Monday, August 25, 2014

​Purifying The Heart​

​​"There is no doubt that the heart becomes covered with rust, just as metal dishes - silver, and their like - become rusty. So the rust of the heart is polished with dhikr (remembrance of Allah), for dhikr polishes the heart until it becomes like a shiny mirror. However, when dhikr is abandoned, the rust returns; and when it commences then the heart again begins to be cleansed. Thus the heart becoming rusty is due to two matters: sins and ghaflah (neglecting remembrance of Allah. Likewise, it is cleansed and polished by two things: istighfaar (seeking Allah's forgiveness) and dhikr."
​Ibn Al Qayyim​

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Do Not Mock The Supplication​

"Do you mock the supplication and belittle it? While you do not know what it has the power to do! The arrows of the night (du’a) do not miss target But they have a set limit, which shall come to end. So if my Lord wishes, He holds it back. And if the decree is to be fulfilled, He sets it forth."

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Fear of Being Proud

If you fear being proud of the good deed you have done, then remind yourself
hose pleasure you are seeking, and what bliss (Paradise) you wish for, and what punishment you want to avoid. If you think thoroughly of any one of these, your deed will become small in your eyes.--
​Imam Shafi'e​

Friday, August 15, 2014

Fault Is In Us

نعيب زماننا والعيب فينا *** وما لزماننا عيب سوانا
ونهجوا ذا الزمان بغير ذنب *** ولو نطق لنا الزمان لهجانا

We fault our time when the fault is in us
And what fault does our time have besides us?
We scold what's in our time though it has done no wrong
And had time been able to talk it would have scolded us.
Imam al-Shafi

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."