The Soul’s Aim

 

O blameworthy soul, does the promise of your Lord not suffice you? Do you not see that you are headed to Him with what you have done and what you neglected?

“O man! Verily, you are returning towards your Lord with your deeds and actions (good or bad), a sure returning, so you will meet (i.e. the results of your deeds which you did).”

Do you feel proud that you play in to the plan of Shaytaan with your every move? Do you not realize his treachery and his deception? He lures you to evil and you respond with no qualms about it.

“And Shaitan (Satan) will say when the matter has been decided: “Verily, Allah promised you a promise of truth. And I too promised you, but I betrayed you. I had no authority over you except that I called you, so you responded to me. So blame me not, but blame yourselves. I cannot help you, nor can you help me. I deny your former act in associating me (Satan) as a partner with Allah (by obeying me in the life of the world). Verily, there is a painful torment for the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers, etc.).” {Surat Ibrahim: 22}

Will it be worth it when the Trumpet is blown and the deeds are shown that you see you lived by a philosophy that you thought was oh-so original?

“And they say: “There is nothing but our life of this world, we die and we live and nothing destroys us except Ad-Dahr (the time). And they have no knowledge of it, they only conjecture.”{Surat Al-Jathiyah: 24}

The nations of old employed this philosophy long before you and do you see anything remaining of them? They said as you say and they perished.

“Do you see any remnants of them?” {Surat Al-Haqqah: 8}
Will you look back on your life and appreciate your disobedience?
“And (remember) the Day when the Zalim (wrong-doer, oppressor, polytheist, etc.) will bite at his hands, he will say: “Oh! Would that I had taken a path with the Messenger ( Muhammad SAW).”
Or will you beg to go back and change the records?
“Until, when death comes to one of them (those who join partners with Allah), he says: “My Lord! Send me back. So that I may do good in that which I have left behind!” No! It is but a word that he speaks, and behind them is Barzakh (a barrier) until the Day when they will be resurrected.” {Surat Al-Mu’minun: 99-100}
Do you think that you’re wealth, health and children are due to your own ability? Do you consider yourself lucky?
“Do they think that We enlarge them in wealth and children,
We hasten unto them with good things (in this worldly life so that they will have no share of good things in the Hereafter)? Nay, but they perceive not.” {Surat Al-Mu’minun: 55-56}
O blameworthy soul, you are lost in confusion. Aspire for what is with your Lord and aim your efforts toward it.

“(It will be said to the pious): “O (you) the one in (complete) rest and satisfaction! (An-Nafs Al-Mutmai’nna)

Come back to your Lord, Well-pleased (yourself) and well-pleasing unto Him!

Enter you, then, among My honoured slaves,

And enter you My Paradise!”

This is true success.

This should be the goal.

Paradise and the pleasure of your Lord.

 I ask that Allaah by His Beautiful Names and Perfect attributes that He makes us of those that are “Well-pleased (yourself) and well-pleasing unto Him!”. May He protect the Muslimeen and guide us to what is pleasing to Him. May the Salaah and Salaam of Ar-Rahman be upon the Final Messenger, his companions and all those that follow them in righteousness until the Day of Judgement.

It is enough that Allaah knows

For the sacrifices met with indifference

For the pain and for all of the lows

For the patience and the endurance

It is enough that Allaah knows

 

For what could never be

And for what is yet to show

For the known deeds and the hidden

It is enough that Allaah knows

 

For the toil and for the torment

For the harm and for the blows

With all the hurt of the people

It is enough that Allaah knows

 

Beaten and bruised yet still protected

Struggling through the throes

The heart of the believer is gleaming

It is enough that Allaah knows

 

Severely tested are those whom He loves

In their faces, faith emits a glow

Trapped in the prison of this world

It is enough that Allaah knows

 

