Friday, October 24, 2014

Intention

A small deed may become great due to the intention behind it, and a great deed may become small, due the intention behind it.” “Siyar a’laam anNubalaa’”, 
by Imam ath-Dhahabi)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Traveling in the Way of Allah

“When Musa travelled to meet with Khizar, he got tired and hungry on the journey, and said to his servant, "Bring me my dinner, for this journey has made us very tired” [Kahf: 62]. For in this journey, he was traveling to another created being. 

But then, when his Lord promised him a meeting for thirty full days, and He blessed him with ten more to complete forty, on Mt. Sinai, he did not eat during this meeting, nor did he feel hungry or tired. For in that journey, he was traveling to his Lord. 

And so from this we learn that when the heart is on its journey to its Lord, it shall not find any pain, or tiredness, or suffering, yet when it is on a journey to another created being, it shall suffer from all of these.“ 
From Ibn al-Qayyim's book Bada'i al-Fawāid, vol. 1, p. 72.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Busy Tongue

As long as the tongue is occupied in dhikr, it will be safe from unbecoming speech and lies, because it never keeps quiet.  Alike it is with the heart,  if it is not occupied in love of Allah then it will love a creature.—Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyah


Monday, September 22, 2014

​Seeking Admiration From People​

Forsaking action for the sake of other people is to seek their admiration. To act for the sake of their admiration is to associate others with Allah. Devotion is when Allah frees you from both of these states.al-Fuḍayl b. ‘Iyāḍ 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Good character

Good character is not what you show to those around you while you are calm, happy and being well treated. The real measure of noble character is that you always remain yourself … firm on your good demeanor, patience, goodness and generosity. This will keep you above any degenerate behaviour even when you find yourself in difficult situations and those which weigh on your soul. 
The qualities of the best among the creation do not change, even if their circumstances and places change. 
So the generous one remains generous even if he becomes poor, 
The noble one remains noble even if he is defeated,
The good one remains good even if he is treated unfairly,
They all show servitude to Allah through this good character. Rather, their hearts long to be close to the Prophet (s.a.w), for whoever is best in character will be closer to the Prophet (s.a.w) than others. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Believer is Always Blessed: In Ease & Difficulty

The Divine Decree related to the believer is always a bounty, even if it is in the form of withholding (something that is desired), and it is a blessing, even if it appears to be a trial, and an affliction that has befallen him is in reality a cure, even though it appears to be a disease! Unfortunately, due to the ignorance of the worshiper, and his transgressions, he does not consider anything to be a gift or a blessing or a cure unless he can enjoy it immediately, and it is in accordance with his nature. If he were only given a little bit of understanding, then he would have counted being withheld from as a blessing, and the sickness as a mercy, and he would relish the trouble that befalls him more than he relishes his ease, and he would enjoy poverty more than he enjoys richness, and he would be more thankful when he is blessed with little than he is when he is blessed with a lot.—Ibn al-Qayyim 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Trials and Tribulations

Trials and tribulation 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 Taymiyyah.