sh. Abdal Hakim Murad – Contentment (Riḍā) – part 2 of 5



and of course they know muhammad sallallahu aleyhi we sellem also a superb example of riddle much of his life was lived in states of tragedy bereavement in particular losing his sons which is for any manner catastrophe when his son Ibrahim died this is very touching touching image in the Serie about how he addressed his dead son and said were in a lifer Africa yet Ibrahim Adama hosel mean we are sorry at your departure at losing you Ibrahim wonder now called Emmaus little Rob but we don't say what will make the Lord angry so this is fundamental Quranic virtue and it's it's not just a moral virtue it's a theological virtue because it reflects your consciousness that everything is the action of Allah subhana Allah and if you can't see the reason for it well so what we're just human beings with limited contingent created Minds and the mind of Allah subhana Allah we don't need to understand it we just accept and know for sure that the Rama will will predominate in the end there's a story that says Nigel Aladeen Rumi tells of an ant that's creeping across the carpet in a mosque and the ants in of course beautiful Persian terrific verse complains to God saying what is this these bumps and strange colors and patterns and this must have been created just as a meaningless obstacle course and what a futile thing to have made but of course the carpet maker looking at it from above can see the patterns and can see the purpose of it and you see that the whole thing is perfect and it's good and our lives often like that we often can't make sense of the misfortunes because we're two-dimensional were at ground level we can't see what it all means but the the hanifa of allah subhanaw taala knows even if he can't always see that this is a manifestation of allah's will which is always good and is always perfect and is always beautiful now one implication of this loss of the radar that we now find our communities very often in is that we tend to judge others perhaps because we're not content with the way allies arranging history at this particular moment that we get jumpy and agitated in our tell heed and even our Eman seems to be challenged and so we like to attack others and we were often extremely judgmental and one of the greatest errors that one can make in this time according to the thought on that is the error of assuming that this is a time for perfection for rigor ISM that the harder the world becomes for the believers the more perfect we have to demand everybody is so that if you come into a mosque and you're not dressed in a robe and a coffee that I've come across mosques where they weren't even to let you in which from the point of view of traditional folk is completely Haram and completely disgraceful but illustrates the fact that we get panicked about the imperfections of the outside world and we want to make our own community as a space of absolute rigorous perfection sometimes we find that people are alienated from the religion altogether quite often those brothers and sisters who attributed themselves to the great lofty maqam of Dawa will actually scare off a hundred people for every one person that they attract and the people that they attract are often not the best people not the people who are spiritually and morally the most impressive or the most educated I remember once meeting an English woman in Cairo who had converted to Islam more or less nominally when she married a secular Egyptian and she'd started to get interested in the religion as sometimes happens and somebody had given her a test via prayer beads and she was clicking away at these one day not knowing much about the religion but wanting to know more when an angry purist came along and said let you know this is bida this is Haram and he pulled them out of her hands and broke them to the beads flew all over the floor and she was so damaged by the harshness of that moment then she said don't want to learn anything more about Islam and that's been her state for the last 20 years she's just alienated and put off was she might have come in and by now she might have been an asset to the community there's too much of that going on there is too much judgment of others are not enough judgment of ourselves there is too much self-righteousness and not enough self-knowledge and one way in which we can heal that is to remember that people's weakness in this age is very understandable it's an age in which is difficult to do even the basics let alone the perfections that are demanded of us if you look at the time of the Sahaba a lot the allahu anhum they had no excuse for being weak because everything was blazing before them they saw car ahmet particularly in in the medina period it was as if the normal laws of causality had been suspended and everything was a Kurama public public Margie's at miracles of signal muhammad sallallahu alayhe wassallam recorded in the the sound hadith for instance the famous incidents of the the salsa allahu alayhi wa sallam used to give his Hotspurs and his addresses standing but holding on with his hand to one of the pillars which were made of the trunks of palm trees in the mosque well a mass formed well mr sonia a local minbar when the minbar was made and he started to preach on the minbar Samir Anna this is the Sahaba saying Sam Rihanna literally Koji that I Sultan consulted I shall we heard that column moaning like the moaning of a camel had to Sud that r1 shock until it split and cracked for what the AL Rasul Allah he sallallahu alayhi wa sallam a yeda who are leahy for circuit and allows messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam put his hand on it and it was silent witnessed by I don't know how many Sahaba in the mosque and it said that that same dude on that same palm trunk is still there buried underneath there the minbar now when you see things like that you don't have excuses to the weak and feeble and lazier not to go on jihad and not to attend five times a day the prayers other examples that show how the animate and inanimate world were more or less speaking because of the extraordinary presence of the vehicle of Revelation amongst them is a hadith from Cigna ali karram allahu wa cha where he says gonna be Mecca tomorrow so Allah he sallallahu alayhi wa sallam we were in Makkah with Russell alayhi salat WA Salam so this is early for college' allah boudin noir hija and he went out to one of its neighboring areas and this is one of the aspects of the the prophet's teaching method that is so beautiful but he didn't just teach in the mosque but he used to go out hiking as it were in the hills and mountains around Mecca and Medina because he loved virgin nature Maharaja Allah Baldy noir he her and he went out to some of it some environs from a stock Bella who Sheraton will hire on allah o allah assalamu alayka rasulallah and not a single tree or stone