ATTRACTIONS AND DISTRACTIONS

IN AN ACCIDENT, OR DUE TO A SLIP OR FALL, if the joint of the shoulder or leg is dislocated, traction is normally the means adopted in the healing process.

The sinful, immoral attractions and distractions which form the entertainment of those who have forgotten Allah Ta’ala are such, that they dislocate the joints of Imaan.

The ‘traction’ for restoring, strengthening and improving one’s spiritual well-being is sincere Taubah, distancing oneself from sins and from the venues of sins; attending good, Deeni programmes and associating with the pious. .There are so many, so many, who have gone towards some Haraam (forbidden) attraction, never  to return therefrom.

So many have lost their identity as Muslims, and sometimes they have even lost their Imaan and suffer the great loss of their Aakhirah. So many have died whilst they were engaged in Haraam entertainment and actions; whether at concerts, casinos, discos, prostitute quarters, in adultery, drugs or some other vice. Sometimes, there is an earthquake, or a tsunami, or a fire, or some other disaster and death comes upon hundreds, if not thousands – many of whom are also engaged in sins. .

What guarantee do we have, while indulging in sins, that we won’t be singled out, for our return to Allah Ta’ala? Which Muslim wants to return to Allah Ta’ala in a state of sin?

The holiday period – even week-ends – are a time of great test and trial. There is encouragement and enticement towards all kinds of Haraam. Beach partying, intermingling and courting, immodest dress, loud music and dance, smoking, drinking and drug-taking become the programme and timetable for many Muslims. Salaah becomes a forgotten duty and the Islamic dress and identity are discarded. Very sadly, today, Muslims invite to sins; to the disobedience of Allah Ta’ala. This kind of invite is nothing less than an invitation to Jahannum. …This was not what we were created for.

Allah Ta’ala says: “DID YOU THINK THAT WE CREATED YOU FOR NOTHING, AND THAT YOU WILL NOT BE BROUGHT BACK TO US?”[SURAH AL-MU`MINOON 23:115]

The Muslim youth are supposed to be tomorrow’s leaders for the Ummah. They are to be the representatives of Deen, inviting the non-Muslims to Islam, with the modesty and purity of thought, speech, dress and actions, which should be characteristic of every Muslim. Deen and Shari’ah do not stifle us, do not deprive us of pleasure and enjoyment, do not deny us happiness and celebration. Deen and Shari’ah also accommodate leisure and pleasure. Islam is beautiful. Most beautiful. Islam is not ‘dry’. It is enjoyable. …Allah Ta’ala has only placed certain boundaries through His Divine prohibitions, for our own benefit, safety and well-being.

So let us make the effort and avoid sins. Let us not walk the route towards sins. Let us keep clear of the venues of sins like how we would if we had fore-knowledge that there will be an earthquake, tsunami or bomb-blast devastating such places. We fear for our lives. The greater need is to fear for our Imaan.

Let us not forget that we are Muslims. Let us not forget our relationship with Allah Ta’ala. Let us not forget that death can visit unexpectedly. Let us not forget that there is accountability. Let us not forget Jannah. Let us not forget Jahannum.

This world is a prison for the Believer and a paradise for the disbeliever. …What is ‘good’ for the disbelievers will not be good for the Believers. If they find enjoyment in Haraam, the Muslim will find HARM in that same Haraam. Every person is given the choice. A person either makes a wise decision or an unwise decision.

If we adopt Taqwa, we restrain and abstain from disobedience to Allah Ta’ala, then when we leave this world, we leave behind a prison. When we leave this world, we leave free. When the disbeliever leaves this world, he leaves behind his paradise. When he leaves this world, he enters a prison; where there is no release, no bail, no parole and no escape. This worldly life is short. Very short. Understand the reality: Every passing second is delivering us closer and closer to the bridge of death. And there is no choice. We have to cross that bridge.

Time is running out. The journey is long. The life after this is eternal. There is no return to this world. What preparations have we made? What provisions have we acquired?

Nabi صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم said: “The intelligent one is he who suppresses his desires and practices for what is after death, and the foolish one is he who makes his nafs follow its desires and (he) places (baseless) hope on Allah.”Imam Shafi’ee رحمه الله  summed up this life very simply and aptly:

“This worldly life is a just a moment; let it be a moment of obedience.”

‘When giving a talk in Bolton (UK), I mentioned that the name of their suburb tendered noble advice: That we should place a bolt on the doors of our hearts – to shut nafs and shaytaan out of our hearts, and to protect the treasure of Imaan and the Love of Allah Ta’ala which is in our hearts.’

Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh)