Cii Radio | 07 August 2014/09 Shawaal 1435
Keeping the Connection is a 5 Part series of advises, transcribed from a recent lecture delivered by Sheikh Kamaludeen Ahmed*
Why doesn’t a person feel this closeness to Allah SWT, why do we feel distant? It’s because we don’t take our Deen seriously. We take every other thing in our life seriously. For every other single thing, education, car, fabric, house, we want to have the best quality we can. And even then those people who manage to get the best quality are always trying to improve. We live in the world of upgrades. When it comes to our Deen we are not quality conscious.
Can you really say that you’re praying the best Salaah that you can? Do you have the best Akhlaaq (character) that you can? Do you have the best Taqwa that you can? Nobody thinks like that. Years go by praying low quality Salaah. And we aren’t interested in fixing it. We couldn’t be bothered. If somebody gives us a low quality meal, it is felt. We wouldn’t be willing to eat a bland meal once, but we’re willing to pray a bland salaah, empty of remembrance and empty of love, over and over again. We are pleased with attaining as much as possible in worldly pursuits and with a scraping by bare minimum attitude in Deen. With this attitude one cannot feel closeness and love to Allah SWT. How can you feel, when you in Sajdah, that you are the closest to Allah SWT? We make dozens of sujood daily, how many can we say brought us closer to Allah SWT? In each successive sajdah did we become closer to Allah SWT? We want progress in every single aspect of our life except Deen.
The second reason we don’t have this closeness and love for Allah SWT is because we are caught up in one of three wrong kinds of love. If you have the wrong love in your heart, you will lose the ability to feel the right love. The right love is love for Allah SWT, the love for Nabi Kareem (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), the love for the Quraan, the love for Sunnah, the love for Sahaabah, the love for Siddiqeen, Shuhadah, Saaliheen and Mu’mineen. The wrong love is romantic love, lustful love, love for ghair mahram, Love for people of the opposite gender, love for physical beauty. It is not even permissible for us to look at, let alone dream about it. Some people are stuck in this. Some people have the wrong love for one person in their heart. Some people have the wrong kind of love for just anyone because they cannot lower their gaze. You cannot get the closeness of Allah SWT like this. Another wrong love is the love for dunya. People claim that they cannot get pleasure from salaah yet they can find pleasure in sitting on the leather seat of their cars. They can find pleasure in all the worldly things but not in Deen. Some people are caught up in another unlawful love – the love for themselves. Nabi Kareem (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said, “You will never be able to enter Jannah if there is even drop of pride in your heart.” And Allah SWT, the All Knowing, All Seeing and All Aware will be scanning our hearts on the Day of Judgement. The second reason why some of us don’t have this closeness is because we are caught up in one of these three unlawful loves. Ramadan came to rid us of all three. It wasn’t about fasting. Fasting was just a launching pad. Ramadan came to take out love for ghair-mahram, love for Dunya, love for self.Ramadan came to humble us. Thirst and hunger humbles a person. The mission continues, it didn’t end on Eid day.
*Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmed was born and raised in Manhattan, New York City. He recieved a BA in Political Science and Arab & Islamic Civilization from the University of Chicago. Shaykh Kamaluddin then spent many years in Pakistan, studying full-time the classical disciplines of Islamic learning including tafsir of the Qur’an, Hadith, Arabic grammar, law and legal theory. He recieved the ‘alimiyyah degree as well as formal authorization to transmit legal opinion (ifta).
From 2005-2010, he was a lecturer in Islamic Intellectual History, Legal Theory, Spirituality and Ethics at one of Pakistan’s leading universities. In 2012, he completed a Masters degree from the University of Oxford and currently is a Doctoral Fellow in Islamic Intellectual History at the Berlin Graduate School.
For over seventeen years, Shaykh Kamaluddin has consistently remained in the close company of the highly respected Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad, and was granted ijaza by him in tasawwuf (islamic spirituality) in 2002. Since then, he has continually tutored seekers on the path to becoming closer to Allah.
Shaykh Kamaluddin divides his time between the UK and Pakistan, guiding students and delivering lectures at masajid, universities and institutions of learning.
The Shaykh and his wife have also established Zaynab Academy, an Islamic educational institute which offers free online courses for women the world over