Love and Hate
To love and to hate is part of human nature.
As a result, all of us love and hate something or someone. And we do that in one form or another and at one point of our life or another.
Those who are driven entirely by their own base needs and emotions, they love and hate for narrow personal and selfish reasons.
But those that are blessed and favored by God, they love and hate for broader and more enlightened reasons.
They love and hate for the sake of God.
That means they use their basic human emotions of love and hate as an instrument of loving God and serving all of humanity and all of God’s creation.
As a result, they love all – and hate none. For, love is their dominant emotion.
But when they see God’s laws being disrespected, and when they see God’s most basic commandments being violated, and when they see all kinds of atrocities and injustices being perpetrated on their fellow human beings, or on God’s broader creation in any form or fashion, they often tend to react not only in sorrow and pain, but also in anger and with indignation.
But theirs is a righteous wrath.
And it is not unlike God’s own wrath and indignation when he beholds humans violating his laws and commandments on earth: knowingly, willfully and persistently.
And when he sees human beings commit all kinds of blatant wrongs and oppressions against one another – something the Qur’an repeatedly refers to as Zulm, a term that sadly is not a part of English vocabulary.
So, the wrath of these good people against Zulm, in that context, is a reflection on earth of divine displeasure in Heaven.
And those who do not feel this righteous wrath and indignation, at any time and with regard to any issue, are often the ones whose hearts have gone dead.
They are people who have not allowed themselves to rise above the lowest level of human existence.
In fact, they are like animals, if not worse, as the Qur’an puts it.
They proceed from the narrowest focus and motives of personal greed, ambition and selfishness.
But what the good people in their state of righteous wrath and divinely inspired indignation do not do is take the law of the land – any law of any land – in their own hands as it were.
Nor do they use their righteous rage to perpetrate any atrocity or terrible deed of their own (Zulm) on the guilty.
But instead they set about systematically working to wipe out all injustices from the face of the earth.
And they do so by embarking upon a totally focused mission of inviting humanity to God and to his Book, the Qur’an, and to his prophet, Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
And they do that using the best and the finest possible means and methods of human communication and outreach ever devised.
Such blessed individuals are God’s reflection on earth. They are God’s elect.
And they are God’s chosen and favored people in every age and place.
Good Children of Good People
To the children of the good people who have decided to work for Allah, here is something I want to say to them: Work hard to move your own lives and this work forward.
Do not use this work as a means of personal advancement in life in any form or fashion.
Do not use any part or aspect of this work as a business or an element in a career path.
And also, try to adhere to the teachings of Allah’s Deen to the extent you can and to the best of your ability.
And try not to play games with Allah’s Deen at any time and in any form or fashion. For, you have no chance of winning.
Your parents are good people. They gave you the best they could.
And they worked very hard to put you on Allah’s path.
But Allah has put your life and your destiny in your own hands. And not in your parents hands.
That means you will have to make your own choices. And you will have to make your own decisions.
And I hope and pray you make the right ones.
Allah bless you.
Giving Back to Allah
When Allah gives us something -- and he gives us all kinds of amazing things all the time -- isn’t it time to ask: What are we giving back to Allah?
More than Our Body
We are all more than our body. We also -- all of us -- possess a soul.
The body is where the soul resides, to the extent a statement like that is intelligible to anyone.
We nourish our body with food and drink. And we titillate it with all kinds of delectables, from sweets to fruits and all things delicious and pleasurable.
Food for the soul is turning to God. For, it was God who breathed in Adam’s body his spirit when he fashioned him with his two hands.
So, the soul has a perpetual hankering for God -- for its maker and master. And it will not find real peace or satisfaction with anyone or anything else.
And the way to delight and nourish the soul is remembrance of God, whether it is through chanting of words -- Dhikrullah-- or through contemplation and meditation: Tafakkur and Tadabbur.
A hungry and tormented soul then finds peace and joy. And then it returns to God well pleased with itself and with all else. In a state of perfect contentment.
It is then welcome by God in the abode of everlasting delight and ecstasy, in the most exalted and honored company of God’s Elect.
Yaa ayyatuhannafsul mutmainnah, irji’ee ilaa rabbiki raadiyatam mardiyyah. Fadkhulee fi ‘ibaadee, wadkhulee jannatee!
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