It is the right of every believer to realize the greatness of this connection and its importance and merit. We live on this planet and amongst us are disbelievers and amongst us are profligates and amongst us are sinful people, and amongst us are people who reject belief in the Day of Judgement, and amongst us are people who are not concerned about the Hereafter because they have weak faith. But there is nothing essentially different about us from all those types of people except for the fact that our hearts yearn for ranks of nearness with Allah, and except that we have an attachment and a relationship with the Prophet Muhammad the son of Abdullah – may Allah’s prayers and peace be upon him.
This is our essential characteristic. This is our specialty. This is our merit and culture. This is our goodness. As for everything other than this; it is the same with the disbelievers and it is the same with the worse people on earth but because of this peculiarity the houses become different from other houses and the remnants (heritage) become different from other remnants (heritage), and the food become different from other foods, and even the clothes that a believer wears – someone who has an attachment with Allah and His Messenger – is not like the clothes of the disbeliever, it can never be (the same):
أَمۡ حَسِبَ ٱلَّذِينَ ٱجۡتَرَحُواْ ٱلسَّيِّـَٔاتِ أَن نَّجۡعَلَهُمۡ
كَٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ ٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتِ سَوَآءً۬ مَّحۡيَاهُمۡ وَمَمَاتُہُمۡۚ
سَآءَ مَا يَحۡكُمُونَ
What! Do those who seek after evil ways think that We shall hold them equal with those who believe and do righteous deeds – that equal will be their life and their death? Ill is the judgement that they make –“
(Qur’an: Jatsiyah: 45: 21)
أَفَمَن كَانَ مُؤۡمِنً۬ا كَمَن كَانَ فَاسِقً۬اۚ لَّا يَسۡتَوُ ۥنَ
“Is he then who is a believer like him who is a transgressor? They are not equal"
(Qur’an: Sajda: 32: 18)
As your Lord says – Exalted is He and Sublime.
So for this reason, it is incumbent upon a believer to know the peculiarity of his faith. And when Abu Suffian said in the Days of polytheism before he accepted Islam – in the battle of Uhud ... “Wars have their ups and downs; this day (we are successful) compared to Badr.” He (Prophet) – salutations and peace be upon him – “Answer him! Say: ‘They are not the same: our dead are in paradise and your dead are in hell fire.”
One day we won the other day you won?! It’s not like that.
Your dead are in the Fire and our dead are in Paradise, then how are they the same? There is no competition! What’s this competition in war?! Well, if that’s the case then we have lost and failed, (said Abu Sufyan) as then he, the Prophet – prayers and peace be upon him, informed us “they are not the same; our dead are in Paradise and your dead are in the Fire.”
So they are not the same.
The home of a believer is not the same as the homee of a disbeliever.
And neither is a dress of a Muslim like the dress of a disbeliever.
So how is it that (this idea is) promoted amongst Muslims of emulating the disbelievers?!
Have you lost the exemplar in your life?
Have you lost the high rank of your life?
Have you lost the nobility?
And you haven’t found anyone (to follow) except those who are debased in the eyes of the Lord of the Worlds?!
You emulate them in their path, or in their clothing, or in something, of their apparent manifestations!?
You have forgotten the greatness of faith. You have forgotten the greatness of the religion. You have forgotten the connection between you and the one who following him is a means for love of Allah.
And following him (Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.) is a sign of our love for Allah and following him is a sign of Allah’s Love for us. And the sign of Love of Allah in us is (our) following him. By it (following him) He promised forgiveness and then His love.
قُلۡ إِن كُنتُمۡ تُحِبُّونَ ٱللَّهَ فَٱتَّبِعُونِى يُحۡبِبۡكُمُ ٱللَّهُ وَيَغۡفِرۡ لَكُمۡ ذُنُوبَكُمۡ
“Say, (O Muhammad to mankind): “If ye love Allah, follow me; Allah will love you and forgive you your sins.”-
(Qur'an: Aali ‘Imran: 3:31).
Kindle the light of love for this following (of the Prophet) in the heart of your family. How is it that you live with your wife and she doesn’t have any connection with this Light nor a realization of the importance of following the Moon of moons. You are a believer (not like a disbeliever). You live in the folds of Islam and Faith. Yet how is it that this awareness is not revived inside of you?! Or is it that you are affected by the programs of our enemies that were broadcasted to us?! They (incessantly) influence our minds and the minds of our sons and daughters, and our wives by what they broadcast over the television; in those programs that are (watched) all over the world.
Why are you rather not at all influenced (affected) by the words of your Lord (when he says):
قُلۡ إِن كُنتُمۡ تُحِبُّونَ ٱللَّهَ فَٱتَّبِعُونِى يُحۡبِبۡكُمُ ٱللَّهُ وَيَغۡفِرۡ لَكُمۡ ذُنُوبَكُمۡۗ
“Say, (O Muhammad, to mankind): “If ye love Allah, follow me; Allah will love you and forgive you your sins.”-
(Quran: Aali ‘Imran: 3:31).
