Bismillaah Al-Hamdulillaah wa salatu wa salaamu ‘ala rasulullaah Amma ba’d The Importance of Understanding The Deen, by Shaikh Yahya al-Hajooree (hafidhahullah) ; Understanding The Deen Versus Not Understanding The Deen
All Praise is for Allaah; Lord of all creation, Master of the Day of Judgement, the Possessor of Mercy, and The One Who brings that mercy to others. We praise Allaah as He should be praised. And we thank Allaah as He should be thanked. As comes in the narration: O Allah. You are so Glorious that our praises are not able to reach the level of describing you. And we are not able to praise You as You are able to praise Yourself. And we seek the help of Allah Tabarak WA Ta’aala.And we praise Allaah Tabarak wa Ta’aala.And. And for allowing us to come to a society such as this, where we do not expect to find people upon the Sunnah, where we do not expect to find people with this type of purity, and their faces beaming with light, and their outward appearance of righteousness.
This is a blessing from Allaah Tabarak wa Ta’aala. And indeed, due to the blessing of Allaah Tabarak wa Ta’aala, we were able to come here and meet our brothers whom we truly love for the pleasure of Allaah, and due to His blessing, we were able to sit with them, talk with them, benefit from them and give them some of our benefits, and we were able to solve some of their problems and clear up some of their differences. All this is a blessing that Allaah Tabarak wa Ta’aala has blessed me to do, and all this was a blessing to see Ahlus-Sunnah in a place such as this. My beloved brothers, we should know that everyone, every Muslim male, woman, child, should have an understanding of – without there being any difference of opinion in this issue – that Allaah did not create the creation except for a great reason, except for a great purpose. He did not create the creation without any wisdom behind it. He did not create the creation without any purpose. Allaah spoke of the great reason for which He created the creation in His saying: And I (Allaah) created not the jinns and humans except they should worship Me (Alone). I seek not any provision from them (i.e. provision for themselves or for My creatures) nor do I ask that they should feed Me (i.e. feed themselves or My creatures). (Adh-Dhariyat, ayat 56-57)So this is the great purpose for which Allaah Tabarak wa Ta’aala has brought all – this whole existence – into structure for. All that we know, and all that we don’t know. All that we see, and all that we don’t see. The purpose of this existence is to worship Allaah Tabarak wa Ta’aala. We should understand, since this is the case, that mankind has been ordered to do this in Suratul Baqarah: O mankind! Worship your Lord (Allaah), Who created you and those who were before you so that you may become Al-Muttaqoon. Who has made the earth a resting place for you, and the sky as a canopy, and sent down water (rain) from the sky and brought forth therewith fruits as a provision for you. Then do not set up rivals unto Allaah (in worship) while you know (that He Alone has the right to be worshipped). (Al-Baqarah, ayat 21-22)And we should know that everyone in existence comes to Allaah as a slave, whether they want to or not, whether they are pleased with it or not, whether they choose to do so or not, because Allaah Tabarak wa Ta’aala is The Creator, and everything and everyone besides Him is creation [except the Qur’an]. And therefore, everything besides Allaah is a slave to Allah. Allah says in Surat Maryam: There is none in the heavens and the earth but comes unto the Most Beneficent (Allaah) as a slave. Verily, He knows each one of them, and has counted them a full counting. (Maryam, ayat 93-94)So everyone must understand this situation that we come as slaves into this existence. There are those who accept this willingly, so they worship Allaah tabarak wa Ta’aala based upon that. And then there are those – though in reality of their existence, they are slaves of Allaah – they refuse to physically implement it in their lives. If we understand this point that everyone and everything in existence is a slave of Allaah tabarak wa Ta’aala, so therefore Allaah created us for a great purpose. And knowing this purpose helps us to develop an understanding of our situation and our circumstances in relationship to this world. And that we must know how to worship Allaah tabarak wa Ta’aala, and we must know the method of how to worship Allaah tabarak wa Ta’aala, and we must know its legislation. The one who does not know this misses a lot