Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah.
Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, Dean of Cambridge Muslim College UK was among the guest of honors at the recent Haul Imam Abdullah Al-Haddad held at Masjid Al-Falah, Malaysia. The shaykh was also in KL to launch his new books.
Dr. Yusri Ahmad acted as the interpreter. I thought he did a good job whereas I did a poor job in my note taking.
Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad said and this is far from verbatim:
Allah divides creation into times and space. We should avoid being like a sheep, looking down most of the time eating grass. We should be looking up to the heavens. Allah shows us the pathways e.g. daily prayers, fasting in Ramadhan, Hajj and remembrance in the heart and mind. He/she whom Allah has destined for doom will end up living like animals. He/she who is meant to be happy, Allah guides.
History of mankind is not a history about kings, economists, leaders etc. But it is a history of hearts and the lights that shine therefrom. Anything that is not linked to the heart, has got no value. The shaykh quoted a verse from the Quran about the day when nothing shall be of use to us save qalbun salim. And that Allah does not look at our form nor property but our heart. The value of a man lies in his heart.
We need to refer to the great people, they who have left a scented trail. Imam Abdullah Al-Haddad died a long time ago [301 years ago to be exact] but he has left us with a fragrant scent. Spiritually, he remains with us. By remembering him, grace shall descend.
This world is just a passing place for people like him. The natural home is akhirah. Imam Al-Haddad had lived for akhirah. He did not expect much from dunya. He belonged with people who lived with a brightly lit heart. They were always looking up towards akhirah and never looking down like animals. We live for the purpose of going back to our homeland - akhirah. Everyone will come to taste death.
In remembering Imam Al-Haddad, we should realize the true value of dunya. In one of his qasida, he enjoined people to akhirah and to get ready to leave this world. There is one hole which is waiting for us - death.
Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad ended his lecture by making du'a beseeching for Allah's love and to make us love all those who love Allah. That He would illuminate our hearts. That we will go back to Allah with certainty about His blessings and go back with a luminous heart.__________________________
Wallahu a'lam. May I be forgiven for any errors and omissions.
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