Alhamdulillah-A Blessed Phrase

Alhamdulillah: A Blessed Phrase

Today we live in increasingly turbulent times whereby our need for spiritual support and assistance is becoming more and more apparent. We need just to consider the global levels of anxiety and depression that seem to be rising at a steady rate.

In his contemporary Qur’anic tafsir, the Risale-i Nur, Bediuzzaman Said Nursi conveys that because of our impotence and countless enemies, as humankind we are in need of a source of support to which we can have recourse to repulse those enemies. Likewise, because of the abundance of our needs and our extreme immaterial poverty, we need a source of assistance from which we may seek help, so that through such assistance we may meet our needs.

Bediuzzaman says in his tafsir: “O man! Your one and only point of support is belief in Allah. The only source of assistance for your ruh and conscience is belief in the ahirah”. Thus, one who does not know of these two sources suffers constant fear in his heart and ruh, and his conscience is perpetually tormented. The person who seeks support from belief in Allah and seeks help from belief in the ahirah, experiences many pleasures and delights in his heart and ruh, so that he is both consoled, and his conscience is at ease.

He continues by saying that since it is only iman that affords these sources of support and assistance, having iman of necessity requires us to say: “Alhamdulillah!” It is only the light of iman that removes the pain that occurs when lawful pleasures start to fade. Furthermore, through having iman it not only points us to the source of ni’mah, but having iman ensures that the ni’mah continues and does not diminish.

The things among creation that we may imagine to be hostile and foreign, and lifeless and lost as though orphans or dead, the light of iman shows to us as friends and brothers, as living, and as constantly glorifying Allah. That is to say, a person who looks with the eye of heedlessness supposes the beings in the world to be harmful like enemies, and he takes fright; he sees things as foreign.

For in the view of misguidance, there are no bonds of brotherhood between the things of the past and those of the future. There is only an insignificant, partial connection between them. As a consequence, the brotherhood of the people of misguidance is only for one minute within thousands of years.

However, in the view of iman, all the heavenly bodies appear as living and as familiar with one another. Iman shows each of these heavenly bodies, whether they are stars or planets, to be glorifying its Creator through the tongue of its being. It is in this respect that all the heavenly bodies possess a sort of life and spirit according to each. There is no fear and fright therefore when the heavenly bodies are considered with this view of iman; there is only familiarity and love.

The view of kufr sees human beings, since they are powerless to secure their desires, as ownerless and without protector; it imagines them to be grieving and sorrowful like weeping orphans on account of their impotence. The view of iman on the other hand, sees human beings as living creatures; not as orphans, but rather as officials charged with duties; as servants glorifying and extolling Allah Almighty.

The light of iman depicts this world and the ahirah as two tables displaying numerous varieties of ni’mah from which a believer benefits through iman, his inner and external senses, and his subtle, spiritual faculties. In the view of misguidance, the sphere from which a living being may benefit diminishes and is restricted only to material pleasures.

While in the view of iman, it expands to a sphere which embraces the heavens and the earth. Yes, a believer considers the sun to be a lamp hanging in the roof of his house, and the moon to be a night-light. They thus become ni’mah for him, and so the sphere from which he benefits is broader than the heavens.

With the eloquent ayats in Suras Ibrahim and Yunus respectively, ”And He has made subservient to you the sun and the moon”, and, “He it is Who enables you to travel the land and the sea”, the Qur’an of Miraculous Exposition alludes to this wonderful ni’mah and barakah which arises from iman.

In ‘The Rays’, one of the books in the Risale-i Nur Collection, Bediuzzaman draws our attention to the different forms of ni’mah, each of which requires us as people of iman to express constant and countless hamd to Allah Almighty.

Bediuzzaman says that firstly it is through iman that we know that Allah Almighty’s Existence is a ni’mah surpassing all other forms of ni’mah. The ni’mah of Allah Almighty’s Existence is a source and a fountain, containing endless varieties of ni’mah, innumerable sorts of barakah, and uncountable kinds of gifts. It is consequently incumbent on us as people of iman to offer hamd for the countless ni’mah of iman to the number of particles in this world.

One of the ni’mah for which hamd should be offered with all the hamd that the phrase “Alhamdulillah!” indicates, is the ni’mah of Allah’s Rahmah. Indeed, rahmah comprises ni’mah to the number of living beings that manifest Allah’s Rahmah. We as humankind are connected with all living creatures, and in this respect we are pleased by their happiness and saddened by their pain. Thus, a ni’mah found in a single individual is a ni’mah also for his or her fellows.

Another ni’mah that deserves hamd, is Allah Almighty’s Compassion. Yes, a person with conscience who feels sorrow and pity at the weeping of a hungry and orphaned child, surely feels pleasure at a mother’s compassion for her child, since this show of compassion causes that person to be pleased and happy. Thus, pleasures of this sort are each a ni’mah and require hamd and shukr.

One of the other ni’mah requiring hamd and shukr to the number of all the varieties and instances of wisdom contained in the universe is Allah Almighty’s Hikmah. For just as man’s self is endowed with the manifestation of Allah’s rahmah and his heart with the manifestation of Allah’s compassion, so too does his intellect take pleasure at the subtleties of Allah’s hikmah. So in this respect they require endless hamd through declaring “Alhamdulillah!”

Bediuzzaman informs us that likewise there are countless forms of ni’mah in each of Allah Almighty’s one thousand and one names manifested in His creation. Thus, all Allah’s most beautiful divine names and sacred attributes require us to express and utter “Alhamdulillah” as great as the world, since in each are endless forms of ni’mah, each of which requires endless hamd and shukr.

