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Between The Past And The Future November 28, 2007

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Asalaamu Alaaikum,

I just wanted to share this beautiful video with you all.

“This is the great piece from Imam Ibn ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah Rahimuhulllah, speaking on the purification of the soul, more specifically what we can do regarding our past, present, and future. It’s very beautiful, hope you benefit from it greatly insha’Allah.”

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“Whoever abandons something for the sake of Allaah, He will replace it for him with something better than it” November 17, 2007

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Asalaamu Alaaikum,

My younger brother once told me about this great Khutba at the masjid (that i missed!). I came across it today again,masha’Allah. Slightly different from the version I heard from my bro nevertheless the same story, insha’Allah I will share with you readers:

 “Whoever abandons something for the sake of Allaah, He will replace it for him with something better than it”

AUTHOR: ‘Alee Hasan al-Halabee
SOURCE: Al-Asaalah Magazine (Issue 31, pg. 60-61)
PRODUCED BY: Al-Ibaanah.com

The teacher of our teachers,[1] the great scholar and historian, Shaikh Muhammad Raaghib At-Tabbaakh, rahimahullaah, mentioned the following story in his book “I’laam an-Nubalaa bi-Taareekh Halab ash-Shuhabaa” (7/231):

“Shaikh Ibraaheem Al-Hilaalee Al-Halabee – a pious and noble scholar – traveled to Al-Azhar University in search of knowledge. While seeking knowledge, he became very poor and used to rely on charity. One time, several days passed by and he did not find anything to eat, so he became extremely hungry.

So he came out of his room in Al-Azhar to ask for some scraps of food. He found an open door from which a pleasant smell of food was coming out of. So he entered the door and found himself in a kitchen with no one around. There he found some tempting food, so he grabbed a spoon and dipped it in, but when he lifted it to his mouth, he held himself back from eating it, since he realized that he had not been given permission to eat from it. So he left it and returned to his room in the dormitory of Al-Azhar, still hungry and starving.

But no less than an hour passed by, when one of his teachers, accompanied by another man, came into his room. And his teacher said to him: ‘This noble man came to me seeking a righteous student of knowledge to choose for marrying his daughter, and I have chosen you for him. So rise and come with us to his home where we can complete the marriage contract between you and his daughter and you can become part of his household.’ So Shaikh Ibraaheem struggled to get to his feet, obeying the command of his teacher and went with them. And behold they took him to the very same house he had been to, and which he had entered and dipped the spoon into the food!

So when he sat down, the girl’s father married her to him and the food was brought out. It was the same food he had put the spoon into before and which he abandoned. But now he ate from it and said to himself: ‘I withheld from eating it when I had no permission, but now Allaah has given me this food with permission.’

Afterward, this righteous wife went back with him to Halab, after he had finished his studies. And she bore righteous children for him.”

So this is the fruit of patience and this is the result of having taqwaa, as Allaah says: “And whoever has Taqwaa of Allaah, He will make a way out for him (from hardship), and He will provide for Him from places He never imagined.” [Surah At-Talaaq: 2-3]

But as for those who are hasty – those who do not distinguish between the truth and falsehood, seeking after the transitory vanities of this worldly life – they will never experience anything but grief and sorrow in their hearts, for they will never attain the worldly life nor will they ever achieve Religion.

This is because they forget – or perhaps neglect – the saying of Allaah: “Is not Allaah sufficient for His servant?” [Surah Az-Zumar: 36]

As for those who are patient and firm and who have Taqwaa, they will gain ascendancy in this life and glory and honor with their Lord on the Day of Judgement. And Allaah says: “So give the glad tidings to the patient ones.” [Surah Al-Baqarah: 155] And He says: “Verily, the patient ones will be given their reward without any reckoning.” [Surah Az-Zumar: 10]

Footnotes:

[1] Translator’s Note: He is referring to Imaam Al-Albaanee, who was a student of Shaikh Muhammad Raaghib At-Tabbaakh.

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Masha’Allah!

Ten Causes that Result in Allaah’s Love For His Slave and the Slave’s Love for his Lord November 9, 2007

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Ten Causes that Result in Allaah’s Love For His Slave and the Slave’s Love for his Lord

 
Author: Ibn ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah

Source: Madarij as-Saalikeen (vol. 3, pp. 17-18)

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*First, reciting the Qur’an while pondering over its meanings and what is meant by it.

*Second, getting closer to Allaah by performing voluntary deeds after completing obligatory deeds. This is as is stated in a Hadith Qudsi: “My slave continues getting closer to Me by performing voluntary deeds until I love him.”

