Anger for Allah’s Pleasure
All praises are due unto Allah Ta`ala alone. Durood and Salaams be upon Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam
Says Allah Ta’ala: “And they (the Mu’mineen) love Allah and Allah loves them.”
Rasulullah Salallahu alayhi wasallam informed us that Allah Ta’ala loves us seventy times more than what our parents love us.
There are two types of love:
One superficial and shallow, the other genuine and true. The one is self- flattering, the other is sincere. The one is self-serving, the other is to serve the beloved. The one is to give pleasure to oneself, the other is to please the beloved.
True love is what everyone claims they have for Allah Ta`ala. But just how authentic is this claim?
One of the vital signs of true love is that they will get angry when their Beloved is disobeyed, His Orders flouted and His Authority challenged.
If a son disobeys his father and comes home late, hangs around with loafers and hooligans, then the mother, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends will all get angry at this son. Why? Because they love the father and cannot see him being disobeyed and treated unimportantly. The love they have for the father is reflected in the proportion to the anger. The deeper the love, the greater the anger. If no anger is felt at the disgraceful behaviour of brother, then it is a sign that no true love existed for the father.
The auliya get angry, very, very angry when Allah Ta`ala is disobeyed. They may not display the anger always, but deep down they hurt. They fume. They seethe and they rage.
And Allah Loves them even more for this. Did Allah not instruct every Mu’min, every Muslim to pledge him or herself every night to distance himself from those who disobey Him with the words of Du’a-e-Qunoot: ‘Wa nat ruku may-yaf juruk?’ (And O Allah, we leave aside those who disobey you).
Did Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam not rage with anger at those who did not attend Salaah in the Masjid? Did he not express his desire to BURN their homes? Why? Because they treated Allah’s commands so very casually, that’s why!
Did Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam not make it clear that he would have cut of the hand of Fatima his own beloved daughter had she violated the law by stealing! What love for Allah! What anger for Allah!
Did Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam not force his beloved grandson to spit out a date which was Haraam for him? “Allah made it Haraam for us”, he said. It did not matter that it was but just a small boy and that it was just a date. Allah cannot be and will not be disobeyed. The date could not be consumed.
Allah is important. Allah is Significant. Allah’s commands are important. Allah’s commands are significant.
By not getting angry at sin, vice, evil, Haraam, scantily dressed Muslims, the wanton abandonment of Salaah and the abandonment of the Sunnah, we are fooling ourselves that we Love Allah.
Says the great scholar Ibn al-Qayyim in “A’alaam al-Muwaqqi’een”, volume 2, page 176:
“Indeed, what kind of piety is there in a person who witnesses Allah’s sanctities being violated, his religion abandoned, the Sunnah of His Messenger shunned, and yet remains still with a cold heart and a shut mouth? Such a person is like a dumb Shaitaan!”
These people, besides deserving the anger of Allah, are afflicted with the greatest calamity without even knowing it.
They have dead hearts. Indeed, the more alive a person’s heart is, the stronger its anger for the sake of Allah and the more complete his support to Islam and Muslims.
Yes, there is no reason to be apologetic when the need arises to use words such as “Faasiq, Faajir, Murtad, Munaafiq or Zindeeq.” This is the vocabulary of the Shariah, found in the Holy Qur’an and Ahaadeeth and in the terminology of the Fuqaha and Auliya. These are words that portray a deep Love for Allah.
A person came to Hadhrat Thanvi Rahmatullahi alayh to discuss his intentions of becoming a Christian. Moulana Thanvi tried to dissuade him. This person refused to heed the advice and threatened to leave Islam.
Moulana Thanvi stood up and slapped him and told him to get out. “Islam does not need you! Don’t wait until tomorrow, go and become a Christian today if you wish to!”
A few years thereafter a person visited Moulana Thanvi Rahmatullahi and introduced himself. He asked Moulana Thanvi Rahmatullah alayh if he did not recognise him. Hadhrat replied in the negative. He then said:
“I am the same person whose one smack of yours cleared my mind of all the thoughts of becoming a Christian. I came to thank you for safeguarding my Imaan.”
The Auliya’s anger has Rahmat.