Assalamualaykum warahmatullah wabarakatuh (waves frantically 🙂 )
Quick Dive in & out
Alhamdulillah, all praises to Allah azza wa jalla for the ability to type off again in the dusty blog. (whooosh) blowing the dust away. Indeed a roller coaster ride this few days, especially the passing week, with lots of listening, thinking, and reflecting on how to implement what has been learnt into practice. The past month been travelling a bit over the country carrying a mission and a few objectives, and one of it is to see how the calibre of love vary amongst al insan. Alhamdulillah, a very inspiring and educating journey- will definitely share soon! 🙂 Plus the struggle with me and Mr Virus has been quite interesting too, made the just-graduated-doctor sat thinking, what defines more than a self-limiting ailment. Allahuakbar. Indeed now I understand, why patients in hospital, for those visiting them gain huge ‘ajr subhanAllah. Quite a lot to go through. Kicking of with Viral gastroenteritis which mainly presents with intermittent sharp pain in central abdomen, mild nausea and diarrhoea, it’s starting to transform into influenza which finds a new settling place, the respiratory tract. Ya Allah, please grant the amatullah the best inshAllah. Alhamdulillah interview for upcoming job went smoothly too, with a case of an Irish who came into the hospital with relapsing fever. Funny times, alhamdulillah , one good experience amidst the nerve wrecking palpitations. Hahs. Alhamdulillah. And also some kick offs with new sahabats inshAllah, and reunion with the evergreen jannah gang which I have been looking forward for ages. Which I’m starting to realize a fact. The more you love someone, the more sensitive the heart gets. And then. I thought. I should be more sensitive then on how Allah thinks of me, if I want to love Him awj more and more every day. SubhanAllah. Growing up process. So diversed kinds of scenarios I’ve witnessed. Youth and unsteadiness of emotions. Youth with countless responsibilities on the plate trying to juggle between responsbilities to themselves, families and ummah. Couples striving to get married, of time running out and to gain as much knowledge as possible. Married couples, of concern and responsiblities. Parents, of young ones who are waiting patiently for a child’s cry, Of first time parents who love heels over toes with their precious one. Of the older bit ones who is striving to understand their children who are growing so fast and wanting to build lives of their own. Of the elderly ones who just one their children to sit by them and listen to their heart’s whispers. Elderly who are counting days to meet Allah azza wa jalla, and celebrating every second with the ‘fiesta’ of ibadah dedicated for Allah azza wa jalla only.
And these are merely observations from a pair of eyes, which is digested with a set of brain system and comprehended with a flesh of heart. Alhamdulillah, for Allah azza wa jalla Has Given so much time to sit down, and see these all happening and the amatullah envisioning every of her part of life in their shoes, their situations. And the countless private conversations she had with Al Khaliq, The Creator s.w.t. If some light would enter some of the people’s hearts. Enlightening them with the best of visions. Everything beginning with the end in mind. A wrap up of what is happening in her life which she desires so much to compile in a book. Soon inshAllah. 😉
When Will Allah’s Aid Comes?
Salim ibn Abdullah radi Allahu `anhu (may Allah be pleased with him) wrote to Umar ibn Abd al-Aziz (ra) giving him the following advice:
“Know that the aid of Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala(exalted is He) for His servants comes in relation to their intention. So whoever’s intention is complete, then the aid of Allah (swt) for them will be complete. And the one whose intention is deficient, then the aid of Allah (swt) for them will be less.”
Salim (ra) was from the scholars of his generation and was writing to the leader of the believers at that time. He was reminding Umar, as a leader, that his intention was of prime importance. This is a core lesson for all who work for Allah (swt). There are things that we will face in this work that will come close to overcoming us. We will face difficulties that we feel we cannot confront. In front of those difficulties, it is important that we always make sure that our hearts are constantly in the right place. It is with this realization that we will know we are not alone in our struggles, and that our struggles are not in vain. This is known and realized through the constant re-evaluation of our intentions.
The one who struggles in Islamic work should be checking their intentions in the beginning, middle, and end of what they are doing. It is through this constant analysis that we remain grounded in our purpose, and we find the strength that we need to go continue.
It is part of our nature as human beings to develop an attachment to those we love. From leaders to role models, to our family and friends; it’s hard to imagine a world without those dear to us. The strongest and most powerful form of this love is the love we should feel for our beloved
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (peace be upon him) who said,
“None of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father, his children and all mankind.”
That said, keep in mind that the foundation for this love stems from our love for Allah (subhanahu wa ta`ala – exalted is He) and our obedience to Him.
The Messenger ﷺ also said,
“Whoever loves for Allah [swt] and hates for Allah [swt], and gives for the sake of Allah [swt], then they have completed their faith.”
Our love should be characterized as love for the sake of Allah (swt) and for the pleasure of Allah (swt), Who never dies and never disappoints.
A major test of this characteristic, and how deeply it has settled into our hearts, is when there are changes in leaders or figures that garner a deep sense of admiration and trust from people. Unintentionally, and often times unknowingly, mere admiration becomes excessive and borders ‘worship.’ This is a very serious test and an important struggle that most of us face. When we tie our belief to people other than the Messenger ﷺ and the righteous that have passed before us, we run the risk of facing their inevitable demise. In the end, our faith is tied to the living and ultimately imperfect.
This is best illustrated in the incident that followed the death of the Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him). Umar (radi Allahu `anhu) was claiming that the Prophet ﷺ had not died out of complete shock and disbelief. He was so bewildered and affected by the hysteria of losing the Prophet ﷺ that he was barely able to control himself, threatening anyone who accepted the devastating news. In the moment of Umar’s fury, Abu Bakr (ra) came to address the people. He told them, “O People! Whoever among you was worshipping Muhammad, know that Muhammad is dead, and whoever among you was worshipping Allah know that Allah is alive and will never die.” Then he recited the verse:
“Muhammad is not but a messenger. [Other] messengers have passed on before him. So if he was to die or be killed, would you turn back on your heels [to unbelief]? And he who turns back on his heels will never harm Allah at all but Allah will reward the grateful.”
[Qur’an, Ali Imran : 144]
When the companions heard this they said that it was as if they heard the verse for the first time.
This was a great lesson for the believers at that time, and continues to be an important lesson for us today in whatever hardships we may face concerning those we love or look to as a source of hope and guidance. We must always remember that we do not worship people or positions, but that we worship Allah (swt), The Beginning, The End, and The Everlasting.
One of my favourite reciters mash’Allah, reading one of my favourite surahs. 🙂
May Allah Grant us the best of companions- Quran al Kareem, and may Allah Shower us His awj Noor, Mahabbah and Redha in implementing Quran in our daily lives, till we breathe and live Quran iA! Please keep the Ummah in your duaas.