How To Enjoy Tawhid

A'udhu billahi, as-samee', al 'aleem, min al-shaytan al-la'een al-rajim. Bismillah, al-Rahman, al-Rahim. Al-hamduli-Llah, Rabb il-'alameen, Wa sallal-Lahu 'ala Sayyidina Muhammadin wa alihi at-tahireen. [Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammad, wa aali Muhammad].

But the topic may look a bit strange, 'how to enjoy Tawhid? Or even we can ask, 'do we enjoy Tawhid?' And 'is Tawhid anything that we should enjoy? Or we could enjoy? And when we talk about Tawhid and we just talking about an idea or something that we should believe in? What does it mean that we have to enjoy Tawhid?

Now to begin with, I want to state that Tawhid is not just an idea in our minds that we believe in. Tawhid is something real outside, Tawhid is the natural state of affairs. What do I mean by Tawhid being the natural state of affairs?

Well, Tawhid means, of course, Unicity of God, and Islam teaches us that everything is in this world is arranged in a way that they are directed towards Him, moving towards Him and anything which moves towards Him is actually moving in the right direction, anything which moves away from Him, which is instead of unicity, multiplicity, of going, diverging away from Him, it is actually swimming against the current because eventually that those bits which are moving away from Him as well, will be driven towards Him.

So it is not just an idea, we believe that it is a fact, it is a reality outside. Everything is moving towards his direction, that is Tawhid. That everything is arranged in a way that is the natural state of everything, the harmony of the world is acting in a way that everything moves towards Him.

Now, this is true in the natural world, it is also true in the human world, in the world of our souls. The human soul as well is created in a way that when it is put in that direction, it is at ease, It is at comfort, it finds tranquility. That is why the Qur'an says: 'alaa bi dhikri-Llah tatma'innu ul-qulub' (13:28)-'And you should know that it is only by the remembrance of God that the hearts find peace and tranquility.' Why? Because everything is created in that way, as we have in Surah Rum, in chapter thirty, 'fa aqim wajhaka li 'd-dini hanifan' (30:30) -'The path which goes without any diversion towards Him is the 'din' which is created for human beings, this, the human soul is created according to that.

"Fitrat Allah allati fatara an-naasa 'alayha" (30:30)-'this is the creation of God, human beings have been created at this, on this nature.' And some people say if, if, if 'din' is in our 'fitrah' [intrinsic nature], why then many people or even the majority do not believe in faith, go against it? This verse does not mean that religion or faith is in your fitrah. It means the fitrah of human beings is in a way that if it goes in that direction, it finds peace.

If it does not go that direction, there will be hardship. "Wa man a'rada 'an dhikri, fa inna lahu ma'ishatan danka"(20:124) -'Whoever turns away from My remembrance, then the life will be very difficult for them.' They would have very stressful sort of life. Why is that so? Is Allah meaning that He punishes anyone who diverts away from His remembrance? No, because He has created us in that way.

Our hearts are only in harmony when we remember Him in harmony with other parts of the creation and every bit and piece of creation is made in that harmony that it is only Allah who is the center, it is only Allah who is the aim and target. It is only Allah, who is, who everything is directed towards Him. This is the meaning of Tawhid when it comes into creation.

Now, what does that mean? God, when we talk about Tawhid, God is not just a transcendent being, by transcendent, we mean that He is just beyond creation, that we cannot find Him in his creation, He is what we see around us. However, He is beyond that as well.

There is a very beautiful verse in Surah Al-An'aam, which is the way we can actually describe God to people who just want to start knowing about Him. He says: 'inna Allaha faaliqu ul-habbi wa an-nawaa' (6:95)-'Allah is the one who splits the seed and the grain and then the shoot Sprouts' by because of that, causes the shoots to sprout out by, by splitting the seed and grain, "inna Allaha faaliqu ul-habbi wa an-nawaa, yukhriju al-hayya min al-mayyit, wa mukhrij ul-mayyita min al-hayy" (6:95) -'The life comes from the death, the death comes from the life', "dhaalikum Allah" (6:95)- 'This is God'. You see the seed is split, this is God. You see the shoots sprout, this is God. Of course, this is one aspect of God. This is the Tawhid that Allah teaches us that nothing happens in this world, except it is a manifestation of Him, whatever happens in this is a manifestation of Him.

