"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, September 15, 2013

Imam Ibn al Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah -2

“The Prophet (Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) established a relationship between the fear of Allah and good character.

Because fearing Allah improves the relation between the servant and Allah, and good character improves the relation between a person and others. 

Therefore, fearing Allah makes it possible for Allah to love him, and good manners makes it possible for people to love that person.”

[Imam Ibn al Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah RahimahuAllah]

The first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah are marked blessed for both, the pilgrims and the non-pilgrims. 

Rewards of good deeds are multiplied in these days. Imam Ibn Qayyim (rahimahuAllah) (d. 751H) said:

“Indeed, its days are the most excellent of all the days with Allah. It has been confirmed in Sahih Al-Bukhari from Ibn Abbas (radhi Allahu anhu) that the Messenger of Allah (sallAllahu alaihi wa-sallam) said:

“No deed are more virtuous than deeds on these days.”

“And if a person were given all of the world and what is in it, it would not fill his emptiness.”

[Imam Ibn al Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah Rahimahullah]

”A person won’t be discouraged by those who differ from him and those who stand against him, since they less in importance and meaning, even if they would be more in number. 

Just like some of the salaf said: 

”Force your way through the paths of truth and don’t let yourself be discouraged by the small amount of people who do the same.” 

Everytime you get discouraged because you’re alone on this path, look then to those who came before you and strive to catch up on them an...See More

“Allah is Generous, loves whoever is generous among His servants, 

And He is the Knower who loves the knowledgeable, 

And He is omnipotent who loves the courageous people, 

And He is Beautiful who loves beauty, 

And He Almighty is Merciful who loves the merciful people and He is Merciful toward whomever is merciful, ...See More

Pride, with its consequences, remains a great sin opposing the purpose for which Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) created His creation, just as the greatest sin, polytheism. 

Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) created His creation and revealed His Book in order that complete obedience be devoted to Him, Alone. 

Therefore, He (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) forbade the entry into Paradise for polytheists and any of those who have the weight of a mustard seed of pride in their hearts.

[Imam Ibn al Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah Rahimahullah]

‘Abdullah b. Mas’ud – Allah be pleased with him – said:

"Singing sprouts hypocrisy (nifaq) in the heart as water sprouts greens and herbs."

[Ibn Battah, Al-Ibanah Al-Kubra Vol.2 p469, and Al-Bayhaqi, Al-Sunan Al-Kubra Vol. 52 p231]

Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyah (Allah have mercy on him) said in Madârij Al-Salikin, Vol.1 p487:

"Man taught his dog how to catch prey for him and the dog overcame his desire to eat the prey out of respect for his owner and fear of his power, and Allah taught you and you do not accept His teaching."

[Imam Ibn al Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah Rahimahullah]

“Allaah sometimes gives the earth permission to breathe, which is when major earthquakes happen.

This makes people feel scared, so they repent, give up sins, pray to Allaah and feel regret [for their sins]. 

When there had been an earthquake, some of the Salaf said: your Lord is warning you. 

When Madeenah was struck by an earthquake, ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with you) addressed the people and said: 

If there is another earthquake, I will not stay here...See More

“And sins leave ugly, despicable, and harmful effects to the heart and body in this world and the next that none know except Allaah. 

From them is that one is prevented from knowledge, as knowledge is a light that Allaah places into the heart, and sins put out this light."

[Imam Ibn al Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah Rahimahullah]

“The keys to the life of the heart lie in reflecting upon the Qur‘aan , being humble before Allaah in secret, and leaving sins.”

[Imam Ibn al Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah Rahimahullah]

"Beware of the one who is an enemy to the people of the Quran and Sunnah, and do not let them infect you with enmity or you will be the loser."

[Imam Ibn al Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah Rahimahullah]

Between The Past And The Future (Repentance ( At-Tauba ))

Your life in the present moment is in between the past and the future. 

So what has preceded can be rectified by tawbah (repentance), nadam (regret) and istighfar (seeking Allaah’s forgiveness). 

And this is something that will neither tire you, nor cause you to toil as you would with strenuous labour. 

"The Prophet, sallaallahu `alayhe wa sallam, used to wear his best clothes for the Eid prayers and he had clothes that he reserved for the two Eids and Jumu'ah."

[Imam Ibn al Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah Rahimahullah]

"The servant who seeks the pleasure of Allaah, never abandons repentance. He remains in the state of repentance until the end of his life."

[Imam Ibn al Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah Rahimahullah]

"Islam began as something strange, and it shall return to being something strange (like it began), so give glad tidings to the strangers."

