Importance of knowing Allah’s Names: Sunday 20th Jumada Al-Akhir 1435 (20th April 2014)
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One of Allah’s greatest favours upon us is Him teaching us about His noble self. We are weak, poor slaves and Allah, the King of kings is teaching us about Him. Feel this great favour that Allah chose us from amongst the people to teach us about Himself.
He teaches us because He wants the good for us; He wants us to go to Paradise. He wants us to be at rest in this life, to make the right decision and take the right action. If you know who Allah is very well, then you will not be worried about anything. He will give you rest in your heart.
The people and the Shaytan may frighten you regarding your future. But when you know Allah is الحافظ الحفيظ you will not be scared.
When you know Allah isالحاسب الحسيب (The One who knows about our deeds, maintains and records them. He knows how much of good and evil we have done and He will recompense us according to that), you will not waste your life running after the Dunya, you will take advantage of your life and spend it on every good because you will be preparing for the day when you meet Allah. On that day Allah will set balances and will weigh our deeds.
The scholars said, “The slave himself will be weighed and his deeds will be weighed, even his records, utterances will be weighed.”
Everything will be weighed with Allah. If you know this very well it will have an effect on your life. You will not want to waste your time on vain outings and talks. You have a noble goal you want to spend your life in attaining. This is the attitude of the person who knows Allah very well.
Knowing Allah by His names will cause a person to stay firm on the right path, nothing will shake him, and He will be strong.
This doesn’t mean the believer is never scared. It means his fear is true; fear from the trials of the grave, the punishment on the Day of Judgement, the Hellfire. Other than this nothing will scare him. The people and the Shaytan will try to whisper but he knows who he is dealing with. He is dealing with Rabbul ‘Alameen. He is not dealing with normal people.
Weak knowledge about Allah makes us concerned and worried about everything. Whenever you see that you are worried know that this is an indication of weak faith. You have to work hard to increase your faith. Therefore it is the greatest favour of Allah to teach us about Himself. As your knowledge of Allah increases, your faith will increase and accordingly all the worries and delusions will leave your mind.
Whoever feels that this is a minna’, he will appreciate and thank Allah for this blessing. You will thank Allah for teaching you, when before you were ignorant. You will praise Allah. This is an indication that the faith of the person is becoming higher. Your feelings become stronger as your faith increases because Eeman is believing in the news. This affects your feelings such that you will deal with everything correctly. You will have the correct feelings, not delusions, imaginations and worries. Knowledge about Allah will repel every delusion, suspicion and worry from your heart.
Whenever you see that there are too many whispers, too many thoughts which are difficult to get rid of it, this indicates weak faith. You have to increase your faith by learning about Allah. He told us about Himself in the Qur’an and the Sunnah. We just have to spend time studying it.
Knowledge about Allah increases faith.
Increase in faith has an affect on my life, behaviour, attitude and way of thinking.
If you have strong faith you will do good deeds with an attentive heart. If you have weak faith you will do good deeds with a heedless heart.
You need to make the intention for Allah’s sake and hope the reward from Allah and no one else. This is having an attentive heart.
EXAMPLE: Our Salaam. We greet people daily yet we don’t see the affect of our Salaam on our relationship between our sisters.
Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “You will not enter Paradise until you believe and you will not believe until you love each other. Shall I show you something that, if you did, you would love each other? Spread peace between yourselves.”
Source: Sahih Muslim 54
If I spread Salaam I will love the sister. If I love them, it will increase my Eeman and then I will enter Paradise.
Where is the effect of this on us? We do these actions with a heedless heart, without pausing for a while.
You are praying for your sister, that Allah sends his peace and security, mercy and blessings upon her when you send Salaams.
On the authority of Abu Hamzah Anas bin Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) – the servant of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) – that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “None of you will believe until you love for your brother what you love for yourself.”
Related by Bukhari & Muslim
When you pray for a sister, it indicates that you love for her what you love for yourself and this indicates Eeman in your heart; but we do this good deed with a heedless heart because our faith is down.
Shaking the hands -> sins will drop from the two people. How many times do we shake the hands without having the intention and hoping the reward from Allah? Why do we do these little good deeds which have abundant rewards with Allah with a heedless heart? Because, our Eeman is so low.
It means that we have to work hard to increase our Eeman.
We are coming close to Ramadan and we need strong faith to enter the month.
ncrease in Eeman will affect my thoughts. I will repel all the bad thoughts about Allah, always think good of Him; I will expel envy, suspicion and arrogance from my heart.
