Thursday 29 March 2012

Important eye openers

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّ حِيْمِ

The Holy Qur’an, as we know, contains important lessons for mankind. Insha Allah today we will look at a couple of these eye-openers’ mentioned in the last ten (10) chapters of the Holy Qur’an.

Firstly Allah says about Abu Lahab;

‘No profit to Him from all his wealth, and all his gains!’ (111:2)

Before Abu Lahab left this world he was an extremely wealthy and influential person. However, in his final days before he died and even when he died he became so repugnant that no one wanted to bury him. The people at that time dug a huge hole and forced an African slave to push Abu Lahab’s body in the hole. What was the value of his wealth and power? A man of such power was reduced to filth. Allah is showing us that all your material acquisitions’ have absolutely no value to Him. Everyone will be judged on what was sent before and whatever Sadaqah Jariyah was left behind. Material wealth can either harm you or help you. Don’t end up like Abu Lahab. Use the blessings of Allah to earn His Paradise.

Secondly, Allah says about the Quraish;

‘For the Covenants (of security and safeguard enjoyed) by the Quraish, their Covenants (covering) journeys by winter and summer, - let them adore the Lord of This house, Who provides them with food against hunger, and with security against fear (of danger)’. (106)

The Quraish were the most elite tribe in Makkah. They were so respected that they were not troubled or harassed by others. Allah mentions that He is The One Who protected them even when they went outsides the borders of Makkah for trade. So don’t ever let your position or status cloud your judgement and divert you from Allah. He is the one that takes care of our affairs. Sometimes we may have the mentality that ‘I’. Allah preserved the body of Pharaoh to teach us a lesson. Power and status is no guarantee that you will be saved from the Hell Fire. Worship and submit humble to Allah and know that whatever you have achieved in this world is on account of the blessings and mercy of Allah. And He can take it all away in a matter of seconds so submit to Him and let Him take care of your affairs.

Thirdly Allah says in Surah Nashr

‘When comes the help of Allah, and victory, and thou dost see the people enter Allah’s religion in crowds, celebrate the praises of Thy Lord, and pray for His forgiveness: for He is Oft-Returning (in Grace and mercy)’. (110)

Know your cut of point. Don’t keep running after the world and keep on procrastinating. Our time here is short and you can’t afford to keep putting off Islam for a next day. Allah is advising us that when you’ve achieve enough and your responsibilities have lessened a bit, spend more time working for the hereafter instead for this world. Unfortunately we see many who keep on ‘grabbing after the world’, not knowing when enough is truly enough. Do exhaust your life by solely seeking the pleasures of this world. Balance your time in a way that you can work for this world and also for the hereafter.

All these teaching and so much more are preserved in the Holy Qur’an for us. How often do we ponder and contemplate on them? Understand that Allah loves you and He wants us to be counted amongst the fortunate ones, so take heed of the advice He has conserved for us.

May Allah enable us to instill the advice He has given us. May He take care of our affairs in this world and the next and may He bless us with the ability to properly balance of time.