وَمَا خَلَقْتُ ٱلْجِنَّ وَٱلْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ
I did not create jinn and humans except to worship Me. (Surat adh-Dhariyat, 51:56)
يحشر المرء مع من أحب
Prophet (s) said, "Each person will be resurrected with the one he loves." (Tabarani)
O Mu’mins, Believers! It is said that Allah (swt) made three `Eids for Muslims: at the end of Shahru Ramadan, `Eid ul-Fitr; at the end of Hajj after Yawmu `Arafah, `Eid ul-Adha; and then the `Eid of fuqaraa, poor ones that are not able to go to Hajj, of weak ones that are not able to fast. Allah (swt) has made for them yawmu ‘l-Jumu`ah, today.
Today is `Eid of Muslims, because Allah (swt) forgives them for what they have done for the past week. At the end of Shahru Ramadan when we are pray Salaatu ‘l-`Eid, Allah (swt) forgives all the sins. And for Hajjis, Allah (swt) forgives their sins. Same for us when we pray Salaatu ‘l-Jumu`ah, the `Eid of Muslims.
It is said that after you complete the week of five daily prayers, you come to collect your reward. Tonight you start a new week and inshaa-Allah Allah (swt) gives us the power to complete that. On Jumu`ah you say, “Yaa Rabbee, I want my reward.” That’s one of the wisdoms of Salaatu ‘l-Jumu`ah, that you come to collect Allah (swt)’s pleasure with you.
When you complete your Ramadan fast, at the end you come to Allah’s Presence for Salaatu ‘l-`Eid, when He forgives you and also gives to you.
Also when you complete the manaasik, requirements of Hajj, and you come to Allah (swt), “Yaa Rabbee, I have finished my manaasik al-Hajj; I want this, I want that,” and Allah (swt) gives you.
Depending on completion of the Pillars of Islam, Allah (swt) forgives you. For salaah, you collect your forgiveness today, but don’t forget to come to Friday to Salaatu ‘l-Jumu`ah. O Muslims, don’t say, “I have work to do.” Allah (swt) is waiting to give you. Inshaa-Allah, we are coming every Friday, and inshaa-Allah we continue to come, to collect from what He gives.
ءَاخِذِينَ مَآ ءَاتَىٰهُمْ رَبُّهُمْ إِنَّهُمْ كَانُوا۟ قَبْلَ ذَٰلِكَ مُحْسِنِينَ
Receiving what their Lord has given them. They were virtuous before that. (Surat adh-Dhariyat, 51:16)
Allah (swt) praises al-muttaqeen. Be from them, who are always aware of their Lord, Allah (swt), Lord of Heavens, doing their best during the week, doing what He and Rasoolullah (s) ordered, staying away from what is bad. They are in Jannaat, Paradises; they don't know, but they are in Heaven. You are with malaa'ikah, angels: they are with you when you wake up and when you sleep, they are on your right and left, and in front and behind you; and the writing angels. You are always surrounded by malaa'ikah; and you are in springs of knowledge and life. Akhidheena maa aataahum Rabbuhum. They come and they take what Allah (swt) gives for them. Be from them.
“Innahum kaanoo qabla dhaalika muhsineen.” They are always muhsin. What is muhsin? You woke up this morning, went to the kitchen, found breakfast ready, ate, and went to pray two raka`aat. Something came to his heart, he thought, “Where did this food come from? Subhaan-Allah, this egg came from an animal, these vegetables came from plants, that orange came from a tree, that milk came from an animal, that water came from springs.” And the water came from Samaa’, Heavens. Who sent it to you?
We say Alhamdulillah, a custom, but, sometimes we don’t understand what it means. Who arranged your food? Who dropped water from heavens for you so you can drink it? Who arranged that fruit to come out on that tree to give you rizq? Allah (swt) arranged it, from every corner of the world. Mashaa-Allah, Allah (swt) arranged all that to come on your table: for somebody to plant them, harvest them, shop them, sell them. He has given the whole world in your service, and arranged your wife/husband/parent to cook it for you.
Why did He do that? Awliyaullah have said that everything Allah (swt) has created is for your qiyaaman li ‘n-nafs, for you to stand up.Without food you can’t stand up. And He wants from nafs what? “Qiyaam li ‘l-`uboodiyyah.”? He wants you, your self (nafs) to stand up for Him, in His Presence, performing namaz, salaah, prayer.
He sent you all of that to you, first, for you to thank Him for that ni`mah, and second, to pray to Him. That is why He said, “Yaa ayyuha ‘n-naas, `ubudoo Rabbakum.” He is your Rabb, Rabbu ‘l-`Alameen. What wisdom, what power, what knowledge He has, to order this egg from this chicken, this meat, water, is for this one! And He brings it all the way to your table. Can you do that, O human being? You can’t. You claim that you can do something, but look at the simplicity of what I said. And people are ghaafil (heedless).
