بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّ حِيْمِ
Allah tells us in Surah Muzzammil; And whatever good ye send forth for your souls ye shall find it in Allah’s Presence, - yea, better and greater, in reward and seek ye the Grace of Allah for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful. (73:20)
Good goes to Allah and evil goes down into a dungeon. Allah says in Surah Infitaar; As for the righteous, they will be In Bliss; and the wicked - they will be in the fire. (82:13-14)
What we need to understand is that good goes up to Allah and evil goes downwards. Good and evil do not mix. They are not even recorded in the same place. As I’ve said in the past good is recorded in the skies and evil is recorded in a dungeon.
Allah has given us examples in the Holy Qur’an about the end of those who lived a life of wrong and those who lived a life of good. I would like to reference just two examples.
Firstly, the story of Qarun. Qarun was a person who lives at the time of Moses (as). Once he overheard when Angel Jibril explaining to Moses (as) the process for making gold. So in his past time he used to make gold. And he became so wealthy that the keys for his treasures were a burden for men. Allah records this in Surah Qashash;
Qarun was doubtless, of the people of Moses; but he acted insolently towards them: such were the treasures we had bestowed on Him that their very keys would have been a burden to a body of strong men. (28:76)
When Moses told Qarun to pay his zakaat he schemed up a plan to accuse Moses of adultery in an effort to get rid of him. And what was his end?
Then We caused the earth to swallow up him and his house; and he had not (the least little) party to help him against Allah, nor could he defend himself. (28:81)
Allah caused the earth to swallow him along with his wealth. Evil goes down into the earth!
Next reference; Prophet Jesus (as). Jesus (as) was a righteous man. He was brought into this world in an extra ordinary way. He never depended on anyone for anything. Jesus (as) lived in the hills and came down to preach to the people. Allah records of him in the Qur’an;
And Zakariya and John, and Jesus and Elias: all in the ranks of the righteous: (6:85)
He never wanted anything from him yet they want to kill him. What did Allah do? Allah took him up in the skies and he is still there.
Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in power, Wise. (4:158)
What is the importance of telling you this? It is to show you the ends of those who did evil and those who did good. Allah is Dhil-maarij. Dhil-maarij literally means He is the Owner of the ascending stairways.
Our mission is to ascend and get closer to our Lord. And those who do will get a greater reward. On that Day they will have the fastest transport to reach their Lord. Build your transport here. The time is now and the preparation is now.
There is nothing wrong in striving for betterment in the world, but don’t make it your Lord and get arrogant of what you’ve achieved.
Understand what Allah has for you, you will get it. Rumi wrote day and night there is movement of foam on the Sea. You see the foam, but not the Sea. Amazing! What he’s alluding to is to drown yourself in your Lord and not in the world. Be careful of what you are fighting for. We all have to leave one day. What are you sending before you and where is it being kept? Remember what you send in the dungeon won’t help you. It’ll only lead you in the fire. What you send upwards is safe and insha Allah the more you send the further and further away you will be from the abyss.
May Allah bless us and guide us and enable us to send plentiful upwards to Him for safekeeping insha Allah.
Transcript of discourse delivered by
Maulana Dr. Waffie Mohammed
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