Thursday 12th February 2009
Zikr Lesson for the week
Meeting with Allah (swt)
Why is it ‘meeting’ with Allah (swt) necessary? Couldn’t Allah (swt) just enter the righteous into Jannah? In order for us to understand the importance of meeting Allah (swt), we must firstly take into consideration the following ayat from Surah A'raf;
"When thy Lord drew forth from the Children of Adam - from their loins - their descendants, and made them testify concerning themselves, (saying): "Am I not your Lord (who cherishes and sustains you)?"- They said: "Yea! We do testify!" (This), lest ye should say on the Day of Judgment: "Of this we were never mindful":
(Chapter 7, verse 172)
The ayat above deals with what took place before the progeny of Adam (as) inhabited the earth. Allah (swt) has put in the subconscious of every human being the fact that there is no god but Him. The program of life is to understand how the meeting with Allah (swt) is possible. This was realized and manifested in the Mi`raj of Prophet Muhammad (saw). He was able to return to, and meet his Lord and understand that Allah is Rab. Prophet (saw) is our model and example, and he showed us that it is possible to return to, and meet Allah (swt) with our entire personality.
Allah (swt) says in Surah An'am;
"And behold! ye come to us bare and alone as We created you for the first time: ye have left behind you all (the favours) which We bestowed on you: We see not with you your intercessors whom ye thought to be partners in your affairs: so now all relations between you have been cut off, and your (pet) fancies have left you in the lurch!"
(Chapter 6, verse 94)
‘Bare’ in this instance means nothing of this world. All that you have worked for and accumulated will be left behind. It is indeed unfortunate that there are some people who focus all of their attention only on this world and every day we see how unpredictable life can be. It can take only one (1) second for your life to change. People busy themselves with everything except preparing for the hereafter. They learn nothing from the unfortunate trials of others, as Allah (swt) mentions in Surah Yaseen;
See they not how many generations before them we destroyed? Not to them will they return:
(Chapter 36, verse 31)
Be careful and cautious in your daily activities and try to make yourself ‘qualify’ to meet your Lord and insha Allah the meeting will be a pleasant one. How is it possible? Allah (swt) gives us the formula in Surah Kahf;
“whoever expects to meet his Lord, let him work righteousness, and, in the worship of his Lord, admit no one as partner”.
If you strive in this manner you’ll understand that Allah (swt) will try us and when the trails come our way we will bear it with patience because we know that Allah (swt) is our Lord, and He will never let us down.