So he is not transcendent in the way that He is completely away from us, He is imminent, so to speak. What do we mean by imminent? It means that He is Present, and by His presence we do not mean that He is just here to to see and to hear. No,no, His presence means that everything, everything in this world works because of Him, by His will. If the shoots sprouts, if the flowers blossom, it is all because it is God who is doing it. Otherwise, you see, of course, is you say, well, this is nature. Well, what is nature? Nature is again, is manifestation of the presence of God to us.

And that is why this verse in Surah Mu'min, ponder on this, this is very, very deep. 'Allahu Khaaliqu kulli shay'in' (39:62) -'Allah is the creator of everything', however, it is not all, the whole story. 'Allahu Khaaliqu kulli shay'in, wa huwa 'alaa kulli shay'in Wakil' (39:62)- '...And He is in charge of everything.'

I was looking into different translations to see how they have translated this term 'Wakil', it is very difficult to translate the word wakil. Wakil is someone who does things on your behalf or someone to whom you leave the charge of affairs.

Now, some translations say He is Guardian over everything, some say that He is watching over everything, but maybe He is in charge of everything, which Pickthall gives. Sometimes I look at Pickthall's translation is better than other translations, more more accurate translation Pickthall gives.

So that means whatever, not only whatever you do, whatever the flowers do, whatever the animals do, He is in charge of everything. This is the meaning of His Imminence, His presence everywhere.

Now, if this is the case now, we want to come to our question. If this is the case, if everything in this world is directed towards Him and anything going away from Him, of course, non animate things cannot disobey Him, they cannot go away from Him, that is why they are always in harmony, they always act according to their nature, they always work in the best way, best manner.

It Is only human beings, jinn and sometimes ['alaykum salaam - to audience member] sometimes other creatures which have been given free will can go against Him. The point that Allah is trying to make clear for us is that if you go away, if you divert from this universal nature of everything that you will be in hardship, you will be in distress, "wa man a'rada 'an dhikri, fa inna lahu ma'ishatan danka, wa alladhina kafaru lahum 'adhaabun shadid" (20:124) - 'Those who reject God, they have a very severe chastisement.'

Now, you may say Allah punishes them. And you may say that, no, it is their turning away from Allah, which is a punishment for them, because they are moving against the currents of the whole world, and that is why they face all those of difficulties in Hell to come back until, until and unless they, they change direction, they change their face towards Allah they will be in hardship and in punishment.

You know, Allah's work is very systematic. It is not the case that, for example, if if, for example, you hit yourself with a knife or you shoot yourself with a bullet, then Allah decides whether He wants to punish you or He does not want to punish you, whether He should, He should kill you or blood should come out or it should not. If you hit yourself in the heart, you die, whether knowingly or unknowingly, whether you meant it, you did not mean it, whether you did with good intention, bad intention, you know, if you shoot in your into your heart, this is the nature of things.

Now, if you move against Allah, you move towards Hell, that is the nature of things anyone turning away from Him moves into hardship and difficulty. Now our time is running out. I had a digression from the main topic.

Are we really enjoying what we believe in, Tawhid? Because if we believe in Tawhid, we see everything in harmony, then we are in harmony with them as well so we have to enjoy every event, every second, every moment of our lives we have to enjoy, whether it is hardship or it is comfort, whether it is poverty or wealth, whatever it is, because we are now directed into that harmonious journey of the whole creation towards God.

If we are not enjoying Tawhid, if we are not enjoying the belief that we have it means, Tawhid has not penetrated into deeper parts of our heart and soul. If it goes, if we allow it to come, everything that you hear about God's punishment or turning away from people or whatsoever, it means that we do not allow Him to reach us. It is only us who do not allow Him to reach us, If we allow Him to reach us, He fills us with joy, He fills us with harmony and all these things.

So if you are not enjoying this faith that we have, this fitrah, "Fitrat Allah allati fatara an-naasa 'alayha" (30:30) [this is the nature made by Allah in which He has made human beings]. This Tawhid is the nature of creation of man, is only by believing in this harmony, that man can find peace and of course, putting themselves in this direction of this current, which is moving towards God.

Now, if we are not enjoying it, it means that there is something lacking, we do not allow this Tawhid to penetrate into our hearts.

We believe in it in our minds, we accept it just as we have in Surat Hujurat: 'Qalaat al-a'raabu aamanna' (49:14) -'The Bedouins say we believe,' say, 'qul lan tu'minu'(49:14) - 'you do not believe yet,' 'wa laakin qulu aslamnaa' (49:14)- 'Say we have submitted.'

