HOW DO I JOURNEY TO MY LORD? …..part one

Exceepted from the Halaqa on “SEEKING KNOWLEDGE” By Dr. H. Younis by anon author

كيف أصل الى ربي ؟

طلب العلم  :

Seeking Knowledge – There is no way to reach Him Subhanawataala without seeking ‘ilm and striving to learn it.

اجمع قلبك على لا إله إلا الله:

A. Gathering my heart:

On La ilaha illa Allah- My focus in all my activities –is my Rabb, my Ma’buud (the One I worship, submit and surrender to). All my acts of ibaadah, ilm, activities at home, with family, at work are all intended to please Him, Subhanawataala and I am always asking: Are you happy with me ya rabb?

مجموعة من الأعمال القلبية :

B. Actions of the heart:

  1. الإخلاص : Al Ikhlaas (purity of intention in seeking ‘ilm and acting on it) – Actions are empty forms unless enlivened with the purity of Intention that they are for Allah, Subhanawataala alone.
  2. الصدق مع الله   : As Sidq (Truthfulness with Allah Subhanawataala in my striving to learn) – How many hours a day do I dedicate to learning?
  3. التقوى  : At Taqwa (God consciousness that translates into righteous action) –I’lm is facilitated by obeying Him, Subhanawataala.

When Imam ash Sha’afi complained to his teacher Waqiah about his failing memory, his teacher’s advice: “Verily the ‘Ilm of Allah is Nur (light) and the Nur of Allah is not given to a sinner”

إن علم الله نور و نور الله لا يؤتى لعاصى

I.e. do not disobey Allah Subhanawataala!

4.  الصبر : As Sabr (Patience) – All of the above is hard and requires us to persevere. Allah, Subhanwataala tests my Ikhlaas and Sidq in my seeking ‘ilm and I have to struggle with constancy and consistency against laziness and boredom and whisperings of the Nafs and Shaytaan.

اجمع جسدك على : Let all of your body be collected on the following Aayaat:

اقْرَأْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّكَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ (96:1)

  • · 96:1 READ in the name of thy Sustainer, who has created

خَلَقَ الْإِنسَانَ مِنْ عَلَقٍ (96:2)

  • · 96:2 created man out of a germ-cell

اقْرَأْ وَرَبُّكَ الْأَكْرَمُ (96:3)

  • · 96:3 Read – for thy Sustainer is the Most Bountiful One

الَّذِي عَلَّمَ بِالْقَلَمِ (96:4)

  • · 96:4 who has taught [man] the use of the pen

عَلَّمَ الْإِنسَانَ مَا لَمْ يَعْلَمْ (96:5)

  • · 96:5 taught man what he did not know!

To be continued………….in part two

and in   Part three

8 thoughts on “HOW DO I JOURNEY TO MY LORD? …..part one

  1. Pingback: HOW DO I JOURNEY TO MY LORD? ——-part three « Siraat-e-Mustaqeem

  2. Asalaam o alaikum Br Layluf/Ali,
    I have removed all your comments that were disrespectful to the teachers and scholars of Islam.
    I think both you and I need to look at our amaal (actions) and reflect on what we are doing and what we are saying? and do those two match or not.

    As I mentioned before, anything disrespectful to our Prophet pbuh, and the scholars and teachers will be removed from the comments.

    Name calling will be removed and other breaches of muslim etiquette will be removed, untill the commentor can demonstrate that he or she can follow the etiquette practiced by Prophet Muhammad pbuh, (for muslims) or if he or she is a non muslim then the basics of etiquette will suffice.
    Jazaik Allah hu Khairan!

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  3. Bismillahi Rahmaani Raheem

    Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullah

    This story that was related about Imam ash Shafi’ is as follows – The memory of Imam ashShafii (r.a)alhamdulillah is known to be legendary – he could memorise a book in days fully understanding its intricacies.
    Alhamdulillah, he memorised the Holy Qur’an when he was 8 – 10 yrs old. As a young man he travelled to Medina to study under Imam Malik (r.a) and memorised the entire Muwatta of Imam Malik – The book of Fiqh during the few days of his journey – Imam Malik so loved and was impressed by this young man that he is reported to have said : “Allah swt has illuminated your heart with His Nur (‘Ilm of deen) ,therefore young man – Do not extinguish it with the darkness of sins ”
    Later during an occasion when his amazing powers of memorisation was failing him, Imam ashShafi’ went to his trusted and beloved teacher Waqiah (r.a) and asked his advice – which interestingly is similar to that of Imam Malik – i.e : Obey Allah swt and He will increase your knowledge !!!

