How to get affinity towards doing good deeds

iqra

Aoudhubillahi minash shaitaanirrajeem

Bismillahirrahmanirraheem

Do not follow your like or dislike towards the aamaal

If an act is compulsory, it has to be done if we like it or not. We cannot wait to do an act only when we have a feeling for it. The medicine has to be taken for sickness. It would be worshipping our heart if we wait for its desire to do an act. We should keep doing aamaal (good deeds) steadfastly irrespective of us being desirous or not. When this continues, attachment will develop towards that act. Attachment won’t happen just like that but it will develop over a time when amal is done regularly. Once we get this affinity we won’t feel good if we do not do that amal and start feeling uncomfortable until we do that act. This is just like the condition of an addicted person when he is deprived of his addiction. One can try enough to stop a person from his addicted thing but he keeps getting back to it. This is the affinity towards that addicted thing.

Stick to the aamaal

The attachment to good deeds happens but it takes time and happens only when we do that act regularly even if we like it or not. We should recite Quran regularly if we like it or not, we should do zikr if we like it or not. As time passes, one can get attachment to tahajjud salah that he would continue doing it for years and years. The barakah of steadfastness in every state of heart condition will lead to attachment to good deeds. The main problem today is people leave the acts when they don’t feel like doing and do acts only when they enjoy doing them. Allah SWT wants to see the quest in you. You just keep doing things. The knowledge and mercy is with Allah SWT and He SWT will definitely grant it. We should do our part by doing acts that will please Allah SWT and His Prophet SAW even if the whole world gets upset over those acts. The main specialty of doing this is, Allah SWT will bow the whole world and the necks of people before us. Over a time, the people of sound nature will automatically love this person and the pride of arrogant people will break apart.

Ease is followed by difficulty

The consequence of our hard work will be peace and the consequence of our exertion will be comfort. For indeed, with hardship will be ease. Indeed, with hardship will be ease. Al Quran: 94:5-6. Today you will exert yourself in doing aaamal and tomorrow that will become your comfort. Today you will be working hard on your aamal with difficulty but soon you will find a time when you will find peace and tranquility in the very same aaamal. Job will be done when you do the job. Do the job and the difficulties will get removed. We can’t keep thinking that we should become so righteous and very pious without doing acts and working hard towards it. We should do something if we want to lead a sinless and a righteous life. Job will be done by doing the job and not just by saying it. Take courage and work hard. The way of Allah SWT is that He SWT will grant ease after difficulty. Do not lose hope and keep fighting against your nafs and shaitan. Today we may have the heart to recite more ajza of Quran and we are reciting it and tomorrow we may not have the heart to recite but if we still force ourselves to recite it then that is mujaahidah, the struggle. It is on this struggle that Allah SWT promises us that He SWT will open up doors of guidance for us.

Be steadfast and the aamaal will show its barakah

A person aims to do aaamal for 41 days and he is finding it difficult to do on the 40th day and if he still does it, he would acquire noor on this single day that he may have attained for the entire 40 days because he did mujaahidah. Our case is we give up when we get such opportunities. The acts can be less but do it regularly and be steadfast even if our hearts do not yearn for them. When a small drop of water keeps falling on the rock continuously, it will create an impression on the rock. On the other hand even if open up the entire tank of water on the rock at once, there won’t be any impression. Benefit will be seen in those acts done constantly. When we fix ourselves to do certain acts regularly, we will definitely find mujaahidah in it as sometimes we may not find any longing towards it and still might be doing it and it is on this we would get the reward and the progress.

Job will be done by doing the job and not just by yearning and desiring for it. Our case is we are so in need of doing good deeds that our aim and outcome of doing good deeds are doing good deeds itself. Our aim is to get the tawfeeq (divine help) to do good deeds. So unless we are doing aamaal we won’t get anything. Unless we really pay due care for the salah and have the concern that we are standing before Allah SWT, we can’t excel our salah. Unless we pay attention to wudhu, we cannot excel our salah. Just hearing and wanting from the heart won’t help us but we should actually work on the deeds. When we continuously do the acts, the act itself will make the barakah prominent. When the acts are done with continuance and proper conditions the acts will themselves display their reality of existence and their barakah becomes apparent and one will realize it. Some people ask what is the wisdom behind doing certain amals? Keep doing amals, the wisdom behind those amals will themselves disclose before you. You will find its barakah all by yourself. You just do the job and give importance for the aamaal.

Something is better than nothing

We should definitely think that our aamaal are not perfect but at the same time we should know that doing something is better than doing nothing. Definitely we should realize that our salah, recitation is not oustanding but we should also know that something is better than nothing. We should not lose hope because yesterday we were not even doing that and today we are doing something and we should be grateful for it. The shaitan takes us to one of the two extremes. Either he gives us so much of hope that we stop worrying about improving our deeds or make us so despair of hope that we give up doing the acts that we are already doing. We should have both fear and hope altogether. We should have the concern that our aamaal is not good enough and we keep trying to improve it. At the same time we should be grateful from heart that Allah SWT has granted us tawfeeq to do the aamaal whatever we are doing. What if we do not even do that? So we should definitely think that our aamaal are deficient but at the same think we should think that something is better than nothing.