met him without saying to him salam-o-alaikum soul Allah peace be upon you Yaris all Allah is it from an eyewitness Satan our ally another famous story from the medina pier at this time is perhaps even more extraordinary and existent in a number of versions it's a hadith narrated by Sedna apple cider her dream garage allahu anhu and it's called that the hadith they bore the hadith of the wolf and it concerns a pagan shepherd who is out in the back country near Modena and a wolf came and fastened its jaws on one of the man's sheep and he drove it off and then the wolf turned to him and spoke I said alerta tequila Pinto vania vania risky don't you fear Allah you've come between me and between my risk between my provision and of course this rough Bedouin was amazed and the wolf speaks again and he says Allah Baraka the edge of them in dalek not tell you about something that's even more extraordinary than that rustled a lot eBay no-huddle Latini you had dutiful nasa be an burt email could serve up there is a messenger of god between the two lava Plains in other words in Medina telling people the news of past peoples so of course the man came and found the prophet and explained this to him and the Prophet told him to tell it to the others because this was a emojis and this was a form of honoring that that man so the Sahaba was seeing this all the time that was an age of miracles and those who saw those miracles and still were lazy or didn't get it right or didn't believe were really in a position akin to the position of fit alone who saw so many miracles custom-made for his attention the staff that turned into a snake the hand that came from his pocket glowing white the seven plagues and yet still wouldn't go along with it because he was so pleased with his own self and it's only the the self and the nafs and a desire to be one's own precious identity that can hold on in the presence of a sainted human being because you can't argue with sainthood or light or truth it's there you can there's no logic that can overwhelm it it's proof throughout he aligned it's there it's only the nafs that can cause you to hold on but now we live in very different times this is the meaning of a number of hadith which there is a mercy for us for toolbar lil corabeth blessed the strangers those who come and haven't seen haven't had the best added blessing of seeing it in the Sahaba and hearing their stories become so many generations so many eons later on and a sound hadith says in the comfies a man in man Tariq am in commotion Amma o Meara be he Halleck you are living in a time he said when whoever abandons a tenth of what he's been commanded to do will be destroyed what's a Yeti a learner sees a man on man army Landman home or Shalimar formula behind their jaw but there shall come upon people a time when somebody who does a tenth of what has been commanded to do will be saved now that doesn't mean that we can just sit back and say well we can be lazy because I mean how many of us can say that we're doing a tenth of what the Sahaba are doing it's probably not even a hundredth it's not an opportunity it's not an excuse to be lazy but it is a prophetic indication if the hadith has any purpose at all that we need to be merciful with people in this time either when people are hesitant and stumbling in most cases that's not their fault it's the fault of the world is the fault of that upbringing is the fault of us very often for not being a good example for being beautiful and being attractive and we need to be endlessly forgiving of those people when we see somebody at the aid per hour who's we can conjecture uncharitably probably not been there since the previous eight prayer we mustn't rush up to him and say brother your trousers are too long or brother your wife is wearing lipstick or something like that because the chances are if we do that he won't come next to a prayer we need to make his acquaintance to make him feel welcome very gently as it were take his hand and reassure him that everything's all right and the mosque is his place as much as it is anybody else's and befriend him and show that we can't pass judgement when it's not to our credit that we're Muslims because Allah FD Manish at faith is a gift he gives the gift of whoever he wills we can't say that we're better than others because we've achieved it we don't achieve faith we don't achieve anything hmm everything we have this is a large grace and he can snatch it from us at any moment I think we need to be aware that outside the mosques and outside the circle of artists Tomic societies there is a huge shadowy area of people who often very strongly identify themselves with Islam but we don't see them very much sometimes we don't see them at all you could call them as it were the b-team the still Muslims they'll stick up for Muslim causes if their breasts on the right side of the palestinian-israeli dispute they sympathize with the Muslims in Bosnia maybe sometimes they'll come to aid prayer most of the time they'll try and avoid pork and alcohol and so forth but they don't come to the mosques and I would say that most of the mosques have done a very poor job of opening their doors to those people that like all human beings those people feel a need for dhikr for a better for having moments of quiet in their lives but somehow the Muslim community is presently structured doesn't have a Lobby or a hospitable area in which they can come and not feel under pressure not feel judged not to be made to feel inferior that if they're not doing everything perfectly the moment they step in the mosque then we get it and come up to them angrily and shout so that we never see them again and I hope that that that will that will improve because those people represent a clear majority of communities not just in the West but also in the Muslim world increasingly people who identify themselves culturally politically with with Islam but can't quite find a habitable space within it for them to be religiously now this virtue of the radar I've been suggesting really is the key to unlocking all of these possibilities possibilities of Dawa possibilities of being beautiful and attractive so that we can attract the world as as the prophets not a lot of our leaders and I'm melted the heart of the world and the radar really has to be taught as a necessary entailment of laila in la la because

4 thoughts on “sh. Abdal Hakim Murad – Contentment (Riḍā) – part 2 of 5

  • @BelieverBornAgain

    I believe he was talking from the perspective of the companions during the time of the prophet, meaning because of the miracles and experiences of being with the prophet they had no excuse during that particularly time not to obey even the most difficult commands of Allah and the Prophet such as jihad and he wasn't talking about our time if I understood it correctly.

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