“Ibn al-Qayyim said: “Using one’s bodily organs in the obedience of Allah strengthens them, while using them to disobey Allah weakens them.”
He dedicated an entire chapter to this, in his amazing book, ‘al-Fawa’id,’ and I had touched upon this in previous recorded lectures of mine. Even the jinn and humans assist the believer if he obeys Allah. To make a long story short, whoever obeys Allah, everything will obey him. And we informed you that, on the day that ‘Uqbah bin Nafi’ wanted to establish the city of Qayrawan in the middle of a thick jungle, he prayed two rak’ahs, and said: “O you vicous beasts! O you wild animals! O you poisonous snakes! We are the army of Muhammad! We want to establish ourselves here, so, leave!” Minutes later, all of the animals in the area carried their offspring, and left them the jungle.
Whoever obeys Allah, everything obeys him! Everything!
On the day that they were in Persia (Iraq), one of the Companions – and the Companions had never learned the Persian, Roman, or Assyrian languages – said something in Persian, so, the Persian troops evacuated. He does not know Persian, nor does he know Pashtu! So, when they ran away, the Companions caught up with them, imprisoned them, and asked them: “Why did you run away?”
They replied: “We heard, from the tongue of your companion, that you had come to eat us up, so, we ran away!”
The Companions asked the Companion who’d said this: “What did you say?”
He replied: “I have no idea.”
The Angels had spoken on his tongue! We had mentioned before that the Angels would speak through the tongue of ‘Umar. An Angel, speaking in his name. Because of this, sometimes, a devil will speak on the tongue of the human! If he is angry, for example, Satan will speak on his tongue. Therefore, it is advised that he perform ablution, in order to expell the Devil, because “nothing puts out the Devil other than the water of ablution.”
So, the obedience of Allah…ya Salam! I am amazed at how humanity lives, my brothers!”
There Is No Escape from Allah, Except to Him:
“Today, the average American, if he experiences some problem, what does he do? He goes to the church! He has been avoiding church for such a long time, and now, he turns to Allah! The Jews said: ‘We will remove the concept of God from the minds of the Christians, and put in its place financial figures.’ Does the average American get up at night to pray to Allah – the Mighty and Exalted? Does he show his need to Allah during the morning hours? What does he do? That is why, if he is faced with a huge problem, he has no option in front of him, except to commit suicide. This is what he does in this life. However, in the Hereafter, “…neither will it have a complete killing effect on them, so that they die, nor shall its torment be lightened for them…” [Fatir; 36]
…By Allah, the crisis of the disbeliever and the rebellious sinner in this life and the next truly is a crisis! For us, when we are stricken with some problem, one of us gets up during the night, humiliating himself before Allah – the Mighty and Exalted – saying: ‘O Lord! Relieve me of this! O Lord! Make this easy! O Allah! Make for us a way out of every grief and sadness, and make for us a way out of every tight situation!” You supplicate! As for the American, and the Brit – where does he go? That is why their problems pile on top of each other, until this results in psychological complications: “Verily, those who oppose Allah and His Messenger will be disgraced, just as those before them were disgraced.” [al-Mujadilah; 5]
Complications and disgrace. That is why you see that they cannot arrive at anything. They walk around, eating, enjoying themselves, not knowing how to rid themselves of these pains that they are living in. So, they do not find anything but the path of alcohol, the path of drugs. These drugs, such as marijuana, that these Americans use, and heroin, etc. – this heroin costs $1,000 for a gram! A kilogram costs a million dollars! You constantly see them with a needle – a syringe, for their drug use…They cannot sleep! Constant anxiety, sadness! 54 million Americans – one quarter of the American population – suffers from mental and psychological problems. You see one of them, a millionaire, in the newspapers: ‘Such-and-such killed themself…threw himself in front of a train…put himself underneath a train…threw himself off of a rooftop…’ – all in order to rid himself of this anxiety and sadness. He can find no escape! Where will he go? There is no escape from Allah, except to Him!
…One time, one of the brothers from the Mujahidin in Palestine said to me: “A Communist from the PDFLP (People’s Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine) and I were surrounded for three days by the Jews. Finally, when we felt impending doom upon us, as a result of our scarce food and water supply, he said: “Supplicate to your Lord.” I said: “No. You supplicate to Stalin, so that he could save us”” – the Muslim is sarcastically telling this Communist to pray to Stalin or Marx. The Communist replied: “Where is Marx? Where is Stalin?” So, the brother called out: “O Allah,” and Allah saved them.
And I have said to you that even these Russian Communists who descended upon the town of Jatral (a Pakistani border town, near Afghanistan) in their aircraft, it was said to them, by the locals: “What is it that frightens you most?” The Russians replied: “The Stinger missiles. However, we have memorized some texts from your holy book (the Qur’an) that were taught to us by the Afghans. We recite these texts, and we are saved from these Stingers.”
They recite the Qur’an in order to save themselves! Do Marx or Gorbachev save them?
“…They invoke Allah, making their faith pure for Him, saying: ‘If You deliver us from this, we shall truly be of the grateful.'” [Yunus; 22]”
[‘Fi Dhilal Surat at-Tawbah’; p. 502-505]