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Bright Lights on the Path to Paradise September 4, 2007

Posted by shadows15 in Gems and Jewels, وَمَن يَرْغَبُ عَن مِّلَّةِ إ, Weekly Wisdom.
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So the assumer should not assume that this path is laid out with fragrant flowers or that it is surrounded with tranquility and gentleness.

Rather, it is, by Allāh, surrounded with hateful things and trials. But its seal (i.e. destination) is a musk-scented soul and (the fragrance of) sweet basil with a Lord who is not displeased.

And we do not wish for the trials for ourselves, nor for the Muslims, but the trials are from the Sunnah of Allāh, the Powerful, the Majestic, along this path, by which He differentiates between the vile and the good, as it is the path, which the people of desires and the authority (Sultān) can not be pleased with due to its direct clash against their current positions.

And it is a clear disavowal (Barā’ah) towards their deities and their manifestations of Shirk. But other than this path, you will mostly find its people living luxuriously and inclining towards this worldly-life (Dunyā).

And you will not see traces of these trials upon them because a person is only tested according to the level of his religion. So the most severely tested people are the Prophets, then nearest (in level) and then the nearest (in level). [1] And the followers of the Millah of Ibrāhīm are the most severely tested people because they follow the methodology of the Prophets in the Da‛wah unto Allāh. As Waraqah bin Nawfal [2] said to the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم, “No man has ever come with the likes of what you came with except that he was taken as an enemy.” [3]

So if you see, in our time, those who claim to call to the likes what the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم used to call to and upon the likes of his path, and he claims to be upon his methodology, yet he is not taken as an enemy by the people of falsehood and the authority (Sultān), and instead he is calm and relaxed between their backs (i.e. amongst them), then examine his condition. He is either astray from the path; he has not come with the likes of what the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم came with and he took crooked paths, or he is a liar in his claim and he clothes himself in what he is not fit to clothe himself with. This could either be due to followed desires and from seeking the pleasure of every opinionated person’s whims, or due to the worldly-life (Dunyā), which he hopes to attain (a position in), such as being a spy or an eye (i.e. watcher) for the people of the authority (Sultān) against the people of the religion. And that which Waraqah said to the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم, was approved of in the personalities of the companions (Sahābah), when they gave their pledge of allegiance (Bay’ah) to the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم as As‛ad bin Zarārah said when he rose up and reminded them saying:

“Be cautious, O people of Yathrib (i.e. Madīnah). Verily, his expulsion this day is a separation from all the Arabs or (it will mean) the killing of the best of you and that the swords shall strike you. So either you are a people who will be patient upon that; (and if so) take him and your reward will be with Allāh. Or else you are a people who fear for yourselves, in which case you should leave him. So be clear about that as it will be more excusable for you with Allāh!”


[1] Trans. Note: Referring to the Hadīth narrated by At-Tirmithī, in which the Messenger of Allāh صلى الله عليه و سلم was asked which of the people are the most severely tested. He said, “The Prophets, then nearest (in level) and then the nearest (in level). The man will be tested according to his religion. So if there is firmness in his religion, his tests will be harsher. And if there is weakness à in his religion, his tests will be in accordance to the amount (i.e. strength) of his religion. So the tests will not leave the slave until it leaves him walking on à the Earth without any mistakes (i.e. sins) upon him.” Shaykh Al-Albānī, may Allāh be merciful to him, classified it Hasan Sahīh in Sahīh Sunan At-Tirmithī, #1,956 and Sahīh with a different phrasing in Sahīh At-Targhīb, #3,402 as well as Sahīh Al-Jāmi‛, #992 and #993. And in Silsilat Al-Ahadīth As-Sahīhah, he said, “Its chain is good.” #143.

[2] Trans. Note: Waraqah bin Nawfal was the cousin of Khadījah bint Khuwaylid, the first wife of the Messenger of Allāh.

[3] Narrated by Al-Bukhārī.

Taken from the book Millah Ibrahim by Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi

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