02 Author's Introduction – The Key to the Saintly Path

solo hundred alone salatu was-salam ala rasulillah while he was happy he woman tell you whom be selling it at your medium about is Salam alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh so this is the second day of our anti cat program looking at this small treatise by no chef and has that mean the key to the saintly path or mistak today OD yet and so we're gonna look at the author's introduction on page number one and hopefully we'll look at chapter entitled reality of the resurrection on page number three today but before we look at the introduction as promised yesterday I wanted to highlight the basic meanings of what it is to be men olia Allah or what did what it is to be a wali because there are probably many misconceptions as to who a Welli is a lot of times the connotations that we may have and when you hear the word Welli this is a Welli you think of a saint etc you think of somebody who's been enshrined in a tomb people make journeys to to pay homage or even to make the wall some even prostrating some giving money at the tomb some making special prayers or asking of such saints when in reality the person probably enshrined in that tomb passed away hundreds and hundreds of years ago has no idea what's going on and perhaps had no intention for that to happen with him or her or possibly there's not even a body there it's just a shrine that's been put up for some odd reason and people are making full off around a very dog or something of that nature who knows and so what I want to draw to your attention and this is taken from one of the Great's of the past mmm tamiya rahim allah a mentor of our author and email Anusha has a me email Mohammad Ibrahim OWASA fee amendment ami he says it's been mentioned that the wali so now we're looking at some linguistics here to understand the meaning Diwali has been named such due to more latter Hulett but more lads you recognize this word when it comes to purification making little and so from the integral elements of making will do is what is called mu Allah and that is succession that when you make Balu you have to wash the limbs not only in order but they have to be done in succession that has to be done consecutively so if you wash for example one part of the body in will ooh you have to wash the following part right away you cannot come back 30 minutes later an hour later and pick up where you left off will do is that Lulu is not valid so there is a succession that happens here and so the welly comes from that word m'lila a person who continuously is obedient to Allah from the word Mualla so they're continuously in succession obedient to Allah meaning they follow one righteous deed after the other they follow one righteous deed after the other and juxtaposed to the well e is I do and here we could say the I do of course is somebody that has enmity or rancor and their heart they're an enemy of sorts and this is all based upon a person's proximity to Allah Azza WA JAL to their proximity to his obedience or on the other end of the spectrum proximity to sin so the closer a person is to obedience the closer they are to achieving the status of wilayah or Welli and the closer they are to sin and transgression of Allah then they are getting on the border getting ready to cross into the enemy territory if you will and to be coming and I do okay and this should also be something that rings a bell when we are praying in thought Aliyah and particularly when we get to winter and we're making the pollute there's a section and there does anyone recognize it about the well II Men why late oh man I date anyone know that part do you know what it is that part of the canoe – yeah there's a droite in there I'll also point out he's our excuse me and and what's been reported from the promise of my solemn is to make the the supplication and Connaught he says when a little men wanna eat without ya is room and I date when ia little men why late means that you can't be little a person that you have violate taken as a wedding and you cannot give honor to a person that you have taken as an enemy but I assume and hide it you can't give it to a person that is an enemy of Allah and the enemy of Allah is it was the enemy of Allah at least but those that act like a police they are defiantly disobedient continuously disobedient to Allah they are from me the soldiers if you will of the enemy and so allah subhan allah tala goes in the four dimensions and the on numerous occasions about the Welli and in one verse in particular he highlights what it means in essence to be a Welli he says el Edina MN you Meccano yet temple they are those that believe and our pious they are those that believe and they are pious so the Welli is one that come combines the the the embodiment of faith here Eman is essentially what it is that you believe and what it is that you believe as a person of faith is the articles of a men you believe in Allah you believe in a messenger you believe in the angels you believe in the books you believe in the last day you believe in the divine decree you have certain a certain doctrine that you have adopted and have have you know become attached to it it's it's a conviction that you have in your heart that's fundamental but then there's also the element of piety all right so to be a welly means not only do you believe something's and I'm Muslim I believe in my faith wholeheartedly at the same time I act accordingly I display a level or I practice a level of religiosity that would define me as a person of piety right without that without the