In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Friday, June 27, 2008
We continue our discussion on prayers. Allah always answer to our prayers, but we are not satisfied with the way that our prayers are answered. It does not mean that Allah does not have anything left or there is just a little left. The Creator is always around and has everything that do not finish. Sura Munafiqun V.7 states."....But to Allah belong the treasures of the heavens and the earth; but the Hypocrites understand not. "Sura Fatir V.2 states: "What Allah out His Mercy doth bestow on mankind none can with hold; what He doth withhold. None can grant. Apart from Him: And He is the exalted in power, full of Wisdom."
Nowadays muslims do not take the islamic religion seriously. They worship in their own way, instead of following the right path.They perform their daily prayers at their convenience.
When they are busy doing other things, the prayers have to wait for them. During the month of fasting, they do it at the time that suits them. Now Zakat is not given out properly, they do not care about the poor and needy. Only a few perform the pilgrimage to the Holy City of Mecca and its is one of the five pillars.
Evil is encouraged now instead of good deeds.As for wealth, they can get it any how, whether it is legal or illegal. Now money is our religion. Sura Takathur V.1-2 states:" The mutual rivalry for piling up (the good things of this world) diverts you (from the more serious things) until ye visit the graves". Now people do not worship, Allah or teach their children how to do it. They are not afraid of Allah.
Allah commands us to turn back, leave every forbidden act and worship Him, so that He will always be there for us. Sura Zumar states in V.54-59: "Turn ye to your Lord (in repentance) and submit to Him, before the Chastisement comes on you: After that ye shall not Be helped. And follow the best that which was revealed to you from your Lord Before the chastisement comes on you - of a sudden, while ye perceive not. Lest the soul should (then) say: Ah! Woe is me! In that I neglected (my duty) towards Allah, and was but among those who mocked!
Or (lest) it should say: If only Allah had guided me, I should certainly have been among the righteous!
Or (lest) it should say when it (actually) sees the chastisement: If only I had another chance, I should certainly be among those who do good!
(The reply will be:) Nay But there came to thee my signs, and thou didst reject them: thou wast haughty, and became one of those who reject faith".
Allah wants something from man and vice versa (man also wants the same thing). If man does what our Creator orders, then he will be rewarded and will not be punished tomorrow.
It is narrated that Mu adh bin Jabal said! I was riding behind the prophet on a donkey and he said to me O Muadh, do you know what is the right of the slaves upon Allah?
I responded:" Allah and His Messenger know best". He continued:" The right of Allah upon His slaves, is to worship Him alone and never to associate anything with Him. The right of slaves upon Him is not to punish any person who does not associate anything with Him".
I said: "O Allah's Messenger, may I not give the glad tidings to the people? He replied: "No, do not inform them lest they rely on (this promise and lapse in their service to him)".
It is narrated by Hudhaifa bin Al Yaman that:" the people used to ask Allah's Messenger about good, but I used to ask him about evil for fear that it might over take me. Once I said, O Allah's Messenger! We were in ignorance and in evil and Allah has bestowed upon us the present good; will there be any evil after this good? He said "Yes" I asked" will there be good after that evil?" He said, "yes, but it would be tainted with Dakhan (that is little evil) "I asked" what will its Dakhan be? "He said: There will be some people who will lead (people) according to principles other than any As Sunna (legal ways). You will see their actions and disapprove of them. "I said "will there be any evil after that good?"
He said: "There will be some people who will invite others to the gates of Hell, and whoever accepts their invitation to it will be thrown in it (by them)." I said" O Allah's Messenger! Describe those people to us." He said "They will belong to us and speak our language". I asked, "O Allah's Messenger! What do you order me to do if such a thing should take place in my life? "He said: "Adhere to the group of muslims and their chief". I asked "If there is neither a group (of muslims) nor a chief (what shall I do)?" He said, "Keep away from all those different sects, even if you had to bite (that is eat) the root of a tree, till you meet Allah while you are still in that state".