[These are rough notes of talks delivered by Shaykh kamaluddin Ahmed in December, 2016]
وَالَّذِينَ جَاهَدُوا فِينَا لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا
Those people who strive in our cause, We will surely guide them to our ways [29:69]
قَدْ أَفْلَحَ مَن زَكَّاهَا وَقَدْ خَابَ مَن دَسَّاهَا
He has succeeded who purifies it, And indeed he fails, who corrupts it [91:9-10]
Allah swt says that, ‘successful is that person who does their tazkiyah’, who purifies their heart, who disciplines their nafs – this is a process, and this is a lifestyle, and this is a way of life, an outlook of life – nothing else will cut it in this day and age.
Now, all of you, at some point of your life made that iradah, you had that desire and intention that you wanted to adopt this way of life, this path of life, that you wanted to really look deep into your heart and into every single thing you say and do, and you wanted to find out what is pleasing to Allah swt, and what is not pleasing to Allah swt; what would be of benefit to the nafs on the Day of Judgment, and what will be against the nafs on the Day of Judgment (mā lahā, wa mā ‘alayhā) – you wanted to understand, and you were willing to change your life accordingly.
When a person begins their journey on deen, often in the beginning it is just about learning, and many people may come from a background who weren’t raised on deen, or they didn’t understand deen on their own, or they didn’t have their own passion and discovery of deen, then sometimes, just that initial learning is enough to keep them going. So they hear a talk and they discover something, they learn something about Quran ul-Karim, they learn some hadith of Sayyidina Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم ,they learn something about the sirah, the blessed life, model and example of Nabi Karim صلى الله عليه وسلم ,and it impacts them, it motivates them, it inspires them, it enlightens them.
A lot of the beginning part of the journey is about the learning; the learning continues all throughout the journey, the learning must continue all the way up until the grave.
Now what happens is, when we make that initial iradah, and no doubt we had sidq, we were true in the iradah, we had ikhlas, we were sincere in that iradah- we were truly, sincerely only embarking on this journey to please Allah swt, but Allah swt tests us along the way. Every relationship is tested in this world. That is why you will find that when people have marital problems, they cannot simply fall back on this that well, when we initially married each other, we truly, sincerely wanted to be happily married. Yes, you did when you initially wanted to marry each other, but now you are going through a test, you are going through a phase, and your original intention may ultimately be your saving grace, but now you have to do something more, so just like that, when a person embarks on this path of tazkiyah, Allah swt will put different tests in their way.
After this initial flux of learning, a person has to implement that learning, and has to put it into practice. Otherwise, what happens is – and a lot of us have this problem -because in this day and age of surfing and information, it has almost become our nature to acquire a lot of learning which we don’t put into practice – for example, if any of the men or boys are fans of formula one race cars or sports cars or any other such thing, then you will get a lot of information about these cars, but illa masha’Allah (except those who Allah wishes for), you will never ever practically ever drive a Porsche or Ferrari in your life.
Similarly, there are a lot of other things that we learn about; so much learning that we don’t practice in the secular worldly sense, such that it becomes our nature, such that we become people who acquire information, without actually processing it and practicing it; and there is a big danger then, that we become the same way about our deen. So we might even get a book and read it, but we don’t practice it. We might even learn a hadith about Nabi Karīm صلى الله عليه وسلم ,but we don’t live it. We might understand something about Qur’an, but we don’t even have the desire to memorize the few verses and even recite them in our own salah. This is a big danger; this media, infotainment, information overload, surfing, internet, and news are all types of learning that is irrelevant and unpracticed, so make sure your learning of deen is totally different.
There are so many things that so many people know so much about – I would tease some of you at times that I’m amazed at so many things you know. You can give me answers with so much explanation. So make sure your learning of deen goes beyond just knowledge and inspiration, it goes into practice, it goes into ‘amal; otherwise, that learning may even – maybe not yet at your age and stage in life – to whatever extent we don’t practice it may actually count against us on the Day of Judgment. There comes a time when it counts for you, but then if you actually don’t practice it, live it, and abide by it, it might be neutral, but later will come a time where it will testify against you on the Day of Judgment.
Look, don’t you say that when it comes to the world, that ‘oh, he is such an educated person, so at least he shouldn’t have done such a thing.’ People say this regarding secular education – that he shouldn’t have done such and such since he’s educated in the secular sense. So when it comes to a person who has studied the religion, and understands some of this deen, then all the more, they should stay away from unrefined acts.
Let me tell you a strange thing. First, when someone had greed for the world, they would sweat to attain it; they would take on slavehood. Then a person came who had no greed, so he became a corporate professional, and he used to strive day and night, just like that person who had greed for this world. That is what happens to the men who are more talented – if you do your job well, they promote you, then they want more from you, and before you know it, you are chasing the world in exactly the same way, with so much time, effort, and sweat, that you become just like the one who had greed. This is the nature of the dunya; it makes you run after it. They become a corporate slave. I’m not inventing this term – try searching it, you will find many results.
I’m not saying this just about corporate professionals, look at anyone that works for the world. It’s not haram, but you see, the same thing happens with for example, business. The person who starts the business wasn’t greedy for the dunya, but once he is successful, he can’t resist the success. He could resist the world, but he cannot resist the accomplishment, the attainment. He then moves onto more products, buys another factory etc. It’s like that with many of us. We want to move up to be the head of departments, because we want more. We are good, so we want more. Same thing was supposed to happen in deen; we should think why am I not a high achiever in deen.
Sometimes, we don’t do a’mal for no reason whatsoever; literally, for no reason. We would never tell our boss that today I came late for no reason whatsoever. You will find people doing ‘amal for all types of crazy things, with steadfastness.
You have to do ‘amal for your deen, and a beautiful thing about this path is that it gave you that vision, that intention – to have iradah, to have a dream – that dream, that you dare to become a wali of Allah swt. But that makes a person work harder. So your learning has to move into practice.
Practice is a completely a different field. You can learn whilst you are relaxed, in your home, lying in your bed, surfing the net on a tablet, reading a book, reading a magazine, listening to bayans – there are so many ways you can learn. But to become a person of action, of ‘amal, then you will need some ragra (lit. meaning scrubbing; figuratively, pushed/shaken). You will need to attain some tarbiyah, and it is a completely different thing.
There are some pious muttaqi people who can walk this path themselves to become people of ‘amal, but these people are few and far in between. Otherwise, most of us need to be snapped, or even maybe slapped, figuratively – i.e. we need to be shaken and pushed like what we call boot camp. In the army, they use all this marketing to recruit a person, and a person comes in wanting to serve and die for the country, but first, they have to go through boot camp; they have to leave and forget all the slogans, ‘live to serve, serve to die and protect’ etc. They have to leave all this and go through boot camp. That is something a lot of us need desperately.
