Thursday 17 October 2013

Increasing in Value

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

A brick which is just lying on the ground has got no real value to anyone. However, if that same brick is used in the building of a house, it secures its value according to the house. The brick will have more value if it used in our local Masjid and will increase in its value, if used in the Jame Masjid of our town. …What to say if it would be used in the Haram of Madinah Sharief or in the Haram of Makkah Sharief?

Similarly, these sheep, goats, bulls, etc. are just ordinary animals. Once their Nisbat (connection) is established with Qurbaani – with the great sacrifice of Hadhrat Ibraheem (Alaihis salaam) and with the Command of Allah Jalla Jalaaluhu, their value multiplies. Their Nisbat enhances their worth.

…Just looking at them, having love for them, attending to them, etc. are all valuable deeds in the Sight of Allah Jalla Jalaaluhu! Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) had said, in regard to these animals for Qurbani, that a reward is written for every hair or every fibre of wool.[1]

The rewards that these animals hold will be multiplied further on the Day of Qiyamah, as has been related in the Hadith: “When a person slaughters a Qurbani animal, he is forgiven at the fall of the first drop of blood, and verily, the animal shall be brought forward on the Day of Judgment with its blood, meat, limbs, etc. and shall be increased in weight seventy times, and then placed on the scale of deeds.”[2]

By the same token, if a person keeps a horse for the Cause of Allah Ta’ala, the horse establishes a special connection (Nisbat) with Allah Ta’ala. Taking care of such a horse brings tremendous rewards. Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (Radhiyallahu 'anhu) related that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: "If someone keeps a horse in Allah's Cause, motivated by his faith in Allah and his belief in His Promise, then he will be rewarded on the Day of Resurrection for what the horse has eaten or drunk, and for its dung and urine."

In another narration, Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “…He to whom the horse will be a source of reward is the one who keeps it in Allah's Cause (prepares it for battle) and ties it by a long rope in a pasture (or a garden). He will get a reward equal to what its long rope allows it to eat in the pasture or the garden, and if that horse breaks its rope and crosses one or two hills, then all its foot-steps and its dung will be counted as good deeds for its owner; and if it passes by a river and drinks from it, then that will also be regarded as a good deed for its owner even if he has had no intention of watering it then…”

If this is the position of these animals in the Sight of Allah Ta’ala, what then of man himself, if he establishes Nisbat with Allah Ta’ala?

Man has been created from the earth, from dust.

“And of His signs is that He created you from dust…”
[Surah Ar-Rum 30 : 20]

If man makes an effort, striving against his nafs, obeying Allah Ta’ala, carrying out righteous deeds seeking the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala, the sand of his body will gain in value.

Our Shaykh, Hadhrat Moulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (Rahmatullahi 'alayh) had explained that the Ahlullah, the Auliya Allah have made the dust from which they have been created, valuable, through the blessings of their Nisbat with Allah Ta’ala. Whilst millions remain heedless and negligent of Allah Ta’ala, these special servants become most valuable and beloved to Allah Ta’ala, through this special Nisbat.

Hadhrat Moulana (Rahmatullahi ‘Alayh) likened mankind to glass bottles, which costs a few Rands or Rupees. If a bottle is filled with an expensive Itr (scent), the bottle becomes as valuable as the amount of scent poured into it. …We find that some Itr is priced at hundreds of Rands, some even more than a thousand Rand. The value of the bottle depends on the amount of scent it contains. Similarly, the value of man increases or decreases according to what fills his heart. If the Noor of Imaan and love of Allah Ta’ala and Rasulullah (Sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam) fills his heart, his value increases, in Allah Ta’ala’s Sight.  This is the lamp which lights up the path to Allah Ta’ala - to salvation, success and great rewards.

If the darkness of Kufr fills his heart, his value is lost. If a person dies in this condition, Aakhirah is lost. Nothing is gained. May Allah Ta’ala safeguard us all.

May Allah Ta’ala grant us the understanding and the Taufeeq to strive to attain that special Nisbat, whereby we too become valuable and beloved to Allah Ta’ala.

By Hadhrat Moulana Abdul Hamid Saheb (Daamat Barakaatuhum)

[1] Ibn Majah
[2] Kanzul Ummaal