ALLAH LOOKS TO YOUR HEARTS

Posted: October 24, 2013 by kashmirsufis in Sayings
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All praise and all gratitude is due to Allah subhana wa ta’ala. Gratitude amounting to the number of rahamat (mercies which Allah subhana wa ta’ala sent down upon us), amounting to the number of divine gazes, which He sent down upon us, amounting to the number of times He has extended His help and extended His divine favors and extended the rope of connection with Him. There is no one worthy of worship but Him. All forms of assistance can only come from Him. Any kind of assistance comes only from Allah subhana wa ta’ala. He is the one who sends down divine favors (fudul). May the best of salutations be upon the Prophet Muhammad sallalahu ‘aleihi wasallim. May we be granted the gaze of the Prophet sallalahu ‘aleihi wasallim on the Day of Judgment. May we be granted the happiness in seeing him on the Day of Judgment. May Allah allow us to serve Him in the dunya so that we can be become true and sincere servants of Allah.
May Allah purify our souls. Once the nafs becomes purified, it becomes illuminated. Once it’s illuminated, it becomes like a priceless jewel (what value do you place on such a nafs which has become purified and perfected before Allah subhana wa ta’ala?). May Allah allow us to purify and illuminate our souls and nufus (so that we became these jewels of iman).
Imam Al Ghazali is someone who possesses true sincerity. Imam Al Ghazali is addressing us in this book as a compassionate father.
Returning to advice of Imam Al Ghazali:Hadith: “Verily Allah looks to your hearts and your intentions”.
o Allah gazes toward the heart and looks for 4 things:
1) intention, 2) servanthood, 3) vision, 4) what place Allah has in your heart (wujudu fi qalbik)
The only thing that benefits is that which reaches the heart
o This book prepares you for closeness with Allahsubhana wa ta’ala. These advices are only given to those who are seeking purification. Whatever it is you have sacrificed in your life, Allah selects only that which penetrated your heart.
o The fruit of outward action should reside in the heart. Whatever action you did with an awe of Allah, this is what Allah selects as beneficial actions for your heart.
La ilaha illa Allah
ola maghbud illa Allah – none worthy of worship except Allah.
If you engage in sins then there is a question about your sincerity (you’re following the whims and wishes of your own nafs and this particular qualification is not present in you)
o la maqsut illa Allah
o la mashhut illa Allah
Prophet Musa
o First level: I’m Allah. Worship Me and establish salat for My remembrance.
o Next level: I created you for Me
*May Allah create us for Him. Ameen.May Allah allow us to enter into this group. Even though our lives are so short, the madad (divine assistance from Allah) is huge. Those who existed before this ummah were predominantly kuffar (they did not benefit at all from divine assistance). Allah sends His divine assistance and the one who is open to receive it can get all of rahamat (units of divine mercy). This is especially applicable to those who pray at night. Even if you don’t get up, but you have the intention you still receive the madad.
* It was the will of Allah to end the dunya with this ummah (the best of people). It all comes down to how you end the race. Jannah (8 gates) is more expansive then Jahannam (7 gates). The number of people in Jannah is few, but Jahannam is full of people.
o Qur’an:The day when We say to Jahannam, are you full? Jahannam replies, are there any more?
o Jahannam will be mostly filled with people of the previous nations. There are 120 rows of people entering into Jannah and 80 rows will be from the people of the Prophet Muhammad sallalahu ‘aleihi wasallim. So most of the people in Jannah will be from the ummah of the Prophet. May Allah make us of those people who will enter in the first row. Ameen.
If you make just a small effort you will receive abundant amount of assistance from Allah, because Prophet Muhammad is making duah for you and istighfar for you. Allah will surely answer the duah of the Prophet. Look the rahma that is in the heart of the Prophet for his ummah. He will be the one who will approach Allah to intercede for his ummah and Allah allows him to intercede.
Sahabi asked the Prophet a very intelligent question, where can I find you on the Day of Judgment, ya Rasul Allah?The Prophet replied: 1) Scales – mizan, 2) Bridge – sirat, 3) Pond – haud.
1) Mizan
o You will feel so alone at mizan that you will wish someone would be there to help you. The Prophet will be there during the weighing of deeds to bring you comfort.
o There will be a lot of loneliness on the Day of Judgment. Everyone will run away from you, because everyone is concerned for his own self. The Prophet will be the only one who will not leave you. Allah said, We will not disappoint you with your ummah. Allah does not wish to disappoint the Prophet on the Day of Judgment with his ummah.
2) Sirat
o The pulpit of the Prophet will be at the sirat. We will cross the sirat one by one. The Prophet will be at the pulpit gazing at you hoping that you cross the sirat. He will be saying “O Allah, bring him to safety”. You see the Prophet before you cross the sirat (to provide ease for you).
3) Haud
o You will drink from the hand of the Prophet until your thirst is satiated.
o Kauthar – water that is whiter than milk and it’s taste is similar to honey (very sweet)
At this point, Habib Umar usually says [to his students] take advantage of your life, take advantage of this majlis, it could be that it becomes your treasure on the Day of Judgment
The one who loves and yearns for the Prophet sallalahu ‘aleihi wasallim surely will take comfort in seeing him at the time of death (just like we get to see him at the mizan, sirat and haud). The Prophet gave an opportunity to all Muslims to see him in this dunya (in dreams). Successful are the ones who get a chance to see the Prophet in their dream. Your heart has to be in a particular spiritual state to be able to receive that vision.
1) Outwardly:
o Fulfill the adab and the etiquettes of sleeping (wudu, sleeping on your right, reading duah, using miswak and etc).
2) Inwardly:
o No cheating or lying to Muslims.
o No hatred in your heart towards any Muslim.
o No envy towards any Muslim.
o No kibr (arrogance) towards anyone.
If you have any of these characteristics then you’re not ready to see the Prophet.
o Forgive anyone who wronged you. If you want Allah to forgive you, you need to forgive others.
o If Allah allows you to wake up from your sleep, have the intention to serve the Muslim ummah. Have this intention before going to bed.
§ We’re weak when it comes to our loved ones. May Allah grant us the love of the Prophet subhana wa ta’ala. Hints to prepare yourself for sleep:
o Read a portion of the seerah or shamail before sleeping;
o Put on some musk on your cheeks;
o Do not sleep with any clothing that is najas (if you are able to);
o Ensure that your clothing does not contain any pictures of human beings or animals and no words of people;
o Make sure that your nails are clipped;
o Engage in salawat/dhikr;
o Write on a piece of paper Muhammad in Arabic (the more you gaze at it, the more it affects your heart; the name usually guides to the named);
o Avoid the consumption of doubtful food;
o Try to eat what the Prophet used to eat. Habib Umar likes to eat food that is mentioned in the Qur’an (there are secrets in these foods if Allah mentions them in the holy Qur’an). The Prophet enjoyed drinking milk or having dates mixed with milk. The Prophet also used to like pumpkin. Try to eat in fashion similar to the Prophet so that you resemble him as much as possible. Eat the food with intention of resembling the Prophet (not just to satisfy appetite or fill the stomach).
§ There is no doubt that we all love the Prophet sallalahu ‘aleihi wasallim.
o It requires sabr and patience.

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