بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Hadhrat Hassan Basri (Rahimahullah Ta’ala) always used to say:
“يا إبن آدم، إنما أنت أيام فإذا ذهب يوم، ذهب بعضك”
“O son of Adam, O Insaan, you are nothing, your life is nothing, but a collection of days. You are nothing but a collection of days…such that, ‘فإذا ذهب يوم’ when one day passes ‘ then it is as if ‘ذهب بعضك a part of you has passed.”
It is like your life has been divided into a few days. When one day passes, a part of you has already gone. Slowly slowly a part of us is going everyday, until one day nothing will remain and that is the day of Maut. That is when whatever is remaining will also be taken away.
The month of Ramadhan is coming. In Ramadhan, people try to pass their time, especially because they are hungry. They want the time to pass quickly. Some people, pass their time through sleeping. There are many people who wake up very late in the month of Ramadhan. Some people sleep the whole day.
After Fajr they will sleep, they will wake up for Dhuhr, after Dhuhr there is nothing to do, they do not have anything to do, they say “there is no lunch, so what to do now? Go back to sleep again.” Because now this is Qailulah, it’s Sunnah, so go back to sleep again, right up until Asr. After Asr they get up, after a little while there is Iftaar. And then at night they waste their time…
We can understand the month of Ramadhan through a simple example. If someone has got a machine, and that machine is such that if you put on one side a normal paper, from its other side, money comes out. Such a machine that it is going to turn your paper into money. Now, someone gives you this machine, and he tells you, “I am giving you this machine, you can use it as much as you want, make how much money you want, no problem. But I am giving it to you for 30 days only. After 30 days I am going to take this machine back. You might not get it back again ever in your life.” If we were to get such a machine today, a money making machine, for 30 days, what would we do? Would we waste our time? Would we eat? Would we sleep?
We will forget our food, we will forget our sleep, we will forget our bed, we will forget our wives, we will forget our children, we will forget everything…
Because we know we only have this for 30 days. We will think, “I need to make as much money as possible.” So every second, every minute of the day and night we are going to spend in making money, by putting a paper from one side and taking out money from the other side. We will not rest. Everyone will tell us, “now you will get tired, you need to sleep. We would say ” Im not ready. I know I have this only for 30 days, after that I will not have it. Let me take advantage of it. I can make one million, I can make two million, I can make 500 million. However much I can use it, that is better for me.” We are not going to sleep.
Because the love of money is there in the heart. We know that if you have got a lot of money, we can do this and that. But, unfortunately what Allah is prepared to give us in the month of Ramadhan, the reward, the Thawaab, for the Saa’im – for the person who is fasting, for the Qaa’im- the person who is standing up in Salaatut Taraweeh at night. What Allah has prepared for him? This because we cannot see it with our eyes today. It is Ghaib… And that is the test. If we were to see what Allah has prepared for us then there would be no Kaafir in the world but this is the test, Allah has kept it behind the veil, Allah has kept it Ghaib, we cannot see it. Do today, and get tomorrow after Maut. When Maut comes then everything opens up…That is when the eyes open up…
Hadhrat Ali (Radhiallahu Ta’ala Anhu) used to say:
Today people are sleeping…
‘الناس نيام فإذا ماتوا انتحظ’
When they die then suddenly they wake up out of that sleep, but it is too late,
So, this is the Imaan and the Yaqeen which we have to build on what Allah has prepared for us. Because Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala has mentioned in the Quran, Rasulullah sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam has mentioned in the Hadith. and our Imaan is that, “whatever Allah says is Haqq, and whatever Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam says is Haqq.” Based on this, we need to use our time proactively in Ramadhan because we do not know whether we will get another chance and opportunity again. There is a Khutbah of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. This Khutbah is narrated in Abu Dawood, Muslim and Ibn Maajah; in these three Kitaabs of Hadith.
In this Khutbah, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam is advising the people, he is telling them:
فقد قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : ” يا أيها الناس توبوا إلى الله عز وجل قبل أن تموتوا و بادروا بالأعمال الصالحة قبل أن تُجهلوا” – او كما قال عليه الصلاة والسلام.
