Q: The situation of our patient, struggling Palestinian sister under the tyranny of those known for treachery and deception – may Allah fight them – makes us truly sad. In fact, it is an extreme disaster for us, as their honor has been violated, their families have been destroyed, and their daughters tortured and exposed. Despite this, they continue to carry upon their shoulders the responsibility of standing on this frontline of the frontlines of Islam against the Zionist enemy. In fact, they also carry the responsibility of raising a generation – rather, generations – of sons and daughters to continue the struggle. So, what is our obligation towards these oppressed women? How can we stand by them on this front and assist them in various ways while simultaneously admitting to our major shortcomings in this? And Allah is the source of help…
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“…We can prove the existence of this secret with tangible evidence from the words of those who do not believe in the Hereafter but who do believe in being active and energetic, and believe in the necessity of making good use of their time. We will present this only for the sake of knowledge and comparison, nothing else.
“…How great are the fruits of sincerity, and how are the Muslims, the righteous, the worshipers who seek Allah and the Hereafter and know the worthlessness of the life of this world in dire need of purifying their actions to be solely for Allah so that they can see these fruits and blessings for themselves, and so that they can see things that nobody would believe could happen within the normal limits of the human perspective!
From these is that the scholars who wrote and sought knowledge sincerely for Allah were granted blessing in their time, lives, and knowledge by Allah, and many people benefited from them.
“…The discussion regarding values can become deep and philosophical, and the reader doesn’t need this. So, let us instead approach it from the standpoint of experience and historical application.
The United States of America was founded on the paired values of extreme religiosity and sheer self-centered opportunism. The religious values were concentrated in certain groups of Americans living in certain states, and the opportunistic values were likewise concentrated in certain groups and states. The balance between the two was effectively maintained until the first World War, which is when America abandoned its neutrality and emerged from seclusion. This is where its policies began gradually separating from traditional values, creating the huge gap between the two that exists today.
“…The Companions and the righteous predecessors understood the Book of Allah and implemented it in knowledge and action, and they knew the importance of the actions of the heart such as sincerity, certainty, truthfulness, love, etc. As a result, they became true manifestations of complete servitude to Allah, and they knew that لا إله إلا الله was not just a phrase spoken on the tongue. They knew that the person – if his heart submits and becomes subdued and humble – must carry out certain deeds, and that his limbs must also become subdued. This is why their lives became a living manifestation of these realities of faith that their hearts were experiencing, may Allah be Pleased with them and they with Him.
What happened in the later years to some of Ahl as-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah – and we are not talking about those who opposed them – is that they were afflicted with what others were afflicted with to a certain degree. They became afflicted with weakness, and their understanding became restricted and limited in their minds, and the whole concept of the Religion to them became nothing more than basic rituals, and the testimony that none was worthy of worship except Allah became a mere statement.
Q: I am a youth who was guided by Allah after my misguidance, and I suffer from a problem, and it is that I think a lot about death, and when I do so, I remain in bed, and I feel very lazy, and I feel intense fear. I am unable to actually do anything. What I fear is inactivity!
A: This is the opposite of what you should be doing, as this should provide you with strength and capacity to perform actions. This is strange, my brother – may Allah guide me and you! Does it make sense that the one who remembers death becomes lazy? Maybe the brother has other issues. However, I say that the Companions, when they remembered death, would rush to act and exert themselves for Allah. If you remember death, and remember that Allah will ask you about the prayer, then get up for it, and do not be lazy in doing so, and remember that before death reaches me, it is a must that I make the most of this time in obedience to Allah. So, I will exert myself in the obedience to Allah, and in learning, and in calling others to this Religion, or in commanding the good and forbidding the evil, and so on.
Indeed, the remembering of death should be a charging force for the believer, and it is from the greatest means of elevating the aspirations of the believer and causing his capacity and potential to rise day after day, as he remembers that he will eventually die, and therefore exerts himself in order that he meets Allah with the greatest reserve account of righteous actions.
Q: What did Ibn al-Qayyim mean when he said: “Wasting time is worse than death”?
A: He said this because wasting time cuts you off from Allah and the Hereafter, while death only cuts you off from this world and its inhabitants. If the human being dies while he is a God-fearing believer, he is only cut off from this dunya and its inhabitants, and resides with those of the highest levels, leaving these people behind, and this is in no way considered a loss. Rather, it is the supreme success, and every person will die and depart. However, such a person will depart this level of people for those of the higher levels, and from this world to the world of eternity, pleasure, and praising of Allah.
The problem is in wasting one’s time in things other than the obedience to Allah, because this cuts you off from Allah and the Hereafter. Because of this, you find those who waste their time in pointless talk and entertainment neglecting these acts of obedience. You find that their hearts are hard and sealed. You find that one of them acting like a donkey by day, and a corpse by night – in fact, you might even find the opposite, as now, some act like donkeys by night, since this is when they are most active. So, he is like a donkey when he is active, and is like a corpse when he is sleeping. We seek refuge with Allah from this, and this is because he is cut off from Allah…the connection between him and Allah is cut off, and because of this, he is dead:
The one who has died and is relieved is not the one who is dead * Rather, the one who is dead is he who is from the living dead
And the living dead is he whose senses and emotions are living, but his heart and faith are dead.
We ask Allah for relief from this.