Allah created life for mankind, and the concept of death for mankind. Every soul will inevitably face the spectacle of death. Only Allah is everlasting. Such is our creation that from the womb of the mother until the womb of the Qabr (i.e. grave), there are restrictions. Allah has placed these restrictions to guide us.
Our condition should be that in this singular, restricted life, we endeavour to make Allah happy. To the general onlooker it would appear that this is causing great distress to us, but the reality is the complete opposite. Hazrat Shah Hakeem Akhtar Saheb رحمة الله عليه says that this person is living a hundred lives due to the constant dhikr that he is engaged in.
The poverty of the soul is the lack of dhikr. This becomes crystal-clear when the saalik becomes neglectful with his Muamalaat. The saalik begins to fall into a life sucking abyss until he returns to his daily muamalaat and regular talluq with his Shaikh. It is essential for parents to encourage their children to attend majaalis, granting them exposure to the various efforts of deen.
In the dhikr of Allah lies the function of the universe. This concept was eloquently explained by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb رحمة الله عليه. There was a time when the world was “healthy” and that was relative to the number of people who remained engaged in the dhikr of Allah. Through the passage of time we have witnessed the deterioration of the world, which is ultimately linked to the deterioration of the dhikr of the believers. This deterioration is set to continue until there is no one engaged in the dhikr of Allah. When this happens, the trumpet will be blown once, causing completion destruction of the Earth.
We have been advised by our Mashaaik to make true and sincere Tawbah (i.e. repentance) from all sins. If we make Tawbah like this, then we will become of those that Allah mentions in Surah Burooj, Ayah 11:
إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ لَهُمْ جَنَّاتٌ تَجْرِي مِنْ تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ الْفَوْزُ الْكَبِيرُ
“Verily, those who believe and do righteous good deeds, for them will be Gardens [of Paradise] under which rivers flow. That is the great success.”
The above is an edited transcript from the website of Hazrat Maulana Dawood Seedat حفظه الله. To view it on Hazrat’s website, please click here