    Quranic reference :
    وَاتَّقُواْ اللّهَ وَيُعَلِّمُكُمُ اللّهُ وَاللّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ 2:282…….
    …..And Have Taqwa of God and God will teach you and God has full knowledge of everything

    The most telling aspect of this story is that it is narrated by Imam ashShafi’i as one of the most valuable pieces of advice that he recieved from his teacher in the journey to ‘ilm. May Allah swt give us the wisdom to see their wisdom !!!

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  4. Dear assalamalikum-
    I will make my self clear.i dont beat around the bush i come to point straight-
    It is not befitting for a believer, man or woman, when a matter has been decided by Allah and His Apostle, to have any option about their decision: if anyone disobeys Allah and His Apostle, he is indeed on a clearly wrong path. (Surah Al-Ahzab, 33:36)
    if Allah and the prophet didnt say to anyone that he a sinner instead they teach rabi zidni ilma for a sincere learner-
    The teacher who wants to over take the prophet[sas] is not a teacher so i dont consider him to be a teacher[defying the basic islamic qords of appealing for Illm from allah] then where is the question of making policy of ikhlak and so on-
    When islam is complete code of life-the person who wants to be teacher his teachings must be in line with our beloved prophet-[sas]
    or else it will be deviating the younger generation -because they are intelegent they will find the sentence of using the word sinner as something weird and they will not read these type of instances in future-

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  5. Walaiku asalaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatahu layluf.

    Your first comment is about supplications, I am not sure what was the trigger here or the connection?

    Your second comment is disrespectful to the most famous and learned Faqih Imam Shaafi and his teacher. What is quoted here is NOT HADITH.

    If you do not respect your teachers you will never learn. Our first teacher who taught us how to read, understand and reflect on the Quran was Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him after him all the teachers of Islam deserve respect unless they say something that is out of line of the Quran and Sunnah at which time this can be brought to their attention respectfully as we all know the only perfect being is Allah.

    My suggestion is that you review the above incident it will also help you personally in putting your life in perspective.

    Islamic Ikhlaaq or etiquette of words, actions and thoughts is to be followed at all times in accordance with the example of Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him.

    If you follow your own advice and seek knowledge, you will learn to choose your words very carefully as you will be accountable for each one of them on the Day of Judgement.

    As far as younger generations they are intelligent and once they review the context of the scholars they will understand the reference.

    Step one is to study the Quran understand it, reflect on it and follow it. So if Allah Subhanawatataala says in it :Obey Me and the Rasool” it means obey! in all areas, which include language, respect, opening ones mouth or using the pen with a lot of care. First correcting ones own ikhlaaq (etiquette) to reflect what Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him taught us.

    I pray that you will take this as constructive suggestions.
    Jazaaik Allah Khair, May Allah guide us when to speak and when to remain silent.
    Ameen

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  6. ASSALAMLAIKUM-
    When Imam ash Sha’afi complained to his teacher Waqiah about his failing memory, his teacher’s advice: “Verily the ‘Ilm of Allah is Nur (light) and the Nur of Allah is not given to a sinner”

    see here comes the useless versions of some teacher who is not a prophet or appointed nabi- and he answers in such rude way when a student ask him about the failing memery-
    HE MUST HAVE ANSWERED TO READ RABI ZIDNI ILMA INSTEAD ACTING BIG TO GIVE DISCOURAGING ANSWER TO STUDENT WHO IS ON THE PATH OF LEARNING-
    I REQUEST TO THIS MODERATOR TO AVOID THESE TYPES OF USELESS REPLIES PRINTED HERE AS THIS WILL GIVE WRONG SIGNAL TO YOUNGER GENERATION-TOLD BY EVERY TOM DICK AND HARRY.EVEN THAT MIGHT NOT BE AUTHENTIC AS IT ON HEARSAY EVIDENCE NOT AN AUTHENTIC HADEES-

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  8. ALLAH ACCEPTS SUPPLICATIONS
    None of us has any independent strength. At every point of our life, we depend upon Allah to offer us His mercy, bestow some of His kindness and blessings, and protect and ensure our safety. Our Lord, the possessor of infinite mercy, informs people that He will respond to their supplications and prayers.

    If My servants ask you about Me, I am near. I answer the call of the caller when he calls on Me. They should, therefore, respond to Me and believe in Me so that, hopefully, they will be rightly guided. (Surat al-Baqara, 186)

    Your Lord says: “Call on Me, and I will answer you. Those who are too proud to worship Me will enter Hell abject.” (Surah Ghafir, 60)

    The fact that Allah, the sole sovereign and owner of everything that exists, whether spiritual or temporal, Who hears every prayer, knows everything that goes through a person’s mind, and responds to each prayer is a great blessing and mercy.

    A person who sees his or her supplications answered experiences great joy. To know that Allah is always with you, constantly seeing, hearing, and knowing everything connected with you causes you to hope that Allah will help you in every task that you undertake and accept every request that you make as long as you are sincere. This increases a believer’s love, submission, and closeness to Allah.

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