With ALLAHâ€™S name, The Merciful Benefactor, Merciful Redeemer
By Imam Abdullah El-Amin, MMNS
How many times have you leafed through the Holy Qur`an and saw something very significant to the maintenance of human life that you hadnâ€™t seen before? This scripture called Qur`an is a book of complete guidance for human beings wherever they are on the planet. This is truly the last revelation from ALLAH and there will be no more prophets bringing scripture ever. We will only have revivers or refreshers of the religion. These people are called mujeddid. They do not attempt to bring any new revelation; they only remind us of what has already been revealed.
This knowledge that Qur`an can guide us to solutions for all our problems is the most precious knowledge we can posses.
We are constantly bombarded with problems everyday that we live. ALLAH reminds us in Qur`an that even though we say we believe, we will constantly be tested. He will try us in many ways â€“ with prosperity and adversity. The main thing for us to remember is each test put on us is an opportunity to raise you to a higher level. I read recently that the Chinese symbol for problem is the same symbol for opportunity.
A young lady came to me recently with a very serious problem. She has been hearing voices in her head telling her bad things about herself, her family, and ALLAH. Although I am not qualified to handle such serious sickness of the mind, I did notice that part of her problem was putting other people and circumstances above her.
ALLAH says there is nothing above the human being except Him.
This lady had called up about 50 of these people who say they can remove bad omens from a personâ€™s body. I listened on the speakerphone as she re-called about 10 of them. They all said the same thing to her; â€œYou have been â€˜fixedâ€™ and I can remove the hex but you must first send me $150.00.â€ These shysters only want to profit off the misery of the poor souls that call them.
As I said, Iâ€™m not a psychiatrist and therefore not qualified to treat such cases. But when I left the house from my visit, and checked the next day, her spirits were lifted from just me reminding her that Allah has placed her above the Shaitan that is whispering to her and trying to knock her off the elevated plane ALLAH has placed her on.
This is a great lesson for the rest of us who may not be as seriously affected as this young lady. Sometimes we may listen to little â€œvoicesâ€ of self-doubt within ourselves. We may have strong in-bred feelings of inferiority.
We may look with envy and jealousy at someone we think is better than us and immediately put ourselves beneath them.
These feelings are only tools of the Devil. He is merely fulfilling his promise to ALLAH when he was given respite until the day we are raised (the day we are made aware of our true position in this life). So when we focus on the Last Revelation and what it says about the excellence of the human being, it gives us a new burst of freedom and pride in ourselves and Shaitanâ€™s respite is over, as least as it pertains to us personally.
There is no reason each and every one of us should not be happy and peaceful every day. ALLAH has blessed us with this beautiful creation and the most excellent guide to manage it properly, and we should be grateful. For He says â€œIf you are grateful, I will increase your bounty.
As Salaam alaikum
Al Hajj Imam Abdullah El-Amin