Don’t you ever feel that this statement (verse refers to above) is related to the most gravest and the most important of all your affairs?! (Is this not related to) your matter of utmost importance?! (Is it not related to) the highest of what you can reflect upon concerning both your lives?! This statement (verse) is connected to that.
In contrast to all their verbosity; and their resolutions, and their opinions,..... and most of them are; as your Lord said:
وَإِن تُطِعۡ أَڪۡثَرَ مَن فِى ٱلۡأَرۡضِ يُضِلُّوكَ عَن سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِۚ
إِن يَتَّبِعُونَ إِلَّا ٱلظَّنَّ وَإِنۡ هُمۡ إِلَّا يَخۡرُصُونَ
“And if you were to obey most of those on earth, they will lead you astray from Allah’s way; they follow nothing but conjecture: they do nothing but lie” –
(Quran: An’am: 6:116).
Those who reject their Lord, their actions are...?
(Don’t you realize) what are their actions? Aren’t the factories they make part of their (actions)?! Aren’t the weapons that they have innovated (a part of their actions)?! Their actions! And their organisations and their economies and their finances and their elections etc... (But all these):
كَسَرَابِۭ بِقِيعَةٍ۬ يَحۡسَبُهُ ٱلظَّمۡـَٔانُ مَآءً حَتَّىٰٓ إِذَا جَآءَهُ ۥ لَمۡ يَجِدۡهُ شَيۡـًٔ۬ا
“are like the mirage in a desert, which the thirsty man deems to be water; until when he comes to it he finds it to be nothing” –
(Quran: an-Nur: 24:39).
Isn’t Allah true or not?!
Allah has spoken the truth!
It is only Satan who says “oh! They have greatness, they have significance! It is only Satan who suggests to you to fear his friends. He scares you to fear from his friends! (But Allah s.w.t. says):
إِنَّمَا ذَٲلِكُمُ ٱلشَّيۡطَـٰنُ يُخَوِّفُ أَوۡلِيَآءَهُ ۥ
فَلَا تَخَافُوهُمۡ وَخَافُونِ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤۡمِنِينَ
“It is only the Evil One that suggests to you the fear of his votaries: do not fear them, but fear Me if you are believers.” –
(Qur’an: Aali ‘Imran: 3: 175)
(their actions, Allah likens):
وَٱلَّذِينَ ڪَفَرُوٓاْ أَعۡمَـٰلُهُمۡ كَسَرَابِۭ بِقِيعَةٍ۬ يَحۡسَبُهُ ٱلظَّمۡـَٔانُ مَآءً
حَتَّىٰٓ إِذَا جَآءَهُ ۥ لَمۡ يَجِدۡهُ شَيۡـًٔ۬ا وَوَجَدَ ٱللَّهَ عِندَهُ ۥ فَوَفَّٮٰهُ حِسَابَهُ ۥۗ
وَٱللَّهُ سَرِيعُ ٱلۡحِسَابِ
“But the Unbelievers, their deeds are like the mirage in a desert , which the thirsty man deems to be water; until when he comes to it he finds it to be nothing, but he finds Allah (even) with him, and Allah will pay him his account: and Allah is swift in taking account.” –
(Quran: An-Nur: 24:39).
Do you want (to hear) a likeness (similitude) for this turmoil of theirs and their confusion that they have duped everyone on earth into such state that there is no longer any sanctity for blood, nor any sanctity for honour, nor any sanctity for any land, nor is there any sanctity for wealth.
And (do note that) this likeness (similitude) is from whom?
It isn’t from some political organization. Or from some kind of a think tank!
But it is from the (Allah) Lord of Honour and Sublimity!
The Most Gracious the Most Merciful.
أَوۡ كَظُلُمَـٰتٍ۬ فِى بَحۡرٍ۬ لُّجِّىٍّ۬ يَغۡشَٮٰهُ مَوۡجٌ۬ مِّن فَوۡقِهِۦ مَوۡجٌ۬ مِّن فَوۡقِهِۦ
سَحَابٌ۬ۚ ظُلُمَـٰتُۢ بَعۡضُہَا فَوۡقَ بَعۡضٍ إِذَآ أَخۡرَجَ يَدَهُ ۥ لَمۡ يَكَدۡ يَرَٮٰهَاۗ
وَمَن لَّمۡ يَجۡعَلِ ٱللَّهُ لَهُ ۥ نُورً۬ا فَمَا لَهُ ۥ مِن نُّورٍ
“(the similitude of the Unbelievers’ state) is like the depths of darkness in a vast deep ocean, overwhelmed with billow topped by billow, topped by (dark) clouds: depths of darkness, one above another: if a man stretches out his hands, he can hardly see it! For any to whom Allah giveth not light, there is no light!”-
(Quran: an-Nur: 24:40)
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