Khidmah (Servitude)

Khidmah (Servitude)

by Sufian king (Sout ilaahi volunteers)

Contents

a. Hadith Qudsi Introduction
b. Personal Prayers
c. Ibnu Arabi Excerpt
d. My brief experience of Khidmah and witnessing Sout Illahi Volunteers

a. Hadith Qudsi Introduction

Allah the Almighty said: I am as My servant thinks I am (1). I am with him when he makes mention of Me. If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself; and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assembly better than it. And if he draws near to Me an arm’s length, I draw near to him a cubit, and if he draws near to Me a cubit, I draw near to him a fathom. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed. (1) Another possible rendering of the Arabic is: “I am as My servant expects Me to be”. The meaning is that forgiveness and acceptance of repentance by the Almighty is subject to His servant truly believing that He is forgiving and merciful. However, not to accompany such belief with right action would be to mock the Almighty. It was related by al-Buhkari (also by Muslim, at-Tirmidhi and Ibn-Majah).

Insya Allah the hadith Qudsi above is intensified in these times, when He wills.

b. Personal Prayers

O Allah For I am a mere impulsive slave still in filth and sin with only mere childish aspirations and relentless dependence on His mercy to accept me, my family and friends, to allow my undeserving self to be in the gatherings and be in internal and external proximity with the inheritors of the Prophet (pbuh) who remind and speak of God and His Beloved (pbuh).

O Allah please don’t leave us ever again and don’t bring us back to where we were sinning at. Allow us and our children to feel love and longing for the Prophet s.a.w, to cry repenting from our sins at night and feel the sweetness of doing things that please You.

What gives us hopes are literatures such as how Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jailani ever mentioned of how the present ummah of the end of times will receive rewards, higher stations and unveilings from the force multiplication of small actions that were deemed little many years ago, are valued higher in the current times due to the number of internal external fitnah, crisis and systematic poisoning of the ummah.

c. Ibnu Arabi Excerpt

Likewise the sayings of Ibnu Arabi :

” These times now are not like times gone by. This is because today is closer to the Hereafter. Hence people today experience abundant unveilings, and flashes of light have begun to appear and become manifest. The people of our time enjoy more rapid unveiling, more frequent witnessing, a richer gnosis and a more perfect knowledge of divine realities, but they practice fewer works of devotion than in previous times … Such practice predominated in the past, but in our times knowledge has gained ascendancy, and this situation will continue to expand and intensify until the descent of Jesus, upon whom be peace, such that our performance of a single prayer-cycle today is equivalent to a whole lifetime of worship by someone of an earlier time …Knowledge is one and spread wide, and calls for those who can carry it. When these grow in number by virtue of their righteousness – for it is the knowledge of the righteous – it is apportioned among them … Knowledge, opening and unveiling are abundant among men of later times. When someone has a portion of this, it becomes manifest in him, because today knowledge predominates …

Glory be to the One who gives freely to all!”

–––Ibn ‘Arabi, Kitab al-Isfar, pp. 9–11

d. Khidmah (servitude) and Sout Illahi Volunteers

What personally moved me to try to volunteer were the inspiring stories of Shaykh Yaqoubi giving a lecture on Imam Gazali’s Ihya on how some saints and scholars started from being a sweeper of mosques or the job of those who light up street candles at the dead of night (there were no electric lampposts then)

Also stories of how Habib Khadhim would wash the clothes, dishes and study area of his students till the late of nights for his own students back in Tarim, Yemen.

Shaykh Ninowy mentioned a couple of times on the weight of khidmah (servitude-to teachers or community) in the sight of Allah. The people of khidmah (like the ones ive seen in Sout Illahi) work tirelessly behind the scenes manifesting sincerity to Allah and servitude to scholars and community by being the people of khidmah sacrifice family and work time, money, energy and sleepless nights being behind the scenes to ensure the da’wah event becomes a success. I was overwhelmed by scenes of how a videographer was writing notes in his notebook and shooting Shaykh Aslam as he delivers at the same time, how some volunteers’ sincerity in service to Allah could be tested when they’ve signed up to volunteer but had to man the sales and ticketing booth outside of the auditorium not being able to listen to the talk, some stayed too far away from the event and slept in their office which was near to the event, sleepless worrying nights and not to forget early mornings before the sun goes to work.

Best of all, they all had smiles of sincerity on their faces with full servitude , thats himmah and ikhlas right there.

May Allah accept , preserve and protect everyone in this world who quietly and secretly make khidmah for the sake of Allah and make them saints in their own right.