Live by the code

[The law of Islam is universal and applicable for all time. Allah almighty is Alim (all-knowing) and Hakim (all-wise). We can never fully fathom the depth of His wisdom. To abandon the wisdom of Allah and his decree in favour of our ideas or societal values is foolhardy. We would have abandoned that which is superior for that which inferior. The result will be ruin in this world and the next. Success lies in following the decree of Allah, the outcome is the will of Allah almighty and in Him we trust. - Saif]

In doing any work, a person should think,

I am bounded to the code. The law of Allah cannot be shifted here and there one bit. If worked in accordance to the code, the help of Allah almighty will be present, his pleasure will be acquired and there will be success in [my] endeavour. Theoretically, even if by following the code, work was not done rather it failed and did not come to be, even then I am successful. The reason being, my success lies in not going against the rules of the lord. If by going against the rules I have conquered the whole world I will be thrown into the fire. There it will not be asked, ‘How much was done?’ Rather there it would be asked, ‘Did you act in accordance to the law or not?’

Hence, those people who are occupied in the service of the din of Allah almighty, if they do the work of din whilst abiding by the code, their service is accepted. However, if they do whatever comes to their heart and do no take consideration of the rules [of shariah], they are the slaves of their selves and not the servant of Allah. Their service is for their egos, not for Allah. Their propagation is not accepted. Be it the propagation of the people belonging to a madarsah, political institute or an abbey […]; no one’s will be accepted. There, no one will be given consideration. Allah almighty has one code for everyone.

Posted in ijtima.org, note 71 (28 Muharram 1434). Originally published in Tabligh ki Shar'i awr Hudd (1419) in Khutbat al-Rashidiyyah (1425). Mft Rashid Ahmad Ludhyanwi. Kitab Gar; Nazi Abad, Pakistan. v.2 p. 334

Translated by Muhammad Saifur Rahman