SHAIKH MIR ASEDULLAH QUADRI
Al-Baqara | Sura # 2| 286 verses | Madinah
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
In the name of Allah, the Compassionate and the Merciful
Juz 2, Al-Baqara, Verse 142سَيَقُولُ السُّفَهَاءُ مِنَ النَّاسِ مَا وَلَّاهُمْ عَنْ قِبْلَتِهِمُ الَّتِي كَانُوا عَلَيْهَا قُلْ لِلَّهِ الْمَشْرِقُ وَالْمَغْرِبُ يَهْدِي مَنْ يَشَاءُ إِلَى صِرَاطٍ مُسْتَقِيمٍ - [The foolish among the people will say, "What has turned them away from their Qibla, which they used to face?" Say, "To Allah belongs the East and the West. He guides whom He wills to a straight path. ]Verses 142 - 45 are related to the change of Qibla from Bait-ul-Maqdis to Masjid al-Haram.In the early days of Islam, Makkan pagans claimed that Ka'ba was their House and the House of their forefathers. Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) commanded Muslims to direct themselves to Jerusalem for prayers. At that time, Jews said, the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) neglects their religion, but follows their Qibla.When the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) came from Makkah to Madinah, he continued praying facing towards Jerusalem for about sixteen or seventeen months. This has been recorded in many books of Ahadith, including Bukhari and Muslim.It is in Hadith - It is reported on the authority of Al-Bara (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ) that he said, 'I prayed with the Apostle of Allah (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) turning towards Bait-ul-Maqdis for sixteen months till this verse of Surah Baqara was revealed. قَدْ نَرَى تَقَلُّبَ وَجْهِكَ فِي السَّمَاءِ فَلَنُوَلِّيَنَّكَ قِبْلَةً تَرْضَاهَا فَوَلِّ وَجْهَكَ شَطْرَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ وَحَيْثُ مَا كُنْتُمْ فَوَلُّوا وُجُوهَكُمْ شَطْرَهُ وَإِنَّ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ لَيَعْلَمُونَ أَنَّهُ الْحَقُّ مِنْ رَبِّهِمْ وَمَا اللَّهُ بِغَافِلٍ عَمَّا يَعْمَلُونَ [ We have seen you turn your face towards the heavens, so We are turning you towards a prayer direction that pleases you. Turn your face in the direction of the Sacred Mosque, wherever you may be, turn your faces to it. Those who were given the Book know with certainty that this is the truth from their Lord. Allah is not unaware of what they do.] (Al-Baqara - 144). This verse was revealed when the Apostle of Allah (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) was praying. A person among his people passed by the people of Ansar (at another place) as they were engaged in prayer. He called them and narrated about it and they turned their faces towards Ka'ba. (Muslim, Book of Salah)The change of Qibla was an important event. This verse describes that some foolish people among the Jews may say that what has turned Muslims to change their Qibla. Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) provides the answer by saying that قُلْ لِلَّهِ الْمَشْرِقُ وَالْمَغْرِبُ يَهْدِي مَنْ يَشَاءُ إِلَى صِرَاطٍ مُسْتَقِيمٍ [ Say, 'to Allah belongs the East and the West. He guides whom He wills to a straight path.]Juz 2, Al-Baqara, Verse 143وَكَذَلِكَ جَعَلْنَاكُمْ أُمَّةً وَسَطًا لِتَكُونُوا شُهَدَاءَ عَلَى النَّاسِ وَيَكُونَ الرَّسُولُ عَلَيْكُمْ شَهِيدًا وَمَا جَعَلْنَا الْقِبْلَةَ الَّتِي كُنْتَ عَلَيْهَا إِلَّا لِنَعْلَمَ مَنْ يَتَّبِعُ الرَّسُولَ مِمَّنْ يَنْقَلِبُ عَلَى عَقِبَيْهِ وَإِنْ كَانَتْ لَكَبِيرَةً إِلَّا عَلَى الَّذِينَ هَدَى اللَّهُ وَمَا كَانَ اللَّهُ لِيُضِيعَ إِيمَانَكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ بِالنَّاسِ لَرَءُوفٌ رَحِيمٌ - [And thus we have made you a middle nation that you will be witnesses over the people and the Apostle ﷺ will be a witness over you. And We did not make the Qibla which you used to face except that We might make evident who would follow the Apostle ﷺ from who would turn back on his heels. And indeed, it is difficult except for those whom Allah has guided. And never would Allah let your faith go waste. Indeed Allah is, to the people, Kind and Merciful. ]In this verse, Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) says that He did not make Jerusalem as Qibla earlier except to see who follows the Apostle (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) in letter and spirit. People need to have trust in Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) and His Apostle (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) in full. If not, it is not possible for them to follow the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) in all his teachings and actions.Once the Qibla was changed, some Muslims felt concerned about the Muslims who were already dead and who faced Jerusalem as Qibla earlier in their life times. Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) says that they should not worry about their dead. He will not let their deeds will go in vain.Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) says, Muslims are the middle nation (أُمَّةً وَسَطًا), on the right path. On one side, are the disbelievers, and on the other are the people of the book both have lost the right path. Muslims will witness all these people and will keep calling them to the right path till the day of resurrection. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) is the protector, guide and a witness.قَدْ نَرَى تَقَلُّبَ وَجْهِكَ فِي السَّمَاءِ فَلَنُوَلِّيَنَّكَ قِبْلَةً تَرْضَاهَا فَوَلِّ وَجْهَكَ شَطْرَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ وَحَيْثُ مَا كُنْتُمْ فَوَلُّوا وُجُوهَكُمْ شَطْرَهُ وَإِنَّ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ لَيَعْلَمُونَ أَنَّهُ الْحَقُّ مِنْ رَبِّهِمْ وَمَا اللَّهُ بِغَافِلٍ عَمَّا يَعْمَلُونَ - [We have seen you turn your face about towards the heavens, so We are turning you towards a prayer direction that pleases you. Turn your face in the direction of the Sacred Mosque : wherever you may be, turn your faces to it. Those who were given the Book (Quran) know with certainty that this is the Truth from their Lord: God is not unaware of what they do. ]Juz 2, Al-Baqara, Verse 144
During his stay in Makka and after his arrival in Madina, Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) turned his face towards Bait al-Maqdis for prayers. However, he supplicataed that Bait al-Haram in Makka to be made Qibla of Muslims. He used to see up into the sky waiting for the command in this regard from Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ).
In this verse, Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) describes that He is aware of Prophet's (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) supplication as He has seen the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) looking up, waiting for the command. Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) says that now turn towards Makka, wherever you are, for prayers.
Juz 2, Al-Baqara, Verse 145وَلَئِنْ أَتَيْتَ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ بِكُلِّ آَيَةٍ مَا تَبِعُوا قِبْلَتَكَ وَمَا أَنْتَ بِتَابِعٍ قِبْلَتَهُمْ وَمَا بَعْضُهُمْ بِتَابِعٍ قِبْلَةَ بَعْضٍ وَلَئِنِ اتَّبَعْتَ أَهْوَاءَهُمْ مِنْ بَعْدِ مَا جَاءَكَ مِنَ الْعِلْمِ إِنَّكَ إِذًا لَمِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ - [And if you brought to those who were given the Scripture every sign, they would not follow your Qibla. Nor will you be a follower of their Qibla. Nor would they be followers of one another's Qibla. So if you were to follow their desires after what has come to you of knowledge, indeed, you would then be among the wrongdoers. ]Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) describes the nature of Jews, Christians and non-believers saying that whatever truthful sign you present in front of them, they will not follow your Qibla. And neither you will follow theirs. Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) warns Muslims that if they compromise on their Islamic teachings in order to please these people, it will be a wrongdoing on their part.
الَّذِينَ آَتَيْنَاهُمُ الْكِتَابَ يَعْرِفُونَهُ كَمَا يَعْرِفُونَ أَبْنَاءَهُمْ وَإِنَّ فَرِيقًا مِنْهُمْ لَيَكْتُمُونَ الْحَقَّ وَهُمْ يَعْلَمُونَ - [Those to whom We gave the Scripture know him as they know their own sons. But indeed, a party of them conceal the truth while they know. ]Juz 2, Al-Baqara, Verse 146
Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) says that the Jews and Christians know the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) as they know their own children. They have read about him in their scriptures, they waited for him for centuries, they prayed in his name and got their supplications answered for centuries and they know all signs about him are truthful. When they look at him, they know he is the one they had been waiting for so long. In spite of all that, they conceal the truth and oppose him for some worldly benefits.
الْحَقُّ مِنْ رَبِّكَ فَلَا تَكُونَنَّ مِنَ الْمُمْتَرِينَ - [The truth is from your Lord, so never be among the doubters. ]Juz 2, Al-Baqara, Verse 147
Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) says that Allah's commandments and Prophet's (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) teachings are truthful. Muslims should avoid the company of doubters at all cost.وَلِكُلٍّ وِجْهَةٌ هُوَ مُوَلِّيهَا فَاسْتَبِقُوا الْخَيْرَاتِ أَيْنَ مَا تَكُونُوا يَأْتِ بِكُمُ اللَّهُ جَمِيعًا إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ - [Each community has its own direction to which it turns : race to do good deeds and wherever you are, Allah will bring you together. Allah has power to do everything. ]Juz 2, Al-Baqara, Verse 148
Human beings have the freedom to believe or disbelieve, to support the truth or to follow falsehood and to do good or evil deeds. But this freedom is not for ever; it is limited to this world. When death approaches, you have no choice. You cannot even choose to stay alive for a moment more than your prescribed life span.