action there's no piety a person can believe in Islam they can believe in the truth of the message they can believe in Allah and the angels and the prophets and the books and the last thing the divine decree but then they can be very unbiased that can be very sinful so the one is the one that that comprises of both of these elements faith as well as piety and that's important to keep in mind so what that does for us is it with that understanding it allows us access to that station to achieving that station of we life and whoever Allah takes as a Welli as mentioned in the polute then no one can disparage them no one can harm them no one can belittle them and if they attempt to do so then allah subhanho wa taala will wage war against those that seek to harm is oh yeah Allah will protect the old yet so that's an encouragement for each and every one of us to make strides in that direction relief and Piatt and here we look at the author's introduction and he begins of course in the name of Allah this is in the name of Allah the entirely merciful the especially merciful all praise is due to Allah the custodian of praise and its rightful owner and may his peace and may his blessings be upon the best of his creation the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his family and his companions so this is a typical opening of course after that he says thereafter may allah's peace and blessings be upon hearts which have been enlightened with the light of insight thus becoming like stars glowing with permission from the store of good so here this is kind of setting up and it's going to frame for us the pinnacle of you if you will of piety the pinnacle of piety the beginning where he says peace and blessings be upon you Lubin Stern our odds bein water a fat they've been enlightened if you will by the light of your fan this could be like Gnosticism or awareness Maddy Fatah law that become aware of Allah and essentially this one line is referring to an extremely lofty station which is known as Muhammad o shahe Moshe hada is when the person has achieved the level of awareness and devotion a level of sincerity based upon knowledge and understanding that it's as if they witness Allah it's as if they see a lot and this maqam or this station mahkum and Masha Haida is what's highlighted in the hadith of Gibril alayhi Salaam when he approached the prophet's alehsalaam in the form of a man who was wearing white clothes very dark hair was unrecognizable by his companions it was a total stranger he was very clean meaning in this context he didn't just arrive from a long journey otherwise he would be dusty it would be dirty he says if he came out of nowhere and this was the angel to breathe I listen up and he came in he asked the promised lesson of about Islam and the Prophet mentioned the pillars of Islam he asked him about Eman and he mentioned the pillars of the Articles of Faith which we just talked about and then he asked him about 80 cent and xn is the pinnacle here and within SN there are two different levels there's Nakamura Kaaba which is a level of supervision where you are constantly aware that Allah is supervising and watching and then higher than that is no kombucha hedda which is you are now worshiping Allah as if you see him and that's what the prophet alayhi salaatu wa salaam he said about a sin he says in tableau the lock and I can turn off to worship Allah is if you see him for in left a from Tata and if you're able if you're unable to do that then no your rock then no he sees you okay that doesn't mean that you are going to see a law in this life the closest possible thing that's been reported from the prophet Isaiah to Saddam is in dreams seeing Allah in a dream has been authentically reported from the Prophet I may say that's what's enough exactly how that is only Allah knows how that will be and there is nothing like Allah we cannot describe Allah in worldly terms nor can we compare him to his creation in any form or fashion however that has been mentioned and so there's nothing that we can do except for accept authentic narrations from our beloved prophet and if you were to see a law in your dream and you would know that it is a law because the shape on cannot cannot trick you in that way so you're not going to see a lot in this life but masha Hedda here means that you see and cannot easily identify and immediately connect with a law's signs in the world around you you're constantly connecting the world around you with Allah as if you are seeing him so I'll give you an example of that when when you get paid on Friday the first thought is not this is the fruit of my labor it is this is the provision of Allah when you are sharing a very cute at heartfelt moment with your child or a loved family member and you enjoy that love then immediately you're not thinking about that very human interaction but you're seeing a las love and a las mercy and this is a gift from Allah he's showering his mercy upon me in his love by allowing me to experience love in this world etc so imagine if you lived your life not just fleeting moments but continuous experience a condition in which you lived where everything around you you saw a lot how do you think your worship would be how do you think your gratitude would be how do you think you know your level of temptation would be when it comes to sin if you were getting ready to sin and all you can see is Allah around you then it's unlikely or it's less likely not that it's impossible we're not saying that to be a while he means you're a sinless a sinless angel now every person falls into error