The dangers of looking

Ibn al Qayyim (رحمه الله) said:

“Looking is the origin of most of the problems that befall man, because looking generates thoughts, then thoughts generate ideas, and ideas generate desires, and desires generate will, which then becomes stronger and becomes firm resolve, in which case the deed will inevitably be done unless there is something to prevent it. Hence it was said that patience in lowering the gaze is easier than patience in bearing the pain that comes afterwards.” [Al-Jawaab al-Kaafi]

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15 Remedies for anxiety, grief and sorrow

Ibn al Qayyim (رحمه الله) said:

The following treatments consist of fifteen types of remedies, if they do not overwhelm the ailment of anxiety, sorrow and grief, then indeed it has developed into an acute form, and its causes have been firmly established, it would need to be uprooted entirely.

The First: Monotheism of Lordship.

The Second: Monotheism of Worship.

The Third: Monotheism of Knowledge and Belief(Monotheism of Allaah’s Names and Attributes)

The Fourth: Glorifying and freeing/absolving the Lord from the notion that He may oppress His slave, or punish him for no reason that would necessitate that.

The Fifth: The Servant acknowledging that he himself is the oppressor.

The Sixth: Invoking Allah with the most beloved of things; His Names and Attributes; and from the most comprehensive of them in gathering the meanings of the Names and Attributes is: Al-Hayy, al-Qayyoom.

The Seventh: Seeking Isti’aana (assistance) from Him alone.

The Eighth: Affirming one’s hope in Allah.

The Ninth: Truly realizing Tawakul (trust) in Him, and leaving the affair with Him. Acknowledging that all your affairs are in His Hands; He does with them what He wills, that His decision concerning them will come to pass, His judgment concerning them is just.

The Tenth: To Immerse one’s heart in the gardens of the Quran, and to make it (the Quran) for the heart, as spring is for animals. To use it for illumination in the darkness of doubts and desires, to take comfort in it from everything one missed, to gain support from it in every calamity, to seek remedy from it from all the diseases of the heart; so it becomes the purging of sorrow and the healing of anxiety and grief.

The Eleventh: Practicing Istighfar (saying Astaghfirulah – I seek forgiveness from Allah).

The Twelfth: Practicing Tawbah (repentance).

The Thirteenth: To strive .

The Fourteenth: Salat (prayer)

The Fifteenth: Negating and freeing oneself from ability and strength and putting that in the Hands of the One who owns them.

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What we need… Beauty of Character

Tawheed First

Indeed a time has long passed upon the Ummah of Islām when people used to enter the religion of Allāh (i.e. Islām) in crowds and groups on the part of what they saw of the people of the religion (i.e. Muslims) from the completeness of their morals, the beauty of their social graces, and the goodness of their social interaction in all aspects.

I read a statement of the great scholar, ‘Abdul ‘Azeez Ibn Baaz, may Allāh have mercy upon him and give him a place in paradise, in which he swore by Allāh and said:

The Muslims today, rather the entire world, are in more intense need of a clarification of Allāh’s religion (i.e. Islām), a demonstration of its good qualities, and an explanation of its reality. I swear by Allāh, if the people and the world truly knew its reality today, indeed they would have entered it in…

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A Way Out

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Allaah, the Most High, said:

“…And whosoever fears Allaah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty).

And will provide for him from where he does not expect. And whoever relies upon Allaah – then He is sufficient for him. Indeed, Allaah will accomplish His purpose. Allaah has already set for everything a [decreed] extent.” [Surat at-Talaq: 2-3]

When we face difficulty or oppression, our refuge should always be Allaah. None but He who can change our situation, comfort our hearts and give us the patience and wisdom we need to deal with these difficulties as they come. Ibn al-Qayyim (رحمه الله) said:

“Resort to no one but your Lord, for resorting to others is a disgrace.”

How unfortunate it is then to see that the slave will disgrace himself by seeking comfort and ease from people instead of his Lord. He knows that they can not change his situation but still humiliates himself before them. Were he to fear Allaah and resort only to Him, his heart would have been put right and his status would have been raised.

Ibn Kathir (رحمه الله) said about the ayah above:

“…whoever has Taqwa of Allaah in what He has commanded and avoids what He has forbidden, then Allah will make a way out for him from every difficulty and will provide for him from resources he never anticipated or thought about.”

Ibn Abi Hatim recorded that `Abdullah bin Mas`ud said:

The greatest Ayah in the Qur’aan that contains relief is: “And whosoever fears Allaah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty).”

