Tuesday, August 31, 2010
“Please help me keep my promise”
Someone once said to me “never give up on me” – and I promised I won’t. The same person also told me that when one goes to heaven they are allowed to take 7 persons along with them. Being, more sure than I am of my ending up in heaven, the person said “please take me with you”. I don’t know what I said being shocked at the assumption that I would be going to heaven at all. But in my heart I promised that if by the Grace, Will and absolute Mercy of Allah-SWT I did end up there, I would for sure add the person to the top of my list of 7... If only it were that simple though!
As life and learning move along, apparently this is true, that if someone has graciously managed to earn the access to heaven through Allah-SWT immense Mercy, they will be allowed to take some fortunate ones along with them. It made me think. I have never done anything good ever, with the intention of earning an entry to heaven. Somehow that has never crossed my mind. Infact I don’t even know most of the details of heaven or hell. I have a strangely limited memory bank and somehow it never really retains details of these topics. I just want Allah-SWT’s Love and I want HIM-SWT to be happy with me.
Heaven – is just something you get to live in when Allah-SWT is happy with you so that you can be near HIM-SWT ... the point is not to live in Heaven though, the point is to be near HIM-SWT. HE-SWT likes to keep those near HIM-SWT in the afterlife, the ones who wanted to be near HIM-SWT in this life too. It’s pretty uncomplicated you know.
So when I’m asked to take someone to heaven, with the assumption that I am going there to begin with. What I hear is: “could you please take me closer to Allah-SWT” ... and what I see is: ‘a heart craving Allah-SWT’s love’ ... and what I can do is: ‘show them the only way I know how’.
And the only way I know how is through zikr-Allah done under the guidance and attention of my Spiritual Teacher and Guide, Hadhrat Ameer Muhammad Akram Awan (if I could, I would add endless adjectives to show my respect and love for him I would, for if it wasn’t for him and his guidance I was oblivious of Allah-SWT’s Love and out to condemn myself to hell in this life and the hereafter).
I have come to realise that I have this inherent need to help others and an even deeper one to keep promises. Every time I think of this promise I feel helpless and I feel my hands tied, because there is a little loop-hole and a little prerequisite required for the fulfilment of this promise on both sides.
My side- I need to try my utmost to seek Allah-SWT’s Mercy and Grace for His-SWT Love and Approval. I need to put in my best to correct myself and attempt to become the kind of person my Allah-SWT would like me to be. To seek HIS-SWT Forgiveness and try my level best to never return to those acts of defiance again. I know I’ll never be perfect, never even be close to perfection. But at least my Allah-SWT will know that I tried ... and that I tried so hard. Then it doesn’t matter how badly I failed, I know my Allah-SWT will continue to love me anyway, and allow me to pass irrespectively. This is my end of the deal, to Allah-SWT, to me and to my friend (whom I made the promise).
Friend’s side – need to make at least an ounce of an effort to keep alive at least a remote spark of light in his/her spiritual heart, because that is the bare minimum prerequisite for a person to be allowed into heaven. And since the purification of the heart is an ongoing continuous process, just like cleansing one’s body, zikr-Allah is the easiest way, I know how, to maintain it. Just like one cannot take a bath once a month and assume that the body is cleansed for the month, or brush their teeth once and think that’s enough for the 24 hours, zikr-Allah too has to be done at least twice a day to achieve a bare minimum state of purification of the spiritual heart.
So all I’m trying to say here is: “Please help me keep my promise”
I’m trying my level best to keep my promise, but you have to help me a little by keeping your end of the deal!
Basic method of Meditation for calling out to Allah-SWT (zikr-Allah) (to be done for atleast 5-10 min twice a day, the longer you do this the better it is for you, in the morning and evening):
1. Sit in a comfortable relaxed position.
2. Close your eyes.
3. Concentrate on your breathing.
4. Inhale deeply and exhale with deliberate force.
5. When you inhale recite the word ‘Allah’ in your heart.
6. Visualize the word ‘Allah’, descending on you in the form of light and penetrating into your soul, going straight into your heart (Qalb).
7. When you exhale, recite the word ‘Hoo’ in your heart.
8. Visualize the light that seeped into your heart now coming out of your heart and flowing out with your breath, only to come back and strike at your heart again.