If you chose Iman and decide to do good deeds, it is fine. Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) says that if you race to do good deeds, it will be better for you. Why this command? Because, no one knows when death will approach him. It is indeed a good idea to do as many good deeds as possible. Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) says that wherever we lived, it does not matter. We will eventually be brought together on the day of Judgement. There is no escape from it, no one can hide from the Day of Judgement.
وَمِنْ حَيْثُ خَرَجْتَ فَوَلِّ وَجْهَكَ شَطْرَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ وَإِنَّهُ لَلْحَقُّ مِنْ رَبِّكَ وَمَا اللَّهُ بِغَافِلٍ عَمَّا تَعْمَلُونَ - [So wherever you may have started out, turn your face in the direction of the Sacred Mosque - this is the truth from your Lord : He is not unaware of what you do. ]Juz 2, Al-Baqara, Verse 149
وَمِنْ حَيْثُ خَرَجْتَ فَوَلِّ وَجْهَكَ شَطْرَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ وَحَيْثُ مَا كُنْتُمْ فَوَلُّوا وُجُوهَكُمْ شَطْرَهُ لِئَلَّا يَكُونَ لِلنَّاسِ عَلَيْكُمْ حُجَّةٌ إِلَّا الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا مِنْهُمْ فَلَا تَخْشَوْهُمْ وَاخْشَوْنِي وَلِأُتِمَّ نِعْمَتِي عَلَيْكُمْ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَهْتَدُونَ - [ Wherever you may have started out, turn your face in the direction of the Sacred Mosque; wherever any of you may be, turn your faces towards it, so that people may have no argument against you; except for the unjust among them. Do not fear them; fear Me so that I may perfect My favor on you so you may be guided . ]Juz 2, Al-Baqara, Verse 150
Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) is emphasizing the change of Qibla again and again in the above verses saying the Ka'ba and the sacred mosque in Makka is the Qibla for Muslims. Wherever they are, they should turn towards it for their prayers. The phrase in the above verse 'so that people may have no argument against you' refers to hypocrites. Jews and Christians who tried to plant doubts in the minds of believers on this issue. Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) says, 'do not fear them; fear Me, so that I may perfect My favor on you and you may be guided'.
كَمَا أَرْسَلْنَا فِيكُمْ رَسُولًا مِنْكُمْ يَتْلُو عَلَيْكُمْ آَيَاتِنَا وَيُزَكِّيكُمْ وَيُعَلِّمُكُمُ الْكِتَابَ وَالْحِكْمَةَ وَيُعَلِّمُكُمْ مَا لَمْ تَكُونُوا تَعْلَمُونَ - [Just as We have sent among you an Apostle from yourselves reciting to you Our verses and purifying you and teaching you the Book and wisdom and teaching you that which you did not know. ]Juz 2, Al-Baqara, Verse 151Three things; teaching, training and purification, have been mentioned in the above verse. The process of training and purification of Sahabah was as follows.(i) Sahabah first accepted Islam on the hands of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم). They gave promise of allegiance (Ba'it - بیعت) by reciting Islamic testimony (کلمہ طیّبہ).It is in Quran - "إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يُبَايِعُونَكَ إِنَّمَا يُبَايِعُونَ اللَّهَ يَدُ اللَّهِ فَوْقَ أَيْدِيهِمْ ۚ فَمَن نَّكَثَ فَإِنَّمَا يَنكُثُ عَلَىٰ نَفْسِهِ ۖ وَمَنْ أَوْفَىٰ بِمَا عَاهَدَ عَلَيْهُ اللَّهَ فَسَيُؤْتِيهِ أَجْرًا عَظِيمًا" [ Indeed, those who pledge allegiance to you, (O'Mohammad - صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم ) - they are actually pledging allegiance to Allah. The hand of Allah is over their hands. So he who breaks his word only breaks it to the detriment of himself. And he who fulfills that which he has promised Allah - He will give him a great reward.] (Al-Fath - 10).Often the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) took promise of allegiance (بیعت) when a person accepted Islam. Sometimes, the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) took promise of allegiance (بیعت) as repentance for one’s past wrong doings. Sometimes the pledge (بیعت) was taken to shed the last drop of blood in the cause of Islam, as it happened at the time of the conflict of Hudaibiya. The Promise of allegiance was also taken from women.(ii) After Sahabah became Muslims, Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) taught them Quran.(iii) Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) then trained Sahabah in their day to day living. He also taught them wisdom.It is in Quran - لَّقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِّمَن كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّهَ وَالْيَوْمَ الْآخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا [Indeed in the Apostle of Allah (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) you have an excellent example to follow; for him who hopes in (the meeting with) Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) and the Last Day and does Zikr of Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) extensively.] (Al-Ahzaab - 21)(iv) When Sahabah sat in the company of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) their worldly thoughts and ordinary consideration got extincted from their minds and they became exceptionally pious. This aspect is referred in the above Quranic verse as 'purified them' ('وَيُزَكِّيهِمْ').It is in Hadith - Hanzalah Al-Usayyidi (رضئ الله تعالى عنه) said, "O'Apostle of Allah (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم), when we are in your company, and are reminded of Hell-fire and Jannah, we feel as if we are seeing them with our own eyes, but when we go away from you and attend to our wives, children and business, much of these things go out of our minds." Thereupon the Apostle of Allah (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) said, "By Him in Whose Hand is my life, if your state of mind remains the same as it is in my presence and you are always busy in the Zikr of Allah, the angels will shake hands with you in your beds and on your roads. (Muslim - part of the Hadith).(v) After Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) left this world, the teaching, training and purification of people was carried out by Khulafa-e-Rashideen, Sahabah, Aimma and Shuyookh of Ihsan (Awliya Allah).