Imam Ibn ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah said about this Hadith:

These praiseworthy people are called strangers since they are a small minority among mankind.

Thus, Muslims are strangers among mankind; the true believers are strangers among Muslims.

And the scholars are strangers among the true believers....See More

"Sins have many side-effects. One of them is that they steal knowledge from you."

[Imam Ibn al Qayyim Rahimahullah]

Consider the following explanation by Qayyim Al-Jawziyya on the narrations concerning the Prophet Muhammad (Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) breaking his fast with fresh dates or dried dates.

‘fasting clears the stomach of food; the liver finds nothing to attract and to send on to the faculties and organs. 

Sweet substances are the quickest to reach the liver being what it likes best, especially rutab [fresh dates]; 

So it eagerly accepts them, and thus both the li...See More

"Through patience and poverty one attains leadership in religion. 

The seeker of Truth needs the will that will inspire him and push him upward and (religious) knowledge that will lead him and guide him."

[Imam Ibn al Qayyim Rahimahullah]

Truly in the heart there is a void that can not be removed except with the company of Allah.

And in it there is a sadness that can not be removed except with the happiness of knowing Allah and being true to Him.

And in it there is an emptiness that can not be filled except with love for Him and by turning to Him and always remembering Him.

And if a person were given all of the world and what is in it, it would not fill this emptiness.

[Imam Ibn al Qayyim Rahimahullah]

Even If It Is Painful

Whatever Allah has decreed for His believing slave is a blessing even if that is in the form of withholding; it is a favour even if that is in the form of a trial, and the calamity decreed by him is fair even if it is painful.

فقضاؤه لعبده المؤمن عطاء وإن كان في صورة المنع
ونعمة وإن كان في صورة محنة ،
وبلاؤه عافية وإن كان في صورة بلية

[Imam Ibn al Qayyim (Rahimahullah) - Madarij al-Salikeen, 4/215]

"Iman is what settles in the heart and it is proven by Actions"

[Imam Ibn al Qayyim Rahimahullah]

“Oh feet of patience, keep going, for what remains is only a little. Remember the sweetness of worship, then the bitterness of striving will become easier for you.”

[Imam Ibn al Qayyim Rahimahullah]

“A man is the one who fears the death of his heart, not his body.”

[Imam Ibn al Qayyim Rahimahullah]

Ibn Qayyim (RahimuAllaah) said:

Bukhari mentions in his Saheeh from Wahab bin Munnabih that it was said to him: ‘Is not ‘La ilaha illa Allaah’ the key to Paradise?’

He said: ‘Of course, however there is no key except that it has teeth, so if a key is brought which has teeth then it will be opened, otherwise it will not open.’

Ibn Qayyim continues:

‘Allaah Subhanahu has placed keys for everything that is necessary, and they open the way, so Allaah made purification the key...See More

"Every love that leads away from HIS Love is infact a punishment; only love that leads to HIS Love is a Heartfelt and Pure LOVE." 

[Imam Ibn al Qayyim Rahimahullah]

"The Fire Was Created By Allaah To Melt Down The Hard Hearts"

[Imam Ibn al Qayyim Rahimahullah]

"Women are one half of society which gives birth to the other half so it is as if they are the entire society."

[Imam Ibn al Qayyim Rahimahullah]

A Sin May Lead to Your Salvation, While a Good Deed May Lead to Your Destruction..

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 

A Sin May Lead to Your Salvation,
While a Good Deed May Lead to Your Destruction...See More

The servant has a veil between him and Allah and another one between him and people. 

Whoever tore this veil between him and Allah, Allah will tear the veil between him and people.

[Imam Ibn al Qayyim Rahimahullah]

The fruits of Dhikr

"Dhikr is a tree with fruits of awareness. The more frequent the dhikr is made, the stronger the roots of a tree and the more fruits on it." 

[Imam Ibn al Qayyim Rahimahullah]

Trees in the Heart

“Ikhlaas and Tawheed are a tree in the heart. Its branches are good actions.

Its fruits are a good life in this world, and eternal comfort in the Hereafter, and just like in Paradise the fruits whose supply is not cut off, nor are they out of reach, likewise are the fruits of Tawheed and Ikhlaas in this world.”

“An action done without Ikhlaas and without following the Messenger is like a traveler whose sock becomes filled with sand, which weighs him dow...See More


"The manner you deal with people is the same way Allah will deal with you, both in this world and in the hereafter."

[Imam Ibn al Qayyim Rahimahullah]

Medication for ego and pride

Sitting with the poor and less fortunate people removes the ego and pride from your heart.

