An Introduction to the Lord of the Worlds – Day 3
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
5. Allah is the one who teaches, gives understanding of the religion and guides whom He wills to the Straight Path.
You know that feeling you get when you first come into Islam? I don’t mean the first feeling (the joyful one), I mean the second one – where everyone tells you that they are upon the truth and that they are following the Quran and Sunnah.
Your head spins.
Everyone says contradictory things yet they all claim to be on the straight path.
Who can you trust? Who is really on the truth? How can you know?
Well, you ask the One, who knows everything, to guide you to the truth.
“Guide us to the Straight Path.” [Surah Al-Fatihah (1) : 6]
We should always remember the following:
a) Allah is the one who guides whom He wills to the Straight Path.
“Mankind were one community and Allah sent Prophets with glad tidings and warnings, and with them He sent the Scripture in truth to judge between people in matters wherein they differed. And only those to whom (the Scripture) was given differed concerning it after clear proofs had come unto them through hatred, one to another. Then Allah by His Leave guided those who believed to the truth of that wherein they differed. And Allah guides whom He wills to a Straight Path.” [Surah Al-Baqarah (2) : 213]
He knows exactly what the Straight Path is. Ultimately, He is the only one that can guide us to it so we should constantly ask Him to do so.
A note: It’s easy to say that we want to follow the truth. However, if we ask Allah to guide us to the truth and then He shows us what the truth is, and we turn way, we’ve only increased ourselves in punishment.
So we should always be sincere in wanting to know the truth (and we should always ask Allah to make us sincere as well). We shouldn’t want to just follow that which suits our desires.
b) Allah has asked His slaves to ask Him for guidance.
Ponder over the following hadeeth qudsi*:
[That is a hadeeth in which the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) says that Allah says. So these are the words of Allah. However, it is NOT like the Quran.]
عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم ، فيما روى عن الله تبارك وتعالى أنه قال ” يا عبادي ! إني حرمت الظلم على نفسي وجعلته بينكم محرما . فلا تظالموا . يا عبادي ! كلكم ضال إلا من هديته . فاستهدوني أهدكم . يا عبادي ! كلكم جائع إلا من أطعمته . فاستطعموني أطعمكم . يا عبادي ! كلكم عار إلا من كسوته . فاستكسوني أكسكم . يا عبادي ! إنكم تخطئون بالليل والنهار ، وأنا أغفر الذنوب جميعا . فاستغفروني أغفر لكم . يا عبادي ! إنكم لن تبلغوا ضري فتضروني . ولن تبلغوا نفعي فتنفعوني . يا عبادي ! لو أن أولكم وآخركم وإنسكم وجنكم . كانوا على أتقى قلب رجل واحد منكم . ما زاد ذلك في ملكي شيئا . يا عبادي ! لو أن أولكم وآخركم . وإنسكم وجنكم . كانوا على أفجر قلب رجل واحد . ما نقص ذلك من ملكي شيئا . يا عبادي ! لو أن أولكم وآخركم . وإنسكم وجنكم . قاموا في صعيد واحد فسألوني . فأعطيت كل إنسان مسألته . ما نقص ذلك مما عندي إلا كما ينقص المخيط إذا أدخل البحر . يا عبادي ! إنما هي أعمالكم أحصيها لكم . ثم أوفيكم إياها . فمن وجد خيرا فليحمد الله . ومن وجد غير ذلك فلا يلومن إلا نفسه
Abu Dharr (radiallahu anhu) reported from the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) from his Lord, that He said: “O My servants! I have forbidden dhulm (oppression) for Myself, and I have made it forbidden amongst you, so do not oppress one another. O My servants, all of you are astray except those whom I have guided, so seek guidance from Me and I shall guide you. O My servants, all of you are hungry except those whom I have fed, so seek food from Me and I shall feed you. O My servants, all of you are naked except those whom I have clothed, so seek clothing from Me and I shall clothe you. O My servants, you commit sins by day and by night, and I forgive all sins, so seek forgiveness from Me and I shall forgive you.
O My servants, you will not attain harming Me so as to harm me, and you will not attain benefitting Me so as to benefit Me. O My servants, if the first of you and the last of you, and the humans of you and the jinn of you, were all as pious as the most pious heart of any individual amongst you, then this would not increase My Kingdom an iota. O My servants, if the first of you and the last of you, and the humans of you and the jinn of you, were all as wicked as the most wicked heart of any individual amongst you, then this would not decrease My Kingdom an iota.
O My servants, if the first of you and the last of you, and the humans of you and the jinn of you, were all to stand together in one place and ask of Me, and I were to give everyone what he requested, then that would not decrease what I Possess, except what is decreased of the ocean when a needle is dipped into it. O My servants, it is but your deeds that I account for you, and then recompense you for. So he who finds good, let him praise Allah, and he who finds other than that, let him blame no one but himself.” [Sahih Muslim, Hadeeth No. 6246]
So, we should remember that if we are confused about differing opinions, we should always turn to Allah and ask Him for guidance.
Unfortunately, today many of us depend on this shaikh and that shaikh, or our teachers to direct us to the right path.
Yes, Allah has ordered us to ask the people of knowledge if we do not know. However, when we ask a shaikh for information, we are taking the means. We should never put our trust in the means though. We should only put our trust in Allah alone and rely upon Him. That’s “tawakkul”.
A word of advice: Before you join any Islamic class, always pray Salatul Istikhara (prayer for guidance) even if you are sure that the person is on the correct creed.
c) He is the one who teaches those who fear Him.
وَاتَّقُوا اللَّـهَ ۖ وَيُعَلِّمُكُمُ اللَّـهُ ۗ وَاللَّـهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ
“And fear Allah; and Allah teaches you. And Allah is the All-Knower of each and everything.” [Surah Al-Baqarah (2) : 282]
For all those of you want to know how to learn about the religion of Allah, this ayah (verse) has the answer: you need to fear Him.
That means obeying Him in all your matters. If you do this, Allah will teach you. It’s as simple as that.
d) A person is misguided due to his own evil actions.
A lecturer once mentioned that as a new Muslim, he had some doubts with regards to Islam, so he went to a shaikh.
The shaikh ask him to repent to Allah because misguidance (and doubt is definitely part of misguidance) is only due to one’s sins. He gave the following ayah as a proof:
“Verily, Allah is not ashamed to set forth a parable even of a mosquito or so much more when it is bigger (or less when it is smaller) than it. And as for those who believe, they know that it is the Truth from their Lord, but as for those who disbelieve, they say: “What did Allah intend by this parable?” By it He misleads many, and many He guides thereby. And He misleads thereby only those who are Al-Fasiqun (the rebellious, disobedient to Allah).” [Surah Al-Baqarah (2) : 26]
So, a person should never blame Allah for being misguided rather they should blame themselves.
e) He is the one who gives understanding of the religion to the one whom He wishes good for.
سمعت النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول : من يرد الله به خيرا يفقهه في الدين
Narrated Muawiyah (radiallahu anhu): I heard Allah’s Messenger (salallahu alaihi wasallam) saying, “If Allah wants to do good to a person, He makes him comprehend the religion.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume No. 1, Hadeeth No. 71]
Subhan Allah, there are so many people who have taken Islamic courses, yet how few of them have the understanding of this beautiful religion. We find people saying the strangest things despite having studied Islam for so many years.
We should always ask Allah to grant us fiqh (understanding) of the religion otherwise we’ll just be like donkeys who carry a load but have no idea what they are carrying or parrots who speak but have no idea what they are saying.
May Allah make us of those fear Him, follow the Straight Path and have understanding of His religion.
And Allah knows Better.