https://www.khutbah.info/seeing-allah-almighty/ Be conscious of Allah, obey Him, uphold your religion for His sake, submit to Him and do deeds only for His sake. For today there are deeds without reckoning and tomorrow there will be reckoning without deeds. Al Haqqah (69) 18: That Day, you will be exhibited [for judgement]; not hidden among you is anything concealed. Glancing at Allah the Most High will be the greatest pleasure for the inhabitants of paradise. The inhabitants of paradise upon glancing at Allah forget all other previous pleasures. And just as how knowing, loving and worshipping Allah was the greatest delight in this world, glancing at Allah in the permanent abode, listening to His Words and obtaining His pleasure is the greatest delight of Paradise. As related in the hadeeth of Abee Saeed Al Khudree: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said:Allah will say to the inhabitants of Paradise: O inhabitants of Paradise! They will say: O our Lord, we present ourselves and are at Your pleasure, and goodness rests in Your hands. Allah will say, “Are you satisfied?’ They will say, ‘Why shouldn’t we be satisfied, O our Lord as You have given us what You have not given to any of Your created beings?’ He will say, ‘Shall I not give you something better than that?’ They will say, ‘O our Lord! What else could be better than that?’ He will say, ‘I bestow My Pleasure on you and will never be displeased with you ever.’ [Bukhari 6549, Muslim 2829]
إِنَّ الْحَمْدَ لِلَّهِ ,نَحْمَدُهُ ,وَنَسْتَعِينُهُ وَنَسْتَغْفِرُهُ , وَنَعُوذُ بِاللهِ مِنْ شُرُورِ أَنْفُسِنَا وَمِنْ سَيِّئَاتِ أَعْمَالِنَا ,مَنْ يَهْدِهِ اللهُ فَلَا مُضِلَّ لَهُ , وَمَنْ يُضْلِلْ فَلَا هَادِيَ لَهُ , وَأَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ وَأَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُولُهُ
Verily, all praise is for Allah. We praise Him, we seek His assistance and we ask for His forgiveness. And we seek refuge in Him from the evils of our selves. Whoever Allah guides, none can misguide. Whoever He misguides, none can guide. And I bear witness that there is no deity other than Allah and I bear witness that Mohammad is His slave and messenger.
يَا أَيُّهَا الّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِ وَلَا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلَّا وَأَنْتُمْ مُسْلِمُونَ – آل عمران:102
Al Imran 102 : O you who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islam.
Be conscious of Allah, obey Him, uphold your religion for His sake, submit to Him and do deeds only for His sake. For today there are deeds without reckoning and tomorrow there will be reckoning without deeds.
يَوْمَئِذٍ تُعْرَضُونَ لَا تَخْفَى مِنْكُمْ خَافِيَةٌ
Al Haqqah (69) 18: That Day, you will be exhibited [for judgement]; not hidden among you is anything concealed.
Glancing at Allah the Most High will be the greatest pleasure for the inhabitants of paradise. The inhabitants of paradise upon glancing at Allah forget all other previous pleasures. And just as how knowing, loving and worshipping Allah was the greatest delight in this world, glancing at Allah in the permanent abode, listening to His Words and obtaining His pleasure is the greatest delight of Paradise. As related in the hadeeth of Abee Saeed Al Khudree: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said:
إِنَّ اللَّهَ تَبَارَكَ وَتَعَالَى يَقُولُ لِأَهْلِ الْجَنَّةِ: يَا أَهْلَ الْجَنَّةِ فَيَقُولُونَ: لَبَّيْكَ رَبَّنَا وَسَعْدَيْكَ, فَيَقُولُ: هَلْ رَضِيتُمْ, فَيَقُولُونَ: وَمَا لَنَا لَا نَرْضَى وَقَدْ أَعْطَيْتَنَا مَا لَمْ تُعْطِ أَحَدًا مِنْ خَلْقِكَ, فَيَقُولُ: أَنَا أُعْطِيكُمْ أَفْضَلَ مِنْ ذَلِكَ, قَالُوا: يَا رَبِّ, وَأَيُّ شَيْءٍ أَفْضَلُ مِنْ ذَلِكَ, فَيَقُولُ: أُحِلُّ عَلَيْكُمْ رِضْوَانِي, فَلَا أَسْخَطُ عَلَيْكُمْ بَعْدَهُ أَبَدًا
Allah will say to the inhabitants of Paradise: O inhabitants of Paradise! They will say: O our Lord, we present ourselves and are at Your pleasure, and goodness rests in Your hands. Allah will say, “Are you satisfied?’ They will say, ‘Why shouldn’t we be satisfied, O our Lord as You have given us what You have not given to any of Your created beings?’ He will say, ‘Shall I not give you something better than that?’ They will say, ‘O our Lord! What else could be better than that?’ He will say, ‘I bestow My Pleasure on you and will never be displeased with you ever.’ [Bukhari 6549, Muslim 2829]
Verily there are causes for glancing at Allah and securing His pleasure that a person should strive to do such that they may attain this high station in paradise.
