The time to act!

Thursday 23rd December 2010

He (damat baraka’thuhum) said:

DISCLAIMER:
These are paraphrased words and therefore not the exact words of Shaykh Ahmad Dabbagh

Notes:
1) Many of the companions of the prophet (saw) knew few Hadith. Met the prophet (saw) a few times. Likewise many of the tabieen only met the sahaba a few times. They did not need to listen and read very much in order to be successful. They took whatever was needed and thereafter stayed steadfast upon the deen.
At times we become trapped in this trick of simply just listening and reading. The devil himself is and was a victim of this trick/trap. As he has listened to more knowledge than anyone from the beginning of time. He was in this mode of listening only. When we have understood what to do, the principles of the Tareeq then now the time of action has come and not simply keep in listening. As the perfect kamil (possessor of perfect faith) does not need to be motivated and pushed all the time.
As the reward of paradise should be the lone motivator for a Muslim. Since with paradise he will be given the complete dominion of it. His own kingdom. People here on earth are motivated by petty things. – a house, a car etc. People who get motivated with such petty things are like children who get happy with toys.

2) A pleasure which thereafter comes pain is not pleasure. A pleasure after which there is no pain is pleasure. Happiness after which there is pain and saddness, this is not happiness. But the happiness which has no pain or saddness is happiness. E.g a driving examinar who gives you a car to test your driving skills and the individual as a result thinks he has been blessed with a car will or should know how wrong he is. As this is simply for his test and therefore not understanding the real nature of it, – Not real the blessing. Likewise all the blessings and pains of this world is a means for our test and not the real essence or real ‘happiness’ or ‘pain’. With every pain it can be a blessing as well in the sense of how we react. Whether we react the right way or not.

3) Imam Hussain (ra) is a prime and extreme example of being favored person aswell as the person of hardships of this world. Often times people who get blessings are deceived and therefore become very happy that their state is good e.g a spiritual blessings a physical blessing. When this is a trap and a test for them. When in only in Jannah Allah will enable a person to have complete happiness or pleasure in it’s actual sense. The blessing maybe to see how one reacts. Times maybe good for the time being but, will he change once his state changes? The mashaykh are facilitators of people they will not be the ones to make people do things. As Jannah is the individual persons reward, hell is his punishment should he not save himself from it and Allah is his lord. Not the shaulykh’s only. The mashaykh can’t do anything without Allah permission. If Allah accepts their dua then they can help a person. Even then this is also a means of Allah’s forgiveness. The shahaba understood this principle very well. A companion once asked “… Give me one adivce after which I will not need to ask from anyone after”. The prophet (saw) replied “say and make Allah your ultimate objective”. Then the sahabah would put this is practice and many of them did not even see the prophet (saw) much after. Nonetheless they are successful!

4) Allah says adopt Taqwa and I will give you a criteria by which you will be able to defrinciate between right and wrong. ‘furqan’
Imam muhasibi was such a person who was such a person when he would lay his hands on food which he was doubtful he would know immediately as his hands would twich at something which is haram or doubtful. A kind of detector.
– A mutta’kee is a person of whom Allah is his friend. Whereas we claim to be the friends of Allah.
– The greatest asset of a Wali is his adherence to the sunnah.
– their personal relationship with Allah is intact and the second part is their concern and effort to spread the message. This is the commonality amongst all the Aawliayh.
A person who understands to:
4 a) please Allah by worshiping him.
4 b) please his prophet by following him (sunnah)
4 c) please the creation of Allah by serving them.
Then he would or should not need anything else.

5) Perform a ‘tabatun nasuhah’. A repentance which is you forsee how to prevent yourself from falling into the same trap. Performed with sincerity, which a you want to maintain it. You force himself to keep it.
– Back to point of simply listening:
Allah says many people will be misguided by his book. Whereas many will be guided with reading it. It implies for those who read, listen and then practice, they will find guidance. People who simply just listen will be from those who are misguided by listening/reading the book of Allah.
No wali will inform a person that without fulfilling the rights of Allah, his prophet and the creation you can reach Allah.

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