Knowing About Allaah and How Allaah Nurtures His Slaves (2 of 2 ) – Sunday 31 March, 2013
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Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) said in Surah Isra (17:25),
رَّبُّكُمْ أَعْلَمُ بِمَا فِي نُفُوسِكُمْ
”Your Lord knows best what is in your inner-selves..”
Allaah used the name “Ar-Rabb” because He will deal with us according to what is established in our hearts.
How many times have we received the decree of Allaah by crying and we don’t know that there was something good behind that. Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) is protecting us from evil and He wants to bring us the good. Only those who know Allaah know this. Therefore the knowledge about Allaah is very important in order for us to explain every event we go through and think good of Allaah. We should expect the nurturing of Allaah and accordingly Allaah will give us better in return.
In Surah Yunus (10:3):
إِنَّ رَبَّكُمُ اللَّهُ الَّذِي خَلَقَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ فِي سِتَّةِ أَيَّامٍ ثُمَّ اسْتَوَىٰ عَلَى الْعَرْشِ ۖ يُدَبِّرُ الْأَمْرَ ۖ مَا مِن شَفِيعٍ إِلَّا مِن بَعْدِ إِذْنِهِ ۚ ذَٰلِكُمُ اللَّهُ رَبُّكُمْ فَاعْبُدُوهُ ۚ أَفَلَا تَذَكَّرُونَ
”Surely, your Lord is Allaah Who created the heavens and the earth in six Days and then Istawa (rose over) the Throne (really in a manner that suits His Majesty), disposing the affair of all things. No intercessor (can plead with Him) except after His Leave. That is Allaah, your Lord; so worship Him (Alone). Then, will you not remember?”
Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) is introducing himself to us with His Ruboobiya (Lordship) and Uloohiya (Divinity). He shows us He is Rafeeq, a gentle Lord. Although He is able to create the heavens and the earth in One second, He created it in 6 days. He created in truth in order for us to know Him by His Names and Attributes.
After rising over the throne ( in a manner that suits His Majesty) Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) disposes the affairs of the creation. He manages the affairs of the upper world and the lower world. He is providing, preventing, causing death, giving life, honouring, humiliating all kinds of affairs, day and night. No one can intercede with Him except with His permission.
The One who does all of this is Allaah, your Lord, whom you should worship. After you know Him you will worship Him.
Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) nurtures His believing slaves to guide Him to faith by opening the gates of knowledge. Whenever you see Allaah opening the gates of knowledge, you have to rejoice because Allah only does this for His special believing slaves. Therefore don’t show laziness or boredom because Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) is watching your heart.
Why does Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) nurture us?
In order for us to fit the position of His nearness. You will not be fit to be near to Him unless He purifies you from your defects of your sins, especially the sins of your heart. Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) will nurture you in a subtle way because He is Al-Lateef (The Most Subtle). Slowly, He will upgrade you in order to be suitable for His nearness in Paradise. This is why Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) nurtures us.
The Name Ar-Rabb is very important in our lives. It is the nearest name to us in our lives. Another name, which is close and near to us and we need a lot in our life, is the name Al-Hakeem.
Why? Ar-Rabb nurtures us by making us go through events. If you don’t know that Allaah is Al-Hakeem (the All-Wise), you may feel upset and angry with His decree. Therefore we have to know the name Ar-Rabb, along with the name Al-Hakeem.
Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) said:
وَاصْبِرْ لِحُكْمِ رَبِّكَ
”So wait patiently for the Decision of your Lord”
Why is it important to know about Allaah?
We need faith. One of the most important means of increasing faith is the knowledge of Allaah. Don’t be like the hypocrites. Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) mentioned in the Qur’aan that they were believers and then they became hypocrites. They don’t feel they are hypocrites but Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) said in Surah Baqarah verse 12,
وَلَٰكِن لَّا يَشْعُرُونَ
”..but they perceive not.”
That they don’t perceive or feel they are hypocrites.
What made them fall in hypocrisy?
Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) set forward the parable of the hypocrites in Verse 17:
مَثَلُهُمْ كَمَثَلِ الَّذِي اسْتَوْقَدَ نَارًا فَلَمَّا أَضَاءَتْ مَا حَوْلَهُ ذَهَبَ اللَّهُ بِنُورِهِمْ وَتَرَكَهُمْ فِي ظُلُمَاتٍ لَّا يُبْصِرُونَ
”Their likeness is as the likeness of one who kindled a fire; then, when it lighted all around him, Allah took away their light and left them in darkness. (So) they could not see.”
Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) says the example of the hypocrites is like a person who sought a fire. He brought burning brand and kindled the fire. When he kindled the fire, everything surrounded him became clear. He came to know who Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) is and that He would meet Him. He knew the reality of this life. He learned so many things about Allaah, the day of Judgement, faith, how to deal with Allaah, and the people. After he knew about all of this, Allaah took away his light. This person didn’t bring wood to keep his fire kindled continuously. He left the fire, without giving it more wood, until it extinguished. He went back to darkness. This is the example of faith in our hearts. If we don’t nourish our faith with knowledge about Allaah continuously, then the fire of faith will extinguish in our hearts. This is what happened to this person. The fire extinguished and he fell into hypocrisy without him knowing it.
This is how dangerous it is to neglect the knowledge. This will be the result. Allaah knows what is in our hearts and He is a just Lord. He will not oppress His slaves. This person did something which made him deserve this punishment; He didn’t seek the knowledge to keep his faith increasing. He neglected the knowledge until his faith decreased.
We should always weigh our faith. We should check if our faith is increasing or decreasing. Abu Dardaa (Radhia-Allaahu ‘anhu) said,”From the fiqh (understanding, knowledge) of the person is to take care of his faith” [Sharh Nooniyyah Ibn al-Qayyim, li- Ibn Issa 2/140]
Shaikh Sa’di (Rahimahullaah) said, “Your Salah is the scale for your Eeman” [Tayseer Al-Kareem]. See how you perform the Salah, then you will see if your faith is increasing or decreasing.
We have to seek the knowledge continuously in order for our faith to increase and to not fall into hypocrisy. Bear in mind, the reward will be multiplied according to your faith.
Evidence: The Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said about his Sahabah,”Do not abuse my companions for, by the One in whose hands is my soul, if you were to spend in charity a mountain of gold similar to mount ‘Uhud it would not be equal to a handful or a half a handful (or what they have done)” [Sahih al-Jami # 7187]
The distinction between us and the Sahabah are the faith they have in their hearts. Abu Bakr (Radhia-Allaahu ‘anhu) didn’t have so many good deeds but he excelled all the Sahabah because of what was established in his heart. It is not a matter of how much you pray and fast, it is a matter of how much faith you have in your heart. Nothing will increase faith in our hearts except knowledge of Allaah.
Whenever you do a good deed, you need to remember the names and attributes of Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) and ask yourself what you hope from Allah.
Ex: When you remove something harmful from the road you hope for Paradise and to be protected from the Hellfire. The Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “A man he saw a thorny branch on the road, so he removed it. Allaah appreciated his action and forgave him” [Bukhari]
Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) said in Surah Fatir verse 29-30:
إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَتْلُونَ كِتَابَ اللَّهِ وَأَقَامُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَأَنفَقُوا مِمَّا رَزَقْنَاهُمْ سِرًّا وَعَلَانِيَةً يَرْجُونَ تِجَارَةً لَّن تَبُورَ
”Verily, those who recite the Book of Allaah (this Qur’aan), and perform As-Salah (IqamatisSalah), and spend (in charity) out of what We have provided for them, secretly and openly, hope for a (sure) trade gain that will never perish.”
لِيُوَفِّيَهُمْ أُجُورَهُمْ وَيَزِيدَهُم مِّن فَضْلِهِ ۚ إِنَّهُ غَفُورٌ شَكُورٌ
”That He may pay them their wages in full, and give them (even) more, out of His Grace. Verily! He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Ready to appreciate (good deeds and to recompense).”
You are making business with Allaah. You hope a profitable trade with Allaah. Accordingly Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) will pay you your wages in full. Our prayer isn’t perfect, nor is our charity, but Allaah receives these deficient deeds and forgives us. He gives us the reward in full as if you have prayed perfectly, and paid without hesitance. And on top of all that, He increases them out of his fadhl, He is the owner of the Great Grace. Always ask Allaah to accept our little good deeds because He is Ghafoor, Ash-Shakoor (Oft-Forgiving and All-Appreciative).
Our Eeman multiplies the reward of the deed. We increase our Eeman by increasing our knowledge of Allah.
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