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Saturday, May 29, 2004  

See how We prefer some of them over others; surely the Hereafter will be greater in degrees and greater in preferment. [17:21] Faith and Good Works: Degrees of Attainment He who believes, acts upon his belief and spreads it. One who loves, carries out his loved one’s wishes. Suppose a person has faith and, through receiving divine assistance, dies in faith without having done good works; this person will be saved from the Fire and will reach Paradise. He will nevertheless fail to attain the high degrees. He may be compared to one who is a citizen of a country, but who does not possess his own house or apartment there… Faith admits one to Paradise, but those without good works to their name cannot own its pavilions and palaces. Our analogy cannot be pursued too far, since the pavilions and degrees of Paradise are given only to those who deserve them, whereas here on earth it is possible to acquire houses and land illegally. Arriving in Paradise, the person who has faith but no good works will see the pavilions, palaces and houries there. But none of these will be given to him. He will only get a glimpse. For the title deeds to these stations and degrees are represented by good works. They must be acquired in this world, for this world is the field of the Hereafter. Whatever you send on there, you will find it waiting for you on arrival. For every good deed you do, there is a reward of no less than ten, sometimes up to seven hundred and even a thousand. If He wills, Allah can give much more. One sin is recorded as a single sin. But if Allah wills, He can record many more. Those who forward nothing from this world will be bankrupt in the Hereafter… So it is with Hell also. Those without faith deserve the Fire. A person who increases his disbelief, who multiplies his wickedness, deserves the deeper pits of Hell. If the same punishment were meted out to one who stole an egg and to another who stole a million, where would the divine justice be? It would be equally at variance with divine justice if the same degrees could be achieved by a person with faith but no good works, and another with both. However, if Allah wills, He is Able to send his servant to the depths of Hell or to the highest station of Paradise. He is Sovereign in His kingdom, Almighty in His command. This is not to say that the person with faith but no good works will rise to the highest level. Nevertheless, if Allah wills, He can confer this degree gratis. In fact, Paradise is not the recompense for good works. It is the recompense for faith, accorded by divine grace. As for Hell, it is the recompense for disbelief and lack of faith, not for sin. Committal to it is by divine justice. As for one who has faith, if he does not obtain divine grace, if he is attached to his sin rather than to sublime mercy, then in accordance with divine justice, he will burn as much as Allah wills before being delivered from the Fire. Allah commits no injustice. There is no admission to Paradise without faith. Paradise is for those who have faith in Allah and the Messenger. If a person has no faith, yet performs good works, he may be blessed with faith at his last breath in honor of those good works. By the same token, those who have faith, but perform no good works and wrongfully use other people, will come to die without faith. Many people, born in the natural state of Islam, spend their lives in faith but die as unbelievers. Many others, likewise born in the natural state of Islam, live as unbelievers but die as Muslims. As I have said, the good deeds done by those who lack faith will be the cause of their coming to faith at their last breath. Even if they should die without faith, faith will be conferred upon one of their children or grandchildren. They will prosper in this world. They will achieve comfort in this world and their families will enjoy its benefits. For those without faith, however, there is no share in the Hereafter. In the absence of faith, they reap the reward for their good works in this world. In the Hereafter, they will enter the Fire on account of their lack of faith. Such is the case with the majority of those unbelievers who do good in this world and reap its benefits. There is no share in the Hereafter for those without faith. As for believing, but evildoing, wicked and depraved Muslims, they face the likelihood of losing their faith. Even if they do not lose their faith, they themselves will pat the penalty for their evildoing in this world or in the Hereafter, while their children will suffer in this world, where they will face a series of misfortunes. If they themselves pay the penalty here, this will expiate the punishment of the Hereafter. For it does not benefit the majesty of Allah to exact double punishment. -Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi, Irshad (Wisdom of a Sufi Master)



posted by Abubak'r | 5/29/2004 02:41:00 AM |
As for him who fears to stand before his Lord and restrains the ego its desires, the Garden is shelter.
(The Snatchers:40)
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "The Fire is surrounded by all kinds of desires and passions, while Paradise is surrounded by all kinds of disliked, undesirable things."
(Bukhari)
Whoever does good at night is rewarded during the day and whoever does good during the day is rewarded at night. Whoever is sincere in abandoning a desire is saved from catering to it. God is too noble to punish a heart that has abandoned a desire for His sake.
(Abu Sulayman ad-Darani)
Beware of your ego, and trust not its mischief;
The ego is worse than seventy devils.
(Arabic Poem)
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I seek God's forgiveness, and do not claim that my intention in producing this Blog is confined to good religious purposes; how may I do so when I am aware of the hidden desires, egotistic passions, and worldly wishes that I harbour? I do not claim innocence for myself; the ego is indeed an inciter to evil, save when my Lord shows mercy; my Lord is indeed Forgiving, Merciful. O God! I seek Your protection against my committing idolatry [shirk] knowingly, and Your forgiveness for that of which I am not aware! I ask God to make me and all other believers benefit from this Blog and to render my production of it purely for the sake of His Noble Countenance.

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