Sunday, July 16, 2006

All Planned Out...

Human nature is such that it wants to plan ahead and feel in control and organised. And if we look at it, in life it sometimes is necessary to plan ahead. Some people like to plan day by day as it comes; some choose to plan a month ahead and others plan years ahead.

As many of my readers will be aware, I was suffering from appendicitis. I've had this problem since February and was admitted in emergency on two occasions, only to be discharged and put on the NHS waiting list.

Recently, I received a letter letting me know that I had a place in the hospital to have my surgery done and should contact the hospital. I was given Thursday 13th July 2006 to have a pre-assessment and thereafter be admitted on Wednesday 19th 2006. The operation was booked for Thursday 20th 2006 and my discharge date as Friday 21st of July 2006.

I had all these dates a week in advance and naturally I started planning out what I would be doing during the following week.

However, to cut a long story short, when I went for my pre-assessment on Thursday, I was admitted in emergency and had the operation done on the same day. The operation was a little 'messy' and it meant that I had to be in the hospital a day extra and was discharged on Saturday.

When I came out of Hospital, I was just thinking how I had planned a whole week ahead whereas everything happened to the contrary and finished within the week.

POINT 1

As I mentioned, in life it is neccessary to plan ahead. But it is far more necessary to realise that our planning ahead should be only limited to our worldly acts, for if the wordly acts are left out for any reason the consequences cannot be that bad.

However, in actions regarding our Hereafter, we should never leave anything til later but instead strive to commit and carry out that act as soon as possible. For if the acts of our hereafter are left out then the consequences and regrets are far greater.

POINT 2

When planning for anything we should never in our minds think that this is exactly what will happen. Instead we should pray to Allah to make matters easy for us and remember that life is unpredictable, one minute we are here, the next we could be gone.

POINT 3

Finally, there is no gift like health. Whilst in hospital, and even looking at myself, I can realise how the strongest of people crumble under pain. When our health is not to a level we can't even worship Allah to our maximum limits. This is why we have been told by the Prophet صلي الله عليه و سلم:

"Take benefit of five before five:

1. Your youth before your old age,
2. Your health before your sickness,
3. Your wealth before your poverty,
4. Your free-time before your preoccupation, and
5. Your life before your death."

[Bayhaqee]


May Allah give us all good health so that we can use it in His worship. May He also give us the courage and understanding to carry out acts of worship as soon as possible and not leave them to a later date. Aameen.

Please remember me in your Du'as and especially make Du'as for my recovery. Insha Allah, depending on my health, I will try and update as and when possible.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Assalamu Alaikum,

Ameen to the duas. jazakallah for this touching post. All I can say is that i will contine to remember you in my duas insha'Allah. May Allah Ta'ala grant you full recovery and accept your patience. Ameen.

Please remember me in ur duas also.

Wassalam

Aishah

ahmed said...

Salams
Inshallah will continue with the duas for you and ameen to those in your post and above.

do keep in touch Maulana.

Wasalam

Ajnabi said...

Assalamualykum.so does having the operation mean you will no longer have appendicitis and that the other pain you were having will go away?What exactly did they do?Well hope youre feeling better,ameen.Assalamualykum.

Zain said...

As Salaamu Alaykum,

Anonymous

Jazakallah for the comments and you remembering me in Duas is much appreciated.

Ameen to all the Duas and Insha Allah you shall also be in my Duas.

Brother Ahmed

Hope all is well with you. Jazakallh for the call, was good to hear from you. Insha Allah will call you some time this week. Please do continue to remember me in your Duas.

Ajnabi

The operation now means I don't have an appendix, which is a part that is not so useful, according to doctors. So Insha Allah having that pain is out of the question.

Unfortunately, it isn't the only health problem I am experiencing. I'm praying, and was told, that maybe the removal of the appendix will automatically remove the other problems as they may be related. But only time will tell that.

Please do continue to remember me in your Duas.

Wasalaam

Ajnabi said...

Assalamualykum.inshaAllah the other problems will go away as well,ameen.Ive got a question,you probs gona start thinking that i only comment on your site to ask questions,forgive me.
I was wondering you know like those prisoners who go through a lot of torture in prison,ect...like if they comitted suicide,would it be considered a great sin,i know suicide is haram but like are there any exceptions under which one wouldnt be punished if they comitted suicide like being mentally ill,ect.
(2)I read that prophet muhammed sallalawhu alayhi wassalam saw Allah swt during mehraj but then i also read differnt views on the topic so like whats the true fact.
hey forgive me again.answer later on..after you feel better,inshaAllah.you dont have to quote the verse or anything,just a answer cause you probs gota go through a lotta trouble to get the arabic verse,ect.forgive me again.Hey you got any idea what happened to fazzfm,fazzteen,think her last blog was striver or something..
Assalamualykum.

