"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, October 2, 2011

Imam ibn hajar al-asqalani - 2

preparing for the day of judgement

[1] It has been reported that the Prophet (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “The
one who wakes up in the morning and complains about the scarcity of livelihood,
it is as though he is complaining against his Lord. The one who wakes up and is
sad over the affairs of the dunya, it is as though he has woken up angry with
Allah. And the one who humbles himself in front of a rich man because of his
wealth will have lost two-thirds of his Religion.”

[2] Abu Bakr al-Siddiq (radyAllahu`anhu) said, “There are three things which
cannot be attained through another three: wealth with hope, youth with dyeing
[the hair], and health with medication.”

[3] ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab (radyAllahu`anhu) said, “Good interaction with people is
half of intelligence, good questioning is half of knowledge, and good planning is
half of subsistence.”

[4] ‘Uthman ibn ‘Affan (radyAllahu`anhu) said, “The one who leaves the dunya
Allah the Exalted will love him; and the one who leaves sins, the Angels will love
him; and the one who has no craving for the possessions of the Muslims, the
Muslims will love him.”

[5] ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib (radyAllahu`anhu) said, “Surely from the blessings of this
world, sufficient is Islam as a blessing; surely from the multitude of
preoccupations, sufficient is obedience as a preoccupation; and surely from the
causes for reflection, sufficient is death as a cause.”

[6] ‘Abdullah ibn Mas`ud (radyAllahu`anhu) said, “How many are deluded by the
blessings showered on them; how many are tested by the praise heaped on them;
and how many are duped into a sense of security by Allah hiding their sins.”

[7] Prophet Dawud (`alayhi sallam) said, “It was revealed to me in the Psalms that
a sensible person should only occupy himself with three things – making
provisions for the Day of Judgement, seeking sustenance for his life, and seeking
pleasure within what is permissible.”

[8] Abu Hurayrah (radyAllahu`anhu) related that the Prophet (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa
sallam) said, “There are three saviours and three damnations, three [high] ranks
and three absolutions. As for the saviours, they are: fearing Allah the Exalted in
secret and in public, spending moderately in poverty and in richness, and justice
in contentment and in anger. As for the damnations, they are: sever miserliness,
following one’s desires, and self-infatuation. As for the [high] ranks, they are:
spreading the greeting of salam, providing food (for guests, as well as the poor
and needy), and praying at night whilst people are asleep. As for the absolutions,
they are: making ablution in cold nights, walking to the congregational prayers,
and awaiting the next prescribed prayer having just finished a prescribed prayer
[in the mosque].”

[9] Jibreel said, “O Muhammad! Live as long as you will, for you will surely die;
love whomsoever you wish, for you will leave them; and do whatever you wish,
for you will be recompensed accordingly.”

[10] The Prophet (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “There are three individuals
whom Allah will shade under the shade of His Throne on a day when there will
be no shade except His shade – the one who makes ablution in difficult
conditions, the one who walks to the mosque in the darkness, and the one who
feeds the hungry.”

[11] It was said to Prophet Ibrahim (`alayhi sallam), “Why did Allah take you as a
friend?” He said, “For three things – I always chose Allah’s commands over the
commands of others; I never worried about what Allah had already allotted for
me (of livelihood); and I never lunched and supped except with a guest.”

[12] A wise man said, “Three things drive away anguish – remembrance of Allah,
meeting His awliya’ (those close to Him), and talking to ascetics.”

[13] Al-Hasan al-Basri said, “He who has no manners has no knowledge; he who
has no patience has no Religion (din); and he who has no God-consciousness has
no closeness to Allah.”

[14] It has been narrated that a man from Bani Isra`il went to seek knowledge
and their prophet came to hear of this. He called for the man and said to him, “O
young man! I will tell you of three things in which lies the knowledge of all those
who have come and all those to come – fear Allah in secret and public, hold your
tongue regarding people and do not speak of them except in goodness, and
ensure that the bread that you eat is halal.” Upon hearing this, the young man
refrained from leaving [to seek knowledge].

