This portion of the book is not a gem but a chest of many. In the group session we formed, we had trouble picking one of the sections and explaining it as our favorite. Every two lines seem to have in them a wealth of linguistic, spiritual and intellectual beauty. Nevertheless I had decided earlier that nothing would come from me for this post except for these ayahs.
وَأُزْلِفَتِ الْجَنَّةُ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ غَيْرَ بَعِيدٍ ﴿٣١﴾ هَـذَا مَا تُوعَدُونَ لِكُلِّ أَوَّابٍ حَفِيظٍ ﴿٣٢﴾ مَّنْ خَشِيَ الرَّحْمَـنَ بِالْغَيْبِ وَجَاءَ بِقَلْبٍ مُّنِيبٍ ﴿٣٣﴾ ادْخُلُوهَا بِسَلَامٍ ذَلِكَ يَوْمُ الْخُلُودِ ﴿٣٤﴾ لَهُم مَّا يَشَاءُونَ فِيهَا وَلَدَيْنَا مَزِيدٌ ﴿٣٥ وَكَمْ أَهْلَكْنَا قَبْلَهُم مِّن قَرْنٍ هُمْ أَشَدُّ مِنْهُم بَطْشًا فَنَقَّبُوا فِي الْبِلَادِ هَلْ مِن مَّحِيصٍ ﴿٣٦﴾ إِنَّ فِي ذَلِكَ لَذِكْرَى لِمَن كَانَ لَهُ قَلْبٌ أَوْ أَلْقَى السَّمْعَ وَهُوَ شَهِيدٌ ﴿٣٧
And Paradise will be brought near to the righteous, not far, [It will be said], “This is what you were promised – for every returner [to Allah ] and keeper [of His covenant]
Who feared the Most Merciful unseen and came with a heart returning [in repentance].
Enter it in peace. This is the Day of Eternity.”
They will have whatever they wish therein, and with Us is more.
And how many a generation before them did We destroy who were greater than them in [striking] power and had explored throughout the lands. Is there any place of escape?
Indeed in that is a reminder for whoever has a heart or who listens while he is present [in mind].
SubhanAllah! No let me say this again.. SubhanAllah! How harmoniously the passage that we read in the class links in with these ayahs! One thing that I particularly would like to point out is the use of word “Qalb” twice in these brief six ayahs. Isn’t that what it’s all about, my friends? Having said that, I will let you find the joy in connecting the similarities, and will dedicate the rest of the post to another crucial topic.
It is related to this line here “The light of ‘Ilm and the light of guidance cannot be attained without struggle while information ( facts and stats) can be attained by any method a human may choose.” Ustadha Farhat expanded on this a little and said that when the ‘Ilm was taught in the beautiful times gone by, the students did not make even the sound of rustling of the paper as they turned their pages because they could not afford to miss a word from the teacher. People used to travel far and wide to listen to the scholars and that one word might have cost them a thousand miles of journey! Talk about passion! May Allah bless them all and give us true understanding of deen like them. Amen.
In Logical Progression, dear Sh. Abu `Eesa discussed the same thing. His line has stuck with me. Read this with care. He said “Now I’m just going to say to you that the quality of Muslims in now, 2012, we’re in a difficult moment. There are a lot of people out there who study religion and subhanAllah their studies are not quality. They spend hours in a lesson and they’re more focused on tweeting something about it, than spending an hour revising, memorizing, and acting upon it.” If I’d had not to lament on my own failing regarding this, I’d just stop here so that you can read and re-read and then re-read his words. How true they are! The most logical and authentic way to learn is to:
However, what we do is jump straight on the third from the first. We don’t implement, we just teach or speak… just as how puppets work. All they do is flex their mouth to say something that is not even coming from themselves. You give a song to it to mouth or give it a Fiqh ul Quloob to recite, what matter is to it? There is no heart to bypass and layover. No soul to water and replenish. Words fall from it’s mouth like dead leaves.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that we should stop posting beneficial things on Facebook. I do that all the time and so should you. BUT me and you need to make sure that before anything that goes to our Facebook wall or Twitter profile should first be posted on our hearts. Make sure that our minds have already chewed on its fibers and understood it. Of course how wonderful it’d be if we could just learn a thing and before we post we could apply it in our lives instead of just understanding it. Alas, the inordinate amount of knowledge floating around and our own puny Imans make it impossible to do so. So for now, I am sticking with the intention that though I do not work on everything that I post, I believe in it and have already tied it in a tiny knot in my heart. Who knows, so many of my dear friends may be able to understand it much better than I could and it helps them (as per the hadith of Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)). Plus, I will spend more time reflecting and revising my notes from now on, inshaAllah. Ya Allah help me and all those who make the same intention. Ameen.