The following are notes taken by one of our volunteers at a public lecture by Ustaz Amin Yusuf entitled “Remedy for the Broken Hearted: Falling in love with Prophet SAW” in 2016.
Alhamdulillah, praises to Allah s.w.t. for having given us this blessed gathering which is considered Paradise in this world. We are gathered here today at the time of ‘Asr. The first two verses of Surah al Asr are: “Indeed, by the time of Asr, verily mankind is at a loss”. People are usually lost. Are we lost?
While we are sitting here enjoying the aircon, from the day of the birth of Adam alayhissalam until the Day of Judgment, there are angels who have been assigned just to praise Rasulullah salAllahualayhiwassalam.
The Mohammedan Light
Allah tells us to seek light. Who is the light? It is Rasulullah salAllahualayhiwassalam. Allah created the light of Rasulullah salAllahualayhiwassalam before he created anything else in this world. If there was no light, there would only be darkness. Just as we need the sun to give us not only light and energy, but guidance as to where we are currently, we need a guide to get through the darkness.
The “lights” (nur) mentioned in the Qur’an have different meanings to it. Allah says, “He is the one who takes you out from oppression to light.” We also make dua to Allah, “O Allah, complete our light.” That means there is a lack of light on our part, because of our lack of deeds.
The first light takes you from oppression into guidance. This refers to Islam. Islamic civilisation has made some major contributions to modern society in terms of scientific and mathematical inventions like the toothbrush (siwak), the decimal system, and hospitals.
The second light refers to our deeds. Have we reached the inner meaning of our deeds or have we only been doing them externally? We have been praying so far, but have we reached the objective of the prayer? Light is food for the soul. So you need to feed your soul with light, from doing good deeds.
The light of Rasulullah salAllahualayhiwassalam is now carried by his Inheritors. The light that he salAllahualayhiwassalam carried is too heavy for one person alone (from the inheritors) to carry so it has to be shared by the inheritors. Some carry more, some carry less. Each of us have light within ourselves: your blood is nur, your face is nur. You have nur (light). When you have nur, you connect with people of light very easily.
Shaykh Abdul Aziz Dabbagh said that when he looks at a person, he doesn’t see just the person’s body but the person’s light. That light becomes more powerful the more good deeds that person does. And if the person’s light is extremely powerful, he would say that that person is just like the Sahabah.
The Light of Knowledge
Seek knowledge, because knowledge is light. Imam as Shafi’i was known for being able to memorize something just after looking at it once. He once complained to his teacher that his memorisation was failing, and that he was afraid of forgetting all that he remembered. His teacher reminded him that knowledge is light, so if he avoided maksiat he would remember the knowledge.
When you seek knowledge, remember that Allah is your Guide. Do not be proud of yourself for having knowledge. There are many people who received education but became misguided in the end.
Look into yourself and see what’s lacking and go for what you need. For example, if you are able to recite Qur’an, alhamdulillah. The next step is to teach Qur’an. Studying and teaching are both light.
Whatever your need is, you have to find a teacher who can guide you and teach you knowledge. When you want to find a true teacher, you have to ask yourself, do you really want it? You might even have 1000 teachers, but it won’t matter if you don’t go for what you need. You will need to go through the criteria that he sets for you. When you strive, you will not see the barakah in that moment of striving, but later on in your life you will see it.
The Path of Love & Light
Through sending salutations upon the Prophet SAW, Allah opens up opportunities for you. There are many benefits for sending salutations upon Rasulullah salAllahualayhiwassalam. The first benefit is for yourself. All your salutations get sent to him salAllahualayhiwassalam. They establish and strength your connection with Rasulullah salAllahualayhiwassalam until that connection and love grows within you becomes so strong that it cannot be cut. Remember that Love is one of the paths to Allah SWT. Rasulullah SAW is our vehicle to Allah s.w.t He is concerned is about you wherever you are.
Shaykh Ahmad Darrir once found himself in a dire situation and had a huge need. He fell asleep and dreamt of Rasulullah salAllahualayhiwassalam, who told him to gather all of his crew and recite Selawat Munjiyyat 1000 times. Once they recited it over 300 times, the weather changed, and the storm receded.
If you feel that you are not deserving of connecting to Allah, remember that He said He is merciful to everyone. He wants you to connect to Himself and Rasulullah salAllahualayhiwassalam. There will always be hardships in this world. Allah wants to teach you not to be attached to this world, because you belong in Paradise. You cannot carry all your burdens all by yourself. Take your burdens and give it to Allah.
At times when you plan, and things don’t go the way you planned, you must believe that Allah wants the best for you, and that He has better things in store for you. Patience is very difficult. Even the pious people are tested to see if they are patient. Imam Shafi’i’s mother carried him inside her for 2 years before giving birth to him. She dreamt of Rasulullah salAllahualayhiwassalam who told her that her son would bring light to the world.
The pious ones used to keep their tears all to themselves. They don’t mention how much they cry to Allah, even if they cry buckets and buckets of tears. They are constantly maintaining that relationship with Allah, but they don’t show off about it.
Ramadan is a month like no other. The deeds, experiences, spiritual states and openings we are blessed with in this holy month through the mercy of Allah, bring with them a sense of focused tranquility that is often unmatched at any other time of the year. In essence, Ramadan is a school of positive transformation that is founded upon rigorous physical, mental and emotional discipline.
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