فَاذْكُرُونِي أَذْكُرْكُمْ وَاشْكُرُوا لِي وَلَا تَكْفُرُونِ - [So remember Me; I will remember you. And be grateful to Me and do not deny Me. ]Juz 2, Al-Baqara, Verse 152
Allah's (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) Zikr (remembrance/invocation) is an important part of our lives. Five times daily prayer, night vigil and Tahajjud all are aimed at remembering our Lord.
What is remembrance/invocation (Zikr - ذکر)?
To remember is, not to forget. The remembrance could be oral or in heart. The objective of invocation is mindfulness of Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ). Most important invocation is the invocation of 'Islamic Testimony' (Kalima Tayyiba - كلمه طيِّبه) ' [La Ilaha Illallahu - لا اله الاّ الله] which has a significant effect in prevention of evil considerations (Wasaawis - وساوس).
The meaning of the above verse فَاذْكُرُونِي أَذْكُرْكُمْ [ Remember Me and I will remember you.] are, we need to be mindful of Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) all the time. When forgetfulness goes, the nearness to Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) comes.
First a person invocates La Ilaha Illallahu (لا إله إلا الله) by tongue, later his heart joins with his tongue and his forgetfulness disappears altogether. Repeated invocations helps to forget our dependent existence and realize the independent existence of Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ). This way the person forgets himself and remembers only the Almighty.
The invocation of 'La Ilah Illallah' (لَا اِلٰهَ اِلّآلله) is not the invention of Sufi Shuyookh of Ihsan. It is the commandment of Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) which has been received through the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم).
It is in Quran - قُلِ اللَّهُ ۖ ثُمَّ ذَرْهُمْ فِي خَوْضِهِمْ يَلْعَبُونَ [You say Allah and let these forgetful people be involved in non-sensical talk]. (Al-An'aam - 91).
It is in Quran - وَلَذِكْرُ اللَّهِ أَكْبَرُ [The invocation of Allah is very big thing ] (Al-Ankaboot - 45).
It is in Quran - الَّذِينَ يَذْكُرُونَ اللَّهَ قِيَامًا وَقُعُودًا وَعَلَىٰ جُنُوبِهِمْ [Those who invocate Allah standing and sitting and lying on their sides.] (Aal-e-Imran - 191).
With the above verse, perpetuity of presence (Dawaam Huzoor - دوام حضور) is deduced.
It is in Quran - إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ ۚ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا صَلُّوا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا [ Certainly Allah and His angels send Allah's blessings on the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم). O'People of belief you also invocate for Allah's blessings on Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم). ] (Al-Ahzab - 56). And make sure to do this often.]
There are many graceful epithets of Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) and the one who remembers them and involves in their repeataed invocation, Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) rewards him a lot in this world and in Hereafter.
Another important aspect is, if you are doing Zikr of Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) Satan does not find a way into your life.
It is in Quran - قَالَ فَبِعِزَّتِكَ لَأُغْوِيَنَّهُمْ أَجْمَعِينَ - إِلَّا عِبَادَكَ مِنْهُمُ الْمُخْلَصِينَ [ Iblis said, ‘I swear by Your might! I will tempt all, except Your servants, among them endowed with sincerity in faith and worship.] (Saad - 82-83)
Juz 2, Al-Baqara, Verse 153يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا اسْتَعِينُوا بِالصَّبْرِ وَالصَّلَاةِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَ الصَّابِرِينَ - [O you who believe, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, God is with the patient. ]
Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) commands us to seek His help through patience and prayer. The meanings of patience is to overcome the feelings of anxiety, fear and despair over life’s troubles. Patience can take several forms and can be practiced at different levels based on how close you are with Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ).