Ask yourself; although I will answer for each and every single one of you without exception. But ask yourself; have I ever been lazy, ever? Have I ever been lazy in my studies? Have I ever been lazy in my work? Have I ever been lazy in something my mum and dad asked me to do? If the answer is yes, yes, yes a thousand times over – it means you need ragra. You need something to put yourself in some kind of mode to make you sahib-e-‘amal (person of ‘amal) in your deen.
This mode is in the nature of a believer; it’s a very delicate nature. It has its own attitude – one small sin, or some heedlessness and it can be removed from you – if Allah wants, we can totally go back to step one, and you would need to start all over again.
But no problem, to continue trying to strengthen this relationship and connection with Allah is called ‘ishq. ‘Ishq is not to establish the connection just once, but it is to establish the connection again and again. It is the same in marriage – the initial marriage vow is not enough, you have to constantly, continuously renew that bond. You have to keep stitching your heart to Allah swt, and it might snap, it might break, something might come loose, and you have to stitch it again. It’s very delicate. You have to get yourself into the mode and stay in the mode.
You have to be honest with yourself about this second thing. Ask yourself, that have I ever started something in deen, and after a little while, I slipped, and stopped? If the answer is yes, yes, yes a thousand times over – then understand, this is what has happened. That mode is very delicate. It’s like a small little candle flame, that if you light it, you have to be very careful. The slightest breath, slightest draft, open window, open door can extinguish it. How many times are you going to relight it?
Your life is like the wax – you only have so much time left on this Earth. You have to protect it. The student who knows this about himself, that I am lazy and I have short-attention span, which almost everybody has today because of internet, with the phone vibrating and ringing all the time. There are very few students, who if I asked that when was the last time for three hours solid (and three hours is nothing in the world of education), three hours non-stop without interruption, without distraction, did you study really hard, we would say figuratively ‘hit the books’ – the answer probably would be that they had only done this when there were three hours left for the board exam; it would be for that exam where you were meant to study all semester, and the exam was at 9am, so you woke up at 6am and studied like this.
That is a mode! I’m asking here as a norm, when there is no exam, no deadline, but just for the sake of learning. Whatever you did to get yourself in that mode for the sake of an exam; it was supposed to be done normally. You must’ve realized that I am lazy, I cannot have any distractions, I have a short-attention span, so you turned your phone off, and you went into the library. A studious person probably said to you, what are you doing here, brother; since when did you come here? You would say, it is your final, and it is my final too, so I have also come here. Our situation would be such that we would have to roam around, quietly, at least once to figure out where the library is, and where the seating area is – this is our state, we don’t even know, whereas the studious person would know the best place in the library to sit, the quietest place, the places which are best to study.
We had to do something to get ourselves into this mode. What did you do to put yourself in that mode? It’s the same thing you have to have to do for deen. You have to sacrifice, put some limits, you have to contain other things to create a space for yourself to become sahib-e ‘amal – to become a person of ‘amal. If we know a person is definitely a person of ‘ilm (sāhib-e ‘ilm), and they have knowledge of tafsir, hadith etc, then we respect and value them. Higher in degree to them are those who are people of ‘amal.
This is a strange Arabic word, sahib. Sahib-e‘amal, in Arabic, would have meant, that person who has done so much ‘amal, that him and righteous virtuous practices are companions to one another. ‘Amal is a part of him now, it is attached to him, and he is attached to ‘amal. That is called tarbiyah and tazkiyah – it is a process in which a person becomes sahib-e ‘amal.
Yes, a person can come for these occasional talks and join a bi-weekly class on Qur’an or Arabic, but the real name of the game, the real purpose of deen, sirat ul-mustaqim is to become a sahib-e ‘amal. There are many type of a’mal, and definitely ibadah is a major part, and good akhlaq is a major part, and the way you practically interact and interrelate with other people is a big part of a’māl. Broadly speaking, these are the three big things – ‘ibadat (worship), akhlaq and sifat (your character and qualities) and your mu’amalat (dealings with others).
Deficiency in ‘amal cannot be made up by anything else. Deficiency in ‘ilm can be made up when you stay in the shadow of someone else who has ‘ilm e.g. if you don’t know whether something is halal or haram, you can go ask a scholar – you can take advantage of his knowledge and be guided by him. However, when you don’t have ‘amal, you can’t rely on someone who has that ‘amal – you have to do it yourself. This is the critical importance of ‘amal, that a person has to do it himself.
Sayyidina Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم told Hadrat Fatimah that she needs her own ‘amal. You need to have ‘amal. It’s easy to add books in your library, but it’s not easy to add a’mal to your book of Deeds. If you want to take it to the next level, from occasional ‘amal to making it the mizaj, mode, mindset and framework, then you need to make an effort and have worry for it. It is a worry you need to have. You need to light a flame for it in your heart. You have to keep feeding and giving fuel to the fire, otherwise it will go cold. I told you before that it is very delicate; the fire is easily extinguished by sin and ghaflah – and then, you will need to relight it. You will need to restart all the effort. It is a constant effort. This is what tarbiyah and tazkiyah is; tawbah, taqwa, tawbah, taqwa – intention for taqwa, effort for taqwa, and then intention for tawbah, effort for tawbah. Tawbah also requires effort. Don’ think it doesn’t.
You need to make a lot of effort for tawbat un-nasuh, for sincere repentance – it is very easy for Allah swt to forgive us, but for us to make a sincere real tawbah, it can be difficult. We have to try hard; we have to try several times. You have to enter the mode, and until you enter the mode, you’ll just be like fluff in the air, and at any time shaytan and nafs can just snatch you away – at anytime – and it does happen; you will have experienced this yourself.
Just like that, you commit sin; just like that, your salah got qada – just like that, for no real reason at all. It’s not that there is any major reason or a major crisis or incident that happened. It will be just like that. It won’t be because you were super lonely, or super depressed, super in love, super wanting to get married and parents were super against it – it won’t be like that. It will happen just like that – just like that you unlawfully gazed at someone; just like that, you ended up missing your prayer; just like that, you ended up telling a lie – it won’t be because you were in a big dilemma, it will just be random. Random occasional arbitrary lies, unlawful gazes, qadas, all just like that, just for no reason.
The simple reason is because we weren’t in the mode – when you have the fikr, it doesn’t happen. When you are in the zone, it doesn’t happen. When a student is in the mode, he will never skip class or come late. Yes, when he’s not in the mode, then he forgets to attend. There is no way he will come even late when he’s in the mode; in fact, he’ll come early. He will come to class early having done the reading, but when he’s not in the mode, forget the reading and forget the attending.