There are people attending the class but still after the class, backbite and talk bad about people. These attitudes indicate weak faith of a person. Allah made it easy to come here so we shouldn’t let the knowledge we are learning be a plea against us on the Day of Judgement. We have to fight our own bad behaviour.
Maybe we used to backbite people for years and now we know it’s haraam. So we need to control and fear Allah.
Knowledge about Allah will make you stop committing these sins and become a good person.
The person whose faith is high will not behave like a person whose faith is low.
If you want to know how much faith you have then check your behaviour, attitude and heart.
If you know Allah is Ar-Razaaq, then you know He gives rizq to everyone differently. How can you envy someone for something Allah gave her? Why do you feel with envy and hatred towards her? Isn’t it Allah who gave it to her? Then, you will ask Allah to give you. If Allah doesn’t give you, then you should know very well that Allah wants good for you and He knows what is better for you. He is All-Wise. Then you will be at rest.
“Poor Muslims will enter Paradise before rich (Muslims) by a period of half a day (of the Hereafter), and that is 500 years (from this world).” (Ahmad)
Then why should you envy the rich for what they have? Rather you should pity them. Inshaa’Allah your Hisaab will be easier on the Day of Judgement. Isn’t this a blessing from Allah?
Allah is Al ‘Aleem, Al Khabeer He knows what is good for His servants. If you know more and more about Allah you will never envy the people, you will be happy with what Allah gave you.
Knowledge about Allah should make you a better Muslim and strong believer. If you see you are still struggling, ask Allah to give you beneficial knowledge to make it easy for you. Pray and pray. Allah will not let you down nor will He not respond to your du’aa. He is Qareeb, Mujeeb. He knows what is in your heart, He responds to your du’aa. You just need to show Allah truthfulness in your heart.
Since Allah will weigh us on the Day of Judgement, we need to work hard in this Dunya to increase our weight with Allah.
1) Work on your heart. We need to clean it from its sicknesses and fill it with knowledge of Allah.
2) After focusing on the heart, take care of the deeds which are heavy on the scale.
The second means of increasing your weight:
كلمتان خفيفتان على اللسان ، ثقيلتان في الميزان، حبيبتان إلى الرحمن: سبحان الله وبحمده، سبحان الله العظيم
“Two words are light on the tongue, heavy on the balance and beloved to the Merciful: ‘Glory be to Allah and by His praise. Glory be to Allah, the Immense.’ (Bukhari)
حبيبتين الى الرحمن =الرحمن is the one whose mercy is so vast. Every good I am enjoying is from Ar-Rahman. Every evil that has been driven away from me is from Ar-Rahman. He is ارحم الراحمين.
If I say this, Allah, out of his mercy, will increase my weight.
This Dhikr is a sign of your gratefulness. The more you are grateful to Allah the more you will remember Allah. Your Dhikr is related to how often you confess of the blessings of Allah. It is important to express your gratitude in words.
Al Bukhari put this Hadith under the chapter, “ميزان الاعمال” (The Weight of the Deeds and Statements with Allah on the Day of Judgement)
In order for this Dhikr to be a means of increasing weight, you should say it with a heedful heart and knowledge of the meaning.
You are freeing Allah from all kinds of imperfection. Whatever imperfection you know you will say Allah is far above this imperfection. Any defects you see on earth, know that Allah is far above that.
Any imperfection you see in yourself or others you should say سبحان الله, Allah is far above that.
Bad thoughts may come to our mind from the Shaytan about Allah. You should say سبحان الله, Allah is far above oppressing or doing wrong to me.
The Shaytan tells you not to expect any favour or good from Allah. After sinning for years you question if Allah will forgive you. These are all bad thoughts, so you should say سبحان الله, Allah is Al Ghafoor.
In this way you will train yourself to repel the whispers of the Shaytan.
This is جحاد النفس. We need to hear it until it becomes one of our attitudes. The Shaytan will come and whisper. You should repel him by saying سبحان الله. In this way the Shaytan will go and come back but you will keep repelling him.
In this way you have to repel the bad thoughts from your mind and your سبحان الله will be correct.
You are attributing perfection to Allah. Allah is perfect in all aspects. So, you are first freeing Allah of all defects and attributing perfection to Him. Allah is perfect in every action He does.
You are praising Allah for his perfect attributes.
سبحان الله العظيم
سبحان الله is repeated.
As Ibn Hajar said in Fath Bari, “The repetition is a confirmation because most of the people fall into not glorifying Allah as He deserves”
They sayسبحان الله yet think bad about Allah, go to the graves to worship dead people, think Allah is not just to them, etc.
