Notes taken from “Sisters Halaqah” of August, 2018
Characteristics of the Servants of the Most Merciful, Sis. Aicha Kerris
Free yourself – become a slave!
We all want a position in society, to be a doctor, a teacher, a speaker, and so on… However, have we ever actualised the very identity that will attain the pleasure of Allaah if we actively seek it in the dunyaa? This very identity is that of the “Ibaad-ur-Rahmaan” The Slaves of the Most Merciful.
Imagine being tied to a slavery which completely liberates man from the shackles of the world? Being a slave of Ar-Rahmaan (The Most Merciful) is an actualisation of true freedom – freedom from being a slave of a society, a system, a government or an idea, to be a slave of the Most Merciful.
Allaah (swt) after addressing the slaves of Ar-Rahmaan, mentions the qualities of such slaves, who open their hearts and connect to Allaah and understand that this privilege of being a slave only comes from the Mercy of Allaah.
الَّذِينَ يَمْشُونَ عَلَى الْأَرْضِ هَوْنًا
“Walk on the earth with humility”
The slaves of Ar-Rahmaan are those who walk on the earth with “هونا”, gently, softly, naturally and humbly.
- They are real and not fake – no façade or mask to cover their real identity. They are genuine and true individuals.
- They are void of arrogance and pride – they are humble with regards to Allaah and others. In their manner, voice and actions!
- They are natural in all their affairs – while standing, sitting, raising children, speaking to their spouse, conducting business or reciting Qur’aan.
- They are spontaneous in working for change – They don’t limit their goals to this world, but work for the aakhirah, with movement! They aspire to change through being productive in society and actively seeking out their own means of spiritual, physical and intellectual growth.
- They are authentic in knowing their real status in this world – caring less about what others think and discovering what their purpose is in this life, as the ambassadors of Islaam.
- They are approachable and easy-going – their presence and kindness will attract you to be their companions because of their ease.
وَإِذَا خَاطَبَهُمُ الْجَاهِلُونَ قَالُوا سَلَامًا
“and when the ignorant address them [harshly], they say [words of] peace,”
- The jaahil (ignorant) people are those who know the Truth but do not follow it or do not aspire to live by it or have false knowledge which they act upon. The slaves of the Most Merciful deal with these people with “salaam”, “peace”.
- They learn to let go – they don’t waste their time on fighting back or arguing.
- They hold an attitude of peace – no matter what the situation is, they don’t feel the need to be right, rather, say words of thanks and let go.
- They always deal with people smartly and avoid lying.
- They accept naseehah (sincere advice) from others and do not get offended.
وَالَّذِينَ يَبِيتُونَ لِرَبِّهِمْ سُجَّدًا وَقِيَامًا
“And those who spend [part of] the night to their Lord prostrating and standing [in prayer]”
The slaves of the Most-Merciful busy themselves in the worship of Allaah in the most secret times when only Allaah is aware of their worship and no one else! The time in which people are fast asleep, they capture that moment to remember Allaah, crying, accepting their bankruptcy in front of Allaah and begging for His Mercy and Love and repenting from their sins. Their worship is the prostrating of their limbs and prostrating of the heart!
وَالَّذِينَ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا اصْرِفْ عَنَّا عَذَابَ جَهَنَّمَ ۖ إِنَّ عَذَابَهَا كَانَ غَرَامًا
إِنَّهَا سَاءَتْ مُسْتَقَرًّا وَمُقَامًا
“And those who say, “Our Lord, avert from us the punishment of Hell. Indeed, its punishment is ever adhering; Indeed, it is evil as a settlement and residence.”
They realise the consequences of adhering to evil deeds in this life and ask for protection from the Hellfire. They know the true of nature of this life, filled with tests and trials and do their best to supplicate a sincere supplication.
وَالَّذِينَ إِذَا أَنفَقُوا لَمْ يُسْرِفُوا وَلَمْ يَقْتُرُوا وَكَانَ بَيْنَ ذَٰلِكَ قَوَامًا
“And [they are] those who, when they spend, do so not excessively or sparingly but are ever, between that, [justly] moderate”
They spend with consciousness, with moderation and necessity- neither being stingy nor being impulsive.
Being “ibaad-ur-Rahmaan” is an honorable identity which we all must internalise and strive to attain. Being a slave of Allaah comes with resilience, modesty, forebearance and true patience. May Ar-Rahmaan make us all His true, sincere ‘ibaad.
~ Sister I.S. (Student at MIA)
Based on Ayaat 60-74 of Soorat Al-Furqaan