We forget to be grateful. And how grateful should we be? We only need to imagine our lives without imaan to be grateful. Oh Guider of hearts, how much do You Love me that You have given me imaan?!
Everyday that you wake with imaan, you have a reason to be grateful. You could lose every single material possesion you own, those who are beloved to you, but know that if you wake and you have imaan, you have everything.
We don’t even realise how blessed we are, yet looking at those who don’t have imaan and it is so easy to appreciate. We need to remove this pride, this kibr that we have in our hearts and bow down and prostrate before the One who created us and chose us to be His slaves. What a beautiful title to hold. To be the slave of the One who created us and everything in the heavens and the earth.
Take care that you never look down on someone who does not have imaan, because you do not know his ending and you do not know your ending. It may be that he dies with imaan and you do not. May Allah save us! Be grateful to Him that you have imaan. Pray that you will die upon this beautiful, perfect way of life that He has gifted to us. Make no mistake, this religion is a gift. And we should treat it as a gift, with thankfulness and praise for the One who gifted us with this gift.
“You claim to love God, and yet you disobey God
This is a bizarre way of reasoning
Surely, the lover, if his love is true,
Is most obedient to the one he loves.”
Do our words go any deeper than our throats? Are they from the heart? Are they as empty and soulless as the wanderer who has no direction?
If we truly loved Allah and His Messenger (SAW), surely we would obey them? If we truly loved Allah, surey it would pain us when we go against His commands?
Our faith is as a circle. Our faith needs sincerity. Sincerity need intentions. Intentions need action. And to have action, we must have true faith.
A point of reflection: Did we do as much Ibaadah as we could have today? Or were we distracted by the meaningless treasures of this world?
May Allah may make our hearts sincere, remove from them their rust and let us act upon our Imaan! For there is no need for us to hide our faith, when it is the only perfect thing in this world.
It encompasses your every action. Defines you as you are. Teaches you to return to Allah again and again and again.
It is to have faith. Not just your state of mind, but the actions you do, the words you say, the way you treat others.
It is freedom. Knowing that the actions you do are pleasing to Allah (swt), even if the people are not pleased.
It is inspiration. Knowing that Nabi (s.a.w) is the perfect example for all of mankind and not the faces that you see down the magazine aisles.
It is beauty. Seeing that beauty in everything around you – in all of Allah (swt)’s creation and seeing the good in people and kneeling down in submission to Him alone and practicing the Sunnah and inviting others to Islam, but knowing that there is no greater beauty and reward than that of seeing Allah (swt) in Jannah. Allahumma Ameen!
But most of all… Imaan is trust.
Trusting that in good times and bad, Allah (swt) knows what is best for you. Never losing your faith, trusting that even though you can’t see it, there is something of benefit to you in every situation. He does not give us any burden more than we can bear. A reminder, because as humans, we forget.
“Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear…” [Al-Bakarah, 2:286]
Let me take you on a journey.
You wake up to the sound of the trumpet. You rise from your grave. The sun is burning. There is no shade. You are drowning your sweat. Your good deeds taken away. You chase those who harmed you, in the hope that something good will come when your deeds are weighed.
No excuses do you have, of not worshipping your Lord. You are terrified. Why did the dunya mean so much? Why did you not think of the aakhirah? Why did you waste all those moments you had to spare? A little rememberance of Allah here and there.
But then, something amazing happens.
You realise that the parts of your body you washed for wudhu are shining. That you have risen with the Ummah of Rasoolullah (SAW). You are given shaden under the Arsh of Allah, the only shade on that day. You are allowed to drink from the hands of Nabi (SAW). Your book of deeds given in your right hand, crossing the bridge over Jahunnum with ease. SubhanAllah. SubhanAllah. SubhanAllah.
The very thought makes tears flow. To look into Nabi (SAW)’s eyes. Ya Allah! To have Allah say: ‘Oh my slave! Enter My Jannah!’ Ya Allah! To know that your Ibaadah was sincere. Ya Allah!
Forgive me! Surely, Your Mercy outweighs my sins by far. Ya Allah! Forgive us!
But I get carried away. The thought makes my heart tremble. What have I done to guarantee this? I have none. Is my Ibaadah sincere? Or is it just repetition? We need to strive for our dream to come true. The best things in life don’t come free. Jannah isn’t free. We need to obey Allah and His Rasool (SAW) first.
How to achieve this? Well make every action into an ibaadah. It is so easy. Islam is not a burden. Allah never gives a burden more than we can bear so how can we say Islam is difficult? To say Bismillah before every action and to make it into worship is not difficult. Sure, Shaitaan is going to try and distract you…But with patience, you can defeat him. He is an open enemy. And Islam has given us the tools to fight him.
And if you can’t say Bismillah before it? Well, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it anyway.
Imagine. Imagine 5 minutes from now, Allah (swt) gives the angel of death the command to remove your soul from your body. And your soul is taken. And those people you love place you into the earth. You are left alone. It’s dark and damp within the earth. And you are going to be questioned.
Who is your Lord? What is your religion? Who is your Prophet?
Truly, something to ponder. Will you answer with true faith? Will you answer what you need to answer?
And what of your grave? Will it be light and spacious, because you lived according to the commands of Allah? Or will it be a place of punishement for you?
A grave concern, indeed. For truly, living your life according to Allah’s commands will be your success. And neglecting Islam will be your downfall. And never forget that.
Oh Muslims! We need to wake up! What concerns will you have in your grave?! Will you regret in your grave?! Surely something to ponder! Will you long for those moments where you could have engaged in worship?! Will you wish that you could turn back time and change your ways?! Will you hope for a little longer to ask Allah for repentance?!
There is no doubt. We will regret. But our time will be up.
Ya Allah! Let us change our ways before it is too late! Ameen, Allahumma Ameen!
I need to ask you this: Do you know who you are? Do you really? Are you just a wondering, lost soul looking for your purpose? Have you forgotten your Creator? The One that shaped you and proportioned you into perfect form. The One that has given you life and will bring about your death. The One that has made the earth subservient to you, so that you may submit to Him. Do not forget. Do not forget. Do not forget. Look at the wonders of the world and see and understand the signs. Indeed, in this life, there is but one purpose: To worship the Creator.
“And I (Allaah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone)”
Truly, it is heart-breaking that those who know nothing of Islam read a few pages of ‘knowledge’ on the internet, watch a bit of TV and suddenly they are scholars. To know Islam, you must go into the depth of the Quraan and Traditions of Prophet Muhammed (SAW) and then judge. And I don’t mean read articles by people who hate Islam, but rather read from those who love it. And maybe, just maybe, Allah will turn your heart towards him and you will see that indeed, Islam is a relfection of your true self.
May Allah open all our doors, grant us empathy, tolerance and understanding. Allahumma Ameen.