[Imam Ibn al Qayyim Rahimahullah]

The Hardness of The Heart

“Whosoever causes his heart to settle with his Lord shall find himself in a calm and tranquil condition and whosoever sends it amongst the people shall be disturbed and excessively perturbed.”

[Imam Ibn al Qayyim Rahimahullah]

Keep praying, bowing, prostrating to Allaah for peace, sabr & strength because:

"As long as you are performing prayer, you are knocking at the door of Allah,
and whoever is knocking at the door of Allah, Allah will open it for him."

(Imam Ibn al Qayyim Rahimahullah)

Tests are a medicine

Imam ibn Al Qayyim (RahimahoeAllah) said:

“The ibtilaa’ (testing) of the believer is like medicine for him.

It cures him from illness. Had the illness remained it would destroy him or diminish his reward and level (in the hereafter)....See More

"For everything that a servant loses.. there is a substitute, BUT.. The one who loses Allâh.. will NEVER find anything to replace Allâh"

[Ibn al-Qayyim]

Names have meaning and effect

“Because names have meanings, these meanings will inevitably have an effect on the person who carries the name. 

Names have an effect on the things that are named, and the things that are named have an effect on their names, whether they are beautiful or ugly, light or heavy, subtle or crude.” Ibn-ul-Qayyim

-Ibn Al-Qayyim-
Illumination of the Heart

“Worship and obedience illuminate the heart and make it strong and steadfast, until it becomes like a clear mirror, shining with light.

When Shaytaan draws close, he is struck by its light like those who try to eavesdrop [in the heavens] are struck by the shooting stars, and Shaytaan flees from this heart with more terror than a wolf fleeing from a lion. “

-Ibn Al-Qayyim-

You sold the most precious item for the cheapest price

“Get yourself out of this limited world of diseases to the wide world of the hereafter, which has what the eyes have never seen. Nothing is impossible there, and love is not lost. 

O you who sold yourself for the sake of something that will cause you suffering and pain, and which will also lose its beauty, you sold the most precious item for the cheapest price, as if you neither knew the value of the goods nor the mean...See More

Love of Allah

“It is a stage that all of those who are striving and competing are competing for it and it is a kind of life that if you are missing it you are one of the dead.

It is a light that if you are without it you are in and ocean of darkness. It is a medicine or cure that if you are without it, your heart becomes a place of sicknesses.

It is a sweetness or pleasure that if you are without it, life becomes a thing of worries and of pain.”

-Ibn Al-Qayyim-

The Five Pillars of Gratitude

Gratitude is built upon five pillars: 

(1) Submissiveness to Allah from the one expressing gratitude; (2) loving Him for it; (3) acknowledging His favor; (4) praising Him for it; (5) and not utilizing it in a way that displeases Him.

-Ibn Al-Qayyim-

(Madaarij As-Saalikeen, 2/186)

Primary Goals in life

"Whoever knows himself well, would keep himself busy reforming himself instead of talking about the faults of others...

Whoever knows his Lord, would keep himself busy trying to please Him instead of trying to please himself."
-Ibn Al-Qayyim-

The Heart and Body get sick

“The heart gets sick as the body does and its cure is in asking for forgiveness and protection.

It also becomes rusty like a mirror does and it is polished by remembering Allah.

The heart can also be naked like the body and can lose its dress and decoration, which is piety..


“He whom Allah has predestined to enter Paradise, the reasons which will cause his entrance shall spring from calamities. 

And he whom Allah has predestined to enter the Hellfire, the reasons which will cause his entrance shall spring from lusts.” 

-Ibn Al-Qayyim-

Tests of a believer

“The ibtilaa’ (testing) of the believer is like medicine for him. It cures him from illness.

Had the illness remained it would destroy him or diminish his reward and level (in the hereafter).

The tests and the trials extract these illnesses from him and prepare him for the perfect reward and the highest of degrees (in the life to come).”

-Ibn Al-Qayyim-

Hardening of the Heart

“The slave is not afflicted with a punishment greater than the hardening of the heart and being distant from Allah.

For the Fire was created to melt the hardened heart. The most distant heart from Allah is the heart which is hardened. 
If the heart becomes hardened, the eyes become dry.”

-Ibn Al-Qayyim-

Flying away

“The heart is like a bird: Love as its head and its two wings are Hope & Fear.” 

-Ibn al Qayyim-

Traveler carrying Dirt

“Deeds without sincerity are like a traveler who carries in his water-jug dirt. The carrying of it burdens him and it brings no benefit” 

-Ibn al Qayyim-

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