The Love of the World
To begin we pray to Allah in the following words of the Prophet Peace be upon him. Abdullah ibn Mas’ud reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, would say:
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْهُدَى وَالتُّقَى وَالْعَفَافَ وَالْغِنَى
O Allah, I ask you for guidance, righteousness, abstinence, and self-sufficiency. Sahih Muslim 2721, Grade: Sahih
In this presented writing, many Hadith’s from the Prophet (peace be upon him) will be quoted alongside the quotations of the verses of the Quran, that all will be in regards to the love of the world and the true guidance.
Chief of the Prophets, the Great Honourable Muhammad Peace be upon him, said the following for the love of the World: “The leaving of the world is the root of all prayers (good deeds) and the love of the world is the cause of all wrong deeds”
Hazrat Sultan Bahu ® says the following in his Abiat (poetry)
My Master taught me a lesson: “Any moment you are negligent in remembrance of God is a moment spent in denial of God.” These words opened my eyes to reality, And I fixed my attention on the Lord.
I then placed my soul in his protection- Such was the love I cultivated in my heart. Having thus bequeathed my soul to him, I died before death – to live in him.
Only then did I attain the goal of life, O Bahu ®!
Hadith: “The world is as if a (name of) Dream and its luxury is Nocturnal Ejaculation”
Rumi ®: “This place is a dream and only a sleeper considers it real”
Allah the Almighty sent revelation to Prophet Musa peace be upon him that: – “ Oh Musa (pbuh)! Do not incline towards the Love of World, because greater than love off it for you there’s no great sin. And when Musa peace be upon him walked past a man, he was crying and when he returned even then seeing him cry in court of God said that this is man is crying in fear of you. Being Ordered Oh Son of Imran! If he even cries blood and raises his hands in supplication and with fatigue falls down, even after that I will not forgive him, because he loves the world”
[Surah Al-Jumah 62:5] The example of those who were entrusted with the Torah, and did not carry out its commands, is like the donkey carrying books
Hadith: “That which is clean take from it and that which is dirty leave that”
[SURAH AL-IMRAN 3:31] Proclaim, (O dear Prophet Mohammed – peace and blessings be upon him), “O mankind! If you love Allah, follow me – Allah will love you and forgive you your sins”; and Allah is Oft Forgiving, Most Merciful.
Hadith: World and that lies within this, Other than the remembrance of Allah (all) is Accursed.
Comment: For this very same reason, the Companions of the Honourable Prophet Muhammad Peace be upon him of the Ashab us-Suffah (Suffa Companions) and the Ashab-e-Badar used to mix the flour with the water and drink that, just to avoid being negligent of Allah Name and the remembrance of Allah. And (without being necessary) did not get involved in the consumption of Food.
Hadith: The Prophet said, “You will be with the one whom you love.”
Bukhari /Volume 9, Book 89
Hadith About End Times: ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud said: “The Prophet said, ‘Islam began as something strange, and it will revert to being strange as it was in the beginning, so good tidings for the strangers.’ Someone asked, ‘Who are the strangers?’ He said, ‘The ones who break away from their people for the sake of Islam.’ ”
Hadith: The Messenger of Allah said: “The nations are about to call each other and set upon you, just as diners set upon food.“ It was said: “Will it be because of our small number that day?” He (peace be upon him) said: “Rather, on that day you will be many, but you will be like foam, like the foam on the river. And Allah will remove the fear of you from the hearts of your enemies and will throw wahn (weakness) into your hearts.” Someone said: “O Messenger of Allah! What is wahn?” He said: “Love of the world and the hatred for death.” Sahih: Related by Abu Dawud (no. 4297),
Hadith: There will appear in latter times a people who will gain this world with the help of religion. (Tirmidhi)
Hadith: Allah’s Messenger (saas) spoke of something and said: “It will happen when knowledge will be no more. ” (Ziyad) said: “Allah’s Messenger, how will knowledge vanish despite the fact that we will be reciting the Qur’an and teaching its recitation to our children and our children will teach its recitation to their children up to the Day of Resurrection?” Thereupon he (the Prophet (saas)) said: “Ziyad, do these Jews and Christians not recite the Torah and the Bible but not act according to what is contained in them?”(Ahmad, Ibn Majah, Tirmidhi)
Explanation: The Prophet (saas) said that, despite the fact that the Qur’an will be read, the knowledge and wisdom it contains will not be considered. Its simply because the people will ignore the need for purification of their hearts, and their islam is only of outer words and appearances. This signs belongs to the End of Times. Verily, its apparent to us about the state of people in present times, they memorize Quran and Hadith to obtain a degree hence call themselves shaykh ,scholar etc but have no understanding about the heart and their hearts are black,dead and remain ignorant.