Likewise, Nabi Muhammad (ASW), who is the means of attaining the ni’mah of iman and who has the authority to open all the treasuries of ni’mah, is himself also such a ni’mah, that for all eternity we as mankind bears the debt of praising and applauding him.

Likewise, the ni’mah of Islam and the Qur’an, which are the index and source of all varieties of ni’mah, both material and spiritual, require and deserve from us unending and infinite hamd.

In conclusion, from Bediuzzaman’ s aforementioned account, we can conclude that the phrase ‘Alhamdulillah’ is such a blessed phrase, that we should endeavour that it is the phrase that moistens our tongue in our constant offering hamd to Allah Almighty and our making unending shukr to Him, Inshaallah.

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Karşılaştırmalı Vecizeler

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Ruşça

Создавший глаза комара, создал и Солнце.
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Arnavuçta

Ai që krijoi syrin e mushkonjës, është pikërisht Ai i cili krijoi diellin.

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Quem criou o olho do mosquito criou também o Sol

Arapça

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المكتوبات – 591

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A Lesson and Reminder for the Youth

A Lesson and Reminder for the Youth

In discussing the issue of youth, Bediuzzaman Said Nursi in his tafsir, the Risale-i Nur acknowledges that young people are constantly faced with the deceptive and seductive amusements of the present time. He thus seeks to engage with young people who, though they are surrounded by temptation in this world, have not yet lost their power of reason. He says that youth who are concerned with protecting their iman and securing their eternal life in the Hereafter should seek an effective deterrent in order to guard themselves against the dangers arising from life, youth, and the lusts of the nafs.

 

In directly addressing the youth he says the following: “your youth will definitely leave you, and if you do not remain within the bounds of what is permissible for you, your youth will be lost. So instead of the pleasures of youth, it will bring you calamities and suffering in this world, in the grave, and in the Hereafter. However, if, through Islamic training, you spend the ni’mah of your youth as thanks honourably, in uprightness and in obedience, your youth will in effect remain perpetually and will be the cause of you gaining eternal youth”.  

Bediuzzaman further says that as for life, if it is without iman, or because of rebelliousness iman is ineffective, that life will produce pains, sorrows and grief far exceeding the superficial, fleeting enjoyment that life offers. Since, contrary to the animals, man possesses a mind and he thinks, he is connected to both the present time, and to the past and the future. He can obtain both pain and pleasure from them. Whereas, since the animals do not think, the sorrows arising from the past and the fears and anxieties arising from the future do not spoil their pleasure of the present.

That is to say, from the point of view of the pleasure of life, man falls to a level a hundred times lower than the animals. Since it is iman that gives life to life it follows that a life filled with the light of iman produces elevated, spiritual pleasures and lights of existence for the ruh and heart. Bediuzzaman advises the youth that if they want the true pleasure and enjoyment of life, they should give life to their life through iman, and adorn their life with religious duties, and preserve their life by abstaining from sins.

He then gives some guidance to the youth on the way in which they can save their lives in the Hereafter. Chief among this is his advice that young people should contemplate on the grave, which is a reality that no one can deny. Whether they want to or not, everyone must enter the grave, and apart from the following three ‘Ways’, there is no other way that the grave can be approached.

First Way: For those who have iman, the grave is the door to a world far better than this world.

Second Way: For those who believe in the Hereafter, but who approach it on the path of dissipation and misguidance, the grave is the door to a prison of solitary confinement, an eternal dungeon, where they will be separated from all their loved ones.

Third Way: For the unbelievers and the misguided who do not believe in the Hereafter, the grave is the door to eternal extinction. That is to say, it is the gallows on which both they and all those they love will be executed. Since they think it is thus, that is exactly how they shall experience it: as punishment.

Bediuzzaman states that since the appointed hour of death is secret and death may come at any time and since it does not differentiate between young and old, the unhappy man will surely search for the means to deliver himself from that eternal extinction, that infinite, endless solitary confinement. He will therefore seek the means to transform the door of the grave into a door opening on to an everlasting world, eternal happiness, and a world of light. It will be a question for him that looms as large as the entire world.

Since the certain fact of death, then, can only be approached in these three ways, the anbiya, auliya and purified scholars have all agreed on the following: “The only way to be saved from extinction and eternal imprisonment, and be directed towards eternal happiness, is through belief in Allah Almighty and obedience to Him.”

Confronted as he is, then, with this strange, awesome, terrifying reality of death, if man – especially if he is a Muslim- does not have iman and does not make ibadah, is he able to banish the grievous pain arising from the anxiety he suffers as he all the time awaits his turn to be summoned to death, ever-present before his eyes, even if he is given rule over the whole world together with all its pleasures?

Thus for the people of iman and ibadah the grave, ever before their eyes, is the door to an everlasting treasury and eternal happiness. However, the young person who due to the drives of youth, chooses in a self-indulgent and shameless manner temporary haram pleasures, which resemble poisonous honey falls to a degree a hundred times lower than an animal.

In conclusion, Bediuzzaman issues the following lesson and reminder to the youth: “and so, you unfortunates who are addicted to the pleasures of the life of this world, and with anxiety at the future, struggle to secure it and your lives! If you want pleasure, delight, happiness, and ease in this world, make do with what is permissible for you. That is sufficient for your enjoyment”. Those who wish to be permanently, eternally happy in this world and the next should take as their guide the instruction of Nabi Muhammad (SAW) within the bounds of iman.

May Allah Almighty save us and the youth from the alluring temptations of this time, and preserve us from them. Amen.