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God Guidance

Written by: by Moustafa Kattih :: (View All Articles by: Moustafa Kattih)

In the name of God most gracious most merciful

1 -And recite (and teach) what has been revealed to thee of the book of thy Lord: none can change his words, and none wilt thou fined, As a refuge other than him.

2 - And keep thy soul content with those who call on their Lord morning and evening, seeking his face; and let not thine eyes pass beyond them, seeking the pomp and glitter of this life; no obey any whose heart We have permitted to neglect the remembrance of Us, one who follows his own desires, whose case has gone beyond all bounds.

3 - Say " The truth from your Lord ": let him who will believe, and let him who will reject (it): for the wrong doers We have prepared a fire whose (smoke and flames), like the walls and roof of a tent, will hem them in: if they implore relief they will be granted water like melted brass, that will scald their faces. How dreadful the drink! How uncomfortable a couch to recline on!

4 - As to those, who believe and work righteousness, verily we shall not suffer, To perish the reward of any who do a (single) righteous dead. For them will be gardens of Eternity ; beneath them rivers will flow; they will be adorned therein with bracelets of gold , and they will wear green garments of fine silk and heavy brocade ; They will recline therein On raised thrones . How good the recompense! , How beautiful a couch to recline on!

These Ayes determine and explain the Muslim's way, and give him a clear plan for his Islamic live.

Stage one:

In the first Aye we see a stage of purification, recite (and teach), A stage of asking God for help through the Qur,an and the God's commands, it is a stage of preparing. In this stage, the true Muslim prepare his soul keeping his words; act and behavior within the God,s commands and orders:

" Their limbs do forsake their beds of sleep, the while they call on their Lord, in fear and hope, and they spend (in charity) out of the sustenance which we have bestowed on them "

The believer prepares himself by fasting, praying, praises of God and reciting the holy Qur'an, as the builder prepares his good mixes to build a good building. And after your worship you can go back to your job. The God said: "We ask thee not to provide sustenance: We provide it for thee. But the (fruit of) the hereafter is for righteousness.

And you must live as MUHAMAD, the messenger of Allah, (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) ordered us: {you have a right for yourself, a right for your family, and a right for your God, so, give each one it's own right}.

We have to memorize the holy Qur'an from corruptions and perversion as God said: "We have, without doubt, sent down the message, and We will assuredly guard it (from corruption) ".

The believer in this stage must be energetic for serving God, acting as God said: " I have only created Jinns and Men that they may serve Me. No sustenance do I require of them, nor do I require that they should feed Me. For Allah is he who gives (all) sustenance - Lord of power - steadfast (forever) ". And if the believer found himself weak from prayers, idleness from going to the Masjeed, and not holding God in remembrance, so, those are the hypocrites as the God describe: (The hypocrites: they think they are over - reaching Allah, but he will over - reach them. When they stand up to prayer they stand without earnestness to be seen of men, but little do they hold Allah in remembrance). Therefor, purify yourself from hypocrites and ask the Lord for help.

Stage two:

In the second Aye we see a stage of firm believe on the Islamic way and a stage of the unity with the people of the masjeed, (And keep thy soul content with those who call on their Lord morning and evening, seeking his face; and let not thine eyes pass beyond them). The people of the masjeed are the true servants of God, those whose hearts are turned to him morning, noon and night, seeking not worldly gain but God's grace, God's own self, his presence and nearness. In this relation with the masjeed, the servant forbids himself from any unlawful act or behavior.

The people of the masjeed left the clubs & naked beach, threw the worldly attractions behind their backs. Therefor the masjeed became their home, play place, work place, and praying place, and Allah is to be remembered always by them.

From the above Allah warning us from following the Satan people or Jinns as God said describing them: (whose heart We have permitted to neglect the remembrance of Us, one who follows his own desires, whose case has gone beyond all bounds). They say to you what is the masjeed?, They follow their own desires, run after the money, they have never been to the masjeed. Those will not collect money nor getting the God forgiveness. So ask Allah always : O My Lord, forgive me and forgive them.

In this stage we as believers must be united with the people of the masjeed, and must help each other. For those who stray from God's path, who leave the prayers, we should seek reclaiming them and tray to bring them back to the right way. Ask them to attend the masjeed, if they don't do so, do not be take them as a friends, if you do so you will be like them.

Stage three:

After the first and second stages, stage three comes; which is the stage of invocation to Allah, which is a duty of each Muslim.

And this stage is clear in Aye # 3: (Say, The truth from your Lord ": let him who will believe, and let him who will reject (it): for the wrong doers We have prepared a fire whose (smoke and flames), like the walls and roof of a tent, will hem them in: if they implore relief they will be granted water like melted brass, that will scald their faces. How dreadful the drink! How uncomfortable a couch to recline on! ).

The holy Qur'an is the guide and the warning for mankind. The invocation is each Muslim duty, and you can start by guiding the Muslim who went to the wrong way. If such one resists and follows his own lusts, a point is reached when his case becomes hopeless. God's grace dose not reaches him, and he is abandoned to his pride and insolence. And in either way you are doing a worship. God said: {Therefor do thou give admonition, for thou art one to admonish, Thou art not one to manage (men's) affairs}. And the God also said: {We know best what they say; and thou art not one to overawe them by force. So admonish with the Qur'an such as fear my warning}.

Therefor, as Muslims, we have to guide other Muslims whom took the wrong way. And punishment belongs to God (only), and punishment is certain in the hereafter, when there the values will be restored. And if we don't guide them we will involve in a corresponding personal responsibility. We are offering the truth: again & again it is pressed on our attention, if we reject it we must take all the terrible consequences which are prefigured in the fire of the hell. Ordinarily there is water to quench the heat of thirst; her the only drink is a molten brass; thick; heavy; burning; sizzling, before it reaches the mouth of the unfortunates a drops of it will scaled their faces as it is poured out.

The righteous will be rewarded as has been said. Heaven is figured by all the pictures of ease and comfort that we can imagine in our present state: gardens, perpetual springs of crystal water, which we can see as in a landscape, The finest and most costly, the most beautiful clothes to wear. And we ask God to be in heaven.

AND ASALAM ALAYKUM WRAHMATU ALLAH

By Moustafa kattih

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Those khutabs and speeches are a part of what have been said at masjed annour in chattanooga/Tn during friday prayers by imam Moustafa.
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