A pure heart is such that it can even see the worlds created by Allah beyond this world, while the outer physical eye can only see the sky. If such an person, reads the Quran ,it increases in him his spiritual level and the knowledge just by the reading of the Quran, and such are the people whose level is greater than the Angels. Mankind are termed as the best of God;s Creation they are termed greater than the Angels and its these people with pure hearts, that are in fact the holder of this status.
Hadith: There will come a time upon the Ummah when people will recite the Qur’an, but it will not go further than their throats, (into their hearts) (Bukhari)
While the people with dead hearts have no idea of Allah’s mercy bestowed upon a pure heart, they are just blind and their efforts are outwordly, with the desire to gain this world and its pomp. In contrast, the people with pure hearts, if they call upon Allah the angels descend to assist them in their worldy affairs as it was the case in the wars of pre- islamic times hence a small group of such muslims were successful due to their piety and true faithfulness and not because of their great numbers.
Hadith: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever makes the world his most important matter, Allah will confound his affairs and make poverty appear before his eyes and he will not get anything from the world except what has been decreed for him. Whoever makes the Hereafter his most important matter, Allah will settle his affairs and make him content in his heart and the world will come to him although he does not want it.” Sunan Ibn Mājah 4105
[Al Imran 3:185] Every soul must taste death
Hadith: Al-Tirmidhi narrated from Ibn `Abbas – Allah be well-pleased with both of them! – that he said: “I was [riding] behind the Prophet one day and he said to me: ‘O my boy! I shall teach you certain words. Keep Allah [with you], and He shall keep you. Keep Allah [with you], and you shall find Him facing you. If you ask for something, ask Allah. If you seek help, seek it from Allah. Know with certainty that if the entire Community gather together to support you, they can benefit you nothing except in what Allah has foreordained for you; and if they gather together in order to harm you, they can harm you in nothing except in what Allah has foreordained against you. The quills have been raised and the records are dry.'”
Hadith: Allah’s Messenger said: “Do not be conformers who say: ‘If people do good we shall do good, and if they do wrong we shall do wrong.’ Rather, make yourselves ready to do good if people do good, and, if they do wrong, not to do wrong.”
Al-Tirmidhi narrated it and declared it hasan.
Imam Malik narrates: Eesa alayhi salam walked by a stall full of pigs and said, “As salam alaykum” to the pigs. And his disciples said to him, “How can you say salam to a bunch of pigs?” He said: “So I can train my tongue to always say good.”
Hadith: A funeral procession passed by Allah’s Messenger sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam who said, “relieved (mustarīḥ) or relieving (mustarāḥ)?” The people asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! What is relieved and relieving?” He said, “A believer is relieved (by death) from the troubles and hardships of the world and leaves for the Mercy of Allah, while (the death of) a wicked person relieves the people, the land, the trees, (and) the animals from him.” [Bukhari]
[Taubah 9:24] Say, “If your fathers, and your sons, and your brothers, and your wives, and your tribe, and your acquired wealth, and the trade in which you fear a loss, and the houses of your liking – if all these are dearer to you than Allah and His Noble Messenger and fighting in His way, then wait until Allah brings about His command; and Allah does not guide the sinful.”
‘Umar ibn al-Khattab told the Prophet, “I love you more than anything except my soul which is between my two sides.” The Prophet replied, “None of you will believe until I am dearer to him than his own soul.” ‘Umar said, “By the One who sent down the Book on you, I love you more than my soul which is between my two sides.” The Prophet said, “‘Umar, now you have it” (Bukhari)
He (saw) also said, “Those in my community with the strongest love for me are from the people who will come after me. Some of them would have given their family and wealth to have seen me.” (Muslim and Bukhari)
Hadith: From every pot comes out that which is inside it.
Hadith: The Love of the Religion and the World (at same time) cannot reside within the heart, like that which the water and the fire cannot be together in a pot.
Hadith: The one whom without knowledge leads himself to piety. Verily in his last stages of life either he will become mad or become an infidel.