A person needs to put himself or herself in the mode – that is what your intention really has to be. It is not enough to show up some times, listen to some talks and bayans – it might be enough to do right now, but it’s not enough to want. Your aspirations, your hopes, your desires, your intention, your iradah, your wish and your plan of action needs to go all the way in deen- it is not enough to just have a wish, you need a proper plan of action. Then, there will be a difference.
The kid who takes a freshman Physics class, a first-year Physics class with the intention and wish that he wants to become a physicist, his mode of learning will be different from that person who is just trialing the class. The former student had a high goal and aspiration, whereas the latter didn’t – his intention was just for that one class. Your iradah in deen is that you have to want to go all the way. Everything and anything in deen, you have to want it – all of it. You have faraidh, nawafil ibadah, akhlaq, sifat – you should want all of it.
We have to have the desire that we want to go all the way, and that we want all of it, that we want to do ‘amal on every single verse of Qur’an, and every single sunnah. I’m not saying you’ll be able to, practically speaking, do that right now, but we have to want it! That freshman isn’t a scientist in the first lesson, but he has that want and intention from that first class. It won’t happen in one class, but it’s a vision of his. We have to have this vision, like that Nobel prize – you want to be a wali of Allah, a friend of Allah.
From all of creation, insan has the highest rank; from amongst them, the Prophets (a.s.), but prophethood has ended. After the Prophets, the greatest of ranks belong to the sahabah karam (r.a.), and after that, the highest rank is the awliya. Awliya means that friend of Allah who leaves sins, and puts themselves in the path of deen, and makes deen their purpose. They are those who colour themselves in the colour of deen; they annihilate themselves in deen, fana fid-deen, fana fillah.
Make this the intention of your life, and as long as you have this intention, even if your ‘amal is slow, partial and gradual, but as long as you have that want and desire, then it will be accepted, and that small practice will change you. But the ‘amal we do with a half-baked partial intention, then it won’t change you; imagine you are doing the ‘amal, but you aren’t taking much from it. It’s all about the intention. This is one of the meanings Nabi صلى الله عليه وسلم meant when he said that, ‘Innamal a’malu bin-niyyat’, that actions are according to intentions – that the quality and impact and effect of your ‘amal will be based on how much your intention is, and how far you want to go with this ‘amal.
Why are you praying Fajr? Just to be present? Just so you’ve performed the obligatory? So you become the obedient slave of Allah? For the pleasure of Allah? The niyyah you have is important. How far you want to go will colour every ‘amal that you do. If a person who goes to work and joins the job, with the intention that he wants to become a partner (in that business), he will have a different mode compared to that person who’s going to help around. Totally different attitudes; their ‘amal will be the same, but the effect will be different. The person will change, or not change, depending on how much irādah they bring to that ‘amal.
It is very important to become people of iradah – vision and mission are just baby words to capture iradah. Iradah is a firm resolve and determination. Pray salah with iradah, and see how much it changes you. If you just pray out of obligation, or habit, see how small of an impact it has. So also, one of the big aspects of tarbiyah and tazkiyah is to have this iradah, to constantly have this.
The world, and everything in it is trying to make itself your murad (goal) that all your iradah should be about working, earning, living – your iradah should be about the next model of car, the next model phone, your next watch, next stage in your worldly life. And when you have that as your iradah, you will see the person will pursue that with a passion, and will pursue that with an effort and a drive.
You will be amazed at the drive some people have. I’m not saying it is haram, but in terms of raw human emotion, the amount of drive they have to earn the world is amazing. The amount of effort, desire, drive some people have, and the amount of sacrifice some people make to attain the world, if we have same intentions for our deen, not even more, but just equal amount, imagine how religious and deeni we would become.
People say we should have a balance. Fine, bring a balance. Pursue your deen as passionately as you pursue your world, see what happens. Then what happens is, it doesn’t matter in reality, in terms of time, that you are full time dunya, and part time deen, you are a full-time student, you are a full-time professional, you are a full-time worker – so if you are full time in dunya and part-time in deen, but your mizaj is that you are full-time in deen, then this is enough. This is a secret – you don’t need to leave the world, but you need to have an intention for full-time deen. In terms of time, it might be the other way around – few hours on deen, and majority in dunya – no problem. You have to make yourself like this; it takes effort.
Otherwise, as I told you, the world is there to suck you in, to drag you in. Even news and sports; and I’m going to talk about news and sports, so imagine what I have to say about music and movies. Even news and sports are distractions trying to suck you in. There is no single athlete in the world alive who is worth even one drop of your emotion; there is no single team, no single tournament, no single sport that is worth your heart, that you become a fan. You know, fan is an abbreviation for fanatic. Sports fan means sports fanatic.
If you are going to do something for the Syrians, then read the news, but if you aren’t going to do anything, and night and day, you listen to and read the news, then there is no benefit. You won’t tell them on the Day of Judgment that everyday I spent an hour reading about you. They’ll just look at you. But that is our situation; I cannot tell you how insipid we have become when it comes to the state of the ummah. Leaving Syria on one side, lets take Burma. What’s Burma? What is the Burmese military capability compared to the Muslim ummah? Burma is nothing – you are talking about one of the most backward countries in the world, but even they are taking the blood of the Muslims. That is a sign of how low we’ve gone. What can we do? These are strange states – it’s not going to get much lower than that. Following the news, being aware of the news etcetera, is also there to suck you in.
We have to become a person of ‘amal. If we have the foundational ‘a’mal (ibadat, akhlaq, muamalat), then Allah will accept us for many a’mal – khidmat of the ummah, to face oppression etc. Allah doesn’t accept this from normal slaves, and whosoever tries to fight oppression without having the foundational a’mal, they will end up making mistakes, or becoming extreme. Allah swt will allow the sahibe ‘amal to fight the oppression.
Our own deen is being orphaned because of us, because we, being ahl-e-deen, are not able to serve the deen, serve the ummah, serve the people of deen, because we have lost the deen in our own hearts. How are we going to serve the deen? Khidmat of deen, da’wah of deen, khidmah of the oppressed, facing the oppressors – it won’t happen through us, illa mashaAllah.
You have to figure out a way to get yourselves into the mode, and the mizaj and iradah of ‘amal. Whatever you can do to bring yourself into that mode, you have to do it. If you don’t know how to bring yourself into that mode, you have to look for it; you have to seek guidance for it. Whatever brings you to that mode, you have to keep doing it more. What seems to keep you away from that mode, you have to keep staying away from that.