This is why in the Qur’an Allah says سبح، يسبح، سبحانك in different forms because it is important. The people understand imperfection, they know they are defective. So when you say Allah is far above defects it is easy for one to understand. But when you say الحمد لله, to Allah belongs all perfection, your mind cannot comprehend Allah’s Perfection. We can’t imagine how perfect Allah is, but we know He is perfect.
How can I glorify Allah العظيم? If you know Allah is great in His attributes, ability, essence, being then you will not dare to commit a sin. You will not commit sins easily if you know Allah is great and His Punishment is great. You will fear Him. It will affect your heart. If your heart is filled with knowledge of Allah being the Greatest, you will fear Him, show humility to him, obey and be afraid of disobeying Him.
This is the effect of Allah’s greatness on you and your life. By contemplating the Qur’an, one can know about Allah’s greatness.
This Hadith joins between تسبيح، تعظيم and تحميد.
Al Barqini talked about the wisdom of Bukhari putting his chapters in a certain sequence as many scholars did for the Surahs of the Qur’an. This indicates that even the early scholars and the Salaf didn’t write their books randomly, they were wise.
If you open Saheeh Al Bukhari, the first Hadith is إنما الاعمال بنيات. The last Hadith is this Hadith.
What is the link? The deeds of the slave will be weighed on the Day of Judgement. The difference between the successful and the loser depends on their weight. What will make the deeds heavy on the scale on the Day of Judgement? Your sincerity. So, take care of your intention.
The third means of increasing your weight:
Abu Malik Al Ash’ari narrated that The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said, ‘Cleanliness is half of faith and Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah) fills the scale, and SubhanAllah (Glory be to Allah) and Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah) fill up what is between the heavens and the earth, and prayer is a light, and charity is proof (of one’s faith) and endurance is a brightness and the Holy Qur’an is a proof on your behalf or against you. All men go out early in the morning and sell themselves, thereby setting themselves free or destroying themselves.’ (Muslim)
When you see crowds of people, they are either freeing themselves or putting themselves into destruction. Check yourself, which category are you?
الحمد لله fills the scale. If you want to fill your scale, fill it much with الحمد لله. It is an expression of gratitude and حمد that signifies that to Allah belongs the perfect attributes. You are praising Allah for His perfect attributes. He is perfect in His Knowledge, Wisdom, Ability, etc.
We thank Allah for His beautiful beneficence and blessings; these are two implications when we say الحمد لله. Most people only say this when they want to thank Allah. This is not enough, you are attributing to Allah the perfect attributes.
For every blessing say الحمد لله and teach your children to say this. Everything you see and receive tell them, Allah did this for you so say الحمد لله. When you teach the children from childhood to say الحمد لله for every blessing they will grow up thanking Allah and appreciating His blessings. They will not be unhappy with whatever they get.
Some say, ‘They are always “bored”, they always say this expression.’ This is a mistake of the parents who didn’t teach themselves or their children to appreciate the blessings of Allah.
If you have children, teach them when they lose something to say الحمد لله. Allah knows best what is good or not good for us. In this way you will teach the child how to appreciate and be thankful to Allah. You will be rewarded every time they say الحمد لله. It will be added to your scale. This is your duty as a mother, you will be asked about it on the Day of Judgement.
One of the aspects of the Lutf of Allah is to bring you the rizq to your place without you going out. Isn’t this enough as a blessing? It is one of His kindnesses upon us. You will remember Allah’s blessings and will say الحمد لله. Sometimes out of Allah’s kindness, we wish to get a certain kind of food. You just wish and Allah will bring to you, exactly what you wanted, without you spending money. It is a gift from Allah.
Who made this person give it to you? Doesn’t this make you say الحمد لله، سبحان الله، الله اكبر all the time?!
We need to remember something: Allah is merciful to us but sometimes, because of our nature as humans, we become heedless. He forgives us for this period of heedlessness and rewards us if we go back to Him in truthfulness. He knows what is in our hearts as He said in (17:25):
رَّبُّكُمْ أَعْلَمُ بِمَا فِي نُفُوسِكُمْ ۚ إِن تَكُونُوا صَالِحِينَ فَإِنَّهُ كَانَ لِلْأَوَّابِينَ غَفُورًا
Your Lord knows best what is in your inner-selves. If you are righteous, then, verily, He is Ever Most Forgiving to those who turn unto Him again and again in obedience, and in repentance.
If we become heedless for a period of time and feet guilty or didn’t read Qur’an in a long time and want to go back to it, Allah is aware of all of this in your heart. If you return to Him in repentance, He says He will forgive you for that period of heedlessness you went through. He is forgiving and merciful. He forgives us for these periods of neglectfulness and heedlessness due to our nature. He knows us.