Article ☁ Is It FOR Allâh ﷻ? A Fulfilling Tenet to Live By

IS IT FOR ALLÂ?

A FULFILLING TENET TO LIVE BY

 

My late father رحمه الله and I used to have conversations after midnight, sometimes in the kitchen whilst munching on fruit, and during one of our talks, I can’t recall the exact conversation, he shared with me a valuable question to consider before making any choice or decision, which stuck with me ever since,

IS IT FOR ALLÂH سُبْحانَهُ وَتَعالَى?

Now, the question may seem simple but the answer not quite so nor the application, depending on what we as Muslims want from life.

 

A FEW WORDS ON RELATIONSHIPS

Narrated by Anas bin Mālik رضي الله عنه, The Prophet ﷺ said,

None of you will believe until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.

How much of the above applies in our lives?

For any relationship – familial, spousal. friendship, professional, etc. – to prosper, it’s to be because we’re in it and/or love the person for Allâh سُبْحانَهُ وَتَعالَى.

The words seem to roll off the tongues of many with little to show for it.

A declaration of love is via ACTION.

Doers or listeners of negative and ill-talk – slander, causing dissension between people, backbiting, conveyor of negative and second–hand talk, and gossip, – would cease to exist if we loved one another for The ALL-Merciful سُبْحانَهُ وَتَعالَى.

We’d always greet one another, be it face-to-face, via calls, messages, texts or email, by invoking one of the beautiful and perfect names of Allâh سُبْحانَهُ وَتَعالَى to start and end any communication right, by asking Allâh سُبْحانَهُ وَتَعالَىThe Perfect and Ultimate Peace, for HIS Peace, Mercy and Blessings,

As-Salâmu ‘Alaykum wa Rahmatullâhi wa Barakâtuhu.

THERE’S NO REWARD in a mere salâm, a baseless and empty greeting of peace.

A Muslim who neglects this simple soothing greeting, or even the shorter “version” (As-Salâmu ‘Alaykum), which gains us high rewards if practised with the right intention, unveils a little of his/her character and religious priorities. Even worse, not returning the greeting,

{وَإِذَا حُيِّيتُم بِتَحِيَّةٍ فَحَيُّوا بِأَحْسَنَ مِنْهَا أَوْ رُدُّوهَا ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ حَسِيبًا}

{And when you are greeted with a greeting, greet [in return] with one better than it or [at least] return it [in a like manner]. Indeed, Allâh is ever, over all things, an Accountant.}

(04:86)

This is also true for other Islamic terminologies.

But it doesn’t stop there. There are also other means of love.

Distance is another indication. Sometimes, it’s the lesser of two “evils” because being in one another’s presence may be doing more harm than good and so time apart is a preventative measure in not distancing ourselves from Allâh سُبْحانَهُ وَتَعالَى.

Distance is also necessary so certain relationships don’t dwindle and dissolve becoming a means to maintain them; otherwise, we would grow out of them or, even worse, lose respect ending them on a bad note.

Love means accepting, appreciating, forgiving. trusting and receiving with an open and respectful ear and mind, and an embracing, grateful, kind, and merciful heart, melting away grudges, rectifying erroneous ways, not remaining silent about ills or instigating them, and expecting the same in return, if we love one another for Allâh سُبْحانَهُ وَتَعالَى.

Any relationship detaching us from Allâh سُبْحانَهُ وَتَعالَى is unhealthy and needs reassessing. This may include our spouses, family, friends, social gatherings, company exuding negativity or those who are simply holding us back hindering our self-betterment and character growth.

Ultimately, whatever relationship we’re in, it’s one that will bring us closer to Allâh سُبْحانَهُ وَتَعالَى – FULL STOP!

Narrated by Abu Dāwūd رضي الله عنه, The Prophet ﷺ said,

The perfect believer is the one who loves for the sake of Allâh, hates for the sake of Allâh, gives for the sake of Allâh and restrains for the sake of Allâh.