So the first step is awareness: You have to analyse in yourself what keeps you in the mode (keeps your heart warm), and what cools down the fire in terms of your deen. People have such awareness in terms of their stomach – but they don’t have this same awareness for their soul. They know what food is bad for their stomach, and what is hot for them (in taseer). Once, there was a Pakistani, and I got him a cold banana milkshake, and he said it’s warm and I said no, it’s cold. I didn’t realize what he was trying to say. He said it’s ‘garam (hot)’ and I was telling him it isn’t, and that he should touch it. He said it has milk in it, so it’s garam. I said it has ice cream! This was a long time ago, and he had such awareness.
There is no hope if we don’t learn these things about ourselves, if we don’t become aware and learn what is it that inspires and motivates our own heart. You are the driver of your own car. Alim and Shaykh can stand outside the car and give you directions, but you are the pilot of your own life. And you don’t even have the interest to know what it is that can guide you further and stronger in your deen? You need to have a worry and concern for yourself.
So now I want to explain to you what exactly I want you to do. [The first goal is different for the men and different for the women; goals two to five are the same]
For the men:
1a) To have a connection with worship in the Masjid
Nabi صلى الله عليه وسلم did say to the sahābah that they should pray their sunnahs etc at home, but their houses were very simple. They had an environment of worship. For most of us, it is not like that. For most of us, the situation is that if we don’t pray our sunnahs in the Masjid, then we will end up getting involved in something else when we get home, and we will not pray properly. It is not hypocrisy, it is a natural thing for e.g. if you say that if I stay in the Masjid, and I pray the two sunnah after Zuhr there, I can pray in a calmer manner, and if I go home and pray, then I will pray more fast, so am I a hypocrite? No, actually, this isn’t your nifaq – it is the natural effect of the Masjid on your heart.
If your heart isn’t that strong to beat fast on its own, when it is hooked up to the machine, it starts beating fast. Hence, your spiritual heart, when it is hooked up in the Masjid, then generally (and not for show), you generally will pray in a tranquil manner. When you leave the Masjid, and go to your office or home, then that tranquility may not be felt, hence you pray fast. It wasn’t for show, it was your ruh, your iman. Yes, if you say when I pray at home, I can pray in a calm and peaceful manner, then yes, you should definitely pray your sunnahs at home. But for most of us, that isn’t the case illa ma’shaAllah. So the first point was to increase your connection to the Masjid, and to increase your worship in the Masjid.
Pray salah in congregation, in the Masjid; the day you pray all 5 salahs in the Masjid, then know it was a very big thing for you right now. Let me give you an example; imagine if you prayed all night Tahajjud, what would be the effect? You would think it would definitely have an effect. For you right now, praying 5 times salah in congregation, in the Masjid, is even more powerful than praying all night Tahajjud. Understand this – this is also within your reach. That’s the beautiful part. Praying Tahajjud all night isn’t in your reach, because you can’t remain awake all night. But for you right now, in Pakistan, to pray all your salahs in congregation is pretty much in your reach – you have to do ‘amal on that.
You need to sit sometimes in the Masjid. The three best times to stay in the Masjid is between:
- Fajr till Ishraq
- ‘Asr till Maghrib
- Some time after Maghrib (maybe not all the way to ‘Isha.)
Try and do it maybe once a week, maybe Saturday or Sunday. That day you don’t have to go to work, or you don’t have to go to class, then there is no reason why you cannot sit in the Masjid till Ishraq salah. These are the a’mal that will put you in that mode. We wrongly think that these a’mal will only give us the nafl virtue that is mentioned in hadith, but we will also get this mizaj that I am a seeker of Allah, and a seeker of ‘ibadah, so to speak.
Just like, if you start spending more time in library, more time with your books, then you will start developing an identity of being a proper student of knowledge. When you spend more time in the Masjid, more ‘ibadah in the Masjid, more connection with the Masjid, then you will actually start feeling that you are a seeker on the path to Allah swt. It won’t happen just by the customary feeling of being a student etc. When you actually start doing it, then you will feel like a seeker.
All these acts are for those who are seeking Allah – to sit until ‘Isha, to pray awwabin at times, to spend time in the Masjid between ‘Asr and Maghrib at times – when you start doing these actions, then you will definitely feel that I am a person seeking my Rabb. So when you get a chance – and those of you are who students, and you have a final exam, may Allah swt help you with that, but then you will get your semester break.
Much more than the du’as we make for your worldly success and your finals week, is the du’a we make for your success pertaining to the hereafter in your semester break. The worldly success you attain from one semester, from 1/8th progression towards your undergraduate degree, the success you can attain in that one finals week, you can attain even more success pertaining to your hereafter in your two-week semester break, which you don’t even realise. We don’t even have a concern for it. For two weeks when you are totally free, then you have a chance of:
فَإِذَا فَرَغۡتَ فَٱنصَبۡ. وَإِلَىٰ رَبِّكَ فَٱرۡغَب
So when you have finished [your duties], then stand up [for worship]. And to your Lord direct [your] longing [94:7-8]
You don’t think like this, you don’t have that mizaj and iradah; you aren’t looking for that opportunity, that is why you aren’t seeing the opportunity. It’s there, right in front of your eyes; any student who is going to go on semester break, the opportunity is right in front of you, but you are blinded to it, because you aren’t looking for it. There is a chance for ‘amal, an opportunity, a chance to seek ‘ilm, so you should connect with the Masjid, and the worship in the Masjid.
Worship in the Masjid via the five-time salah in congregation, and connection with the Masjid by extra sitting. This is your raghrah for now – to sit in the Masjid and pray Qur’an after Fajr. Sit in the Masjid, and view and treat it like the powerhouse that Allah made it. View and treat the Masjid like the power plant, and get yourself some jolts, and bolts and volts from the Masjid. Plug yourself into that Masjid. Keep doing this regularly, or at the very least, periodically.
You also have to make a plan of action for yourself, for example, every Saturday, from Fajr till Ishraq I will sit in the Masjid, and Sunday, after ‘Isha, I will sit in the Masjid. I’m just giving an example, but each and every single one of you must sit down and make a plan for yourself. You have to stick to it no matter what; make a firm intention. Like some people play golf on Sundays, no matter what. Their grandma comes from Karachi Saturday night, but they can’t leave the golf on the Sunday – no way. They will say, ‘O’ Grandma, this is my time for golf, so I will go and return in two hours’ I guarantee you – go on a Sunday, and you will see what I’m talking about.They play golf on Sundays no matter what. That is what you call iradah; that is what you call being your mizaj. That is called ta’aluq.That’s called being in the mode. We need to become like this with ibadah.
