Name of Allah Al Qaadir, Al Qadeer & Al Muqtadir (Part 9) – 8th Jan. 2012
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The people are divided into three groups when it comes to guidance.
Let us elaborate on this by using the Hadith of the Prophet (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam).
“The Prophet (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) was sitting in a Mosque with some people (giving a sermon). Three men came in. Two of them came infront of Allah’s Messenger (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) and the third one went away. The narrator added: The two persons kept on standing before Allah’s Messenger (Salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) (for a while) and then one of them found a place in the circle and sat there while the other sat behind them (the gathering). The third went away. When Allah’s Messenger (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) finished his preaching, he said, “Shall I tell you about these three people? One of them betook himself to Allah, so Allah took him into His Grace and Mercy and accommodated him. The second felt shy from Allah, so Allah sheltered him in His Mercy (and did not punish him). The third turned his face from Allah and went away, so Allah (Azza wa Jal) turned His Face from him (likewise).” [Al Bukhari]
Likewise, the people are divided into three categories:
1- Those who approach (attend and betake themselves to Allah)
2- Those who feel shy from Allah
3- Those who turn away from Allah
We believe that Allah (Azza wa Jal) created this life and decreed in it, the means. Means which your mind cannot comprehend or realize.
Bear in mind that Allah (Azza wa Jal), from His Ability and Qudrah, is able to present the guidance to everyone via means which could sometimes be so hidden and subtle. You may see that someone is guided because of a word he has heard and this word touched his heart. Another one by a seen matter, and another one by a situation he passed by, or a dream that he has seen. [The story of the American thief who stole the car of a Muslim who has CD of Tawheed in his car. After one week this thief embraced Islam]
The guidance has means and you are exposed to these means in a way that you cannot perceive.
Those people whom the message of Islam did not reach, they will be tested on the Day of Judgement. How? We have no knowledge of its description. So all the people are exposed to the means of guidance. The states of the people after their exposure to the means of guidance are divided into three categories as the three men mention in the assembly of the Prophet (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam).
1-The first category: the guidance is presented to him in a subtle, hidden way. If he accepts it and become more keen, then Allah will increase him in favor, insight, and guidance and will make him to see the realities. Then, everything in his life changes so quickly. This is for those who are truthful. In the morning they are presented with guidance (a word/ a lecture) which they may hear, and in the evening someone guides them to a study circle. After a few days, you see the change in his life.
There is another form of change: A person who gradually and so quietly changes from falsehood to the truth. He passes by all the religions. He was a Buddhist then becomes a Christian, then he embraces Islam. While another one has been decreed by Allah for him to hear a word about Islam and he directly accepts. All of them, if they truthfully approach Allah, will be taken into His Mercy.
2-The second category: the guidance is presented to a person and he drives it away saying, “‘This is not the right time for it… when I become older etc.”, giving excuses.
Allah (Subhahaahu wa Ta’ala) says in Surat Al Anfal, Verse 24:
“And Know that Allah comes in between a person and his heart (i.e. He (Subhanaahu wa Ta’ala) prevents an evil person to decide anything).”
Which means, after guidance has been presented to you and you turn away from it, this will prevent you to reach it afterwards.
Bear in mind exposure to guidance does not happen once. For years, Allah will be presenting the means of guidance in your life.
Allah (Azza wa Jal) deals with us with His Hilm (forbearance), for a long time, Allah gives us respite. If we accept His Guidance, He is Ash Shakoor Al Haleem (appreciates the littlest of deeds and Most Forbearing). Shakoor by appreciating their acceptance of the guidance (as if you’ve never turned away from Him). Haleem for not hastening the punishment for them when they were turning away from Him.
Allah is presenting the guidance to us day and night. So whoever claims that Allah has not guided her/him, then he is a liar.
3- The Third category are those who turn away due to internal struggle (self struggle) of the Will (to accept the guidance or to embrace Islam). This is the case of the one who felt shy from Allah. They are better than those who turn away.
What is the relation of the aforementioned with the Qada’a and Qadar?
Believing in the Qadaa’ and Qadar and also that Allah is able to present the guidance to everyone. You do not know what has been decreed for you. If you knew, you would prefer nothing except what has been decreed.
Many of the youth despair of Allah’s Mercy by saying, ‘The hell has been created for me’. We say to them, do you have any knowledge of the Ghaib (unseen) to assure to yourself the fire?
If you approach Allah and betake Him, He will take you in with His Mercy. Allah is repeatedly presenting guidance to you. He is Al Wadood, Who loves His Slaves. He (Subhanaahu wa Ta’ala) says in Hadith Qudsi:
“Whoever comes close to me by one hand span, I will come closer to him by one arm, whoever comes close to me by walking, I will come to him running (in a matter that suits His Majesty).”
He is the One who inspires into your heart to do the good. He is Al Haadi (the One Who Guides), the One Who motivates your heart to do the good.
The Prophet (Salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “Every one will do the deeds for which he has been created for or he will do these deeds which are made easy for him to do.” [Al Bukhari]
Everyone of us, has had opened for him/her, a gate to Paradise with what has been decreed for him/her. All the circumstances that surround you, your character (inborn character), especially your deficient characters, your state etc. are all gates. Either one of them will admit you in Allah’s Pleasure and His Paradise or to a gate which will cause you to be doomed.
Don’t take your deficient characters as an excuse to commit sin saying, “This is how Allah has created me, why would He punish me for it?”
You should understand that these characters are means for you to enter paradise by struggling hard against it.
Remember, deeds that may lead a person to paradise have been made easy for everyone. They are available around you. No need to search for them in the streets.