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Grief Weakens the Heart…

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Imaam Ibn al-Qayyim said:

يَقول ابن القيم رحمه الله –  الحُزنُ يُضعِفُ القَلب ، ويُوهن العَزم ويَضُر الإرادَة ، ولا شيءَ أحب إلى الشيطان مِن حُزن المؤمن 

“Grief weakens the heart and determination, & hurts the will ; and nothing is more beloved to Shaytan than a sad believer”. (1)

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Reference

(1) From his book Tareequl Hijratain [طريق الهجرتين1/418

Trials & Calamities Are Medicine

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Ibn al-Qayyim said:

Were it not that Allaah treats His slaves with the remedy of trials and calamities, they would transgress and overstep the mark.

When Allaah wills good for His slaves, He gives him the medicine of calamities and trials according to his situation, so as to cure him from all fatal illnesses and diseases, until He purifies and cleanses him, and then makes him qualified for the most honourable position in this world, which is that of being a true slave of Allaah (3uboodiyyah), and for the greatest reward in the Hereafter, which is that of seeing Him and being close to Him. (1)


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(1)  Zaad al-Ma3aad, 4/195

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Conditions You Must Meet to Benefit from the Qur’aan

اللَّهُ نَزَّلَ أَحْسَنَ الْحَدِيثِ كِتَابًا مُّتَشَابِهًا مَّثَانِيَ تَقْشَعِرُّ مِنْهُ جُلُودُ الَّذِينَ يَخْشَوْنَ رَبَّهُمْ ثُمَّ تَلِينُ جُلُودُهُمْ وَقُلُوبُهُمْ إِلَىٰ ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ هُدَى اللَّهِ يَهْدِي بِهِ مَن يَشَاءُ ۚ وَمَن يُضْلِلِ اللَّهُ فَمَا لَهُ مِنْ هَادٍ

“Allaah has sent down the best statement, a Book (this Qur’aan), its parts resembling each other in goodness and truth, oft-repeated. The skins of those who fear their Lord shiver from it (when they recite it or hear it). Then their skin and their heart soften to the remembrance of Allaah. That is the guidance of Allaah. He Guides therewith whom He pleases and whomever Allaah sends astray, for him there is no guide. [Soorah Az-Zumar, v: 23]

Al-Hasan Al-Basree said: “O son of Aadam, how is your heart ever going to be softened by the recitation of Qur’aan when all you read for is to reach the end of the soorah

If you want to benefit from the Qur’aan;

1.You must concentrate and devote your heart solely when reciting and listening to it.

2.You must pay attention, and try to comprehend the fact that what you are reading is the word of Allaah.

3.  As you read you must know that Allaah is addressing you in and through His Qur’aan. Indeed it is the words of Allaah to you through the tongue of His Messenger sallAllaahu 3alayhi wa sallam.

Allaah says:

إِنَّ فِي ذَٰلِكَ لَذِكْرَىٰ لِمَن كَانَ لَهُ قَلْبٌ أَوْ أَلْقَى السَّمْعَ وَهُوَ شَهِيدٌ

which means: “Verily, therein is a reminder for him who has a heart and gives ear while he is heedful.” [soorah Qaaf, v:37]

Obtaining the perfect effect depends upon the stimulus, the place of the receiver , the condition for the effect to occur, and the absence of any obstacle that may obstruct the effect. The above verse explains all that in the most precise and clear words.

Allaah says, which means: “Verily, therein is a reminder” it is a sign for what has passed from the beginning of the chapter until this verse.

His saying, “for him who has a heart” refers to the place of the receiver and it means the living heart, which comprehends what Allaah says.

For example when Allaah says:

إِنْ هُوَ إِلَّا ذِكْرٌ وَقُرْآنٌ مُّبِينٌ ﴿٦٩﴾ لِّيُنذِرَ مَن كَانَ حَيًّا

which means: “This is only a Reminder and a Plain Qur’aan . That he or it (Muhammed salallaahu alayhi wasalam or the Qur’aan) may give warning to him who is living ( a healthy minded believer.)”[soorah Yaa-seen, v:69-70]

“who is living” means the one who has a living heart.

And when Allaah says, which means,“and gives ear” means the person listens to what is being said to him.

And this is the condition to be truly affected by the words.

And His saying “while he is heedful” means to be aware; that his heart is conscious and not distracted by any worldly matter.