The commands of Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) usually revolve around prohibiting things the human Nafs desires and asking you to do things your Nafs may feel difficult. Both require patience from you. However, the more you adhere to Allah's (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) commandments, the more comfortable you feel practicing them and a time comes when you start loving them.
'Indeed, Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) is with the patient' is an invitation for us to face the difficulties of life in the company of our Lord. To be in the company of Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) is a great feeling. Try it, walk one step, Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) will come to you taking 10 steps and so on, and one day you will be in his company and would never feel lonely, ever in your life again.
وَلَا تَقُولُوا لِمَنْ يُقْتَلُ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ أَمْوَاتٌ بَلْ أَحْيَاءٌ وَلَكِنْ لَا تَشْعُرُونَ - [And say not of those who are killed in God’s cause : "They are dead." Rather they are alive, but you are not aware. ]Juz 2, Al-Baqara, Verse 154We will discuss the issue of people after their death in a little detail here.It is in Quran – وَلَا تَحْسَبَنَّ الَّذِينَ قُتِلُوا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ أَمْوَاتًا ۚ بَلْ أَحْيَاءٌ عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ يُرْزَقُونَ [Think not of those, who are martyred in the way of Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی), as dead. No, they are living with their Lord and are provided with food.] (Aal-e-Imran – 169).Some people wrongly say that above verses are only for those who were martyred in wars. They should read the life histories of Sahabah, Imams, Awliya Allah and Shuyookh of Ihsan; how hard they trained themselves, how painstakingly they took care of Tazkia Nafs of their people, how they faced hardships in spreading Sahih Iman in the world and how they fought with their adversaries in humans, Jinns, and Shayateen in difficult circumstances.
Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) described 'Tazkia Nafs' as bigger Jihad than fighting the enemy on the battle field.(a) It is in Hadith - Once returning from a war, Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) said "We are returning from Jihad-e-Asghar (smaller Jihad, ie., war) towards Jihad-e-Akbar"(Tazkia Nafs, ie., bigger Jihad)". (Radd al-Mukhtar, Kitab al-Jihad, third edition, page 237).Thus, all pious Muslims and Awliya Allah are surely included under the ambiance of the above Quranic verses.(b) It is in Quran – وَمَا هَـٰذِهِ الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا إِلَّا لَهْوٌ وَلَعِبٌ ۚ وَإِنَّ الدَّارَ الْآخِرَةَ لَهِيَ الْحَيَوَانُ ۚ لَوْ كَانُوا يَعْلَمُونَ [ What is the life of this world but amusement and play? but verily the Home in the Hereafter - that is life indeed, if they but knew.] (Al-Ankaboot – 64).Prophet Salih's (عليه السلام) speech to the dead has been mentioned in Quran which was made after his nation had perished.It is in Quran - فَتَوَلَّىٰ عَنْهُمْ وَقَالَ يَا قَوْمِ لَقَدْ أَبْلَغْتُكُمْ رِسَالَةَ رَبِّي وَنَصَحْتُ لَكُمْ وَلَـٰكِن لَّا تُحِبُّونَ النَّاصِحِينَ [Meaning - So (Salih - عليه السلام) left them, saying: "O my people! I did indeed convey to you the message for which I was sent by my Lord: I gave you good counsel, but you do not like not good counselors!] ( Al-Araaf - 79)Quran testifies that Salih (عليه السلام) addressed his nation, who had already perished, which clarifies that the dead can Hear. Quran also testifies that dead can hear irrespective of being close or far away. Near or remote calls do not make any difference to the Dead.
Look at the verse, Salih (عليه السلام) addresses his dead nation as "O'my people" ( يَا قَوْمِ ). This confirms the fact that calling "Ya Rasulullah" ( يا رسول الله صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) is as per the commandments of Quran. Their rules of hearing, seeing and talking are different from ours.
Quran testifies that Shu'aib (عليه السلام) addressed his nation, who had already perished, which clarifies that the dead can Hear. Quran also testifies that dead can hear irrespective of being close or far away. Near or remote calls, do not make any difference to the Dead. Their rules of hearing, seeing and talking are different from ours.
