Last weekend, I had attended two awesome courses which are "Adorable Faith" and "Fiqh of Marriage" by Sheikh Aslam AbuIsmaeel. So, in this entry I'm going to share about "Adorable Faith" because it is the fundamental of being a muslim before anything else.
1. Purpose of life and Relationship with Allah
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Allah says in the Quran,
"O mankind, worship your Lord, the One Who created you and those before you, perhaps you may attain righteousness. The One Who made the earth a bed, the sky a canopy, and sent down from the sky water and brought there from fruits as sustenance for you. So, do not set up partners with Allah while you know!" (2: 21-22)
What do we get from these two verses?
Basically, each and every creation around us has the purpose and function to fulfill. Let's look again, Allah says, he made the earth a bed, the sky a canopy, He sent down from the sky water and brought there from fruits as sustenance for you. Each and every creation is there for a purpose. Can you see that everything is made for our benefits? Subhanallah. If the other creations have their own purpose, it's strange if Allah made us without any purpose to fulfill. So, what is our purpose of life?
"And [mention, O Muhammad], when your Lord said to the angels, "Indeed, I will make upon the earth a successive authority." They said, "Will You place upon it one who causes corruption therein and sheds blood, while we declare Your praise and sanctify You?" Allah said, "Indeed, I know that which you do not know."" (2: 30)
"And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me." (51: 56)
*You may refer to my past entry about this to clarify my points here
So, each moment in the life of a believer is purposeful and can be spent :
i. Doing haram action in disobedience of Allah displeasing Allah which leads one to Hell-Fire!
ii. Or spend it doing a merely permissible (mubah) action that is neither an encouraged rewarding act nor forbidden and thus may be a wasted precious moment but at least not a sin.
iii. Or spend it doing something that is in obedience of Allah via an action that will get the pleasure of Allah, reward in the eternal life, and blessing in this life!
"But whoever desires the Hereafter and exerts the effort due to it while he is a believer- it is those whose effort is ever appreciated [by Allah]" (17:19)
2. What Really Matters - Effect of Sins or Piety upon Happiness
Our focus in this life is to do as many good deeds as possible because good deeds bring happiness in dunya and Hereafter while sins make this life worrying and the eternal life a misery.
Does it means that human cannot even make a sin? Definitely no. Fallling into a sin is possible, but get back on track with istighfar and tawbah.
Anas narrated that the Prophet s.a.w said: "Every son of Adam sins, and the best of the sinners are the repentant." [Sunan of Tirmidhi and of Ibn Majah, classed as Hasan]
Notes to remember: Don't justify a sin, say that it is the fault but do repentance again and again. It's not about never do a sin, it's about trying to avoid sins and get over it by repentance. As long as a person is trying their best, Allah forgives an inadvertent relapse.
3. This World and the Next Life
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This world can be tempting and beautiful but if you do good deeds, Allah will definitely grant you His blessings. So, be on Allah's path and don't get deceived by the sinner's temporary enjoyment.
"Be not deceived by the [uninhibited] movement of the disbelievers throughout the land. [It is but] a small enjoyment; then their [final] refuge is Hell, and wretched is the resting place. But those who feared their Lord will have gardens beneath which rivers flow, abiding eternally therein, as accommodation from Allah. And that which is with Allah is best for the righteous." [3:196-198]
In fact, the enjoyment of dunya is, for some people, an unenviable trial
"And do not extend your eyes toward that by which We have given enjoyment to [some] categories of them, [its being but] the splendor of worldly life by which We test them. And the provision of your Lord is better and more enduring." [20:131]
See you in the 2nd part. Insha Allah