PUBLIC, PERSONAL AND PRIVATE

Whatever we’re striving for: degree, career, material possessions, money, “altruism”, sharing our talents, disseminating knowledge, improving ourselves, guiding others, etc., is to be solely for Allâh سُبْحانَهُ وَتَعالَى.

To ensure we’re making the right decision or choice, we should ask ourselves this simple question,

IS IT FOR ALLÂH سُبْحانَهُ وَتَعالَى?

There are only three answers to this question:

  • If the answer is yes without demur, then we’re on the right path inshâ’Allâh.
  • If we pause or are hesitant, it would be wise to ponder on why that’s so and then reconsider.
  • Should it be a no, we deflect or can’t even bring ourselves to ask the question, we’re in the wrong with our priorities misplaced.

However, how can we know for sure it’s for Allâh سُبْحانَهُ وَتَعالَى?

What will clarify the answer to any of the above three?

It’s really simple: Istikhâra Prayer – one of the best guiding tools to simplify decision-making, soothe the heart and ease the mind by asking for THE ULTIMATE GUIDANCE from ALLÂH سُبْحانَهُ وَتَعالَى in ALL matters be they minor or major.

 

APPLICABLE ACCOUNTABILITY

We’re to hold ourselves accountable regarding our own intentions, thoughts and actions, as well as the deeds of those we love.

{يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُونُوا قَوَّامِينَ بِالْقِسْطِ شُهَدَاءَ لِلَّهِ وَلَوْ عَلَىٰ أَنفُسِكُمْ أَوِ الْوَالِدَيْنِ وَالْأَقْرَبِينَ ۚ إِن يَكُنْ غَنِيًّا أَوْ فَقِيرًا فَاللَّهُ أَوْلَىٰ بِهِمَا ۖ فَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا الْهَوَىٰ أَن تَعْدِلُوا ۚ وَإِن تَلْوُوا أَوْ تُعْرِضُوا فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ خَبِيرًا}

{O you who believe, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allâh, even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allâis more worthy of both. So follow not [personal] inclination, lest you not be just. And if you distort [your testimony] or refuse [to give it], then indeed Allâis ever, with what you do, Acquainted.}

(004:135)

It may seem hard to live a life by this question but Muslims whose way of life is Islâm, who are doers continuously improving in every possible way until they return to Allâh سُبْحانَهُ وَتَعالَى, removing expectations, excuses, justifications and negativity from their lives, and hold themselves accountable, will live by this premise.

Those who strive for the better appreciate hard and smart work and understand nothing worthy in life comes easy without the effort, energy and dedicated time for what we deem valuable.

Following the same reasoning, if we want what’s after this life, doesn’t working for it, and at it, seem more impelling?

Applying that tenet in our lives, we can’t but live a life pleasing to Allâh سُبْحانَهُ وَتَعالَى – we’ll be wiser for it.

When we do wrong, we’re human after all, we’ll introspect, examine our deed(s), work on rectifying it and more so on not repeating it. We’ll feel lighter, free from any unnecessary inner or outer turmoil.

We need to constantly ask ourselves with transparency and openness if our hearts, thoughts, silences and deeds are bringing us closer to ALLÂH سُبْحانَهُ وَتَعالَى or not – the how, what, when, where, who and why in SPENDING our time, health, energy, money and knowledge.

The question is to have a permanent haven in our hearts and minds, at the forefront, IF ALLÂH سُبْحانَهُ وَتَعالَى IS OUR FIRST LOVE and we ONLY FALL IN LOVE WITH HIM سُبْحانَهُ وَتَعالَىmaking it easier for us attain and maintain sakeena removing all other attachments.

So, I ask we mull over our lives, once again, honestly,

IS IT FOR ALLÂH سُبْحانَهُ وَتَعالَى?

 

WRITTEN: Saturday, 11th October 2014

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