It is in Quran – فَتَوَلَّىٰ عَنْهُمْ وَقَالَ يَا قَوْمِ لَقَدْ أَبْلَغْتُكُمْ رِسَالَاتِ رَبِّي وَنَصَحْتُ لَكُمْ ۖ فَكَيْفَ آسَىٰ عَلَىٰ قَوْمٍ كَافِرِينَ [ So (Shu'aib - عليه السلام) left them, saying: "O' my people! I did indeed convey to you the messages for which I was sent by my Lord: I gave you good counsel, but how shall I lament over a people who refuse to believe! ] (Al-Araaf - 93).
Look at the verse, Shu'aib (عليه السلام) addresses his dead nation as "O'my people" ( يَا قَوْمِ ). This confirms the fact that calling "Ya Rasulullah" ( يا رسول الله صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) is as per the commandments of Quran.It is in Hadith - lbn Abbas (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ) narrated that Allah’s Apostle (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) passed by some graves of Madinah - مَرَّ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ بِقُبُورِ الْمَدِينَةِ فَأَقْبَلَ عَلَيْهِمْ بِوَجْهِهِ فَقَالَ السَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ يَا أَهْلَ الْقُبُورِ يَغْفِرُ اللَّهُ لَنَا وَلَكُمْ أَنْتُمْ سَلَفُنَا وَنَحْنُ بِالْأَثَرِ - He turned his face towards them, and said: Peace be on you, O people of the graves! ( السَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ يَا أَهْلَ الْقُبُورِ ) May Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) forgive us and you. You have gone before us and we are to follow. (Tirmidhi).It is important to note that salutation is done to the living, who can hear and reply back.It is in Hadith - Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) said "The Prophets are alive and they pray in their graves" (Narrated by al-Mundhiri and Baihaqi who classified it as authentic)
It is in Hadith - Allah’s Apostle ( صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) said: Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) has declared it forbidden for the earth to eat the bodies of the prophets. So the prophets are living and they regularly receive their sustenance. (Ibn Majah, Abu Dawood, Nasai, Ahmad, Ibn Hibban, Ad-Darimi, and others)Juz 2, Al-Baqara, Verse 155وَلَنَبْلُوَنَّكُمْ بِشَيْءٍ مِنَ الْخَوْفِ وَالْجُوعِ وَنَقْصٍ مِنَ الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَنْفُسِ وَالثَّمَرَاتِ وَبَشِّرِ الصَّابِرِينَ - [And We will surely test you with some fear and hunger, and with dearth of wealth, lives and crops; and give glad tidings to those who patiently endure. ]
What is trial/test?
If someone has trust and confidence in Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ), then He provides him from the resources that are not known to him. Similarly, the one who has absolute trust in Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ), all his requirements are fulfilled by the Almighty. Whatever his heart wishes, Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) accomplishes it.
When Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) observes that the servant's thoughts are upright and his trust in Him is strong and he is obedient in taking care of his responsibilities and is firm on performance of imperatives, then his 'test' begins. The whole world becomes enemy and Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) subjects him to difficulties, diseases and emergencies and tells him by inspiration that 'you should obey Me, rather than I obey you'. Wife demands comforts of life and good food. Penury comes from one side and diseases from another. This state is very unpalatable. Patience is the requirement of this time. To bear difficulties and troubles invariably is called 'patience'.
It is in Quran - إِنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَ الصَّابِرِينَ [Certainly, Allah is with the people who have patience] (Al-Baqara - 153).
To keep the heart and thoughts balanced during this period is the work of 'the courageous people of Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ)'.
It is in Quran - وَاللَّهُ يُحِبُّ الصَّابِرِينَ [Allah loves those who have patience.] (Aal-e-Imran - 146).
And when the servant bears difficulties and feels no burden on his heart in accepting the commandments of Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) and acts upon it willingly, without any resistance whatsoever, it is known 'nurturing acceptance' (Tasleem - تسلیم).
When the servant gets used to enduring troubles and it becomes easier for him to act upon the commandments of Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) rather he starts enjoying his tolerance on afflictions, he reaches to a state known as 'Acquiescence' (Ridha - رِضا).
