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The Barrier

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Alhamdulillah, presently there is an increase in Positive Zikr (Praise of Allah Ta'ala) : Majaalis of Waaz, Zikr (Praise of Allah Ta'ala)ullah, Tableegh, Da’wat, Haj and Umrah, Salaat and Salaam on Nabi , Printing of Islamic Literature, etc. but at the same time we need to understand that whilst all these Ibaadaat bring the trucks of Rahmah (Mercy) from Allah Ta’ala, our sins are a barrier to us receiving the supply of Rahmat.

To become a Wali of Allah, we will have to distance ourselves from sin. Our preference for positive Zikr (Praise of Allah Ta'ala) is due to the fact that we also get some satisfaction and pleasure therein. As such, we live in an illusion, thinking that a little Zikr (Praise of Allah Ta'ala) is all that is needed to become Allah’s.

Our shortcoming is negative Zikr (Praise of Allah Ta'ala) : We do not want to give up sin because this entails some difficulty on the nafs and the heart too experiences pain on such sacrifice. This then is a clear indication of insincerity. In reality, our concern is ourselves and our pleasure and therefore not the pleasure of Allah.

If we are sincere in our quest for Allah Ta’ala, then come what may, we will take the pain on our hearts of giving up that which is Haraam; that which is forbidden; that which is evil. Otherwise we can never become the friends of Allah.

 

subheading-iconThe Heart


My Sheikh, Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb says that the heart is the King of the body. To employ a King as a labourer would not suit just anyone’s pocket … an exorbitant salary would be attached to such employment.

When a person restrains himself from indulging in Haraam, in whichever form : Filthy videos, television Programmes, immoral magazines, music, or there’s a beautiful woman inviting him to look at her or she is even offering herself to him, then at that time this young person says : “I have got health, strength and wealth but my Allah is watching and I will not displease my Allah. I will let my heart shatter into a thousand, thousand fragments. I will take this tremendous pain on my heart and I will let the blood of my evil desire flow and cover my heart, as long as my Allah is not displeased.”

subheading-iconThe Sunnat of Yusuf (A.S.)


The story of Hazrat Yusuf (‘Alaihis Salaam) is well known. Allah Ta’ala mentions in Surah Yusuf, how Zuleikha, enamoured by the exceptional beauty of Yusuf (‘Alaihis Salaam), attempted to seduce him.

Allah Ta’ala relates in the Qur`aan Sharief :

“And she, in whose house he was, sought to seduce him (to do an evil act), she closed the doors
and said : ‘Come on, O you.’”

Despite the circumstances and the advances of Zuleikha, who was, herself, very beautiful, Hazrat Yusuf (‘Alaihis Salaam) called out :“…ma’aa-zallah…”(I seek refuge in Allah…”)
[Surah Yusuf 12 : 23]

Whilst Hazrat Yusuf (‘Alaihis Salaam), being a Nabi of Allah Ta’ala, was free of sin and Divinely protected from committing any kind of sin, this response of his is a lesson to be learnt. In fact, it is a ‘Sunnat’ to be practised upon and a prescription to be followed. No matter what the temptation to sin; no matter what the invitation to sin; no matter how demanding the nafs may be, we should flee to Allah : “fa-fir-roo ilallah…” and seek His protection.

Self control and abstinence in any given circumstance of evil is such that it increases reward by Allah Ta’ala. In fact, Hazrat Abu Hurairah mentioned that Nabi    had said that if a servant has an inclination towards some evil but does not act upon it, one good is written of good deeds.

Whilst this is a lesson sufficient for all of us, male and female, married and unmarried, another incident comes to mind which is extremely thought provoking, especially for our young sisters and daughters, many of whom write and call with various problems which accrue, after having become embroiled and entangled in illicit relationships.

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