Saturday 25 May 2013

Giving precedence to Deen

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

Bismihi Ta'ala

Allah Jalla Jalaaluhu instructs us in Surah Baqarah:

“Believe as the people have believed (i.e. the Sahaba-e-Kiraam)…”

The Sahaba-e-Kiraam (RA) set a unique and outstanding precedent for all of mankind – of submission, obedience and sacrifice, for Allah Jalla Jalaaluhu, His Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) and His beautiful and perfect Dien.

They were always conscious of the reason behind their existence and their objective in this worldly life.

Allah Ta’ala has informed us all of the purpose of creating us: 

“And I created not the Jinn and Mankind except that they should worship me.”
 [Surah Zariat 51 : 56]

The Sahaba-e-Kiraam worked to achieve the Pleasure of Allah Jalla Jalaaluhu through different Ibaadaat, and in this manner, secured Aakhirah (the Hereafter). Their entire lives thus passed in Dien. They worked single-mindedly and tirelessly in pursuing the Aakhirah.

Dunya took a secondary place in the lives. They lived in the world; they made use of it; but they did not make it their goal, because they knew that they would soon be leaving it behind them.

They had, before them, the beautiful example of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam), who had explained the relationship we all have with this world, saying: “What have I to do with this world? I and this world are as a rider that takes shelter/shade beneath a tree. Then he goes on his way, and leaves it behind him.”

Sadly, our downfall and failure is that we have made Dunya, our objective, whereas our purpose whilst living in this world, should be Dien.

We are caught up with the fashion, sport, trade, politics, entertainment, etc. of Dunya, and then we take out time for Dien. And we consider ourselves pious, based on the time we take out for Allah Ta’ala. …This is not piety. This is far from piety.

Sometimes, there is an obsession of Dunya’s activities and no time is given to Dien. Hubbud Dunya consumes the heart, and this easily leads to the destruction of one's Dien and Aakhirah, if no effort is given towards reformation and Islaah.

Our whole life – everything of it – should be for Dien, and then we take out time for Dunya – for the necessities of Dunya. Dien takes precedence. Dien is priority. Dunyawi occupations are secondary and are undertaken and carried out because they need to be done and have to be done.

Our endeavour is to believe as the Sahabah (RA) believed, emulate them in their noble exertion for Dien and Aakhirah and of course, ultimately – the Pleasure of Allah Jalla Jalaaluhu.

We need to understand that we are not here for the sake of Dunya; we are here for the sake of Aakhirah. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: ‘Verily, the world has been created for you and you have been created for the Aakhirah.[1]

Preparations have to be made here, if we want to live happily, there. This is intelligence.

Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “The intelligent one is he who suppresses his desires and practises for what is after death, and the foolish one is he who makes his nafs follow its desires and (he) places (baseless) hope on Allah.”[2]

[1] Shu`abul Imaan
[2] Tirmidhi