Thursday, 5 April 2012

Keeping your focus

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّ حِيْمِ

Before we begin to pray any Salaat we recite something very important.

“For me, I have set my face, firmly and truly, towards Him who created the heavens and the earth, and never shall I give partners to Allah”. (6:79)

Some do not understand the implication of this. We are actually standing in front of Allah and He is able to see the true condition of our hearts. You cannot hide anything from Him.

In meditation, when you sit in front of your Sheikh he is actually looking at your heart and when your heart wavers he will be able to tell you. If your Sheikh can see your heart, what about Allah and His Rasool (pboh)?

This is why we think of sitting in front of Prophet Muhammad (pboh) through our Sheikh. He looks at your hearts as long as you can keep your focus.

Beside those good and honourable people who can look at your hearts, Satan can also look. And this is one reason why emphasis is placed on wudu as a measure is to keep him out. If he gets a single opportunity he can divert your focus. He doesn’t want you to gain closeness to the Allah and His Rasool .

Something to remember: Before Adam (as) was sent on earth who used to pray more than Satan? He worshiped more than even the angels. But look at what happened to him in the end. His intention was not for Allah but for status and promotion. And he achieved it all until the test came and he showed his true self.

The same principle is found in spirituality. You can be progressing along well, until you get a test and Satan will use it as an opportunity to divert you. For example when you are in a bad mood how will you generally respond to others?

This is possibly why Prophet Muhammad (pboh) said “the eyes of Allah's Apostle sleep but his heart does not sleep”. Satan cannot whisper to his heart and divert him.

We are also trying to do the same. When we’re in meditation we are supposed to think that our Sheikh is in front of us, because he can help. So long as you sit and connect your heart, Allah through His Grace and the status He gave Prophet (pboh) will properly direct you. If your thought wavers Prophet and your Sheikh will know.

Our goal is to get closer to Prophet Muhammad (pboh), so blank your mind from all others things. It’s not easy. It takes patience and peace of the mind and heart.

Pay no heed to all those who talk about spirituality being haram, bida and shirk. Make dua for them because only you will know of the experience.

If you are doing it for the sake of Allah He will strengthen you and guide you. Through zikirullah your personality will become bright and shinning.

May Allah enable us to continue striving along the spiritual path and may He protect us from those who wish to divert our focus, insha Allah.

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