So fear Allah as much as you are able and listen and obey and spend [in the way of Allah]; it is better for your selves. And whoever is protected from the stinginess of his soul - it is those who will be the successful. Chapter (64) Sūrat Taghābun
Can anybody fulfil perfectly and completely those commands that have been given in accordance to the shan of Allah Ta'ala - in conformity to His grandeur and majestic status? Never but never! That order that Allah Ta'ala has given to be carried out, in the time set for it, in the manner it is to be done, in keeping with the shan (grandeur) of Haq Ta'ala, can anybody carry out that task to that degree of perfection? Never. However, this person who carries out that task in the set time, yet unable to do it according to the shan of Zate Bari Ta'ala, Allah Ta'ala nevertheless looks at the effort with a gaze of appreciation: "My bandah has made an effort. Where is he able to do so at the level of My Zat (Being)?
Yet, I know that he did it according to his capabilities, weak as he is. He attempted it. Therefore, he is of value and appreciated in My gaze. Therefore, do not fall into too deep research and inquiry, into too deep introspection and mystification, into too deep thought and anxiety.
On the other hand, that day in which you feel that you have performed a task befitting the shan of Allah Ta'ala, that is the day of mourning for you! In other words, it is a day of immense grieving. The very audacity! "O puny bondsman!
Do you consider that your performance is at the level of My grandeur and majesty?" Better is that day when you humbly submitted, "This is the extent of my effort. I have tried my level best. Where can I do anything befitting the grandeur and majesty of Haq Ta'ala?" Where is it possible to do anything befitting the shan of Haq Ta'ala? Astighfirullah!
O ye brothers! O ye saalikun! O ye zaakirun! O ye taalibun! O ye mutiyqun! Do you understand? This is encouragement - instilling courage for those who have work to do! Have you understood the points made?
Hakeemul Ummah Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi Sahib رحمه الله mentions that we often hear people saying; "Don't you know who I am?"
A pious servant of Allah Ta'ala جل جلاله provided an appropriate answer when an individual was walking with arrogance. He advised him; "Do not walk with such pride, brother. Rather, adopt humility and meekness in your stride." The individual commented; "Don't you know who I am?" The pious servant replied; "I do know full well who you are. Firstly, you were a congealed speck of impure sperm and your end result will be a decaying corpse while presently you carry a quantity of faeces within you."
Man must reflect; surely it is amazing that Allah Ta'ala جل جلاله has kept a host of different impurities within the body of this human being along with orifices whereby they reach the outside yet these orifices do not allow the odour to reach the outside at all times. If these odours were to be constantly emitted, living a social life would have been impossible.
Hazrat Thaanwi رحمه الله adds another example where a person suffers from the disease of bad breath. We can relate to this that standing next to this person would be a torture. The Fuqahā have explained that if a person suffers from the disease of bad breath, he should not perform his Salaah with congregation but should do so individually. Yes, he will receive the full reward of having performed his Salaah with congregation. Bad breath is due to a problem with the stomach. So then, how can man say; "Don't you know who I am?" A person who reacts this way is involved in the spiritual maladies of pride and ignorance. Again, let us understand that a small stomach complaint can cause such enormous problems; how then can we attach importance to ourselves?
Shaykh Junayd Baghdadi went for a walk out of Baghdad. His students followed him. The Shaykh asked how Bahlool was. They answered, “He is a crazy person, what do you need from him?”
“Bring him to me because I have a need for him.”
The students searched for Bahlool and found him in the desert. They took Shaykh Junayd to him.
When Shaykh Junayd went near Bahlool, he saw Bahlool in a state of perturbation with a brick under his head. The Shaykh greeted him. Bahlool answered and asked, “Who are you?”
“I am Junayd Baghdadi.”
“Are you Abul Qasim?”
“Are you Shaykh Baghdadi who gives people spiritual instructions?”
“Do you even know how to eat?”
“I say Bismillah (In the Name of Allah). I eat from in front of me, I take small bites, put them in the right side of my mouth, and slowly chew. I don't stare at others' bites. I remember Allah while eating. For whatever morsel I eat, I say Alhamdoulillah (Praise be to Allah). I wash my hands before and after eating.”
Bahlool stood up, shook his garment on the Shaykh, and said, “You want to be the spiritual teacher of the world but you don't even know how to eat.” Saying this, he walked away.
The Shaykh's students said, “O Shaykh! He is a crazy person.”
“He is such a lunatic who is intelligent in his work. Listen to the correct statements from him.”
Saying this he went after Bahlool, saying, “I have a need for Bahlool.”
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21 November 2017
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Abu Hurairah Radiallahu Anhu narrated that the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said:
"Do you know who the bankrupt is?" They said: "O Messenger of Allah! The bankrupt among us is the one who has no Dirham nor property." The Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: "The bankrupt in my Ummah is the one who comes with Salat and fasting and Zakat on the Day of Judgement, but he comes having abused this one, falsely accusing that one, wrongfully consuming the wealth of this one, spilling the blood of that one, and beating this one. So he is seated, and this one is requited from his rewards. If his rewards are exhausted before the sins that he committed are requited, then some of their sins will be taken and cast upon him, then he will be cast into the Fire."