The Fruits of Tawheed (Part 6)

In Surat An-Nisaa’ [4:136], Allaah (subhanaahu wa Ta’ala) says:

 

“O you who believe! Believe in Allaah, and His Messenger [Muhammad (ﷺ)], and the Book (the Qur’an) which He has sent down to His Messenger, and the Scripture which He sent down to those before (him), and whosoever disbelieves in Allaah, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers, and the Last Day, then indeed he has strayed far away.”

يأيها الذين ءامنوا ءامنوا – “O you who believe! Believe”

Allaah is commanding the believers to believe. This means that if one has faith in Allaah and all the articles of faith, he needs to do more. He needs to do more than just believe generally. One needs to take care of increasing the faith he already has, to purify his intentions, and make his state better than it already is. One should not be satisfied with what he has of knowledge and faith. One needs to increase it, because his faith will be weighed on the Day of Judgment, and one needs strong faith to save him from the trials of the grave and the punishment on the Day of Judgment.

Abu Ad-Dardaa’ said:

إن من فِقه المرء أن يعرِف إيمانه هل هو فى نقص ام زيادة

“It is from the understanding of a person to know if his faith has increased or decreased.”

One should know if his faith has increased or decreased by looking at the impacts it has in his life. From the impacts, as Shaikh As-Sa’di (رحمه الله) mentioned, are: 

1) The Wilayah of Allaa

2) The Pleasure of Allaa

3) Salvation from the Hellfire

4) Allaah defends the believers

5) A Good Life

6) Faith and Sincerity are what determine the potency and correctness of actions

7) Allaah will Guide the Person to the Straight Path

In the beginning, you will find that there are many ways, and all of them look similar. Everyone tells you to follow their way, that it is the right way, and you are confused as to which to follow. If you increase in your faith, Allaah will show you which way to take; the way which ends with meeting Allaah. 

So many people are confused in life; they do not know what to do, say, or how to please Allaah. When a person increases in faith, Allaah will help him adopt the Straight Path. Ibn Al-Qayyim (رحمه الله) mentioned many impacts of saying “اهدنا الصراط المستقيم”. From the impacts is that Allaah will enable one to take actions on the Straight Path; – because there are instances where one may know, but he is lazy to act or he has low resolve. Another impact is being kept firm on the Straight Path until one meets Allaah. 

The issue of guidance is very important. We especially need it nowadays because there is Fitnah wherever one goes. We are surrounded by trials of different kinds at home, in the streets, when we travel, at work, etc. What will save a person from them so that he acts in a way that pleases Allaah? Increasing his faith. 

Increasing ones faith is something obligatory upon us, because Allaah commanded us to it in the aforementioned verse. If one does not take care of increasing it, his faith will slowly decrease until it completely diminishes. Faith never will increase unless one takes the means of increasing it.

8) One  is comforted at the onset of  calamity and  hardship

This is what we need in our lives. No one can avoid calamities, because Allaah wrote the calamity before the creation of the heavens and the earth; however, strong faith will comfort and lessen the effect of the calamity on the heart of the person.

One is faced with trials and difficulties in every moment of life, but having faith and certainity serves to comfort and console one of them. Strong faith, reliance upon Allah, hope in the reward of Allah and desire for His beneficence are the basic constituents that help bring this state about. The sweetness of the reward lessens the bitterness of patience. Allah, Exalted is He, says in Surah An-Nisa – Verse 4:

وَلَا تَهِنُوا فِي ابْتِغَاءِ الْقَوْمِ ۖ إِن تَكُونُوا تَأْلَمُونَ فَإِنَّهُمْ يَأْلَمُونَ كَمَا تَأْلَمُونَ ۖ وَتَرْجُونَ مِنَ اللَّهِ مَا لَا يَرْجُونَ ۗ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ عَلِيمًا حَكِيمًا

” If you feel pain, they too are feeling it just as you are, but you hope for something from Allah which they cannot hope for.”

The fruit that is found by a person whose faith is strong when calamity befalls him is increased hope in the reward from Allaah. He immediately thinks of the reward in the Hereafter, and this is the result of his strong faith. Not everyone who is afflicted thinks of the reward with Allaah. This is why the believer says ‘الحمد لله على كل حال’ [All Praise is due to Allaah, (in all states)]. The calamities are written and unavoidable, but the believer’s belief comforts him.