[15] It has been narrated that a man from Bani Isra’il collected eighty chests full
of scriptures and books of knowledge but did not benefit from his knowledge.
Allah the Exalted revealed to their prophet to say to this collector, “Even if you
had collected a lot of knowledge it will not benefit you except if you do three
things – do not love the dunya for it is not a home for the believers, do not
befriend Satan for he is not a companion for the believers; and do not hurt
anyone for that is not the way of the believers.”

[16] It is reported that Abu Sulayman al-Darani said in his supplication, “O my
Lord, if you ask me about my many sins, I will surely as You for Your
forgiveness; and if you ask me about my miserliness, I will surely ask You for
Your generosity; and if you make me enter Hell, I will inform the people of Hell
that I love You.”

[17] It is said, “The happiest of all people is he who has a sincere heart, a patient
body, and contentment with what he possesses.”

[18] Ibrahim al-Nakha`i said, “Those who were destroyed before you were
destroyed due to three traits – excess in speech, excess in food, and excess in

[19] Yahya ibn Mu`adh al-Razi said, “Glad tidings to the one who leaves the
dunya before it leaves him, prepares for his grave before he enters it, and pleases
his Lord before he meets Him.”

[20] `Ali ibn Abi Talib (radyAllahu`anhu) said, “He who does not have the sunnah
of Allah, the sunnah of His Messenger, and the sunnah of His chosen ones, has
nothing. It was asked, “What is the sunnah of Allah?” He replied, “Safeguarding
secrets.” It was asked, “What is the sunnah of the Messenger?” He replied, “Being
gentle with people.” It was asked, “What is the sunnah of His chosen ones?” He
replied, “Bearing people’s harm.”

[21] Ali (radyAllahu`anhu) also said, “People before us used to advice each other
of three things – the one who works for his Hereafter, Allah will take care of the
matters of his din and dunya for him; and the one who beautifies his inner self,
Allah will beautify his appearance; and the one who rectifies that which is
between him and Allah, Allah will rectify that which is between him and

[22] `Ali (radyAllahu`anhu) also said, ‘Be in Allah’s estimation the best of people,
and in the estimation of your nafs the worst of people, and in people’s estimation
just a man from amongst the people.’

[23] It was said that Allah revealed to Prophet ‘Uzayr (`alayhi sallam), “O ‘Uzayr!
If you committed a small sin, do not look at its smallness; rather look at Whom
you have sinned against. If you are granted a small blessing, do not look at its
smallness; rather look at the One who has granted it to you. And if a calamity
befalls you, then do not complain against Me to My creation, just as I do not
complain against you to My angels when your bad deeds are raised to Me.”

[24] Hatim al-Asamm said, “There is not a morning that passes except that Satan
says to me, ‘What do you eat? What do you wear? Where do you live? I say to
him, ‘I eat death, I wear the shroud, and I live in the grave.”

[25] The Prophet (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “The one who comes out of the
humiliation of disobedience into the honour of obedience, Allah the Exalted will
make him rich without wealth, strengthen him without soldiers, and honour him
without a clan.”

[26] It has been reported that he (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) went out to his
companions and said, “How do you find yourselves this morning?” They replied,
“As believers in Allah.” He said, “What is the sign of your iman (belief)?” The
replied, “We are patient in times of hardship, grateful in times of ease, and
content with whatever has been predestined.” The Prophet (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa
sallam) said, “By the Lord of the Ka`bah, you are truly believers!”

[27] Allah revealed to one of the Prophets, “Whoever meets Me [on the Day of
Judgement] while he loves Me, I will make him enter My Paradise. Whoever
meets Me while he fears Me, I will spare him My Hell. And whoever meets Me
and is ashamed because of his sins, I will make the angels who record deeds
forget his sins.”

[28] `Abdullah ibn Mas`ud (radyAllahu`anhu) said, “Fulfil that which Allah has
made obligatory upon you and you will be the best of worshippers; refrain from
the prohibition of Allah and you will be the best of ascetics; and be pleased with
what Allah has allotted for you and you will be the richest of people.”

[29] Salih al-Marqadiy once passed by some houses and said, “Where are your
first inhabitants? And where are your old dwellers?” So he heard a voice saying,
“Their legacy has come to an end, underneath the soil their bodies have
decomposed, and their actions remain as necklaces around their necks.”

