"There was for Saba, aforetime, a sign in their homeland [Yemen] two gardens to the right and to the left . . . be grateful to Him[Allah] . . .But they turned away, and We sent against them the flood released from the Dams [Maarib dam]" (Qur'an. Saba:15-16)
Notes from the 2nd BB4 Muslimas Halaqa July 14th, 2010.
Love is reciprocal emotion. We can only truly love Allah (SWT) if we know how much he loves us. So, how much does Allah (SWT) REALLY love us?
Since childhood we have been told that we must love Allah (swt). But no one really took the time to tell us why. Maybe if you summoned up the courage to actually ask, you would have either been told, “Because he is Allah (swt)” or “Just do as you are told!” Of course, if we searched in the depths of our heart we would find our Creator (swt). But Allah (swt) out of His Mercy has made Himself (swt) known to us through His creations as well as our sacred texts, Qur’an and Sunnah.
Even before Allah (swt) created us, He (swt) prepared for us our two abodes: the temporary abode (earth), and the permanent abode (Paradise). If we look at our temporary residence, Allah (swt) has asked us to “enjoy our stay.” Look around you, at the beautiful places on earth with all its rivers, seas, waterfalls, oceans, mountains and valleys and everything in them. Look at the phases of the sun, the breathtaking view of it rising or setting in the horizon; or the phases of the moon in a single month from a crescent to a full moon. Listen to the birds chirping a thousand melodies. I mean, how many birds do we actually eat? Very few, right? The rest are for us to enjoy their colors and their melodies. And don’t forget the flowers—we hardly eat any flowers do we? Okay some of us do–but the majority of us enjoy their fragrances and their radiant colors and styles. How about the assortment of nuts we know of or not know of? We have pistachios, peanuts, cashews, almonds and the list can go on endlessly. How about the kinds of fruit and vegetables? Every human is bound to find something that they like. All of this and more if we were but to contemplate on them would bring us to one reality. Our Creator (swt) out of affection for us wants us to “enjoy our temporary stay” here on earth before we head home to our original and final abode “Paradise.”
Yet at the same time Allah (swt) has through the Prophets (as) guided us to what “enjoy” means in the forms of what is permissible and what is not permissible. Not to restrict us, but because our very creation calls for only that that is good and pure on earth. We were created from the two purest elements on earth “dust” and “water”—need proof that they are pure? Well, we know that they are the only two elements we can use to purify ourselves for prayer (salaat). If that has already “wow-ed” you, well here’s another: Allah (swt) created you with His (swt) very own Noble Hands and not with “be and it was” to show you how much He values you—He (swt) personally took it upon Himself (swt) to mold you into the shape you are in, yes into the best of proportions. I can probably knock you down with a feather right now. But there’s more. He (swt) created our father Adam (as) in Paradise, your original birth place—your final destination in the journey called “life” insha Allah. To top it all, Allah (swt) did the greatest thing of all for you. Allah (swt) says, “. . . when I have fashioned him and breathed into him (his) soul created by Me. . .” (Saad: 72). Guess what, you have a Heavenly breath inside you. Don’t worry yourself with how, what it looks like etc. but know that you do. That is enough of an honor. Hence the angels had to bow down to you. Do you see how dear you are to Allah (swt)? Isn’t this a noble legacy to internalize, or one that tells you that your grandfather was an ape or chimpanzee? How can we after knowing this contaminate our pure bodies and souls with impurities and vile actions? It only leads to our corruption and eventual destruction. Don’t believe me. Just look around you.
Let us take the opportunity this coming Ramadhan to know Allah (swt) like we have never known Him (swt) before. How about deeply studying one of the 99 names and attributes of Allah (swt) every day of Ramadhan? How about studying the Hadiths Al-Qudasiyah?
I ask Him (swt) that through our pure intentions and genuine efforts He (swt) make Himself (swt) known to us, so that love for Him (swt) fills our hearts and results in Him (swt) becoming the very and only center of our existence.