There’s no such thing as a coincidence. Since 3-4 days I’ve been observing that at this hour (third part of the night) a bird, or a few of them, starts chirping. First it amazed me because you rarely hear a bird chirping so peacefully at this time. I couldn’t help but think that it’s praising Allah.
I get these strange feelings, feelings of happiness and sorrow at the same time. The sound just makes you realize the truth of Allah’s words:
“41. Do you not see that Allah is exalted by whoever is within the heavens and the earth and [by] the birds with wings spread [in flight]? Each [of them] has known his [means of] prayer and exalting [Him], and Allah is Knowing of what they do.”
[An-Noor (The Light), Chapter 24]
You realize this and you feel happy. But then a feeling of sadness overcomes you. A bird who does not have to worry about his end is praising Allah SWT. What about me: a human whom Allah gave a brain to think, a mind to ponder, an intellect to reflect over HIS signs and recognize HIM? Yet how heedless am I of my end! How unfortunate am I to waste my time, especially this time of the night, while doing everything else but worship, when a simple creature, without the superior faculties that Allah has blessed me with, is Praising HIM.
Allah constantly gives us the reminder…
“1. Draws near for mankind their reckoning, while they turn away in heedlessness.”
[Al-Anbiya (The Prophets), Chapter 21]
Allah sent down the Revelation for me!
“5. (This is) a Revelation sent down by the Almighty, the Most Merciful,
6. In order that you may warn a people whose forefathers were not warned, so they are heedless.”
[Ya Seen, Chapter 36]
But I’m heedless of it and I constantly sin!
“22. (It will be said to the sinners): “Indeed you were heedless of this, now We have removed your covering, and sharp is your sight this Day!””
[Qaf (The Letter Qaf), Chapter 50]
Lost in the worries of this world, heedless of the hereafter!
“7. They know only the outside appearance of the life of the world (i.e. the matters of their livelihood, like irrigating or sowing or reaping, etc.), and they are heedless of the Hereafter.”
[Ar-Room (The Romans, The Byzantines), Chapter 30]
I am even heedless of the greatest gift that Allah gave me: the Gift of Emaan!
“100. It is not for any person to believe, except by the Leave of Allâh, and He will put the wrath on those who are heedless.”
[Younus, Chapter 10]
So what am I waiting for? The time when Allah turns me away from Guidance because of my constant heedlessness of HIS signs?
“146. I shall turn away from My Ayât (verses of the Qur’ân) those who behave arrogantly on the earth, without a right, and (even) if they see all the Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), they will not believe in them. And if they see the way of righteousness (monotheism, piety, and good deeds), they will not adopt it as the Way, but if they see the way of error (polytheism, crimes and evil deeds), they will adopt that way, that is because they have rejected Our Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) and were heedless (to learn a lesson) from them.”
[Al-Araf (The Heights), Chapter 7]
Then I must not forget..
“106. Whoever disbelieved in Allâh after his belief, except him who is forced thereto and whose heart is at rest with Faith but such as open their breasts to disbelief, on them is wrath from Allâh, and theirs will be a great torment.
107. That is because they loved and preferred the life of this world over that of the Hereafter. And Allâh guides not the people who disbelieve.
108. They are those upon whose hearts, hearing (ears) and sight (eyes) Allâh has set a seal. And they are the heedless!
109. No doubt, in the Hereafter, they will be the losers.”
[An-Nahl (The Bee), Chapter 109]
How unfortunate is a person who does not take heed from the signs of Allah? Is he not worse than an animal?
“179. And surely, We have created many of the jinns and mankind for Hell. They have hearts wherewith they understand not, they have eyes wherewith they see not, and they have ears wherewith they hear not (the truth). They are like cattle, nay even more astray; those! They are the heedless ones.”
[Al-Araf (The Heights), Chapter 7]
Think over this verse for a while. How many times have you passed by the signs of Allah without pondering over them? How many times have you preferred this life over the Hereafter? How many times have you missed Salah for your class? How many times have you lied in order to get a worldly benefit? How many times have we been satisfied with all these little gains by sacrificing the time that we will never get back – the time which we could have used to make a wonderful Hereafter…
Then this is the end if we continue on this path….
“7. Verily, those who hope not for their meeting with Us, but are pleased and satisfied with the life of the present world, and those who are heedless of Our Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.),
8. Those, their abode will be the Fire, because of what they used to earn.”
[Younus, Chapter 10]
May Allah not make us of those who are Heedless of HIM and may He guide us all to the straight path and keep us firm on it.
8. (They say): “Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate (from the truth) after You have guided us, and grant us mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower.”
[Aal-e-Imran (The Family of Imran, The House of Imran), Chapter 3]
All good is from Allah and only the mistakes are mine. May Allah bless the Prophet Muhammad (SalAllaahu Alaiyhi Wasallam) for spreading this beautiful religion among the humanity.
Ibn ‘Abbas said, “The Prophet slept till he snored and then prayed (or probably lay till his breath sounds were heard and then got up and prayed).” Ibn ‘Abbas added: “I stayed overnight in the house of my aunt, Maimuna, the Prophet slept for a part of the night, and late in the night, he got up and performed ablution from a hanging water skin, a light (perfect) ablution and stood up for the prayer. I, too, performed a similar ablution, then I went and stood on his left. He drew me to his right and prayed as much as Allah wished, and again lay and slept till his breath sounds were heard. Later on the Mua’dhdhin (callmaker for the prayer) came to him and informed him that it was time for Prayer. The Prophet went with him for the prayer without performing a new ablution.” (Sufyan said to ‘Amr that some people said, “The eyes of Allah’s Apostle sleep but his heart does not sleep.” ‘Amr replied, “I heard ‘Ubaid bin ‘Umar saying that the dreams of Prophets were Divine Inspiration, and then he recited the verse: ‘I (Abraham) see in a dream, (O my son) that I offer you in sacrifice (to Allah).” (37.102)
And it’s true. His heart was always awake. The dreams he used to get were divine inspirations due to the same reason. And his not renewing his wudu after sleeping was also because of this.
So I imagine, what would it feel like to have your heart awake all the time.. When we sleep, we want our whole body to rest so we’ll be fresh and ready to work when we wake up. But what about that heart that didn’t get rest at all?
And I come to the conclusion: heart’s sleep here does not mean that the heart stops its function. Rather, the eyes and ears of the heart go to sleep. And since Prophet (SAW)’s heart never slept, his eyes and ears of the heart were always awake. Meaning, even though his physical body was resting, he was still in his senses. Amazing right? :D
Wouldn’t we all love to try that? :)