Now, many of us have submitted, we say, OK, Ya Allah we believe, You are correct 'wa, we want to be good, " wa lamma yadhkhulu al-imaanu fi qulubikum' (49:14) -'the faith, has not penetrated your hearts yet.' If it penetrates, then of course it will take every cell of your body to, to enjoy the life that Allah has given it, it is because it is now in harmony with the whole creation.

As we have about Amirul Mu'minin, in one Hadith, Ali ibn Abi Talib, the Prophet said to him that: 'al-imaan mukhaalitun lahmaka wa damak, kamaa khaalata lahmi wa dami'- 'The faith is mixed with your flesh and with your blood, the way it is mixed with my flesh and my blood.' And now these people were always in happiness, will always in joy. Despite all those hardships, difficulties, they had that happiness in the hearts, which is given by Allah to those who are in harmony with with his creation.

What we have to do, to enjoy our Tawhid is to really believe in, not just superficially. "Ya ayyuha alladhina amanu, aminu bi-Llahi wa Rasulihi wa al-Kitaab alladhi nuzzila 'alaa Rasulih"(4:136) -' O you who believe believe in God!' Now, what does that mean? This is very interesting. 'O you who believe, believe in God and the Prophet and the Book that we have sent down.' Now, I bet many of us, including myself, do not believe in 80 percent of what Allah has sent down in his Book like this verse: Allahu Khaaliqu kulli shay'in, wa huwa 'alaa kulli shay'in Wakil' (39:62)[Allah is the Creator of every thing and He has charge over every thing].

He is in charge of everything. We we do not believe it, we cannot believe it, our self centeredness does not allow us and we do not allow Allah to reach us in by by believing in that. "Lahu maqaalid-us-samaawaati wa al-ard" (39:63) -'the keys of heaven and earth are in His hand.' 'wa al-ladhina kafaru bi aayaat Allah, ulaa'ikahumu ul-khasirun' (39:63) - 'those who reject all these signs of Allah, they are the losers, they lose out.'

And then he says: "Qul: afa ghayr Allahi ta'muruni a'bud, ayyuha al-jaahilun"(39:64) -'O you ignorant, are you calling me to worship anyone but God?' And everything in the universe is in His direction, He is in charge of everything, He is the creator of everything. We do not believe in it, we do not believe in God centredness in this world. We have to continuously try and struggle to believe.

"Ya ayyuha alladhina amanu, aminu bi-Llah" (4:136) - believe in God! Believe in God in the sense that it should not be something just in your head, it should be something which all your cells, your flesh and your blood believe in. And in that way, you will find the world full of joys, full of happiness. You love everything, you are happy with everything, you are happy with every situation. That is how we can enjoy Tawhid.

So Tawhid is just an idea, that God is one, No, that is one aspect of it, it means that He is in charge of everything. This is the most important aspect of Tawhid, which gives us that joy and happiness and then we never get distressed, we never get disappointed.

You know, disappointment, despair we are said is one of the troops of shaytaan, and hope is one of the troops of 'aql'- 'of intellect. Because our 'aql calls us towards God, shaytaan calls us to the other direction. And hope, when we believe everything is in God's hand, we are quite hopeful, we hope in everything good. When we believe in our own independence, then, of course, we get distressed, we get disappointed because we know we are limited, we know our limits.

And by believing in the verses of the Qur'an: 'huwa al-Hayy' (40:65) - he is Living'. It never occurs to us what does it mean? 'huwa-l-Hayy' (40:65)-'He is living', He lives! Just as we are living, He lives, and when we talk about Him being, seeing, hearing and all of these things, it is so abstract for us so far away from our minds and hearts that we think that we are talking about something just theoretically. No, we have to believe in all these.

'fa duhu' (40:65)...When the Qur'an says, 'Huwa-l-Hayy,' He is Living, so 'fa duhu'- 'Call Him', 'mukhlisina lahu ad-din' (40:65)- 'However harmonise yourself with that direction of the nature, the direction of everything, every particle in this world.' And know that: 'Al-Hamduli-Llah Rabb al-Aalamin'(1:2) [praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds] What a beautiful verse is this! What harmony it has!

He is living, 'la ilaha illa Huwa' (40:60)-'There is nothing else that you can call', 'fa duhu'(40:60)- so call Him'. 'fa duhu, mukhlisina lahu ad-din' (40:65) and know that anything good happening in this world belongs to Allah.

Al-Hamduli-Llahi, Rabb al-Aalamin, wa salla-Lahu 'alaa Muhammadin wa aalihi at-tahirin. Wa as-salaamu 'alaykum wa Rahmat Ullahi wa barakaatuh [allahumma salli ala Muhammad wa aali Muhammad].