"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 - 6

preparing for the day of judgement

[1] Abu Hurayrah (radyAllahu`anhu) narrated that the Prophet (salAllahu ‘alayhi
wa sallam) said, “Seven [types of] people are shaded by Allah in the shade of His
Throne, on the Day when there will be no shade but His Shade [i.e. on the Day of
Judgement] – a just ruler, a young man who grew up in the worship of Allah, a
person whose heart is attached to the mosque [and longs to return to it] from the
moment he leaves it until he returns to it, two persons who love each other for
the sake of Allah, meet for His sake and depart from each other for His sake, a
person who remembers Allah in solitude and his eyes well up with tears, a man
whom an extremely beautiful and rich woman seduces, but he [rejecting her
seduction] says, ‘I fear Allah’; and a person who gives charity and conceals it [to
such an extent] that his left hand does not know what his right hand has given.”
[2] Abu Bakr al-Siddiq (radyAllahu`anhu) said, “The miser will not escape one of
seven things – either he will die and the one who will inherit his wealth will
spend it in that which Allah the Exalted his forbidden, or Allah will empower
over him a tyrant ruler who will take his wealth from him after humiliating him,
or He will inflame in him a desire that will cause him to loose his wealth, or he
will have the idea of constructing a building in an unsuitable piece of land and
will thus waste his wealth, or one of the calamities of the dunya such as
drowning, burning, theft or similar things will befall it, or he will be afflicted
with permanent illness and he will spend all his wealth seeking a cure, or he will
bury the wealth in a place which he will forget and thus will never find it again.”
[3] `Umar (radyAllahu`anhu) said, “The one who laughs a lot will lose his respect;
the one who makes mockery of people will be mocked by others; the one who is
excessive in something will become known for it; the one who speaks a lot will
make many blunders; the one who makes many blunders will lose his sense of
shame; the one who loses his sense of shame will lose his God-consciousness;
and the one who loses his God-consciousness will cause his heart to die.”
[4] `Uthman (radyAllahu`anhu) said when discussing the saying of Allah the
Exalted, “And beneath it was a treasure for them, and their father was righteous
man”, “the treasure is a gold tablet and on it were written seven lines: ‘I am
amazed at the one who knows death is coming yet laughs; I am amazed at the
one who knows that all things are predestined yet becomes distressed over what
he has missed; I am amazed at the one who knows about accountability and yet
gathers wealth; I am amazed at the one who knows about the Hellfire yet sins; I
am amazed at the one who believes in Allah with certainty yet remembers others
beside Him; I am amazed at the one who believes in Paradise with certainty yet
is at ease in the dunya; and I am amazed at the one who knows Satan is an enemy
yet obeys him.”
[5] `Ali (radyAllahu`anhu) was asked, “What is heavier than the sky? What is
wider than the earth? What is richer than the sea? What is harder than rock?
What is hotter than fire? What is colder than ice? What is more bitter then poison?
He replied, “Accusing the innocent is heavier than the sky; the Truth is wider
than the earth; a content heart is richer than the sea; the heart of a hypocrite is
harder than a rock; a tyrant ruler is hotter than fire; being in need of help from a
scoundrel is colder than ice; and patience is more bitter than poison (and in
another narration, backbiting is more bitter than poison).”
[6] The Prophet said (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), “ The dunya is home for the one
who has no home, and wealth for the one who has no wealth, Only the one who
has no intellect gathers for it; only the one who has no comprehension acts
according to its desires; only the one who has no knowledge will be punished for
it; only the one who has no intellect will become jealous for it; and only the one
who has no conviction strives for it.”
[7] Jabir ibn `Abdullah al-Ansari (radyAllahu`anhu) narrated that the Prophet
(salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “Jibreel used to remind me of the rights of the
neighbour to such an extent that I thought a neighbour will be given the right to
inherit from his neighbour; he used to remind me of the rights of women to such
an extent that I thought that divorcing them would be made forbidden; he used
to remind me of the rights of slaves to such an extent that I thought there will be
a time fixed when they will be freed; he used to remind me of the use of siwak
(tooth-stick) to such an extent that I thought it would be made obligatory; he
used to remind me of the importance of prayer in congregation to such an extent
that I thought that Allah the Exalted will not accept prayer except in
congregation; he used to remind me about standing up in the night and praying
to such an extent that I thought that there will be no sleep during the night; and
he used to remind me about the remembrance of Allah to such an extent that I
thought there is no benefit in any speech except in it.”
[8] The Prophet (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “There are seven people whom
the Creator will neither look at on the Day of Judgement nor will He purify them,
and He will make them enter the Hellfire – the homosexual and his partner, the
one who masturbates; and the one who engages in bestiality; and the one who
has anal intercourse with a woman; a man who marries both a woman and her
daughter; the one who fornicates with his neighbour’s wife; and the one who
hurts his neighbour to such a degree that he curses him.”
[9] The Prophet (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “The martyrs are seven apart
from those killed in the way of Allah – the one who dies of an internal
haemorrhage is a martyr, the one who dies from drowning is a martyr, pleurisy
is a martyr, the one who dies in a fire is a martyr, the one who dies under a
collapsed building is a martyr, and the woman who dies when giving birth is a
[10] Ibn `Abbas (radyAllahu`anhu) said, “It is a duty on an intelligent person to
choose seven things over seven others – poverty over wealth, lowliness over
honour, humility over arrogance, hunger over satiety, sadness over happiness,
inferiority over superiority, and death over life.”

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