So then, what are you going to do in the Masjid whilst you are there? [See point two]
For the women:
1b) You have to really work on your ‘ibadah
I want to start off with your salah, but in a particular way now. You should try to pray earlier, and you should try to pray longer, and you should use brute force and willpower to do this. Allah swt told us in Qur’ān;
وَٱسۡتَعِينُواْ بِٱلصَّبۡرِ وَٱلصَّلَوٰةِۚ
Seek help with patient perseverance and prayer [2:45]
…that whenever you have any difficulty, any setback, any fitna, any worry, any uneasiness, any tension, any struggle, any trouble, any test, then firstly, seek help from Allah swt. First and foremost, acknowledge your weakness, that you are in a state of helplessness, and you must seek help from Allah swt. It is not going to come first from your own effort, it’s going to come from Allah swt.
And again, sometimes, Allah swt puts us through such processes because maybe we became too self-reliant, maybe we became too self-confident, so you have to seek help from Allah swt. That is through crying, through supplication, through praying – we have to turn to Allah swt with sabr. Sabr meant that whatever good you were doing, you shouldn’t stop doing it. Sabr meant you keep your rada’, being pleased with Allah swt. Sabr meant you had radā’ bil-qadā’, that whatever Allāh swt makes happen, you must submit to it, you must be pleased with it, you must be happy with it – and that you keep your deen, mustaqim, that you have steadfastness on deen.
So what does it mean to seek help with salah; this person is a believer, they are already praying salah. It meant more salah, deeper salah, more intense salah. The deeper you go into your salah, the more you will feel connected to Allah swt; and that deeper connection with Allah swt inside salah, on the musalla will help you with whatever in the world is going in your life, outside the musalla. So that is the first thing you have to do if you haven’t done so already.
We even taught you, 6/7/8/9 months ago that start with salat ut-tawbah etc, then move on to salat ul-hajat, then move to salat ul-istikhara, then pray two rakah, not for any need, or for tawbah, not to seek goodness or guidance for any decision, but simply just for the sake of ‘ibadah, to show my servitude, just for shukr, just for love, just due to talab – a general two rakah salāh!
And I told you to pray earlier, especially ‘Isha salah – that hadith is especially for women because men are supposed to pray salah in congregation at the Masjid, so that hadīth where Nabi صلى الله عليه وسلم said that to delay ‘Isha after half the night has passed (which can be even earlier than midnight actually) is makruh, is for women. You have to pray it earlier; you have to want to pray it. You have to make longer ruku’, longer sujud. You have to dig and find the tranquility (sukun) in your salah. I used to tell you to dig for the remembrance of Allah in your dhikr; you have to dig for that remembrance in salah.
Allah swt has told me in Qur’ān that I can seek His help and guidance in the salah; I can keep going deeper in salah. Maybe we will have to make salat ut-tasbih, or wake up for salat ut-Tahajjud, add ishraq, awwabin – you have to increase the quality of your ‘ibadah, and the length, and linger in your ‘ibadah. And you have to do it properly, with a proper plan of action. Keep a journal, and that journal is between you and Allah swt. Keep track. Make it a project; keep working on it. You have to work on your salah and ‘ibadah.
2) Make a nafl ‘ibadah regimen that you pick and select for yourself.
You need to know what you are going to do; you need to do this with a proper mission, proper sahib e iradah! We have taught these sorts of schedules many times – tilawah, salawat, istighfar, silent dhikr of the heart, du’a, nawafil salah – you must learn and chart out for yourself a regimen. View it as your tarbiyah. When someone is working out, they know exactly when they are going to go, and what they will do. It is not enough just to say I’m going to hit the gym, thrice a week, for an hour – he’s going to say I’m going to hit the gym and I’m going to do these these these sets, and these these these weights etc. He will take a full plan – that’s what you call iradah.
So you need to make a schedule for your dhikr, and this is where the guidance of the masha’ikh come in. Whether you want to follow the path of dhikr that you were already taught, or you want to follow the path that Shaykh ‘Ashraf Ali Thanwi gave as open permission, or even for masha’ikh to teach for that matter. We taught that to you in Ramadan, from Qasd us-Sabil – you must make a plan of dhikr, tilawah, some tasbihat, istighfar, salawat, masnun du’as dhikr e qalbi etcetera. You have to work on it, and stick to it.
Mashayikh are just like your personal fitness coach where they can help with the regimen and schedule, but we have to do the work. The benefit is in doing, not learning. A lot of us have this in this day and age, where we plan, but we have procrastination, dreaming, planning, and not doing, so they will download all sorts of diets, but they wont do it; they will download all sorts of exercises, but they won’t don’t it. It’s like a plague and syndrome that has affected people – you have to get out of this when it comes to the deen. You just have to do it.
So when you have a nafl regimen, you need to stick to it, and follow it – and it will make you happy when you do it. You will feel an accomplishment when you become a doer. When a studious person finishes the first three chapters, they get happy. When you get the first small success under your belt, you are willing to do more. Then, you are inspired and motivated, not by something, but by your own ‘amal. Your own practise will help you, inspire you and motivate you to take it to the next level. We need to start by doing it. Pick something small, pick something short, pick something easy – do it once a week, but take some plan and execute it. When you execute it, and implement it completely, you will feel become stronger, your iradah will become stronger, and you will dare to dream more, you will aspire and want more for the next level.
You have all the inspiration, motivation, teaching, and instruction from before – and it is very important. For those of you who were practicing wuquf e qalbi, you can’t always remember Allah swt in your heart; that is a higher level, and a lot of people aren’t able to attain that. So you should still aspire for that, but if you cant remember Allah swt in your heart, then you can remember him on your tongue. There are a few basic ways for that:
- Tasbih: subhānAllāh/subhānAllāhi wa bi hamdih/subhānAllāhi wa bihamdihi, subhānAllāh-il-‘Azīm
- To recite Salawāt
- To recite lā ilāha il-la-llāh
So you need to make a regimen of dhikr, that you adhere to, follow and track yourself and work on – and its between you and Allah swt. And its important you do ‘amal, because until you do ‘amal, you will not appreciate what this path is about; you have to get the pleasure of Allāh swt. ‘Amal has this lutf (pleasure). By completing ‘amal, you will attain this pleasure and passion to supplicate to Allah swt, because the secret is that when a person does ‘amal, at that time Allāh swt accepts his supplications. You will feel it; you will feel like making du’a because you will feel that this is a moment my supplication will be accepted. You will feel the acceptance of that moment when you complete and finish an ‘amal.
