In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Mu` meneen Brothers and Sisters, As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah`s Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)
Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him) said, "The heart of an old man remains young in two respects i.e. his love for the world and his perpetual hopes"
Hadith quoted from Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith No. 1069 Book 81, Chapter 5 Narrated by Hazrat Abu Huraira r.a.
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
And they (the dis-believers) will say: “Have we only listened and used our intelligence , we would not now be among the dwellers of the blazing Fire”. Thus they will confess their own sin. Damned be the dwellers of Hell!
(Holy Quran Chapter 67 Surah Al Mulk verse 10)
All Praise is due to Allah Alone, who revealed the Holy Quran as a guidance and mercy to mankind.
The two qualities that will lead one to Hell Fire are listed in the above aayah:
1. They never listen to good caution or advice from the Holy Quran.
2. They do not use intelligence or common-sense in respect to the hereafter.
The ones who don’t believe with certainty in Allah and the Last Day, will never want to listen to good caution from the Quran. They will formulate their own beliefs about Allah and His system of Justice. They will follow every arrogant leader or priest, and will believe any and all the fancy promises these leaders make to them. They are always looking for short-cuts in performing their acts of worship. They believe what they want to believe, and leave aside what they don’t want to believe. Instead of keeping the Glorious Quran as their barometer for their guidance to Islam, they use their own experience as one. And above all, they always think that they are rightly guided, whether their belief and thinking is in accordance with the Quran or not.
When you try to tell them, that the Holy Quran says this, they always come up with some excuse or the other. They say that each aayah of the Quran has ten meanings, but do not even give one of their own! They say the Quran should only be understood in Arabic and not in any other language, but they do not speak or understand or learn a word of Arabic! They say that the Quran is supposed to be understood only by ‘specially appointed’ people, whom Allah has appointed Himself, thus they cannot understand the Quran by themselves! They are willing to follow every book, but they will not try to follow the Quran! These are the people whom Allah calls arrogant in the Holy Quran, because they are never ready to listen to the teachings and guidance of the Message that has been sent by their Lord and Creator.
The other quality that Allah says these people possess is that they do not use their intelligence or common-sense. It is not that they are stupid or crazy or deranged people! In the worldly life and worldly affairs, these people are extremely sharp and intelligent. They never do or say anything without a reason, and they back up their statements logically and scientifically. They are considered brilliant people when it comes to dealing in any kind of worldly affairs. But when the subject changes to the hereafter, they completely lock their brains, and follow every ungrateful ingrate and become extremely illogical! How else could you explain a successful, intelligent, and wise person who is a Hindu, sitting and ringing bells in front of a stone idol, thinking this idol can harm or profit him? How else could you explain that a Christian who might qualify to work in NASA, believe that Jesus is the son of God, and believe that if one just proclaims that he loves Jesus, Allah will forgive all his sins and grant them Paradise? How else could you explain that a Muslim who might be a very intelligent man in the affairs of this world, bow down in ‘sajdah’ (prostration) at a grave and invoke the dead person, and think that the dead in the grave can possibly help or hurt him?
It is unbelievable, but true. These seemingly very very intelligent people of the world, when it comes to the matter of religion and deen, close their brains completely, and follow their elders and leaders and priests blindly. They never question why and how could a stone idol, whom they created themselves, help or hurt them. They never wonder how could the (supposed) son-of-God be punished on the Cross, for the sin that was committed by Adam in the heavens! They never wonder why would Allah punish His (supposed) son Jesus, for the crimes that we commit? Where is their logic behind this concept of Justice? Even in this world, it is illogical and unbelievable for any justice system, to punish the son of the King, for the crime committed by another man! It is absolutely illogical.
They never question the belief that a person who could not even help himself when the Angel of Death came to take his soul, could help or hurt us from their graves after they are dead? Where is the common-sense of these supposedly very intelligent people?
The truth is that these people either do not believe with certainty in Allah and the Last Day, or they just do not give it its due importance. They are deluded by the glamour of this worldly life, and think that they will handle the situation of the hereafter when it comes, or have arranged with some leader, or priest, or Prophet, or Imam, or Dai, or whatever, that they will intercede with Allah and help him somehow get into Paradise! They believe their false promises and obey and revere and bow down in sajdah to these supposedly holy and pious men in this world, in the hope that these self-made holy people will intercede for them with Allah! They just don’t want to use their intelligence and common-sense here!
But when these people ultimately meet with Allah on the Day of Judgement, the system will not be in accordance with their wishes and fancies or imagination. The events will unfold exactly as Allah has revealed in the Holy Quran! Then all these arrogant and intelligent people of the world, and the leaders and priests that they had themselves created, will realize the magnanimity of the situation. But it will be too late!! There will be no recourse then!! They will be able to see the truth from the falsehood very clearly!! But it will be too late!!!
The time to listen to the guidance of the Holy Quran is now, before one’s appointment of death! The time to use your common-sense is now, before the Angel of Death knocks at our door! The time to read, understand, believe and follow the commandments of the Glorious Quran is now, before the last breath leaves our body!! The time is now.
O Allah, help us, guide us, and have mercy on us. O Allah, help us to read and understand the Glorious Quran. O Allah, guide us to the Straight Path of Islam as revealed by You in the Holy Quran. O Allah, have Mercy upon us, and disgrace us not on the Day, when nothing except your Mercy will be between us going to the eternal bliss of Paradise, or the everlasting torture of the fire of Hell. O Allah, You are our Only Helper and Protector in this world, and You are our Only Helper and Protector in the hereafter. From Allah we have all come, and to Him is our Final Return.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your Brother in Islam,