“And Fir’aun (Pharaoh), and those before him, and the cities overthrown [the towns of the people of [Lout (Lot)] committed sin, They disobeyed their Lord’s Messenger, so He punished them with a strong punishment. Verily! When the water rose beyond its limits [Nuh’s (Noah) Flood], We carried you (mankind) in the floating [ship that was constructed by Nuh (Noah)].
That We might make it for you a reminder and [that] a conscious ear would be conscious of it.” [Surat Al-Haqqah 69:9-12]
These ayat mention a great story, that should be a reminder for all; to stay away from shirk and sins, one should also notice how the singular for ear is used ‘udhun’. Although the person that hears an admonition most definitely listens with both ears. This is because those that receive admonition and act upon their knowledge are very few. Those that believe wholeheartedly in Allaah, and His Oneness and follow strictly what He ordained in the Qur’aan and the Sunnah are a minority. We see the opposite of this in another ayah where Allaah says:
“And We have certainly created for Hell many of the jinn and mankind. They have hearts with which they do not understand, they have eyes with which they do not see, and they have ears with which they do not hear.Those are like livestock; rather, they are more astray. It is they who are the heedless.” [Surat Al-A’raaf 7:179]
The words used for the hearts, eyes and ears here are in the plural form, and this is because the people that disbelieve are many. Those that reject the aayaat (miracles, signs, verses, evidences and proofs) of Allaah, belie His Messengers and oppose His Oneness are abundant as Allaah said:
“And if you obey most of those upon the earth, they will mislead you from the way of Allah . They follow not except assumption, and they are not but falsifying.” [Surat Al-An’aam 6:116]
The Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said:
“Islam initiated as something strange, and it would revert to its (old position) of being strange. So glad tidings for the strangers” [Sahih Muslim]
So we understand that the ones that truly follow the path of Allaah, and the way of His Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) are few. Even amongst the Muslims, there are many sects that are as different to eachother as fire and water. This division was prophesized by the Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) as Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood narrated:
“The Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) drew a line for us and then said, ‘This is Allah’s Straight Path.’ Then he drew lines to its right and left, then he said, ‘These are paths, upon every one of them there is a devil calling towards it.’Then he (the Prophet(صلى الله عليه و سلم)) recited:
“Verily this is My Straight path, so follow it and follow not (other) paths, they will separate you away from His path. This He has ordained for you that you may become pious.” (Al-Anam 6:153) [Narrated by Imam Ahmad, Sahih]
We know therefore that there is only one path that leads straight to Jannah; it is the way that the Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) was upon, and the way of his companions. Despite all the fitan (trials and tribulations) that the Muslims are faced with, the Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said:
“A group of people from my Ummah will always remain triumphant on the right path and continue to be triumphant (against their opponents). He who deserts them shall not be able to do them any harm…” [Sahih Muslim]
We ask that Allaah make us of those that are upon His straight path and that He admits us to Jannah (Paradise) and that He saves us from the Fire. May the Salaah and the Salaam be upon the Messenger, his family, his companions and all those that follow them in righteousness till the Day of Judgement.