It is in Quran - وَرِضْوَانٌ مِّنَ اللَّهِ أَكْبَرُ [Allah's approval is indeed a very big thing]. (At-Tauba - 72).Juz 2, Al-Baqara, Verse 156الَّذِينَ إِذَا أَصَابَتْهُمْ مُصِيبَةٌ قَالُوا إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ - [ Those who say, when afflicted with a calamity, "Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return. ]
Juz 2, Al-Baqara, Verse 157أُولَئِكَ عَلَيْهِمْ صَلَوَاتٌ مِنْ رَبِّهِمْ وَرَحْمَةٌ وَأُولَئِكَ هُمُ الْمُهْتَدُونَ - [Upon those is the mercy of their Lord, and beneficence; and those are rightly guided. ]Juz 2, Al-Baqara, Verse 158إِنَّ الصَّفَا وَالْمَرْوَةَ مِنْ شَعَائِرِ اللَّهِ فَمَنْ حَجَّ الْبَيْتَ أَوِ اعْتَمَرَ فَلَا جُنَاحَ عَلَيْهِ أَنْ يَطَّوَّفَ بِهِمَا وَمَنْ تَطَوَّعَ خَيْرًا فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ شَاكِرٌ عَلِيمٌ - [ Indeed, as-Safa and al-Marwah are among the symbols of Allah. So whoever makes Hajj to the House or performs Umrah – there is no blame upon him for walking between them. And whoever volunteers good – then indeed, Allah is appreciative and Knowing.]During Hajj and Umra, Muslims are required to run 7 times in the middle portion of Safa and Marwa hilltops close by Ka'ba. It is a compulsory ritual of Hajj and Umra.As-Safa and al-Marwah are described in this verse as symbols and markings of Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ). Meaning, when we look at them, we remember Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ).The run between Safa and Marwa is the actually related with Hajira (عليها السلام), the mother of Hadhrat Ismail (عليه السلام). She ran back and forth 7 times between these two hillocks in search of help when her infant son was suffering from immense thirst.
Earlier, fulfilling the commandment of Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ), Prophet Ibrahim (عليه السلام) had left her with their infant son, Ismail (عليه السلام), in a barren land.
It is in Hadith - Ibn 'Abbas said : 'Prophet Ibrahim (عليه السلام) brought Hajira (عليها السلام), his wife, and their infant son Isma'il (عليه السلام), whom she was still nursing, and left them at (the site of) the House of Allah under a tree above Zamzam. Makkah at that time was a place where there was neither water nor any dweller. He left a bag of dates and a container of water for them. Then Ibrahim (عليه السلام) turned to go away. Hajira (عليها السلام) said to him, "O Ibrahim (عليه السلام)! Where are you going? And who are you leaving us to in this valley without a companion or a thing?" She repeated this several times but he did not respond. At last she asked him, "Has Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) commanded you to do so?" He answered, "Yes." Thereupon she said, "Then He will not let us perish!'' (Bukhari)
After leaving the infant son and his mother, Ibrahim (عليه السلام) left, and when he reached a mountain pass where he could no longer see them, he turned his face toward the Ka'ba and with his hands raised, supplicated, رَّبَّنَا إِنِّي أَسْكَنتُ مِن ذُرِّيَّتِي بِوَادٍ غَيْرِ ذِي زَرْعٍ عِندَ بَيْتِكَ الْمُحَرَّمِ رَبَّنَا لِيُقِيمُوا الصَّلَاةَ فَاجْعَلْ أَفْئِدَةً مِّنَ النَّاسِ تَهْوِي إِلَيْهِمْ وَارْزُقْهُم مِّنَ الثَّمَرَاتِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَشْكُرُونَ [ O Our Lord! I have made of my offspring to dwell in a valley without cultivation by your Sacred House; in order Our Lord, that they may establish regular prayer: so fill the hearts of some among men with love towards them, and feed them with fruits, so that they may give thanks!] (Ibrahim -37)
Aftger Ibrahim (عليه السلام ) left, Hajira (عليها السلام) sat under the tree with infant Ismail (عليه السلام) on her lap. She drank from the water container until it was over. Soon, her milk dried out. Her son grew hungry. She could hardly bear to look at him. She went and stood at nearby hill top Safa and looked down the valley for help. She could see no one. She came down, ran through the valley and reached another hill top Marwah. She stood at Marwah, and looked, but found nothing. She repeated this seven times. Ibn 'Abbas (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ) said that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) said : 'It is (to commemorate this walk) that pilgrims walk between Safa and Marwah. (Bukhari)
Then, Hajira (عليها السلام) found Ismail (عليه السلام) with a miracle at his feet. She saw water gushing out from the ground. She called it Zam Zam. Both mother and son drank from it and regained their strength.It is reported that Quraish had kept many idols between Safa and Marwa in their time of illiteracy. When Makka was conquered, all those idols were removed from this place as well and the ritual of Sa'ee (سعي), for Hajj and Umra was restored.Juz 2, Al-Baqara, Verse 159إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَكْتُمُونَ مَا أَنْزَلْنَا مِنَ الْبَيِّنَاتِ وَالْهُدَى مِنْ بَعْدِ مَا بَيَّنَّاهُ لِلنَّاسِ فِي الْكِتَابِ أُولَئِكَ يَلْعَنُهُمُ اللَّهُ وَيَلْعَنُهُمُ اللَّاعِنُونَ - [ Those who conceal the Clear Signs and Guidance We have sent down, after We have made it clear to people in the Book, Allah curses them, and (they are also) cursed by them who (fall victim of this) curse. ]
What is the meaning of curse by Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ)? It means to be expelled and banished from the mercy of Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ). The word curse has appeared 41 times in Quran. When curse is mentioned in relation to punishment, it reflects expulsion from Allah's (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) mercy accompanied by His anger and wrath.
