Remedying the Heavy and Tight Chest : Lesson 10

March 25th 2018

Lesson 10: The One who loves a thing/person besides Allah becomes imprisoned and tortured by it

  • Brief recap of previous lesson:
    • Ibn Al-Qayyim says from among the means of bringing about relaxation of the Chest is Inaaba (turning to Allah in repentance) and to love Allah with all your heart;
    • Different forms of Love, which is permissible and which is impermissible?
  • Love for Allah expands the chest in spite of the difficulties one may face in life
    • Look at the example of the life of Ibn Taymiyyah, see Lesson 5
    • Look at the statement of Shaikh Muqbil, see Lesson 9
  • Ibn Qayyim says a person in whose heart the love of Allah has settled, then such a person’s chest becomes tight only when he sees the people who are idle, lazy and heedless in returning to Allah, those who do not relish in his Worship become an eye sore and mixing with them troubles him as though he has been struck by a fever.
    • Everyone makes mistakes, the type of heedless people mentioned here are those who do not turn in repentance to Allah
    • Why do such righteous people feel like this? because they realise it is not possible to guide everyone and so their heart becomes uneasy
    • For that reason you will find that prison was a form of seclusion for the likes of Shaykh ul Islam Ibn-Taymiyyah
  • Ibn Qayyim says from the greatest causes of suffocation of the chest is to turn away from Allah and the heart being attached to someone/something other than him, and being heedless of his remembrance
    • Whoever loves something besides Allah in a manner only befitting Allah (or in an impermissible form), then his heart will be agonised by it, his heart will be imprisoned by it and as a result of this no one will be in a more bitter and ill-tempered state than him
  • Shaikh Muhammad Amaan Al-Jaami  says Ibn Qayyim mentions a disease in order to describe the cure
  • Turning away from Allah could lead to apostasy
    • Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Abdulwahhaab mentions that among the nullifiers of a person’s Islam is him/her turning away from the religion (NOTE: there are different levels of turning away, not all of them lead to Apostasy)
    • The proof for the above is the verse : “And who does more wrong than he who is reminded of the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of his Lord, then he turns aside therefrom? Verily, We shall exact retribution from the Mujrimun (criminals, disbelievers, polytheists, sinners, etc.).” [Surah Sajdah (The Prostration) verse 22]
    • Turning away from the religion of Allah to the extent that someone does not raise his head to study it may form  a basis for apostasy
  • Shaikh Muhammad Amaan Al-Jaami  says the one who becomes infatuated with his Imam (e.g. sufi “pir”), to such an extent that this love carries humility and debasement, then this is Shirk (associating partners to Allah, Polytheism) as only Allah deserves to be loves in this way
    • Shirk is the greatest sin of all in Islam
    • This is because Shirk decreases and makes imperfect the love of Allah
    • A person who does Shirk such as this, but claims to have eemaan, then this is merely superficial eemaan
  • Ibn Qayyim says that the one who loves someone/something, at the expense of being obedient to Allah, and turns away from Allah, then he will be tortured by it, grief and sorrow will eat away at his/her soul.
    • Note, this is not the natural love that is mean here e.g. loving one’s child etc
    • What is intended is love which goes above and beyond natural inclination to such an extent that the person obeys
    • The person will be tortured in three different stages
      • When they are in pursuit of that thing/someone (e.g. a person, or money etc), their heart is restless and does not experience joy
      • When they finally obtain that thing, then he/she heart obsesses and agonizes over how to keep hold of it, being fearful of losing it
      • The final pain, that one day that desired thing/person will leave him/her, either while they are still alive, or at their deathbed.
    • In the grave, such a person will realise that they will never regain that desired thing/person
    • He loses the aid of Allah
  • Ibn Qayyim says again that love is of two types:
    • One form is the love that is paradise on earth, the nourishment, life and cure of the soul, indeed this is loving Allah with all of one’s heart
    • The second form is the torture of the soul, the sadness of the spirit, the imprisonment of the heart and the tightness of the chest. Indeed this is to love others besides Allah, with love that belongs only to him.

 

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Authentic Adhkar from the Qur’an & Sunnah: Lesson 10

24 March 2018

Lesson 10: knowing and understanding the Names and attributes of Allah and the methodology of Ahlus-sunnah with regards to this

NOTE: a few minutes of the start of the Lesson were not recorded and a detailed summary could not be made due to technical difficulties

With Abu Muadh Taqweem

What we covered in this Lesson:
– Understanding the Names and attributes of Allah and how this affects your Worship
– The meaning of “Subhaanallaah”

– The methodology of Ahlus-sunnah with regards to understanding the names and attributes of Allah: Two major points
***1. To affirm them without making resemblance to creation
***2. Declaring Allah free from any imperfection without negating his names and Attributes
– Explaining the above in detail

 

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Remedying the Heavy and Tight Chest : Lesson 9

Sunday 18 Mar 2018

Lesson 9:  To Love Allah with all the heart, different types of love, and a statement of Imam Muqbil

