‘How many people carry the Qur’an in the hearts but the Qur’an curses them from inside their hearts! If the bearer of Qur’an disobeys his Lord, the Qur’an calls him from inside his chest saying, ‘By Allah, you have not carried me (i.e. memorised me) for this! Will you not be shy from your Lord?’
‘There is nothing in this world for a person except one’s daily portion of food.’
‘If a person’s goodness outweighs his errors, then his errors are not mentioned, and if his errors outweigh his goodness, then his goodness is not mentioned.’
A man once said to Ibn al-Mubarak: ‘Is there anyone who will advice us?’ He replied, ‘Rather, is there anyone who will accept the advice?’
‘This world is a prison for the believer and the best of deeds in prison is to have patience and to overcome one’s anger. The believer has no country in this world, indeed his country lies in the Hereafter.’
A man said to him, ‘Advice me.’ So he said, ‘Abandon looking at things for long periods of time and you shall be granted Khushu’ (humbleness), abandon excessive speech and you shall be granted wisdom, abandon excessive food and you shall be guided to ‘Ibadah (worship), abandon looking towards the faults of others and you shall be guided to seeing your own faults and abandon delving into the issues that concern the Being of Allah `azza wa jall, and you shall be guided away from doubts and hypocrisy.’
Another man once said to him, ‘I see myself as being in a better state than someone who killed a person wrongfully.’ He said to him, ‘Indeed the security you feel for yourself (and have given yourself) is worse than a person who killed another wrongfully!’
‘Make your places of gathering to be with the poor and be cautious of sitting with the people of innovation.’
He loved to spend on others and assist his companions when they were in financial difficulties. It is reported that he once said to al-Fudhayl ibn ‘Iyyadh, ‘Were it not for you and your companions, I would never have done business.’
And this quote is just a beauty:
‘Indeed the scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets, but if they fall into covetousness and greed, who shall be taken as leaders? The merchants and businessmen are the trustees of Allah, so if they are treacherous, who can be trusted? The warriors are the guests of Allah so if they become extreme (or take spoils without right), with whom can we defeat the enemies? The righteous and ascetic ones are the kings of the earth but if they become insincere (i.e. have riya’), who shall be followed? The governors/rulers are the shepherds (protectors) of the people, but if the shepherd becomes a wolf, who shall protect the flock?’[/QUOTE]
“As a young child the renowned Shaykh Saadi rahmatullahi alayh had to opportunity to perform Itikaaf with his father. At Tahajjud time father and son awoke, read the Salaah of Tahajjud and made dua.
After completing their worship Shaykh Saadi said to his father, ‘These other people are so negligent that they are sleeping and not performing tahajjud.’
To this his father replied ‘Saadi, it would have been better had you slept the whole night than performed tahjjud.’
As Shaykh Saadi was young, he did not understand that Tahajjud was Nafl and backbiting was haram. Thus he did not appreciate that his comment had negated the benefit he had acquired by reading Tahajjud.
The Shaykh’s father however understood this and took the opportunity to teach his young son this important principle.”
It has been a long held tradition for the Principal at Ashkabad madrassah to present a gift to first year students.
This year Shaykh Saleem al Ashkabadi, handed an envelope to each one of the 21 new students. As the students eagerly opened their envelopes, they found a card upon which were inscribed the words of Hadrat Umar Al Farooq رضي الله عنه " Hold yourself to account, before the day arrives, when you are held to account."
Shaykh Saleem al Ashkabadi, carefully sat watching the students , who were seated around him in a concentric circle. After what seemed like a very long time, shaykh Saleem broke the silence. " Today you have been presented with a recipe for success from non other then Al Farooq رضي الله عنه and if you act upon his advice you will prosper in both the dhuniyah and akhirah.
" Hold yourself to account before the day arrives when you are held to account".
One of the students questioningly raised his hand;" Sir does this mean that if we do not hold ourselves to account regarding our actions in this world we shall be held to account on the day of Judgement."
"Yes! my son if we do not look at the account of our deeds , and seek forgiveness from Allah for our sins we shall have to answer for them on the day of reckoning. But this jewel of wisdom from Al Farooq :anhu: deserves to be inscribed in gold for it encompasses every aspect of life."
The Shaykh elaborated; " If you fail to hold yourself to account in your studies you will be held to account by failure in your exams.
If you fail to hold yourself to account in your marriage you will be held to account by divorce.If you fail to hold yourself to account as regards your spending you will be held to account by poverty. If you fail to hold yourself to account regarding your health, you will be held to account by illness.
' We need to take a regular inventory of our spiritual lives,our studies, in our work, in our marriages and relationships with others, by regularly monitoring ourselves, we will be able to deal with minor problems before theses so-called "minor" problems compound and snowball into a major crisis."
Written by Julaybib
Something to ponder.
Taking a regular inventory of our lives can Insha'Allah be a surefire recipe for success and can be beneficial in more ways then one . It may help us answer questions about the directions our life is moving. Are we growing or declining in character development? Are we moving toward our life goals, or are there hindering obstacles? Are we growing in our relationship with Allah the almighty? What changes do we need to make to move ahead more effectively?
May Allah give us all the tawfiq to practice what we learn,ameen[/QUOTE]
One problem many of us face is that we want to do so much at once, and thus become overwhelmed in our thoughts trying to establish exactly what we should be doing and what our obligations are at a given point in time. This leads us to focus on what we can’t accomplish moreso than what we can accomplish. This can be well and good, and as Ibn al-Jawzi said, a person can be rewarded for his intentions more than for his actions. However, the point of intending is to be productive and extract something physical from that intention.
Part of being productive is to have a methodical approach as to when to focus on what. For example, if your worship and intentions for specific efforts are organized and you properly place your focus where and when it should be, you’ll find yourself accomplishing much more as a Muslim, no matter if you’re a scholar who teaches, a caller to Allah who motivates, or a general worshipper who simply wants to get closer to your Lord.
Without wanting to get into immense detail, I thought it sufficient to present a few words to to illustrate this that Ibn al-Qayyim had written in ‘Madarij as-Salikin’ (1/188):
“…They say that the best worship is to do what will please the Lord at every time in accordance with what that particular time calls for.
So, the best acts of worship during the time of Jihad is Jihad, even if this leads to abandoning certain rituals such as night prayer, fasting, etc. In fact, this applies even if you are to not pray a complete obligatory prayer as you would in times of safety and calm.
And the best thing to do when you have a guest, for example, is to see to his rights as a guest and to preoccupy yourself with that instead of the recommended rituals you would usually engage in at the time.
Such is also the case in fulfilling the rights of your wife and family.
The best thing to do during the early morning hours is to be preoccupied with prayer, Qur’an, supplication, remembrance of Allah, and asking His Forgiveness.
The best thing to do when teaching a student or ignorant person is to completely turn your attention towards teaching him.
The best thing to do during the call to prayer is to leave whatever rituals you are engaged in and to occupy yourself with repeating after the one making the call.
The best thing to do during the five prayers is to try your best in carrying them out in the best possible manner and to rush to perform them right away, and to go out to the mosque – even if it is far – is better.
The best thing to do when someone needs help physically or financially is to busy yourself with helping that person, relieving his distress, and to place this as a priority over your private worship that you’d usually be engaged in.
The best thing to do when reciting the Qur’an is to have your heart and mind present in order to reflect over and understand it as if Allah is personally addressing you with it. So, to have your heart present to understand and reflect over it and to have the zeal to implement its commands is greater than the attentiveness of the heart of one who has received a message from the ruler to that message.
The best thing to do when standing at ‘Arafah is to exert yourself in being humble before Allah, supplicating, and remembering Him instead of fasting.
The best thing to do during the first ten days of Dhu al-Hijjah is to increase in worship, especially saying ‘Allahu Akbar,’ ‘La ilaha illa Allah,’ and ‘al-hamdu lil-Lah.’ This is better here than the Jihad that is not an individual obligation.