Ibn Qutaibah said, “He is listening to the Book of Allaah while his heart is present and understands; not being inattentive or unaware. If the heart is inattentive; lacking understanding concerning what is being said, as well as failing to see or meditate on it, then there is an obstruction. If however, the Qur’aan produced an effect on the receiver, which is the living heart and the condition of listening was fulfilled, and the heart is not engaged with something other than the meaning of the speech, the desired effect will occur, which is obtaining benefit from the Qur’aan and remembrance.”

by Ibn al Qayyim.
Al- Fawaid – A collection of wise sayings

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Ibtilaa’: Tests Are a Medicine

Imaam ibn Al Qayyim said:

“The ibtilaa’ (testing) of the believer is like medicine for him. It extracts from him the illnesses. 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).”

Calamities, trials and tests are signs of love from Allaah for the believers. They are comparable to a cure; although it may be bitter, you accept it because it is from the one whom you love; and to Allaah belongs the best example.

Ibn Al-Qayyim’s Book: “Ighaathatul Lahfan” p. 286.

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Regret for wasted time should be deep!

A reminder for myself first and foremost

Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3aala will say:

 قَـٰلَ إِن لَّبِثۡتُمۡ إِلَّا قَلِيلاً۬ۖ لَّوۡ أَنَّكُمۡ كُنتُمۡ تَعۡلَمُونَ – أَفَحَسِبۡتُمۡ أَنَّمَا خَلَقۡنَـٰكُمۡ عَبَثً۬ا وَأَنَّكُمۡ إِلَيۡنَا لَا تُرۡجَعُونَ

interpretation of meaning: “You stayed not but a little, if you had only known! Did you think that We had created you in play (without any purpose), and that you would not be brought back to Us?” (1)

Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

” احرص على ما ينفعك واستعن بالله ” 
“Strive to do that which will benefit you and seek the help of Allaah.” (2)

And he said:

 مَا قَعَدَ قَوْمٌ مَقْعَدًا لَا يَذْكُرُونَ اللَّهَ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ وَيُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِلَّا كَانَ عَلَيْهِمْ حَسْرَةً يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ ، وَإِنْ دَخَلُوا الْجَنَّةَ لِلثَّوَابِ

“No people sit in a gathering in which they do not remember Allaah or send blessings upon the Prophet, but it will be a source of regret for them on the Day of Resurrection, even if they entered Paradise as a reward.” (3)

So the only regret for people of Paradise will be the time they wasted in this life for any thing other than seeking pleasure of Allaah سبحانه وتعالى

Imaam Ibn Qayyim (rahimahu-Allaah) said:

“Regret for wasted time should be deep, for time passes quickly and it is difficult to make up what you have missed.

Time for the worshipper is a time for worship and reciting awraad, and for the devoted Muslim it is time for turning to Allaah عز و جل and focusing on Him سبحانه وتعالى with all his heart.

Time is the dearest thing to him and he would feel very sad if time passes without him doing what he is meant to do.

If he misses time, he can never make it up, because a second time has its own duties. So if he misses time, there is no way he can bring it back.” (4)

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References:

(1)  [soorah Al-Muminoon, v: 114-115]
(2) Saheeh Muslim
(3) Narrated by Ahmad (2/463) and classed as saheeh by the commentators according to the conditions of the two Shaykhs (al-Bukhaaree and Muslim), and by Shaykh al-Albaanee in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah (no. 76).
(4) (Madaarij al-Saalikin, 3/49)

Have we abandoned the Qur’aan?

وَقَالَ الرَّسُولُ يَارَبِّ إِنَّ قَوْمِي اتَّخَذُوا هَذَا الْقُرْآنَ مَهْجُورًا

“And the Messenger (Muhammad sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam) will say: “O my Lord! Verily, my people deserted this Qur’aan (neither listened to it, nor acted on its laws and orders”. [soorah Al-Furqaan, v:30]

Imaam Ibn Qayyim (rahimahu-Allaahu) said: “There are various types of ‘abandonment’ of the Qur’aan:

1) To abandon listening to it and believing in it.

2) To abandon acting upon it, and ignoring its lawful and prohibited ordinances (Halaal and haraam), even if one believes in it and recites it.

3) To abandon judging by it, and resorting to it as a judge when there are differences in the essence of the religion or other matters.

4) To abandon pondering over it, and understanding it, and seeking the explanation of it.

5) To abandon using it as a cure in all types of diseases of the heart, and instead to seek to cure these diseases by other means.” (1)

How many of these types of abandonments are we guilty of?