The truth will be known

And the falsehood shown

Until that time comes

It is enough that Allaah knows

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NB: This is a poem of the endurance, patience and tawakkul of the believer through difficulties that he/she may face in this world. It is to show that if the believer excels in his deen and his righteousness but the people harm him, or do not show gratitude to him, or dismiss his efforts then it is enough that Allaah sees and hears all. It is enough that his deeds are sincere for Allaah and upon the sunnah and it is not a necessity that he will see his reward in this dunya. It is not a necessity that he experiences comfort in this world because in actuality the heart of the believer cannot be comfortable in this world. The Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said ” الدنيا سجن المؤمن وجنة الكافر “- The dunya (worldly life) is a prison for the believer and a Jannah (paradise) for the disbeliever” {Sahih Muslim}

The believer knows the “pens have been lifted and the scrolls have dried” {40 Nawawi} so there is no grieving over the past and no worry for the future. He holds a good opinion of Allaah and relies on Him alone while striving and taking the means to attain success. It is as Sheikhul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah said: Trials and tribulations are like feeling the heat and cold, when one knows that they cannot be avoided, he will not feel anger at their onset, nor will he be distressed or disheartened. {Ibn al-Qayyim- Al-Madarij}

And Allaah knows best.

Suffering from Depression? Feeling Down? Sad all the Time? ’Uthaimeen Explains the Solution

“Indeed the Legislation orders us to keep away from everything which causes regret … Allaah سبحانه said:

“Secret counsels (conspiracies) are only from Satan, in order that he may cause grief to the believers. But he cannot harm them in the least, except as Allah permits.” [Mujaadilah 58:10]

And Allaah تعالى only told us this so that we keep away from it, it was not merely a piece of information telling us that the Devil wants to cause us grief, no, what is meant is that we keep away from everything which causes grief. And for this reason the Prophet ﷺ said, “When there are three people, two should not converse together to the exclusion of the third.” [Agreed upon]

So everything which brings about sadness in a person is forbidden …

The Prophet ﷺ ordered a person who saw a dream that he disliked to dry-spit to his left three times and seek Allaah’s Refuge from its evil and the evil of the Devil and to then turn to the other side [to sleep on] and not to tell anyone about it and to perform ablution and pray—all of this so that a person can drive away all of these things [grief etc.] …

And that is why the Companions said that we used to see dreams and become ill because of them, but when the Prophet of Allaah ﷺ told us thishadith … i.e., they relaxed and no worry remained.

So the Legislator wants us to avoid everything which brings about worry, grief, and sadness, and for this reason Allaah تعالى said:

“So whosoever intends to perform Hajj therein then he should not have sexual relations (with his wife), nor commit sin, nor dispute unjustly during the Hajj.” [Baqarah 2:197]

Because disputes make a person defend himself and his thoughts change for the sake of the argumentation, and he will became worried and it will distract him from worship.

The point is always keep in mind the fact that Allaah عزوجل wants you to be happy all the time, far from grief.

And in reality a person has three situations: a past situation, a present and a future one. A person forgets the past and the worry that it had because it and what it contained is over, if it was a calamity, then say:

اللهُمَّ أْجُرْنِي فِي مُصِيبَتِي، وَأَخْلِفْ لِي خَيْرًا مِنْهَا

“O Allaah, reward me for my affliction and give me something better than it in exchange for it,” [Muslim] and forget about it.

And for this reason He forbade wailing over the dead, why? Because it renews the grief and reminds one of it.

As for the future, its knowledge is with Allaah عزوجل, rely on Allaah and when issues come to you then seek their solution, but those things which the Legislator has ordered you to prepare for then prepare for them.

It is the present time which it is possible for you to deal with, try to keep away from everything that causes worry, grief and sadness so that you can always be relaxed and have an open breast, dedicating yourself to Allaah and worshipping Him and [dedicating yourself] to your worldly affairs and those connected to the Hereafter.

When you try this, you will relax.

As for tiring yourself over what has passed or worrying about the future in a manner the legislation has not allowed, then know that [if you do so] you will become exhausted and lose out on much good.”