During Prophet's (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) time, the people of the scripture hid clear proofs revealed in their books confirming the authenticity of prophet-hood of Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم). This type of concealment has bred evil and mischief among people for generations; because every time a person or a group is misguided due to the omitted facts, and every time a conflict occurs as a result of what was concealed, the people who concealed the facts become liable for Allah's (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) curse again and again and again, till the day of resurrection.
The punishment of being expelled from Allah's (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) mercy is not limited to the people of the book or the non-believers. It is equally applicable to the scholars and inventors of deviant sects among Muslims. They concealed the truth and misled people and became founders of deviant sects.What is the meaning of 'Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) curses them, and (they are also) cursed by them who (fall victim of this) curse.' ? It means that they are cursed by human beings and other creations.
Like, if Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) holds back rain in view of wrong doings of the people of a region or for their disobedience or concealment of truth, then the plants and animals who suffer from lack of water, curse them as well. Even the land and the bricks of their houses curse them for inviting Allah's (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) wrath. In Hereafter, the curses come from Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ), His angels and other people who suffered because of their wrongdoings.
The scholars of the deviant sects and their founders and the rulers who concealed the truth from their followers will be exposed on the day of Judgment in front of their followers. These deceivers will be brought in front of the entire humanity. At that time their followers and the entire humanity and angels will curse them for misleading people and becoming cause of punishment for their followers.
It is in Quran - قَالَ ادْخُلُوا فِي أُمَمٍ قَدْ خَلَتْ مِن قَبْلِكُم مِّنَ الْجِنِّ وَالْإِنسِ فِي النَّارِ ۖ كُلَّمَا دَخَلَتْ أُمَّةٌ لَّعَنَتْ أُخْتَهَا ۖ حَتَّىٰ إِذَا ادَّارَكُوا فِيهَا جَمِيعًا قَالَتْ أُخْرَاهُمْ لِأُولَاهُمْ رَبَّنَا هَـٰؤُلَاءِ أَضَلُّونَا فَآتِهِمْ عَذَابًا ضِعْفًا مِّنَ النَّارِ ۖ قَالَ لِكُلٍّ ضِعْفٌ وَلَـٰكِن لَّا تَعْلَمُونَ [Allah will say, ‘Join the communities of jinn and humans who have gone before you into the Fire.’ Every community curses its fellow community as it enters, then, when they are all gathered inside, the last of them will say of the first, ‘Our Lord, it was they who led us astray: give them double punishment in the Fire’- God says, ‘Every one of you will have double punishment, though you do not know it’- (Al-A'raaf - 38)Juz 2, Al-Baqara, Verse 160إِلَّا الَّذِينَ تَابُوا وَأَصْلَحُوا وَبَيَّنُوا فَأُولَئِكَ أَتُوبُ عَلَيْهِمْ وَأَنَا التَّوَّابُ الرَّحِيمُ - [ Except for those who repent and correct themselves and make things clear; those - I will accept their repentance, and I am the Most forgiving, the Most Merciful. ]
Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) says that wrong doers who realize their mistakes in their life time and repent for their crimes and make sure that no one is misled from their actions will be forgiven.Juz 2, Al-Baqara, Verse 161إِنَّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا وَمَاتُوا وَهُمْ كُفَّارٌ أُولَئِكَ عَلَيْهِمْ لَعْنَةُ اللَّهِ وَالْمَلَائِكَةِ وَالنَّاسِ أَجْمَعِينَ - [ Indeed, those who disbelieve and die while they are disbelievers - upon them will be the curse of Allah and of the angels and the people, all together.]Juz 2, Al-Baqara, Verse 162خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا لَا يُخَفَّفُ عَنْهُمُ الْعَذَابُ وَلَا هُمْ يُنْظَرُونَ - [ They will remain in this state of rejection eternally : their punishment will not be lightened, nor will they be reprieved. ]
Juz 2, Al-Baqara, Verse 163وَإِلَهُكُمْ إِلَهٌ وَاحِدٌ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا هُوَ رَّحْمَنُ الرَّحِيمُ - [ Your God is the one God : there is no god except Him, the All-Merciful, the All-Compassionate. ]It is important for people to know that there is no god except Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ). He is most Merciful and most Compassionate. No one can save them from His punishment. It is only He, who could save them. Thus, it is important that they seek His guidance, repent from their wrong doings and follow Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) in letter and spirit.