Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem - In the Name of Allah the most Gracious Most Merciful
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In The Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful
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"Rasul-ullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has said, "When a Person dies the rewards for his good deeds cease except for three things for which he continues to get the reward (even after his death) and they are Sadaqa Jariyah (Perpetual Charity), knowledge which benefits people and pious children who pray after his death." (Sahih Muslim)
Allah says “If he comes walking I will come running to him” (Hadith). The path of submission and devotion to God is a laborious one, strewn with thorns and scarped with potholes. There are vast spaces of arid deserts to cross as well as perilous jungles. It requires enormous courage and bags of enthusiasm to reach the destination. However, Allah is most Merciful and Gracious He does not leave the seeker of truth wandering in the wilderness. He comes to every sincere seeker, holds their hand and leads them on the path. The following verses allude to this:
“As for those who strive hard in our cause, we shall most certainly guide them onto paths that lead unto us, for behold God is indeed with the doers of good” (Ankabut: 69).
God says: “When my seeker draws a hand span near me, I come an arms length to him, when he comes near me an arms length, I draw near to him two arms lengths. If he comes walking I come running to him” (Muslim reported by Anas).
With such promises why shouldn’t the true seeker strive? The beloved Messenger (peace be upon him) would stand in the night vigil for so long that his feet would swell and start bleeding. His wife Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) could not bear to see this and would lament, “O Messenger, why do you do this you are sinless?” He would reply “Why shouldn’t I want to be a grateful servant of my Lord?”
How much time, effort and wealth do we expend in Allah’s way? We can measure the degree of our relationship with Him by quantifying our struggle. How well do you think you will fair on a scale of 1-10? Where 1 is least effort and 10 the effort of our venerable ancestors. Make this your new year’s resolution to go up a few points. The sacrifice of Ibrahim provides us with a beautiful example of serving the Lord. The wish to please Allah at any cost is a real challenge for us in an age of plenty and abundance. Can we control our carnal desires and work for Divine pleasure?
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