Importance of Studying the Names of Allah (Part 2) – 2nd Oct.
Posted by Enlightenment into Islam Center
Last week, we mentioned that the knowledge of Allah is the most important knowledge.
The foundation of your religion should be strong and it should be based on the knowledge about Allah, His Names and Attributes.
How do you know if your Foundation is strong or weak?
Allah will put you through a situation (difficulties, distresses etc). If your foundation is strong enough, you will be able to deal with this situation in the correct manner. The person with a weak foundation will start to have doubts – “I am doing good deeds, how come I am facing difficulties in my life. And my neighbor who is a disbeliever seems to enjoy her life.” These thoughts are bad thoughts about Allah and bad thoughts about Allah indicate weak foundation in the religion.
The believer whose foundation is strong thinks good about His Lord, Allah (Azza wa Jal). He believes that Allah (Subhanaahu wa Ta’ala) is merciful and He wants good for him/her. He knows that Allah wants to elevate him/her in ranks by putting him through trials. Never does he/she think bad about Allah (Subhanaahu wa Ta’ala). This belief indicates that the person has knowledge about Allah.
You are required to check yourself at times of distress and hardships; do you think good about Allah (Subhanaahu wa Ta’ala)?
The knowledge about Allah reforms the believer’s heart. It is a light which Allah gives a believer to walk among people. Your behaviour with people will be in accordance to your knowledge about Allah (Azza wa Jal). Whereas a person who is in darkness, wouldn’t know how to behave with people. Therefore, it is very important to have light which can be gained by acquiring knowledge about Allah (Subhanaahu wa Ta’ala).
The third importance of having Knowledge about Allah is to Perfect our Kalima-ut-Tawheed which is ‘La-ilaha illa Allah’, The key to paradise.
Musa (Alayhissalam) said: ‘O my Rabb, teach me something through which I can remember You and supplicate to You.’ Allah answered: ‘Say, O Musa, La ilaha illa-Allah’. Musa said: ‘O my Rabb, all your slaves say these words’. Allah said: ‘O Musa, if the seven heavens and all they contain other than Me and the seven earths as well, were all put in one side of a scale and La ilaha illa-Allah put in the other the latter would overweigh them.’“
[This Hadith has been reported by Ibn Hibban, and Al-Hakim declared it Sahih].
But all the Muslims say ‘ la ilaha illa Allah’, does this mean this Kalima (La ilaha illa Allah) will raise our scales on the day of judgement? No. People differ in ranks according to their fulfillment of the Kalima (La ilaha illa Allah) in their lives.
The Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam) said: “Whoever says: ’La ilaha illa Allah (There is no God worthy of worship but Allah) enters Paradise.” [Narrated by Abu Dharr].
The above Hadith does not mean that every person who says it enters paradise. The hypocrites at the time of the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam) used to pray, perform hajj etc, but despite this, Allah mentioned about their fate in the Qur’an, Surat An-Nisa (Chap 4, Verse 145)
“Indeed, the hypocrites will be in the lowest depths of the Fire – and never will you find for them a helper”
The meaning of La ilaha illa Allah (elaborated)
The word لا اله الا الله (La ilaha illa Allah) consists of negation and affirmation.
The word ‘La’ means No or None (Negation)
اله (Ilah) is derived from the word ‘alaha’ or ‘yahla’o’ which means ‘the one whom your heart loves the most or magnify the most.’
The word لا (La) should have two roles in our lives:
1-It expels everyone from your heart besides Allah and keeps your heart purely for Allah.
Because our hearts are filled with love of different things besides Allah, He puts us into trials. Through these trials, He will remove the unhealthy love out from our hearts.
2-It will be a guard to your heart and it will Prevent anyone from entering your heart.
The word لا will not make the love of anyone else to exceed its limit. The love of things and people should have a limit in your life. As soon as the natural love exceeds the love of Allah, it will be expelled from your heart (through tests and trials).
How do you deal with the ones you love (naturally)?
Allah says in the Qur’an (Chap 9, Verse 24):
قُلْ إِن كَانَ آبَاؤُكُمْ وَأَبْنَآؤُكُمْ وَإِخْوَانُكُمْ وَأَزْوَاجُكُمْ وَعَشِيرَتُكُمْ وَأَمْوَالٌ اقْتَرَفْتُمُوهَا وَتِجَارَةٌ تَخْشَوْنَ كَسَادَهَا وَمَسَاكِنُ تَرْضَوْنَهَا أَحَبَّ إِلَيْكُم مِّنَ اللّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ وَجِهَادٍ فِي سَبِيلِهِ فَتَرَبَّصُواْ حَتَّى يَأْتِيَ اللّهُ بِأَمْرِهِ وَاللّهُ لاَ يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الْفَاسِقِينَ
“Say, [O Muhammad], “If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your relatives, wealth which you have obtained, commerce wherein you fear decline, and dwellings with which you are pleased are more beloved to you than Allah and His Messenger and jihad in His cause, then wait until Allah executes His command. And Allah does not guide the defiantly disobedient people.”
If the kalima-ut-Tawheed is perfected in your life, then you will not let the love of things and people exceed their limit.
So how do you deal with family, friends and those whom you love?
Al-Haakim narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“Jibreel came to me and said: ‘O Muhammad, live as long as you want, for you will die. Love whomever you want, for you will leave him. Do whatever you want for you will be requited for it. Remember that the believer’s honour is his praying at night, and his pride is his being independent of people.” Classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 73.
How much means will you take to preserve this loved person, a Day will come where you will either leave them by death or by any other reason.
It is important that we put this Hadith in front of us and apply it in our daily lives.
We surely will be separated from this loved person by death or any other reason, this should encourage you to ask Allah in your prayers: “Oh Allah join me with my loved ones in Paradise where there will be no separation. The eternal Abode.”
It is reported on the authority of Anas that the Prophet of Allah (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:
“There are three qualities for which anyone who is characterized by them will relish the sweetness of faith: he to whom Allah and His Messenger are dearer than all else; he who loves a man for Allah’s sake alone…” [Muslim]
Your Kalimat-ut-Tawheed (La ilaha illa Allah) will be perfected when you love for Allah’s sake and you hate for Allah’s sake ONLY.