A city was made by command of the king Shaddad. Its four sides were one hundred and twenty miles long. The bricks of the buildings were of gold and silver. The trees wer also made of silver and gold. Diamonds and precious stones were fixed in the place of fruits. The upper surface of soil was made of pieces of coral and pearls. They were spreaded as this way that soil was not seen. When Shaddad was informed that his heaven is completed, he went to enjoy himself in side but he could not enter one step in side and his last time approached and he died.
Firon disappointed in chase
Firon was chasing to Hazrat Musa (a.s.) and Bani Israil along with six lakhs people so that he can arrest them and punish them. When they reached to the Nile. Then by the miracle of Hazrat Musa (a.s.) twelve paths made in to the sea. Bani Israil crossed the sea. Firon also followed them with his armies when his whole army reached in the middle, the path into the sea disappeared by the command of Allah and the whole army along with Firon drowned.
Namrud, Abraha and Hazrat Sulaiman (a.s.)
Namrud throw Hazrat Ibrahim (a.s.) in the blazing fire to kill him but the fire did not burn him and Hazrat Ibrahim (a.s.) came out from the fire safe and sound. At last Namrud died because of mosquito entered in his nose.
Abraha with his large army and elephants moved towards Ka’aba to demolish it. But he disappointed when he reached there because Allah sent a swarm of birds, which had three corns of soil in its mouth. He threw these three corns on them and they all destroyed.
One day Hazrat Sulaiman said I want to take rest today. Do not come anyone to me. Then he went on the roof and stood there with the support of his staff. And he passed away from the world in the same condition.
Remembrance of Allah
Remember means there are two kinds remembrance of Allah. Obligatory and Desirable. Obligatory mentioning is on three situations. The first situation, is when a man sees the created thing, he should remember Allah. He should consider about His unlimited power and skill and His other attributes and recognize Him. And think that fountainhead of abundent bounties are because of Allah and should love Him heartily. In the first stage of recognition of Allah remembrance of Allah is obligatory. When a man recognized Allah and loves Him and becomes enamoured of Him then it is desirable to remember Allah means it will be desirable that when he will see any creature, he remember Allah. When also he would see any good thing, he should consider it Allah’s grace and should not forget Allah in any circumstances. Such remembrance of Allah is he best worship. There are many ayats in the Holy Quran such as:
Sura Alay Imran Ayat no. 190 and Sura Araf Ayat no. 74. Our Holy Quran says:
وَاذْكُرُواْ إِذْ جَعَلَكُمْ خُلَفَاء مِن بَعْدِ عَادٍ وَبَوَّأَكُمْ فِي الأَرْضِ تَتَّخِذُونَ مِن سُهُولِهَا قُصُورًا وَتَنْحِتُونَ الْجِبَالَ بُيُوتًا فَاذْكُرُواْ آلاء اللّهِ وَلاَ تَعْثَوْا فِي الأَرْضِ مُفْسِدِينَ
“Those who remember Allah standing and sitting and lying on their sides and reflect on the creation of the heavens and the earth.” “Remember therefore Allah’s benefits and do not act corruptly in the land, making mischief.”
(Surah Ale Imran 3:190)
In the same way the Holy Quran says in Sura Baqarah Ayat 200.
فَإِذَا قَضَيْتُم مَّنَاسِكَكُمْ فَاذْكُرُواْ اللّهَ كَذِكْرِكُمْ آبَاءكُمْ أَوْ أَشَدَّ ذِكْرًا
“So when you have performed your devotions, then land Allah as you lauded your fathers, rather a greater lauding.”
(Surah Baqarah 2:200)
Pride on fathers and grandfathers
In the beginning, after performing the Hajj, the polytheists of Arab were staying in Meena for a few days and were expressing their thoughts and pride of their ancestors among the different tribes of people. To prevent them from this, Allah sent revelation that Pride of one’s family is the proud only and nothing else that can be beneficial to their children in the hereafter. When as Allah has been granted all His bounties along with his father and fore fathers? Allah brought up through their mediation. Hence graces are from Allah only and He is more Praise worthy than their ancestors. Allah grants all materialistic grace along with spiritual grace also. Our Holy Quran says in Sura Baqarah Ayat no. 198.
