Thursday, October 7, 2010

For Allah's Pleasure

During the time of Prophet Musa, there was a pious man, who used to pray day and night on the roof of his house. One day some people came and told him that there was a garden where a tree was being worshipped by a group of people. Hearing the pious man picked up an axe and went to that tree with the intention of cutting and uprooting it altogether.

Satan (the Devil) came to him in the form of an old man and asked:" What are you aiming to do? " The pious man explained what was happening and his intention to cut the tree. Satan said: “What have you to do with it? If God wished the tree to be cut, he would have sent his Prophet to do it”.

The pious man did not listen. The two went on arguing and quarrelling till they came to blows. He managed to knock the Satan down on the floor and sat on him, aiming at cutting his throat. The Satan begged him for pardon and release saying, "Let me suggest you one thing which would help you in this world as well as in the next world. I shall pay you two dinars everyday. You can pay partly to the poor and partly spend for your own self. Leave this tree uncut till God commanded whether it was right or wrong to cut it.”

The pious man was misled by the Satan. He thought the suggestion was right and returned home. On the second day, he saw two dinars under his pillow. He was delighted with the money and spent some after the poor.

But on the following day, he did not see the money again as expected,so he again took his axe and went to the tree. Again Satan came to him in the form of an old man and asked him, "What do you want to do?" He said, "I want to cut that tree." Satan told him that he had no power to do it so it was better he went back home. He did not agree and again they fought. This time the Satan succeeded in overpowering the pious man and knocked him down on the floor.

The pious man was surprised at this and asked Satan why it so happened that he could not overpower him this time. The Satan replied: "Whoever does a good deed purely for the pleasure of God, no one can face him but if he does it with an aim of worldly gain, then he loses strength and stands to fail."

Why did the pious man win on the first day and lose on the second in his fight against the Satan? Because his first intention to cut the tree, was to please God and nothing else. But the second day, his good intention had changed and it had become for the sake of money. So the God given spiritual strength which he had on the first day had then disappeared and so he lost.

Love (3)

Allah (swt) says in a Hadith Qudsi:

"I was a hidden treasure(a pure essence,absolute existence clear of all existence,image or like ness),I loved to be known, so I created the creation(when all and everyhting became a reflection of My attributes,the symbols of My Essence) so that it might Know me"

The Prophet (saw):

"Allah existed and nothing else existed with Him,and now Allah exists and nothing else exists with Him"

(Before the creation there was nothing but Him.After the creation there is nothing but Him.)

Wtihin His creation,the attributes indicating His perfection are reflected only in man.The qualities of living,knowing,hearing,seeing,will power,talking,and the dependence of all else are His gifts to humanity.But His greatest gift is love,the manifestation of His love of knowing Himself.Love is the primary sustenance for human beings.They cannot live without it,and mankind learned to love from Allah.

Love is given to man so that he may seek and find the Beloved.It is that which creates energy in the creation,an energy produced by the inclination of the Divine will to be known that is reflected upon man.The love of man for Allah and his love for his own kind and for all else that he loves is the name of this energy.All creation,all that has happened and is happening,comes about through love.

Allah created the creation so that the creation would know Him,and love is the means both of creation and of knowing Him,and to know Him is the purpose of love.Whenever love has for a goal anything other than knowing Him,the life-giving energy in it escapes,and love is lost.

-Shaikh Badruddin

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Last Sermon of Prophet Muhammad (SAW)

"Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your Lord, and that He will indeed reckon your deeds."

This sermon was delivered on the Ninth Day of Dhul Hijjah 10 A.H. in the 'Uranah valley of Mount Arafat' (in Mecca). Each and every letters hold infinite ocean of wisdom from prophet SAW. Ya Allah...Open our heart and fill it with your attributes and wisdom, so, that we might comprehend and sense the deepest meaning and vibrations of Our Most beloved, Honored yet most humbled and Rahma of "Nothing and Everything"

After praising, and thanking God said:

"O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I know not whether after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore listen to what I am saying to you very carefully and take these words to those who could not be present here today.

O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as Sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust.

Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your Lord, and that He will indeed reckon your deeds.

God has forbidden you to take usury (interest), therefore all interest obligation shall henceforth be waived. Your capital, however, is yours to keep. You will neither inflict nor suffer any inequity. God has judged that there shall be no interest and that all the interest due to Abbas ibn 'Abd'al Muttalib (Prophet's uncle) shall henceforth be waived...

Beware of Satan, for the safety of your religion. He has lost all hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big things, so beware of following him in small things.

O People, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women, but they also have rights over you. Remember that you have taken them as your wives only under God's trust and with His permission. If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness.

Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers. And it is your right that they do not make friends with any one of whom you do not approve, as well as never to be unchaste.

O People, listen to me in earnest, worship God, say your five daily prayers (Salah), fast during the month of Ramadan, and give your wealth in Zakat. Perform Hajj if you can afford to.

All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action.

Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not, therefore, do injustice to yourselves.Remember, one day you will appear before God and answer your deeds. So beware, do not stray from the path of righteousness after I am gone.

O People, no prophet or apostle will come after me and no new faith will be born. Reason well, therefore, O People, and understand words which I convey to you.

I leave behind me two things, the Quran and my example, the Sunnah and if you follow these you will never go astray.

All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; and may the last ones understand my words better than those who listen to me directly. Be my witness, O God, that I have conveyed your message to your people".