`Abdullah bin Mas`ud and Masruq commented on the Ayah, saying:

“It pertains to when one knows that if Allah wills He gives, and if He wills He deprives, “from where he never could imagine.” from resources he did not anticipate”

And Qatadah said about the way out referred to in this ayah:

“Meaning, from every doubt and the horrors experienced at the time of death, “And He will provide him from where he never could imagine” from where he never thought of or anticipated.”

Allaah said:

“And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him.”

Imam Ahmad recorded that Ibn `Abbas said that he rode the Prophet’s camel while sitting behind the Prophet , and the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said to him:

“O boy! I will teach you words.Be mindful of Allaah and He will protect you, be mindful of Allaah and He will be on your side. If you ask, ask Allaah, and if you seek help, seek it from Allaah. Know that if the Ummah (the nation) gather their strength to bring you benefit, they will never bring you benefit, except that which Allaah has decreed for you. Know that if they gather their strength to harm you, they will never harm you, except with that which Allaah has decreed against you. The pens have been raised and the pages are dry.” [Also narrated by At-Tirmidhi who said it is Hasan]

How excellent is the advice of the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم)! Were we to fully understand and act according to this, never would we despair, or feel alone. We would be patient; hoping and anticipating from Allaah the reward for doing so and realising that what is to be decreed has been decreed, and Allaah, the Most High is the Best disposer of Affairs. “The pens have been raised and the pages are dry” so why would be be hasty when we know that Allaah said:

“So be patient. Surely, the (good) end is for the Muttaqun (the righteous)” [Surat Hud: 49]

May Allaah grant us true tawakkul (reliance) upon Him and may His words be a source of our ease and comfort. May His Salaah and Salaam be upon the Final Messenger, his family, his companions, and all those that follow them in righteousness till the Day of Resurrection.

Gifts of Knowledge

Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “There is no doubt there is evil/harm in predatory animals, vermin which bite and sting and the devils, but Allaah’s creation of these evil/harmful things is not evil but pure good and wisdom necessitates this [fact], because it is not possible for you to know the perfection of Allaah’s Power except through the creation of things opposite in nature, additionally by creating these things there is much good in terms of the rectification of the servant and [his] turning back to his Lord and seeking refuge with Him from these evil/harmful things–and good is only known by its opposites.” Tafsir Surah Aali-Imraan, vol. 1, p. 159.

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Double standards

1) He saves money for a “rainy day” so that his house/wealth/well-being in the future are protected, yet saves nothing of good deeds so that his soul can survive in the next life. Instead he destroys his hereafter for the worthless price of this world.

2) He sees a righteous person doing deeds for his hereafter and says “MashaAllaah” but does not perform the deeds himself.

3) He spends on his wife and his children so that they will be happy from him. He forgets/is negligent, to teach them about religion and he does not discipline them in performing the deeds that will make them eternally happy.

4) He allows his children to listen to music/watch TV/intermingle with the opposite sex in school for the sake of education, not realising that it is his lack of educating them which would make them want to do what is disobedience to Allaah in the first place.

5) His focus is ease and happiness. He strives for it but in the process of doing so falls in to haraam, possibly even shirk and destroys his chance of permanent happiness and risks going to the fire, whose torment no one can bear, even for a second.

6) He blames external causes for the degradation of the religious commitment in his household, despite the fact that he was the Imam to which his family members looked up to and they followed his footsteps.

7) He wants success for his children, but when they start to practise the Deen of Allaah, he discourages them and tells them to do jobs that will make them “successful” in the eyes of people.

8) He spends 11 months of the year sinning, is righteous for the month of Ramadhan but does not continue in righteousness, rather he returns to sin.

9) He discourages innovations in the religion but doesn’t learn enough about the religion to see that he himself is innovating in it.

10) His eyes desire beauty in his spouse/children/house/car, yet when he has all of these things he is ungrateful to Allaah despite His many blessings upon him

11) He lives in a comfortable life and thinks that this is because he is beloved to Allaah and not that it is a means of testing (Refer to Surat al-Kahf: 32-44)

12) He nourishes the needs of his body through food and drink but leaves his soul starving because he does not fulfil its purpose of obeying and worshipping Allaah.

13) He demands to be given his rights in his personal and business life but does not fulfil the rights of others upon him (Refer to Surat al-Mutaffifeen: 1-3)

14) He does not forgive the mistakes of others but is offended if he is not forgiven for his shortcomings.

15) He does what is easy from wearing a prayer cap and growing his beard but follows his desires and is lacking in his duties

[I am sure there are many other double standards to be mentioned, and I would appreciate if any one thinks of them to comment so that I can add to the list. Please note that un-Islamic posts will not be approved nor added to the list, jazaakum Allaahu khayran]