By Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Adil ق
● Make Your Forced Khalwa a Blessing [31/03/2020]
“A’ūdhu biLlāhi mina sh-shayṭāni r-rajīm. Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥīm. “Wa mā khalqtnā-‘l-jinna wa’l-insa illā li-ya‘budūn” (Qur’ān 51:56). Allah ﷻ created jinn and mankind to worship Him. Allah ﷻ says, “I do not ask of them provision, but they are created to worship to me.”
This year there happened to be an opportunity for people not go to work. What should one do while home? We should at least live up to the reason for which Allah ﷻ created us, and this obliges us to carry out our daily practices of worship. Normally these [months] are for khalwa, [but] it is now an obliged seclusion (khalwah) for everyone so that they do not go out. There is good in bad. For us this happened to be an opportunity to stay home, and yet most people spend this time in vain. They trouble themselves, whereas in fact, the purpose of our creation was to make an effort to worship. As far as work outside home for our provision, we are to ask for halal earnings, [the working for] which is considered an act of worship coming from a good intention. But since we all are now obliged to stay home, let’s take care of our daily [worship] practices, [too]. This what Allah ﷻ likes.
Do as much daily practice as you can, such as reading the Holy Quran, the Dala’il ul-Khayrat, looking into the hadith. Do as much as possible of every practice of worship. Do your tasbihat dhikr and salawat. Organize it all and do a certain amount in the morning, some at noon, that you will get up for tahajjud, will pray the fajr before sunrise, and so forth. Make a great effort to fulfill your daily practice routine in the best way possible. Do not be idle. It will cause bad moods and will bother you. We are fulfilling the purpose of our creation and not standing idle. It is important not to waste [our time], so have it pass in a fully meaningful way, insha’Allah. Your reward is more if a bit of suffering is required, and that is even the case during these three holy months. This is an opportunity to make the most of it, which is something good for you and your Akhirah.”