|“Kind speech and forgiveness is better than charity followed by injury; and Allâh is Self-sufficient, Forbearing.” (2:263)|
|“O you who believe! Spend (benevolently) of the good things that you earn and or what We have brought forth for you out of the earth, and do not aim at what is bad that you may spend (in alms) of it, while you would not take it yourselves unless you have its price lowered, and know that Allâh is Self-sufficient, Praiseworthy.” (2:267)|
|“Allâh is He besides Whom there is no god, the Ever-living, the Self-subsisting by Whom all subsist; slumber does not overtake Him nor sleep; whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth is His; who is he that can intercede with Him but by His permission? He knows what is before them and what is behind them, and they cannot comprehend anything out of His knowledge except what He pleases, His knowledge extends over the heavens and the earth, and the preservation of them both tires Him not, and He is the Most High, the Great.” (2:255)|
Notice how in these Ayâts, Allâh is telling us that what we do will have no
effect on Him. These are acts for our benefit, He does not need them. This is
accomplished by the fact that He calls Himself by this great name,
Self-sufficient , after telling us of doing good deeds. In the last verse,
ayât al Kursi, Allah lets us Know without doubt, that He has no needs.
Allâh does not need us. We need Him. Keeping this in mind will help us in filling that great void.
We have been told in a hadîth Qudsi:
|“...O My servants, even if the first amongst you, the last amongst you, even if the whole of the human race, and that of the Jinns, become (equally) God-conscious like the heart of a single person amongst you, nothing will add to My Power. O My servants, even if the first amongst you, the last amongst you, the whole human race, and that of the Jinns too become in unison the most wicked (all beating) like the heart of a single person, it will cause no loss of My Power. O My servants, even if the first amongst you, the last amongst you, the whole human race, and that of Jinns also, all stand in one place and you ask Me and I confer upon every person what he asks for, it will not in any way cause any loss to Me (even less) than that which is caused to the ocean by dipping a needle in it....” (Sahih Muslim: Book 31, Number 6246.)|
We can neither add to Allâh nor take from Him, no matter how much we call
upon Him nor how much he confers upon us. We must simply use what we know of
Him and rely upon Him to gain our objective. He will provide us with what we
need to reach Jannah, but we can never lose sight of the fact that it is us
who need Him. We are the ones with a spiritual vacuum that can only be filled
by worshipping the great Master, Allâh.
This objective is our aim from before our birth. We are born with an innate knowledge of Allâh; we are simply unable to process that without the missing factors. By this I am referring to the time when Allâh gathered us all, and we promised that we would worship Him. When we are born, we feel this, but we can not identify its source. We naturally incline towards the good things and become other than worshippers of Allâh by our environmental surroundings acting upon us.
"Every child is born with a true faith (i.e. to worship none but Allâh Alone
- fitrah) but his parents convert him to Judaism or to Christianity or to
Magainism, as an animal delivers a perfect baby animal. Do you find it
mutilated?" Then Abû Huraira recited the holy verses:
“The pure Allâh's Islamic nature (true faith i.e. to worship none but Allah Alone), with which He has created human beings.” (30.30)
(Sahîh Bukhari: Volume 2, Book 23, Number 440.)
We have this need to fill our lives. Allâh gave it to us. This need keeps us searching until we find the true source of satisfaction, Islâm. We have to make our worship of Allâh the filler. We have to take our time to worship Allâh with our eye on the true prize, Jannah. Allâh tells us why we are here. Allâh says,
|“And I have not created the jinn and the men except that they should worship Me.” (51:56)|
We need to fill this spiritual void by worshipping Allâh. We need to have not as much, but more faith in the outcome of our work on this earth as we do in the outcomes of our work for this life. We devote years to learning and studying to accomplish the objective of a degree. We spend a lifetime preparing our children to succeed in this life. We spend time and energy cultivating our personal relationships. We need to take from this precious commodity Allâh has given us, time, and prepare for the ultimate graduation day, the graduation from this life to the next. We have to spend a lifetime preparing our children to meet Allâh. We have to take our time and energy and devote it towards cultivating our relationship with Allâh. In this way, and this way only, we will achieve the true success. Allâh says:
|“Lo! Allâh hath bought from the believers their lives and their wealth because the Garden will be theirs: they shall fight in the way of Allâh and shall slay and be slain. It is a promise which is binding on Him in the Torah and the Gospel and the Qur'ân. Who fulfilleth His covenant better than Allâh? Rejoice then in your bargain that ye have made, for that is the supreme triumph.” (9:111)|
Please look around you. What is filling your life? Is your major devotion, devotion to Allâh? Is your major occupation, worship of Allâh? Is your consuming passion, Love for Allâh? Is your primary goal, return to Allâh? If not, then think seriously about redirecting your energies. We do not have to get rid of those things that we enjoy or which will give us a measure of success in this life, we simply have to accomplish them without sacrificing the true final goal, Jannah. Our life should be filled more with that which will gain us Jannah, and the rest should be padding, not the opposite. Allâh says,
|“O you who believe! let not your wealth, or your children, divert you from the remembrance of Allâh; and whoever does that, these are the losers.” (63:9)|
The majority of our time needs to be spent in that which pleases Allâh and gets us closer to the final goal. We need to take advantage of what Allâh has given us in time, energy, and health: Narrated Mujâhid:
'Abdullah bin 'Umar said, "Allâh's Apostle took hold of my
shoulder and said, |
“Be in this world as if you were a stranger or a traveller."
The sub-narrator added: Ibn 'Umar used to say, "If you survive till the evening, do not expect to be alive in the morning, and if you survive till the morning, do not expect to be alive in the evening, and take from your health for your sickness, and (take) from your life for your death." (Sahîh Bukhâri: Volume 8, Book 76, Number 425)
Brothers and sisters: Lets keep our eye on the true goal. Lets devote ourselves to filling the vacuum with what Allâh meant for us to fill it with, love and devotion for Him. When the final trumpet blows, when the end arrives, let us be among those who receive the good new. Narrated Abû Sa'id al-Khudrî ; Abû Hurayrah:
(peace_be_upon_him) said: |
(Sahîh Muslim: Book 39, Number 6803)
Yâ Allâh! Place us on the straight path leading directly towards Your Great Pleasure. Yâ Allâh, prevent us from wasting our time, our energy and/or our deeds on this earth. Yâ Allâh. Make of us those who earn Paradise through Your Great Mercy. Yâ Allâh, make worship of You our filler for our spiritual vacuum. Amîn.