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Surah AL-Ikhlas online
Lesson From Surah AL-Ikhlas
This idea of Ahad
There is one of the great writers on Islamic Theology in Pakistan, actually
Dr. Rafee’uddeen commenting on the Surah, said something amazing.
And I really appreciated it because I think for modern audiences this kind of stuff needs to be said and heard.
Allah created the human being with the knowledge of himself.
The human being knew already there is this highest ideal
Allah Azza Wa Jal – and not just that there is a god and He created us
and now we can do whatever we want. No. He’s the Rabb, He is the master.
He is…My goal in life is to do what He wants.
This is my highest ideal. My greatest accomplishment ever can be that I become his slave.
That would be the greatest honor I can have.
The messenger of Allah Salallahu Alaihe wa Sallam his greatest honor:
سُبۡحٰنَ الَّذِىۡۤ اَسۡرٰى بِعَبۡدِهٖ (Sura Al-Isra 17:1)
He becomes ‘Abd of Allah. The slave of Allah is a great honor.
That’s the goal in life and Allah pre-programmed that goal inside every single human being.
But if you lose sight of that goal, it is like, this, you know, you have this
thirst, this hunger inside you to fulfill that goal. Allah created you with that.
But when your appetite is not filled with healthy food, what do you fill it with?
If you don’t get the right meal are you going to say “‘I’m not going to eat at all?”- No.
When a person is starving, and there’s no food of their preference
or there’s no healthy food, there’s even filth
Barks of Trees, will the human being still start chewing on that when he’s, when it comes to that?
When you lose sight of
Allah Azzawajal and that no longer is your goal,
then necessarily you will find a replacement.
Necessarily. It is necessary to have something you aspire towards – that is the mission of your life.
The one who has found Allah
What becomes, what happens to them?
اِنَّ صَلَاتِىۡ وَنُسُكِىۡ وَ مَحۡيَاىَ وَمَمَاتِىۡ لِلّٰهِ رَبِّ الۡعٰلَمِيۡنَۙ (Sura 6:162)
It’s very simple for them. The one who has really found Allah –
Their Salat is for Allah, their sacrifice is for Allah, their life and their death is now
The way they live, the way they eat, the way they sleep, what they want to do with their life,
their long-term goals their short-term goals, what are they going to do with their kids
Why are they getting an education, where they’re going to work, everything is now for Allah – that is their goal.
But for the one who doesn’t have that goal?
They have to find another goal.
And in old times there used to be idols, there used to be other religions. You find some other God,
But in our times that has become far more pathetic.
Far more pathetic.
Now you have someone who is obsessed with their body, and they are working out 18 hours a day” Surah AL-Ikhlas online”
and their only goal in life –
Their only goal in life is to just keep getting buffer and buffer.
[Still nickel] takes stereoid and look, stay on top, keep in shape or there is this goal they set with their trainer
I got to do this many reps or I got to do this many push-ups or I gotta bench press this many pounds etc.
That’s their goal. That has become their Illah.
For a person that their life has become about money,
Have you met people they cannot talk about anything except their work? They can’t.
Yeah, I work at this company,
I do this, this,this, this and the moment they lose their job they become suicidal.
because that’s all they ever thought about.
That’s all they ever did with their life. That’s all they ever did.” Surah AL-Ikhlas online”
That becomes their goal. For some people it’s their children – they live for their children.
They do everything for their children, day and night they think about their children,
There is no other thought running in their mind. There is no other goal before them than their children.
That is all they run after.
When you don’t find Him, you will find something else.
You will find something else and you will run after it.
And you will give your life to it.” Surah AL-Ikhlas online”
and this is it – there is no exception among human beings.
And today it could be even a slacker and you could ask me “What about a slacker?”
You know all those kids that play 20 hours of video games a day and don’t get off the couch,
Well, what is their goal? It is to entertain themselves.
It is to fry their brain cells behind the screen. That is their ultimate goal.
That is what they want to reach
and they’re working hard to attain it every day.
Right, that’s what it becomes.
These are the psychological implications of understanding Tauheed. It is easy to say Allah is one
But is he one in my life? Is he THE “ONE” for me?
Or do I have some other one that I’m running after
or some other thing, that I put before myself?
Allah asked this question rhetorically.
مَا غَرَّكَ بِرَبِّكَ الۡكَرِيۡمِۙ He says
What deluded you from your gracious master?
What was so important to you that you ran after,
that you couldn’t come after this?
So when he uses this word هُوَ اللّٰهُ اَحَدٌ
Its psychological implications, its implications on our attitude towards Allah” Surah AL-Ikhlas online”
And how we think about our life completely changes.
Now there is nothing more important to me than making him happy.
Nothing more important to me than Him being pleased with me,
nothing more important to me than He forgiving me,
nothing more important to me that He would talk to me on the day of judgment telling me that I’m successful
He will look towards me
I will not be from the ones he turns away from
وَلَا يُکَلِّمُهُمُ اللّٰهُ يَوۡمَ الۡقِيٰمَةِ (Sura 2: 174)
These are some of the psychological implications of just internalizing Ahad.
Ahad. Just that word.
What Allah is saying Subhan’Allah.
This is who Allah is.This is what you’re supposed to do.
And I want to conclude because it’s time for salah with the following:
This is the – I can’t quote Iqbal because I’m terrible in Urdu but I’ll tell you the meaning of the verse, ok?
Although I like the verse myself so it’s poetry.
But he says “what used to be” – he’s talking about, it’s a poem about Tauheed.” Surah AL-Ikhlas online”
It’s a poem about Tauheed. And he says “what used to be
Something that burned in the hearts of men
Burned in the hearts of men, is now a subject of abstract philosophical debate.
That’s what he says. Now what is Tauheed to us today?
Abstract discussions in, you know, in theology that have no end to them. No end to them.
But what it used to be was something that burned inside the hearts.
Am I fulfilling the rights of Ahad yet?
Am I doing justice to that Ahad yet.
” Surah AL-Ikhlas online”
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