Leave Dunya Behind

“`Allamaati hubbillahi hubb il-quran.” – “The evidence that one loves Allah is demonstrated by love of Allah’s Word, the Qur’an.”

“Wa `allamati hubbillahi wa hubb il-quran wa hubbi rasulillah.” – “The evidence that one loves Allah is demonstrated by love of the Qur’an and love of Allah’s Prophet.” That is an explanation of the ayat, “In kuntum tuhiboon Allaha, fa-tabi`oonee yuhbibkum-ullah.” – “If you would love Allah, then follow me and Allah will love you.” [3:31]

It means you are following with your will of obedience (irada).

“Wa `allamaati hubbihi (s) hubba sunnatih.” – “The evidence of one’s love of the Prophet (s) is love of Sunnah,” – “Wa `allamaat hubb as-Sunnah hubb il-akhira,” – “ and the sign of one’s loving the Sunnah is love of akhira.”

“Wa `allamati hubb al-akhira, bughd ad-dunya.”- “ and the sign of one’s loving the akhira is hatred of dunya.” He did not say here only, “Leave dunya,” but He said to hate it. Who hates dunya? No one.

The Sahaba gave their life fee sabeelillah, in the Way of Allah.  They left their countries teaching people about Islam. They left their homes, their families and their children to teach people. Abu Ayyub al-Ansari (r) died at the gates of Istanbul, going to teach those people. Quthum ibn al-`Abbas (r) died at the edge of China. So many Companions went to Central Asia and other areas. They didn’t use a sword; they brought the light of the Prophet Muhammad (s).

“Wa `allamaati bughd ad-dunya hubb al-akhira” – “ and the sign of one’s hatred of dunya is love of the afterlife (akhira).”

If you want to be most pious and sincere of people, awr`a an-naas, then take only the necessities.

Bishr al-Haafee, one of the biggest `ulama in time of the Tabi`een, the time of Imam Shafi`i and Imam Malik. He said, “I slept and saw the Prophet (s) in a dream. He said, ‘Ya Bishr. Do you know why Allah has raised your level above the others in your community?’ I said, ‘I don’t know.’ He said, ‘Because you were looking after the pious sincere people who have no interest in dunya or love of it in their heart.’”

Such people might have a lot, they are rich, they might have something, but they give it fee sabeelillah at any moment. When you help a salih person to do da`wah, that is able to help those …

“The Prophet (s) added, ‘and you give advice to our brothers.’”

He was a big scholar, always advising them to leave dunya and hate it.

“And the Prophet (s) continued, ‘And your love to your companions. And you love all of them the same and you make them to love each other equally.’”

It means: you help them not to fight among themselves. It is easy to love the imam, but it is not easy to love the people here. If you love the amir, you must love the people in that place. You must love each other as you love the amir. Else that is not complete love.

“Wa mahabatik li Ahl as-Sunnah.” – “Your love to those who follow the Sunnah.”

Those who are not moving left or right; who are with haqq against baatil. There are many today who by name are Muslims but are not following the Sunnah of the Prophet (s). Where is that love of the Prophet (s)? If you are a leader in your community you must be differentiated from a normal person. You have to be a perfect symbol, representing Muslims and Islam. Why don’t you behave yourself, by following the Sunnah of the Prophet (s)? I am not going into that subject as it is an irritating one.

You have to love those who follow the Sunnah. Love those who take only what they need from this dunya. Instead today we are gathering money in banks.

I lived in one Gulf country whose name I won’t mention, and there the people – the rich and the elite – compete in how much they have in the banks. They will count how much one has more than the other. This is what they speak of in their gatherings.

What do they count? They don’t say 30 million dollars or 40 million dollars. They speak in billions of dollars. 7 billion dollars; 10 billion dollars. They talk of cash money.

Where is that zuhd, taking only what you need of dunya. And the Prophet said, “…and your following of the Sunnah.” This means, “Your following my Sunnah, not these ideologies from here and there. Nothing is deviating you here and there.”

Do you know schools of thought in Islam? You know four schools of Islam.

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