Ponder Allah’s Creation
Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani
October 11, 2003, Jumah Mosque Batam, Indonesia
We would like to thank you very much especially those who are supporting the mosque. Insha-Allah we will see you next time. Time is coming short…
The advice for everyone is that Islam is the religion for Allah swt Inna al-deen `inda-Allaahi al-Islam. And your presence here today shows how much you are sincere and pious and how much you love the Prophet (s). Allah loves those who come together in a group and remember Him. Allah swt mentioned them many many places in the Quran, as the reciter just recited the verse:
الَّذِينَ يَذْكُرُونَ اللّهَ قِيَامًا وَقُعُودًا وَعَلَىَ جُنُوبِهِمْ وَيَتَفَكَّرُونَ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ رَبَّنَا مَا خَلَقْتَ هَذا بَاطِلاً سُبْحَانَكَ فَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ
Alladheena yadhkuroona Allaha qiyaaman waqu`oodan wa`ala junubihim wa yatafakkaroona fee khalqi as-samaawati wal-ardi rabbanaa maa khalaqta haadha baatilan subhaanaka faqina `adhaaba an-naar
“Those who remember Allah standing and sitting and lying on their sides and reflect on the creation of the heavens and the earth: Our Lord! Thou hast not created this in vain! Glory be to Thee; save us then from the chastisement of the fire.” [3:191]
It shows how important dhikr is. This universe, who created it? Who created the sun, who put it here and the moon here, who made the earth turn around the sun and who made the moon to turn around the earth. Who made the earth to turn around the Sun. What kind of engineer put this system? What kind of architect.
If you want to develop one chip, they put one thousand engineers to develop the factory that builds it, and they might have thousands of problems and they need one thousand more electrical engineers to resolve them. Then they need so many years to create it and that is just one chip.
Who made the moon to turn around the earth? Who made the earth to turn around itself? When it turns around itself, it brings ikhtilaaf al-layl wa al-nahaar - the difference between day and night. Because if it doesn’t turn then there is only one thing, either day or night. And then the moon and earth turn around the sun in 365 days to make one year.
That is Allah’s Greatness “Allahu Akbar!” Who can understand His Greatness? Alladheena yatafakaroona fee khalq al-samawati wal-ard, “those who think about the creation of the skies and the earth.” There are those when they think, they know they are nothing. They cannot raise their head.
When Allah says, “I am the Creator,” who can raise his head on Judgment Day? He said, “Those who are remembering Him and thinking about the greatness of this universe, and they are thinking, while doing dhikr, closing their eyes and thinking, and they say, rabbanaa maa khalaqta haadha baatilan subhaanaka faqina `adhaaba an-naar.” They remember hellfire and they ask for protection and safety from it.
Are we in remembrance of Allah or are we forgetting? In the time of the Prophet (s), ten people were given innocence from hellfire, ten Sahaba were promised that they would never go to Hellfire, and that they would go to
Paradise. Did we receive something like that? Or should we be thinking and fearing Allah, for the Day in which the heat of the sun will be there and there will be no shade, and the heat of the sun will be affecting everyone’s brains with its rays?
Who burns himself in this dunya, by burning the bad desires within himself, burning them completely by disobeying his self, will not be under that intense heat of the sun on Judgment Day. But those who are disobedient in dunya, running after sexual desires; after the disco; looking at all kinds of bad television shows, whether they are adult or children, those are going to be under the sun’s heat on the Day of Judgment.
Allah made that heat very intense. Physicists today say that the heat on the sun reaches 100 million degrees centigrade. At 70 degrees centigrade you burn with fever. At 100 degrees centigrade a person dies. What do you think about 100 million degrees centigrade - what will happen?
Sayyidina Muhammad (s) said, “If you know what I know you would have smiled a little bit in your life and all [the rest of] your life you would have been crying.”
Allah swt ordered Muslims and mu’mins (believers)--especially mu’min--to have shame. Not all Muslims have shame. Only mu’mins. The mu’min is the child who was raised in Allah’s obedience. Allah will put that one under His Shade on the Day when there is no shade. Seven Allah will put under his shade on Judgment Day, one of them being a child who has grown in Allah’s Way.
We ask Allah `azza jall to make us from among the youngsters who were grown up in Allah’s obedience and to save from the intensity of the heat of the sun on Judgment Day.
Look, if you look at most of the people who are sitting here, most of them are young people who were raised in Islam and whom will be raised on Judgment Day, on the day when no one can do anything before Allah, except for the shafa` of Sayyidina Muhammad (s). Today if you don’t have a cooler at home, air conditioning you cannot sit. What do you think about on Judgment Day, when there is no cooler except Allah’s cooler. Are we going to be under His Mercy or not? We don’t know.
Allah sent that cool breeze to Sayyidina Ibrahim (as) when Nimrod was throwing him in the fire. He made it cool and safety for Ibrahim (as). Are we going to get that cool breeze on Judgment Day or are we going to feel that fire which burns with intense heat?
May Allah swt make us from the safety people.
Bismillah ir-rahman ir-raheem…dua.