[9] Abu Makkah quotes the questioner as saying, “How do these things occur?”

In The Name of Allah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

The Messenger [peace and blessings of Allah be upon him] used to say in morning and evening supplications:

يَا حَيُّ يَا قَيُّومُ بِرَحْمَتِكَ أَسْتَغيثُ أَصْلِحْ لِي شَأْنِيَ كُلَّهُ وَلاَ تَكِلْنِي إِلَى نَفْسِي طَرْفَةَ عَيْنٍ

O Ever Living! O The Self Subsisting, upon Whom everything depends! By Your Mercy I seek assistance; rectify for me all of my affairs and do not leave me to myself, even for the blink of an eye. [Silsilah As-Saheehah Number 227]

Abu Makkah [may Allah rectify his affair] stated: He (i.e. he means the one who asked Shaikh Abu Khadeejah about the situation of Muhammad Abdur Razzaaq) then goes on to describe how akhuna Muhammad was close to “Mashayikh” but yet deviated, and then asks Waheed – a strange soothsayer-like questioning- how these things occur and if there were things to suggest that he would deviate. [End of quote]

In this section, we will provide brief comments on the words and phrases “deviated,” “a strange soothsayer-like questioning,” and “How these things occur… “

First, there is no question that Muhammad deviated in the matter involving the Musaafiqah extremists and collaborating with Ahlul Bidah. Regarding the alleged strange soothsayer-like questioning that Abu Makkah alludes to, we did respond to this folly in part one of this series as follows: “Abu Makkah attempted to portray himself as an articulate speaker while failing to recognise that he made a judgement without a sound basis. Indeed, his companion was judged based on what is apparent, and no soothsayer-like questioning is asserted in this case, save by those who lack sound understanding. Therefore, pay attention to this beautiful narration: Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab [may Allah be pleased with him] said: “People were (sometimes) judged by the revealing of a Divine revelation during the lifetime of Allah’s Messenger but now there is no longer any more (new revelation). Now we judge you by the deeds you practice publicly, so we will trust and favour the one who does good deeds in front of us, and we will not call him to account about what he is really doing in secret, because Allah will judge him for that; but we will not trust or believe the one who presents to us an evil deed even if he claims that his intentions were good”. (1)

Regarding “how these things occur” (deviation from a few or many upright affairs after accompanying scholars), as Abu Makkah reported from the question that the questioner posed to Shaikh Abu Khadeejah, we are reminded of a statement made by Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadi al-Mad’khali [may Allah preserve him] as follows:

When you embark on the path of seeking knowledge- seeking (sound) understanding and acting on it, this is one of the signs that Allah wishes good for you. Therefore, receive glad tidings, have good thoughts about Allah, and be sincere to Allah [The Blessed and Exalted] in your statements, deeds, and knowledge. Neither be deceived – we seek Allaah’s Refuge from self-deception – nor feel safe from Allah’s plan.

فَلَا يَأۡمَنُ مَڪۡرَ ٱللَّهِ إِلَّا ٱلۡقَوۡمُ ٱلۡخَـٰسِرُونَ

None feels secure from the Plan of Allah except the people who are the losers].
[Surah Al-A’raaf. Ayah 99]

A believer always fears that his situation will change. It has been reported from Aa’isha and Anas [may Allaah pleased with them] that the Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] often (supplicated):

يَا مُقَلِّبَ الْقُلُوبِ ثَبِّتْ قَلْبِى عَلَى دِينِكَ – O turner of the hearts (Allaah)! Keep my heart firm upon your religion.

I [i.e. Aa’isha or Anas] asked, “O Allah’s Messenger! We believe in you and what has been revealed to you, so do you fear for us?” He said, “Yes, indeed the hearts are between two fingers among Allah’s fingers and He turns them how He pleases”. [end of hadith]

By Allah! This is (true) understanding that a person does not feel safe about himself because Satan flows through the human being like blood. Therefore, a person should guard his heart, intellect, and deeds with greater ardour than the way he guards his wealth and honour. Whoever has been given the authority to manage his own affairs has a duty to protect his heart above all else.

رَبَّنَا لَا تُزِغْ قُلُوبَنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَيْتَنَا وَهَبْ لَنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً ۚ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْوَهَّابُ

Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate (from the truth) after You have guided us, and grant us mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower]. [ Surah Aal Imraan’ Aayah 8] (2)

Consider Al-Allaamah Rabee’s remark once more: “Therefore, a person should guard his heart, intellect, and deeds with greater ardour than the way he guards his wealth and honour. Whoever has been given the authority to manage his own affairs has a duty to protect his heart above all else”. [end of quote]

Allah’s Aid is sought! There is no doubt that both Muhammad and Abu Makkah [may Allah guide them] have neither been safeguarded from the Fitna of the Musaafiqah extremists nor the Fitna of collaborating with ahlul bidah. May Allah return them to what is correct and protect us from Fitan Aameen. The Prophet [peace and blessings of Allah be upon him] said, “A man is upon the religion of his best friend, so let one of you look at whom he takes as a best friend”. [Saheeh Abee Dawud. Number 4833]

We ask Allah

اللَّهُمَّ أَصْلِحْ لِي دِينِي الَّذِي هُوَ عِصْمَةُ أَمْرِي

وَأَصْلِحْ لِي دُنْيَايَ الَّتِي فِيهَا مَعَاشِي

وَأَصْلِحْ لِي آخِرَتِي الَّتِي فِيهَا مَعَادِي

وَاجْعَلِ الْحَيَاةَ زِيَادَةً لِي فِي كُلِّ خَيْرٍ

وَاجْعَلِ الْمَوْتَ رَاحَةً لِي مِنْ كُلِّ شَرٍّ

O Allah! Rectify my religion for me, which is the safeguard of my affairs; rectify my worldly [affairs], wherein is my livelihood; and rectify my Afterlife to which is my return; and make life for me [as a means of] increase in every good and make death for me as a rest from every evil. [Saheeh Muslim Number: 2720]

To be continued…InShaaAllah



Abu Makkah and Muhammad Abdur Razzq: Watery Manhaj and Flaccid Constitutions

Ref 1: Saheeh Bukhaari; Vol 3; Hadith Number:2641]
Ref 2: An Excerpt from Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm’ pages 75-76

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