MashaAllahu ta’ala the past few weeks have brought fresh illumination as in our study circle we’ve been learning about the real enemy. The one and only enemy. As told by God to us in His book, we have only one enemy very clearly;
While I don’t want to paraphrase all I’ve been learning about the shayateen (devils) in the past weeks in to a few words on one post, I think there certainly is a simple take-home message. That really there is evil, but that evil is only the devil and all he can do is whisper. He tempts, deceives, confuses and moves man to great sin thereby. But in the end, he is not to be feared but only treated with contempt. And our Lord we seek refuge in from his devious whispers. But more importantly that all this cause of hatred/anger/jealousy really is not people but the one real enemy. How many wars are being fought, where brother kills brother, each pandering some truth as a truth above another’s truth. The US Army over the VietCon (Vietnam war), Iraq over Iran (Iran-Iraq conflict), the Gulf war…the list is endless… and now the situation in Libya. Fast deteriorating in to an all out civil war, one wonders what happened to the truth in this conflict.
As someone so wisely said (I forget who, was it Bernard Shaw?) ‘truth is the first casualty in war’.
So hate the sin, but not the sinner. If we hate the oppression wrought by an oppressor, we do not hate the oppressor himself, but only wish for him the same salvation we yearn for ourselves. The vital hadith again;
‘None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself’ – look at how strong this hadith is, recorded by al-Bukhari (13), Muslim (45), Ahmad (3/176), at-Tirmidhi (5215), Ibn Majah (66), an-Nasa’i (8/115), and Ibn Hibban (234)
Wanting that same salvation, that same peace for everyone is essential to training our hearts to that state of purity demanded by the fact that only those with a sound/serene/peaceful heart will be saved on that day
وَلَا تُخْزِنِي يَوْمَ يُبْعَثُونَ يَوْمَ لَا يَنفَعُ مَالٌ وَلَا بَنُونَ إِلَّا مَنْ أَتَى اللَّـهَ بِقَلْبٍ سَلِيمٍ And do not disgrace me on the Day they are [all] resurrected The Day when there will not benefit [anyone] wealth or children But only one who comes to Allah with a sound heart.” Quran (26:87-89)
So hate the sin but not the sinner. This was beautifully expanded on by Sh. Hamza in his article expounding on Divine Love as understood by the Muslim tradition. An article very much worth reading and passed on. It can be found here
Without going on too much about it, here is in verse form some of that which mashaAllah I’ve learned about all this. I hope it is of benefit inshaAllah. Called ‘the whisperer’
The whisperer Whispers have brought down empires From Shakespearan tragedies to real life Desdemona and Othello to every day in some every day home some husband walks out on his wife A neighbour has whispered On the streets a rumour spread Brothers do not speak with brothers for years. Nor their sisters fathers, mothers They are afraid to allow the possibility that the human errs Afraid to forgive lest it reduce ‘honour’ or display weakness? Fools proclaimed in self righteous glory Sit on your high seat till you taste that same sloth of the sinner when sin you commit unknowingly or in a moment of weakness, that you do not forgive in another The devils can only whisper And we have no other enemy No other. Remember Abu Sufyan? Not an enemy but in the end the Muslim brother. And that great sword of the deen Khaled, once the attempted excutioner of the prophet A mercy to the worlds O Patient man. Teach us your patience Your people are in disarray They kill each other inventing enemies Spurring on deeds of fresh bloodshed While screaming ‘Allahu akber’ Only a heart serene will be saved on that day Didn’t you read your book? Held aloft while you screech. Ah, what are you screeching for? Perhaps a little silence will lift that veil of ignorance The constant cacophony of mad passion Drowned out the whisperer so close to your ear who has never ceased whispering… stop the gun so you can hear A vile enemy that is whispering Just a whisperer. Just a doomed whisperer Then love your brother Your messenger honour. Worry eradicate All the burdens of the earth fall away from heavy shoulders You can now fight, knowing what you are fighting for Just one enemy. Remember. O my Lord, I seek refuge in Thee And Thou art sufficient for me.
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