Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Recorder | In company of the One


It was hard not to cry when Habib Ali Zaenal Abidin al-Hamid spoke on a higher than usual pitch, warning us about Allah being THE Recorder of everything.

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It's a fact I take for granted often. We forget conveniently something wrong we did yesterday let alone two weeks ago. "How many of us even remember the bad and good deeds he/she has done today?" asked Habib Ali at Masjid Muadz bin Jabal last night. We may forget, but forgetting does not mean that it's not there. It is very easy for us to forget our actions but Allah sees and records every single thing. He is Al-Hasib, so it's not difficult for Him to do an accounting of our actions, us, the jin and even the angels.

Because we will not remember a thing of the past, our amal will be presented to us in akhirah. At that time we will wish we could run away from the bad deeds, saying: how I wish I had not done that, how I wish I had not seen that, how I wish, how I wish....

As related in a hadith, when we die, three things shall escort us to the grave: our families, properties and amal. Two of those will leave except our amal which will appear either in a good or bad form and will keep us company in the grave. "Who designed it?" asked Habib Ali. We. We create the appearance of our grave companion.

Therefore said the habib: "Make Allah present with you wherever you are. Make a determination to leave the bad and do good instead. But remember also: Allahu raufun bil ibad. "Allah is compassionate to His servants."

Yes, it helps to think that His mercy exceeds our mountain-sized, sea-wide sins. That's the gist of Surah Al-Imran verse no. 30.

Tomorrow 14 April 2013, there are two majlis you may choose to flock to:

Haul Habib Ali bin Jaafar al-Idrus at
Masjid Sultan Ismail, Batu Pahat, Johor
6.30 pm - 11 pm

Majlis ta'lim at KL Ba'alawi
with Shaykh Fahmi Zamzam al-Maliki
After Maghrib



  1. this post reminded me of a peribahasa on the back of a diary which i jotted down : forget the good you did, remember the bad. and yes it makes me wince and cringe thinking of the recorder, all my deeds, every single detail *gulp* the only thing that keeps me going, gives me hope is his Mercy. keep posting ya...and tq for this reminder.

  2. Allah Allah...
    Sis, I am older than most of the readers here, therefore I have erred even more.
    But it soothes the heart to think that He has already replaced some, if not all of the bad deeds, with good deeds. Alhamdulillah. He is indeed merciful cos it might have been worse.

    Thank you, we need one another.