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Turning Towards Allah

Listen Here:  “Turning Towards Allah” by Shaykh Husain Abdul Sattar

People have various directions in which they turn; they may turn towards amassing wealth, getting a house, going on vacation, worrying about what people think etc. But for the Muslim, our direction is very clear, we turn ourselves towards the aakhirah, towards Allah سبحانه و تعالى‎. Humans are physically made so that they can only face one direction at a time (if they face the north they will be turning their backs to the south). The same applies for the human soul; you cannot face your heart towards two different directions. The goal of the Muslim has to be to focus on Allah and Allah alone.

It wasn’t that the Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم gave the sahabah the shariah, he actually gave them Allah, and the shariah was a derivative of that. A person who loves Allah will want to do the things Allah desires and he will want to avoid the things Allah dislikes. So whatever the Prophetﷺ told the companions to do, they did it because actually they were turned towards Allah. So when a verse came down that they can no longer consume alcohol- the streets were flowing with alcohol, a verse came down that there needs to be hijab- so there was hijab, verse comes down that riba is prohibited, they canceled all their contracts. They just did it because they were so in love with Allah سبحانه و تعالى‎.

The deen requires you to give one-hundred percent. This doesn’t mean you can’t have a life, what it actually means is that once you turn towards Allah, all of your life will fit under the umbrella of the deen. Things like earning an income, meeting with family and friends, getting a degree, will all become part of the same world. You’ll be practicing the same deen everywhere with the intention of pleasing Allah (it doesn’t work if you plan to be very pious in the masjid and do whatever you want in personal interactions, or you behave righteously with family but earn a haraam income).

Allah swt even says in the Quran, “Verily your efforts are too dispersed.” You should actually be focused on only one path. The person who focuses on Allah سبحانه و تعالى‎ will certainly achieve their goal, every moment every breath has to be for Allah. The people of the deen set their happiness and sadness according to Allah. You have to make your intentions clear, you brush your teeth not because it’s a habit, you do it because it’s the sunnah, you go to work to earn a halal income, etc. The purpose of all your actions is Allah سبحانه و تعالى‎.

My thoughts:  Subhan’Allah I never actually thought about how we can physically only turn towards one way. If you imagine your spiritual self only turned towards the path to Allah the same way you would imagine your body turned towards one direction, then the whole thing becomes very clear in your mind. After hearing this lecture, I’ll always ascertain my spirituality by imagining myself turned one way, and then seeing if everything in my life is also turned that way. I think this is especially true for the things we want, are our wants turned towards Allah? Are they things that will help us become closer to Allah? We always have the intention of going to Jannah and being a solid Muslim, but how many of us are actively creating that mindset with every single thing we do? Subhan’Allah these are the types of questions Shaykh Husain’s lectures force us to consider.

  1. May 7, 2011 at 6:07 am

    Asalamu aliakum!
    Ma’shaAllah, this was a great reminder. I never thought of that either. Really made me think more and reflect on my life. Jazakillah for sharing that with us 🙂

    I look forward to reading more gems from your blog 😀

    • May 8, 2011 at 9:43 pm


      Yea it’s a subtle point, but its really interesting to think about how your spiritual efforts can’t face multiple directions.

      Thank you for the kind words! Next time I have a problem, I’m coming to your blog 😀

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