Lights of Fear and Hope
Posted by: "Zohra
Date: Fri Jul 18, 2008 2:05 pm
In the Name of Almighty Allah Most Beneficent, Most Merciful
Alhamdu Lillaahi Rabbil 'Aalameen was Salaatu was
Salaamu 'alaa Ashrafil Ambiyaa'e wal Mursaleen.
Allah-hummah Barik lana fie Rajab wa Sha'baan Wa Baliegna Ramadan
"O Allah, make the months of Rajab and Sha'ban blessed for us, and
let us reach the month of Ramadan (i.e. prolong our life up to Ramadan,
so that we may benefit from its merits and blessings)."
"Oo see kum Ibad'allah Bi Taqwa'llah"
O Ummatul Muslimeen! Human beings are like stars. There are some who generate
their own light while there are others who reflect the light they receive. The
world today is riddled with human beings who form the second category. They
lack initiative and their knowledge is derivative. They go through life wearing
blinkers with eyes half shut, with dull ears and with dormant thoughts. It is
an age of the transmitters of light, people who merely transmit knowledge and
do not generate it. It is an age of fact-collectors who have no aim beyond
their facts. They are 'one-story men'. Some of them are smarter than others;
they are 'two-story men' who compare reason and generalize; they use their own
labour and the labour of the fact-collectors. But they remain essentially
bogged down by their incurable obsession with facts.
Almighty Allah Most Exalted has blessed us with knowledge, guidance and
eloquence to steer the rocking world of Islam through the tempestuous billows
of strife and dissension and to put it back on the rollers to make it
self-reliant and self-sustaining. Almighty Allah has chosen the Ummah of His
Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam for a specific Divine mission, which
is of course the restoration of the pristine glory of Islam and the reawakening
of our nation from our slumber induced by our love for the glitter and glamour
of this egotistical world of delirium. Faith is the spirit's defensive weapon.
It is one of the more important factors that can reach deep into the soul, it
organizes our deeds and conduct with precise order. Faith also re-establishes
the sense of individual and social responsibility, warns us against the
influence of social corruption, and guides society to righteousness and truth.
People of Imaan! It is said that "there is no believer who does not have
two lights in his or her heart: the light of fear and the light of hope. Were
one of these to be measured, it would not exceed the other, and were the other
one to be measured, it would not exceed this one. This means that the fear of
Almighty Allah Most Exalted and hope in Him should be at the highest degree.
Despairing of Divine Mercy and considering oneself secure from Almighty Allah's
devising [makr] is totally prohibited as explicitly stated in the Most Noble
and Glorious Qur'an. When the Imaan of a Muh'min is strengthened, he or she
sees the Exalted and magnanimous Creator Whose bequests are purely due to His
care and compassion, the Exalted Lord of all Kings Who bestows without asking
and prior to the receiver's capacity. Almighty Allah Jallah Wa'ala informs us
in verse 79 of Surah An-Nisaa:
"Whatever good visits thee is from Allah: whatever evil visits thee is
And it is regarding the first station that Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala
declares in the very same verse above: Say [O Muhammad]:
"Everything is from Allah."
O you who believe! Hence, should it be that when tomorrow when we enter the
majestic court of our Most Exalted Creator and Maker and stand in the
presence of His Compassion and Mercy, we should be able to say: "O
Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala'meen, Who clothed us with the robes of existence and
provided us all the means of our life and comfort, over and above the
perception of perceivers. It is You O Allah, Who showed to us all the paths of
guidance leading to the Path of Seerathal Mustaqeem - all these of Your Bounty
were for our own good and in order to benefit us further from the vast store of
Your Muhabbat and Favours".
"O Allah! Now that we stand in Your Glorious and magnanimous
presence, we have come with the sins of the two worlds.
Yet the sins of the sinners have not created any defect in the order of Your
Dominion, nor diminished the infinitude of Your Mercy. What will You have for
this handful of dust, that has no significance in the presence of Your
Greatness, except pity and compassion? Can anything except, pity, compassion
and forgiveness be hoped from You - Ya Allah? As true Muslims' we should and we
must always be moving back and forth between these two views: we must never
close our eyes to our defects and shortcomings in fulfilling our duties as true
Muh'mins', nor should we ever take our eyes off the expansive and
all-encompassing Mercy, Muhabbat, and Compassion of Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wa
ta'ala. What can we, blindfolded sinners that we are, have to say about Your
Majesty Ya Allah - except declaring with the inconsequent oscillations of our
"Our hope lies with Your Mercy and our reliance in Your Forgiveness,
and our trust in the generosity and magnanimity of Your Holy Essence.
Ibad Allah! Our Beloved Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam reported that Almighty
Allah, the Sublime and Blessed said: "The workers (of deeds) for My sake
should not, for My reward, trust the works they have done; for verily, should
they labour and toil for all their lives in My Service and worship, they would
fall short in their worship and will not attain to the reality of My service in
what they seek with Me of My magnanimity and bounty, My paradise and the high
stations in My proximity. They should rather rely upon my Mercy and put hope in
My favour and be contented of their good opinion of Me. Verily, therein My
mercy will reach them, My good pleasure will go forth to them; and My
forgiveness shall envelope them. For, indeed, I am Allah, the Beneficent and
the Merciful, and I have been named so on that account."
