“SO FLEE TO ALLAH”
Subhanahu wa Ta’ala
Have you ever recited a verse of Allah’s Noble Quran, or listened to that verse, repeatedly, and it is as though you are now hearing it for the very first time?
When we are being tested, we approach the Quran with a more receptive heart. We also come to understand the Quran better, particularly when we separate ourselves from the distractions of this worldly life.
Hazrat Uthman (may Allah be pleased with him) said;
“If the hearts are pure, they would never satisfy their thirst from the Book of Allah.”
The Quran does not open up its secrets to you unless you open your heart to it. The Quran does not spill its pearls to the undeserving.
فَفِرُّوا إِلَی اللَّهِ إِنِّي لَكُم مِّنْهُ نَذِيرٌ مُّبِينٌ
“Therefore, flee to Allah. Indeed, I am a plain warner to you from Him.” [Surah Dhariyat: Ayat 50]
Allah calls turning back to Him as fleeing, because turning to anyone or anything other than Him involves a great deal of fear and negative consequences. In turning to Him, there are all the things that one enjoys; security, happiness and victory. There is peace and tranquility.
You can flee from everyone you fear, except Allah, may He be exalted; the more you fear Allah, the more you flee to Him.
This verse is one of the greatest verses in the Holy Qur’an. It combines meanings of both fear and hope: fear of Allah and turning to Him, for there is no refuge from Him except in Him. The fact that no one offers refuge from Him except Him serves to tell His slaves that He is More Merciful than anyone else, and He wants to show mercy and forgive.
‘Allaamah ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullah) explained that the level of “fleeing to Allah” is one of the levels of those who are striving to reach Allah.
“If you knew Allah as He should be known, you would leave people aside and take Him as your companion.” [Ibn al Qayyim (rahimahullah)]
“To know Allah, you must first know yourself. When you seek Allah with all your heart, He will subject you to many hardships. During this period, you will get to know yourself. Your strength and weakness will become fully apparent, and Allah will remind you that He has power over all things.”
“Anyone who seeks Allah will surely find Him.” [Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani (rahimahullah)]
In this quest to seek Allah, to know Allah, to recognize His Majesty and Power, His Mercy and Forgiveness, to gain the Ma’rifat and Recognition of Allah, be prepared to crawl.
“If all you can do is crawl, start crawling.” [Maulana Rumi (rahimahullah)]
Be prepared to have everyone and everything you love taken away or to be subjected to some type of trial because of them. Be prepared to even lose some people and possessions forever.
This journey will first allow you to realize you are nothing, regardless of your status, position, wealth, name, fame; you will realize that none of those matter. You will realize that you are nothing.
Always remember, however, that you are never alone:
وَهُوَ مَعَكُمْ أَيْنَ مَا كُنتُمْ
“… and He is with you wherever you are...” [Surah Hadeed: Verse 4]
Imam al-Tabari (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
Allah says: ‘Flee, O people, from the punishment of Allah to His Mercy by believing in Him, following His commands and striving to obey Him.’ (Jaami‘ al-Bayaan)
Muhammad ibn ‘Abd-Allah ibn ‘Amr ibn ‘Uthmaan ibn ‘Affaan (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “Flee to Allah” means – ‘Go to Makkah.’
Al-Husayn ibn al-Fadl (rahimahullah) said: ‘Flee from everything except Allah. The one who flees to anything else will not escape His punishment.’
Abu Bakr al-Warraaq (rahimahullah) said: ‘Flee from obeying the Shaytaan to obeying al-Rahmaan (the Most Merciful).’
‘Amr ibn ‘Uthmaan (rahimahullah) said: ‘Flee from yourself to your Lord.’
He also said: ‘Flee to (and be content with) that which Allah has already decreed for you, and do not rely on your own efforts.’ (Al-Jaami‘ li Ahkaam al-Qur’aan)
Al-‘Allaamah ‘Abd al-Rahmaan al-Sa‘di (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
‘When Allah called people to look at His signs which prompt one to fear Him and turn to Him, He enjoined that which is the aim behind that, which is to flee to Him, i.e., flee from that which Allah hates, both visible and hidden, to that which He loves, both visible and hidden; flee from ignorance to knowledge, from disbelief to faith, from disobedience to obedience, from heedlessness to remembrance (dhikr)of Allah. The one who achieves all of that has fulfilled all the commitments enjoined by Islam, and will no longer have any fears; he will have achieved his ultimate goal.’
The Book of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala is extraordinary in opening our awareness in order that we contemplate, think and understand His Signs.
“Let not the people come to know except of your happiness, and let them not see except your smile. If life becomes constricted upon you, then within the Qur’an is your orchard. [Shaykh Abu Ishaq al-Huwayni (rahimahullah)]
“The intelligent and refined find no rest in dwelling in one place,
So leave your homeland and travel far away!
Travel and you will meet new people replacing those left behind,
And tire yourself out, because it makes life worth living!
I have seen that water stagnates when it stands still,
Yet when it runs it is sweet and pure.
And if the lion left not its land,
it would not catch its prey
And if the arrow left not the bow,
it would not hit its aim
And if the sun moved not across the horizon,
People the world over would have tired of the sky.”
– Imam Shafi (rahimahullah)