Contemplation

 Contemplation

As sala’amu alaikum

I was asked a question, how do I get by each day with the hurt I am experiencing each day? So instead of posting the comment and answering it there I would do it this way, as it is rather long *smile* The answer would, my focus, my heart, my intentions and my thinking are directed to Allah, for Allah is Thee Lord of us all, and I have full faith that Allah indeed is most merciful and that the pain of His servant is one only Allah can heal and Justice will be done by Allah. To me Contemplation is something I do all the time Allah says:

 الَّذِي يَرَاكَ حِينَ تَقُومُوَتَقَلُّبَكَ فِي السَّاجِدِينَ

“Who sees you when you stand up (for prayer), And thy movements among those who prostrate themselves.” (Surah Ash-Shu’ara 26:218-219)

 هُوَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ فِي سِتَّةِ أَيَّامٍ ثُمَّ اسْتَوَىٰ عَلَى الْعَرْشِ ۚ يَعْلَمُ مَا يَلِجُ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَمَا يَخْرُجُ مِنْهَا وَمَا يَنْزِلُ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ وَمَا يَعْرُجُ فِيهَا ۖ وَهُوَ مَعَكُمْ أَيْنَ مَا كُنْتُمْ ۚ وَاللَّهُ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ بَصِيرٌ

“He it is Who created the heavens and the earth in Six Days, and is moreover firmly established on the Throne (of Authority). He knows what enters within the earth and what comes forth out of it, what comes down from heaven and what mounts up to it. And He is with you whosesoever ye may be. And Allah sees well all that ye do…” (Surah Al-Hadid 57:4)

إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَخْفَىٰ عَلَيْهِ شَيْءٌ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فِي السَّمَاءِ

“From Allah, verily nothing is hidden on earth or in the heavens..” (Surah Imrân 3:5)

 إِنَّ رَبَّكَ لَبِالْمِرْصَادِ

“For thy Lord is (as a Guardian) on a watch-tower. (Surah Al-Fajr 89:14)

 يَعْلَمُ خَائِنَةَ الْأَعْيُنِ وَمَا تُخْفِي الصُّدُورُ

“Allah knows of (the tricks) that deceive with the eyes, and all that the hearts (of men) conceal…” (Surah Ghaafir 40:19)

 The verses concerning this are many and well known. There are two aspects to contemplation:

1) That you contemplate Allah.
2) That you know that Allah is watching you as Allah says, “And Allah is Ever a Watcher over all things.”

For you contemplating Allah then this is that you know that Allah, the Exalted, Knows your every saying, action, or belief, Allah says:

    فَإِنْ عَصَوْكَ فَقُلْ إِنِّي بَرِيءٌ مِمَّا تَعْمَلُونَ وَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى الْعَزِيزِ الرَّحِيمِ    الَّذِي يَرَاكَ حِينَ تَقُومُ        

“Then if they disobey thee, say: “I am free (of responsibility) for what ye do! And put thy trust on the Exalted in Might, the Merciful,- Who seeth thee standing forth (in prayer).” (Surah Ash-Shu’ara 26:216-218)

“Who sees you as you stand” meaning at night, when the person stands in a place in seclusion from others such that no one would see him, but Allah sees him even if he be in the darkest and most intense of darknesses.

“And your movements along with those who prostrate meaning: and you move along with all those who prostrate to Allah in this hour, for indeed Allah sees a person when he stands and prostrates. Standing and prostrating have been (specifically) mention because standing in prayer is better than prostration with respect to the remembrance of Allah, and prostration is better with respect to its appearance and condition. As for the standing being better than the prostration with respect to remembrance then this is because the legislated remembrance in the state of standing is the recitation of the Qur’an and the Qur’an is the noblest of speech. As for the prostration being better than the standing with respect to its appearance and condition then this is because the person in the state of prostration is closest to His Lord Allah, as is established from the Rasulullah (SAW) when he said: “The closest a person is to His Lord is when he is in prostration” (Muslim)

This is why we have been commanded to increase our supplications while in prostration.  Also from contemplating Allah is that we should know that Allah hears everything single thing that we say as Allah says

أَمْ يَحْسَبُونَ أَنَّا لَا نَسْمَعُ سِرَّهُمْ وَنَجْوَاهُمْ ۚ بَلَىٰ وَرُسُلُنَا لَدَيْهِمْ يَكْتُبُونَ

“Or do they think that We hear not their secrets and their private counsels? Indeed (We do), and Our messengers are by them, to record.” (Surah Zakhruf 43:80)

Along with this, we should know that every good or evil thing that we say, be it openly or secretly then it is written, for or against us. Allah says:

مَا يَلْفِظُ مِنْ قَوْلٍ إِلَّا لَدَيْهِ رَقِيبٌ عَتِيدٌ

“Not a word does he utter but there is a sentinel by him, ready (to note it).” (Surah Qaf 50:18)

Know this, and beware! Beware those words from our tongue a saying which will count against us on the Day of Judgment. We should sure that our tongue is continuously articulating the truth or that it remains silent as the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “whosoever believes in Allah and the Last Day then let him speak only good or remain silent.” (Al-Bukhari)

Look to what is in our hearts! Associating partners with Allah, showing off, deviations, jealousy, hatred and dislike displayed towards the Muslims ,lies and oaths that we break  love of the disbelievers and other such things that Allah is not Pleased with. We should Supervise and be attentive to our hearts for Allah says:

وَلَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا الْإِنْسَانَ وَنَعْلَمُ مَا تُوَسْوِسُ بِهِ نَفْسُهُ ۖ وَنَحْنُ أَقْرَبُ إِلَيْهِ مِنْ حَبْلِ الْوَرِيدِ

“It was We Who created man, and We know what dark suggestions his soul makes to him: for We are nearer to him than (his) jugular vein.” (Surah Qaf 50:16)

We should contemplate Allah in three places, in our actions, in our saying and in our heart so that our contemplation may be complete. This is why, when the Rasulullah (SAW) was asked about Ihsaan, Rasulullah (SAW) replied: “That you worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you do not see Him, then indeed He sees you.”

Worship Allah as if you see Him and witness Him with the eye, and if you do not see Him then go to the next station below this: then indeed He sees you.”

So the first station is to worship Allah out of hope and desire. The next is to worship Allah out of fear and awe this is why Rasulullah (SAW) said: “and if you do not see Him, then indeed He sees you.”

It is necessary for us to contemplate Allah and that he know that Allah is Watching over us. Anything that we say, do or keep secret, Allah Knows it.

Walaikum as salaam

بنت محمد

Bint Muhammed.

“O’Allah do not call me to account for what they say, and forgive them for what they have no knowledge of, and make me better then they imagine. Aameen Thuma Aameen”

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