It is just like when you fast in Ramadān, you may have heard the hadith that supplications are answered at iftar time, but even your heart would tell you at the time, you will even feel at that time that this is a time for the acceptance of du’as. In the same way, today (Jum’uah) the final moments before this day ends, then this is a time of acceptance of supplications according to one narration, but you can even feel this.
3) There should be some learning of deen
It might even be that you just take one book, and read a chapter a week. I’m starting with you very slow. It could be just once concept, one topic, one subject you want to understand. Some thing, some topic, some surah – you can link these things for e.g. one of the things you might have in your regimen is to recite Surah al-Kahf every Friday, so what you can do is to aim to understand the tafsir of Surah al-Kahf. Make some project, some ‘ilmi syllabus; again, execute it and learn it. Set some small discreet tasks that you can actually do, and you will feel like you’re learning, that you are a learner. Take a chapter. And obviously, a person can do much more. Many of you come twice a week here according to our schedule that we’ve made, but you need to make something for yourself. There has to be some progression in your understanding and knowledge of deen
- Read a book on seerah
- Hayāt ul-Muslimīn by Shaykh Ashraf ‘Alī Thānwi rahimahullāh. This is good for beginners.
- http://ia600704.us.archive.org/11/items/Hayat-ul-MuslimeenShaykhAshrafAliThanvir.a/Hayat-ul-MuslimeenShaykhAshrafAliThanvir.a.pdf – Urdu
- http://www.al-islam.edu.pk/islamic%20books/hayatulmuslim.html – English
- Bidāyat ul-Hidāyah (the Beginning of Guidance) by Imam Ghazali rahimahullah – this is also good for beginners.
- https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beginning-Guidance-Bidayat-al-Hidaya/dp/1933764066(^Good translation to buy)
- Chapters of ahadith
- Kitāb ar-Riqāq (chapter on ahādīths that melt your heart) of Imām Bukhārī rahimahullāh.
What kind of muhaddith was he – compiling ahādīth that will melt your heart! Such a great compilation, but not many read it. Yes, if you had irādah, and you wanted your heart to be melted, you would have reached it by now. You’re not looking for the opportunities, hence why you don’t see them. It’s right there. All the opportunities to learn your deen, and become closer to Allāh swt are all right there. You won’t see it, unless you look for it. You won’t look for it, unless you want it – iradah Even if you’ve got graduated from the 4 year course, and even those in a 6 year course, you have to constantly and continually retain a relationship with your ‘ilm. It can be formal ‘ilm; those of you who have already graduated, then take the classes online which weren’t in your nisāb. Those of you, who have yet to start your learning, then read a book. Set some small target for e.g. I want to study the Makkan period of the life of my Nabī صلى الله عليه وسلم ;I want to learn the tafsir of Surah Ya-Sin;. Anything. I want to study the beautiful names of Allah; I want to study a text of Imam al-Ghazali. You should set some syllabus of ‘ilm. There should be some systematic effort to study more, not the random page hopping, and website surfing – no, no, no; you need to have a proper plan of action. You have to keep learning, keep learning, keep learning.
4) Purification of the heart
It has two aspects so we will split it into two parts:
First aspect is to purge and cleanse yourself from some negative attribute, negative feeling:
Observe and analyse yourself – do I have lust, anger, jealousy, pride, laziness, ghaflah – is there any negative attribute inside me; anything! Do I have isrāf (extravagance)? Do I oversleep? Do I overeat? Do I over talk? Start with one. Don’t try to take them all on. It won’t work like that. Start with one negative attribute, and try to reduce/eliminate that negative attribute/feeling from your heart. If you need training, then you need to seek that training, you have to find it. We will find everything in deen. This is the ultimate area of deen – how to make a person a better person. It’s a topic of deen, not a topic of science. One thing you will never learn in SS is how to better a human being. I’m not even saying better Muslim, I’m saying better human!
Science has nothing to do with that. This is the ultimate topic of deen. You have to strive for this, proper with iradah. When you pick that thing, it has to be your huge iradah to get rid of it. It is not enough just to know the negative attributes, and to think I need to get rid of it. Your intention should be that you will make sincere effort to get rid of that attribute/feeling. Once you’ve recognized what you need to get rid of, you should not stop putting effort until you’ve got rid of it. Constant, sustained effort to rid of your heart of whatever that negative attribute is. There will be a lot, but you start with one – and maybe you won’t even succeed in getting rid of it entirely, but even if you just reduce it, you will become happy that Allah is definitely helping me. The help and guidance of Allah is with me.
Don’t just confine it to the big five i.e. lust, anger, greed, envy and arrogance. Think deeper. What is another negative attribute? Laziness. What is another negative attribute? To think bad of others. What is another negative attribute? Oversleeping, over eating, wasting time and over talking. Laghw (futile things) – negative attribute. Don’t just think over the five all the time; there are also other poisonous illnesses. Maybe for some of you, you aren’t even suffering with the big five, your problem are these other things I have mentioned to you – they are your new big five. Laziness, apathy, disinterest, thinking bad and having doubts about others, extravagance, wastefulness, lack of shukr – you should work on this and get rid of it.
5) Adorn yourself with a good attribute
You can observe, study, listen to talks on the great character our Nabī صلى الله عليه وسلم and check how many things are missing. Start with one again. As soon as you pick one, then stick to it. It will not come naturally in you – you need to put effort and stick to it. None of these qualities will come into you; you need to acquire and develop good character. You have to work hard to improve your character. Purification of the heart is a very important aspect of our deen.
I would rather you focus on the positive attributes first, that are opposite to the negative ones mentioned. You have to be tough with yourself – it’s not enough for me to be tough with you. You have to be harsh and tough with yourself – you have to be more sensitive to any laziness, any apathy, any sloth, any disinterest, any heartache– you have to pick yourself up, and make yourself strong again.
You have already received, and have access on the website of so many teachings to tackle these things head on. It is all about the intention. Tazkiyah is a mizaj; if laziness has become your nature, you need to change your mizaj to yearning and desiring for Allah. I’m not here referring to all of you, but many of us need to get back in that mindset, in that mode, in that passion. You have to tackle the negative attributes
Whatever teachings, suhbah, tarbiyah you need for these things mentioned above, you need to search for them and cling to them. You need to acquire the tools to go about your reformation project. You will need some suhbah, ta’lim and tarbiyah! Later on, comes da’wah (propagation) and khidmah (service). Yes, sometimes it is possible that a person can use da’wah and khidmah itself to do this, but the reason I haven’t mentioned it today is because some people are then deceived by it, meaning, they get involved in da’wah and khidmah and will leave the rest. This is a misunderstanding.
