Sincerity and Reliance upon Allah

  • وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يَعْبُدُ اللَّهَ عَلَى حَرْفٍ فَإِنْ أَصَابَهُ خَيْرٌ اطْمَأَنَّ بِهِ وَإِنْ أَصَابَتْهُ فِتْنَةٌ انقَلَبَ عَلَى وَجْهِهِ خَسِرَ الدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةَ ذَلِكَ هُوَ الْخُسْرَانُ الْمُبِينُ   (And among men there is one who worships Allah (standing) on the verge: so if some good thing happens to him, he is satisfied with it, and if a trial befalls him, he turns his face back. He loses both this world and the Hereafter. That is the manifest loss.  Surah 22, Verse 11)
    • We should look at the bounty and favors Allah SWT has bestowed upon us and be grateful
    • Allah wants us to be grateful for what He has given us and be patient for what He has not given us
  • إِنَّ هَـٰذَا كَانَ لَكُمۡ جَزَآءً۬ وَكَانَ سَعۡيُكُم مَّشۡكُورًا   (This is a reward for you, and your effort has been appreciated Surah 76, Verse 22)
    • Any action we do should be solely for Allah SWT, not primarily because of any reward or fear of punishment
    • It is our belief that Allah SWT will reward us for our actions
  • قُلۡنَا يَـٰنَارُ كُونِى بَرۡدً۬ا وَسَلَـٰمًا عَلَىٰٓ إِبۡرَٲهِيمَ    We said, “O fire, be cold and safe for Ibrahim.” (  Surah 21, Verse 69)  and وَقَالُواْ حَسۡبُنَا ٱللَّهُ وَنِعۡمَ ٱلۡوَڪِيلُ   ( Allah is fully sufficient for us, and the best One in whom to trust  Part of Surah 3, Verse 173)
    • Ibrahim (AHS) was being catapulted into a fire by his people.  While he was in the air, Jibrail (AHS) came to him and asked if he needed anything.  Ibrahim (AHS) said Allah is sufficient for me and the best One in whom to trust
  • When a need comes, a person shouldn’t lean towards fathers, children, his wealth, or mass-producing factories, but he should direct all matters towards Him.  And then they should not place their trust in any circumstance except upon Him

Being content:

  • Rida (being content) means a person’s heart is content with whatever Allah SWT decrees for him
  • Some scholars say, “The one closest to Allah is the one who is most pleased with what Allah SWT has destined for him”
  • Many times favors are concealed between the jaws of difficulty.  We shouldn’t think because we are afflicted with difficulty that it is bad for us 
  • The Prophet (ﷺ) taught us a believer is rewarded for any type of difficulty that afflicts us.  Even if a thorn was to prick us, Allah SWT removes some of our sins
  • We cannot be fully obedient to Allah SWT until we don’t empty the love of the dunya from our heart
    • Mawlana Rumi (RAH) gave the example of a ship and water.  The ship needs the water, but if the water comes inside the ship, the ship will sink.  We need the dunya to live in the dunya, but we cannot let the love of the dunya enter into our hearts
    • We will receive what Allah SWT has apportioned for us
    • We should not love the dunya such that we are willing to do anything to attain it and that it interferes with our incumbent duties
    • The attractions of the dunya place a veil over our heart
  • We should be grateful for all the blessings Allah SWT has provided us
  • We should be patient during times of happiness and difficulty.  In this dunya, there is no difficulty that will not disappear and no happiness that will last forever.  Jannah will be an eternal happiness
  • A poet said:  If I know my entire life is but a moment, why shouldn’t I be miserly with it and spend my life in righteous deeds and obedience to Allah SWT
  • A person said to the Prophet (SAW), ‘I dislike death.’  He (ﷺ) replied, ‘Do you have wealth?’  The man replied, ‘Yes.”  The Prophet (ﷺ) said, ‘Spend your wealth because a person is attached to their wealth.’
  • Isa (AHS) said:  Piety is three things:  in speech, in sight, and in remaining silent.  A person’s speech that is used for other than the remembrance of Allah is wasteful.  A person that doesn’t use his eyesight to take lessons of life has forgotten the purpose of his eyesight.  A person who sits in silence and does not contemplate has wasted that time sitting
    • The Prophet  taught:  A person who remains silent will be successful
    • During silence, we should be in contemplation (e.g. where am I heading?).  Our eyesight should be used to take lessons from what is around us.  Our tongue expresses what is in our heart and should be used for the remembrance of Allah SWT
    • We should adjust our life according to the wishes of Allah SWT
    • If Allah SWT is mentioned in a gathering, that entire gathering will count as if we were in His remembrance
  • We should leave fantasizing about worldly desires because those desires incite our intentions.  The intention then incites the nafs to attain the desire
    • If we think about something enough, we will eventually do it
    • The best way to leave certain things is by leaving thinking about them