Discourse notes: 28/08/12
Every person thinks there is a duty which has been placed on him. A person who works in the factory or an office they all think this. Allah (swt) says the same thing, he has placed a duty on us. Whether we remember or not. We have a duty which has been placed on us. This is, we will return to him at our appointed time. In which we will have to account for our deeds. The call has been already made. We are only waiting when our time will come. Then we’ll will go. It is not that Allah does not have the ability to take us when he wants to. It’s just he has given us time to utilise for benefit.
– Ibn sikandar (ra) and other mashaykh have said that the example of the message of Islam is like a king who sends a command in writing to his army who are fighting a war on the battlefield. He issues instructions on how the army can win the war easily. For us, it is like we listen to this command from the king (Allah), on how to win the war (with the devils) but after listening to it. We do not do anything, make no effort to implement the advices. Whilst the enemy (the army of the devils) is fast approaching us. The result that will ensue is clear, we will lose the battle! All of us will die in the ensuing battle. – Now the message for us from this is, those who have listened to the instructions and those who did not will be the same.
This is like those people who merely attend religious gatherings but do not implement the lessons they learn, or rather hear every week. The devils and the evil people know that Allah exists. But, the difference is they are not willing to accept (like many of us) the message of Islam.
-Attending religious gatherings will be only beneficial for people who do not know. Those who do, then they should try to get up & do the duty which has been placed on us.
On the day of judgement people will rise from their graves with heads held in shame and sorrow for the wrong deeds they led. They (the people) will say ‘o Allah now we have seen what is there to see. Please send us back to the world and we will do good’. – From this we also learn people who always say they want to see the unseen before they become pious will not do so. This is the significance of believing in the unseen. Allah will respond to these people who say this, on the day of judgement;
‘believing now there is no benefit for you as you have seen what there is to see. You would have attained benefit if you had believed in the world. When you had a chance. Now face the fate which you have carved out for yourselves’.
Imam abu hanifah said, there will be no unbeliever who enters hell in a state of disbelief. As he would have seen what there is to see of the unseen world (akhirah) on the day of judgement. So, he will only enter it in a state of belief. But this belief will be of no use to him!
– The people who only act on Islam if they know the physical benefits behind an act of worship for example: The benefits of using miswak on the teeth. Their reward will reduce as now they are doing the act because they know the benefit of the act. And not purely because the prophet (saw) or Allah have said.
*The golden rule to remember is, if a person does an act by:
1) believing in the unseen.
2) willfully out of his own accord then his closeness to Allah will be higher and he will reach this station quicker than the one who acts on Islam/sunnah after knowing the scientific benefits of an act of worship*.
In sum, there is no greatness in a person who acts righteously after seeing the unseen or knowing the benefits of an act. we should submit to the teachings of Islam & more importantly the sunnah, irrespective of whether we know the scientific benefits of an act or not.