But no doubt, some people will start with da’wah and khidmah, but they will also have to come to what was mentioned. There is no escape from this. Maybe for some of you da’wah and khidmah will guide you to these five things. So these are five projects/ tasks and five tools/methods. So five goals, and five helpers. (A person who doesn’t do the five things, then da’wah and khidmah is a helper; it is not the ‘asal, but for a person who does do the five, then da’wah and khidmah is the next level). If you ask me, this nasihah/project is enough to last you a year.
The main thing is your own connection with Allah swt, and certainly, Allah swt will take away the helpers, or will lessen our ability to benefit from the helpers to see how much we are really able to stand on our own; how much we individually want Allah swt, because ultimately this path of iradah and tazkiyah, this path of dhikr and remembrance of Allah swt is based on a person’s own talab; your own individual talab; your own individual yearning, longing for Allah swt. This is the ‘asal.
Yes, to have this yearning, to increase in this longing and desire, you may need suhbah, a certain environment, teachings, majalis, tarbiyah. Sometimes, you get involved in some khidmah, some da’wah, some university bayans, teaching some ‘ilm, some lesson on Qur’an, but all these things are not the main purpose. The purpose of them was to increase your own talab and yearning. Make effort on this; I thought it was more important to give you a practical talk. Now really think about your practice. ‘Amal is the beautiful part of your deen. I tell you, that as much enjoyment there is to studying ‘ilm, and then the enjoyment in understanding, after which comes the enjoyment in going deeper into the ‘ilm – more than all of this, is the enjoyment in ‘amal! We are just not aware of the pleasure and enjoyment in this. As much enjoyment you get when listening to a great bayan, there is a greater enjoyment in doing great a’māl, by many folds. But we aren’t aware of that pleasure.
Take all of this as your intention, and become a seeker; a seeker, searcher, that is the real meaning to the word murid – it means a person who has an iradah – that’s it. It doesn’t refer to some cult or identity; it is just a person who has a lot of iradah and talab (yearning). Talab, Iradah; Talab, Iradah; Talab, Iradah – that is it! Sometimes – not due to your own ‘amal, but by the grace of Allah – and I tell you this with certainty (but it doesn’t happen all the time, nor does it happen to everyone, but it does happen), that if a person with a lot of sidq and sincerity has this talab and iradah, Allah makes him his murad without his ‘amal. Allah swt can do that also – if he sees that you really want Him that badly, and sometimes, I’ve seen that it happens with people who are too weak to follow up on their iradah, and Allah sees this, that he has so much yearning, but doesn’t have the strength to execute it or follow through on his good intentions, then Allah swt gives it to him.
ذَٲلِكَ فَضۡلُ ٱللَّهِ يُؤۡتِيهِ مَن يَشَآءُۚ
That is the grace of Allāh, which He will bestow on whom He wishes [62:4]
This is the ‘asal bounty and grace – that Allah makes us people of ‘ibadah, of dhikr, of good character and qualities, of those who have understanding of deen etc. This is the fadhl of Allah, without ‘amal. The second reality is that, even if people are hardworking and disciplined, and they execute the plan they have made, and work accordingly to their iradah, even then, it isn’t their a’mal that gives them success, it is still the fadhl of Allah. Even that is through the fadhl of Allah.
وَٱللَّهُ ذُو ٱلۡفَضۡلِ ٱلۡعَظِيمِ
And Allah is the possessor of great bounty [3:74]
His grace and generosity, His ‘inayah (gift), His wahb (bestowal), and hidayah (guidance) is tremendous and great. Our job is to have a great iradah; to make a great project, a great transformation and change in our life that we want to become closer to Allah swt, and please Allah swt. We should make this iradah again and again; we should refresh our goal again and again; we should make effort again and again. We need to chase after this, stick to it, continue sticking to it. This is called tarbiyah and tazkiyah. Besides this, there is nothing, which is tarbiyah or tazkiyah.
May Allah swt accept this intention from us, accept this iradah from us; may He make us firm, strong and steadfast on our deen; may He open our hearts, our minds and our understanding to these vasts horizons of our deen. When the field opens up to us, as to how much we can please Allah, and how much we can desire Allah, as to how much we can obey Allah, and worship Him, and how much we can be present in our worship, as to what extent we can improve our character on the model of Nabi صلى الله عليه وسلم ,as to how much we can improve our dealings with people, then we will become surprised to that extent, that there is so much we can do, and so much to do, and how much I don’t have in my life yet.
So it is better to have this regret now, before we have regret on the Day of Judgment. To protect ourselves from the regret, shame and embarrassment on that Day, we need to realize now. May Allah swt accept us all for this path, and make us people of effort. We should have a want, resolution, desire, yearning; I am doing this for my tazkiyah; I am doing it to attain closeness to Allah swt, to attain His pleasure. I want to develop a friendship with Him. Through my remembrance, through understanding Qur’an, through da’wah, through khidmah, my aim is only Allāh. My Rabb is my aim. When you do it like that that’s when you’ll get something.
وَمَن يَتَوَكَّلۡ عَلَى ٱللَّهِ فَهُوَ حَسۡبُهُ
And if any one puts his trust in Allah, then sufficient is He for him (65:3)
You have to trust Allah swt. You have to have complete faith, confidence and reliance on Allah swt. Then you will regain and reclaim your spirit. And your passion because you know Allah swt is guiding you. He is the true murshid; He is the true Hadi. He is al-Muzakki all reality.
Wa lākinnAllāha yuzakkī may-yashā’
But it is Allāh who purifies whomsoever He wills [23:21]
That it is indeed Allah swt who will purify whomsoever that He wills, and he has expressed His will to purify you, each and every one of you many a time in the past. Why have you forgotten that? In a human relationship, we say the same thing – when we try to make someone understand, we remind that that what has happened to you? Don’t you remember when I did such and such thing for you? Have you forgotten how much I love you? How much have I done for you? So we make other people aware of this, so just imagine how Allah swt might address you. Have you forgotten how I allowed you to sit in front of sarf and Nahw, how we made you sit in front of Bukhari Sharif. Have you forgotten all of this?
We made you do that tawaf, we called you for ‘umrah, we gave tawfiq for you to do sa’i. So we do say that the calling is from Allah, so now is the time to feel it. Now is the time to feel it. This is something you’ve known for a long time. You can never become distant from Allah swt. That’s the golden rule in tazkiyah. That’s the golden rule of deen. Never fall back. Never turn back. Never fall back; never turn back. If you fall, then get right back up again. Turning back is completely another level. Allah uses this expression may-yatawalla- that person who turns back, who turns away, man a’rada – that person who turns back, who turns away – this is the way Allah swt talks. And fine, no doubt, in the Qur’an, it’s mostly talking about the disbelievers, but we don’t want to have any similarity with them, that we also turned away, and we also turned back – what’s the matter with us? Any ‘ilm, dhikr, dawah, khidmat, anything that Allah granted us tawfiq to do – we don’t want to turn away from it. We don’t want to turn back on anything. This would be a lack of gratitude.
