the ahadiths speak of these four golden truths to us in different ways. To try and get us to realise why we will fail and how we can succeed.
These four aspects (- for whom many have failed to live up-to and abstain from) has caused them to receive eternal condemnation and torture in the hellfire. Many of the awliyah spend their whole lives teaching and spreading the four aspects which are the the ultimate teachings of the Quran and the sunnah. Now, the following are the famous four, as it were.
3) Obideance to Allah
4) Being in the presence of Allah.
This is what the entire teachings of islam can be summaried into. That is, many people fail because they sin intentionally or out of forgetfulness.
Whilst others succceed because they are in the obideance of Allah, with the presence of Allah accompanying them. – in their minds and hearts. If we now exaime the injunctions of islam we find these four aspects running throughout. For instance, alcohol is prohibited because it makes one become heedless in the remembrance of Allah which in turn makes a person commit sin. Same is the situation with other prohibitions of islam. Illegal sexual intercourse is forbidden as one is not a Muslim when one does the act. Which means he is doing a grave sinful act.
Likewise, the lawful injunctions of fasting, praying, zakat etc, only serve to bring the other two aspects into play. The obideance and the presence of Allah.
2) If we also look at the teachings of the mashaykh we will find these four gems of understanding and guidance illustrated throughout their work. In Tareeqah Muhammadiyah mountain diagram for example, it shows at the bottom two words. These are sinfulness and forgetfulness. Whilst at the top it says the other two aspects of islam, the obideance and presence of Allah. The awliyah take a person from heedfulness and sin to the obideance and presence of Allah. How they do this is, step by step. Slowly but surely a person attains the top two goals.
We find also in the objectives and goals of the tareeq. Which is to give preference to Allah and to give preference to the prophet (saw). With having shafqat (compassion) on creation. These objectives of the tareeq bring the obideance aspect into furition. Whilst having the presence of Allah as the second goal. So, all in all the teachings and lessons are summaried into four words.
They inform us how and why we fail aswell as informing us how and why we will succeed.
These being, either we forget Allah and commit sins or we do sins intentionally.
Secondly we succeed or will do, because we obey Allah whilst having the presence of Allah with us in our minds and hearts.