Double E: Eman & Energy


Abdur Rahman Chao

Video can be found at here at HalalTube.com (Please be sure to watch it)

During the Olympics (this lecture happened during that time), one sees that before they do the ‘clean jerk’, they start screaming and barking. Right before tennis players serve, they start skipping around the court. The reason they do this is to enhance and increase their level of alertness and activeness in them.

Surah Nahl

Allah also talks about this energy we have. He talks about the day and night in Surah Nahl:

Faalikul Isbaah – Allah describes this as the sunrise that is totally removing the darkness – when you see the sun rays coming out, all of the darkness just leaves, as if the night was split asunder with a ray of sunlight.

Wa ja’alal laila sakana – And Allah created the night as a time for rest.

Wash shamsa wal qamara husbana – The sun and the moon are two things that are used to measure time.

…so why did Allah create the day and night in separate proportions? If a person does not sleep at night and use it for rest and reinvigoration, you will find this person very lazy the next morning and is very much against the physical nature when one stays up all night and sleeps during the day because we are not nocturnal creatures. Day is for work, and night is for rest. We are not talking about people with night shifts, but people who just choose to stay up at night.

Energy

This whole energy, this Nashaat, is what the Prophet used to demonstrate. If you see when the Prophet entered Madinah, he stayed in the southern part of Madinah for about 14 days. After he stayed there, he started to actively look for a piece of land to build the Masjid and the Bani Najjar said that we would not sell this land to you, but give it for the sake of Allah, but the Prophet insisted to buy the land. They discovered that there were two graves at this location, so they removed the two graves. After the land was ready, the Prophet himself would take the adobe brick and move it. The Prophet could’ve just asked others to do it and excuse himself, but he would move the bricks himself.

Likewise, when the Prophet was with the companions at the battle of Khandaq, you will see how beautiful the Prophet used to encourage the companions. As digging got boring very fast, he would recite verses of poetry to invigorate the companions. He would say (speaking to Allah),

“If it was not because of you, we would never have been guided. And if it wasn’t because of you, we would never have given charity or thought of praying. And send down tranquility upon us. Stabilize and make our feet steadfast when we meet our enemies. Verily, they have transgressed upon us. If they want to cause Fitna, we refuse to allow them to cause Fitna”.

Fajr

When we go to sleep, forget about bed bugs that bite, it’s Shaytaan who bites. The Prophet said,

“The Satan will sit right here, next to the head. And if he sleeps, he will put three knots over the head. And as he ties each knot, he makes sure to tie the knot nice and tight and tells the sleeping person, “You have a very very long night. Sleeeep (tight)! If the person wakes up and remembers Allah (dua when waking up and when Fajr is), one of the knots will be untied. If he makes Wudu, then a second knot is untied. If he prays Salatul Fajr, another knot is untied. Then this person, after doing all three things, will wake up in the morning with full of energy and in a very good mood. Or this person will otherwise will wake up lazy and with a very bad temper.”

Aisha used to describe how the Prophet would wake up during Fajr time. He would sleep in the first part of the night and get up during the very end. If he needed something from his family, then he would help them and then go to sleep. At the time of the Adhan, by Allah, she didn’t say he would stand up, but would JUMP (wathaba) out of his bed and go to Fajr. Aisha, when describing the Wudu he would do, didn’t say that he would do it all nice, but would rather splash all over, to make sure he would do it with force, and if he didn’t have the Janabah, he would do the Wudu of a man.

Falaq and Naas

Back to the beginning of the Khutbah, we spoke about the morning and how Allah splits the night with the sunlight. And there is a surah known as Surah Falaq and Surah Naas. These were brought down by Angel Gibreel because he was hexed by one of the Jews. It was not very severe, but it would sometimes make him confused (ex. if he was clean or impure). When Jibreel brought the Surahs to him, he also showed the location (a well). The Prophet ordered his companions to go destroy the well. Once they did so, the Prophet stood up, refreshed with energy, as if he was relieved from something that was tying him down.

The Companions

If you look at the companions – Umar once saw a man who was just sitting down. Umar immediately asked him, “What are you doing here?” The man said, “I am waiting for the provisions from Allah”. Umar smacked him, beat him, and told him to get up and go do work, which leads to this point of laziness.

When you look in the dictionary for the word Kasal (laziness), you will see that there are many definitions. One of them is to not give something priority and importance, which in it of itself needs importance.

If you looked at the companions, and how they moved from Makkah to Madinah; even though they had nothing, they entered Madinah with an active lifestyle and some would say, “Show me the Sooq” and in three days, they would become successful merchants.

Makrooh

If you look at the Sunnah of the Prophet, it is actually Makrooh (extremely disliked) to sleep after Maghrib because when one sleeps after Maghrib, their sleep goes on and there is a fear of them passing the Isha prayer. Likewise, it is also against the Sunnah for one to stay up for no reason after Isha. After Isha, he would pray Witr and then immediately go to sleep without a word. Hmm, but New York is city that never sleeps…

The companions had said, “We had pledged our allegiance to the Prophet that we would obey him at times of ease and hardship, even at times when we feel lazy and tired. Musa was once asked by one of the Children of Israel on who is the most knowledgeable man in the earth. When Musa replied, “I do not know of any except for myself”, Allah sent him on a journey to seek out a man named Khidr. Musa and his servant went on a journey (active lifestyle), and if you see their experiences with Khidr, it was always a journey and they were always moving.

Ideal Work Schedule

The ideal work schedule is to wake up for Fajr (best time to work is after Fajr as there is Barakah), make dhikr, pray Salat ad-Duha, eat your breakfast, go to work, and take a break at Dhuhr (sleep for about 30 minutes before Dhuhr for reinvigoration).

Jannah is surrounded by the difficult things – one of the characteristics of the 70,000 that will enter Jannah without reckoning is that even if their whips fell from the horse and dropped to the ground, they will not ask assistance from any another.

They weren’t lazy. For them, it was an active lifestyle…

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