Discourse Notes: Thursday 22/11/12
The truth always strands strong no matter what the situation is.
2+2 is always going to be 4 nothing less or greater.
So the question is why are some called ‘Siddiq’? – The truthful. One of the thing about ‘truth’ is, it will never change, a person can. He can make up things or waver. Where as ‘Siddiq’ are those people who are truthful, do not move from the truth – the straight path. Their inner selves are immovable. This is a special status among people. Not all can be the ‘truthful’.
– One of the prophets who had this title is called ‘Yusuf’ (as). His life went through a roller coaster. – Big changes happened in his life, his brothers betrayed him, he got sold as a slave etc. Despite this he did not move from the truth.
– Although sold into slavery, tempted by women, he was as he was. Strong in being steadfast, in truthfulness. When we complain of the situations and difficult times which force us to change. We cannot really blame anyone as we have a level of resistance within us. – We should utilise this for the truth. Yes, situations and people can have effect on people. But, we too can resist their pressures etc.
– The biggest friend of Allah (at his time) is also called a ‘Siddiq’.
Syyiduna Abu Bakr (R) was known as ‘Siddiq’. When the most severest calamities fell on the Muslims with the passing away of the prophet (saw). It was Syyiduna Abu Bakr (R) who held the Muslim community together. He did not change on being the ‘Siddiq’, the truthful. Unlike us, when a single opportunity for sin arises, we leap on it.
– If the previous religious books of other nations have become void. Which does not allow us to take our ‘Islam’ from, then how can we base out beliefs on the works of other historians? – similarly, the views of the companions, Islāmic history, law etc cannot be taken from historical books written by others. To stress the point, – we cannot even make law from weak Hadith. Then how can a person base his opinions of companions based on historical works?
– The reason why people have different views about the Ahle-bayat and the companions is because they base their views on historical works. So, if the prophet (saw) said; ‘Hussain (R) is from me and I am from him’. (Paraphrased Hadith) Now, no matter who says what, we do not take their views into consideration. We go by what the prophet (saw) said. If the prophet (saw) said; ‘Umar (R) is in paradise’. (Paraphrased hadith)
This means he would live and die on Islam. Now, no matter what history says about him or any of the other great companions. We do not care, we only take the words of the prophet (saw) in to account, the Hadith.
Advise of Syyiduna Umar (R) continued:
1) ‘My life has always been to become the shadow of the holy prophet (saw). The true strength is not of the physical, but of the inner strength.
– [We are such people, that a single whisper of the devil moves us. If we are suffering then we should seek the help of Allah. Satan is not our lord, so he has no power. It is Allah who has the power. He is the ‘Malik’. He is the owner of the worlds, the creation. Satan is not the owner of anything, even his own body. He only has the ability to whisper, nothing else. It is humans who have given him this false image of strength. Syyiduna Umar (R) was feared by the devils, both in the physical and spiritual sense. The reason why the devils feared him is because, he (Umar (R)) was trying to become the shadow of the prophet (saw).