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Love for Allah

February 16, 2013 4 comments

Wow. This is the longest anyone has ever abandoned a blog. To the readers left, I come hat in hand.

Along with notes, I have an important announcement today. For the sisters who are familiar with Zaynab Academy, I don’t have to tell you what an amazing project this is. For those who are not, I will gladly take the reward for telling you. For years Zaynab Academy has been offering FREE* Islamic courses under highly intelligent teachers to any woman who registers. I caught on to these classes pretty late, however, the certificate classes will begin VERY soon so register now!

Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmed and his wife, Sobia Ahmed, are the creators of Zaynab Academy. Shaykh Kamaluddin is another student of Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmed. One cannot put into words the greatness of Hazrat Jee and his entire khilafa. Here are my notes on one of the greatest lectures ever. It covered a lot of things, so these are some incomplete notes (and it was in Urdu so the poor translation here shouldn’t deter you from listening to Shaykh Kamaluddin’s other AMAZING lectures which are mostly in English):

Listen Here: “Muhabbat-e-Illahi (Love for Allah)” by Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmed

We are always out to try and understand the world in which we live; we have the physical sciences, social sciences, medicine etc. We try to understand everything except for Allah سبحانه و تعالى. We have denigrated the religion into a couple of lectures and a few good deeds here and there. Whether it’s the name of “necessity”, “family”, or “halal”, we have surrendered ourselves to the life of this world. The reality is that we should only chase this world as much as we will live in it. The extent to which this world is necessary for us is the extent to which we should seek it. And the extent to which we want the next life is the extent to which we should seek it. It’s not even that we need an immense amount of knowledge to change our hearts and souls; it’s about working hard for what we do know. If this life itself demands hard work to achieve any success, imagine what it would take to achieve eternal bliss in the hereafter.

The popular hadith of the Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم , “The deen is easy,” is often misunderstood. Can you look at his life, the lives of the companions, and say they were easy? No matter how difficult it got, you’ll never hear the companions saying life got hard ever since we accepted Islam. The true meaning of this hadith is that the deen is easy for the lovers of Allah, the aashiq. Islam is peace through submission. You have to accept, submit, and relinquish yourself in order to taste that ease.

There is a difference between zabita and rabita (necessity and love). If a servant does all of his required work, the master will be content with him. If the servant goes beyond the call of duty, the master’s heart will incline towards him so that the next time the servant needs something extra, the master will give with a free hand. We have to establish a relationship of love (rabita) with Allah.

The qalb, the spiritual heart, must be clean. You cannot succeed in unless you present to Allah a clean heart. A young student once came to a shaykh and said, “There is a sin I cannot leave, is there any way I can continue this sin and still be the beloved of Allah?”

The shaykh replied, “Yes, just find a place where Allah won’t see and do the sin.” The student says this is not possible.

“Hide the sin somewhere.” [e.g. clear the history]

“How can I do that, Allah is All-Knowing.”

“A sultan doesn’t want you to go against him in his sultanate, so just find a place outside of the sultanate of Allah, do the sin, and come back.”

“The whole universe is the sultanate of Allah.”

“Do this: when you are in the grave and the angels come to question you, don’t let them.”

“There’s no way I can stop them.”

Finally the shaykh says “Try this, when on the Day of Judgment, Allah sends you to the fire, just tell Him you won’t go.”

The student replies, “Allah will be in front of me, my sins will be presented, I will be commanded into the fire, how then will I go against Allah?”

The shaykh knowingly replies, “Why then, do you go against Allah now?”

One must free the heart of sin. There is no sin in the world you cannot repent from. Of all the people we try to hide our sins from, is Allah the least? Is He at the lowest station, where you don’t even care if He sees?

Allah سبحانه و تعالى says in the Quran “إن الله يحب التوابين” meaning that He loves those who repent. Look at the majesty of Allah, look at this statement. Shouldn’t it have just been Allah forgives those who repent? Allah is saying He loves the person who has sinned. It would have been one thing if the repented sinner became among the believers or the patient, but the sinner has become the beloved of Allah! Every lover has one desire- to be the beloved. To become the beloved of Allah, you have to do tauba, you have to repent.

We ask Allah to include us among those who repent, among the innocent, among the aashiq.

Repent

*Haha just kidding, they really are free.

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