Posts tagged Allah
Posts tagged Allah
And do not be like those who forgot Allah, so He made them forget themselves. [59:19]
She is dreaming of a valley of roses –
Separation so bitter to bear –
Cast your affairs into the stream, Mother of Moses,
Sing Prince Solomon’s Love song with cheer!
Pluck the day with the slave of the Subtle,
Black beads clicking, voices singing aloud.
The blooms and breezes will whisper their secret,
“Let Love’s sharp thorns be your crown.”
Sipping patient, lips moistened with liquor,
She tugs at the veils of this life.
God willing, she dies – in remembrance –
And slits her throat with Abraham’s knife.
'Ali, may God ennoble his countenance, said: “It puzzles me that a man should perish when he possesses the means to save himself.” When they asked him to explain, he said: “The Prayer for forgiveness!”
He also used to say: “God, Glorified and Exalted is He, never inspires a man to seek forgiveness if He intends to punish him.”
An excerpt from Al-Ghazali’s 'Ihya 'Uloom-ud Din (or ‘Bringing Religious Knowledge to Life’), trans. by Muhtar Holland.
"Tell me something.
If every person on the planet, if everything in the Universe, every atom worshipped Allah like the Prophet (saw) worshipped Him - absolutely perfect worship: would it increase His majesty in the slightest…?
And if (au’dhoobillah) every person, every thing, every atom were to be disobedient, like Shaitan - cursed and cursing - tell me: would it decrease His majesty in the slightest…?
You see, Allah doesn’t need our actions, He doesn’t need us.
But we need Him. Our hearts need Him.”
- Ramadan Reflections with Imam Abdul Latif Finch.
NB: I’m just paraphrasing what Imam Abdul Latif Finch said above. I didn’t have pen and paper to hand and it’s been a week since he delivered this particular talk.
A reminder that we only worship to our own benefit and when we sin we only wrong ourselves. We’re not doing Allah ‘a favour’, either way - rather it is Allah’s favour upon us, that He made us from those who (try to) submit. May Allah forgive us for our shortcomings. Ameen.
“But everything that you and I know, everything in this domain, everything that you and I participate in, everything that you and I know and talk about and live and eat and breathe and all of our life – it’s creation through and through, top to bottom, left and right.
And every single one of those things, every one of them, even [down] to the atom, even down to the quark inside of the atom, Allah said that ‘There’s nothing that We haven’t created but we created it in pairs.’
You don’t know black unless you’ve seen white; you don’t right unless you’ve seen wrong; you don’t know up until you’ve been down. You don’t happiness until you’ve had a little bit of grief; you don’t know grief until you’ve tasted happiness.
Allah creates everything in pairs – ‘la3lakom tadhakkaroon’ – so that you might be a people of remembrance, that you might be a people who contemplate, that you be a people that reflect, that you be a people who mention – that you reflect, that you mention, that you contemplate, that you remember the blessings of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala upon you.
Because if you do not have the opposite of something, you do not know what it is that you have.”
- Imam Abdul Latif Finch, on the wisdom of contemplating on the complementary, remembering and thus turning from the creation to the Creator.
The above is a small excerpt of a Friday sermon delivered by Imam Abdul Latif Finch. Now, I ain’t American but give love where love is due. A review? It’s positive, ya Sidi - 110%.
Here is wisdom crystallised - relevant to our times (masha’Allah, I loved how the examples of the Prophet were linked to our own situations). And a joke here and there always sweetens the message. :)
It was great so no need for nerves (‘chill out’) - may Allah protect and preserve him and all of our teachers - ameen!
Allahumma salli ‘ala Sayyidina Muhammad, al fatihi lima ughliqa, wal khatimi lima sabaq, nasiril haqqi bil Haqq, wal hadi ila siratik al mustaqeem, wa ‘ala aalihi, haqqa qadrihi wa miqdarihil adheem.
NB: This talk is available to download here.