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Instilling the Love for Allah and Preparing to meet Him


(Highlights of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday 25th October)

In the mutaqaddimeen (the pious predecessors), the greatest emphasis was on tarbiyat i.e. to get the refinement in character and ways, and secondly on having the right association. Thereafter, other things in life fall in place. It is so important that it is like a vessel and container. If it is clear and pure then its contents will be preserved.

Among the things that affect man the most, one is mahabbat and love, and Allah Ta‘ala and Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) understand this. For example, a person on his return from jamaat of 6 to 7 months phones his wife and asks if she wants anything. She makes a hint that she wants a rose. Hearing this, he will phone the florist and order it, irrespective of the price. At that time, he doesn’t use logic and reason; it is just his emotions that he follows. If you use logic you will say that why should I spend so much of money for something that will wither away in two weeks and it is wastage of money.

Once a Sahaabi was at the entrance of the musjid and asked Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), “When is Qiyaamat?” Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) asked him, “And what preparations have you made?” So he replied that he does not have much extra actions to his credit, but he does have the love of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Upon this Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “(On the Day of Qiyaamah) A person will be grouped with those whom he loves.” The reason for this Sahaabi asking this question was because he was eager to see the rewards of his actions. This shows us that if you want to expedite something one needs to ponder over its rewards. Therefore, our ‘Ulama say that one important aspect that we lack nowadays is reflecting over the hereafter. The more you reflect the greater the motivation and quality of your actions. The more one reflects the clearer will the picture of the hereafter become, and the things on the path then fall away.

Mankind did not start now; it started from Hadhrat Aadam (‘alaihis salaam). So we should jog our minds and see how they had confronted situations of doubt and confusion. Moosa (‘alaihis salaam) made du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala: “Rab-bishrah lee sadree” (O Allah! Clear my bosom and heart.), and regarding the Sahaabah, Allah Ta‘ala says: “Afa man sharahallahu sadrahulil-Islaami . . .”. When the heart is opened then the picture becomes clear and vivid. As a result, Hadhrat Ibnu Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) says that the most elite class of people were the Sahaabah and they were the most well-versed. Therefore, they did not need to ask too many questions. So what must we do to get that clarity? The first thing is love because when you have love you don’t use your rationale; you just do it. Therefore, in the masnoon du‘aa you request Allah Ta‘ala “showqan ilaa liqaa’ik” (O Allah! Grant me the yearning to meet You.) But at the same time you say, “min ghayri dharraa’am mudhirrah” (without harming me). If the yearning and love goes out of proportion then it can be harmful. These du‘aas of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) are so comprehensive. Just reflect and you will understand that it is not an ordinary person’s words.

Mahabbat khood tujhe aadaab-e-mahabbat sikhadegi – Love will teach you the aadaab and ways of mahabbat. A person does not need to be told how to make love with his wife etc. His love for her will automatically direct him to what he needs to do.

Maktabah `ishq ka andaazah niraala dekha usko chutti ne milee jisne sabaq yaad karliya – the school of love is quite unique; the one who learns his lesson does not get leave. Normally, in schools and colleges etc., once you learn your work you may go, but in the college of love the concept is totally different. The more you learn your sabaq the more you will have to stay. The real philosophy of life is what these auliyaa teach. What the philosophers etc. say is nothing compared to what they say. When you get that love of Allah then it is such that you just want to go on, and there is no end to the excitement. The incidents of Layla and Majnoon are not made-up; they are true but they are quoted to make us understand what love really is. Our relationship with Allah Ta‘ala must not be like a business relationship, that as long as one is enjoying the favours he will show his love and appreciation. Our love for Allah should be beyond.

In this life everything is created in pairs and with opposites. You get cold and heat, sickness and health, etc. So all these are put in place so that we could appreciate the different things in life. This is part of the beauty of Allah Ta‘ala’s creation. When you come out of toilet you say “ghufraanak” i.e. you seek the forgiveness of Allah Ta‘ala. It is a point of reflection, Allah gave us so much, but in the language of love you are seeking forgiveness for you have not expressed gratitude as you ought to. Then you say “Alhamdulillah” because of the relief that you experience. If there is no enmity you will not appreciate love. The administration of this world will continue functioning smoothly as long as there are these opposites. In the system of Allah there is always good in everything even though we cannot perceive it. There is some wisdom behind it. In everything there is a sign of Allah, what we need to do is reflect and improve our relationship with Allah.

Sports and entertainment such as cycling etc. have unfortunately become like a culture. If it is done informally in one’s backyard then there is no problem. When it becomes a culture then it is dangerous, because you will want to race and for that you will have a circle of friends. Then in order to keep up that relationship you will follow what they do. Further, just for a race you will fly over to Cape Town. In the meantime, namaaz is forgone, and every time you have to upgrade the bicycle which costs a lot. As a result the family is neglected. Many a times we get into these things but we do not reflect over its effects. You become oblivious of the greater objectives of life. You get into a different mindset and you become secular.

The love for Allah does not end; it always requires some form of expression at every level. And it will never end for He is infinite. Hence we need to cultivate it. When there is this love then you want to imitate, but Allah forbid if you have the wrong mahabbat, and you love the wrong people then you will want to imitate them in their wrong deeds as well, like spiked hair etc. You take a liking for it, no matter how dirty and ugly you may look. So love has no rationale. The thing that you love and live for, you will die for that as well. On one end you have a personality like Hadhrat Bilaal (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). He invested everything for Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam); his day and night was for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Hence when he was approaching his end, his wife began crying. So he asked her not to cry for he is now going to be meeting his friends, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and the other Sahaabah. There must be a way to come to that end and we must make the preparation before the end comes. Your yearning to meet Allah needs to increase. Imagine that in such a case the Creator Himself wants to meet you. So the greatest thing you can do is not to reminisce the past; the past is the past and don’t plan too much for the future. Yes, think what you can do for the present. At least do something that will bring you closer to Allah.

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