Friday, July 4, 2014

​ People Of The Night​

​H​ow excellent are the people who have abandoned sweet dreams, withdrawing from that for which they erected their feet for. Standing up to fatigue themselves in the dark, seeking a portion of the blessing. When the night comes they stand up, and when the day arrives they derive lessons from it. When they look at their faults they seek forgiveness, and when they think about their sins they cry and feel dejected.  ~Imaam Ibn Jawzee

Friday, June 27, 2014

Ten Matters That Bring Destruction​

Ibn al-Qayyim writes, "Ten are the matters that bring about destruction, and have no benefit:
1) Knowledge that is not acted upon
2) Action without sincerity, or following the Sunnah
3) Money that is not spent properly [for the sake of Allah and in accordance with His Shariah]
4) A heart that is empty of Allah's love, and a desire to meet Him
5) A body that is not busied with His worship and service
6) Love that is not restricted by the pleasure of Allah and obeying Him
7) Time that is wasted, and not used to make up for sins or accumulate righteous deeds
8) Thoughts that wander in areas that are of no value
9) Being in the service of one whose service will not bring you closer to Allah, or [at least] benefit your sustenance in this world
10) Placing your hope, or fear, in a being who himself is utterly dependent on Allah and like a prisoner in His grasp - someone who cannot help himself, much less you, with any pleasure or pain or life or death.

And the worst of all of these, and the basis of them all, are two: the wastage of the heart, and the wastage of time. The heart is wasted when it prefers this world over the next, and time is wasted in yearning for that which has no true benefit."

Thursday, June 19, 2014

​ ​The Person With Envy or Bad Manners​

There is no rest for the person who has envy and there is no love for the person who has bad manners. - Ali ibn Abi Taalib 

Monday, June 16, 2014

​Belif

Belief is not by wishful thinking but by what settles in the heart, and what the actions prove.--Al-Hasan al-Basri

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Heart ​C​orrupters

The heart becomes corrupt through six means:

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Committing a sin in the hope of repenting
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Seeking knowledge and not applying it
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Practice without sincerity
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Eating
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the sustenance of Allah without appreciating Him
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Not being pleased with Allah’s allocation (destiny)
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Burying the dead without learning from them”

Hasan al Basri

Friday, June 6, 2014

​You Must Be Willing​

You must be willing to change. 

You must be willing to break the deal you made with the devils within. 

You must be willing to leave the past and not be tempted to rebound when times are tough. 

You must be willing to let go of everything and anyone that takes you back to your sins. 

You must be willing to have hope. 

You must be willing to have hope that you can change and that you will and that you will be better. You must believe you are worthy of change and you are worthy of improvement and you are worthy of being the best. 

You must be willing to set aside your negative notions about life, about hardships, about people, about things, about yourself. 

You must be willing to stop feeling sorry for yourself while looking at the world move around you. Get up and make something of yourself.----
​Ibn Al Qayyim​