9. Continue this exercise until you feel that you want to stop.
10. Now you may stop the deliberate breathing, and come back to your natural pace.
11. Continue the exercise for a few minutes in shallow, passive normal breathing.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
CALIPH OMAR-RAU’S JUSTICE
4.135 O You who believe! stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest You swerve, and if You distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well-acquainted with all that You do.
Everybody in the world is yearning for peace. Even military bodies are established for the establishment of this peace – But according to Islam – which in itself meaning “peace” – says – peace cannot be established unless Justice is established:
5.8 O ye who believe! stand out firmly for Allah, as witnesses to fair dealing, and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just: that is next to piety: and fear Allah. For Allah is well-acquainted with all that ye do.
Next to righteousness, Good Conduct, Character and Morality all these good characteristics must be linked with Justice – Otherwise these characteristics have no meaning. It constitutes hypocrisy.
Although there have been many incidents that happened during the time of Rasoolullah (S) in this regard, let me relate to you an incident which happened long after the demise of our Holy Prophet (S) to prove how much of his teachings, his character and his life had influenced and ingrained into the community of the first generation of Muslims. This was the period of the 2nd Caliph of Islam – Hazrath Omar Khathab (R).
One day Hazrath Omar Khathab (R) after the mid-day prayer was giving a sermon in the mosque, a Jewish Lady walks in with a baby in her arms. and she said:
“O Amirul Mu’mineen, Commander of the Faithful, I have come to you seeking Justice.
Hazrath Omar Khathab (R) replied: Dear lady, that is what we dispense here – please tell me what your problem is.”
Everybody was stunned – there was pin drop silence in the congregation. Then
Hazrath Omar Khathab (R) asked: “Are you certain that it was my son Abu Sahmah who was drunk and who committed the offence on you?”
Hazrath Omar Khathab (R) tells the congregation “ None of you should leave this place, until I return.”
Hazrath Omar Khathab (R) goes home and finds his son having his meals – he says : “Son, this may be your last meal – quickly finish it and come with me to go to the mosque.”
Hazrath Omar Khathab (R) now asks the Jewish Lady in the presence of the congregation: “Is this the Abu Sahmah you were referring to?”
Hazrath Omar Khathab (R) said without hesitation : Under Islamic Law, I declare that he be given 80 Lashes for drunkenness and 100 Lashes for harming a woman. And both punishments should be given now.”
Look at the laws around us and around the world – Whatever the offense you may commit under the influence of liquor you can go scot free – because they say, that you were intoxicated and you did not know what you were doing.
Now, When the order was given for the implementation of both the punishments – Immediately the congregation protested. They said: “He is a young boy, He cannot bear both the punishments – Just break up the punishments – and give it to him in instalments.”
The whipping now began – one by one – the hardest whipping ever – The skin on the back split open – blood started spurting everywhere – whip after whip – pieces of flesh started flying everywhere.
“I do not think that you will survive this punishment – but when you pass away and when you meet my prophet (S) tell him that your father Omar had established the law of the Quran on earth. Tell him that he had established the Sunnah of the Prophet on Earth,”
The body was brought down from the scaffold - Hazrath Omar Khathab (R) went and sat on the ground lifted his son’s head with both hands and placed it on his lap. Then tears started streaming down the face of Hazrath Omar Khathab (R).
The People said: “O Omar, we told you not to give both the punishments together, we told you he will not survive the punishment, You did not listen to us – now why are you crying?”
Hazrath Omar Khathab (R) said: O people, you have misunderstood these tears of mind. These tears are streaming down for Four Reasons:
1. These are Tears of Happiness – that I have established the laws of Allah – because of the fear of Allah.
2. These are Tears of Happiness -= that I have established the Great Sunnah – The tradition of the Holy Prophet (S).
3. These are Tears of Happiness because I have saved my son from Eternal Hell Fire.
4. and lastly, He is my son, I will never see him again and hence this tear.
People were thunderstruck – There was pin drop silence.
If the rulers can establish this Justice – We guarantee you that definitely there will be peace. Even if people are starving they will not rebel – because they know, that you too are starving.
“O You who believe! stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest You swerve, and if You distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well-acquainted with all that You do.”
May Allah in His Mercy guide us all along the right path, the path of those on whom he has bestowed his favours and not on the path of those who gave incurred his wrath or gone astray. Ameen
وآخِرُ دَعْوَانَا اَن ِالْحَمْدُ لِلهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِيْن
السّلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
Translated article of Ameer Muhammad Akram Awan
In the name of Allah-SWT the Beneficent the Merciful
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