of great benefits, and many harms can come to him. I will mention to you those verses from Qur’an that indicate the fact that the individual who has some mistakes in his beliefs (‘Aqeedah), or doesn’t understand the purpose of his existence, or doubts the purpose of existence, or does not do it properly that they may have made a mistake that does not bring them success. Allah says: Have you not seen those who were told to hold back their hands (from fighting) and establish As-Salaat, and give Zakaat, but when the fighting was ordained for them, behold! A section of them fear men as they fear Allaah or even more. They say: “Our Lord! Why have you ordained for us fighting? Would that you had granted us respite for a short period?” Say: “Short is the enjoyment of this world. The Hereafter is (far) better for him who fears Allaah, and you shall not be dealt with unjustly even equal to the Fatila (a scalish thread in the long slit of a date stone).”Wheresoever’s you may be, death will overtake you even if you are in fortresses built-up strong and high!” And if some good reaches them, they say, “This is from Allah,” but if some evil befalls them, they say, “This is from you (O Muhammad).” Say: “All things are from Allaah,” so what is wrong with these people that they fail to understand any word? (An-Nisa 4:78) In this ayah, it shows that these people have an absence of knowledge, an ignorance of why they were created, for when the worship was prescribed on them, they questioned and didn’t want to fulfill it. Then they fell into shirk; the first [matter of] shirk they fell into is that when Allaah told them to fight, they feared the people as much as they feared Allah or even more. So they committed shirk regarding Khashya (Fear of Allaah, tabarakwa Ta’aala). The second [transgression of] shirk they fell into was regarding Qadr (Pre-Decree).They said what was good that happened to them Allaah created it and what was bad that” Allaah had not created it. There was another creator for that .” So Allaah tabarak WA Ta’aala said that all of it is from Allaah. That Allaah decrees everything. And whatever happens to you happens to you from what your own hands have sent forth. It doesn’t mean you created your actions. It means you commit sins which brought about the difficulty that you are going through. By understanding – having fight of – the Deen, we’ll know the rights of Allaah, Tabarak wata’aala, upon us, and what Allaah [commands] us. When a person has fiqh of the Deen,then he understands the rights of his brothers and sisters upon him. When a person has fiqh of his Deen, he also understands the rights of his mother and father upon him, and his neighbors and relatives, those who are near to him and those who are far from him, and the rights of his self. All this comes about with him having fiqh of his Deen. So therefore, Allaah, tabarak wa ta’aala, in this regard has placed in the Qur’an verses that explain in detail how you should worship Allaah tabarak wa ta’aala. In this regard, Allah mentioned several verses. Allah said: Say: “He has power to send torment on you from above or from under your feet, or to cover you with confusion in party strife, and make you to taste the violence of one another.” See how variously We explain the Ayaat (proofs, evidences, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), so that they may understand. (Al-An’aam, ayah 65)Allaah wants for us ease. He wants for us to know this Deen. He wants us to understand how we can be connected to Him. How can we worship Him? How we can pray to Him, how we can fear Him, how we can hope in Him, how we can depend upon Him, how we can trust in Him. He wants us to know all of that, and for this He sent this beautiful Qur`an.Also, it is from the wisdom of Allaah that He never sent a Messenger except that the message could be understood. And this is because Allaah is more merciful to us than wearer to ourselves. And Allaah is more merciful to us than we are to the creatures. And Allaah is more merciful to us than our mothers are to us, more than the mother is to the child. Allaah teaches us how to conduct ourselves with our brothers and our fathers and our mothers, and our sisters, our relatives, and even how to conduct ourselves regarding animals. Allaah explained this totally. Allaah is so merciful that – as comes in an authentic hadeeth – the companions were with the Messenger of Allaah, and they witnessed a woman who was in panic over not seeing her baby, and then after she found him, she held him close to her and she breast-fed him.