When any calamity befalls the believer, he thinks of three things:

a) He believes that this affliction is a means of attaining reward with His Lord in the Hereafter. Allaah (subhanaahu wa Ta’ala) says in Surat Az-Zumar [39:10]:

“…Only those who are patient shall receive their rewards in full, without reckoning…”

This is like a blank check – but only for those who are afflicted and show patience, regardless of what kind of affliction befalls them. 

b) At the same time, he hopes that Allaah will soon remove the calamity and distress from him. 

He knows that on the Day of Judgment people will be raised from their graves. Some will be carrying their sins on their shoulders, and there will be others (those with Taqwa) to whom Allaah will send Angels to receive them as delegates. In Surat Maryam [19:85], Allaah (subhanaahu wa Ta’ala) says: “On the Day We will gather the righteous to the Most Merciful as a delegation.”

 He says to himself: ‘This calamity will take some of my sins off my shoulders so I do not rise from my grave having them, and I hope that I will be amongst those whom the Angels receive with glad tidings, and who will be presented to Allaah.’ 

As soon as a calamity befalls the slave, the believer with strong faith thinks of the Hereafter; and this comforts his heart. Contrary to that is the person whose faith is weak, who thinks of the Dunya. As soon as he is afflicted he thinks about what will happen to him and his family, what the people will say about them, what he should do, etc. This makes the problem even worse. And on top of that the Shaytaan will come and tell him that there is no relief from his difficulty, there is no way out, there is no cure for his sickness, he is a hopeless case. 

This person completely despairs of the Mercy of Allaah; He has no hope in Allaah. Therefore, be careful. We do not want to reach to the state where desperation creeps into our hearts and we think evil of Allaah. We should be a person whose faith is strong, who has hope in Allaah, and says to himself: ان مع العسر يسرا (Verily with every difficulty there is ease) – Allaah promised that there will be relief. I do not know how, but I know there will be relief. Because Allaah is الصادق (The Truthful).  Shaikh ‘Abdur-Razzaq al-Badr mentioned this as a Name of Allaah from the verse: و إنَّا لصادقون

Allaah is Truthful, but we need to wait, be patient, and have hope. And إنتظار الفرج (waiting for the relief) is an act of worship. Meaning, that every day one is suffering from the calamity, regardless if it is a sickness or loss, and he has patience and hope in Allaah, the Angel is continuously writing in his record of good deeds.  If one is patient for two months, one year, two years, just imagine how much reward is being recorded for him. With every moment, minute, day, that passes, while one is patient and hoping for relief, he will be receiving reward until Allaah relieves him. This is a blessing from Allaah. But who looks at calamities and difficulties this way? Only the strong believer. And it is only he who will receive this reward for the suffering and pain he goes through.

c) He believes that Allaah is الحكيم (The All-Wise) and اللطيف (The Subtle, Kind)

He knows Allaah, Al-Hakeem, has chosen that calamity for him and there is something good behind it. And he believes that Allaah is Al-Lateef, Who is Able to bring him out of the distress in a very kind, subtle, hidden way; in a way that he cannot even imagine.

E.g. A person has a financial problem. He sits with his paper and pen calculating all his expenses, thinking about the people he can borrow from, etc. He does this with his limited mind, not knowing that Allaah is planning to bring him out of his difficulty in a way he never even perceived. He needs strong faith in order for his heart to be comforted.

If the person is a strong believer, Allaah will be his eyes with which he sees and his ears with which he hears. This person will see what Allaah wants him to see. He looks at this affliction as a gate of increasing in faith, increasing in reward, a means to come closer to Allaah. He looks at calamities in a way pleasing to Allaah. The more he puts his trust in Allaah, the more Allaah makes him see the wisdom behind the calamity he is suffering from.

So whenever the Shaytaan whispers and tells you that there is no way out, no cure; then repel his whispers by saying that there is, and it will come sooner or later, because Allaah promised it will. 

Think of the Prophet (ﷺ) and how much he suffered and the calamities he went through in his life; far more than any one of us. One wonders how he (ﷺ) faced all these calamities. He was expelled from the most beloved land to his heart. When he had to emigrate, he (ﷺ) said: 

وَاللَّهِ إِنَّكِ لَخَيْرُ أَرْضِ اللَّهِ وَأَحَبُّ أَرْضِ اللَّهِ إِلَيَّ وَاللَّهِ لَوْلاَ أَنِّي أُخْرِجْتُ مِنْكِ مَا خَرَجْتُ

By Allah, you are the best land of Allah, and the dearest of the land of Allah to me. By Allah, had I not been expelled from you I would never have left.’” [Ibn Majah]

Then, while he was in the Cave of Thawr, he said, as Allaah (subhanaahu wa Ta’ala) mentioned in Surat Tawbah [9:40]:

“If you help him {Muhammad (ﷺ)] not (it does not matter), for Allaah did indeed help him when the disbelievers drove him out, the second of two, when they [Muhammad (ﷺ ) and Abu Bakr (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu)] were in the cave, and he (ﷺ) said to his Companion (Abu Bakr): “Be not sad (or afraid), surely Allaah is with us.” Then Allaah sent down His Sakeenah (calmness, tranquillity, peace, etc.) upon him, and strengthened him with forces (angels) which you saw not, and made the word of those who disbelieved the lowermost, while it was the Word of Allaah that became the uppermost, and Allaah is All-Mighty, All-Wise.”