[30] `Ali (radyAllahu`anhu) said, “Give to whomsoever you wish and you will
become his master; ask from whomever you wish and you will become his
prisoner; and do not seek help from whomsoever you wish and you will be his
[31] Yahya ibn Mu`adh said, “Leaving all of the dunya is taking all of the dunya;
the one who leaves all of it has taken all of it and the one who takes all of it has
left all of it; so, taking it is leaving it; and leaving it is taking it.”

[32] It was said to Ibrahim ibn al-Adham, “How did you attain zuhd
(asceticism)?” “With three things,” He said, “I saw that the grave is lonesome
and that I would have no companion therein; I saw that the path is long while I
had no provisions; and I saw that the Omnipotent would be the Judge while I
had no valid argument (in my defence).”

[33] Shibli said, “If you find delight in Allah’s company then renounce the
company of your nafs.” And he said, “Had you tasted the sweetness of closeness
to Allah you would have known the bitterness of estrangement (from Him).”

[34] Sufyan al-Thawri was asked about the sweetness of closeness to Allah the
Exalted. He replied, “It is that you do not find delight in a beautiful face, nice
voice, or eloquent tongue.”

[35] Ibn `Abbas (radyAllahu`anhu) said, ‘Zuhd (asceticism) is composed of three
letters, z-h-d. ‘Z’ is zadun lil ma`ad [provision for the Hereafter]. ‘H’ is hudan lildin
[guidance for the Religion]. And ‘D’ is dawam `ala al-ta`a [constancy in

[36] Ibn `Abbas (radyAllahu`anhu) also said, “Zuhd (asceticism) is composed of
three letters, z-h-d. ‘Z’ is for leaving zina [adornments], ‘H’ is for leaving hawa
[desires] and ‘D’ is leaving the dunya [this world].”

[37] A man once came to Hamid al-Laffaf and said to him, “Advice me.” He said,
“Have for your Religion (din) a cover, just like a copy of the Qur’an (mushaf) has
a cover.” The man asked, “And what is the cover of the din?” He replied,
“Leaving speech except that which is necessary, leaving the dunya except that
which is necessary, and refraining from mixing with people except when it is
necessary. Also know that the essence of asceticism is refraining from the
prohibitions be they minor or major, fulfilling all the obligations be they easy or
difficult, and leaving the things of this world for its people be they great or

[38] Luqman al-Hakim, peace be upon him, said to his son, “O my son! Man is
composed of three thirds – a third for Allah, a third for himself and a third for
the worms. The third that is for Allah is his soul; the third that is for himself is his
actions, and the third that is for the worms is his body.”

[39] ‘Ali (radyAllahu`anhu) said, “Three things enhance memorisation and
eradicate phlegm – siwak, fasting, and reading the Qur’an.”

[40] Ka`b al-Ahbar (radyAllahu`anhu) said, “Fortresses for the believers are three –
the mosque is a fortress, the remembrance of Allah is a fortress, and the reading
of the Qur’an is a fortress.”

[41] A wise man said, “Three things are from the treasures of Allah the Exalted
that He does not give except those He loves – poverty, illness and patience.”

[42] Ibn `Abbas (radyAllahu`anhu) was once asked, “Which is the best of days?
Which is the best of months? Which is the best of actions?” He replied, “The best
of days is Friday, the best of months is Ramadan, and the best of actions is
performing the five daily prayers in their prescribed times.” After three days `Ali
(radyAllahu`anhu) came to hear of the questions and the answers of Ibn `Abbas.
`Ali said, “If the scholars, the ascetics, and the jurists of the East and the West
were asked, they would not have replied as well as Ibn `Abbas , except that I say,
“The best of actions is that which Allah accepts from you, the best of months is
the month in which you make sincere repentance to Allah, and the best of days is
the day in which you leave the world to [meet] Allah the Exalted while you are a

[43] A poet said:
Do you not see how the two ever-renewables [night and day]
Wear us out, while we jest in secret and in public?
Trust not this world and its pleasures
For its homes are not real homes
And work for your benefit before your death
And be not deceived by the abundance of friends and brothers

[44] It is said that, “If Allah wants good for His servant He gives him the
understanding of the din, reduces his attachment to the dunya, and grants him
awareness of his faults.”

