Sunday, 12 February 2017

THE REAL CALAMITY


Sheikhul Islam Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Taqi Uthmāni Sahib حفظه الله says that certain people consider an illness, lose of life or property as a calamity but the Aarifeen (those who have a bond with Allah Ta'ala جل جلاله) recognise a calamity which causes harm to one's religion.

Hazrat Mufti Sahib حفظه الله advises that the world is an accumulation of grief and happiness. If anyone suffers a loss in this world, it should not affect him because this is the reality of the world. Neither is grief or happiness experienced in this world permanent. If one faces any hardship, with the Mercy of Allah Ta'ala جل جلاله, the difficulty will soon pass and one will forget about it. But, may Allah Ta'ala جل جلاله protect us, if anyone faces a loss in Deen, the damage is irreparable. We have to understand this concept in the light of the concern of Sayyidina Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم where he made a unique duaa:
اللهم لاتجعل مصيبتنا في ديننا
'O Allah (تعالى), let not any harm befall our religion.'
In this world, every person whether rich or poor, ruler or subject - faces distress and hardship in some form or another. But the duaa of Sayyidina Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم is that; 'Yaa Allah! If there is a hardship, let it be in this world but let it not be in our religion.' Our Beloved Master صلى الله عليه وسلم said further:
ولا تجعل الدنيا اكبر همنا ولا مبلغ علمنا ولا غاية رغبتنا
'And let not this world dominate our minds and intentions (at the cost of the Hereafter). And cause us not to acquire knowledge about this world alone (at the cost of religion). And make not our desires revolve around this world (forgetting the Aakhirah).'

Therefore, the real hardship is where it impacts upon our religion. Every sin is a calamity (although we may find some temporary pleasure in doing it). That 'pleasure' (in rebelling against Allah Ta'ala جل جلاله) brings catastrophe in this life and in the Aakhirah.

The need is that we acknowledge sin as a sin, offer no excuses for transgression and thus fortify our resolve in securing the pleasure of Allah Ta'ala جل جلاله through acts of virtue and obedience. Hakeemul Ummah Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi Sahib رحمه الله said that both, acts of obedience and transgression, are in one's control. It is a matter of choice - may Allah Ta'ala جل جلاله inspire us to make the correct choices so that our Deen is secured and we attain salvation in the Aakhirah.
آمين يا رب العالمين

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