"O my soul, it is only a few days, bear them patiently.A lifetime seems long but a flitting reverie"

~Imam Shafi~
" “The heart will rest and feel relief if it is settled with Allah and it will worry and be anxious if it is settled with people.” – Ibn al-Qayyim"....Say : "This is my way; I invite unto Allah with sure knowledge, I and whosoever follows me with sure knowledge" (Qur'an - 12:108) "Say: we believe in God and in what has been revealed to us, and what was revealed to Abraham, Isma'il: Isaac, Jacob and The Tribes, and in (the Books) given to Moses, Jesus and the Prophets, from their Lord: We make no distinction between one and another, among them, and to God do we bow our will (in Islam)." (Qur'an, Al-Imran 3:84) . "And if he (Muhammad SAW) had forged a false saying concerning Us (Allah),We would have seized him by the right hand;And then certainly should have cut off his life artery (Aorta),And none of you could withhold Us from (punishing) him" (Qur'an,Al-Haqqah 69:44-47) "Do they not ponder the Quran! If it were revealed from a source other than Allah,certainly they would have found,many contradictions."[Holy Quran 4:82] " O man! Verily, you are returning towards your Lord with your deeds and actions (good or bad), a sure returning, and you will meet (i.e. the results of your deeds which you did)" [Holy Qur'an, 84:6] Say, "Is it other than Allah I should desire as a lord while He is the Lord of all things? And every soul earns not [blame] except against itself, and no bearer of burdens will bear the burden of another. Then to your Lord is your return, and He will inform you concerning that over which you used to differ." ~Holy Quran 6:164 Imam Malik (rh): “Do not look to the sins of people as if you are Lords, but look to your own sins as if you are slaves. Have mercy on the people of affliction and praise Allah for your well-being, and never say, ‘This person is from the people of Hellfire, and this person is from the people of Paradise.’ Do not be arrogant over the sinners, but rather ask Allah to grant them hidayah and rashad (i.e. guidance).” Ibn Kathir (Ra) narrated: كان نقش خاتم عمر بن الخطاب رضي الله عنه : كفى بالموت واعظاً ياعمر “The engraving on ‘Umar ibn al Khataab’s(Ra) ring was: “Sufficient is death as an admonisher O Umar”. ["Al-Bidaayah wan-Nihaaya]. "When you fear the creation, you run away from it, but when you fear the Creator, you feel close to Him,& run towards Him.".Ibn Qayyim . "Allahumma la‘aisha illa‘aish-al-Aakhirah": 'There is no life but the life of the next world' "And worship your Lord until there comes to you the certainty (i.e. death)". (Quran 15:99) “And those who strive for Us – We will surely guide them to Our ways.And indeed, Allah is with the doers of good.” [Quran: 29:69] "... And my success is not but through Allah . Upon him I have relied, and to Him I return." ~ Al Quran 11:88
"Nothing in this world is really useful to you unless it has some utility and value for the next world"-Imam Ali(R)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Imam ibn hajar al-asqalani - 5