Ajnabi said...

Assalamualykum.one other question.Anyone else can answer who might know the answer....you know hamzah yusuf,is he Aalim?..is his material,books ect trusted.What group is he?Im just asking cause i wana order one of his books but the fact that his beard is cut that way..i was thinking he might belong to some other sect or something(may Allah forgive me).sorry once again.Assalamualykum.

Anonymous said...

Assallamu Alaikum Warahmatullah;

May Allah(Swt) grant you good health & Sabr in these difficult moments;

You'll be in my Duas; insha'Allah

Dua Mein Yaad;

Your Brother;
ProjectHaq;

Anonymous said...

salaam
as one of my teachers would say:"We can plan and plan, but Allah is the best of Planners." Alhamdulillah.

May Allah grant you shif'a kamila and may these trials compensate for you in al'Akhirah insh'Allah.

take care, remember me in your duas.

Walaykumasalam warahmatullah

Zain said...

As Salaamu Alaykum,

Brother Project Haq

Jazakallah for the comments and for passing by. Hope to see you around more often.

Please do continue to remember me in your Duas.

Anonymous

Aameen to the Duas. Indeed your teacher has correctly put it, we can plan as much as we wish, but the best of planners is Allah.

Please do remember me in your Duas.

Wasalaam

Zain said...

As Salaamu Alaykum,

Jazakallah for the comments, and as I mentioned before, it is always an honour to be able to address questions people face regarding Islam.

Committing Suicide

Committing suicide in Islam is totally forbidden. There is no leniency in the matter nor are there any excuses for a person to commit suicide. The life is a gift from Allah which only He has a right to take.

Allah States in Surah An-Nisaa:

وَلاَ تَقْتُلُواْ أَنفُسَكُمْ إِنَّ اللّهَ كَانَ بِكُمْ رَحِيمًا

“…and do not kill yourselves (commit suicide). Indeed Allah is the Most Merciful towards you.”

[Surah An-Nisaa – 4:30]

Similarly, many Ahadith have come regarding the rejection of committing suicide:

‏عن ‏ ‏ثابت بن الضحاك ‏ ‏رضي الله عنه ‏ ‏عن النبي ‏ ‏صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏
‏قال ‏ ‏من حلف بملة غير الإسلام كاذبا متعمدا فهو كما قال ومن قتل نفسه بحديدة عذب به في نار جهنم

“It is related on the Authority of Hadhrat Thabit ibn Dhahhaak رضي الله عنه that he heard the Prophet of Allah صلي الله عليه و سلم as saying: Whoever intentionally swears falsely by a religion other than Islam, then he is what he has said, And whoever commits suicide with piece of iron will be punished with the same piece of iron in the Hell Fire”

[Saheeh al-Bukhari]

As you mentioned, a person mentally unstable is not punished due to the fact that Allah has raised from His shoulders the need to comply with the Shari’ah as that person has no awareness of religion. However, whoever is obliged to act in accordance to the Shari’ah has no scope for making suicide permissible or justifiable.

Did the Prophet صلي الله عليه و سلم see Allah?

There are two opinions regarding this as you mentioned:

The first being that the Messenger of Allah صلي الله عليه و سلم did not see Allah and that the reference to the site of Allah was visualising Him within his heart. In simple terms, the Prophet صلي الله عليه و سلم did not see Allah through his eyes, but saw Him within his heart. It is mentioned in Sahih Muslim that when the Prophet صلي الله عليه و سلم was asked as to whether he saw Allah, he replied, how could I have seen Him for He is veiled by light.

Similarly, it is mentioned in Surah al-An’aam:

لَا تُدْرِكُهُ الْأَبْصَارُ وَهُوَ يُدْرِكُ الْأَبْصَارَ وَهُوَ اللَّطِيفُ الْخَبِيرُ

“No vision can grasp Him, but He grasps all vision. He is the Most Subtle and Courteous, Well-Acquainted with all things.”

[Surah al-An’aam – 6:103]

In other Ahadith it is mentioned that Hadhrat Aisha رضي الله عنها also denied the Prophet صلي الله عليه و سلم seeing Allah.

In the second opinion I will refer to Surah An-Najm and use it to prove why we believe the messenger of Allah صلي الله عليه و سلم saw Allah. However, those who say he صلي الله وليه و سلم did not see Allah translate and take the verses as referring to Jibrail عليه السلام and not referring to Allah; meaning that the Prophet صلي الله عليه و سلم saw Jibrail عليه السلام and received revelation as normal, through him.