The best thing to do during the last ten nights of Ramadan is to stay in the mosque and to seclude yourself in it without mixing with others and being distracted by them. This is to the point that it is better than teaching them and practicing the Qur’an with them according to many of the scholars.
The best thing to do when you have a brother who is sick or dying is to visit him, attend his funeral, and to prefer this over your private worship or social activities.
And the best thing to do when a disaster befalls you or people hurt you is to fulfill the obligation of having patience while continuing to interact with them and not running from them, since the believer who mixes with people and is patient despite their harm to him is better than the believer who doesn’t mix with them and isn’t harmed by them.
And the best thing you can interact with them in is whatever is good, and this is better than to seclude yourself from them in such a case. As for bad things, it is better to seclude yourself from them in such a case. However, if you know that mixing with in this case will help remove or reduce the bad, it is better to mix with them than to abandon them.
So, the best thing to do in every time and situation is whatever will please Allah at that particular time and situation and to focus on the foremost obligation at that particular time and whatever it necessitates and requires…”[/QUOTE]
Remember sometimes the delay in our prayers being answered is a blessing from ALLAH سبحانه وتعالى.
It is beautifully explained by Malauna Rumi , so keep praying and beseeching ALLAH سبحانه وتعالى , remember ALLAH سبحانه وتعالى is the Most Wise and ALLAH سبحانه وتعالى in His infinite Wisdom knows what is best for you.
Why the answer to prayer is delayed.
Ah! many earnest suppliants wail forth prayers, till the smoke of their wailing rises to Heaven. Yes, the perfume of the incense of sinners' groans mounts up above the lofty roof of Heaven. Then the angels supplicate God, saying, "O Thou that hearest prayer and relievest pain, Thy faithful slave is bowing down before Thee. He knows of none on whom to rely save Thee. Thou bestowest favours on the helpless. Every suppliant obtains his desire from Thee." God makes answer, "The delay in granting his prayer is intended to benefit him, not to harm him. His pressing need draws him from his negligence to Me. Yes, [it] drags him by the hair into My courts. If I at once remove his need he will go away, and will be destroyed in his idle sports. Though he is wailing with heartfelt cry of Ya Nasir ('O Aider!') Bid him wail on with broken heart and contrite breast. His voice sounds sweet in My ears. His wailing and cries of 'O God!' in this way [of] supplication and lamentation prevails with Me altogether."
Umar Ibn Khattab (may Allah swt be pleased with him) said:
“I am not worried about whether my du’a will be responded to, but rather I am worrried about whether I will be able to make du’a or not. So if I have been guided by Allah to make du’a, then (I know) that the response will come with it”
Dua is a very powerful, yet underutilised tool, no-matter what difficulties we may be facing, we should have certainty in our hearts, that Allah has power over all things. Keep asking, if your dua is delayed do not despair ask some more, if their is still a delay than ask and plead with greater vigour for verily he will answer and remember having trust and faith in Allah can move mountains.
We are taught that even if a strap on our sandle breaks we should make dua to Allah to help us acquire a new one. So here is something for you to try out get a pencil and paper and write, down all your goals be they wordly or spiritual major or minor, and once a week review them and make dua asking Allah to help you accomplish or to grant you something better in lieu of what you have asked for indeed Allah alone in his infinite wisdom knows whats best for us.
Similarly write down a list of goals daily goals, the five or six things you need to accomplish that day and make dua. Similarly if you find that the hindrance to you achieving your goals are inner characteristics, such low self esteem, laziness etc. Then seek refuge with Allah,from them and ask Allah to bless you with courage and confidence, energy and enthusiasm, mental focus and concentration etc.
May Allah give us the tawfiq to turn to him and to beseech him in all our worldly needs ameen.[/QUOTE]
The dua can change our life, our outlook, and our fate. It is the most potent weapon of a believer.
By Khalid Baig
Posted: 14 Rabi-ul-Awwal 1423, 27 May 2002
Once Prophet Muhammad Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam passed by a people who were suffering from some affliction. "Why don't they make dua (pray ) to Allah for protection," he said. With all the suffering and disasters Muslims are facing in various parts of the world, the question can be directed to all of us today.
It is not that we have forgotten dua completely; we refer to it regularly. But, our ideas and practice regarding dua have become distorted. Often it is reduced to the level of a ritual. Generally it is considered when all our efforts have failed --- an act of last resort. It is belittled through actions and sometimes even with words. Is it any wonder that today mostly a mention of dua is meant to indicate the hopelessness of a situation.
What a tragedy, for dua is the most potent weapon of a believer. It can change fate, while no action of ours ever can. It is the essence of ibadah or worship. With it we can never fail; without it we can never succeed. In the proper scheme of things, dua should be the first and the last resort of the believer, with all his plans and actions coming in between.
Dua is conversation with Allah, out Creator, our Lord and Master, the All Knowing, the All Powerful. This act in itself is of extraordinary significance. It is the most uplifting, liberating, empowering, and transforming conversation a person can ever have. We turn to Him because we know that He alone can lift our sufferings and solve our problems. We feel relieved after describing our difficulties to our Creator. We feel empowered after having communicated with the All Mighty. We sense His mercy all around us after talking to the Most Merciful. We get a new commitment to follow His path for that is the only path for success. We feel blessed with each such commitment
In every difficulty our first action is dua, as is our last. We ask Allah to show us the way to handle that difficulty; we seek His help in following the path He shows to us; we seek His aid in making our efforts successful. When we fall sick, we know that we cannot find the right doctor without His Will; that the best doctor may not be able to diagnose our condition without His Command; that the best treatment plan will not succeed without His Permission. We make dua for all of these. We make dua before we seek medical help, while we are receiving it and after it has been delivered. The same is true of all other difficulties we may encounter.
Dua is the essence of ibadah. A person engaged in dua affirms his belief in Tawheed (monotheism) and shuns belief in all false gods. With each dua his belief in Allah grows. He beseeches Him, affirming his own powerlessness. A person seriously and sincerely engaged in dua understands exactly the relationship between himself and the Creator and affirms it through his actions. That is the essence of worship! Additionally, such a person can never become arrogant or proud, a logical result of true worship.
Dua is conversation with Allah … It is the most uplifting, liberating, empowering, and transforming conversation a person can ever have.
Dua is our most potent weapon in all struggles of life as well as in jihad in the battlefield. During the battle of Badr, the Prophet Muhammad Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam stood up all night in prayer seeking Allah's help in the battle between unequal armies that would follow the next day. In the decisive battles against the crusaders, Sultan Salatuddin Ayyubi was busy day and night. His days were devoted to Jihad. His nights were spent making dua, crying, seeking Allah's help. This has been the practice of all true mujahideen.
We should make it a point to make dua for all things big and small. It is the beginning of wisdom to realize that big and small are arbitrary labels that are totally irrelevant in this context. Nothing is too big for Whom we are asking from; nothing is too small for the one who is asking. That is why we have been taught to ask Allah when we need something as small as shoelaces. We should ask as a beggar, as a destitute person, for that is what we in reality are in relationship to Allah. At the same time we should ask with great hope and conviction that we shall be granted our prayers. We should remember the Hadith: "There is nothing more dear to Allah than a servant making dua to Him." On the other hand, a prayer lacking concentration and conviction is no prayer at all.
We should make dua at all times, not only during times of distress. The Prophet Muhammad Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam said: "Whosoever desires that Allah answers his duas in unfavorable and difficult conditions, he should make plentiful dua in days of ease and comfort." Also he said: "The person who does not ask from Allah, Allah becomes angry with him."
We should ask for all of our needs: those related to this world as well as those related to the Hereafter. Those who only concentrate on the former are, in effect, announcing that they don't care for their life in the permanent abode. They should blame no body but themselves for the total ruin in that world that Qur'an assures us awaits them. Those who only concentrate on the later are also showing lack of balance, for we need Allah's help to lead a good life here as well.
We should make dua not only for ourselves but also for our parents, brothers and sisters, spouses and children, relatives and friends, teachers and other benefactors, and destitute and struggling Muslims everywhere. We should pray for them for the good in this world as well as in the Hereafter. The Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam said: "The dua of a Muslim for his brother (in Islam) in his absence is readily accepted. An angel is appointed to his side. Whenever he makes a beneficial dua for his brother the appointed angel says, 'Aameen. And may you also be blessed with the same.'" [Sahih Muslim]
In the dark ages that we are living in today, everyday brings fresh news about atrocities committed against our brothers in Palestine, Kashmir, India, Afghanistan, Iraq, Chechnya, and the list goes on. And what do we do? We can continue to just feel frustrated and depressed. We can petition the determined perpetrators or a fictional "International Community". We can just forget all this and move on to some other subject. Or we can stand up before Allah and pray for His help, who alone can help. The dua can change our life, our outlook, and our fate. It is the most potent weapon. But it works only for those who try sincerely and seriously to use it.[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=The Deen]Hadhrat Hajji Farooqi Sahab (rahimullah ta’ala) speaks about the phrase of ‘reviving the Sunnah’:
“It gets commonly said ['to revive the Sunnah'], but actually the person practicing upon Sunnah himself becomes alive through the Sunnah, because Sunnah is alive and will always stay alive. Sunnah is not dead, we have because of our misdeeds left the Sunnah and have left no connection to Sunnah with us, we have weakened Ta’aluq bi’Sunnah. That’s why this [phrase] gets uttered, but in reality we are dead and if we practice upon Sunnah then through the blessings of these practices we will become alive.”[/QUOTE]
Shaykh Arif-billah Dr Abdul-Hayy ‘Arifi rahmatullahi alayh would repeatedly say.
“Sit in solitude and contemplate that I am in front of Allah. Tell Him everything that is on your mind and bothering you. Your past mistakes, the present difficulties and future apprehensions. Tell Him in detail and ask for guidance and help. Insha’allah, in addition to relieving your anxiety it will lead to the creation of a bond between you and your Lord, Allah (i.e. ta’lluq ma’alllah).”
Hadhrat Mawlana Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (may Allah preserve him) said,
“Once my Shaykh Hadhrat Dr. Abdul Hayy ‘Arifi (may Allah have mercy on him) was invited to a dinner. Few of his disciples, including me were accompanying him. After the sumptuous meal Hadhrat addressed us regarding the excessive thankfulness due on each and every blessing.
Hadhrat enumerated that in this single episode how many blessing were incorporated. First blessing was the delicious food itself. Second, the respectful manner in which the host served it to us. Third, our feeling of hunger which made it possible for us to consume it. Fourth, our good general health that allowed us to eat indiscriminately. If we had an aliment we would have to restrict ourselves to specific foods only. Fifth, our being free from overwhelming and disturbing thoughts. If a close family member had been sick it would have been impossible to enjoy the delicious meal. Sixth, the company of friends and pious individuals we had. Rude and irreligious fellows would had made the whole event a miserable experience. So on and so forth the list of blessings will continue. We are aware that it is essential to give thanks for each and every of these blessings. True and real thanks will gush out from the depths of the heart with realization of these things.
Hadhrat Mufti sahib added, the ability to appreciate the blessings in such manner is due to a very close and intimate relationship with Allah (taluq ma’Allah), that is the goal of Tasawwuf.
These are gems to take from Shaykh’s company (suhba). ”
"And mankind, with regard to their performance of prayer are in five levels."
The level of the one who is negligent and wrongs his soul. He is the one who falls short in performing ablution properly, performing the prayer upon its time and within its specified limits, and in fulfilling its essential pillars.
The one who guards his prayers upon their proper times and within their specified limits, fulfils their essential pillars and performs his ablution with care. However, his striving is wasted due to whisperings in his prayer so he is taken away by thoughts and ideas.
