The Purpose of our lives & How to deal with Fitan (Trials, Test, Afflictions,Tribulations) – Sunday 6th January, 2013
Nowadays the Muslim nation is going through many trials. Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allaah (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: ”.. A Fitnah will occur that is like a portion of the dark night…” [Sahih reported in Jami`at-Tirmidhi Book 33, Hadith 2355]
Everyone will go through this trial but those who will be saved will be the ones who hold fast to the Qur’an and Sunnah. They are the ones whom Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) will give the light to see in the darkness of these Fitan. This is a very important matter.
Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) created the whole creation in Ahsan Taqweem (The best form) for a noble purpose.
What is that noble purpose?
To know Him and when we know Him we will worship Him. This is why we are here in this Dunya. You will not really be saved from the Fitan nor from the trial of the grave without knowing who your Lord is.
When the person is laid on his grave and the angels come to him and make him sit in his grave the first thing they will ask him is, “Who is your Lord?, What is your religion?, Who is your Prophet?”. If the man was really seeking knowledge about Allah in this Dunya, he will answer these questions correctly. In the Hadeeth of al Baraa ibn Aazib, reported by Ahmad, the angels will then ask him,
“How did you come to know that?”. He will reply, “I read the Book of Allaah, and I believed in it, and I affirmed it.” [Saheehul-Jaami, reported by Ahmed and others]
We conclude that the means of salvation from the trials of the grave is to know about Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) from the Qur’aan and Sunnah of the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). This is your only way of salvation in the Dunya and in the grave.
What will rescue you from the trials? -> Detailed knowledge about Allaah. Eeman Tafsili (Detailed belief). We need to know His names, attributes, actions, laws, His likes, His dislikes. We need to know that because we are going to meet Him.
There is NO ONE but they will meet Allaah without any interpreter between him and Allaah. He will talk to us directly. You will meet him the same state you are in this Dunya. If you lived in the Dunya believing in Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) then you will meet Him as a believer. If you lived as a hypocrite you will meet Allaah with sicknesses.
If you died in a Muslim country among believers you will be resurrected among them. We all will meet Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) for sure. This is a fact we all know but why are we wasting our life as if we are going to live forever? Why do we have doubts in Allaah’s laws? Why is there ignorance widespread amongst Muslims? Why don’t they value the book of Allaah and the Sunnah? Don’t they know they are going to meet Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) one day.
The Angel of Death will not choose the old and leave the young. When Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) orders him to take the soul of So and So he will take it. In what state do you want to die? Do you want to die in a state of detailed belief in Allaah, or do you want to die in a place Allaah dislikes?
One of the greatest means of knowing Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) is studying the Qur’aan and the Sunnah of the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). You should recite the Qur’aan in a way that it should increase you in knowledge about Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) and then accordingly in faith. After reading every verse, ask yourself if it increased you in knowledge and faith! If this is your goal then for sure Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) will bestow upon you the rizq. Knowledge is a rizq from Allaah.
Jundub Ibn Abdullah al-Bajaly (Radhia-Allaahu ‘anhu) said,“We were with the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), and we were young boys (close to puberty ), we learned Eman (faith) before we learned Qur’aan. Then we learned Qur’aan and it increased our Eman (faith).” [Sahih reported by Sunan Ibn Majah , Book 1, Hadith 64]
Jundub (Radhia-Allaahu ‘anhu) was a young boy who said that they were being brought up by the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). They learnt eeman before the Qur’aan. They learnt general belief first and then when they recited the Qur’aan they increased in faith. We all have general belief, but why when we read the Qur’aan our faith doesn’t increase? Why don’t we see the signs of increased faith? Why are we always in the same state or decline in eeman? Because the way we recite the Qur’aan is incorrect.