Reality Of Faith 4/4

Bismillah Al-Rahman Al-Rahim, wa bihi nasta'in. Wa salla Allahu ala Muhammad wa aalihi at-Tayyibeen, at-Taahireen, al-Masumeen.

We were discussing about one of the important victims of Imam Al-Ridha, alayhi assalam, concerning how to make your Iman and your faith perfect. And Imam says three important things that a person must have. If he develops these three characteristics, then he would come to that state of perfect Iman.

One is at-tafakku fi 'd-Deen, that we talked about at length, understanding the depths of religion. And obviously, when we talk about understanding religion, sometimes it is conceptual understanding. That means that there is a teacher, there is a student. The student thinks about what the teacher is saying and writes down the notes and that is how he actually develops his understanding of the subject. All is conceptual.

Then we have another level, which is known as presential knowledge, which is the knowledge of the heart. That means the realities are shown to the person because the person cleans his soul. That's why he comes to a state of perfection whereby he understands things, but he sees them. He sees the kernel of the things. This is the first characteristic that we mentioned.

The second characteristic is that when a person has husn at-taqdir fi'l maisha, that means he controls his livelihood properly in a beautiful way. And as I said, those people who eat haram for example, their Iman, they lose their Iman slowly and gradually because of the haram food. If you find them engaging in things that you cannot even mention, it's because of the haram food that they have eaten. They have not controlled the maisha. And sometimes it can also refer to the state of ifrat and tafrit, negligence and exaggeration. A person, for example, who is overspending or a person who is underspending because he is very stingy. Those also actually effect the fate of a person.

And finally, we talked about, we just mentioned this and we want to discuss it today. And that is wa as-sabr ala rizayah. This is the third characteristic that a person should be patient over the calamities that come to him.

This subject of sabr, is so important, actually you know, the whole journey from this world to the proximity of Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, can be put in one word only. That is sabr. If a person has patience, then he will go through all the levels of perfection and reach the proximity of Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala.

Similarly is with the case of Iman. Iman, if a person wants to come to the highest level of Iman, he needs a lot of patience, sometimes Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, through patience raises the person's station. For example, we have examples in the Holy Quran. We are the example of Nabi Ibrahim. It was, it required patience to be ready to even slaughter your own son, when he gets, for example, three or four times he sees that he is slaughtering his son in the dream. So he actually says that this is now an order by Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala. This needs a lot of patience. This needs a lot of sacrifice. This was one example.

Then we have an example of Nabi Ayyub, salamu Allah alayh, who was in a state whereby his children went from him, his wealth was taken. And not only that, but even his wife left him. And not only that, but he was suffering because of the malady that he had. It was a very difficult situation, but he had sabr. And because of sabr, he not only got a higher level, but also he got everything that he lost.

So, sabr and patience is another very, very important thing that a person should have, with regard to, if a person wants to develop the perfection of faith, obviously. Dear listeners, you must understand we are talking of the perfection of faith, not faith only, but that perfect state of faith.

Wa Al-Hamdulillahi Rabb Al-Alameen, wa salla Allahu ala Muhammad, wa aalihi at-Tayyibeen, at-Taahireen, al-Masumeen.

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