The one who guards his prayers within the specified limits, fulfils their essential pillars and strives with himself to repel the whisperings, thoughts and ideas. He is busy struggling against his enemy (Shaitan) so that he does not steal from the prayer. On account of this he is engaged in (both) prayer and jihad.
The one who stands for the prayer, completes and perfects its due rights, its essential pillars, performs it within its specified limits and his heart becomes engrossed in safeguarding its rights and specified limits, so that nothing is wasted from it. His whole concern is directed towards its establishment, its completion and its perfection, as it should be. His heart is immersed in the prayer and in enslavement to his Lord, the Exalted.
The one who stands for the prayer like the one mentioned above. However, on top of this, he has taken and placed his heart in front of his Lord, the Mighty and Majestic, looking towards Him with his heart with anticipation, (his heart) filled with His love and His might, as if he sees and witnesses Allah. The whisperings, thoughts and ideas have vanished and the coverings which are between him and his Lord are raised. What is between this person and others with respect to the prayer, is superior and greater than what is between the heavens and the earth. This person is busy with his Lord, the Mighty and Majestic, delighted with Him.
The first type will be punished, the second type will be held to account, the third will have his sins and shortcomings expiated, the fourth will be rewarded and the fifth will be close to his Lord, because he will receive the portion of the one who makes his prayer the delight and pleasure of his eye. Whoever makes his prayer the delight and pleasure of his eye, will have the nearness to his Lord, the Mighty and Majestic, made the delight and pleasure of his eye in the hereafter. He will also be made a pleasure to the eye in this world since whoever makes Allah the pleasure of his eye in this world, every other eye will become delighted and pleased with him.
Allah give us all the Tawfiq to worship as he should be worshipped ameen.[/QUOTE]
An elephant can lift in excess of a ton of weight with just
its trunk. Still an elephant is conditioned to stay in one
place with a weak rope and a stake. Only a small rope tied
to its front leg holds an elephant. No chains, no cages. It
is obvious that the elephant can, at anytime, break away
from its bonds but for some reason, it does not. The reason
is that, when the elephant is a baby and much smaller, it is
tied to a strong chain and strong tree. The baby is weak but
the chain and tree are strong. The baby is not used to being
tied, so it keeps tugging and pulling the chain, in vain. A
day comes when it realizes that all the tugging and pulling
will not help and it gives up, thinking that it cannot break
away from the bond. It stops and stands still.
And when the baby elephant becomes the mighty giant
elephant, he is tied with a weak rope and a small stake. The
elephant could with one tug, walk away free, but it goes
nowhere because it has been conditioned to believe that it
cannot break away. It believes that the rope can still hold
it, so it never tries to break free.
REFLECTION: Like the elephants, we also go through life
hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply
because we failed at it once before. We are also being held
back by old beliefs and avoid trying something new because
of a limiting belief about ourselves. At times, we are also
held back by someone else's limiting beliefs about
ourselves. Whatever we can conceive and believe, we can
Clarity of mind, due application, adequate skills, focus on
goal and lot of initiative are the means for accomplishing
And ofcourse lots of Dua and complete trust in the decree of Allah.[/QUOTE]
Recently I overheard a Father and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. They had announced the departure.
Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the Father said, 'I love you, and I wish you enough.'
The daughter replied, 'Dad, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Dad.'
They kissed and the daughter left. The Father walked over to the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see he wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking, 'Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?'
'Yes, I have,' I replied. 'Forgive me for asking, but why is this a for ever good-bye?'.
'I am old, and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is - the next trip back will be for my funeral,' he said.
'When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, 'I wish you enough.' May I ask what that means?'
He began to smile. 'That's a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone..' He paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail, and he smiled even more. 'When we said, 'I wish you enough,' we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them.' Then turning toward me, he shared the following as if he were reciting it from memory.
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.
I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good- bye.
He then began to cry and walked away.
They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them; but then an entire life to forget them.[/QUOTE]
This cannot be undone and I am sure it will be greatly appreciated.
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