It’s all about ‘amal. The only way out is ‘amal. And that’s something Allah swt teaches us also; He puts us in a ditch, in a trench, in a pit, and the only way out is through ‘amal.
وَأَن لَّيۡسَ لِلۡإِنسَـٰنِ إِلَّا مَا سَعَىٰ
And man can have nothing, but what he strives for [53:39]
Allah doesn’t always so strictly hold us to this, in the sense that, many times, many of us can say about ourselves that we got things even without trying for it. This is due to Allah’s fadhl, or someone’s supplication, or someone’s gaze or suhbah. Them things we got for free; many things, we got like that, without any effort. But this ayah teaches us a lesson that there will come a time where we will not attain without striving. We can get many things without trying, but Allah swt is teaching us this lesson, that to attain, and to continue achieving, we need to do make effort on our dhikr, ‘ilm, akhlaq, adab. Like we say used to tell you in Ramadan; in Ramadan, Allah gives you a free taste. And then what happens in Shawwal, is that you have to work for it. Now, you have to work for it. Now you have to work for it. You have to get back to work and work for it. This should be a mizaj. This is what you should feel in your heart that Allah, whatever you have given me from Your fadhl without me doing anything, now I will make the effort and I have hope that you will grant me the tawfiq to do ‘amal. I’m ready; I’ll do it. Hard work, discipline, regimen, practice, drive, passion deliberate resolve, iradah – you will have to do it like this. And yes, sometimes Allah swt also puts a person into a position that nothing less will cut it. Nothing less will cut it. And you have to spend you know solid blocks – 1 to 2 hours – solid blocks in ‘ibadah. Solid’ilm. Solid. Not 5, 5 minutes, and then get distracted, and then do 5, 5 minutes – it needs to be solid. Solid, strong effort, then you will see that Allah swt will bestow His fadhl. Allah will grant his rahmah, maghfirah and hidayah. And isn’t this what we wanted, anyway? What did we really want? What was our iradah for? What was our niyyah? What did we want? We wanted to be strong believers. What did you want? Your niyyah should have been that we want to be salih dhakir. It’s not always that easy, but for now; you have to work for it. But that is what you wanted. That’s what you wanted.
Just like that person, who was the first-year student of the Physics class, they might get the inspirational professor in Physics one-on-one, but ultimately to become a scientist, sooner or later, they’re going to have to work for it – hard! They’re going to have to work for it really hard. It’s not going to just be about an inspirational lecture that maybe changed my major – that’s not going to take you all the way. That will get your foot in the door; that can get you started.
Makes your homes, make your homes places of ‘amal. Always make your home an environment of ‘amal. This is a very important matter for the women, a very important matter. You will see that some women make such a setting in their home, that it becomes a places of da’wah. I’m not talking about dawah of deen; I’m talking about invitation. They have a seating arrangement, such arrangement for food, such an arrangement in their lounge, so much so that people enjoy the function. We need to make our home an environment of ‘ilm, an environment of dhikr, an environment of deen. That’s your real mastery; number one test case will be you yourself. How much ‘ibadah do you do in your own room? How much are you able to remember Allah?
The effect needs to come into you first before the effect can be seen in others. If the effect isn’t in you, then how can one expect their husband and children to be affected? Who will cause the effect? Someone who wants to do something, they don’t look at the obstacles. That kid who wants to be a scientist, he may not have any money, or can’t buy any books, but if he really wants it, he works for it. He doesn’t look at it like that my in-laws are like this, and my parents are like that, and my brother is this, or my sister is that. These things mean nothing to a person, who is a person of iradah, who is a person of firm resolve. He doesn’t look at anything else.
We used to push people that no matter how weak you are at studying, keep studying, just keep studying. Don’t worry about it. Keep working; just keep trying. We need to be the in the same way with our tazkiyah and about our ‘ibadah. The love of Allah swt will enter our hearts, Depending on how much we pray, make du’a etc. We get one form of love for Allah swt when we listen to bayan, and there’s a love we attain when we pray Tahajjud, and when we make du’a, and when we pray Quran. You have got the first love many times; now you should chase the latter. Same thing with love for the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم .So yes, there is one that you get from bayan.
Then there is another one for those of you who are studying hadith – there’s another experience that you get from teaching hadith, and there’s another one that you get from living and practicing the hadith; living and practicing the Sunnah of Nabī صلى الله عليه وسلم ya’ni ‘amal. Through ‘amal you get ‘ishq; we thought that through ‘ishq we can get ‘amal, but by doing ‘amal, one can get ‘ishq. By doing ‘amal, ‘ishq increases. When ‘ishq increases, ‘amal will increase. The love won’t increase via more bayans; it will increase through more ‘amal.
We should be happy; we should say that Allah, You have confidence in me, that you are putting me in the second stage now. Ya Allah, I trust your confidence in me that I have now received enough ‘ishq and jazb, enough feelings and passion from all these years of listening to talks and majalis, that I am now ready for this field of ‘amal. I will enter this field, and stay in this field. This is how we should make our iradah. Make effort. Whatever I am telling you, by the will of Allah, you will also understand it through your experience. You will say yourself that the ‘ishq you get from ‘amal is different, and is also superior. It is different, and superior.
So now you have to work for it to get it. And this is something we need to do so much shukr for, that Allah swt, You have finally brought us to this. The Physics student, when he gets a PhD, he gets happy; he doesn’t miss first-year and think about when he was a freshman – he is happy when he reaches his goal! He thinks alhamdulillah, I have now got my PhD; now the door to real research has been opened. He will be happy.His goal has come even closer.
So just like that, when we realize we have got to the field of ‘amal, we should be happy. There is no despondency, no apathy, no sloth – you must be happy, firm and steadfast.
So these were the messages, I wanted to give you today. We hope that you take it to heart. We hope that you will work hard. We want to hear it from you, that you’re taking it to heart and that you are working hard. We make du’a to Allah that He swt guides all of us as individuals, guides all of us together, and that He guides us always and ever towards Him, in a way that pleases him and befits His Majesty, in a way that befits his ghayrat, in a way that befits his sha’n, in a way that’s according to His shari’ah and the Sunnah of Nabi Karim صلى الله عليه وسلم . May Allah accept this niyyah from us. May He accept our niyyah for you. May he accept any and every niyyah or iradah you have in your heart.
وَآَخِرُ دَعْوَانَا أَنِ الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