You may not have 1 rupee to buy some sweets in the market but if you have just 50 paise then you take that to the market because if not 1 rupee 50 paise will do as it has its value and will be accepted. You may not get too many sweets but will get at least half of it. So whatever aamaal you are doing, you may not get too many rewards but you will get some rewards. Let there be no hope in giving up the aamaal. Do not give up the salaah if thoughts keep coming up in your salah. If you feel you do not have enough concentration in zikr and want to give up and start again when you get concentration, then that is never going to happen. If a person thinks to drive the motorcycle only when he drives perfectly, will he ever learn to drive perfectly? You will drive perfectly only you keep driving. You will sit on the motorcycle, sometimes you might fall off, face something else and only then you will learn to drive perfectly right? It can never happen that you will drive only when you will drive well. Similarly you should work on your aamaal and at the same time you should also have concern to improve it and also you should be grateful from the heart to Allah SWT for whatever aamaal you are doing.

Keep doing and keep getting

Man should never lose hope and should have good opinion about Allah SWT. Allah SWT treats His slave as per his opinion about Him SWT. Yes Allah SWT is very Merciful and Generous but He SWT wants to see the quest in you and how much you are putting the efforts. Keep doing whatever you can and then Allah SWT will treat you by His SWT grace. So keep doing without losing hope. You will fall but stand up, you will fall but stand up and keep doing. Don’t give up. Allah SWT won’t criticize or ignore someone’s hard work and quest. There is a saying, “Keep doing and keep getting”. He SWT will never disappoint you. Strange is the court of Allah SWT. A person can do as many sins he wants but when he turns to Him SWT, everything changes upside down in just one minute. The condition is one should turn to Him SWT with khuloos (sincerity). He SWT is such a Generous Lord. So keep doing. Yeah we accept we are deficient, imperfect and aamaal are not good but keep doing. Do not give up. Let there be just this quest in you that you should acquire the pleasure of Allah SWT. “I want to lead a life pleasing to You SWT. I want to live for You and die for You”. Let this be the true passion in you. So do it as much as you can and stick to it. inshaaAllah Allah SWT will grant you the goal.

Be a critic and be humble

Just turn to Him SWT will sincerity and resolution. If a person never mentioned the name of Allah SWT and spent his entire life only in sins, even for him the doors of Allah’s mercy are open. Whatever is difficult for the slave, it is very easy for Allah SWT. So how can one lose hope in Allah SWT? When Allah’s Mercy shows up then all the dirt of the life gets cleansed but for that quest is the condition. There is no doubt when Allah’s mercy turns to us the dirt of sins of our entire life gets cleansed off but for that turning of Allah’s mercy we should have the true quest.  O Allah! I want to become Your’s and be Your’s. That’s it. It is within the ability of human to bring this quest and Allah SWT has made him responsible for that. So do what is within your ability. Hazrat Gangohi (RA) says that when a person works hard on himself with true quest that he become Allah’s throughout his life and feels that he didn’t achieve anything, then know that he has achieved everything. There are no major sins in his life, no persistence in minor sins and when he sees his good deeds, he finds it defective but has a true quest, then inshaaAllah he will achieve everything. Allah SWT has granted Hazrat Gangohi (RA) a very high status among akaabir (the pious elders) and he was called as the faqih-an-nafs. (Faqih an-Nafs” is among the terminology used by the fuqaha [jurists]. It refers to that person, who after long engagement with the science of fiqh, is granted by Allah Almighty a natural disposition with which one is able to come to correct conclusions [in matters of fiqh] without referring to books.)

Do not give up

Hazrat Gangohi (RA) was the eldest of the akaabir. It was his (RA) saying that if a person feels he did not achieve anything even after the hard work throughout his entire life, then he has achieve everything. Even after the status of a person is established but he still sees himself worthless after leaving not a single stone unturned to achieve his goal, it is this humility that Allah SWT likes in a person. To consider oneself worthless in every moment of his life is humility and this is slavery. So keep doing the job be it perfect or imperfect and inshaaAllah imperfection will turn one day into perfection. A person started learning to write and he couldn’t write the letter “jeem” properly and seeing that he became frustrated that he couldn’t write it correctly. It will be said to this person not to aim for utmost perfection in the beginning itself but keep writing and he will start writing “jeem” properly over a period of time. Initially one may not be attached to a work but keep doing it whatever be the case.

Whenever you get the tawfeeq, do it. Don’t think, “O yesterday I didn’t do and what is the use of doing it today”. You can do things with utmost care but if one day gets missed, do not worry. You can do it again. If you say, “I do for two days, then it gets missed. I again do it for a day or two but gets missed again.” Whatever be the case still do it. Missing for few days is better than leaving it continuously or permanently. So keep doing it. If you did a mistake, repent and start again. One may not have natural association with work but have perseverance and that will do the job. You have the concern for your reformation and you have perseverance and quest to achieve Allah’s pleasure, then do it even if you feel lazy sometimes. So keep doing it and inshaaAllah you will see its barakah all by yourself. Let Allah SWT grant us all the tawfeeq for it. Ameen

-Morning Tarbiati Majlis 19.10.2012

 

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