When you earn the anger and displeasure of Allâh Ta’ala, how will you experience blessing in your sustenance? Some people are under the assumption that they will experience blessing merely by reading some wazîfah (supplication, verse, etc.). Listen! You will certainly receive Allâh’s mercy by reading a wazîfah, but if we do not give up sins, Allâh’s anger will also befall us. If mercy and anger face each other, how will we find the path?
An example of this is as follows: by committing sins, the truck of Allâh’s anger will approach; and by reading a wazîfah, the truck of Allâh’s mercy will approach. Neither of the two will give way to the other. If anger does not move aside, mercy will not come.
We cannot expect mercy solely from reading a wazîfah, but we will receive mercy if we give up sins. Give up sins and you can undoubtedly read your wazîfah.
Tell me, if excreta falls on your clothes, do you apply perfume to your clothes, or do you wash your clothes and then apply perfume? The remembrance of Allâh Ta’ala is a perfume, but you must first remove the foul smell of sins. But this does not mean that you must not perform salâh, fast, etc. as long as you have not given up sins. Salâh, fasting, etc. are compulsory, obligatory and sunnat-e-mu’akkadah (emphasised Sunnah). Perform your salâh and fast, and also engage in the remembrance of Allâh Ta’,ala.
However, it is necessary to rectify this belief that merely reading a wazîfah will solve everything. No! It is essential to give up disobeying Allâh Ta’ala. Even if a person displeases Allâh Ta’ala for a single breath, he is making the anger of Allâh Ta’ala lawful to himself, unless he repents.
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Shaytan misleads many people into indulgence in sins by making them think, “Enjoy yourself while you’re still young! Then make taubah later….You’ve got plenty of time!” Those who have this dreadful misconception should read the following story and take heed.
Hazratwala (daamat barakaatuhum) says: “One horrible consequence of persisting in sins which has been witnessed, may Allah Ta`ala protect us all, is that Allah Ta`ala takes away the tawfeeq to repent.
In Nazimabad, a section of Karachi Pakistan, there used to be a man who would commit evil deeds day and night. When he was on his deathbed a friend advised him, “Brother, you are on the brink of death now, at least make tawbah for the sins you’ve committed.”
So that man uttered a terribly frightening statement which is a lesson for all of us. He said, “I can utter any word you want right now. Tell me to say, doctor… or medicine… or tea…or biscuits…any of these words you ask me, I can say it. But that specific word that you are asking me to say, is just not coming out of my mouth.”
Tell me, how much admonition is in this story?! Why is it that a person can utter any word except for tawbah? What is so difficult about uttering these four letters, (ت، و، ب ، ه ( ?
Also, this is not a story from a long time ago. This is an incident that I have witnessed with my own eyes. So repent before that day comes wherein the ability to repent gets snatched away from you. Audacity in committing sins, shamelessness, and immodesty must have some limit! Have you completely lost all sense of shame and modesty?
It is for this reason that after the command اتقوا الله (Fear Allah…) Allah Ta`ala has commanded us to :
كونوا مع الصادقين (Be with the truthful ones…) In other words, those who are true and sincere in their piety and fear of Allah. Because it is through the company of these sincere people who are always fearful of Allah Ta`ala, that Allah Ta`ala will grant us the tawfeeq to make sincere repentance.
(Irshadat-e-Dard-e-Dil; Pg. 243 )
The blood shed by sacrificing one’s haram desires is the horizon of becoming a saint. Taqwa means to curb the fulfilling of the desires of the heart. Shed the blood of all your haram desires and all the four horizons of your heart will become red. The sun of this world rises from one horizon, that is from the east. But when the saints adopt piety by sacrificing all their haram desires and enduring grief in the path of Allah, then all the horizons of the heart become red and the sun of Allah’s friendship and relationship rises in the heart.
And if one did not sacrifice his desires, then what will he achieve? He will attain darkness upon darkness and pollution over pollution. He will get a foul odour and a disgraced name. No one on earth will call him Hadhrat. When the creation comes to know that a person is the head (of evil), they snatch all noble titles away from him. One of the punishments of sin in this world is that all titles of honour are snatched away from one in this world.
What will be the condition of that heart whose every horizon has the sun of Allah’s proximity rising from it? When a man called Khurshid (sun) came to me one day, I recited the following couplet to him:
When Khurshid obtained the creator of Khurshid (the sun) in his heart, then ask Khurshid the condition of his world.