"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)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Imaam Shafi’ee Visits Imaam Ahmad – A Strange Incident With A Beautiful Explanation!

The Personal Relationship Between a Scholar and His Student.

Imam Ahmad used to mention the virtues of his sheikh, Imam Ash Shafi’ee to his wife. He would mention to her the extensive and superb knowledge of Imam Ash Shafi’ee as well as his taqwah (i.e. piety). Imam Ahmad invited Imam Ash Shafi’ee to come visit him at his home. When the time for dinner arrived, Imam Ash Shafi’ee ate until he was full and went to the guest room for some sleep.

The wife of Imam Ahmad said to him: “O Ahmad! Is this the same Shafi’ee that you used to tell me so much about?

Imam Ahmad said: “Indeed he is!

So she said: “I noticed three things about him worthy of criticism! Firstly, when we served him the food, he ate plenty of it! Secondly, when he went into the guest room, he went to sleep without standing up to perform the night prayer (i.e. tahujjud)! Lastly, when he prayed Salat ul Fajr with us, he did not perform ablution (i.e. wudhu)?!

So Imam Ahmad went to Imam Ash Shafi’ee to ask him about these three matters his wife noticed. Imam Ash Shafi’ee said to him, (the way a father would explain to his son): “O Ahmad! I ate plenty because I know for certain that your food is halal (i.e. permissible islamically) and you are a generous man! And the food that comes from a generous man is a cure, while the food that comes from a stingy man is a disease! However, I didn’t eat plenty of food in order to achieve my fill; rather I ate plenty of your food in order to derive the cure from it! 

As for the reason I didn’t stand up at night to perform the night prayer, when I laid my head down to get some sleep, I looked and all I could see was the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Prophet (Sallahu alaihi wa salam) right in front of my face! So I deducted 72 fiqh related benefits from them for the Muslims to benefit from. Thus there was no opportunity for me to stand and perform the night prayer!

As for the reason why I prayed Salat ul Fajr without performing ablution, by Allah! My eyes never tasted the sweetness of sleep in order for me to renew my wudhu!! I was awake the whole night, so I prayed Salat ul Fajr with the same wudhu I had for Salat ul Isha!!!

[Collected by Al Hafidh Ibn Hajr in Fath ul Bari concisely and by Abu Nu’aim in Hilya tul Awliyaa’. Translated by Abu Azzubayr Shadeed Muhammad on 3/30/2010 in the City of Riyadh Saudi Arabia]

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Enlightment of Imams


Khalid ibn al Wald (Radi Allahu Ta’ala anhu) narrated the following hadith:
A Bedouin came one day to the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alahi wa sallam) and said to him, ‘O, Messenger of Allah! I’ve come to ask you a few questions about the affairs of this Life and the Hereafter.’ ’Ask what you wish’ said Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alahi wa sallam).
Q: I’d like to be the most learned of men.
A: Fear Allah, and you will be the most learned of men.
Q: I wish to be the richest man in the world.
A: Be contented, and you will be the richest man in the world.
Q: I’d like to be the most just man.
A: Desire for others what you desire for yourself, and you will be the most just of men.
Q: I want to be the best of men.
A: Do good to others and you will be the best of men.
Q: I wish to be the most favored by Allah.
A: Engage much in Allah’s praise, and you will be most favored by Him.
Q: I’d like to complete my faith.
A: If you have good manners you will complete your faith
Q: I wish to be among those who do good.
A: Adore Allah as if you see Him. If you don ‘t see Him, He seeth you. In this way you will be among those who do good.
Q: I wish to be obedient to Allah.
A: If you observe Allah’s commands you will be obedient.
Q: I’d like to be free from all sins.
A: Bathe yourself from impurities and you will be free from all sins.
Q: I’d like to be raised on the Day of Judgement in the light.
A: Don’t wrong yourself or any other creature, and you will be raised on the Day of Judgement in the light.
Q: I’d like Allah to bestow His mercy on me.
A: If you have mercy on yourself and others, Allah will grant you mercy on the Day of Judgement.
Q: I’d like my sins to be very few.
A: If you seek the forgiveness Allah as much as you can, your sins will be very few.
Q: I’d like to be the most honorable man.
A: If you do not complain to any fellow creature, you will be the most honorable of men.
Q: I’d like to be the strongest of men.
A: If you put your trust in Allah, you will be the strongest of men.
Q: I’d like to enlarge my provision.
A: If you keep yourself pure, Allah will enlarge your provision.
Q: I’d like to be loved by Allah and His messenger.
A: If you love what Allah and His messenger love, you will be among their beloved ones.
Q: I wish to be safe from Allah’s wrath on the Day of Judgement.
A: If you do not loose your temper with any of your fellow creatures, you will be safe from the wrath of Allah on the Day of Judgement.
Q: I’d like my prayers to be responded.
A: If you avoid forbidden actions, your prayers will he responded.
Q: I’d like Allah not to disgrace me on the Day of Judgement.
A: If you guard your chastity, Allah will not disgrace you on the Day of Judgement.
Q: I’d like Allah to provide me with a protective covering on the Day of Judgement.
A: Do not uncover your fellow creatures faults, and Allah will provide you with a covering protection on the Day of Judgement.
Q: What will save me from sins?
A: Tears, humility and illness.
Q: What are the best deeds in the eyes of Allah?
A: Gentle manners, modesty and patience.
Q: What are the worst evils in the eyes of Allah?
A: Hot temper and miserliness.
Q: What assuages the wrath of Allah in this life and in the Hereafter?
A: Concealed charity and kindness to relatives.
Q: What extinguishes hell’s fires on the Day of Judgement?
A: Patience in adversity and misfortunes.

