Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 29th 2014 Contents If you have to meet any important dignitaries it is nec-
essary that you get all the knowledge of the protocol.
That is just for ordinary human beings; what about the
meeting with the Lord?
Allah wants us to approach Him in a particular way. In
order to get this done properly He gives us a command
which He says in Surah Maa-idah;
O ye who believe! Do your duty to Allah, seek the means
of approach unto him, and strive with might and main in His
cause: that ye may prosper. (5:35)
Scholars discuss this particular principle in many ways
but one thing they all agree on is that if you want to get to
Allah you have to follow Prophet Muhammad (pboh). Why,
because he already met Allah and he is already aware of
the etiquettes of getting to Allah.
So in essence what Allah is really telling us is; O you who
believe; follow the Prophet (pboh). Make him your wasila. A
wasila is like a middle person; therefore make Prophet
(pboh) your means of getting closer to Allah.
We worship only Allah and do not ascribe any partners
with Him. This is something that is very clear to all Mus-
lims. We can go directly to Allah because He says 'if you call
on Me, I will respond'. But there are many things which re-
quire some bit of information or example in order that we
may maximise our capacity and capability in the short pe-
riod of time. That is why we need to tread that path that
will not waste our time and resources. That is called Siratal
Prophet Muhammad (pboh) is the best model and vehi-
cle to take us to Allah. Because Allah says
And As one who invites to Allah's (grace) by His leave,
and as a Lamp spreading light. (33:46)
He invites you to go to Allah and to take you along and to
show you the path. The path to Allah is Siratal Mustaqeem;
that is the straight path; for which we always pray. Allah
says about the Prophet (pboh);
So hold thou fast to the Revelation sent down to thee;
Verily thou art on a straight way. (43:43)
If the Prophet (pboh) is on the straight path and we want
to get on the straight path; what then do we have to do?
We have to follow him (pboh). As a result Allah says to us;
Say: If you love Allah, then follow me. (3:31)
That is why Prophet Muhammad (pboh) is our wasila. He
is that one who connects us with our Lord. Why do we
need to follow him if Allah gave us a Book of which is guid-
ance? You will see for example even in the time of the
Companions they always looked towards the Prophet
(pboh) for help and guidance; even though they were
taught the Qur'an directly from him. One simple example is
that he taught us the times for salaat. Allah commands us
to establish our salaat, however nowhere in the Qur'an is
the specific period of timings mentioned.
He taught us how to follow the straight path to get to
Allah. So when Allah says seek the means of approach unto
him we can take it to possibly mean; follow the Prophet
(pboh) and make him your model and guide. He is Siratal
The next very important point is that Prophet Muham-
mad (pboh) is very concerned for the believers. Can you
imagine how he will feel if we are deliberately going on the
wrong path? And he is connected to us, as Allah says;
And know that among you is Allah's Messenger. (49:7)
And the Qur'an is a message for all times. Allah didn't say
it was only relevant when he was alive.
Has his mission come to an end or does it still continue?
My dear friends, there are those who keep in constant con-
tact with the Holy Prophet (pboh). In other places in the
Qur'an Allah says he and the angels pray for us;
And the Messenger had asked forgiveness for them,
If you want to get close to Allah then get as close to His
Beloved (pboh) as much as possible. Any form of disre-
spect to him will render your deeds null and void. Get closer
to Allah by showing love and honour for Prophet Muham-
mad (pboh) and following his way. Connect to Allah
through him and insha Allah you will have no regrets.
May Allah increase our love and attachment to His
Beloved (pboh) and through him as our wasila may we at-
tain closeness to Him, insha Allah.
In almost every Mosque, in every country of the world,
the Imam closes his Friday sermon with a reminder to the
people with the following verse of the Holy Qur'an. Allah
Verily, Allah orders, justice and refinement. (16:90)
Again He says:
Be just, that is closest to piety. (5:8)
To be just is a general, universal command; and it incor-
porates many dimensions in a person's life. One of these is
justice to oneself.
As the human personality is made up of two dimensions,
viz. the physical self i.e. the nafs, and the non-physical self, i.e.
the ruh, it is the duty of every person to take care to nurture
both of them, by giving to each one of them what is neces-
sarily required to ensure that they grow healthy and strong.
Because the nafs is the energy produced by the working of
the physical body, it thrives on the satisfaction of the physi-
cal desires. The ruh, on the other hand, can be sustained with
deeds and actions relating to spirituality and exercises focus-
ing on God-consciousness. The individual is required to be
just too both dimensions of the personality by engaging in
permissible physical and spiritual exercises which will result
in true representation of Allah here on earth.
The majority of human beings however, concentrate on
taking care of the physical self and some do not even think
that they need to sustain the spiritual. The unfortunate con-
sequences of such a lifestyle will be a materialistic outlook of
life that will benefit the individually, to some extent, materi-
ally and it will end with death.
As a representative of Allah here on earth, He wants us to
behave like Him in our own humble way. He says:
(Establish) Allah's handiwork according to the pattern on
which He has made mankind; no change (let there be) in the
work by Allah; that is the Upright way, but a lot of people do
not understand. (30:30)
Behaving like Allah means to cultivate some of the quali-
ties of the Divine Attributes in our physical lives. These in-
clude Glorifying His Holy Name and displaying qualities, like
compassion, forgiveness, etc. when relating with fellow
In addition to the physical manifestation of the Godly quali-
ties in dealing with other human beings, we are required to
be just to our souls by keeping them polished, bright and
Many people spend all their time and energy taking of the
body, and completely neglect their souls. They spend all their
wealth in material things and forget that they must send
some for use in the next phase of life. They do not have time
for worship, taking care of the poor and needy, only do and
eat what is halaal, etc. Such people are neglecting the
Qur'anic Command of being just to oneself.
Such people will regret what they did and some of them
will ultimately say:
The day when man will see the deeds which his hands
have sent forth; and the unbelievers will say: Woe unto me, I
wish I was never created. (78:40)
We all should make every effort to nurture and cultivate
both dimensions of our personalities, if we are to be just to
ourselves. Islam gives us the recipe for so doing, beginning
with the five fundamental principles, and extending to all the
other dos and don'ts which we are required to uphold if we
want to be truly just to ourselves in every possible way.
Transcript of discourse delivered by
Maulana Dr. Waffie Mohammed
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