‘يا ايها الناس توبوا إلى الله عز وجل قبل أن تموتوا…’
‘توبوا إلى الله’
Turn to Allah in Tauba…
‘قبل أن تموتوا…’
Before you pass away… (before you die, before Maut comes)
When is that time before Maut?
It is now! Because we do not know the next minute Maut can come, in next minute Maut can come. So the time before Maut is right now…
‘توبوا إلى الله قبل أن تموتوا…’
Before your Maut comes, turn to Allah in Tauba, repentance. Ask Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala for His Maghfirah, for forgiveness from all the sins that you have committed.
Do it now, so that when we go into Ramadhan we are clean already. Our sins have been washed away already. So that now when the Nur of Ramadhan comes, then we are ready to receive it. Otherwise if a person goes into Ramadhan, he is still dirty with sin, then first he has to wash himself, and that will take some time and then only he can start collecting Nur inside him. When a person does Taubah before Ramadhan he is at an advantage that before Ramadhan he has cleaned himself. So from the first day of Ramadhan he is only collecting Nur for the whole month of Ramadhan. Therefore, Taubah is very very necessary. Nabi Kareem Sallalahu Alaihi WaSallam continues:
‘و بادروا بالأعمال الصالحة قبل أن تُشغلوا…’
Hasten, go quickly towards A’maal, (do not waste your time, there is no time to waste. go quickly towards A’maal…)
‘بادروا بالأعمال الصالحة قبل أن تُشغلوا…’
...Before you become busy
Before something comes up in your life, and that free time which you had, in which you could have done A’maal, that time now is lost….
‘…قبل أن تشغلوا…’
Because today we have time, tomorrow we do not know what is going to happen to us. There are people today who are walking properly without any problems, healthy, no problem in their lives, no medical problem, but the next day they are in bed. They cannot move. They cannot walk, they have become paralyzed. We do not know what is going to happen to us tomorrow. So that is why we are being told, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam is telling us that, “do not wait for tomorrow, do it today. You have time today, do it today.”
‘…بادروا بالأعمال الصالحة قبل أن تُشغلوا… ‘
In another Hadith, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam says while talking about the Fitnah, the trials and the tests that are going to come upon the Ummah (which are already here, we are living in that time) he said:
‘…بادروا بالأعمال فتنا كقطع الليل المظلم…’
Quickly do your A’maal before such Fitnah comes, such trials and tests come which will be like;
‘…كقطع الليل المظلم… ‘
the pieces of the dark night…
Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam has given a Tashbeeh – comparison. Like the dark night which comes. In a dark night a person cannot see anything. You do not know which direction you are going in such time. You do not know what is right and what is wrong. What is Haqq and what is Baatil. Everything becomes mixed up. He is saying, “these are the Fitnah which are going to come upon this Ummat that everything will become dark, like the pieces of a dark night.”
And what will happen in this Fitnah, what will happen?
‘… يُصْبِحُ الرَّجُلُ فِيْهَا مُؤْمِناً وَيُمْسِي كَافِراً…’
It will happen that a person in the morning will be a Mu’min, but in the evening he has become a Kaafir. (He has lost his Imaan and become Murtad.)
‘…وْ يُمْسِي مُؤْمِناً وَيُصْبِحُ كَافِراً…’
And in the evening he will be a Mu’min, and in the morning he will be a Kaafir…
He has lost his Imaan. Why?
‘…يَبِيعُ دِينَهُ بِعَرَضٍ مِنَ الدُّنْيَا.’
He has sold his Imaan and sold his Deen, for a small amount of Dunya.
For a few shillings. For a piece of cake and a cup of tea; he has sold his Imaan because there was no value of Imaan. So, those Fitnah, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam is telling us, “these Fitnah are going to come, (they are already here,) so hasten and do your A’maal quickly before you get caught in this Fitnah.”
May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala save us all.
May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala give us the Tawfeeq to do A’maal and to make use of our time before it is too late…
و آخر دعوانا أن الحمد لله رب العالمين
~ Hadhrat Ml. Aarif Umar (Daamat Barakaatuhum)