So, that one in the morning said, “You gave me all this for what? So I can disobey You?” Ulama debate that, but the meaning is correct: “I bring down and give My khayr to you, and from you comes your evil, O human being.” Allah (swt) sends down to you His goodness, and from you comes up to Him your evilness.
Be ashamed, be shy of your Lord, O Muslim, O mu’min! You have been given the Message. The others, what can you say? But, for the Muslim, when you are eating Allah (swt)’s rizq, make sure you give thanks, Qawlan, fi`lan, haalan in three ways: in qawl, by speech, by your tongue; fi`lan, by your body, by action and behaviour; and haalan, by your inner state.
First: qawlan, speech, say: “Yaa Rabbee, alhamdulillah. Shukr, Yaa Rabbee. You gave it to me without me doing anything.”
Second: fi`lan, actions. You use that ni`mah, favor of Allah (swt) in His Way. That means your body is in the service of your Lord, worshipping: doing what He ordered and leaving what He forbade.
Third: haalan, inner state of tuma’neena, qana`ah, tawakkul, sabr, characteristics of the heart. Inner state of contentment, satisfaction, pleasure, happiness with Allah (swt) and with what He has given you. “Akhidheena maa aataahum Rabbuhum.” If you happily take what Allah (swt) gave you, you are from the ones that He said are in Jannah. If you are not happy with what He has given you, then you are on the other side.
So, thank Allah (swt). Be aware of that muhsin. We said what that muhsin is: “Akhidheena maa aataahum Rabbuhum.” Whatever comes from their Lord, they take, with full ridaa, full satisfaction. “Innahum kaanoo qabla dhaalika muhsineen.” They were before that, and it means always, muhsin.
أن تعبد الله كأنك تراه، فإن لم تكن تراه فإنه يراك
That you worship Allah as if you see Him, for if you don't see Him, truly He sees you. (Bukhari)
Muhsin is the one that sees Allah (swt) when he is worshipping Him, “An ta`bud Allah ka’annaka taraah.” as Rasoolullah (s) has said, when they asked him about ihsan, what is muhsin. The one that worships Allah (swt) as if he’s seeing Him: he sees the food, he sees Allah (swt); Allah’s Favours. You cannot see Allah (swt) with your eyes. Allah (swt) is not a body; Allah (swt) does not have a colour, a shape, a smell. Allah (swt) is not a human being. You are the human. Allah (swt) is different - and you don’t know what different means; we leave that to Him. But, Allah (swt) wants you to see Him or His Actions, His Favours when you are doing things around the world. “An ta`bud Allah ka’annaka taraah.” You are worshipping Allah (swt) as if you are seeing Him; if you are not seeing Him, He is definitely with you.
So, thank Allah (swt), do your service, your namaz five times a day, and come to Jum`ah and ask Allah (swt) for His Pleasure.
Ask for Him. Ask for a good position in front of Him in His Divine Presence. Don’t ask for anything else. You say, “Allahu Akbar.” That means that what you want all the time is Allah (swt). We don’t want anything else.
May Allah (swt) keep us on the right way.
So, what did Awliyaullah say? One Waliullah said, Al-`ajabu kullu ‘l-`ajab, mimman yahruboo mimman laa infikaaka lahu `anhu.” Awliya have their words of wisdom. “I am amazed by who runs away from the One that he cannot detach himself from.” You cannot detach yourself from the Presence of your Lord. You cannot find a place to escape from your Lord, your Creator, Allah (swt). You can never separate from His looking at you, His hearing you, and His being with you. Wa yatluboo maa laa baqaa’alahu `Indah. And you run after the thing that will not stay with you.
Awliyaullah speak, their words are like swords to your heart. You run after what will not stay with you, and you can see that now, you can see it at the end of your life, and you can see it at the beginning of your life, depending on when Allah (swt) allows you to see it. You have run after something that will not stay with you, and you have run away from the One that always stays with you, so come back.
وَهُوَ مَعَكُمْ أَيْنَ مَا كُنتُمْ وَٱللَّهُ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ بَصِيرٌ
And He is with you wherever you may be. God is Seeing of everything you do. (Surat al-Hadid, 57:4)
Come back to the One that is “Huwa ma`akum ayna maa kuntum.” Wherever you are, He is with you: in qabr (the grave), in Barzakh, in Yawmu ‘l-Qiyamah, in Jannah, in Jahannam, also!
He has Jalaal (Majesty) and He has Jamaal (Beauty). Jannah is the image of Beauty, sooratu ‘l-Jamaal; the Kindness, Tenderness, Mercy, of Allah (swt). Jahannam is siffaatu ‘l-Jalaali wa ’l-Qahr, Crushing, Subduing, Might.
Allah (swt) is with you. He is with the kaafir in Jahannam, He is with the mu’min in Jannah, and He is everywhere: wherever you think, He is there with you. So, don’t run away from the One that is always with you, and leave those that will not be with you. Understand? The ones that understood succeeded, and the ones that did not understand, they are continuing on their way.
May Allah (swt) forgive us. May Allah (swt) make us from al-muttaqeen.
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