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Day of Promises when Allah Said “Am I not your Lord?”

All children of Adam were granted faith on the Day of Promises.  On that day brother and sisters, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters gathered in front of Allah Almighty.  Our Lord asked the souls of all descendants of Adam: ” Am I not your Lord?.  We replied: “Yes, verily.  We testify that you are our Lord.”  Every soul promised in front of Allah Almighty that they accepted him as  their creator, accepted his message through his Prophets, and accepted his oneness. According to the holy Quran:

وَإِذْ أَخَذَ رَبُّكَ مِن بَنِي آدَمَ مِن ظُهُورِهِمْ ذُرِّيَّتَهُمْ وَأَشْهَدَهُمْ عَلَى أَنفُسِهِمْ أَلَسْتُ بِرَبِّكُمْ قَالُواْ بَلَى شَهِدْنَا أَن تَقُولُواْ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ إِنَّا كُنَّا عَنْ هَذَا غَافِلِينَ

When thy Lord drew forth from the Children of Adam – from their loins – their descendants, and made them testify concerning themselves, (saying): “Am I not your Lord (who cherishes and sustains you)?”- They said: “Yea! We do [Quran 7:172]

From the day of promises mentioned in the holy Quran, we understand that faith is present in the heart of all of mankind.  It is not in our discretion to judge someone as unbeliever because Allah Almighty can reveal the faith in hearts at any moment or even during the last breath.  Below is an excerpt from a talk by Sheikh Nazim on the Day of Promises:


“That faith was granted to everyone, but Divine Wisdom
decreed that in this life some people’s faith would remain
covered while that of others would appear. The Holy Prophet
said in regards to this: “The hearts of the Sons of Adam
contain treasures, and the keys to the hearts are in the Hand
of our Lord.” Therefore, if He is not going to open the
hearts, no one can- not even His Beloved Muhammad, for whose
sake the whole creation was created.

If you understand that faith is present in all of mankind,
you must be very respectful towards each one of them and you
must understand that only with Allah Almighty’s permission
are you believing and showing your faith, while someone else
is not showing faith only because his Lord has not opened it
up for him. You must understand the matter like this, and
never say about anyone, “He is an unbeliever’, – who can know
what will be the state of any person at the end of his life?
The key to the hearts is in the Hand of the Almighty, and what
will become of each person in the end is a secret known in
its entirety only to Allah Himself; even the Prophet can only
know something about this matter within defined limits. On
the Day of Promises, Allah Almighty granted faith to His
servants, and He is not going to take it away from them –
perhaps they will declare their faith upon breathing
their last breath – such is Allah’s mercy. Allah Almighty
is keeping and hiding so many mercy oceans which are destined
for His servants.”

Sheikh Nazim Alhaqqani


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