- Related by Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (Rahmatullah Ta’ala ‘alaih) -


According to Malik Bin Anas, Hazrat ‘Isa (‘alayhi sallam) said, “Do not speak much without remembering Allah ta’ala, for by doing so, you harden your hearts. Surely a hard heart is distant from Allah ta’ala though you are unaware. Do not, like lords, look at the faults of others. Rather, like the servants, look at your own faults. In truth, humanity is comprised of only two types, the afflicted and the sound. So show mercy to the afflicted, and praise Allah ta’ala for well-being.
- Muwatta af Imam Malik -

How many an obscure person is insulted by his vain passions
When his veil is removed and he is exposed
The person of vain passions is a slave but
When he gains control over his passions he becomes a king
- Imam al-Hasan al-Basri (rahimullah) -

I have accompanied people (Sahaba) who feared the rejection of their righteous deeds more than you fear the consequences of your sins.
- Hadhrat Hasan al-Basri rahimahu Llah -

O my soul, Pass quickly on through this world; and leave it, for indeed life lies ahead of it.
- Imam Shafi’i (rahimullah)

“Hikmah is knowledge that leads to the recognition of Allah through implementation of insight, refinement of the self, and affirmation of the truth by means of action and abstinence from that which is contrary to it.  The hakim is the person who possesses the aforementioned.”
- Imam Nawawi (rahimullah) -


To the one we give our opinions
And do not give your opinion to one who does not want it
For you are not praiseworthy and the opinion will not benefit him
- Imam Shafi’i (rahimullah) –

Be both a jurisprudent and a sûfî – never just one of the two.
Truly, by the Divine Right, I am advising you sincerely!
For the former is hardened, his heart tastes no Godwariness,
While the latter is ignorant – of what use is the ignorance.
- Imam Shafi’i (rahimullah) -

Oh Allah,
I seek Your forgiveness for every sin by which I deserved rejection of my prayers,
and refusal of their acceptance,
and failure in my hopes being fulfilled,
and severance of hope in Your mercy.
~Imam Hasan al-Basri (may Allah have mercy on his soul) -

Knowledge exists potentially in the human soul like the seed in the soil;
by learning the potential becomes actual.
- Hadhrat Imam Al-Ghazali rahimahu Llah -


“I have no power save to knock at Thy door,
and if I be turned away, at what door shall I knock?
In full abandon I put my trust in Thee,
stretching out my hands to Thee, a pleading beggar.”
— Imām Shāfi‘ī [رحمه الله] -

We find fault with the world, while the faults lie in our own selves.
The world is not at fault; except that we are full of flaws.
We make fun of the world for no reason,
But if others spoke about us, we were no better than be mocked at.
A wolf does not eat the flesh of another of its kind,
But we eat the flesh of each other knowingly
We have worn the sheep’s clothing to deceive the people;
But woe unto the wild animal if it strays by us!
We have reduced religion to mere show and formalities.
And thus, we deceive those who look at us.
— Imam Shaf’i (may Allah have mercy on him), Diwan ash-Shafiýi p.376

Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal was once travelling during his old age and stopped by a town. After salah in the masjid, he wanted to stay for the night in the masjid yard as he didn’t know anyone in the town. However, due to his humility, he hadn’t introduced himself to anyone fearing that he would be welcomed by many people if they knew who he was.
So, failing to recognize Imam Ahmad, the caretaker of the masjid refused to let him stay in the masjid yard. Imam Ahmad requested him numerous times, but the guard did not accept yet the Imam insisted. Eventually, the guard became furious and as Imam Ahmad was quite old, the caretaker had to drag him out of the masjid. On seeing this, a baker from a nearby place felt pity for him and offered to host him for the night.
During his stay with the baker, Imam Ahmad observed that the baker would constantly recite Istighfaar (i.e. to seek forgiveness from Allah), so he asked him if the constant practice of Istighfaar had any effect on him.
The baker responded,
“By Allah! No duaa (supplication) have I made except that it was answered, except one.”
“And what is that?”,asked Imam Ahmad.
“To be able to see the famed Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal!”, replied the baker.
At this, Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal replied that Allah had not only listened to the baker’s duaa, but had also dragged him (Imam ibn Hanbal) onto his doorsteps.

O my soul, it is only a few days, bear them patiently.
A lifetime seems but a flitting reverie.
O my soul, through this world pass swiftly
And leave it for true life ahead does lie!
- Imam Shafi’i rahimahu Llah -

A Contented Life

A Contented Life
Let the days pass as they will
Be content with Allah’s will.
Do not regret what this day’s cast,
For this world’s pains for sure won’t last.
Be a man against fears strong,
Be kind and loyal, all life long.
If in folk’s eyes your faults abound,
And you wish that they be gowned:
Then shelter seek beneath kind acts,
For kindness well all blame retracts.
From enemies hide your weakness
For gloating foes do bring distress.
From misers never seek favor:
In fire there is no water.
Patience won’t reduce income,
Nor fretfulness increase the sum.
Neither pain nor joy shall last,
Nor poverty, nor riches vast.
But if your heart is satisfied
Then you do own the whole world wide.
A man on whom his fate alights
No depths shall save, nor any heights.
Allah’s earth is wide, but know,
That destiny makes it narrow.
Face each day on even keel.
There’s no balm from death can heal.
Imam al-Shafi`i -

  We are strangers in this world…

A bliever is a stanger in this world, he is never afraid of its humiliation, and he never competes for its glory. The people are in one situation and he is in a different situation. The people are content with him, yet he is in turmoil with himself.
- Hasan al-Basri -
Intention is the measure for rendring actions true, so that, where intention is sound, action is sound and where it is corrupt, the action is corrupt.
- Imam an-Nawawi -

“O my eye! All men have eyes”

Let not your tongue mention the shame of another
For you yourself are covered in shame and all men have tongues.
If your eye falls upon the sins of your brother
Shield them and say: “O my eye! All men have eyes”
- Imam Shafi’i (rahimullah) -

Misery and love

“And from misery is that you love, and (the one) who you love, loves other than you,
or that you want good for a person, and he wants to hurt you”.
- Imam Shafi’i (rahimullah) -

Do you want enlightment?

I complained to Waki about the weakness of my memory
So he ordered me to abandon disobedience
And informed me that the knowledge is light
And that the light of Allah is not given to the disobedient
- Imam Shafi’i (rahimullah) -

Restrain your soul when the decree of Allah is ordained

Part from the days where you used to do as you wish
And restrain your soul when the decree of Allah is ordained
And don’t despair over the events of the past
For none of the events of the dunya were ever meant to remain
And be a man who is firm upon his affairs
And whose character is that of pardoning and nobility
And there is no sadness or happiness that is continuous
Just as there is there is no comfort or pain
If you are a person who is satisfied with what he has
Then you and the owner of all possessions are equal
And upon he who’s open valley death descends upon
Then there is no earth or sky to protect you from it
And the earth of Allah is vast but
When the ordainment of Allah descends even the open valley congests.
- Imam Shafi’i (rahimullah) -

Keep your secrets to yourselves!

If a man spreads his secret with his own tongue
and blames another… then he is a fool.

If his own breast is too narrow to conceal his own secret,
Then the breast of the one in whom he places it is even narrower.
- Imam Shafi’i (rahimullah) -

The search for a friend, which cannot be find!

A friend who does not benefit at the time of hardships,
Is close to an enemy on the scales,
The friend does not remain, during all times,
Nor does the brother, except for consolation.
I searched the days, with all my strengths
for a brother to trust, but my search was fruitless,
The lands and those who live them were barren,
As though its people were not people [I wanted them to be.
- Imam Shafi’i (rahimullah) -