Escape to Allah

Written by: Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said

"Whoever builds a Masjid, desiring Allah SWT pleasure, Allah SWT builds for him the like of it in Paradise"
(Hadith Al-Bukhari)

Firru ila-LLAH – Escape to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala)

“Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) Guides to His Light whom He Wills.”  (Surah An-Nur)

Bismillah-ir Rahman-ir Raheem.

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is the Most Merciful, and He wanted all of the khair for His slaves.  In Surah Al-Baqarah, Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) mentions that He wanted ease for you; what He did not say is that He wanted to make things easy, but rather He said He wanted ease for you!  There is a big difference between making things easy and ease, as making something easy is only possible after the problem has occurred; whereas ease is before anything and everything, from beginning to end!

As a source of Rahma, He opened the door wide for us, in whatever state we are in, regardless of the crime or action and how shameful it is, and no matter how evil we are, the door remains open for everyone!  As Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) said in Surah Ad-Dhariyat (50): 

“Escape to Allah!  Verily, I am to you from Him a Clear Warner.”

What are we running from, and where are we running to? 
We are running away from the problems and calamities of this world. Whether they be caused by our own failure, or things that are out of our hands, we run from them to Him (subhana wa ta’ala) because He is the Only One, and He not only is the One who solves problems, but He is the Only One whose door is open! 

We run from ourselves to Him (subhana wa ta’ala).  It is as if Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is saying do not trust anyone, as no one’s door is always open; and only He can protect us from everyone, but no one can protect from Him.   

We run away from the sins we have committed to the maqam of slavehood, and come to Him by making tawbah

We run away from jahl (ignorance) tomarifah (gnosis, true knowledge), as Musa (alaih salam) said in Surah Al-Baqarah – I seek refuge by Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) from being among the ignorant ones. 

We run away from all the siwa, anything other than Allah, to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). 

Why did Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) describe our return to Him as an escape?  The reason being if you run to other than Him you are running to fear, calamity, anxiety and disclosure, but when you return to Him (subhana wa ta’ala) that is where love, happiness, success and tranquility are held . 

We run from his Qada to His Qada.  As Syedina Omar (radiallah anhu) mentioned to Abu Ubaidah al Jarrah (radiallah anhu), during the epidemic in Shaam, that: “I am not going to Shaam because Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi waslam) said if an area is affected by an epidemic, people should not leave the affected area, and those outside the area should not enter.”  Abu Ubaidah (radiallah anhu), the Trustee of the Ummah, said:  “Ya Omar, are you running away from the Qada of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala)?”  To which Syedina Omar replied:  “We run from His Qada to His Qada!”

So Rabbi has opened His door to Him, as our Saliheen used to say, when you are in pain and in constant tears, makemunajaat and speak to your Lord, verily the munajaat that you make to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) will soothe your heart; and some of the righteous used to say:

I have left myself to the Mercy of Ar-Rahman,
Because there is no hope,
Other than in His Mercy.

I know I have fallen short,
And committed many  mistakes,
I was spoiled by the blessing of Allah,
Even dunya can deceive the wisest ones!

I am a poor, ungrateful and an impatient slave,
Forgiveness, from His Mercy and Generosity, will be my savior,
Accounting by Him would be the worst of punishments.

Ya Allah!  Ya Rabb!
I am melting from shyness,
Even when I make dua and beg You – Ya Allah,
The shyness is killing me!

I am but a mere human  - Ya Allah!
I am but a mere human when I oppress myself and others,
I am but a mere human when I follow my desires,
I am but a mere human with my greed, selfishness, cowardice and miserliness.

But, Ya Allah, You are Al Qawi – The Most Powerful!  
Al Aziz – The Source of All Pride!
Al Qadr – The One Able to do Anything!
Al Ghani – The Self Sufficient!
Al Ghafur – The All Forgiving!
At-Tawab – The One who Accepts our repentance!
As-Sabur – The Most Patient!
And, Ya Allah, You do as You Will.

So, Ya Allah, Your Rahma is what I want!
Your Forgiveness is what I need!
And Your Help is what I am desperate for!

Ya Rabbi!  Ya Allah!
Forgive me for the sake of Who You are, not that which I am.

Dear brothers and sisters, Syedina Said al Jubair (radiallah anhu), the great tab’ee, and student of Syedina Abdullah ibn Abbas (radiallah anhu), Rasulullah’s (sallallahu alayhi waslam) cousin, was asked, who is the person that is among the greatest of worshippers.  Syedina Said Ibn Jubair (rehmatullah alaih) responded:  “The greatest slave and abid is a man who, when he makes a mistake or sin, remembers that sin, and when he does so, he looks down at himself and is ashamed, and in doing so, disregards all the good deeds he has done in comparison, and becomes humble in relation to His Lord.” 

This is the attitude of the Saliheen! They get worried about the sins they have committed, and they do not look at their good acts.  The Prophets, on Yaum ul-Qiyamah, when people are running to them for their intercession, each one of them remembers their mistakes, from Adam (alaih salam) to Musa (alaih salam) to Ibrahim (alaih salam), all saying how can we intercede in light of our mistake?  Each one of them remembering the one mistake they had made!

In a Hadith, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi waslam) said to Bilal (radiallah anhu):  “I have heard your footsteps in Jannah, how did they get there?” Syedina Bilal (radiallah anhu) did not remember the jihad he had participated, nor his condition at the hands of the Quraysh in Makkah, but rather the only thing he remembered is that when he makes wudu he prays two rakah.  Why did Bilal (radiallah anhu) not remember all his other great acts?  The reason being that he had forgotten all of his great actions, and only remembered what he last did! 

When we remember the Saliheen, we become ashamed of ourselves, but having hayaa (shyness / shamefulness) we have to be very careful.  Our hayaa should not cause us to fall into despair.  Someone asked Imam Hasan al Basri (radiallah anhu) that how can we not be shy from Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) with regards to our mistakes, and then he repeats the mistake, repents and repeats the mistake, how can we not be shy?  Hasan al Basri (radiallah anhu) responded that this is what shaytan wants from you, meaning despair; if he achieves this he will be happy. 

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May Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) forgive, purify and open all the doors of His Rahma.