Witnessing God: Traveling with Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. by Ustaz Amin Yusuf
by Mawar Haque
Description: In conjunction with the blessed night of Isra’ Mi’raj, Sout Ilaahi has organised a workshop conducted by Ustaz Amin Yusuf on what it means by spiritual ascension and how solat is an ascension to be realised by every man.
Even though Isra’ Mi’raj happend when Rasulullah s.a.w. was 50, story started way before. Before Rasulullah s.a.w. went for mi’raj, he met with many trials in life. For 10 years (Rasulullah s.a.w. received the wahy’ when he was 40), Muslims were praying twice a day.
Why did Allah delay Isra’ wal mi’raj for 10 years?
It is so that when a commandment is given, Muslims are ready and able to follow it. Allah wants to strengthen the faith of the ummah (iman). Iman fluctuates. It strengthens, grows and decreases. The process goes on and on.
2)Sayyidatina Khadijah r.a.’s death was a lesson from Allah on the need to cut off worldly attachments/reliance. Turn to Allah alone.
3) The highest state of a wife in the hereafter is one who complements and calms her husband.
4)Essence of faith is in patience.
5) True faith is when you fully accept Allah’s decree for you without complaining. Instead, with full trust and faith in Allah.
6) You can’t resign from your fears, but you must face them.
7)How do we know that we are going through trials?
8) When we have no power over things.
Trials for Rasulullah are: trainings for him, strenghten his patience, perseverance and strengthen his belief/faith. Likewise for us.
9)Rasulullah s.a.w. is the true servant. Do slaves tell the Lord what to do? No. Thus, we must follow the footsteps of Rasulullah s.a.w. which to worship Allah and observe the relationship with fellow creations (habluminAllah wa habuluminannas).
10) During Isra’ wal mi’raj, Rasulullah was shown many unseen things or things from the future. This also means that when one goes through ascension, the unseen will be opened to him/ her by Allah’s decree.
11) Dreams are important. They are not merely coincidence. They are sign posts of our spiritual state and more. A proof to this is the fact that the sign of puberty for men is having wet dreams. Dreams are part of human experience.
12) During Isra’ wal mi’raj, Rasulullah met an angel whose job wast to count rain drops. However, the angel admitted that there was only one thing that it could not count: number of salutations to Rasulullah.
13) There has certainly come to you a Messenger from among yourselves. Grievous to him is what you suffer; [he is] concerned over you and to the believers is kind and merciful.” (Surah At-Tawbah, Verse 128) Indeed, he (Rasulullah s.a.w.) will come to us. It is not we who go to him. There is a significant difference between him coming to us and us going to him. Thus, it is very important for us to be connected to Sayyidina Rasulullah s.a.w.
14) 2 questions that have led to many huge debates over years:
– Are the dead alive?
– Can the dead benefit the alive?
During Isra’ wal mi’raj, Rasulullah led a congregation of 123 999 prophets in his prayers at Masjidil Aqsa. All these prophets were physically ‘dead’. However, how is it ever possible for them to stand behind Rasulullah to pray jemaah with him? This only means that they are still alive. “Death” is merely the transition of the soul from this dunya to another ‘alam. We can intereact with the other world. Thus, we can make supplications with them and tahlil is accepted because if not, there will be no such thing is solat jenazah.
During ascension, the prophets adviced Rasulullah to reduce the number of prayers from 50 to 5. Rasulullah accepted it and went up to Allah to ask for the discount. This means that we can benefit from the dead.
15) The gist of Isra’ wal mi’raj is that, the only medium to be connected to Allah is through praising Rasulullah s.a.w. and solat.
16) Some of the reasons why we are disconnected from Allah s.w.t.:
– The fear of a tyrant with regards to life and sustenance. This means, we believe and fear our employers/leaders more than Allah.
– Give assistance to tyrants.
– Not giving a sincere advice to a fellow brother/sister.
– When you feel you deserve an elevation of state based on your acts of worship.
– Committing sins in sacred places.
– A man beating his wife (cuts off God’s blessings unto him)
– Envy (hasad)
– Engaging sins knowingly.
– Disobedience to parents: the least we can do is to respect them.
– Disbelief in the 4 caliphs (because we believe there are others who are better to replace/than them)
17) Every caliph has his role to play. Every one of them has his significance.
Sayyidina Abu Bakar: Faith. Many tariqa goes back to him.
Sayyidina Umar: Good advice to the believers
Sayyidina Uthman: compassion, love, caring and kindness. Only he married two of Rasulullah’s daughters.
Ali: Courage and ilm. Rasulullah is the city of knowledge, Ali is its door/gate.
18) When we have bad impression on Allah, He will not fulfill our wishes. However, His graces and mercy are still in abundance.
19) We need to just ask for everything like a baby with faith to Allah as the Provider. We were all once a saint (baby). When we were a baby, we had the martabat of a saint. A baby surrenders and has complete faith in his/her Provider.
20) During Isra’ wal mi’raj, Rasulullah s.a.w. was given strength and a guide (Sayyidina Jibril a.s.). This means, we need a guide (spiritual teacher). In reality, Rasulullah s.a.w. is our ultimate true guide but he has “entered” another realm. So he will bring a guide to us if we seek sincerely.
For many, Ramadan is a time of intensified devotion to Allah, especially through the recitation of the Quran. Indeed, the Qur’an is a principal instrument of knowledge and spiritual healing; a powerful manual of self-knowledge and development, and we do not fully comprehend its power upon the human soul.
Yet many of us remain unmoving to the shores of the ocean of the Qur’an, without fully internalizing and realizing the depth of its outward and inward realities.
The Prophet SAW was a living embodiment of the teachings found in the Qur’an. In our lifelong endeavours to emulate him SAW, Ramadan presents each one of us an opportune time to renew the process of “living the Qur’an” in 3 stages: reciting, reflecting, and implementing. Ustaz Amin Yusuf will be explaining each of the three stages in greater detail in this Ramadan discourse.
You can purchase the ticket online at https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/how-to-become-the-walking-quran-tickets-33655605823 or bank transfer by email us at firstname.lastname@example.org