Fathu Dhil-Jalaali wal-Ikraam bi Sharh Bulughil-Maraam, vol. 3, pp. 532-533.

Source: Gifts of Knowledge

Save me!

We will embark upon a Day which shall be the first and last of its kind. A day when the child’s hair will grey, the pregnant woman will miscarry and mankind will be rendered to a drunken way.[1] The day Allaah will tell our Father, Adam, who from his offspring is for the Fire:

“Out of each thousand, take out 999.” [2]

The Day that man will bite his hands in regret and wish he had taken a way with the Messenger [3] (صلى الله عليه وسلم). The Day he will curse himself for sinning in the life which passes like a dream, only to be faced with the consequences for an eternity.

He will cry for destruction when he hears the roars of the Hellfire.[4] One will wish he were turned to dust, as is the fate of the animals on that Day[5]. How far he shall fall from his self regarding greatness, from his self proclaimed status, from his self centred vainness.

We will embark upon a Day in which our only concern will be salvation. Saving ourselves from damnation. Our only concern will be protecting our skin. Forgotten will be our ties of kin[6].

We are driving to our Lord, and this Day is the station. Following its end is but two destinations. Delight or destruction is all there will be. And a cry made in vain from the losers…

“Please… Save me!”

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[1] Surat Al- Haj: 2

[2] Narrated by Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri. Sahih Al- Bukhari

[3] Surat Al-Furqan: 27

[4] Surat Al-Furqan:12-14

[5] Refer to Tafsir Ibn Kathir. Surat An-Naba’: 40

[6] Surat ‘Abasa: 34-37

Allaah knows and you do not…

Allaah, the Most Wise, said:

“Jihad (holy fighting in Allah’s Cause) is ordained for you (Muslims) though you dislike it, and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know.” {2:216}

Ibn Kathir commented:

“This Ayah is general in meaning. Hence, one might covet something, yet in reality it is not good or beneficial for him, such as refraining from joining the Jihad, for it might lead to the enemy taking over the land and the government.”

This ayah, therefore, can be applied to various other situations, other than the Jihad which is specified. The Muslim may seek something in this life which Allaah knows is detrimental for his well-being, his happiness and most dangerously, his religion. Allaah is Wise, and may decree that the slave does not attain this desire in this life as it is in actuality better for him not to.

“Allah knows but you do not know.”

Inversely, it may be that the slave is afflicted with something that appears to be bad for him/her but in reality it is a means of increasing his faith and elevating his rank in this life and the Hereafter.

“Allah knows but you do not know.”

It is imperative for the Muslim to accept the decree of Allaah and be pleased with it even if their hearts are overcome by emotion. The Muslim should not let emotion hinder him from saying and acting in a way that is pleasing to Allaah. If it is a Shari’ah ruling his heart should be content and fulfilled in hearing and obeying, even if he may not understand the wisdom behind it.

Allaah said:

“It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed in a plain error.” {33:36}

Allaah is Most Just and Most Wise and though we may not understand the wisdom behind a specific ruling, there most certainly is a great wisdom behind it.

“Allah knows but you do not know.”

If it is an ailment or affliction, he/she should be patient and know that everything is good for the believer and this may be a means of erasing sins and earning good deeds.

“Allah knows but you do not know.”

 If it is a particular trial with a husband, wives, family, health, property or wealth, he/she is comforted that everything is decreed by the One who is merciful, kind to His slaves and fully able to relieve this trial for him/her. So tawakkul (trust) and patience are what is required and the trial will soon be alleviated by the permission of Allaah.

“Allah knows but you do not know.”

 May Allaah make it easy for the Muslimeen to rely on Him alone and to keep firm in His obedience. May the Salaah and Salaam of Allaah be upon the Messenger, his wives, companions and all those that follow them in righteousness until the Day of Resurrection.

Isn’t it that time?

