All is You

Second will be a man who studied (religious) knowledge. Then he taught it to others and recited the Qur’an. He will be brought (for Judgment). Allah will remind him on His favors (showered on him in the world). He will admit them (having enjoyed them in his life). Then Allah will ask him: What did you do with them? He will reply: I acquired knowledge and imparted it and also recited the Qur’an for Your sake. Allah will observe: You have told a lie, for you got knowledge to be renowned as a scholar; and you recited the Qur’an to be marked as a Qari (one who recites the Qur’an according to the rules). Then orders will be passed against him. So he will be dragged along on his face and thrown into Hell.

Third will be a man whom Allah had made abundantly rich and granted him every kind of wealth. He will be brought for Judgment. Allah will let him know about His gifts conferred upon him in the world. He will recognize them. Then Allah will inquire: What did you with them? He will say: I left no way in which you like money to be spent without spending in it for your sake. Allah will say: You are lying. You did so to be described as generous (in the society); (It means you got your reward in the world according to your intention. Now you deserve nothing in the Hereafter except Hell). So orders will be passed against him and he will be dragged along on his face until he will be hurled into Hell.

Reported by Muslim and Nasa’i. From 110 Ahadith Qudsi by Darussalam Publications.

With thanks to the excellent Writeous Sister Speaks blog for first posting it.

It is indeed the sincerity of intention that Allah takes into consideration. On the Sufi path, sincerity is spiritual humility, and true humility is divesting your self of any worldly intention. We are tiny specks on a mote of dust floating in an endless universe, and we are here to serve its Creator.

In the introduction to the Kashf al Mahjub, the Unveiling of the Veiled, Hujwiri writes: “I have asked God’s blessing, and have cleared my heart of motives related to self…Now I pray God to aid and prosper me in its completion, and I divest myself of my own strength and ability in word and deed. It is God that gives success.”

Alhamdulillah! Surely no blessings come from any deed in which selfish motives played a part. 

Allah, Allah, Allah!  By Your will was I born, for Your sake I live, by Your will I die. You are my birth, my life, my death. All is You! 

Ya Haqq!

8 Responses to All is You

  1. Asifa Sheikh says:

    Dear Brother Irving,

    I read your posts and cry most days from what you remind me of: the painful gap between my present state and my yearning to be elsewhere. Somewhere in between, my himmah is struggling to accomodate my aspirations. I request your prayers that my efforts are not failing, if you can do a sister such a kind favour. Jazak’Allahu khairan and may Allah continue to illuminate your understanding and have us all benefit by it (ameen).

  2. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Sister Asifa:

    My prayers are with you dear Sister. Please pray for me also, as this unworthy darvish needs all the prayers he can get. Time and time again, I have seen that prayers on behalf of others are very light, and float up to heaven, and are answered. When you pray for yourself, they are heavy and go nowhere; and nothing is gained.

    May Allah bless you, and ease your heart. It is the struggle of aspiration that makes the journey worthwhile, and the trials of the path that bring wisdom.

    Ya Haqq!

  3. otowi says:

    Love this post – thanks!
    May we all move forward with proper intention of pleasing Allah swt.

  4. lulando says:

    “It doesn’t matter what you do, but who you are, when you do it!” (S.B.)

  5. Suroor says:

    Mashallah! Beautiful words, beautiful thoughts!

  6. almiskeenah says:

    Assalamu alaikum,
    JazakumuLlahu khairan dear brother Irving, for igniting the heart to open more to submitting to Him Subahanahu Wa Ta’ala and all that will gain His favours on that Day when we will need them the most. May we all reap the best of blessings from the gift of this month of Rabi’al Awwal, bringing more of the Sunnah into reality into our lives, Ameen. Allah Allah Allah Ya Lateef.
    Wassalamu alaikum

  7. naveed says:

    salaam br. irving,

    i really like this post, its something ive been struggling with a lot lately. i find that sometimes even when i remind myself with words that i intend to do something good for the sake of Allah alone, it is even harder to get to that feeling in the heart. but i think that constant reminders can eventually change the state of the heart to be totally submissive. i dunno just a random thought…..

    wa salaam

  8. Abdur Rahman says:

    Salaams Irving bhai,

    This is a profound hadith, and a warning against learning for the wrong reasons!

    Jazak Allah for posting it.

    Abdur Rahman

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