and makes mistakes there's no doubt that's the way we were created but the Welli is the one that returns back immediately in repentance and that's a huge part of of worship and devotion so if you were to constantly live in that condition then you would probably be less tempted to fall into error but more encouraged to embark upon piety and righteousness you would be able to understand the world you live in for what it is and that's where the Imam picks up and for further reading as a little homework assignment I would ask you to look at the chapter entitled the light and North this is chapter number 24 and verse number 35 in particular I would like you to look that up and then try and read some commentary for that particular verse chapter 24 verse number 35 and this is the verse in which a law says that he is the light of the heavens and the earth and the example of his light is like a niche and then it goes on about the oil in the lantern it's from the blessed olive tree etc look at that verse look at the commentary and see what is being described here because it's a parable about the lantern in the niche and the wick and the oil all of that is a parable for something in particular which has to do with what we're reading so look that up and tomorrow tell me what you found so he says the great mmm after having mentioned enlightened with the light of insight thus becoming like stars glowing with permission from the bestow of good free from the material world right now you're becoming less and less inclined towards the material but more the spiritual and the desires of this world yearning for closeness to the most gracious and most merciful one continuously remembering him inclining towards him in his proximity so basically the person that when they achieved this level of piety to be as a welly it's when it's when you are satisfied to be in the company of Allah that's when you're most happy and you're most at ease and the complaints that you have about company being in anyone's company is the people of this world it's not as satisfying it's not as fulfilling as spending moments with Allah not the other way around where prayer is an annoyance prayer is a difficulty prayer is a hardship prayer is a bore prayer is an exercise prayer is you know a challenge to sit there and focus and stand for long times or to read the Quran I can't stay focused it seems like a task it seems too hard but I'd rather be hanging out with so-and-so at work or out on the field or on the court or at home where you'd rather be spending company with you know whoever and are fleeing and running away from the company of Allah the company of a laws experience through righteousness and worship exist it's it's experience the things like it to cat when you're alone and there's no one here to chitchat with and so this is not an easy task of course but it's something that has to be has to be obtained through struggle and great effort and so he mentions a number of these things he says grasping firmly to piety towards him beautifying itself with his illumination gaining even more certainty in faith in him whilst always ever-increasing until its settlement in the gardens of paradise essentially the soul the heart of the believer constantly yearning for paradise yearning for agenda and some of the Great's of the past said that there's a constant yearning of the faithful for jemna because that's their initial home their initial abode is paradise right Adams started off started out in the garden and that's where we desire to be back home it's like when you travel and you you have to leave your home you go and at some point you you want to return you want to be back in the comfort of your own home and and the tranquility of your own domicile and so now the person of faith is constantly looking to return back to their original abode of paradise which is a place of peace and tranquility just like travel is difficult to is difficult it's hard it can be if I'm in aa minute like that right it's like a type of punishment travel is so is traveling in the dunya is living in the world like a stranger or like a traveler as was described by the Prophet I set up somewhere in this life in this world there's nothing but a traveler trying to return back home to the abode of everlasting peace and tranquility says if you were to see them oh my friend you would find a people whose souls out of extreme longing for Allah Almighty almost take flight their bodies are busy with actions of servitude and their selves or their their souls if you will our patience with the divine decree of the all-powerful it's interesting to note here the the combination of two things what's happening externally and what's happening internally externally it appears as if the person is constricted because they are busy with acts of servitude they're busy with acts of of humility and they're restricted and restrained from the delights of the world so they're not delving into worldly fun which is often associated with excessiveness and oftentimes leads to sin if not sinful in its very nature but internally their experience is very different from what it looks like outside internally they find happiness they find bliss to the point that he says it says if they're like flying taking flight just there it's there it's like ultimate freedom you know being able to fly it's like ultimate freedom and if you think about it for a moment what we are facing right now is a culture in which they're looking to find ultimate freedom through the bodily experience while neglecting the inward and so they can't achieve it so you