Saturday 13 April 2013

In the Khidmat of Dien

by Hadhrat Moulana Abdul Hamid Is`haq Saheb (Daamat Barakaatuhum)

Bismihi Ta'ala

An extremely wealthy businessman has to sign a cheque of millions. He has many pens in his pen holder, but he will choose one.

Figuratively speaking, if that pen boasts: “I have signed a cheque of millions!” … This is the foolishness of the pen. The businessman could have chosen any other pen.

For those of us who are in the Khidmat of Dien, we should keep this example before us.

Allah Jalla Jalaaluhu has billions of servants. Out of His sheer kindness and favour, He chooses someone to render some Khidmat of Dien. 

…Just like that pen is the means of a transfer of millions of Rands, Dollars or Pounds, there are those servants who are the means of conveying and transferring the knowledge of Dien to others, or they become the means of transferring people from Fisq[1] and Fujur[2] to Taqwa[3] and righteousness, from Kufr[4] to Imaan, from Jahannum to Jannat.  However, the real Giver and the actual Doer is Allah Ta’ala.  Let us not forget that.

We should not boast of what work we are doing; rather we should be most thankful and appreciative that we are being used to do some Khidmat of Dien – that Allah Jalla Jalaaluhu selected us from amongst billions, despite our many shortcomings and weaknesses.

Moreover, a pen is, after all, a pen. It holds a limited amount of ink. After using it for some time, the ink dries up or finishes. Either the cartridge is replaced or the pen is replaced.

Similarly, we have limitations and this worldly life has to come to an end. We are used for a certain period of time, and then we are replaced. If, like a pen, we ‘dry up’ – that is, we ‘dry up’ our intentions and carry out our deeds for name, fame and material gain, and we ‘dry up’ the rewards of our Khidmat of Dien, with boasting or pride and arrogance, we will be thrown out, and replaced.

No one is indispensable. Allah Ta’ala has many servants to serve as replacements. And Allah Ta’ala is not in need of us; rather it is His Favour upon us.

In the same way, if, figuratively speaking, a cheque of millions was made out, and that cheque page boasts: “I am worth millions.” …This is its folly and ignorance. That amount of money could have been written on any other cheque.

Allah Ta’ala is using us for some Khidmat of Dien; which is in reality, priceless. Its rewards cannot be truly explained or fathomed, but will be enjoyed in both worlds, if there is Ikhlaas (sincerity).

We should continuously express our Shukr (gratitude) to Allah Jalla Jalaaluhu for the bounty of serving His beautiful Dien. If we entertain pride and conceit, and we boast of the little we do, these are big "mistakes", which will invite big losses. 

Whilst from Allah Ta’ala’s side, there is no mistake and no error, in worldly transactions, when there is a mistake made writing a cheque, ‘CANCELLED’  is written across the cheque. The cheque is thrown away in the waste paper basket, and another cheque is utilized.

Similarly, if the person considers his Khidmat, to be his achievement and boasts about it, then ‘CANCELLED’ will also be ‘written’ - so to say - across the person's Khidmat, and he will lose the great rewards that could have been his. 

Like that cancelled cheque is thrown away in the waste paper basket, this person is sometimes totally cut off from the Khidmat of Dien, or his Khidmat is not accepted in the Court of Allah Jalla Jalaaluhu, and sometimes there is even punishment which will be his lot in the Hereafter. May Allah Ta'ala protect us all. 

In a lengthy Hadith[5], we have been told that the men who will be judged first, on the Day of Resurrection, shall be a man who was martyred, a man who acquired knowledge and taught it and who recited the Holy Qur'aan, and a man to whom Allah Jalla Jalaaluhu had been generous and had given great wealth.

These men will acknowledge Allah Ta’ala's favours upon them, and will claim that they carried out these deeds for His sake alone. However, each one will be exposed as a liar, for their deeds were contaminated with other intentions, and were not solely to earn the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala.

The martyr fought only to be called brave and courageous, the Scholar or reciter of the Qu'raan had sought to gain a reputation – he sought name and fame, and the third person acted thus, to be called generous and to be acknowledged for his generosity.

Since deeds are according to their intentions, each one secured what he had sought through his deeds, but will not receive any reward on the Day of Judgment. In fact, each one will have to endure the punishment of the fire of Hell. (May Allah Jalla Jalaaluhu save us all.)

Just as a person can easily write out another million on another cheque, so Allah Ta’ala can easily replace with someone else.

...Allah Ta’ala uses whomsoever He wishes to. It is His Favour upon the person. However, acceptance will only be known on the Day of Qiyaamah. 

We, who are rendering the Khidmat of Dien, yet are caught up in sins and disobedience, should be greatly worried by the Hadith wherein Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: "Allah will strengthen His Dien, even if it be by the means of a sinful person."[6]

May Allah Ta'ala grant us recognition of our nafs, Taufeeq of complete Islaah and Tazkiyyah, Ikhlaas in whatever Khidmat is undertaken, and acceptance, despite our shortcomings and failings.

[1] Fisq:  Transgression
[2] Fujur : Immorality
[3] Taqwa : Piety and abstinence from sins
[4] Kufr : Disbelief
[5] Sahih Muslim 5032
[6] Sahih Bukhari 3062