[45] The Messenger of Allah (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “I was made to love
three things from your world – perfume, women, and prayer.” The companions
were sitting with him and Abu Bakr (radyAllahu`anhu) said, “You have spoken
the truth, O Messenger of Allah! I was made to love three things from this world
– looking at the face of the Messenger of Allah (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), and
giving my daughter in marriage to the Messenger of Allah (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa
sallam).” ‘Umar (radyAllahu`anhu) said, “You have spoken truthfully, O Abu Bakr!
I was made to love three things from this world – commanding good, forbidding
evil, and worn garments.” `Uthman (radyAllahu`anhu) said, “You have spoken
truthfully, O `Umar! And I was made to love three things from this world –
feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and reading the Qur’an.” `Ali
(radyAllahu`anhu) said, “You have spoken truthfully, O `Uthman! I was made to
love three things from this world – serving the guest, fasting in the summer, and
fighting with the sword.” As they were discoursing, Jibreel came and said,
“Allah the Exalted sent me when He heard your discussion and has ordered you
to ask me what I would have loved if I were to be from the people of this world.
The Messenger of Allah (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) asked, “If you were to be
from the people of this world what would you have loved?” Jibreel replied,
“Guiding those led astray, keeping the company of contented strangers, and
helping families afflicted with hardship.” He continued, “The Lord of Honour
loves three things from His servants – giving one’s utmost, crying when in regret,
and being patient in times of poverty.”

[46] An ascetic said, “The one who only considers his own opinion as correct will
be misguided; the one who thinks he is rich due to his wealth will be
impoverished; and the one who seeks prominence through a creature will be

[47] An ascetic said, “The fruits of ma`rifa (knowledge of Allah) are three – being
ashamed from Allah the Exalted, loving Him and enjoying his Company.

[48] The Prophet (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “Love is the basis of ma`rifa,
chastity is the sign of conviction, and the peak of conviction is Godconsciousness
and contentment with what Allah the Exalted has predestined.”

[49] Sufyan ibn `Uyaynah said, “Whoever loves Allah, Allah will make him love
those whom He loves; and the one who loves those whom Allah the Exalted
loves, Allah will make him love that which has made Him love them; and the
one who loves that which made Allah the Exalted love those whom He loves will
wish that no one knew him.”

[50] The Prophet (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘Truthfulness of love is in three
things – choosing the speech of the beloved over the speech of others, choosing
the company of the beloved over the company of others, and choosing the
pleasure of the beloved of the pleasure of others.”

[51] Wahb ibn Munabbih al-Yamani said, “It is written in the Torah that he who
is greedy is in fact poor even if he owns the whole world; he who obeys [God] is
obeyed even if he is a slave; and he who is content is rich even if he is hungry.”

[52] A wise man said, “The one who knows Allah will not find any pleasure in
the company of creatures; the one who knows the world will not desire anything
from it; and the one who knows the justice of Allah the Exalted will not feel the
need to present his grievances to Him in order to obtain redress.”

[53] Dhu al-Nun al-Misri said, “Anyone who really fears something flees from it;
anyone who really desires something seeks it; and anyone who finds the
[sweetness of the] company of Allah becomes estranged from his nafs.”

[54] Dhu al-Nun al-Misri also said, “The one who knows Allah the Exalted is a
captive, his heart is seeing, and his actions for Allah are many.”

[55] He also said, “The one who knows Allah the Exalted is loyal, his heart is
alert, and his actions for Allah are pure.”

[56] Ibn Sulayman al-Darani said, “The origin of every good in this world and
the Hereafter is fear of Allah; the key to the dunya is satiety; and the key to the
Hereafter is hunger.”

[57] It is said that worship is a craft: its marketplace is isolation, its capital is Godconsciousness,and its profit is Paradise.

[58] Malik ibn Dinar said, “Remedy three things with three – pride with humility,
greed with contentment, and envy with sincere advice.”

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