Explanation: Its referring to a person that does not acquire the knowledge of Marifah (spiritual knowledge for the purification/cleansing of the Heart) and verily serious is its consequence . For the people that are only concerned with memorizing outer words of Quran and Islam and do not pursue the real essence of Islam, thus being deprived of spirituality (sound heart) will either die as a mad person or as an infidel.
[Baqarah 2:208] O People Who Believe! Enter Islam in full – and do not follow the footsteps of the devil; indeed, he is your open enemy.
Hadith: “For every Muslim women and man seeking knowledge is obligatory”
Hadith: The one who quests for the world, for him is the world. The one who quests the here after, for him is the here after and the one who quests for the Lord, for him is everything.
Hadith: Apart from Allah Almighty don’t keep anyone else’s love (in heart)
Hadith: In such matters to obey the creation in which is the disobedience of the creator, is not permissible.
Conclusion: We must remove the love of the world from our heart and keep only the love of Allah and those loved by him should remain in our Hearts. Islam is about the purification of the heart with the remembrance of Allah, provided by a true teacher to a student with his special attention and guidance ,that teacher must himself should have a pure heart and true knowledge of Allah mysteries .
If we want to become engineer or doctor we must go to school, college and universities and learn from teachers, the subject of sciences, while in fact when there is no science greater than the science of Islam , we surely cannot deny the need to have a teacher to guide us in our affairs in the learning of islam. Verily the worldy science is not even a grain of knowlege and special mercy that Allah bestows upon his true servants.
The purification of the heart is achieved by pursuing to find such a true teacher (Servent of Allah) and striving to follow the steps of Prophet Muhammad Peace be upon him , that is the only way to salvation. To divide ourselves in sects and groups is not the way of Islam and you must know for sure islam does not say for people to be divided into groups and sects , Islam is a straight path that which the Quran states, Surat Fatiha ,and Surat Ash-Shu’ara 26:88-89
Surah Fatiha – following the straight path. [Fatihah 1:5] Guide us on the Straight Path. [Fatihah 1:6] The path of those whom You have favoured – [Fatihah 1:7] Not the path of those who earned Your anger – nor of those who are astray. (Amen – So be it)
يَوْمَ لَا يَنفَعُ مَالٌ وَلَا بَنُونَ إِلَّا مَنْ أَتَى اللَّهَ بِقَلْبٍ سَلِيمٍ
On the day none will benefit from wealth or children, but only him who comes to Allah with a pure heart . Surat Ash-Shu’ara 26:88-89
Explanation: The above Ayat refers to obtaining the pure heart with in contrast to the following couplet by the Sufi Master identifies the comman islamic objective of muslims striving in the path of islamic spirituality for the objective of obtaining of truthfulness thats achieved by the purification of the heart as ordered in Quran as well.
Hazrat Sultan Bahu ® Says:
دل کالے کولوں منہ کالا چنگا جے کوئی اس نوں جانے ہُو
مونہہ کالا دل اچھا ہووے تاں دل یار پچھانے ہُو
Its beneficial to have a Black Face than a Black Heart only if someone truly understands this. Given the Face is Black but the Heart is not only then truly with heart you will be able to know God.
In Surah Fatiha the straight path if understood correctly by an intellectual being resembles to the spiritual travelling of an Individual (i.e the spiritual ascension of the Prophet peace be upon him) and turning away or abstaining from the paths that leads a person to keep him in the chains of worldy lusts.
Note : No one can acheive the status of the spiritual ascension of the Prophet (peace be upon him) but his followers as commanded by the Quran must follow the islamic path leading to spiritual enlightenment with the purification of the heart. Thus, acheiving the objective of obtaining a pure heart mentioned in Quran (a clean heart thats free from the blackness marks of the sins and the wordly lusts). All the Sufi’s Silsila’s (Sugi Spiritual Pathways) strive for this same purpose of attaining a pure heart by going against the desires of one’s lower self and the ego.
At the end, its to be said every soul shall be responsible for its good or bad actions and Islam is not just about having outer Islamic appearance in the likes of a beard, hijab and Islamic clothing only to show people we belong to the league of pious Islamic individuals , when in contrast our ego and the heart are the likes of devils. Islam is not about getting an Islamic degree and claiming to be an Islamic Scholar, when the real Islam lies in the Heart of a Believing Man and Women as the Quran Stated.
[Ta-Ha 20:47] Safety is for that person who follows the guidance.
Some Hadith’s are directly quoted from the books of the Great Islamic Personality, Hazrat Sultan Bahu ® and the accessible link to the books is presented: