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BE GENTLE

16 Feb

A man with Yahyā b. Mu’ādh رَحِمَهُ الله recited the verse: “And speak to him [i.e. Phir’oan] with gentle speech.” Yahyā cried and said, “My Lord, this is Your gentleness with who says I am your God [i.e. Phir’oan], then how will be Your gentleness with who says You are God.” (Tafsīr al-Baghawī)

WHILE I AM A SLEEP

4 Feb

كان مالك بن دينار يقول : والله لو استطعت أن لا أنام ما نمت، فقيل : لماذا يا أبا يحيى، قال : أخشى أن يأتيني ملك الموت وأنا نائم ولا أريد أن يأتيني إلا وأنا على عمل صالح

Malik ibn Dinar used to say, “if by Allah, I was able, I would not sleep.” When asked why, he said, “I fear that the angel of death would come to me while I am a sleep and I do not want him to come except that I am doing a good deed.”

YOUR WORTH

20 Nov

قال إبن القيم:  لا تبحث عن قيمتك في أعين الناس ابحث عنها في ضميرك فإذا ارتاح الضمير ارتفع المقام وإذا عرفت نفسك فلا يضرك ماقيل فيك.

Ibn al-Qayyim RahimahuAllah said, “do not look for your worth in the eyes of people; look for it within your self. If your conscious is at peace then you will ascend high, and if you truly know yourself then what is said about you will not harm you.”

ONE WORRY

18 Nov

لاتحمل هم الدنيا فإنها لله، ولاتحمل همَّ الرزق فإنه من الله، ولاتحمل هم المستقبل فإنه بيد الله، فقط احمل همًا واحدًا كيف ترضي الله،،لأنك لو أرضيت الله، رضي عنك وأرضاك وكفاك وأغناك

Ibn al-Qayyim rahimahuAllah said, “Do not worry about the affairs of this world for they are for Allah. And do not worry about your provision for it is from Allah. And do not worry about the future for it is in the Hands of Allah. Have one and only one worry: How to please Allah. For if you please Allah, you will be pleased and it will suffice you and enrich you.”

BETWEEN TWO

13 Oct

Ibn al-Qayyim rahimahuAllah mentions that Allah has made a struggle between two states of reliefs– one before and one after. A trail between two free states, and hardship between two eases. So there is no trail which is permanent. And there is no hardship which is permanent… And perhaps a slave looks at something and says it is a punishment but hidden in it is a blessing.

WHAT IS SUCCESS?

5 Aug

قالُ الحَسنُ البَصري: إذَا هَانَت عَليكَ صَلاتك فَمَا الذي يَعـزُ عَليـكْ؟ بقدر ماتتعدل صلاتك تتعدل حياتك. ألم تعلم أن الصلاة اقترنت بالفــلاح. “حي على الصــــــــلاة حي على الفـــلاح”. فكيف تطلب من الله التوفيق وأنت لحقه غير مجيب

al-Hasan al-Basir said, “When prayer is the least of your concerns, then what is your most important concern? As much as you fix your prayer, your life will be fixed. Did you not know that prayer was equated with success: ‘Come to Prayer, Come to Success.’ How can you ask Allah SWT for success when you are not responding to His right upon you?”

WHY DO YOU FAST?

15 Jun
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ
O you who believe, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you so that you may perhaps become righteous (2:183)
  • This call is called nidaa at-tashreef wa takreem. It has honor, prestige and respect in it.
  • Allah SWT did not say furida — obligatory. Kutiba has the additional meaning of legislated.
  • What does siyaam mean? Linguistically it means abstinence.
  • What is the difference between siyaam and sawom (صوم)? The former is used in the Quran to abstain from eating and drinking, while the later is used to refrain from speaking.
  • This similarity is with respect to the legislation and not the nature or the number.
  • Who are these people? Ibn Abbas said it was made obligatory on all the previous nations.
  • This is also mentioned to encourage the Arabs to fast, as they had never fasted before.
  • Many Muslims inform non-Muslims that the reason they fast is to understand the sufferings of others. This is a small reason but the main reason is to attain Taqwa.
  • Taqwa is a state of fear in which one abandons all evils and engages in all good, in order to guarantee protection from the punishment of Allah.
  • Allah SWT said that if you fast perhaps you will gain taqwa; He did not guarantee that you will receive it. This is because most people do not realize that taqwa is connected to the heart and not the stomach.
  • Prophet SAW “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions and does not abandon foolishness, Allah is not in need of his leaving food and drink [i.e. Allah will not accept his fast]” (Bukhari).
  • Umar ibn Abdul Aziz said, “Taqwa is not attained by fasting during the day nor by praying at night. Rather it is attained by avoiding what Allah has forbidden and only engaging in what He has made permissible. And whoever has been granted above this have been granted good upon good.”