Saturday, December 13, 2008
Saying about trials: everyday they are coming afresh and the muslims must be ready and careful each time for that trying, that his faith may become real faith. Everyone may improve his station. For one still under his ego's rule, he will be tested by that which his ego will never like; from everything, family, friends, work and neighbours, may come to you what you don't like. The way of development is the way of patience. There is no quick development. One must be agreeable to all happenings to and around himself.
That is the sign of development, to endure peoples' troubling you. It is not important to fly in the sky or to walk on the sea or to be seen in several places at once or to dream good dreams. lmportant in our way is to be patient, resisting every wave of evil like a mountain in a storm, not being pushed back. That is development. Or like the ocean, not becoming dirty from the rivers pouring into it. People with extraordinary powers may fly, but may in the end lose their faith when Satan rushes to attack them. We must be able to endure every harm from everyone.
We must be awakened for everything coming contrary to our liking and be ready to tolerate it. This is the real station of faith. Three times a day looks to our hearts, but not with a looking to give pleasure, instead looking to improve something to our heart that will strengthen it. Are we patient, or giving up? When we are patient, our heart is given satisfaction, and a light comes on our real eyes and more faith comes to us. At each opportunity we may advance or regress. This time is particularly filled up with unliked things, the world is full of evils and devils.
The Prophet said, "to keep religion in this time is more difficult than to keep fire in one's hand." We must be patience. Allah gives to those enduring unliked things endless reward. It is the way of real faith, like the way of Prophets and Sahabah, to endure the badness of people.
A solution to this moment's problem is the solution to next year's derailment.
First of all, the world already has a Master(Allah swt), and addressing Him humbly and with presence of mind (not hurriedly) in your prayers is even more instrumental in attaining your sustenance than rushing through the city.
Secondly, don't live in a world of great big-time schemes, for such schemes will not save you from trouble, but entangle you in it even further. Simplify your problems so that the solutions may be simple, also don't regard your problems with a magnifying glass, so that they are out of perspective: that habit will destroy you physically and spiritually.
The Seal of Prophets, Sayyidina Muhammad, peace be upon him, imparted this good advice to mankind: "If you awaken in the morning and find that you are lacking nothing in the way of material sustenance, and that you and your family are in good health, then don't burden yourself with worry".
If a person is engaged in worship, then he will experience apprehension, fear, hope, uncertainty and love. And when his attention turns to the next life, it will strengthen his faculties, delight his heart, and, by these very means, drive out disease.
Doing the prayer is something natural, as it benefits both the mind and the body - for it includes standing, bowing, and prostrating, as well as being still, tranquillity, piety, worship, submission, abasement of the self, and other elements. Thanks to all this, the joints of the body are moved and relaxed, as well as most of the organs - and especially the stomach and the bowels. How powerful the effect of all these things is in helping to move the two impurities (urine and faeces) along, and to speed up the departure of food from the stomach.
The Prophet (SAW) said, "O Bilal, let us take rest in prayer!" And again, when he said, "I find my comfort in doing the prayer, because it is from this that a person is given pleasure, and the pleasure that comes from it brings comfort - and because doing the prayer contains all that is excellent in both this world and the next."
So it is, from the prayer that the best of this world and of the next is derived. It is from the prayer that strength, which flows from the blessed vision of Allah, the Creator, springs - and that is why doing the prayer drives out everything to do with sickness and illness from the body, and reveals a person's true nature to him, so that he strives to perfect what is already good, and to abandon whatever is bad.
Indeed this section falls short in describing the virtues of prayer. And Allah knows best.
Posted by IMA at 3:40 PM