لَيْسَ عَلَيْكُمْ جُنَاحٌ أَن تَبْتَغُواْ فَضْلاً مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ فَإِذَا أَفَضْتُم مِّنْ عَرَفَاتٍ فَاذْكُرُواْ اللّهَ عِندَ الْمَشْعَرِ الْحَرَامِ وَاذْكُرُوهُ كَمَا هَدَاكُمْ وَإِن كُنتُم مِّن قَبْلِهِ لَمِنَ الضَّآلِّينَ
“And remember Him as He has guided you, though before that you were certainly of the erring ones.”
(Surah Baqarah 2:198)
The Holy Quran says in Sura Jumah in Ayat no 10:
فَإِذَا قُضِيَتِ الصَّلَاةُ فَانتَشِرُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَابْتَغُوا مِن فَضْلِ اللَّهِ وَاذْكُرُوا اللَّهَ كَثِيراً لَّعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ
“But when the prayer is ended, then disperse abroad in the land and seek of Allah’s grace and remember Allah much, that you may be successful.”
(Surah Jummah 62:10)
“Every time remembrance and thanks”
Getting Allah’s grace and remembered Him increasing knowledge, love and faith. As long as if do not get recognition, love and faith, obligatory to remember Allah and after that desires and faith enhance. Seeing grace of Allah and remember Allah is gratefulness. But every time remember Allah and show our gratefulness is difficult and impossible also. Allah’s grace is unlimited and negligence from people is also too much. Our Holy Quran says in Sura Ibrahim Ayat no. 34.
وَآتَاكُم مِّن كُلِّ مَا سَأَلْتُمُوهُ وَإِن تَعُدُّواْ نِعْمَتَ اللّهِ لاَ تُحْصُوهَا إِنَّ الإِنسَانَ لَظَلُومٌ كَفَّارٌ
“And if you count Allah’s favours, you will not be able to number them.”
(Surah Ibrahim 14:34)
A man is inhaling more than twenty thousand in twenty four hours. He remains unmindful in sleeping hours but after awaking he does not pay attention to favour like breathing. It breathing stops for a few minutes a man will die at once: Sa’ad Shirazi has stated when breathe goes inside causes the base of life and when comes out gives refreshing. Therefore there are two blessing in every breathe and should be grateful for each breathe. In what manner can thank to Allah. The whole creatures along with angels together cannot return the thanks to Allah.
One who remembers Allah more and more a man will got the pleasures and benefits of both the worlds. To forsake Allah’s remembrance becomes a victim of misfortune and deprivation and also forsakes his own soul and does not justify himself and does not get auspiciousness from the way of good belief and good deeds. Allah says in Sura Hashr in Ayat 19 “And be not like those who forsook Allah, so He made them forsake their own souls.” Such people forget to obtain provision for hereafter for themselves.
“Human is not the name of Physique.”
From reasonable and unreasonable arguments we come to know that the fact of human being is his soul and his body is his conveyance or his mediation. The whole movement of his body is due to his soul. When soul passes away from the body, the body cannot make any movement and his body decays but after the death, the soul remains. It does not die. The soul is eternal and remains till everlasting. The soul insists to do good work by means of physically and after expelled from the body gets benefits and lives in peace. But if it makes a man to do bad deeds by body it suffers a lot afterwards. Common people consider the materialistic life is every thing for him. He thinks, he will be perished after the death. He thinks, he will be perishing after the death. He thinks, his body is everything for him that is why he does what ever he likes for his body but does not think of his soul. He abstains from all comforts and delicacy for the safety of his body but does not care for his soul. He spends his wealth for the major operation but causes to grow up his spiritual disease. His soul will be in painful chastisement for thousand of year between the period of death and resurrection but he does not care of it. A man forgets his soul, means his existence. This is the result of forsake Allah.