From among the causes for glancing at Allah in Paradise are realization of Iman (faith) and Ihsan (excellence) as is in the Quran:
لِلَّذِينَ أَحْسَنُوا الْحُسْنَى وَزِيَادَةٌ
Yunus (10) 26: For them who have done good is the best [reward] – and extra. No darkness will cover their faces, nor humiliation. Those are companions of Paradise; they will abide therein eternally.
Ihsan (excellence) is the highest levels of Iman (faith) and it is to be watchful of Allah in public and private. And the best reward is Paradise. And even more is glancing at Allah. The Ihsan (excellence) is realized by those with certainty of belief. And the more yaqeen (certainty of belief) that a person has the more chance of seeing their Lord as Allah says of the people of yaqeen (certainty of belief) in the verse:
قَالَ الَّذِينَ يَظُنُّونَ أَنَّهُمْ مُلَاقُو اللَّهِ كَمْ مِنْ فِئَةٍ قَلِيلَةٍ غَلَبَتْ فِئَةً كَثِيرَةً بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ وَاللَّهُ مَعَ الصَّابِرِينَ
Al Baqarah (2) 249: But those who were certain that they would meet Allah said, “How many a small company has overcome a large company by permission of Allah. And Allah is with the patient.”
Certainty of meeting one’s Lord is the highest levels of Iman (faith) in the unseen and the genuine feelings of longing for meeting Allah.
From among the ways to grow certainty in the hearts is to think and reflect about His signs in the creation and reflect and ponder on the Quranic verses. Through this, one achieves certainty of belief as mentioned in the Quran.
اللَّهُ الَّذِي رَفَعَ السَّمَاوَاتِ بِغَيْرِ عَمَدٍ تَرَوْنَهَا ثُمَّ اسْتَوَى عَلَى الْعَرْشِ وَسَخَّرَ الشَّمْسَ وَالْقَمَرَ كُلٌّ يَجْرِي لِأَجَلٍ مُسَمًّى يُدَبِّرُ الْأَمْرَ يُفَصِّلُ الْآيَاتِ لَعَلَّكُمْ بِلِقَاءِ رَبِّكُمْ تُوقِنُونَ
Ar Rad (13) 2: It is Allah who erected the heavens without pillars that you [can] see; then He established Himself above the Throne and made subject the sun and the moon, each running [its course] for a specified term. He arranges [each] matter; He details the signs that you may, of the meeting with your Lord, be certain.
On the other hand, turning away from Allah and not performing the worship of thinking and reflection is a barrier to obtaining Allah’s pleasure in the final abode:
أَوَلَمْ يَتَفَكَّرُوا فِي أَنْفُسِهِمْ مَا خَلَقَ اللَّهُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ وَمَا بَيْنَهُمَا إِلَّا بِالْحَقِّ وَأَجَلٍ مُسَمًّى وَإِنَّ كَثِيرًا مِنَ النَّاسِ بِلِقَاءِ رَبِّهِمْ لَكَافِرُونَ
Ar Room (30) 8: Do they not contemplate within themselves? Allah has not created the heavens and the earth and what is between them except in truth and for a specified term. And indeed, many of the people, in the meeting with their Lord, are disbelievers.
From among the causes for glancing at Allah in Paradise is to be sincere in doing deeds because the major shirk (association with Allah) makes all the deeds of no use. Also, showing off destroys the deeds because it was done for other than Allah as indicated in the hadeeth:
أَنَا أَغْنَى الشُّرَكَاءِ عَنِ الشِّرْكِ, مَنْ عَمِلَ عَمَلًا أَشْرَكَ فِيهِ مَعِي غَيْرِي تَرَكْتُهُ وَشِرْكَهُ
“Allah says: ‘I am the Most Self-Sufficient and I have no need for an associate. Thus he who does an action for someone else’s sake as well as Mine will have that action renounced by Me to him whom he associated with Me.’” [Muslim 2985]
And Allah ordered the one who longs for meeting Him to have sincerity :
فَمَنْ كَانَ يَرْجُو لِقَاءَ رَبِّهِ فَلْيَعْمَلْ عَمَلًا صَالِحًا وَلَا يُشْرِكْ بِعِبَادَةِ رَبِّهِ أَحَدًا
Al Kahf (18) 110: So whoever would hope for the meeting with his Lord – let him do righteous work and not associate in the worship of his Lord anyone.
