Dheen Notes: From the discourses of Shaykh Ahmad Dabbagh

Sura Al Fil & the lessons for us: Do not think you can out do Allah!

Discourse Notes: Monday 31st December 2012


– A person commits sins because in his estimation he will get gratification, fulfilment etc. On the other hand, a person who acts righteously does this because in his estimation he believes he will receive the closeness to Allah. So, our actions begins with a single thought. With this thought we can remember Allah or choose to forget him.
– The prophet (saw) said:
when someone commits adultery/fornication his iman is suspended above him like a cloud. (Paraphrased hadith)

With our thoughts we can choose to direct our bodies towards a destination, either towards paradise or hell. When our spirits entered out body, we are now driving our vehicles to a destination. We have a responsibility to drive it lawfully and in a proper way.
There are many people who, when they drive cars have accidents. Sometimes this is because of being inattentive to what they are doing; may be he is on the phone whilst driving. May be the driver was busy talking to some one which made him become inattentive.
Likewise, when we become inattentive of driving our bodies to the right destination. We have accidents as well. Our accidents are sins.

– What is a sin?
A sin is something when a person does which goes against the laws of Allah; in doing so, attaining his displeasure and wrath.

– When someone sins the entire unseen world starts to work against the sinner: the angels, the other unseen creatures etc. This is why we often times do not get peace in our lives. – All the unseen creations are working against us, because of our persistence in committing sins!

– Allah mentions in his book we will reap what we sow. We will not be asked/questioned about what others did.
– We will be asked about what we did. So, the guidance/stories mentioned in the Quran is not for others, but for our own selves.

– In Sura Al Fil we learn about the story of Abrahah, the Ethiopian king who came to destroy the kabah before the time of the prophet (saw). One of the pivotal points we learn from this is, Abrahah came with the latest war technology of the time (the elephant) to destroy the ways of Allah & his house. Yet, Allah destroyed him despite his apparent power. The lesson for us is, no matter what power or the planning we do. Allah will still destroy us if we go against his laws and commands, he (swt) will win at the end. Never think you are invincible!

In effect when a servant of Allah commits sins intentionally, he is in essence declaring his attempt to challenge Allah’s laws like Abrahah.

– In summary, Allah is telling us to get our priorities right. We do not even stand a chance against Allah and his army. What we think as normal and harmless can turn against us at anytime: our own bodies, family and friends to destroy us. Allah does not even need to use his powers to destroy us, if he chooses to do so. So, if you think you have control, influence or support from people/creation. These things can turn against you anytime.
Similarly, if a servant of Allah turns to him in repentance and righteousness. All the creation will work in favour of the servant. As Allah says: If Allah guides a person no person or creation can lead him astray. If Allah leaves someone to go astray (because of persistence in sin), then no one can guide him.

* Anyone can help you in life as long as Allah wants to help you. If he does not, then nothing or no one can help you.*
For example;
Water is a source of life, yet this can become a means of destruction for a person.
Our cells in our bodies are a benefit for us, yet that too, can change and be a means for our destruction!
In the same light, things which can harm us will only do so as long as Allah wants to. So, if Allah does not want to harm us, then no fire or bomb can harm us.

– The conditions to be righteous and be from among the pious are;

1) Have the correct beliefs of Ahulus Sunnah Wal Jammah

2) Learn the obligatory Fiqh (jurisprudence), the dos & donts.

3) Make Tawbah, a sincere repentance.

4) Strive in doing good deeds until death.

By ServantofAlMalik

Islam is in the spotlight now more than ever before and this has caused people to question the faith itself and none more so than the new-age modernists muslims, largely from the convert western countries who are hell-bent on reforming Islam and its traditional values. This blog is a small space in the vastness of the internet where the fight to preserve, uphold and dignify the traditional inherent human values, are proactively argued against the onslaught of modernist propaganda and hate. Covering topics from current affairs to life-enriching inspirations, though to the traditional teachings of the pious and the awliyah of the past and the present. If you would like to contribute to this blog, or become an author of articles then why not contact me on

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