The second opinion, one which I also adopt, is that the Messenger of Allah صلي الله عليه و سلم saw and visualised Allah Ta’ala during that night.


لَا تُدْرِكُهُ الْأَبْصَارُ

“No vision can perceive Him”

وَقَوْله " لَا تُدْرِكهُ الْأَبْصَار " فِيهِ أَقْوَال لِلْأَئِمَّةِ مِنْ السَّلَف . " أَحَدهَا " لَا تُدْرِكهُ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَإِنْ كَانَتْ تَرَاهُ فِي الْآخِرَة كَمَا تَوَاتَرَتْ بِهِ الْأَخْبَار عَنْ رَسُول اللَّه صَلَّى اللَّه عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ مِنْ غَيْر مَا طَرِيق ثَابِت فِي الصِّحَاح وَالْمَسَانِيد وَالسُّنَن .

In brief, vision cannot grasp Him in this world. But in the hereafter we shall be able to see Him as reported in many Ahadith regarding the visualisation of Allah by the inhabitants of Jannah.

وَقَالَ آخَرُونَ " لَا تُدْرِكهُ الْأَبْصَار" أَيْ جَمِيعهَا وَهَذَا مُخَصَّص بِمَا ثَبَتَ مِنْ رُؤْيَة الْمُؤْمِنِينَ لَهُ فِي الدَّار الْآخِرَة

No eye can grasp him ‘completely’.

وَقَالَ آخَرُونَ فِي الْآيَة بِمَا رَوَاهُ التِّرْمِذِيّ فِي جَامِعه وَابْن أَبِي عَاصِم فِي كِتَاب السُّنَّة لَهُ وَابْن أَبِي حَاتِم فِي تَفْسِيره وَابْن مَرْدُوَيْهِ أَيْضًا وَالْحَاكِم فِي مُسْتَدْرَكه مِنْ حَدِيث الْحَكَم بْن أَبَان قَالَ سَمِعْت عِكْرِمَة يَقُول سَمِعْت اِبْن عَبَّاس يَقُول رَأَى مُحَمَّد رَبّه تَبَارَكَ وَتَعَالَى فَقُلْت أَلَيْسَ اللَّه يَقُول " لَا تُدْرِكهُ الْأَبْصَار وَهُوَ يُدْرِك الْأَبْصَار" الْآيَة فَقَالَ لِي لَا أُمّ لَك ذَلِكَ نُوره الَّذِي هُوَ نُوره إِذَا تَجَلَّى بِنُورِهِ لَا يُدْرِكهُ شَيْء

In brief, others have mentioned that which is narrated in Sunan Tirmidhi, that when Ibn ‘Abas رضي الله عنه said that the Prophet صلي الله عليه و سلم saw Allah, Ikramah رضي الله عنه asked, Has Allah not said, “No vision can perceive Him”? He replied, Woe be to you, that is His Nur (divine light) when it becomes apparent no one can see it.

Meaning that no one visualise Allah in His true and complete form.

There are many other explanations in Ibn Kathir under this verse.

Another verse which we refer to as confirming the Prophet صلي الله عليه و سلم seeing Allah is mentioned in Surah An-Najm:

عَلَّمَهُ شَدِيدُ الْقُوَى . ذُو مِرَّةٍ فَاسْتَوَى . وَهُوَ بِالْأُفُقِ الْأَعْلَى

Taught by the Most Powerful. Possessor of all authority from He stood poised. And He is at the highest horizon.

ثُمَّ دَنَا فَتَدَلَّى . فَكَانَ قَابَ قَوْسَيْنِ أَوْ أَدْنَى . فَأَوْحَى إِلَى عَبْدِهِ مَا أَوْحَى

He drew nearer and became closer. Until He became at the distance of two bows or even closer. He then revealed to His servant what He revealed.

مَا كَذَبَ الْفُؤَادُ مَا رَأَى . أَفَتُمَارُونَهُ عَلَى مَا يَرَى

The mind never made up what it saw. Will you then dispute that which he saw?

[Surah An-Najm – 53-5-12]

Finally, as a short note, it is worth remembering that many of the ‘Ulamaa have commented that all the Prophets عليهم اسلام experienced Wahi (revelation) in many different ways, mostly being through Jibrail عليه السلام whilst including dreams and Ilhaam (divine guidance). However, it was the messenger of Allah صلي الله عليه و سلم who received the great honour of receiving revelation directly through Allah, which is what is mentioned in the above verses.

Insha Allah I will address your other question soon.

ps. the blogger you are referring to doens't have a blog anymore.