[Twins of Faith Karachi] Family Matters by Br. Adnan Rashid

familyAllah’s (swt) greatest gift to Muslims is Iman (faith). Something they never pursued and were awarded effortlessly. But what is Iman? It is belief and action combined together based on the Ilm (knowledge) one has acquired. Yes, it’s a pre-requisite that Ilm must be followed up by Amal (action); otherwise, Ilm is not even considered to be Ilm.

Iblees (Satan) is most knowledgeable. He maybe is more learned than all the Ulema of the world collectively. Why? Because he has been around the longest. He was there even before Allah (swt) created Adam (as). And he worshipped Allah (swt). So where did he fail? How did he become Rajeem (the cursed and rejected one)? Significantly, because he failed to act upon the knowledge he earned. He recognized Allah (swt) to be the Supreme Creator, Who solely deserved to be worshipped, but blinded himself to His divine guidance. Hence, Ibless became a Kafir. Ilm without action is a recipe for Jahannum.

Numerous orientalists and non-Muslims have studied Hadeeth and Aqueedah in more depth than many Muslims on Earth. But it doesn’t save them. Knowledge and action are intertwined. One is vain and useless without the other. If we are granted knowledge and we do not act upon it, we are considered to be hypocrites. If we do not have knowledge and we act as per our desires, we can cause Fitnah and perform Bidats (innovations in Deen).

Abu Hurairah (rta) once saw an old man with a young boy. He advised the lad about the Islamic Adab: “Do not walk ahead of your father and do not sit before him.”

We need to approach our families with the knowledge of the Quran and the Sunnah, especially when delivering their rights upon us. Family is one of the greatest blessings from Allah (swt). It is an important opportunity to please Allah (swt) and enter Jannah. As Muslims, we must recognize who is who in the family. It is essential to understand the value and status of your parents, spouse, children and extended family.

Orphans are the ones, who know the true importance of having a family. Once, our beloved Prophet (sa) was travelling along with his companions (rta). Suddenly, he came to a halt and began to weep. His companions (rta), unable to see his grief, cried along with him, until Umar ibn Al-Khattab (rta) asked him: “Ya Rasool Allah (sa), why are you crying?” He replied: “My mother is buried here.”

Why did Allah (swt) place Jannah beneath the mother’s feet? Because it can only be attained by serving her. After mentioning Shirk as an unforgivable sin, Allah (swt) places disobedience to parents next in line. They can either be our doors to Jannah or gateway to Jahannum.

Once, the Prophet (sa) descended the pulpit thrice, and each time he uttered: “Ameen”. The companions (rta) asked him, why he did so? The Messenger (sa) explained: “Gabriel (as) visited me and informed me: ‘Woe to the person, who finds Ramadan but doesn’t enter Paradise.’ I said: ‘Ameen.’ Then he said: ‘Woe to the person, who, upon mentioning your name, doesn’t send Salawat upon you.’ I said: ‘Ameen.’ Lastly, Gabriel said: ‘Woe to the person, who finds his parents in their old age and fails to attain Jannah.’ I said: ‘Ameen.’ ”

Appreciate your ties with the kith and kin and pave your way to Jannah.

Abu Hurairah (rta) once saw an old man with a young boy. He advised the lad about the Islamic Adab: “Do not walk ahead of your father and do not sit before him.”

Many times kids do not out-rightly misbehave with their parents, but it’s that one shrug of shoulders, gesturing of the eyes or wrinkling with their forehead that does it all. The Quran doesn’t even permit us to utter ‘uff’ to them. If a word shorter than that would have been known, that would also have been forbidden to say against one’s parents.

How Allah (swt) defends the honour of a mother? When Maryam (as) gave birth to Isa (as) and brought him to her people, she was falsely accused. At the moment she pointed to Isa (as,) who was still an infant in the cradle. He spoke for his mother as a miracle. Allah (swt) granted him the power to do so. Isa (as) confirmed to the people that he was special. He was most importantly a slave of Allah (swt), He had been given a book (Injeel) from Allah (swt), he had been made a prophet of Allah (swt) and he was obedient to his mother.

I see the Western society collapsing from within. I have seen kids curse their parents. It’s an unbelievable phenomenon. Their family institution has disintegrated. On the other hand, Islam is great. It gives the right to people they deserve. Appreciate your ties with the kith and kin and pave your way to Jannah.

Transcribed by Rana Rais Khan from Br Adnan Rashid’s talk at Twins of Faith Karachi, organized by Mercy Mission.

Enlighten Your Soul (and Others’) with the Deen

oil_lampAlhumdulillah, I recently got an opportunity to attend a lecture delivered by eminent Islamic scholar, Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmad. Here, I pen down a summary of the gems of knowledge I was able to grasp from the lecture. I sincerely hope the readers will benefit from it greatly.

The Quran refers to Prophet Muhammad (sa) as “Siraj um-Muneer”, the enlightened candle or lamp. However, strangely enough, the sun has more powerful light than any other source. Hence, technically, the beloved Prophet of Allah (swt), Prophet Muhammad (sa) (mercy for entire mankind) should have been referred to with the comparison of the light of the sun. Why not so? The scholars opine that this is because the light of the sun, though being the strongest, is incapable of being transferred to any other source. On the contrary, the candle flickers and passes the flame from one to the other. Subhan’Allah, it is just as our beloved Prophet Muhammad (sa) passed on the light of his knowledge and wisdom to his beloved companions (ra), who passed it on to the Tabi’een (the successors) and so forth, until the light was received by the Ummah of today.

In this context, how many of us feel we have been able to carry on the flame of this knowledge in our hearts, with the intention of enlightening other souls crossing our lives? Unfortunately, it is sad but true that we have confined the flame to ourselves, losing hope in the goodness concealed in our fellow Muslims. Dawah, or calling towards the Deen, is not just a virtue but an obligation upon each one of us. This makes us answerable on the Judgement Day for being a miser in sharing the flame of knowledge.

Here are a few ways as suggested by the elderly scholars on how to fulfill the obligation of Dawah in the light of Quran and Sunnah:

  1. Make your intentions correct – Lillah

This is the foremost important concept to every virtue one performs in Islam. Our sole intention and idea behind the action should be to earn Allah’s (swt) pleasure. Hence, before you approach others to spread the word of Allah, stop for a second and ask yourself; am I doing this only for my Rabb? Or has it got to do with love for this world?

2.  Ascribe the greatness to Allah(swt) – Fillah

One must understand that one is in fact indebted to Allah (swt) for being able to perform this great deed. One should not ascribe the greatness of the deed to oneself. It was Allah (swt), Who chose us for this sacred mission amongst His entire creation; humility should be adopted instead of arrogance and self-praise.

      3.    Dua – the ultimate weapon of the believer

Each one of us understands the power of Dua. Hence, we are often advised by scholars to never stop making Dua. However what we often neglect is the action of making Dua sincerely for others. If you are genuinely sincere with someone’s better Akhirah, and are actually keen and concerned about him or her being one of the residents of Jannah, nothing should stop you from waking up in the middle of the night, solely to make Dua for him or her.

May Allah (swt) enable us to be a source of guidance for others. Ameen