find them pursuing acts of except excess pursuing the delights of the world whether that you know but in whatever form or fashion that may be hoping to find that joy and that freedom when in fact inside they are nothing but servants to their desires enslaved by the shape bonds they they have fallen into his snare and his trap and so there's no satisfaction there's only moments of worldly pleasure which just like the world are very fleeting however the person that is striving towards a loss of prana which is constantly in this state of freedom and delight while outwardly they may feel or I should say outwardly they may look constricted dealing with the divine decree of that all-powerful basically whatever test and trial has put their way then they're patiently bearing that burden they fast when the people are eating they stand during the darkness of night while people are sleeping they are sad when the people are happy they cry when the people of falsehood and doubts are laughing so here you can see a kind of concept that needs to be understood and embraced as a Muslim community and that is we should not expect to be like everyone else we cannot set that expectation for ourselves we have to do what everyone else is doing here you see that you man pointing out that when people are eating your fasting right now when people are sleeping at night you're praying right now in Ramadan is a great example of that and it's not something that's restricted to Ramadan but it's something that is done throughout the year intermittently so and then when people are celebrating joeys occasions you are saddened etc etc so you know allah subhanaw taala mentions then the Bahrani says that if you were to obey most people if you were to follow most people than they would divert you from a lost path if you were to follows his eye in the Quran if you were to follow most people they will divert you from a laws path they follow nothing but conjecture nothing but assumption there's no certainty there's no faith involved so we cannot you can't have it both ways you can't be a person of faith and then be one of the crowd a lie isn't set it up that way he set it up that the people of faith they're special they're unique they're different they're men olia Allah and the majority of people they're just out to lunch literally in Ramallah because they're hungry and when I'm hungry I eat and when I'm tired I sleep and when I want to procreate I do so and when I want to express ego I I do that so this is something that has to be it has to truly be embraced because I feel like a lot of times in our community even as individuals and families and as a greater community we feel constantly challenged to assimilate you know and you know some assimilation is required to get along in society but you cannot does it it can't be to the extreme it has to be a balance there cannot fully assimilate our values and our core beliefs and then the the piety the level of religiosity that comes along with that nothing wrong with standing out in this regard in fact it should be seen in the other way right we have to be able to control what's normal in our own community and households what we what we define is normal that's important because sin has been normalized and if we're not careful we'll end up normalizing it ourselves and then we'll feel shy and ashamed to be pious we'll feel embarrassed to pray in public or at work because not praying has been normalized prayer has been made strange weird and outdated extreme unnecessary sike like kind of kooky to be a religious person yeah since they fast when the people are eating they stand there in the darkness tonight trading their transactions in fear of bankruptcy this is the transaction of the pious the transaction with Allah the transaction with the law is that they trade some of this world for the Hereafter by way of righteousness and acts of obedience prayer and fasting reciting the Quran making dhikr etc and they are constantly doing so out of fear of bankruptcy meaning they fear they're going to lose it all if you're going to lose everything you're gonna lose this life in the next you're sad when people are happy they cry when the people of falsehood and doubts are laughing their hearts have seen from the met majesty of their Lord that which is not visible to the naked eye hence their secrets were welcomed by the uppermost illuminator and therefore have the best preparation for the land of resurrection and here talking about you know these stages and states or conditions a person would be in it's not something material but it's spiritual and the person that is they're their innermost secret which would be their heart is filled with Allah then they're constantly in a state of preparedness and readiness for the land of Resurrection which is out of the second on he mentions here so here you can see at the conclusion that it's basically giving glad tidings to the one that is able to achieve this station or this you know position of being a welly one of the ODA of the law net that's a person that's constantly ready that if death were to come to them at any moment then they would be ready for death because they've lived a life of faith and a piety and they've been able to avoid the pitfalls and the snares of chiffon and so that's the way of the olya and that is what the chapters contain that we're going to begin looking at in greater detail tomorrow we'll wrap it up here 30 minutes we'll look at some of the most fundamental pathways or you know as he says thorium to becoming a buddy

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