We do not say that do not treat medically if you are sick. It is essential to take treatment so that he can accomplish his work according to Allah’s commands. We say one should treat his soul along with the treatment of the body because the remedy of soul thousand times more important than the remedy of body. The future life is very long in compare of the short life of the world. There the troubles are very hard than the worldly troubles. We should make arrangement from the troubles of the hereafter. We are suffering a lot in the world from the spiritual disease. This trouble is very hard than bodily pain. Observe this that materialistic comforts do not remove the spiritual troubles.
Worries of obligatory and unlawful act
Secondly when remembrance of Allah is obligatory. A man should remember while doing obligatory or unlawful act and should not be neglect in doing obligatory act and abstain from unlawful act. For instance should not break fast without any reason in the month of Ramzan, perform Hajj, as it is obligatory. Pay Zakat or Khums as soon as the ending of the year. He should remember Allah in his trouble and should not disappoint from blessings of Allah. When a person mentioning Allah in the matter of unlawful and obligatory acts then if a chance of desirable situation would be better he should perform his work according to his strength and favourable turn of circumstances.
It is desirable that he should salute first when he meets a Muslim person and if anyone salutes, then it is obligatory to return salutation. He should show his kindness towards others and his relatives. For example if his relative is sick, he should visit him. If he has involved in same perplexity, he should try to remove his difficulty. For instance if his relatives become sad for not visiting them in their time of sickness or difficulty then it is desirable to treat them nicely. (Certainly if there is clash between permission of relatives and Allah’s will then Allah’s will is most important)
The same thing is to come across the unlawful acts. At this time it is obligatory on human being to remember Allah. If you have a doubt or fear to come under, the influence of an evil eye, hang down one’s head or not to look at. If a doubt to hear unlawful sound, he should stop it or should retreat from there. If he has a fear of unlawful speech slip out from the tongue, he should fear of Allah. If he wants to prevent himself from the unlawful things, he should abstain from unbecoming things. Anyhow he should not forget Allah (And remember Allah more and more).
Best and most difficult work
According to the tradition of Usul al-Kafi and the book of faith and infidelity, in the chapter of justification is written that Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) as has stated that there are three best deeds. (And in one tradition is written about rigid and difficult acts. In the beginning of one more tradition is given that as long as if a true believer does not pass in the trial of three things, he would feel these very difficult (1) If you want justification according to your own will, you do not like other thing up to that, if you would be pleased for others for the same things.
Be kind with the religious persons (if they are poor, help them).
Remember Allah every time. Mentioning Allah every time is not like this only “All praise is for Allah the Lord of the worlds” (Though it is important) On the contrary to remember Allah means that when some times it happens to accomplish the work that Allah has forbidden for it.” There are four Hadithes of these topics available in Usul al-Kafi.
“Importance of invoking Allah’s name”
Importance of invoking Allah’s name becomes known nicely. If take no notice of lawful or unlawful things then invoking Allah’s name is useless orally or no more benefit for it. This is mentioned in the beginning of a book named Gunah-e-Kabira. Here mentioning of this verse of the Holy Quran is sufficient. Our Holy Quran says in Sura Maidah Ayat 27
لَئِن بَسَطتَ إِلَيَّ يَدَكَ لِتَقْتُلَنِي مَا أَنَاْ بِبَاسِطٍ يَدِيَ إِلَيْكَ لَأَقْتُلَكَ إِنِّي أَخَافُ اللّهَ رَبَّ الْعَالَمِينَ
“Allah only accepts from those who guard (against evil).”
(Surah Maidah 5:27)
This is an observation
As a fact, invoking Allah is that each and every person should believing Allah to be Omnipresent and Ommscent and should not turns his face from the commands of Allah. This is an observation only and this is the source of deliverance of every kinds of destruction: Even living in society, attention towards Allah should be impressed upon the mind and this kind of observation helps to reach man to the stage of perfection.
Allah is the Protector of His people. In Arabic custodian mean Raqib. Allah has been appointed His angles of speech and speed of His people. They write good or bad deeds of very people every time by command of Allah. People should also know that Allah is their supporter and should not do any wrong deeds in His presence. We are mentioning some fables for diversity.