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Reference:
(1) ”An Introduction To The Sciences Of The Qur’aan” By Yasir Qadhi, p. 394, quoting from: Ibn Al-Qayyim, p. 113]

Stories of the Salaf’s preserving their tongues

Shaykh Al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (May Allaah Bestows His mercy upon him) said in his writings explaining the situations of many people:

“It is much surprising to find a person who easily preserves himself from committing sins i.e. earning Money from Haram sources, being injust, stealing, drinking alcohol or to look at what is unlawful for him to look at, while he still finds it difficult to preserve his tongue. It happens to see someone who is known with his righteousness, all time worshipping and piety but he utters words that cause Allah’s wrath, while he is not aware of such consequences. You may see a person who preserves himself from approaching what leads to injustice or any filthy action yet his tongue is not stopping from back-biting live and dead people alike without even caring about it”.

1) It was stated that if someone asked to see Ibrahim Al-Nakh3iee, while he is at home, but he disliked to go outside to meet him, he would tell his servant: “Tell him to ask for me in the Masjid and do not say: I am not here, so that it does not count as a lie”.

2) Jubayr bin 3Abdullaah said: I saw a man approaching Wahb Bin Manbah saying to him: “There is someone who backbites you” so Ibn Wahbah replied: “Did not the shaytaan find anyone else but you to muck with and make him to look like a fool? Then it was just moments after that and the man came so he welcomed him and treated him kindly.

3) Hatim Bin Al-3Asim said: “If a respectable good man sits with you, you would be watching every word you utter so that you do not say something wrong. Yet, you know that your words are watched by Allaah but you still do not watch the words you utter!!!

4) Abu Hyyan Al-Tamimi narrated from his father saying: “I saw the daughter of Al-Rabe3e Bin Al-khaytham asking his permission to go and play so he replied to her: go and utter nothing but goodness.”

5) A man told 3Amr Bin Al-3Obaid : Al-Aswari still backbites you and mentions you with no good , so 3Amr replied: “You did not fulfill the trust of the man when he let you sit with him since you told us what he said furthermore, you did not fulfill my rights upon you when you told me what I dislike to hear about one of my brothers. However, advise him that death will happen to all of us, the grave will hold us inside and the judgment day will gather us and then Allaah will be the judge between us and he is, truly, the most just wise judge.

6) Al-Mmoafi Bin 3Umran once was asked: what do you say of a man who writes poetry? He replied: “it is his life so let him waste it if he wishes the way he likes!!!”

7) Ibn 3Abbas ( radi Allaahu a’nhuma) said: There is no word that son of Adam utters without being written, even the pain-humming he makes because of his sickness. So when Imam Ahmad was sick, he was told that Tawoos disliked pain humming of sickness so Imam Ahmad stopped doing so, although the pain was great.

8.) 3Umar Bin 3Abd Al-3Azeez once said: “whoever knows and realize that his words, he utters, are part of his deeds, He, surely will speak only with what concerns him”

9) 3Abdullaah Al-Khayar used to say when he sits with people : “O’ Allaah save us and protect us and save the believers from the evilness of our tongues”

10) Some of the Salaf used to say: “every hour which Son of Adam lived will be viewed and screened to him. And every hour he lived and did not mention or remembered Allaah in that hour, he will weep on himself for wasting such an hour”

11) Al-Hassan bin Bashar once said: “I observed my tongue for thirty years so that I never uttered a word that require me to apologize for”.

12) A man once told Al-Fadeel bin 3Eyaad: “A man backbited me” Al-fadeel replied: “He benefited you rather than harmed you” (He refers to the fact that he will take from the good deeds of the one who backbited him in judgment day as a result of this)

13) 3Abd Al-Rahman Bin Mahdi once said: “I dislike people to disobey Allaah otherwise I would have wished every one in this world to backbite me. There is no equal joy to find in your scale in the judgment day a deed you did not know about or even did”

14) A man once said to Bakr bin Muhammad: “I was told that you are talking about me behind my back”. Bakr replied: “If I did then you are more precious to me than myself”

15) 3Abdullaah Bin Muhammad once said: I was with Imam Ahmed Bin Hanbal when a man told him: O Abu 3Abdullaah, I have backbited you, please forgive me for what I did. So Imam Ahmed said: “You are forgiven if you do not do it again.” After he said that I said to him surprisingly: O Abu 3Abdullaah you simply forgave him for what he did!!! He replied to me: “did not you see conditioning my forgiveness by not doing it ever again!!”

