By Abdullah bin Jarullah Al-Jarullah
Translated by Jamaal al-Din-Mohd. Zarabozo
Taken from the Author’s book, “The Delight of Faith“, copyright and published by the Darussalam Publishers and Distributors, Riyadh, 1996. Alhamdullillah, Brother Abdul Malik Mujahid, the Darussalam General Manager, has given the Wisdom Enrichment Foundation (WEFOUND) permission to include this book and other selected Darussalam publications in the Islamic CD-ROMs designed for the WISDOM
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O Muslims who are negligent with respect to Allâh, now is the time for you to repent to Allâh, your Rabb (Cherisher and Sustainer) Who created you and has provided you the good things and has given you abundant bounties, both open and secret. He is the One Who gives you death and then resurrects you and recompenses you with a compensation that is commensurate with your deeds. If your deeds are good, then your recompense will be good. If your deeds are evil, then your recompense will be evil. Now is the time for you to return to Allâh before you experience the event that brings an end to all pleasures, makes you leave the people and cuts off all of your hopes. Now is the time for your tears to flow in sorrow and remorse due to your past negligence with respect to the religion of Allâh. By Allâh, none of you knows if you are alive in the morning whether you will live to the evening or not. If you are alive in the evening, you cannot know if you will be alive in the morning or not. Then you will precede with what you have done of deeds. If they were righteous deeds, you will be successful. If they were other than that, that, then, is the great loss.
Allâh says in the Qur’ân:
“O you who believe! Answer Allâh and the Messenger when he calls you to that which will give you life, and know that Allâh comes in between a person and his heart. And verily to Him you shall (all) be gathered.” (8:24)
Allâh also says:
“And turn in repentance and in obedience with true Faith to your Rabb (Cherisher and Sustainer) and submit to Him before the Torment comes upon you, then you will not be helped. And follow the best of that which is sent down to you from your Rabb (Cherisher and Sustainer) before the Torment comes upon you suddenly while you perceive it not. Lest a person should say: Alas, my grief that I was undutiful to Allâh and I was indeed among those who mocked (at the truth).” (39:54-56)
Another verse states:
“O you who believe! Fear Allâh. And let every person look to what he has sent forth for the morrow, and fear Allâh. Verily, Allâh is All-Aware of what you do. And be not like those who forgot Allâh and He caused them to forget their own selves. Those are the disobedient. Not equal are the dwellers of the Fire and the dwellers of Paradise. It is the dwellers of Paradise who will be successful.”(59:18-20)
Know that Allâh did not create us without a purpose. He created us to worship Him alone, for Whom there is no partner. Allâh says:
“I created not jinn and mankind except to worship Me.”(51:56)
Allâh also says:
“And they were commanded not but that they worship Allâh, and worship none but Him alone, and offer prayer perfectly, and give Zakaat. And that is the right religion.”(98:5)
Know that when Allâh created us to worship Him, He did not leave us without any guidance. Indeed, He sent to us the best of the Messengers, our Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in the same way that He sent to every nation its Messenger. He revealed to him the Qur’ân, the best of the books, in order for him to be a warner for all the worlds. The Prophet (RA) conveyed the message, fulfilled his trust, advised the community and strove in the way of Allâh as is His right. There is no good but he guided the nation to it and there is no evil except that he warned them about it. On the Day of Resurrection, he will come as a witness to what he conveyed just as all of the previous Prophets will come as witnesses against their people. There will be no argument for anyone against Allâh after Allâh had sent the Messengers. Allâh says:
“How will it be then, when We bring from each nation a witness and We bring you (O Muhammad) as a witness against these people.” (4:41)
Now is the time for you to know that whatever occurred to the people of Ignorance, of enmity, fear, poverty, division and destruction, was because of their staying away from revelation and their delving into lusts and desires to the point that they worshipped idols and resorted to false gods as the deciders of their affairs. Now is the time for you to know that what the Companions of Allâh’s Messenger (SAW) and those who followed them in good, obtained of affection, love, safety, riches, blessings, power and leadership in this world and the Hereafter, was because of their sticking to the Book of Allâh and the Sunnah of Allâh’s Messenger (SAW).
Verily, now is the time for you to know that what is afflicting the Muslims and their rulers today of division, misunderstanding, weakness, being overpowered and ruled by enemies is all because of their distancing themselves from and their heedlessness of the Book of Allâh and the Sunnah of Allâh’s (SAW) — except for those whom Allâh wills.
The number of Qur’ânic reciters are much more today than they were during the time of the Companions (RA). However, the difference between the two sets of reciters is that if one of the Companions would learn ten verses of the Qur’ân, he would not go beyond them until he learned their meanings and applied them. Many of the Qur’ânic reciters today recite all of the Qur’ân, yet they do not act in accordance with it. In fact, they are very far indeed from what the Qur’ân is saying. The proof for that is that they do not take on the character and manners preached by the Qur’ân and they do not implement its commands. This is what leads them to their state of evil and their being far away from the truth. And verily there is no might or power except in Allâh the Most High, the Great.
If you understand that, then you must know that there is no savior for us and no happiness in either this life or the Hereafter except by returning to the Book of Allâh and the Sunnah of our Prophet (SAW). This must be a sincere return to those sources, a return that springs from the heart. The result of that return is our acting in accordance with the Qur’ân and Sunnah in every aspect of our religious and worldly lives. This is the only path of rescue, success and happiness in the two worlds. Allâh says:
“And verily this is My straight path, so follow it, and follow not other paths, for they will separate you away from His path.” (6:153)
Allâh also says:
“Verily, this Qur’ân guides to that which is most just and right and gives glad tidings to the believers who work deeds of righteousness, that they shall have a great reward.”(17:9)
The Prophet (SAW) also said:
“I left among you two things that if you hold firmly to them you will never be misguided: the Book of Allâh and the Sunnah of His Prophet.” (Al-Hakim)
In the Qur’ân, one also finds:
“Whatsoever the Messenger gives you, take it; and whatsoever he forbids you, abstain from it.”(59:7)
O mankind! This is the time for repentance, doing good deeds and fleeing from what is forbidden. So repent to Allâh before the fate of death reaches you. It is only a few days, a few hours or a few minutes away before you travel to the Hereafter. You will be left in the grave-pit alone. Your father, child, spouse, best friend and wealth will not accompany you. You will be laid to rest with your deeds alone. If those deeds were righteous, then you will have felicity, delight and bliss. If they were evil, then for you will be punishment, gloom and grief. Allâh has stated about the Hell-fire:
“There is not one of you but will pass over it (Hell). This is with your Rabb (Cherisher and Sustainer), a decree which must be accomplished. Then We shall save those who used to fear Allâh and were dutiful to Him. And We shall leave the wrongdoers therein (humbled) to their knees.” (19:71,72)
That passing over the Hell-fire by mankind is when they pass over it on the Day of Resurrection, over the bridge that is suspended above the side of the Hell-fire. That bridge is finer than a hair, sharper than a sword and hotter than a coal. People will pass over it according to their deeds. The pious and God-fearing will cross the bridge and be rescued from falling into the Fire. The evildoers will be captured by their crimes and shall be flung into the Hell-Fire, being piled upon one another therein.
If the Fire is to be passed over, how can we, O slaves of Allâh, be rescued from it except by fear of Allâh, obedience to Him and returning to Him. Allâh has said:
“O mankind! Have fear of your Rabb (Cherisher and Sustainer) and fear a Day when no father can avail aught for his son, nor a son avail aught for his father. Verily, the Promise of Allâh is true. Let not then this (worldly) present life deceive you, nor let the chief deceiver (Satan) deceive you about Allâh.” (31:33)