*Third, continual remembrance of Allaah under all circumstances, with one’s tongue, heart and actions. The extent of one’s love of Allaah is determined by this.

*Fourth, giving precedence to what He loves over what you love when you are overtaken by your desires.

*Fifth, the heart being avid of Allaah’s Names, and Attributes and the heart roaming in that garden of knowledge.

*Sixth, observing Allaah’s kindness, goodness and bounties, both hidden and open.

*Seventh, and this is the most wonderful, the heart being soft, subdued and meek before Allaah.

*Eighth, being alone with Allaah during the time when the Lord descends during the last portion of the night while reading His Book and ending that by asking for forgiveness and repenting.  

*Ninth, sitting with the beloved and sincere, benefitting from the most fruitful of their speech. And not to speak unless speaking is more beneficial and you know that it will improve your state and be beneficial to others.

*Tenth, remaining away from every cause that comes between the heart and Allaah.

10 Causes That Remove Punishment For A Sin July 9, 2007

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10 Causes That Remove Punishment For A Sin: Imam Ibn Taymiyyah Majmoo` al-Fatawa 1:45, 7:487
Translated by Islaam.com

Shaykh ul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allah have mercy on him, said:

The punishment for a sin committed by a believer is removed in ten ways:

  1. He repents to Allah (taubah), so Allah accepts his repentance, for the one who repents from sin is like the one who has no sin.
  2. He seeks forgiveness from Allah (istighfar), so Allah forgives him.
  3. He does good deeds that erase his sin for good deeds erase bad ones.
  4. His believing brethren pray for him or seek forgiveness for his sins during his life or death.
  5. Or they [ask Allah] to bestow on him as gift from the reward for their deeds, with which Allah benefits him.
  6. His Prophet Muhammad, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, intercedes for him.
  7. Allah tests him with trials in this world which expiate his sin.
  8. Allah tests him in al-Barzakh (the intermediate life in the grave, between the death and the Day of Judgment) which expiates his sin.
  9. Allah tests him in the various stages of the Day of Judgment which expiates his sins.
  10. Or the Most Merciful of those who have mercy has mercy on him.

Whoever, then, is missed by these ten cannot blame anyone but himself.

Points of Benefit From al-Fawaa`id of Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah June 27, 2007

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Points of Benefit From al-Fawaa`id of Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah

Source: Abridged by
Shaikh Hussain al-Awaa`ishah Faid-ur-Rahmaan
fee Al-Fawaaâid-il-Hisaan (No.1, pg.30-32)

Ten excellent admonitions and reminders, in Ibn al-Qayyim’s usual excellent and unique style. Short sentences but powerful imports and concepts!

ONE: How can anyone who has common sense trade Paradise and what is in it for the pleasure of one hour?

TWO: When you fear the creation, you feel repelled by it and run away from it, but when you fear the Creator, you feel close to Him and run towards Him.

THREE: If knowledge without action were of benefit, why did Allaah condemn the scholars of the People of the Book? And if action without sincerity were of benefit, why did He condemn the hypocrites?

FOUR: Repel the thought, for if you don’t, it becomes an idea. So repel the idea, for if you don’t it will become a desire. So fight against that (desire), for if you don’t, it will become a determination and a passion And if you don’t repel that, it will become an action. And if you don’t replace it with its opposite, it will become a constant habit. So at that point, it will be difficult for you to change it.

FIVE: When a decreed matter occurs to Allaah’s a’bd (slave), which he dislikes, then he should have six perspectives about it

First: The Perspective of Tawheed: And that Allaah is the One who decreed it and willed it and created it. And whatever Allaah wills comes to pass, and whatever He doesn’t will doesn’t come to pass
Second: The Perspective of Fairness: And that He ruled this event to occur in the past and that there is fairness in His Divine ordainment.

Third: The Perspective of Mercy: And that the person’s mercy with regard to this thing that was decreed supercedes his anger and vengeance

Fourth: The Perspective of Wisdom: And that it was Allaah’s infinite Wisdom that brought that about. He did not decree it in vain nor did He divinely execute it for no purpose

Fifth: The Perspective of Praise: And that to Allaah belongs the complete and entire praise for that thing that was decreed from every angle of it.

Sixth: The Perspective of Worship to Allaah (‘Ubudiyyah): And that he is a pure worshipper of Allaah from every standpoint. His Master’s Rulings and Decrees occur to him by virtue of his being Allah’s possession and slave. So Allah administers him under His decreed rulings just as He administers him under His religious rulings. So it (i.e. the decreed event) becomes a place for these rulings to occur to him.

