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Dear blessed congregation,
Let us remain truly conscious of Allah through taqwa. Do all that He has required from us. Refrain from all that He has prohibited. Know that Allah s.w.t. is always conscious and aware of our actions, wherever we may be. We must therefore ensure that we remain faithful and conscious of Allah, whether in the open or when we are on our own.
My dear brothers,
Let us use this moment to reflect on our relationship with our Creator, Allah s.w.t. Put aside all other concerns, whether it is our work, our problems or others.
Following from last week’s sermon, I would like to invite everyone to reflect on another glorious name of Allah, among His many beautiful names, the al-Asma’ al-Husna, which is Ar-Raqib, which means: The Watchful One. Allah s.w.t. says in surah Al-An’aam verse 59:
Which means: “With Him are the keys of the unseen, the treasures that none knows but He. He knows whatever there is on the earth and in the sea. Not a leaf does fall but with His knowledge: there is not a grain in the darkness (or depths) of the earth, nor anything fresh or dry (green or withered), but is (inscribed) in a record clear (to those who can read).”
My dear brothers,
This verse explains the thoroughness and completeness of Allah’s knowledge and observation. Allah s.w.t. knows the movement of each leaf as it falls from the tree. Allah knows, every day, how many leaves wither away, from which tree, and for what reason. This is from the first day the world was created, until the day of judgement.
If this is the extent to which Allah knows the movement of a leaf, imagine His knowledge of our actions as human beings, our good as well as bad deeds. This is particularly because He appointed humankind as His vicegerent (khalifah) on earth to take care and manage this world.
Know that Allah s.w.t. is aware of all our actions and movements, every second of our lives. He is always with His servant, and He knows what we do and what we have not done. Allah s.w.t. says in surah Al-Mulk verse 13:
Which means: “And whether you hide your word or make it known, He certainly has (full) knowledge, of the secrets of (all) hearts.”
My dear brothers,
Let us listen to the story of Nabi Yunus a.s. The Holy Quran recounts that when he found himself in a whale, Nabi Yunus a.s. had a fervent belief and faith in Allah s.w.t. the All-Hearing and All-Watchful, that Allah knows the conditions of His servants, regardless of where they are.
Allah s.w.t. says in surah Al-Anbiya’ verses 87-88:
Which means: “.…..But he cried through the depths of darkness, “There is no god but You: glory to You: I was indeed wrong! Then we heard his prayer and saved him from the anguish. Thus we save believers.”
Imagine for a minute the condition of Nabi Yunus a.s., as he found himself in the belly of a big fish, in the middle of the vast ocean. Certainly, no one would know of his condition and his whereabouts, except Allah s.w.t.
However, Nabi Yunus a.s. had a firm belief in Allah’s knowledge and observation, and thus, asked from Allah s.w.t. with all hope and faith. He did not only ask for a way out from his predicament, but also forgiveness for any wrongdoing.
We must emulate his resilient faith in Allah s.w.t. He remembered Allah s.w.t. at all times, and he had a strong faith in Allah’s knowledge of all his actions. These are the attributes of the believers and the faithful.
My dear brothers,
When we understand and internalise the meaning of Allah’s name, Ar-Raqib, we will remind ourselves that we are constantly being monitored and observed by Allah s.w.t.
For example, as a Muslim worker, we will always be responsible and dutiful at work. We will perform our duties at work as expected.
As a husband or wife, we will remain trustworthy and truthful towards the other, despite the possibility of not being so, especially when we are on our own.
As a child, you will say the truth and will not lie to your parents, even though your parents are not able to see what you do when you are out of their sight.
This is because, you remind yourself that Allah s.w.t. will always see and observe your actions, good or bad. Our beloved Prophet s.a.w. said in a hadith:
Which means: “You should worship Allah as if you can see Him, and when you are not able to do so, then know that Allah s.w.t. observes you.” Hadith narrated by Imam Tirmizi.
It is clear to us, therefore, that by internalising this attribute of Allah, Ar-Raqib, we will gain the following benefits in our lives as Muslims:
First, we will become those who are truly conscious of Allah s.w.t. and we are always reminded that He observes us all the time.
Second, we will be sincere in all our deeds. We do good only because we hope for Allah’s rewards, not because we want to be praised or in the pursuit of other worldly benefits. It suffices that Allah s.w.t. knows what we have done.
Third, we will strive to do good, even if it is a very small act of kindness that we can afford. Because what matters is that Allah observes and knows what we have done.
Allah s.w.t. says in surah al-Zalzalah verses 7-8:
Which means: “So, he who has done good as small as an atom, shall see it. And he who has done bad, as small as an atom, shall see it.”
Fourth, we must strive at all times to improve the quality of our deeds, and therefore ensure what we do today, is better than our deeds of yesterday.
We must remind ourselves that there is nothing in this life that escapes the knowledge and scrutiny of Allah s.w.t. May Allah s.w.t. grant us His guidance and help for us to be those who are truly conscious to Him, and make us among those who are blessed with His pleasure and blessings Amin Ya Rabbal ’Alamin.