preparing for the day of judgement

[1] The Prophet (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “Six things are strangers in six
situations – the mosque is a stranger amongst people who do not pray; the
Qur’an is a stranger in a household where it is not read; the memorised Qur’an is
a stranger in the heart of an open sinner (fasiq); a righteous Muslim woman is a
stranger in the hands of an oppressive husband of bad character; a pious Muslim
man is a stranger in the hands of an evil wife of bad character; and a scholar is a
stranger amongst a group of people who do not listen to him.” Then he said,
“Verily Allah the Exalted will not look at them on the Day of Judgement in a
merciful manner.”
[2] The Prophet (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “There are six [types of] people
whom I have cursed and Allah has cursed, for the supplication of every Prophet
is accepted – He who adds anything to the Book of Allah; he who disbelieves in
the decree of Allah the Exalted; he who oppressively uses his power to elevate
those whom Allah has brought low and to bring low those whom Allah has
elevated; he who publicly disobeys Allah’s commandments; he who makes
lawful that which is unlawful; and he who leaves my Sunnah (Tradition) – Allah
the Exalted will not look at them on the Day of Judgement in a merciful
[3] Abu Bakr al-Siddiq (radyAllahu`anhu) said, “Iblis is standing in front of you,
your nafs is on your right, your desire is on your left, the dunya is behind you,
your limbs and senses are around you, and the Omnipotent is above you, Iblis,
may Allah curse him, calls you to leave the Religion (din), the nafs calls you to
disobedience, desire calls you to [fulfilling your] passions, the dunya calls you to
choose it over the Hereafter, your limbs and senses call you towards sins, and the
Omnipotent calls you to Paradise and forgiveness. Allah the Exalted says [in the
Qur’an]. “And Allah invites you to Paradise and forgiveness.” The one who
responds to Iblis will lose his Religion, the one responds to the nafs will lose his
soul, the one who responds to desire will lose his intellect, the one who responds
to his limbs and senses will lose Paradise, and the one who responds to Allah
will lose all his sins and acquire all types of goodness.”
[4] Umar (radyAllahu`anhu) said, “Allah has concealed six things in six others –
He has concealed pleasure in obedience, anger in disobedience, His Greatest
Name in the Qur’an, the Night of Power (laylatul qadr) in Ramadan, the Middle
Prayer (al-salatul wusta) amongst the prayers, and the Day of Judgement amongst
the days.”
[5] `Uthman (radyAllahu`anhu) said, “The believer is in six types of fear – the first
is that Allah the Exalted will take away his iman (faith); the second is that the
angels will write down things that will expose him on the Day of judgement, the
third is that Satan will render his actions void; the fourth is that the Angel of
Death will take his soul when he is in a state of heedlessness; the fifth is that the
dunya will delude him and make him work for other than the Hereafter and the
sixth is that his family and children will preoccupy him such that he neglects the
remembrance of Allah the Exalted.”
[6] `Ali (radyAllahu`anhu) said, “The one who gathers six traits will not have left
anything that brings him closer to Paradise or anything that makes him escape
Hell – he came to know Allah the Exalted and thus obeyed him; he came to know
Satan and thus disobeyed him; he came to know the Hereafter and thus sought it;
he came to know the dunya and thus rejected it; he came to know the Truth and
thus followed it; and he came to know falsehood and thus steered clear of it.”
[7] `Ali (radyAllahu`anhu) said, “Blessings are six – Islam, the Qur`an,
Muhammad – the Messenger of Allah (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), well-being,
Allah’s protection, and non-dependence on people.”
[8] Yahya ibn Mu`adh al-Razi said, “Knowledge is the proof of action,
comprehension is the vessel of knowledge, the intellect is the leader to goodness,
desire is the mount of sins, wealth is the garment of the arrogant, and this world
is the market for the next world.”
[9] Abu Dharr Jimhir said, “Six things equal everything in the dunya – satisfying
food, a virtuous child, a sensible wife, wise speech, a mature intellect, and a
healthy body.”
[10] Al-Hasan al-Basri said, “Were it not for righteous people, the earth and
everything in it would have been destroyed; were it not for the virtuous, the
corrupt would have perished; were it not for the scholars, people would have
become like cattle; were it not for rulers, people would have killed one another;
were it not for fools, the dunya would have devastated out of neglect, and were it
not for the wind, everything would have stagnated.”
[11] An ascetic said, “The one who does not fear Allah will be safe from the
lapses of the tongue; the heart of one who does not fear meeting Allah will be
safe neither from unlawful (haram) things, nor from things over the permissibility
of which there is doubt; the one who does not break off dependence on creatures
will not be safe from greed; the one who does not safeguard [the sincerity of] his
actions will not be safe from showing-off, the one who does not seek the help of
Allah in guarding his heart will not be safe from jealousy; and the one who does
not look to those who are better than him in knowledge and worship will not be
safe from pride.”
[12] Al-Hasan al-Basri said, “The corruption of people’s heart is in six things –
the first is that they sin with the hope of repentance; they seek knowledge but do
not act upon it; if they do act upon it they are insincere in doing so; they eat the
sustenance of Allah has provided them but do not show gratitude for it; they are
not content with the allotment (qisma) of Allah; and they bury their dead but do
not take heed.”
[13] Al-Hasan al-Basri also said, “Allah will inflict six punishments on the one
who loves the dunya and chooses it over Hereafter – three in this world and
three in the next. As for the three in this world they are – delusion and hope in
having a long lifetime that has no end, overpowering greed that leaves no
contentment, and the taking away of the sweetness of worship. As for the three
in the Hereafter they are – the harrowing ordeal of the Day of Judgement, a sever
bringing to account, and an eternal regret.”
[14] Al-Ahnaf ibn Qays said, “There is no rest for the envious; there is no
immoral integrity for the liar; there is no well-being for the miser; there is no
loyalty for kings; there is no nobility for the ill-mannered; there is no abrogation
for Allah’s decree.”
[15] Some ascetics were asked, “When a servant [of Allah] repents, how does he
know whether his repentance has been accepted or rejected?” They said, “We
can’t pass a judgement in this matter, but there are indications that the
repentance has been accepted – that he does not deem himself immune from
disobedience; that he sees happiness absent from his heart and sadness everpresent
therein; that he draws close to the people of virtue and moves far from
the people of disobedience; that he sees little from this dunya as much and the
many good deeds he’s done for the Hereafter as little; that he sees his heart busy
with that which he wishes to secure from Allah the Exalted [i.e. Paradise] and
empty of concern for that which Allah the Exalted had already secured for him
[i.e. his daily sustenance]; that he safeguards his tongue and is ever
contemplative in a state of continuous remorse and regret.”
[16] Yahya ibn Mu`adh said, “From the greatest of all delusions in my sight is –
the continuance in acts of disobedience in the hope of forgiveness without any
regret; expecting nearness to Allah without performing any acts of obedience;
waiting to reap the crop of Paradise having sown the seeds of Hell; seeking to
reside in the House of the obedient ones [i.e. Paradise] with acts of disobedience;
waiting for reward without meriting it with deeds; and excessive hope in the
kindness of Allah the Exalted with heedlessness:
They hope for salvation without treading its path
Surely a ship does not sail on solid ground.”
[17] Al-Ahnaf ibn Qays was asked, “What is the best thing that can be given to a
servant [of Allah]?” He replied, “An instinctively upright intellect.” It was said,
“And if not this?” He said, “Good manners.” It was said, “And if not this?” He
said, “An agreeable companion.” It was said, “And if not this?” He said. “A heart
attached [to Allah].” It was said, “And if not this.” He said, “Long silence.” It
was said, “And if not this?” He said, “Immediate death.”

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