It is reported that Al-Fudayl b. ‘Ayyâd – Allâh have mercy on him – said:
How will you be if you reach a time when you will see people who do not distinguish truth from falsehood, believer from unbeliever, trustworthy from treacherous, nor ignorant from knowledgeable, and neither recognize what is right nor censure what is wrong?

Ibn Battah, Al-Ibânah Al-Kubrâ 1:188.

After reporting this narration, Imâm Ibn Battah (d. 387H) said:

To Allâh we belong and to Him we will return! We have reached that time, we have heard this and have come to know most of it and witnessed it. If a man to whom Allâh has bestowed sound reasoning looks and thinks carefully and ponders the matter of Islâm and its people and treads the rightly guided path as regards to them, it will become clear to him that most people have turned back on their heals, deviated from the correct path, and turned away from  correct proof. Many people have started to like what they used to hate, allow what they used to forbid and recognize what they used to reject. And for sure – Allâh have mercy on you – this is not the [right] character of the Muslims, nor the behaviour of those who have insight into this religion, and neither of those who believe in it and are certain about it.

Source: http://www.sayingsofthesalaf.net/isnt-this-that-time/#ixzz2csN4OPWG

 

Note: Imam Ibn Battah was saying this during his time and currently we see much more of this behaviour. It seems as though accepting the falsehood of others amounts to “tolerance”, whether this is the falsehood of saying Allaah has a son, (Glorified He is from such a thing), or the deviated belief of the Shi’ah that Allaah became incarnate in ‘Ali (may Allaah be pleased with him). The Muslim does not accept false beliefs so that the people are pleased with him, rather he is more concerned with enjoining the good and forbidding the evil and more concerned with pleasing Allaah than the creation. It is said that the head of all good is Tawheed (Islamic Monotheism) and the head of all evil is Shirk (associating partners with Allaah in His Lordship, Names and Attributes or right to be worshipped alone). The Muslim strives in propagating the correct creed and if he sees falsehood or sin, he does what he can to stop it. He does not do what is practised today, by calling everyone his brother, whether they are Christian, Hindu or Pagan as Allaah said:

“But if they repent, perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat) and give Zakat, then they are your brethren in religion. (In this way) We explain the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) in detail for a people who know.” {9:11}

and:

“The believers are nothing else than brothers (in Islamic religion). So make reconciliation between your brothers, and fear Allah, that you may receive mercy.” {49:11}

The Muslim should therefore be keen on seeking knowledge and asking Allaah to give him the ability to distinguish between truth and falsehood, to stay firm on the correct path; the path of those whom He has guided, not of those who have incurred His anger, nor of those who have gone astray.

 

Umar’s instructions on the first night of Ramadhan

It is reported that on the first night of Ramadân, ‘Umar – Allâh be pleased with him – would pray Maghrib, then say (to the people):

Sit down. Then he would give a small address: Verily the fasting of this month has been made a duty upon you, and standing in night prayer has not been made a duty upon you, but those amongst you who can stand in prayer should do so, for it is from the extra good deeds about which Allâh told us: so whoever cannot stand in prayer, let him sleep on his bed.

And beware of saying: I will fast if so and so fasts and I will stand in night prayer if so and so stands in prayer. Whoever fasts or stands in night prayer, he must make this for Allâh. And you should know that you are in prayer as long as you are waiting for a prayer.

Minimize any vain or false speech in the houses of Allâh (mosques; he said this two or three times). Let none of you fast a few days before the month (in order to avoid missing the beginning of the month; he said this three times). And do not fast until you see [the crescent of the new month] unless it is overcast. If it is overcast, count [the previous month] as 30 days. Then do not break your fasts until you see the night upon the mountain (i.e. you are sure the sun has set).

‘Abd Al-Razzâq Al-San’ânî, Al-Musannaf article 7748.

Source: http://www.sayingsofthesalaf.net/umars-instructions-on-the-first-night-of-ramadan/#ixzz2atAKujpk