Published on November 17th, 2018 | by Eaalim Institute | Views: 267
Does He really care?
Does He even care if I pray or not?
Now this question is actually more about does He need my prayer or not?
that the prayer isn’t for Allah
it’s for you
it’s not for Allah
If all the people in the world,
all they did with their life was pray to Allah,
it would not make Him any richer
and it wouln’t add to His Kingdom because He already owns all of Kingdom
And if no one mentioned Allah, ever again,
it doesn’t diminish His Dominion, His Kingdom, His Glory in any way
He doesn’t need us
We need Him
We need Him
So the question is: Do you feel like you need to pray?
Do you feel like that’s a need in your life?
and if it’s not, if you feel you’re free of,
begging Allah for His help,
turning to Allah and submitting before His commandments,
then that’s a serious problem with your faith,
it’s become weak. And this question only came up
because you’ve been distant from Allah for so long
that Shaitan can come to you and say:
“Yeah, I know, you used to feel bad about not praying.
“Let’s just get rid of that bad feeling and replace it with
‘Well, why do we have to pray anyway?’ “
That’s the next phase of that disease.
The first part was at least,
it was diagnosed
but at least you had some bad feeling,
guilt was still there
That’s a gift from Allah
That guilt even goes when you say
“Ah! Allah doesn’t need my prayers”
“It’s all good”
“So long as I’m doing good”
And that’s the last part I want to talk about this –
“So long as I’m doing good” part
Who defines what’s good?
There are 2 kinds of good in this world
Please remember this, okay?
There are 2 kinds of good:
There’s ethical good
“I’m good to my neighbor, I’m honest at work”
I’m nice to people, I don’t steal, I don’t cheat”
“you know, I’m ……… “
These are ethics – basic ethics – right?
that everybody “I tell the truth, I’m honest, I pay my taxes… blah blah blah”
These are ethical goods, okay?
and “I’m honest in business”
Then there are religious goods –
“I go to Hajj”
“I give Zakat”
“I pray 5 times a day”
“I fast in the month of Ramadan”
These aren’t ethical realities,
these are religious goods
Good deeds that are religious
and good deeds that are
ethical – moral – in nature
What happenss a lot of times,
with Muslims and with Non-Muslims
Especially it happens with Muslims,
is that we make a distinction between these 2 things
So in the Muslim world, you will find
people that are morally good
They’re nice to their family, they take care of their kids,
they’re responsible in their household,
they’re nice to their neighbors, they’re honest at work
Good people, but guess what?
” I don’t need religion to be good!”
is what they say
And on the other extreme, you have people that
pray, go to Hajj, give Zakah, have a long beard,
dress in a very religious garment
terrible to their family, cheating people in business –
highly immoral and unethical
So what’s happened is: We have separated the 2 dimensions of goodness
Moral goodness – ethical goodness
and religious goodness
fuses them together
in the Ayah – it’s one Ayah – it’s called Ayatul Birr –
The Ayah of Goodness
What does it mean to be good?
If you study that Ayah, it is a combination of 2 things:
It’s a combination of ethical principles: like fulfilling your promises, being patient, perseverant
you know, and also religious goodness:
establishing the prayer, giving Zakah
So it’s a combination of both of those things in one place
So if you think you’re in a position to define what good is,
most likely, you’re sticking to moral goodness
and you’re undermining religious goodness
like the virtues that Allah taught us
But what Allah wants is for us to have both at the same time
This is when a person is truly good
you’re not really good
You are – you have defined
goodness for youself and you have rejected Allah’s definition of it
We turn to Allah for guidance because we can’t define things for ourself
we want Him to define it for us
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Insha’Allah o Ta’aala
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