What have we seen? Have we seen Jannat or Jahannum? Have we
seen the `Arsh, Kursi and the Lowh? Have we seen the Howdh-eD
Kauthar? We have not seen any of these things. Have we seen the
spectacles occurring in the grave with our own eyes? Have we
witnessed the angels Munkar and Nakeer in the grave? Have we seen
or not seen the light that illuminates the grave and the door that
leads to Jannat?

We bring Imaan on the unseen. We bring Imaan on everything
that Nabi  has said. Imaan is not based upon that which we can see,
but rather on that which has not been observed. That is why, when
man is about to pass away and the realm of the hereafter unfolds
before him and he brings Imaan on Allah Ta`ala, such Imaan will not
be accepted. Imaan is based upon the unseen.

After a person passes away and he witnesses the events of the
next abode, which Nabi  had informed us about, he will say:

“We have seen and heard, so please return us (back to the dunya) so that
we can do righteous deeds.” (Sajdah: 12)

This request will be rejected because it does not fall under the
ambit of bringing Imaan upon the unseen.

The son of Nabi , Hadhrat Ebrahim , passed away in infancy
(when he was about 16-17 months old). He was still being breastfed
at that time. One day, his mother revealed to Nabi  that her milk
was still flowing quite strongly on account of not completing the
breast-feeding stage.
Nabi  assured her that her child no longer required her milk
because arrangements had been made in Jannat for him. If she
desired, he (Allah Ta’aala)  will show her his appearance or, if she wished, she
could hear his voice.
“No, never!” she spontaneously exclaimed. “I do not need to see
him, and I do not need to hear him. You have assured me of his
condition. That is more than sufficient for me.”The point we are trying to make is that, if Nabi  has mentioned
or did something and, despite this statement or action of his, our
conviction only comes about after witnessing it, this will be contrary
to bringing faith on the unseen. This narration is found in Ibnu
Maajah. The Imaan of a believer is at its zenith when his belief is in
the unseen.
Our eyes can deceive us. On how many an occasion was an
experienced, intelligent person’s statement proven to be false? But in
the statement of Nabi , there can be only absolute truth. The
stronger a person’s conviction is in this aspect, the closer he comes
to Allah Ta`ala.
The more he resembles Nabi  in his way of life, the more he
becomes the beloved of Allah Ta`ala. This is why the name of Allah
Ta`ala is such that, despite it being taken in negligence, it is not
rendered worthless. It has an indelible effect.

A poet says:

There is a tasbeeh in our hands, but we are engaged in other talks and
How can this tasbeeh have an effect?

However, some buzurgs have changed the second stanza with
these words:

There is a tasbeeh in our hands, but we are engaged in other talks and
How can this tasbeeh have an effect?
However, some buzurgs have changed the second stanza with
these words:

Yet this tasbeeh still has an effect
Another poet has stated:

A tasbeeh is in the hand, taubah is on the lips yet the heart is still filled
with thoughts of vice, (to do this sin and commit that evil).

Even evil itself laughs at the type of repentance we make.

There is a saying of Hadhrat Sariy Saqati :رحمة الله عليه

Our istighfaar is in need of more istighfaar

The reason for this is that the meaning of istighfaar is, “O Allah
Ta`ala, I ask Your forgiveness.”
The lips are uttering this supplication, but does the heart really
mean it? If the heart is submerged in the anticipation for sin instead
of desiring forgiveness from sin, then we are actually saying
something which is not supported by the heart.

“They say such things which are not in their hearts (but in actual fact is
hypocrisy).” (Aal Imraan: 167)

That is why it is said: “Our istighfaar is in need of more istighfaar.”
Allah Ta`ala has bestowed us with the ability to make His zikr.
May Allah Ta`ala make these tongues truthful together with the
hearts. May Allah Ta`ala make our lives such, that they are in
conformity with His pleasure. Aameen

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