Nav for Ikhlas
This precious commodity of Imaan, for which little gratitude
is expressed, is the only means by which a person can gain najaat (salvation)
in the Aakhirah (Hereafter), and entrance into Jannat (Heaven
Unfortunately, Imaan is not recognized as the priceless gift it
is, because there has been no sacrifice for it. There are so many
who confidently entertain the misconception that since they are born
Muslims, they will most certainly die as Muslims, no matter how much
in conflict their actions are with Islam.
- …Our condition is akin to the unscrupulousness of that
person who was walking with two pieces of an expensive shawl tied
to his feet; while he carried his shoes on his head.
- Someone questioned him : “What is this upside down ‘amal’ (action)? ”
- The person replied : “I received the shawl as part
of inheritance, but I had to pay for these shoes with my own
money. I am therefore saving the leather of the shoes because
my hard-earned money has gone into the purchase of these shoes.”
- The condition of our Imaan is like that shawl. It means
nothing to us because we have made no sacrifice for it. So we trample
on Imaan and Islam. Because there was no effort
made in obtaining it, we ‘evict’ that precious
Imaan from our hearts.
- It is due to this lack of appreciation that many leave the fold
of Islam and die on Kufr…
- Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur`aan Sharief :
- “…If you are grateful, I will most certainly
increase for you (My favours) but if you show ingratitude, verily!
My Punishment is indeed severe.”
- [Surah Ibraheem 14 : 7]
- Thus, if we appreciate the gift of Imaan, Allah Ta’ala
will increase us in Imaan and Yaqeen (conviction). If
not, it may well be snatched away. (May Allah Ta’ala
protect us all.)
…So we find that our Ikhlaas is lip service.
Allah Ta’ala’s complaint against His servants, has been
appropriately portrayed in the poetry of one Wali of Allah Ta’ala:
“ You keep Me upon your lips
But not within the depths of your heart.
Your faith is limited to your lips;
Your faith is not engraved upon your heart.”
This is the reason why we do not retain any Noor of Taqwa within
our hearts. We acquire a little and then we destroy the little :
through the sins of our eyes, our ears, our tongues, our hands and
our feet. How can we then expect other people to be impressed and
convinced, when we cannot convince ourselves?
Islam and its teachings are, indeed, Haq and it’s implementation
brings peace, happiness, satisfaction, contentment and is the only means
of establishing a firm Ta’alluq (relationship) with
Allah Ta’ala. Whilst we should have been the first ones to
be convinced, our actions display that we are not convinced.
In fact, in our actions there is a resemblance of the attitude of
the Jews in the time of Hazrat Musa (‘Alaihis Salaam).
When Musa (‘Alaihis Salaam) presented them with the
Tauraah, they said :
“…We have heard and disobeyed…”
[Surah Baqarah 2 : 93]
Whilst, most of us do not say so with our tongues, because that
would clearly expel a person from the fold of Islam, our actions
have the same arrogance and insolence of the Bani Israeel.
So we find that our arch-enemy, Shaytaan, comes to us and tempts
us with wealth, earned in a haraam manner and we foolishly consider,
if not oblige. He entices us, by whispering : “Take this,
it will help you to give to the Musjids and for the Madrasas. When
collectors call on you and appeal for funds, you will not be embarrassed
by giving only R10. What is so serious if you take interest on your
money and thereafter give large amounts to charitable causes… Allah
will be pleased.” (Na-oozu Billahi min zaalik.)