Tuesday, 11 June 2013

The expression of ascent

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّ حِيْمِ

Brothers and sisters, as we welcome the auspicious occasion of the Mir’aj we acknowledge, from our point of view, that it is greatest thing that happened since Allah created the Universe and mankind.

In the beginning the Angels and the Jinns thought that it was such an impossibility for a lump of mud (man) to be a true representative of Allah on earth, and an undeserving host of the knowledge Allah was going to bestow upon them.

Only Allah has knowledge of all things and Allah demonstrated there and then, while the Angels and Jinns were having their reservations, why Adam (as) was special as he demonstrated knowledge that they did not have.

Knowledge is so important that Allah says in Surah Imran; There is no god but He: that is the witness of Allah, His angels, and those endued with knowledge, (3:18)

How can the knowledgeable ones bear witness to Allah’s oneness?  One way is to look at the creation.  If you understand anything of the working of nature you’ll see there are no flaws in it and it has to be someone of real great knowledge Who is able to bring into being these things out of nothing.  This is one way, but there is also another special way that is reserved for some human beings.  And that is mir’aj.  Every week when we recite the ayat;

Whoever expects to meet his Lord, let him work righteousness, and, in the worship of his Lord, he should ascribe no one as partner.  (18:110)

What does it mean to meet our Lord?  Allah says that He is close to us; that He moves in the chest of man.  What then is He alluding to?  Prophet Muhammad (pboh) met his Lord on the night of the mir’aj and he is a human being.  He had the physical self just like anyone of us, but he had a special dimension.  He was able to refine his personality in such a way that he did not have a problem to ascend and meet his Lord in the Lord’s presence.

For someone to ascend beyond all created things and go right up he is indeed really perfect.  We will be hearing a lot of lectures about the mir’aj over the course of this weekend, but one thing I want to leave with you because of the spiritual environment we encourage on a weekly basis.

It is possible for you, here in this world to ascend beyond the skies and heavens.  You have not yet reached that stage of spiritual realisation but when you have that spiritual experience you will see how beautiful a thing like mir’aj is and how possible it is in a different environment.

Keep striving because it is not easy.  When Prophet Muhammad (pboh) was taken up; if he had any blemishes against his personality Allah had forgiven him.  You cannot meet your Lord with clouds around your heart.  But it will be possible for the believers in the hereafter after they’ve been forgiven.

It is recorded in that Prophet Muhammad (pboh) said: “When the people of Paradise enter in Paradise it will be asked of them, ‘Do you need something more’?  They will say ‘have you not whitened our faces? Have you not entered us in Paradise and protected us from Hell’?  Then Allah will remove the veil.  Looking to their Lord will be more lovely to them than anything else given to them.  And then Prophet (pboh) recited this verse: For those who have done good is the best (reward, i.e. Paradise) and even more (i.e. having the honour of glancing at the Countenance of Allah.  (10:26)

For a few it is possible here in this world.  For those who strive hard and their efforts are accepted by their Lord, He will allow them to ascend nearer to Him.

Do you think Satan will want you to achieve this?  Of course not, he will want to pull you down.  So you have to guard yourself against him.  Mir’aj is the expression of ascent.  Those who try to get close to their Lord know truly what mir’aj is.  One masheikh once said “I saw my Lord in my dream”.

As we have assembled here on this special night on try your best to experience your mir’aj in this life and let Allah take care of the rest.

Insha Alla you will be hearing more about the mir’aj over the course of this weekend and I invite those who can make it to attend the following lectures:

·     Lecture:                  The Ascension of Prophet Muhammad (pboh)
·     Delivered by:         Maulana Dr. Waffie Mohammed
·     Dates & Venues:    Friday 7th June at the Princes Town asja Masjid
                                    Saturday 8th June at the Marabella asja Masjid
                                    Sunday 9th June at the Tacarigua asja Masjid
Rounded Rectangle: Date: 7th June 2013  @ Princes Town ASJA Masjid
   8th June 2013  @ Marabella ASJA Masjid
   9th June 2013  @ Tacarigua ASJA Masjid
Time: Commencing after Salatul Magrib
Rounded Rectangle: Date: 7th June 2013  @ Princes Town ASJA Masjid
   8th June 2013  @ Marabella ASJA Masjid
   9th June 2013  @ Tacarigua ASJA Masjid
Time: Commencing after Salatul Magrib
                                    (All lectures will commense after Salat Magrib)

Transcript of discourse delivered by
Maulana Dr. Waffie Mohammed




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