The opening of the gates of Ibadah and service is one of the greatest of
bounties, for which the creatures owe their deepest gratitude, although it is a
favour for which we can never ever offer our adequate thanks, for each
expression of gratitude is itself the key that opens a further door to
sublimity. When we attain the knowledge [Ma'rifah] of this fountainhead and our
hearts become familiar with it, we confess to our own shortcomings, and even if
we are able to enter into the Majestic Court of Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala'meen
with a record of service and Ibadah equal to that of the Ibadah and service of
all mankind, Jinn, and the Mala'eeka near to Almighty Allah, we would still be
fearful and conscious of inadequacy.
Ummatal Qur'an! The servants of Almighty Allah on whom the sacred doors of
providence have been opened and whose hearts have been illuminated by the light
of Ma'rifah - their hearts are so full of dread and trembling that even if all
the excellences were accessible to them, and were all the keys to the treasures
of Divine Knowledge be given them, and should their hearts be filled with
Divine irradiation, that would not reduce their fear by an atom's weight nor
diminish the trembling of their quaking hearts. Hence, one of them says:
"All are afraid of the End, and I am dreadful of the beginning".
"Subhanallahi wala hawla wala quwatta illa
May Glory be to Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala. There is no power or might
which is not by Allah! I seek refuge in Almighty Allah! Allah knows these words
tear a person's heart to pieces. They make our hearts melt, and take away our
wits. But Alas! How negligent are we! All our obedience and worship are for the
sake of selfish aims motivated by self-love. In reality, it is abstinence from
the world for the sake of the rewards of the Aghirah [Hereafter] - which,
nevertheless, for free men, is abstinence from the world for worldly rewards.
Hence, were we to come to our Most Exalted Creator and Sustainer with the
Ibadah of the two worlds, we would not deserve anything except expulsion from
the Divine Proximity. That is because Almighty Allah Jallah Wa'ala has invited
us into His Sacred Proximity and Muhabbat by declaring:
"I have created thee for Myself".
Fa ya Ayyuhan nas! This means that Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala has made
the knowledge of Him the end of creation and shown us the paths of knowledge
and servitude. Despite it, all that we are occupied with is catering to our
belly, our carnal lusts, amassing worldly wealth, chasing after name and fame,
with no purpose in view except self-seeking and self-love. What a great pity!
What have we to rely upon? Why shouldn't the fear of Almighty Allah's Might
unsettle us and make our hearts bleed? Do we have anything else to rely upon?
Do we rely upon our works and trust our deeds? If that be so, woe to us and to
our estimation of ourselves! And woe to us for our estimation of the Master of
all Masters! However, should our reliance and trust be upon the Bounty of
Almighty Allah Most Exalted and Merciful, His expansive compassion and the
all-inclusive love of the Sacred Essence, then we say Alhamdulillah, for then
our reliance is indeed well placed and we will have relied upon and sought a
O Almighty Allah Rabbul Aalameen! You Who are Gafooroor Raheem! Conveyor of
hearts. Creator and Sustainer of the heavens and the earth! Our hands are
empty, and we know that we are imperfect and insignificant. We have nothing
that is worthy of Thy Sacred Court. We are sinners from head to foot, and we
are full of defects. Our inward and outward being is soaked in self-love. We
pursue earthly wealth for we are lovers of the glitter and glamour that this
world of delirium has to offer. How can I thank Thee with this dumb tongue of mine?
Ya Allah! You have mentioned in verse 53 of Surah Al Zumar of Your Mercy and
Say: "O My servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not
of the Mercy of Allah: for Allah forgives all sins For Allah is
Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."
Verily, Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala shall forgive all sins and immense
all in the ocean of His Mercy and Beneficence. It is impossible that Almighty
Allah should break His promise, although it is possible that He may withdraw
His threats, and how often He does that. So gladden your hearts with the hope
of His Mercy and Forgiveness, for Almighty Allah declares in verse 156 of Surah
".........My Mercy extends to all things."
And all Praise belongs to Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala'meen, for His Majesty, His
Beauty, His Glory, His Greatness, His Muhabbat and His Beneficence. May His
benedictions be upon our beloved Nabee Muhammad Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam,
his family, the illustrious Sahaba Ridwanullahi Ta'ala Alayhim Ajma'een, the Ambiya
Alayhim Salaam and the Mala'eeka. Ameen - Thuma Ameen Ya Rabbal Ala'meen.
And Almighty Allah knows best.
Baarak Allaahu Feekum wa-sal Allaahu wa-Sallam 'alaa
Nabiyyinaa Muhammad Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam.
May Almighty Allah's peace and blessings be upon all of you
and upon your loved one's on this Mubarak Day of Jummah.
Was Salamualaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu
Abdul Hamid "Happiness is the key to the foundation of satisfaction,
contentment and acceptance" …Zohra Moosa