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22
Jul
2020

The Heart in it's journey to Allah

posted by ummi taalib on 22nd July 2020 - 0 comments
Balancing Fear with Hope The heart in its journey towards Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala, is like a bird whose head is love, and hope and fear are its two wings. When the head and the two wings are sound and healthy the flight of the bird is good, but when the head is cut off, it immediately dies, and when either or both wings are deficient, the bird cannot properly fly and may become victim of any hunter or snare. The righteous predecessors preferred to strengthen the wing of fear during good times when heedlessness is feared, and to strengthen the wing of hope at times of calamity and when near death.
4
Jun
2020

Do not forget the Objective

posted by ummi taalib on 4th June 2020 - 0 comments
Junayd Baghdadi (Rahimahullah) said when his uncle Allamah Sirri (Rahimahullah) was on his deathbed, he visited his uncle and asked him for advice. He was told not to sit in the company of the bad and evil people and at the same time, accompany the righteous people but not to forget that the company of the righteous was a ladder to reach Allah ta’ala.

A subtle point made Allamah Sirri (Rahimahullah) is that the objective of keeping good company is Allah ta’ala and we must not forget that. Sometimes a person’s love for their Shaykh can overshadow the love for Allah ta’ala. Therefore, we should not forget that the objective is Allah ta’ala while not forgetting the person who led you to Him as Islaah can be very difficult without the guidance of a qualified Shaykh.

Ustaadhah Z. Pandor
during the lesson of the Hadith Qudsi
on the virtue of the gatherings of Dhikr
18
Mar
2020

Coronavirus - Time to Reflect and Repent

posted by ummi taalib on 18th March 2020 - 0 comments
"Allah gives an example: There was a town, secure and content with its sustenance coming in plenty from every place. Then, it turned ungrateful to the bounties of Allah; so, Allah made it to taste hunger and fear (that covered it) like a garment, as recompense of what its people used to do"
[Qur'an 16:112-113]

Just a short while ago we were secure and content with plentyful of everything...
8
Mar
2020

What is our Reality?

posted by ummi taalib on 8th March 2020 - 0 comments
Shaykh Ashraf Ali Thanwi (Rahimahullah) has given an example of a person who is a slave. He is bought in a bazar and commanded to do certain duties and thereafter leaving him in charge, his master leaves.

In his master's absence the slave knows he is still a slave even though his master is not there and so when his master returns he has no delusions of being anything other than a slave.

Similarly we should know our Haqeeqat (reality) that I am a servant of Allah and not be under any delusion.

17
Feb
2020

Say Allah!

posted by ummi taalib on 17th February 2020 - 0 comments
Mulay al-`Arabi ad-Darqawi said,

"Do not say, I am nothing; neither say, I am something.
Do not say: I need such and such a thing; nor yet: I need nothing.
But say: Allah! and you will see marvels."

Letters of a Sufi Master
24
Dec
2019

Behold! Everything besides Allah is vain

posted by ummi taalib on 24th December 2019 - 0 comments
Invoke no other god besides Allah. There is no god but Him. [b]Everything is perishable except Him. To him belongs the judgement and to him will you all be returned[/i] [Surah Qasas: 88] The Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wasallam was not a poet but he said, The truest words (ever) uttered by a poet is the saying of Labid: Behold! Everything besides Allah is vain. [Abu Dawood] Reminding one's self that only Allah is Baaqee and everything and everyone else is temporary makes the loss of all things in this transitory world easy and those with the reality of this concept in their hearts, do not get attached to anything.
10
Nov
2019

A True Lover

posted by ummi taalib on 10th November 2019 - 0 comments
True love entails that remembrance of the Beloved be not restricted to special gatherings only

"A true lover is far too restless to wait for such occasions"

[i]From Attarbiyyah[/center]
25
Aug
2019

If someone falls in a pit, would you take him out or leave him there?

posted by ummi taalib on 25th August 2019 - 0 comments
When in Damascus, Abu Darda RA was passing by a group of people gathered around a man, beating him and insulting him. He went to them and asked what it was all about. They said the man had committed an enormous sin.

Adu Darda RA replied,
If he had fallen in a pit, wouldn’t you have taken him out?

“Yes” they all replied. Abu Darda RA then said,

"Don’t insult him and don’t beat him; it would be better for you to advise him and make him see the consequences of his actions, then thank Allah Who kept you from committing the same sin."

Taken from the Sahabah Series by Noura Durkee
31
Jul
2019

The Lover submits & obeys the Beloved

posted by ummi taalib on 31st July 2019 - 0 comments
In a famous poem, Imam Shafi رحمه الله says: You express the love of Allāh And yet You disobey Him This is very strange indeed If your love for Allāh was true then you would have obeyed him For indeed the one who loves, obeys the beloved ~~~**~~~
6
Jul
2019

Dive in!

posted by ummi taalib on 6th July 2019 - 0 comments
O you who believe, enter Islam completely [Baqarah: 208]

Addressing the Believers Allah instructs them to enter Islam completely. He did not just say "Enter into Islam" but added, "Completely" which means to enter completely into the internal and external dimensions of Islam. It is to dive in and become totally immersed in it as a person who dives into a swimming pool and becomes totally immersed in the water.

People often complain about not having the peace and tranquility of the heart despite prayers and fasts. This is due to not being totally immersed in Islam. Therefore if we are 50% or 80% on the Deen then we must strive to increase it for as long as we are alive.

Aalimah S. Ahmed
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