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18
Dec
2011

Caged Birds

18th December 2011
Inda Malikin Muqtadir
From FususAlHikam's blog (very beneficial read)

We are like caged birds trapped in the cage of our senses. It is when we break these chains, break free from this prison, then we can truly be free. In order to break these chains you have to change your perspective. You have to leave behind what you think, hear, see etc. and you have to accept what Allah swt and His messenger salallahu alayhi wa sallam say without any doubt and with full certainty as if you heard it and as if you saw it. I would go to the extent to say that suppose it was the middle of the day and the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam were to tell you that it is night time then you should respond by saying, "Yes it is a beautiful night, I can see the stars."

Whatever Allah swt and His messenger salallahu alayhi wa sallam tell us is absolute truth regardless if it makes sense to us or not, regardless if we can see it or not, regardless if we can hear it or not, none of that matters - Allah swt and His messenger tell us something and thats it, its certainly true. So when we are in salaah and we recite the first ayah of Surah Fatiha, with certainty, from the Unseen a reply comes, "My servant has praised Me." In every rakaat in every salaah you have recited Surah Fatiha, but how many times have you heard this reply coming back to you? Every time. This should be our level of faith, our certainty in the words of the Messenger of Allah salallahu alayhi wa sallam. Our ears lie to us but Allah swt and His messenger salallahu alayhi wa sallam are truthful.

Many times in the discourses of Ulama we hear the various descriptions of heaven and hell that are found in the Quran and Hadith, the description of the grave and the trials of the grave and the description of the various stages of the hereafter, how should we approach them? All of those descriptions of heaven and hell, our faith should be as if we have seen them with the certainty of our eyes, as if we have smelled the fires of hell, as if we have smelled the fragrance of heaven. All of the descriptions of the grave and the various stages of the hereafter, our faith should be as if we have already seen them with the certainty of our eyesight, almost as if we can feel the touch of dirt on our body just from hearing and reading about the descriptions of the grave.

If you are going to leave from this world with anything, at least leave with this much - that Allah swt and His messenger salallahu alayhi wa sallam are truthful beyond our comprehension and understanding, beyond our hearing, beyond our seeing, they are truthful beyond our senses. My understanding is deficient, my hearing is flawed, my eyesight is wrong, but what Allah swt and His messenger salallahu alayhi wa sallam have told me is absolute truth - they have become my eyesight, they have become my hearing, they have become my understanding. What they told me is before me I am seeing. What they told me I am hearing. What they told me is what I understand.
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