Hazrat Yusuf (a.s.) and Zulaikha
It is written in a book Ihya-ul-Uloom. It is said that when Zulaikha locked up Hazrat Yusuf (a.s.) in her private room then she took out her veil from her head immediately and put it on an idol and which was set up in her room. Hazrat Yusuf (a.s.) asked reason Zulaikha said, hence I want that I would embrace you but I felt shy, of my idol so I have covered it with my veil so that it cannot see me.
Hazrat Yusuf (a.s.) said, You feel shy of this man made idol which is made of mineral, then you do not feel shy from Allah who is the master of whole universe. Hence Hazrat Yusuf (a.s.) ran away from there. At last a tiny kid gave his witness of Hazrat Yusuf (a.s.)’s chastity from his cradle. And step-by-step Hazrat Yusuf (a.s.) became the king of of Mirer and Zulaikha also became his wife according to the Islamic law. Its detail is present in Sura Yusuf in the Holy Quran.
Allah is seeing
One venerable aged teacher was giving more attention on one of his disciples. People asked him the reason. He said you will know afterwards. One day on appropriate time he gave one one hen to all his disciples and said to slaughter these hens where no one can see you, all disciples went and slaughtered their hens and brought to him but his particular disciple brought his hen alive. The teacher asked him the reason in front of others. He said you ordered us to go to such place and slaughter this hen where no one see me, but where ever I went I found Allah Omnipresent and Omniscient
(“Makhuzana Havamaha Baiyanat”,
written by Imam Fakhruddin Razi pg. 206).
A story of Shepherd
This incident is written in Havamaha Baiyanat on page no 206 that one day Abdullah bin Umar met a shepherd who was grazing his cattles. He asked the shepherd, sell one sheep to me. He said, this is not mine and my master has not allowed me to sell. Ibne Umar said sells it to me and keeps money with you and tells your master that a sheep is takes away by a wolf. The shepherd said, then where will Allah go? Means if my master is not present here but Allah is here. This incident of the shepherd effected on his mind. Abdulla Ibne Umar went to Shepherd’s master, purchased it from him and freed him. Then he purchased all his goats and sheep from him and gave it to the shepherd as a reward. Then onwards Abdullah Ibne Umar was repeating the small sentence of the shepherd every time “Where will Allah go”?
A True believer of Allah
This incident is written in Tarikhe Zari Vol. 4 pg no. 16. When Muslims conquered the city of Madune. They got a chance to collect booty from public exchequer. They collected whatever they can. A man came there. He had an unprocurable box in his hand. People doubted that this man has been taken away some thing from it. They asked have you taken away any thing from this box? He said – If I would not believing Allah to be Omnipresent and Omniscient I would not bring the whole box to you. They asked – who are you? He said – I don’t want to introduce my self that you would appreciate me. People added up that box and chased after him. He went to his own tribe. They came to know, that he was “Aamir Bin Abde Qais.”
The third kind of invocation of Allah that is obligatory is a verbally invocations. Some obligatory prayers are included int it. Such as daily prayers of give times, Namaz-e-Maiyyet, special prayer of eclipse, prayer of circumambulation of the Holy Ka’aba and late prayers etc. As it is mention in the book Gunah-e-Kabira about importance of prayer and its rewards and painful punishment for giving up. Prayer is verbally invocation and it is obligatory. Refer the verses of the Holy Quran regarding proofs. Sura Jummah Ayat 9 and Sura Taha Ayat no. 14.
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِذَا نُودِي لِلصَّلَاةِ مِن يَوْمِ الْجُمُعَةِ فَاسْعَوْا إِلَى ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ وَذَرُوا الْبَيْعَ ذَلِكُمْ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ إِن كُنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ
“O you who believe! When the call is made for prayer on Friday, then hasten to the remembrance of Allah and leave off trading, that is better for you, if you know.”
(Surah Jumah 62:9)
وَلَقَدْ مَنَنَّا عَلَيْكَ مَرَّةً أُخْرَى
“Therefore serve Me and keep up prayer for My remembrance.”
(Surah Taha 20:14)
source : QALBE SALEEM/Shaheede Mehraab Ayatullah-ul-Uzma Al-Haaj Sayed Abdul Husain Dastghaib Shirazi (r.a.)