16) Some people came to Ibn Sereen and said to him: we backbited you, so forgive us for what we did!! He replied: “I will never make lawful what Allaah made unlawful.” ( he indicates that they still need to repent and ask Allaah forgiveness while he forgiven them)

17) It was narrated that Al-Hassan was once told that a man has backbited you. He immediately sent that man who backbited him a plate full of dates and sent a message saying: I wanted to reward you for giving me more reward, yet please forgive me as I cannot thank you enough for what you did for me”

18) Some wise men was once asked: “what is the wisdom behind that at the time of the prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam,  the filthy smell of backbiting was easily distinguished while nowadays we cannot distinguish this filthy smell anymore!!!  He replied: “It is because the filthy smell of backbiting filled our noses, nowadays, so that we know no other smell but that one. The example of this: A man who enters a shop of leather tanner who cannot the there because of the strong smell while the people who work there, eat, drink and they never even notice that smell because it fills their noses and got used to that smell, which is the same situation of us nowadays.

19) 3Abdullaah bin Al-Mubarak once said to Sufyan Al-Thawri : O 3Abdullaah, how amiazing that Abu Hanifah never backbites anyone so that he never even backbited an enemy of his. Sufyan replied: “He is more reasonable and smarter to let his tongue controlled with what erases his good deeds”

20) A man entered at 3Umar bin 4Abdul-4Azeez once and backbited another man. 3Umar bin 3abdul3Azeez said to this man: “If you wish we will investigate what you say so if we find you a liar then you are one of those who Allaah said about them

(interpretation) “O you who believe! If a Fasiq (liar — evil person) comes to you with any news, verify it, lest you should harm people in ignorance, and afterwards you become regretful for what you have done.”  [soorah Al-Hujraat, v: 6]

and if you were honest and what you said is true, then you are one of those who Allaah said about them: (interpretation) “A slanderer, going about with calumnies.” [soorah Al-Qalam, v:11] or you can ask forgiveness. The man replied: I ask forgiveness and will never do it again.”

21) A man came to 3Abdullah bin 3Umar – at the time he was a ruler- and said to him: “I heard that someone mentioned me with bad behind my back in front of you.”.

3Abdullah bin 3Umar said: Yes, it happened. The man said: Let me know what eh said so that I defend myself and show you that what was said are lies.”

3Abdullah bin 3Umar said: “I dislike uttering evilness about myself  by using my tongue. Yet, it is enough to know that I did not believe what was said and still joining the relationship between you and me.”

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by Ibn Al-Qayyim -” Al-Jawaab aL-Al-Kafee Liman sala 3An Al-Dawa Al-shafi ( Aldaa Wa Al dawaa)”
(Taken from Multaqaa Ahl-Al-Hadeeth

If the servant of Allaah knows…


If the servant of Allaah knows that he cannot escape nor change the plan of Allaah, he will commit all his affairs to Allaah and throw himself between His hands as a humble servant throws himself between the hands of a mighty king who has authority over him- and indeed the servant has no power of his own.

When the servant knows all that, he will be relieved from all distress and sadness and will pass the burden to Allaah who does not get tired. Allaah will carry them, and show him kindness and mercy without any tiredness. The servant has paid attention to Allaah alone and Allaah paid attention to the needs and benefits of his life and emptied his heart from them, and, as a result, his life will be good and his heart will be happy.

The sweetness of trusting in Allaah
Taken from Al – Fawaa’id’ by Imam Ibn al-Qayyim rahimahullaah
 
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Always a Bounty for you

Always A Bounty For You


The divine decree related to the believer is always a bounty, even if it is in the form of withholding (something that is desired), and it is a blessing, even if it appears to be a trial, and an affliction that has befallen him is in reality a cure, even though it appears to be a disease!

Unfortunately, due to the ignorance of the worshipper, and his transgressions, he does not consider anything to be a gift or a blessing or a cure unless he can enjoy it immediately, and it is in accordance with his nature.

If he were only given a little bit of understanding, then he would have counted being withheld from as a blessing, and the sickness as a mercy, and he would relish the trouble that befalls him more than he relishes his ease, and he would enjoy poverty more than he enjoys richness, and he would be more thankful when he is blessed with little than when he is blessed with a lot.

Imam ibn al Qayyim rahimahullah

Madarij al-Salikin 2/215-216

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