From among the causes for glancing at Allah the Most High in paradise is seeking help through patience and prayer and striving for focus. For the prayer is communication with Allah and the person’s focus in it is a proof of their longing to meet Him. For he loves meeting Allah the Most High and Allah the Most High loves meeting him.
وَاسْتَعِينُوا بِالصَّبْرِ وَالصَّلَاةِ وَإِنَّهَا لَكَبِيرَةٌ إِلَّا عَلَى الْخَاشِعِينَ * الَّذِينَ يَظُنُّونَ أَنَّهُمْ مُلَاقُو رَبِّهِمْ وَأَنَّهُمْ إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ
Al Baqarah (2) 45-46: (45) And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to Allah]. (46) Who are certain that they will meet their Lord and that they will return to Him.
Meeting Allah includes glancing at Him. For this reason among the obstacles for glancing at Allah is disbelief and hypocrisy because they deny that there will be a meeting with Allah.
قَدْ خَسِرَ الَّذِينَ كَذَّبُوا بِلِقَاءِ اللَّهِ وَمَا كَانُوا مُهْتَدِينَ
Yunus (10) 45: Those will have lost who denied the meeting with Allah and were not guided.
أُولَئِكَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا بِآيَاتِ رَبِّهِمْ وَلِقَائِهِ فَحَبِطَتْ أَعْمَالُهُمْ فَلَا نُقِيمُ لَهُمْ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ وَزْنًا
Al Kahf (18) 105: Those are the ones who disbelieve in the verses of their Lord and in [their] meeting Him, so their deeds have become worthless; and We will not assign to them on the Day of Resurrection any weight [i.e., importance].
From among the causes of glancing at Allah in Paradise is to supplicate for it and seek out the times of acceptance. For a person may ask at the time of accepted supplication and his Lord will facilitate the means for him and give it to him. And it was related that the Prophet ﷺ supplicated to look at his Lord.
Ata bn As-Sa’ib narrated that his father said: “Ammar bin Yasir led us in prayer and he made it brief. Some of the people said to him: ‘You made the prayer brief.’ He said: ‘Nevertheless I still recited supplications that I heard from the Messenger of Allah ﷺ .’ When he got up and left, a man followed him and asked him about that supplication, then he came and told the people.
اللَّهُمَّ بِعِلْمِكَ الْغَيْبَ, وَقُدْرَتِكَ عَلَى الْخَلْقِ, أَحْيِنِي مَا عَلِمْتَ الْحَيَاةَ خَيْرًا لِي, وَتَوَفَّنِي إِذَا عَلِمْتَ الْوَفَاةَ خَيْرًا لِي, اللَّهُمَّ وَأَسْأَلُكَ خَشْيَتَكَ فِي الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ, وَأَسْأَلُكَ كَلِمَةَ الْحَقِّ فِي الرِّضَا وَالْغَضَبِ, وَأَسْأَلُكَ الْقَصْدَ فِي الْفَقْرِ وَالْغِنَى، وَأَسْأَلُكَ نَعِيمًا لَا يَنْفَدُ, وَأَسْأَلُكَ قُرَّةَ عَيْنٍ لَا تَنْقَطِعُ, وَأَسْأَلُكَ الرِّضَاءَ بَعْدَ الْقَضَاءِ, وَأَسْأَلُكَ بَرْدَ الْعَيْشِ بَعْدَ الْمَوْتِ, وَأَسْأَلُكَ لَذَّةَ النَّظَرِ إِلَى وَجْهِكَ, وَالشَّوْقَ إِلَى لِقَائِكَ فِي غَيْرِ ضَرَّاءَ مُضِرَّةٍ , وَلَا فِتْنَةٍ مُضِلَّةٍ, اللَّهُمَّ زَيِّنَّا بِزِينَةِ الْإِيمَانِ, وَاجْعَلْنَا هُدَاةً مُهْتَدِينَ”
O Allah, by Your knowledge of the unseen and Your power over creation, keep me alive so long as You know that living is good for me and cause me to die when You know that death is better for me. O Allah, cause me to fear You in secret and in public. I ask You to make me true in speech in times of pleasure and of anger. I ask You to make me moderate in times of wealth and poverty. And I ask You for everlasting delight and joy that will never cease. I ask You to make me pleased with that which You have decreed and for an easy life after death. I ask You for the sweetness of looking upon Your face and a longing to meet You in a manner that does not entail a calamity that will bring about harm or a trial that will cause deviation. O Allah, beautify us with the adornment of faith and make us among
أَقُولُ مَا تَسْمَعُونَ وَأَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ لِي وَلَكُمْ مِنْ كُلِّ ذَنْبٍ فَاسْتَغْفِرُوهُ إِنَّهُ هُوَ الغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ
I say what you have heard and I seek forgiveness from Allah for me and you from every sin. So seek forgives from Him, Verily He is Oft-Forgiving, the Most Merciful.
الحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ, وَالصَّلَاةُ وَالسَّلَامُ عَلَى رَسُولِ اللهِ , وَ أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَاْ إِلَهَ إِلَّاْ اَللهُ وَحْدَهُ لَاْشَرِيْكَ لَهُ وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدَاً عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُوْلُهُ
All praise is to Allah, and peace and blessings upon the Messenger of Allah, and I bear witness that there is no deity other than Allah and I bear witness that Mohammad is His slave and messenger.
The people of paradise will glance at their Lord every Friday and it is called the day of extra. In addition, the people who safeguarded the Fajr and Asr prayers will exclusively see their Lord in the morning and evening which indicates the great place that these prayers have with our Lord and their importance. In spite of this, many people are heedless of these two prayers.
Jarir bin ‘Abdullah Al-Bajali narrated:
كُنَّا جُلُوسًا عِنْدَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِذْ نَظَرَ إِلَى الْقَمَرِ لَيْلَةَ الْبَدْرِ, فَقَالَ: أَمَا إِنَّكُمْ سَتَرَوْنَ رَبَّكُمْ كَمَا تَرَوْنَ هَذَا الْقَمَرَ, لَا تُضَامُونَ فِي رُؤْيَتِهِ, فَإِنِ اسْتَطَعْتُمْ أَنْ لَا تُغْلَبُوا عَلَى صَلَاةٍ قَبْلَ طُلُوعِ الشَّمْسِ, وَقَبْلَ غُرُوبِهَا» -يَعْنِي الْعَصْرَ وَالْفَجْرَ-, ثُمَّ قَرَأَ جَرِيرٌ: ﴿وَسَبِّحْ بِحَمْدِ رَبِّكَ قَبْلَ طُلُوعِ الشَّمْسِ وَقَبْلَ غُرُوبِهَا﴾ [طه: 130]» رَوَاهُ مُسْلِمٌ.
“We were seated with the Prophet ﷺ when he looked towards the moon on the night of a full moon and said: “Indeed you shall be placed before your Lord and you shall see Him as you see this moon. You will see Him without trouble. So if you are able to keep from becoming overwhelmed from prayer before the rising of the sun and before its setting, then do so.” Then he recited: Taha 130: And glorify the praises of your Lord before the setting. [Muslim 633a]
Hafidh Ibn Rajeb said that we were commanded to be diligent in offering these two prayers. They are the prayers of Fajr and Asr. And this is an indication of the great weight of these two prayers. They are the most noble of the five prayers. Glancing at Allah is the best aspect of Paradise and the most noble part of this world is offering these two prayers. Through offering these two prayers one hopes to enter paradise and glancing at Allah as is in the hadeeth:
مَنْ صَلَّى الْبَرْدَيْنِ دَخَلَ الْجَنَّةَ
He who observed the two cool prayers will enter Paradise. [Muslim 635a]
And this is an indication that entering paradise depends on offering the prayers with belief. So whomsoever does not pray will be from the inhabitants of the fire. Allah Almighty said:
مَا سَلَكَكُمْ فِي سَقَرَ * قَالُوا لَمْ نَكُ مِنَ الْمُصَلِّينَ
Al Mudather (74) 42-43: “What has caused you to enter Hell?” They will say, “We were not of those who prayed”
The people with the highest stations in paradise are those who will glance at their Lord two times (in the morning and evening), whereas the majority of the people of Paradise will glance at their Lord every Friday the day of extra.
So let us be diligent in offering the prayers doing good deeds as much as we can for they are a means to glance at Allah and obtain His pleasure in Paradise. Verily this is the greatest success for those seeking success. And not doing so is the greatest deprivation.