  • Recap of Lesson 8:
    • Shaikh Muhammad Amaan Al-Jaami’s advise on how to prepapre for death
    • Balancing between love, fear and hope
    • The example of how physical light illuminates a room and expands the vision, likewise the light of Eemaan expands the chest. The opposite is also true
    • Ibn Al-Qayyim says from among the means of bringing about relaxation of the Chest is “Al-‘Ilm”;The Religious Knowledge.
    • Essential vs supererogatory knowledge
  • Ibn Al-Qayyim says from among the means of bringing about relaxation of the Chest is Inaaba (turning to Allah in repentence) and to love Allah with all your heart;
    • To love Allah such that your heart does not love anyone else alongside him
    • NOTE 1: Love is of two types. Loving for the sake of Allah and Loving someone alongside The latter is prohibited as it is Shirk (associating partnes with Allah) and this nullifies one’s Islam.
    • NOTE 2: Besides the above two types of Love, there is also the love that comes from the natural inclination someone has e.g. for his/her family, their wealth etc. However, this type of love is not considered Shirk as long as it is not submissiveness and humility
    • NOTE 3: Love for the sake of Allah is a righteous deed, and Loving the awlia (allies) of Allah is considered good, however we do not call the awlia of Allah those sufi leaders who claim to have “Kashf” (pretend to know the unseen), or those who instruct their followers to make dhikr a thousand times in one sitting, or those who believe they have control over the affairs of the world etc. We find that sufi followers love their Imams with submissiveness and humility
    • NOTE 4: It is better to love the one who is a faasiq from the people of sunnah than the worshipper from the people of innovation

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Authentic Adhkār from the Qur’an & Sunnah: Lesson 9

Sat 17 Mar 2018

✏️ Lesson 9: The Purpose of our Creation, and the falsehood of Atheism and Polytheism

  • Brief recap of previous lessons
  • Importance of having a connection to Allah
  • Ibn Qayyim’s statement that the need of the slave to remember his lord is just as the need of a fish for water
  • One who makes no remembrance of his lord, then his heart is an empty void
  • Allah gave us a purpose and an objective to our existence
  • Allah says: “And I (Allah) created not the jinns and humans except they should worship Me (Alone)” (Surah Dhaariyaat (The Winds that Scatter) verse 56)
    • Allah, from the very beginning of the creation of our father Adam, this was the objective and Allah ordered all of the Angels to prostrate to Adam
    • Shaitaan (Satan), unlike the Angels, refused to prostrate and so he became from the disbelievers
    • NOTE: Unlike some Christians, we do NOT believe that Shaitaan (Satan) was an Angel or a “fallen angel”. He is a Jinn.
  • Shaitaan attempts to misguide the people and lead them to the hellfire
  • The falsehood of Atheism.
    • It is from our innate human nature that we believe and recognise that we have a creator. Even the atheist cannot escape the recognition that there is a being greater than themselves
  • The story of the Muslim scholar vs a group of Atheists (approx. 1300 years ago)
    • What did the Scholar say to them?
    • The clear error of Atheists that they recognise purpose and design in everyday life, yet reject purpose and design in life itself, or in the complexity of the world we live in. They will refuse to accept that a ship can come about without a ship maker, yet they insist to believe that the creation/everything in existence can come about without a creator.
  • Allah says: “Who has created death and life, that He may test you which of you is best in deed. And He is the All-Mighty, the Oft-Forgiving;” [Surah Al-Mulk (The Dominion) verse 67]
    • The test requires effort. Following the commands of the devil is easier than following the commands of our Lord.
    • Certainly, there will be a resurrection and the results of this test will become clear to see
  • Anas bin Malik narrated that the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: “Three follow the deceased, two of them return, and one remains. He is followed by his family, his wealth, and his deeds. So his family and his wealth returns, and his deeds remain.” [Jami` at-Tirmidhi]
  • Abu Dharr reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, reported that Allah, the Blessed and Exalted, said: “My slaves! I have forbidden injustice for Myself and I have made it forbidden among you, so do not wrong one another. “My slaves! You err by night and day and I forgive wrong actions and do not care. Ask me for forgiveness and I will forgive you. “My slaves! All of you are hungry unless I have fed you, so ask Me to feed you, and I will feed you. All of you are naked unless I have clothed you, so ask Me to clothe you and I will clothe you. “My slaves! If all of you, the first of you and the last of you, the jinn among you and the men among you, were to be as godfearing as the most godfearing heart of any one of you, that would not add anything to My kingdom. If they were to be as corrupt as the most corrupt heart of any one of you, that would not decrease anything in My kingdom. If they were to join together in one place and then ask of Me, and I gave every man among them what he asked for that, that would not reduce My kingdom at all, except as the sea is decreased if a needle is dipped into it. “My slaves! It is only your actions which I have appointed for you. Whoever finds good should praise Allah. Whoever finds other than that should only blame himself.'” [Al-Adab Al-Mufrad]
  • Allah says: “But verily, over you (are appointed angels in charge of mankind) to watch you.” [Surah Infidaar () verse 10]
    • Everything we say and do is recorded by Angels
  • The message of Islamic monotheism has been brought throughout history via the Prophets and Messengers of Allah (may peace be upon them all) such as Adam, Nuh (Noah), Ibrahim (Abraham), Musa (Moses), Isaa (Jesus) and finally Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم)
    • In Islam,
    • Isaa (Jesus) did NOT command his followers to take him as a god, nor his mother
    • Allah says: “And (remember) when Allah will say (on the Day of Resurrection): “O ‘Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary)! Did you say unto men: ‘Worship me and my mother as two gods besides Allah?’ ” He will say: “Glory be to You! It was not for me to say what I had no right (to say). Had I said such a thing, You would surely have known it. You know what is in my inner-self though I do not know what is in Yours, truly, You, only You, are the All-Knower of all that is hidden and unseen.” [Surah Maa’idah [The Table spread with Food) verse 116]
    • Continued: ““Never did I say to them aught except what You (Allah) did command me to say: ‘Worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord.’ And I was a witness over them while I dwelt amongst them, but when You took me up, You were the Watcher over them, and You are a Witness to all things. (This is a great admonition and warning to the Christians of the whole world).” [The Table spread with Food) verse 117]
  • What is the difference between the Qur’an and the other books of revelation such as the Bible and Torah?

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