لا تحزن إن الله معنا – “Be not sad, surely Allaah is with us.” 

They were being chased by the believers who wanted to kill them, and yet the Prophet (ﷺ) said this. Compare our distresses with the distress of the Prophet (ﷺ). We need to tell ourselves what he told us. If you see your husband in a calamity, tell him not to grieve; Allaah is with us. As long as you are a believer, are patient, and have hope, Allaah will be with you. After this, Allaah gave the Prophet (ﷺ) and his Companions authority over the land, after they were unsafe and chased by disbelievers. Allaah gave them the dominion on earth because of the faith they had. Faith in the heart helps a person overcome the difficulties in his life and makes him taste the sweetness of reward. Faith has great effects on the thoughts of a person.

وَلَا تَهِنُوا فِي ابْتِغَاءِ الْقَوْمِ ۖ إِن تَكُونُوا تَأْلَمُونَ فَإِنَّهُمْ يَأْلَمُونَ كَمَا تَأْلَمُونَ ۖ وَتَرْجُونَ مِنَ اللَّهِ مَا لَا يَرْجُونَ ۗ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ عَلِيمًا حَكِيمًا

” If you feel pain, they too are feeling it just as you are, but you hope for something from Allah which they cannot hope for.” [Surah an-Nisa: Verse 104]

People differ in their thoughts about calamities. We hope for the reward from Allaah, and the disbelievers do not have any hope in Allaah or the reward on the Day of Judgment. This explains why and how a man, due to his weak faith, goes through depression and commits suicide. He reaches that state because he has no hope in the Hereafter; all his hopes are limited to this life. And this is the state of most of the Muslims nowadays. All their thoughts and hopes revolve around this Dunya, and they have no hope in the Hereafter. Hence, some may go through depression and may even commit suicide. 

Strong faith makes a person have great hope in Allaah and weak faith makes a person despair of Allaah’s Mercy. The person who knows the reality of this life knows that the most important thing in it is his religion. He says: الحمد لله  (Alhamdulillaah) the calamity is in my house, job, and not in my religion. 

As Ibn ‘Uthaimeen (رحمه الله) mentioned that calamities are of different kinds. A person could be afflicted in his health, children, wealth, and/ or he could be afflicted in his Religion. And the worst affliction is when a person is afflicted in his Religion – where a person apostates after believing, or becomes a hypocrite after being a believer, or has doubts, or is not helped to worship Allaah. This is a (مصيبة) calamity in the religion. Loss of money or jobs is nothing in comparison to loss of Religion. And this is how the believer looks at the calamity.

Strong faith makes one have hope and makes him see that Allaah is All-Wise and that this Dunya has no value. He sees the Hereafter and the reward. Who makes him see this? Allaah, because of his strong faith. He can analyze and explain everything correctly. This is the impact of having faith. But if the person has no faith, he will see everything according to the criteria of the Dunya. 

This makes the Awliyaa’ of Allaah strong in their hope. They know Allaah and they know that most important thing is meeting Him. They have tranquillity in their hearts, and are pleased and content with their Lord.

Faith affects a person inwardly and outwardly at the time of calamity, i.e. his heart inwardly and his behaviour outwardly. 

E.g. A person is afflicted with impatience or short temperedness. Two people have this same characteristic – one is strong in faith and one is weak. The one whose faith is weak says: This is how Allaah created me, accept me for who I am, I cannot change myself.

The one whose faith is strong looks at his calamity and says Allaah afflicted me with this characteristic. This is an opportunity to receive reward by making Jihaad and to struggle against myself, preventing myself from behaving wrongly, etc. And Allaah will reward me for my struggle against myself. 

Calamities are not limited to loss of children, jobs or health. They could be in one’s character. 

So ones faith affects him inwardly and outwardly. The person who looks at the Qur’an as a speech and blessing from Allaah is not like the person who looks at it like any other book. It is their faith that makes them see it differently.

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