Life Is like a Play (6:32)

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Shaykh Mehmet Adil Al-Haqqani, Sohbet of the 10th of July, 2016.

Aṣ-ṣalātu wa s-salāmu ‘alá Rasūlinā Muḥammadin Sayyidi l-awwalīna wa l-ākhirīn. Madad yā Rasūla Llāh, madad yā Sādāti Aṣḥābi Rasūli Llāh, madad yā Mashāyikhinā, dastūr yā Shaykh ‘Abdu Llāh al-Fā’iz ad-Dāghistāni, Shaykh Muḥammad Nāẓim al-Ḥaqqāni. Madad. Ṭarīqatunā ṣ-ṣuḥbah wa l-khayru fi l-jam‘iyyah.

Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla is saying in Qurʾān, Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥīm, “Wa mā l-ḥayātu d-dunyā illā la‘ibun wa lahwun wala d-dāru l-ākhiratu khayrun lilladhīna yattaqūna afalā ta‘qilūn.” (6:32)

Allāh is showing this life like a game to us so that a man with brains can see it and obey Allāh. Mindful people realize it. Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla created us like in a game and we are in this life for a period of time. All the troubles and burdens here are temporary. What do we do every day? We wake up in the morning, who prays, makes his prayers. A day passes and evening comes. And when evening comes, the day is over. What happened throughout the day? The one who made his evaluation wins – “What did I do today? Did I make a mistake? Did I do something bad?” If he did, he repents and asks for forgiveness. A servant who knows his mistake is an accepted servant. And the one who wakes up and doesn’t worship, who doesn’t recognize Allāh, and doesn’t know the orders of Allāh, and doesn’t obey them, is in loss at the end of the day. The next day passes in same manner.

Every day, if we look at it roughly, every day is nearly the same. It is same for the disobedient and same for the one who obeys Allāh. But the difference is that for one of them the book of deeds is filled with goodness and for other, it’s filled with badness. As we said, days are the same. One day, two days, one month, two months – everything goes on in a similar manner. If you look at a year, years pass after years and your life is over – either in goodness or in badness. It’s not something hidden, Allāh is telling everyone clearly. You didn’t come here for eating and drinking. It’s just playing and entertaining. Because if you look, it’s repeating. And play with entertainment will be in ākhirah good for a good person. If someone forgets about ākhirah, then it’s tough for him.

We are trying to do things told by Allāh. With Allāh’s permission, we are hoping for His mercy. “As much as My servant is trusting Me and trusting in My mercy, I won’t disappoint that servant of Mine. I won’t be different than he thought of Me. If he says “My merciful Lord” to Me, I will be so” says Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla. And that is, as we said, to worship as much that we can. And no need for waswasa (whisperings) if it’s enough or not enough. Allāh will accept. Allāh will put us in His paradise, in shā’a Llāh. And the others, if they don’t do what Allāh orders, they are mindless. Allāh has shown the way. He showed everything.

And you do it every day. It’s like a game. Same thing, every day you go to bed, wake up, eat, drink. One day is no different than another. That means everything is made the same so that we don’t waste this life and think about it. “We didn’t do anything today and today is over. Let’s do it tomorrow. Let us repent”. No, nothing again. There’s nothing like this. They wait for tomorrow in order to deceive people more, to eat and drink more, to do more badness. They wait for tomorrow every day. Then they say “This happened to me, that happened to me.” And they spend their lives without thinking about ākhirah. And at the end, they reach ākhirah in a bad condition.

We ask Allāh for mindfulness because it is said “afalā ta‘qilūn” (6:32). Ta‘qilūn is use your mind, be mindful. Think, look. This is good for the one who thinks. For the one who doesn’t think, days and nights are the same. They say life is difficult, it’s boring etc. Because they are faithless people and they suffer from their punishment in dunyā before ākhirah. We ask for mindfulness from Allāh.

Allāh (awj) He said about this life it is like a play. O people this life it is like a theatre, like a play. Be careful, be clever, thinking, He said. And it is real like this, because everyday same like next day. First day, people…. there’s two kinds of people, both of them sleep but believer they wake up, praying and worshipping. Daytime they’re working and also worshipping thinking about Allāh. Nighttime, when they are before sleeping, they are thinking for what they’ve….if anything wrong they’ve done in this day. If they’ve done anything they ask for forgiveness from Allāh. Other people they just wake up thinking about eating and drinking. Whole day not thinking at all about worshipping or about Lord, the Creator. To praise Him, to thank Him, they are not thinking at all about this.

When nighttime coming also, drinking, doing bad thing. After they are sleeping next day – for both of them there’s next day. It is same, days one day, another day same, so for this it is like theatre, like a play. Next week, another week, another month, all our life – if you look from far, it is same. Not much difference, you’re just sleeping, eating, waking up. After again sleeping, day coming like this. Until, we finish our life, now theatre is finished, you come to ask, who was with his Lord Allāh, the day it was full with good things? When they’re in the Presence of Allāh, they will be happy. Allāh accept what they’ve done. Even small thing, He accepts. He said “I am in, like good hope what My servant, was thinking about Me. I am in his good thinking.” So al-ḥamdu liLlāh, in shā’a Llāh, all forgiven.

But other people they are not thinking at all. Just day and life, what they are doing is waking up to make bad things. Daytime they are making bad thing, nighttime they are making worse than daytime. It is like this, one day, two days, three days. For this, the non-believer people, they are saying about life it is boring, it is too much, it is, “we don’t know what to do.” Because for them it is same, no difference. No benefit, no aim for them. But for believer, there is aim al-ḥamdu liLlāh. Today we live we are thanking our Lord Allāh He give us our food, our drink, our health, our wealth and He, al-ḥamdu liLlāh today we will worship Him to get more near from Him. Next day also al-ḥamdu liLlāh, we are still in life and in good health, we must, we are happy. Next month same. Other year, also same.

All life we are happy for what Allāh give us, and He give us long life to be obey for Him and to worship Him. There is reason, there is aim, there is good result for believer. But for other in this dunyā also they are not happy and other dunyā it will be worse.
So al-ḥamdu liLlāh we are thanking Allāh for what He give us. And ask more blessings, more baraka, more happiness for you, all of us, in shā’a Llāh.

Wa min Allāhi t-tawfīq, al-Fātiḥah.

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