Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Khutbah : ilm, ilm ilm and Ilm

For Shaykh Yasir Qadhi's Khutbah, click here

For Shaykh Ninowy's Khutbah, click here

It is back to ilm, ilm, ilm, and ilm.
'If you know HIM, you will find your way to HIM'

With true wisdom and ilm steeped from 'revealed knowledge',
....A physicist can see the handiwork of HIM in the CERN particles and photons;a cosmologist can discern order in the string theory; a biologist would not be so proud as to say evolution does not need God to give some semblance of order; an agnostic would stoop down and 'sujud' and 'taubat' for his intense ignorance and false pride;...and kings and presidents and prime ministers would pace the streets at night to look for the homeless and the destitute [ ...and not be too worried whether they have that latest fleet of Benzes and Bently Turbo in the garage, penthouses in Belgravia and 'state of the art,150-feet designer yatch' docked in Monaco, or enough ill gotten cash well stashed away in some Swiss banks somewhere ! ].

....but for us mere mortals, here are some real 'pearls and gem' more worthy to remember, comprehend and live by, than those 'superfluous' symbols of power and position...Some very powerful supplications for our everyday use and 'act' as our constant companions. From a scientific perspective,I believe it provide an instant humoral cerebral cascade, which when practised on a continued basis, provides like a permanent 'halo' at the individual level, which somehow works positively and 'can make one feels better' and act better. How this 'cascade' connect with the 'people of the higher plane' and subsequently to Him and back to the individual like a continuos 'magic beam from outer space' is beyond us. But that happens and it works wonders.

My late mother, who had almost zero formal schooling, towards the later stage in her life was always in constant dua, even before embarking on small things, like a drive to the supermarket or stepping out of the house etc and etc. I used to comment to her with some degree of smug filial condescension on her 'over dua' and 'over-wirid'. Now in my late fifties, I have 'gravitated' to the same level, perhaps even more, to the point of an 'addiction'. I could not imagine now doing anything substantive without a 'dua', to the point when some element of risk is involved, especially risk involving a third party, even added a big dose of formal 'prayer' or two. And IT WORKS ! IT WORKS !

There you are , DUA for all seasons. Allah has provided an avenue for us to dua, so DO IT ! And if you want something to happen or not to happen so badly, add to those dua, a big dose of formal 'hajat' prayer......even on a weekly or even daily basis if you have to !

A'u zubikalimatillah hittam mati min Sharhima Kholak
[ I take refuge in the kalimah of Allah against the evils {of creatures} He created]

وَقَالَ ٱرۡڪَبُواْ فِيہَا بِسۡمِ ٱللَّهِ مَجۡر۪ٮٰهَا وَمُرۡسَٮٰهَآ‌ۚ إِنَّ رَبِّى لَغَفُورٌ۬ رَّحِيمٌ۬ (٤١)
Bismillah himajreha wa mursaha inna Rabbi la Ghafur ru Rahim.
{Hud , 11 : 41 }
[ In the name of Allah be its course and its mooring. Lo! my Lord is Forgiving,
Merciful.]..Prophet Nuh alaihisalam on the eve of 'The Big Flood'.

La ila ha illa anta subhanaka inni kuntu minazzalimeen
(Al-Anbiya 21 : 87)
And Yunus, when he went away in wrath, so he thought that We
would not straiten him, so he called out among afflictions:
[ There is no god but Thou, glory be to Thee; surely I am of those who
make themselves to suffer loss.]

Hasbunallah wa ni'mal wakeel
(Al Imran , 3 : 173)
Dua Prophet Ibrahim alaihisalam
Those to whom the people said: Surely men have gathered
against you, therefore fear them, but this increased their faith,
and they said:
[Allah is sufficient for us, and He is Al Wakeel { best disposer of affairs }]

Hasbiyallahu, la ilaha illa, huwa alaihi tawakkaltu, wa huwa Rabb al- arshal -azhiim
{ Al Taubah , 9 : 129 }
[ Allah is sufficient for me, I have placed my trust in Him, He is the Lord of the Magestic Throne. ]

Rabbana zholamna amfusina wa il lam taghfir lana wa tarhamna lanaku nan naminal khasireen
{ Al Araf , 7 : 23 }, Dua Prophet Adam alaihisalam
[ Our Lord ! We have been unjust to ourselves, and if Thou forgive us not, and have
not mercy on us, we shall certainly be losers ]
Iblees, his 'partner in crime', and on an earlier occasion refused to 'prostrate' to Allah's new creation when asked,on the other hand was unrepentant. No dua , no repentance.
That in essense is the fine line that divides the believer from the non believer.
NO Dua, No Repentance !

...and of course my most favourite ayat cum doa from the last ayat in Al Baqarah, which according to Jibril alaihisalam has special significance. Hadith soheh has it that it was revealed to Prophet during his mikraj.
We are indeed tested by Allah all the time, in our life, in our daily work and occupation, in our is incumbent on us to doa that He 'not lay on us a burden' as 'He didst on those before us'...those monuments of men...Prophet Mosses, Ibrahim, Isa, and Muhammad et al, for we are frail specimens, frail in faith and resoluteness.
لَا يُكَلِّفُ ٱللَّهُ نَفۡسًا إِلَّا وُسۡعَهَا‌ۚ لَهَا مَا كَسَبَتۡ وَعَلَيۡہَا مَا ٱكۡتَسَبَتۡ‌ۗ رَبَّنَا لَا تُؤَاخِذۡنَآ إِن نَّسِينَآ أَوۡ أَخۡطَأۡنَا‌ۚ رَبَّنَا وَلَا تَحۡمِلۡ عَلَيۡنَآ إِصۡرً۬ا كَمَا حَمَلۡتَهُ ۥ عَلَى ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبۡلِنَا‌ۚ رَبَّنَا وَلَا تُحَمِّلۡنَا مَا لَا طَاقَةَ لَنَا بِهِۦ‌ۖ وَٱعۡفُ عَنَّا وَٱغۡفِرۡ لَنَا وَٱرۡحَمۡنَآ‌ۚ أَنتَ مَوۡلَٮٰنَا فَٱنصُرۡنَا عَلَى ٱلۡقَوۡمِ ٱلۡڪَـٰفِرِينَ (٢٨٦)
[ Al Baqarah , 2 : 286 ]
Allah tasketh not a soul beyond its scope. For it (is only) that which it hath earned, and against it (only) that which it hath deserved. Our Lord! Condemn us not if we forget, or miss the mark! Our Lord! Lay not on us such a burden as thou didst lay on those before us! Our Lord! Impose not on us that which we have not the strength to bear! Pardon us, absolve us and have mercy on us, Thou, our Protector, and give us victory over the disbelieving folk.

I never leave home or do anything substantive without this 'ayat', for I believe we are all being 'watched' and 'tested' and we do not know when the chips would be too heavy for us to handle.

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Shaykh Ninowy
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi


Anonymous said...

Masha Allah Doc, such a powerful reminder to make doa in any situations - as you know doa is a weapon for mu'mineen
-wkamil Radiology, HUSM

Shamsul said...

Salam Doc, thanks again for the ever awakenning reminders! How often one falls asleep and in a dream state not recognizing truth from illusions...till its too late.
Sadakalllah ul Azim..