Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Helping Allah

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّ حِيْمِ

There may be some of you who when hearing/reading our weekly zikir lessons will be learning many new things for the very first time. But take note that it can be verified because it is taken solely from the Qur’an. Anyone who doesn’t understand or doubts anything that is said in this weekly presentation can clarify it with Dr. Waffie via his email: mwl@tstt.net.tt

Today, insha Allah, we will be looking at ayat 7 of Surah Muhammad. As with all the other chapters of the Holy Qur’an, Surah Muhammad contains important messages for us and it is very direct and straight to the point. Allah says;

‘O ye who believe! If ye will aid (the cause of) Allah, He will aid you, and plant your feet firmly’.

Firstly we must understand that Allah does not need us. It is we who need Him. So what then does He mean when He says if ye will aid Allah?

In order to understand this let us reference the Israelites. As mentioned in the Qur’an the Israelites were given vast blessings. They didn’t have to do anything. And yet they did not help Allah. And sadly even today they are still fighting for material acquisitions. Allah did not set their feet firmly because they did not aid Him.

On the other hand Prophet Muhammad (pboh) grew up as an orphan. When he was a young man He had to take small jobs in order to take care of himself. One of the differences with him is that He helped Allah and Allah firmly planted his feet firmly and his mission started to grow and spread. Even today his mission is spreading all over the world. And his status, which is second to none, also grew astronomically.

The question is how can we help Allah? One means is by assisting in spreading His Word. Prophet Muhammad (pboh) is reported to have said ‘The best amongst you are those who have learnt the Qur’an and teaches it to others.’ This is because you are helping to spread the Word of Allah. And if you help Allah He will never desert you. This is why dawah is so important and incumbent on all Muslims.

The second means of helping Allah is by spreading His Light. Moses (as) wanted to see Allah and was told that he couldn’t. Why, because Moses wanted to see Allah with his physical eyes. Can you look directly at the sun at midday? And that’s the sun what about the Light of Allah. How then can we spread His Light? By polishing and keeping your heart clean.

For example if I want to brighten a dark room with the sunlight all I need to do is to take a clean mirror and angle it to reflect the sunlight into the room. So too our hearts are like mirrors. If we can keep it clean and pure it can reflect the Light of Allah as He says in Surah Ma’ida ‘Light upon Light! Allah doth guide whom He will to His Light’.

Prophet Muhammad (pboh) is the best example of this. His entire personality was like a mirror. Many Companions reported that there were times when they looked at him and he was much brighter that the full moon. If we keep our heart clean we can also reflect something of the Light of Allah.

The third means by which we can aid Allah is by

‘Enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong’. (3:104)

Allah loves purity and by engaging in the halal and abstaining from the haram you will be getting closer and closer to your Lord. This is evident on the night of the Mir’aj. Prophet Muhammad (pboh) aided Allah so much that He was physically returned to Allah in this world.

We thank Allah for blessing us with His pure and unadulterated Words. We are truly blessed because we alone have it. We must therefore get close to it and try to inculcate the three points mentioned above. By helping Allah you would have attained success in both worlds and insha Allah, Allah will take care of your affairs.

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