وَإِذَا رَأَيْتَ ثَمَّ رَأَيْتَ نَعِيمًا وَمُلْكًا كَبِيرً
Al Insan (76) 20: And when you look there [in Paradise], you will see pleasure and great dominion.We ask Allah Almighty to make us among those who safeguard the prayers, attain His pleasure and grant us Paradise and the ultimate delight of glancing at Him. Indeed Allah is All Hearing, Answering.
هَذَا وَصَلُّوا وَسَلِّمُوا عَلَى نَبِيِّكُم كَمَا أَمَرَكُمْ بِذلِكَ رَبُّكُمْ , فَقَالَ
I conclude with this and send prayers of blessings and peace upon your Prophet as your Lord commanded:
إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ ۚ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا صَلُّوا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا
Al Ahzaab (33) 56: Indeed, Allah confers blessing upon the Prophet, and His angels [ask Him to do so]. O you who have believed, ask [ Allah to confer] blessing upon him and ask [ Allah to grant him] peace.
اللَّهُمَّ اهْدِنا فِيمَنْ هَدَيْتَ وَعَافِنا فِيمَنْ عَافَيْتَ وَتَوَلَّنا فِيمَنْ تَوَلَّيْتَ وَبَارِكْ لنا فِيمَا أَعْطَيْتَ وَقِنا شَرَّ مَا قَضَيْتَ إِنَّكَ تَقْضِي وَلاَ يُقْضَى عَلَيْكَ وَإِنَّهُ لاَ يَذِلُّ مَنْ وَالَيْتَ تَبَارَكْتَ رَبَّنَا وَتَعَالَيْتَ
O Allah, guide us with those whom You have guided, grant us well-being among those You have granted well-being, be an ally to us along with those whom You are an ally to, and bless what You have bestowed upon us, and save us from the evil of what You have decreed. For verily You decree and none can decree over You. He whom You support can never be humiliated. Glory is to You, our Lord, You are Blessed and Exalted.
اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّا نَسْأَلُكَ مِنَ الْخَيْرِ كُلِّهِ عَاجِلِهِ وَآجِلِهِ مَا عَلِمْنا مِنْهُ وَمَا لَمْ نَعْلَمْ وَنَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الشَّرِّ كُلِّهِ عَاجِلِهِ وَآجِلِهِ مَا عَلِمْنا مِنْهُ وَمَا لَمْ نَعْلَمْ اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّا نَسْأَلُكَ مِنْ خَيْرِ مَا سَأَلَكَ عَبْدُكَ وَنَبِيُّكَ وَنَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا عَاذَ بِهِ عَبْدُكَ وَنَبِيُّكَ اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّا نَسْأَلُكَ الْجَنَّةَ وَمَا قَرَّبَ إِلَيْهَا مِنْ قَوْلٍ أَوْ عَمَلٍ وَنَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ النَّارِ وَمَا قَرَّبَ إِلَيْهَا مِنْ قَوْلٍ أَوْ عَمَلٍ وَنَسْأَلُكَ أَنْ تَجْعَلَ كُلَّ قَضَاءٍ قَضَيْتَهُ لَنا خَيْرًا
O Allah, We ask You for all that is good, in this world and in the Hereafter, what we know and what we do not know. O Allah, we seek refuge with You from all evil, in this world and in the Hereafter, what we know and what we do not know. O Allah, we ask You for the good that Your servant and Prophet has asked You for, and we seek refuge with You from the evil from which Your servant and Prophet sought refuge. O Allah, we ask You for Paradise and for that which brings one closer to it, in word and deed, and we seek refuge in You from Hell and from that which brings one closer to it, in word and deed. And we ask You to make every decree that You decree concerning us good
عِبَادَ اللّهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالْإِحْسَانِ وَإِيتَاءِ ذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَيَنْهَىٰ عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنكَرِ وَالْبَغْيِ يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ
Servants of Allah. Indeed, Allah orders justice and good conduct and giving to relatives and forbids immorality and bad conduct and oppression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded.
اُذْكُرُوا اللَّهَ الْعَظِيمَ يَذْكُرْكُمْ واشْكُرُوهُ يَزِدْكُمْ واسْتَغْفِرُوهُ يَغْفِرْ لكُمْ واتّقُوهُ يَجْعَلْ لَكُمْ مِنْ أَمْرِكُمْ مَخْرَجًا وَأَقِمِ الصّلَاة
Remember Allah, the Great – He will remember you. Thank Him for His favors – He will increase you therein. And seek forgiveness from Him – He will forgive you. And be conscious of Him – He will provide you a way out of difficult matters. And, establish the prayer.
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