17th Rajab al-Assab 1440H
Ilmal Yaqeen – The First Level of Spiritual Knowledge
During the Holy month of Rajab al-Assab, our focus naturally turns towards our spirituality and our relationship with Allah (SWT). In this series of meditations, we will focus on the tafseer of Surah at-Takathur, in order to help us with this shift in our focus, so that we can all reap the rewards of this Holy month, as much as possible, in sha Allah.
Yesterday we discussed the three levels of knowing in Islam, ilmal yaqeen, aynul yaqeen and haqul yaqeen. We used the example of a person seeing a fire to explain the different levels of knowing.
Although it is easy to have these levels of knowing about something tangible in this world, how can we have the same level of knowing about something intangible that is not in this world?
Whilst we can see the smoke, the fire and feel the heat of a fire in this world, how can we have the same depth of knowing about the greatest fire of all, the hell-fire, when we can neither see its smoke, the hell-fire itself or feel its heat in this world?
In the fifth and sixth ayahs of Surah-at-Takathur, Allah (SWT) begins to explain this to us.
Allah (SWT) says ‘Kalla law ta'lamoona 'ilmal yaqeen. Latara-wun nal jaheem’ (Nay, were ye to know with certainty of mind, (ye would beware!) Ye shall certainly see Hell-Fire!).
In these ayahs, Allah (SWT) mentions the first level of knowing, ilmal yaqeen and says that if we had certainty of mind, we would beware as we would see the Hell-fire (by seeing the smoke from it). This smoke is evidence of the hell-fire and the more smoke that we see, the closer we know that we are to it, as we associate more smoke with closeness to a fire.
How exactly would we see this smoke? Very simply through our acts of Taqathur, the acts which take us further from Allah (SWT) and, consequently, closer to the smoke that tells us we are close to the hell-fire.
May Allah (SWT) give us the spiritual understanding to have certainty in our mind regarding that which is Taqathur and take us closer to the hell-fire. May we use ilmal yaqeen to associate acts of Taqathur with closeness to the hell-fire, so that we abstain from them and, consequently, distance our self in this world from that which brings us close to the hell-fire and, on the day of judgment itself, be saved from the hell-fire itself. Aamin.