SIX: Little success (from Allaah), bad views, unawareness of the truth, corruption of the heart, laziness in making dhikr, wasting time, distaste for the creation, estrangement between the servant and his Lord, the prevention of the supplication from being answered, hardening of the heart, the termination of blessing from ones provision and lifespan, the prevention of knowledge, being covered in debasement, humiliation at the hands of the enemy, constricting of the chest, prolonged grief and sorrow, a wretched life of poverty, and a gloomy state of being are all produced from sins and neglecting to remember Allaah just as crops are produced from water and burning from fire. And the opposites of these things are produced from obedience to Allaah.

SEVEN: If your mind would free itself from the governorship of your desires, the state would return back to it.

EIGHT: You have entered into the abode of desires, so you have put your life at stake.

NINE: It was once to said to one devout worshipper of Allaah: “Until when will you continue to exhaust your soul?” So he responded: “It is its relaxation that I seek.”

TEN: The women of this world were made beautiful to those who can see in order to test which of them prefers them over the women of the Hereafter So whoever knows the extent of differences, he will choose what deserves to be chosen.

Perfecting The Character June 27, 2007

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The Prophet , SAW, used to make a number of supplications related to good character.

“O Allah, guide me to good character, none guides to good character but You…”
[Muslim]

“O Allah, I seek refuge in you from bad character, deeds and desires.”
[at-Tirmidhi]

“O Allah, You perfectly created me, so perfect my character.”

[Ahmad]

“O Allah, I seek refuge in you from disability and laziness; from cowardice and avarice; from decrepitude and harshness; from negligence and impoverishment, from lowness and humiliation. And I seek refuge in You from poverty and disbelief; from sinfulness, disunity and hypocrisy; from notability and riyaa’ (show off)…”
[Ahmad, Malik, Bazar, Haithami and ibn ‘Abd al-Barr]

The following beneficial excerpt is from “The Magnificent Journey” by ibn ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah. It explains three conditions needed to acquire good manners.


Three Conditions to Acquire Excellent Manners

This is one example of the excellent manners with which Allah Ta’ala has equipped his Messenger . He described him as,

”And verily, you (O Muhammad ) are on an exalted standard of character.”
[68:4]

A’ishah (radiAllahu anha), described him as, “His character was just [a reflection of] the Qur’an.”
[Muslim, Abu Dawud, Ahmad]

Such excellent character cannot be attained without three conditions:

1. The foundation must be good. If one has a rough and dry nature, it will be hard for him to submit to this [excellence of character] through knowledge, will, or practice. On the other hand, a mild and smooth nature will be ready and willing to receive the plowing and the seeds [to prepare it for character excellence].

2. The soul must be strong and capable of conquering calls of laziness, transgression, and desire. Those matters contradict perfection, and souls which cannot defeat them will always be defeated and conquered.

3. [One must possess] a discerning knowledge of the truth of matters, enabling one to put them in the rightful position, and to distinguish between flash and cancer – between glass and jewels.

If these three qualities are present in a man, and Allah’s facilitation helps him, then he will be among those whom the best (husna) has been decreed and for whom Allah’s care has been secured.

The Characteristics of the Seeker of Happiness June 27, 2007

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Ibn al-Qayyim: The Characteristics of the Seeker of Happiness

Ibn al-Qayyim said:

“…The seeker of Allah and the Hereafter – rather, the one who seeks to obtain all knowledge, productiveness, and leadership, such that he is a leader who is taken as an example in all of this – should be brave, bold, in control of his whims, and not under the control of his imagination.

He should be abstinent from everything except that which he is after, passionate about what he has turned his face towards, knowing the path to it, as well as the paths which lead away from it.

He should be bold in his aspiration, firm in his resolve, and not swayed from his goal by the blame of the blamers or the discouragement of the discouragers.

He should generally be tranquil, constantly in thought, and not be moved by the sweetness of a compliment or the pain of criticism.

He should be forthcoming in providing himself with what he needs to help him obtain his goal, and should not be incited by those who oppose him.

His slogan should be patience, and his rest should be his fatigue, and he should love to have the best manners.

He should make the best of his time, not mixing with the people except in a most cautious state, just like a bird that quickly comes down to snatch a morsel from between two people.

He should stand over himself, encouraging himself by way of hope and fear, and should seek to be outstanding amongst his group…”

[‘al-Fawa’id’; p. 265]