by Harris Hireed
All praise/appreciation/thanks/gratitude has/does/will belong to God, we praise Him, we seek His aid, we seek His forgiveness, we believe in Him, we rely upon Him, we seek refuge in Him from the evil of ourselves and the evil consequence of our actions. Whomever God guides to the truth, no one can mislead. And whomever He lets astray, no one can guide after Him. We bear witness that there is no god but God and we bear witness that Muhammad is the slave of God and his Messenger.
O you who believe, have consciousness of God as is His right and do not die except in a state of submission.
O people, have consciousness of and be dutiful to your Master who created you from a single soul and created from it its mate and dispersed from both of them many men and women. And be dutiful to and conscious of God, through whom you ask one another, and the wombs. Without a doubt, God is ever, over you, an Observer.
O you who believe, fear God and only speak the truth. He will amend for you your deeds and forgive you your sins. And whomever obeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly attained a great attainment.
To proceed, the most truthful speech is the speech of God [Qur’an] and the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad and the worst affairs are newly invented matters. Every newly invented matter is a religious innovation, and every religious innovation is misguidance, and every misguidance is in the Hellfire.
Proceeding, with knowledge comes faith, awe, and responsibility.
Alhamdulillah. We’re among the Muslimun, the submitters to God, but with this way of life of Islam, we have a responsibility to ourselves to learn knowledge, increase in knowledge, and build our knowledge base to internalize khashiyah [awe] of Allah. As God gives advice to Moses on what to say to Firu’an [Pharaoh], God states, “And to let me guide you to your Master so that you may fear Him?”(1). So in this case, Moses was to ask Pharaoh whether he would be willing to purify himself and let him be guided to the treasure of knowledge that would lead to Khashiyah of Allah.
So what is khashiyah and why do we want to have this khashiyah?
To remind myself and yourself, khashiyah is the fear of something greater than yourself because of knowledge; the knowledge of its greatness. This would then lead to action. When you know the greatness and magnitude of what you fear, you will have this fear, awe and reverence that lead to connect yourself to Allah by following his commandments.
So why is this all important? In his perfected Book, God states, “Their reward with their Master will be gardens of perpetual residence beneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide forever, Allah being pleased with them and they with Him. That is for whoever has feared his Master.”(2)
We now are reminded for those who fear their Master on High are eternal gardens with flowing rivers in we hope to live forever after the barzakh/period of time in the grave.
Practically speaking, when one fears Allah and Allah solely: due to greatness, one feel the need, the desire, and the impetus to do the obligatory deeds even if the people would in our minds dislike it. For example, it would be doing what’s hard despite the supposed consequence.
We should also feel khashiyah to make ourselves humble before Allah and with the creations as fellow slaves of Allah. When we know the greatness of something, we are usually, if we want to be introspective, humbled by it. Imagine the Master of the Worlds. The Kings of Kings. The Owner of Majesty and Honor.
So a few action points:
We should learn knowledge of the world around us and knowledge of Allah and his attributes to increase our Iman in Him. We should learn ultimately to increase khashiyah of Allah. We should obey Allah even if it mean polite, gentle disobedience to the creation. For example, praying if it is time to pray, obligatory fasting even if people want you to eat, giving a invitation to Islam once in a while even if people may dislike what you have to say. Finally, we should be humble to Allah through this khashiyah.
(1) Surah an-Naziat Verse 19
(2) Surah al-e-Imran Verse 8