Sunday 17 February 2013

The Print outs of our Deeds

By Hazrat Maulana Abdul Hamid Is`haq Saheb (Daamat Barakaatuhum)

Bismihi Ta’ala

Many of us who own printers know that that a good quality printer is required if we want good quality prints. A colour laser printer will produce high resolution print outs, with enhanced, clear and finely detailed images that are colourful and bright, in comparison to a black and white inkjet printer.  

All of us who use printers know that there are times when the print is of poor quality. Sometimes the print is so faint, it is not even legible; or there are white or black streaks and lines running across the page or down the page, spoiling the print.

At such times, the light indicator flashes red, indicating the toner is low and needs to be replaced. The light indicators also tell us which colours need to replaced.

Whilst there are other reasons for poor printing, it is the toner that makes the image.  The printing is dependent on whether the cartridge has sufficient toner. Colour printers require colour cartridges with adequate toner as well.

Our A’maal (actions) can be likened to print outs.

Each “aml” is like a print out – a good one or bad one.

The colours of the toners, for the cartridge of the spiritual heart, are: Taubah and Istighfaar, Ikhlaas and Ishq of Allah Ta’ala

Unlike the printer, where toner cartridges are generally changed every few months, there is a need to constantly replenish our hearts with the toner or ink of Ikhlaas, Taubah and Istighfaar.

If we do so, the a`maal that are then carried out by the ‘machine’ of this human body, will be print outs that are bright and clear and beautiful.

If there is no effort to maintain and upkeep one’s Taubah and Ikhlaas, the print outs of our actions begin to fade, and become lighter and lighter - until, sometimes even the Salaah, though performed regularly, comes out “blank” - because the heart is empty of the toner of Ikhlaas.

Added to this, indulgence in sins depletes the Noor in the heart, which then spoils the print out of our deeds.

Sometimes the print head becomes blocked … and the print is poor. The same happens with our hearts: Sometimes, Riyaa (ostentation), Ujub (conceit) or Kibr (pride), creates a block and the print is ruined. Or there may be some other defect in the heart which results in a bad ‘print job’ or a totally blank ‘print out’. When nafs and shaytaan interfere with our intentions, this is exactly what happens.

The effect of our fasting, our Salaah, Umrahs, Ziyarah, Tilawat, and other Ibaadaat is not experienced because the heart is empty of Ikhlaas or due to sins. So our “prints” (a’maal) are blank and many times, just a messy print out, which is squashed and thrown away.

The Ahaadeeth also alludes to this:

Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said : ‘When a person finishes his Salaah, he gets one tenth, one ninth, one eighth, one seventh, one sixth, one fifth, one fourth, one third or one half of the maximum reward (according to the quality of Salaah performed by him).

…If the toners of Ikhlaas, Ihsaan and Khushoo are utilized in Salaah (and other Ibaadaat), the print out will be clear and beautiful, otherwise blurred or faint, dependent on what was given in that Salaah. 

In another Hadeeth, Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: ‘When a person offers his Salaah at its fixed hours with proper Wudhu, with humility and submission, and with Qiyaam, Ruku and Sajdah done satisfactorily, then such a Salaah rises up in a bright and beautiful form and blesses the person in words: ‘May Allah guard you as you have guarded me.’

…On a beautiful print out of good deeds, glad tidings are given, Allah Ta’ala’s pleasure is obtained and Insha-Allah, many other rewards enjoyed in this world and the next.

The Hadeeth continues: “…On the other hand, if a person is not punctual with his Salaat nor does he perform Wudhu, Qiyaam, Ruku and Sajdah properly, then Salaat rises up in an ugly and dark shape, and curses the person, saying: “May Allah ruin you as you have ruined me!” Then it flung back like a dirty rag at the face of the person.”

…The print out of Salaah was “dirty” due to the defects in the actions of the human ‘machine’ and due to insufficient toner (Ikhlaas and Khushoo).

So we learn that when the print out of our actions is bad, we are deprived of Allah Ta’ala’s pleasure and invite a host of problems and misery into our lives.

When the condition of the heart is bad, prints are ruined with streaks of zulmat (darkness). Then we ask : Why can we not find peace of mind, contentment at heart, why is there no Noor in our hearts?  

…It is because of our weaknesses and indulgence in sins.

Furthermore, we find that some of today’s printers come with a “smart panel” application which displays details and information of toner levels, printer status, set-up, network, problem alerts, etc.

Allah Ta’ala has also given us a ‘smart panel’ application whereby we know the condition of our hearts and our actions. This is found in the Suhbat of the Auliya Allah.

In their company, the indicator lights flash when our Salaah is not in order, flash when there is deficiency in our Akhlaaq or Mu`aasharaat, alert us when there is a block on Ikhlaas, alert us when there is Takabbur and Riyaa … and like this, we can accordingly get the ‘machine’ back, in good working condition, and learn how to replenish the toners in the hearts.

This is acquired from the Suhbat of the Ahlullah.

May Allah Ta’ala grant us the understanding and Taufeeq.