Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Beware of luxury

It has been narrated by Muadh Ibn-Jabal that when the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, sent him to Yemen he said to him:
"Beware of luxury, for the slaves of Allah do not live a life of luxury." [Imam Ahmad]
The problem nowadays is that people make luxurious life their only goal, and you should ask philosophers about it, as desire turns to pain when it is your target destiny. That's why it has been said: Take whatever you like from the earthly life and you will be granted the same (amount) of worries, because he who takes more than necessary from the earthly life is attracting, unaware of it, his death.
It was narrated by Abd Allah Ibn-Mohsen Al Khutami that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said:
"Whoever wakes up in the morning well and able, safe within his neighborhood and in possession of his daily bread will be (feeling) as if he has won the whole world." [Tirmidhi]

The Spiritual Aadaab of seeking Knowledge in Islam:

Once a student sat with a teacher to read a text. As he opened the book, the teacher turned to him and said, “Have you ever asked yourself why the scholars use the word bāb(door) to title what you call chapters in English?” The student responded, “Yes, but I did not give it a lot of thought.” What followed was one of those special moments that can only happen when knowledge is passed from one heart to another:
“The word bāb is used because it reminds the student that he is entering a new realm. The realm of knowledge; that he is leaving a place of ignorance and entering into a place of understanding. Thus, he needs to have the proper character so the knowledge will touch his heart and mind.
“The word bāb is used because it reminds the student that, just as you enter a person’s home and are careful to make sure you have the right location, to knock with respect, to enter with humility, to sit gracefully, not complain about the food, if served, or the home, he has to seek knowledge, approach his teacher with humility and be satisfied with whatever is given to him, being thankful for what is given, polite and kind to his hosts.
“At the same time, it reminds the Shaykh to be gracious to his student, to treat him like his own, welcome him with a large heart and serve him the best he can, seeking God’s pleasure alone. 
In short, this one word contains every adab (etiquette) that Imam al-Ghazzali mentioned in the etiquette of the student and the etiquette of the teacher. Amazing!
“Finally, it reminds that student to be sincere, seeing God alone, since the bāb in the book reminds him of the doors (abwāb) of Paradise! You see, there are gems to be found in these old works. Be patient and God will show you more!”
Next time you read a book with a master, be sure to ask him/her about those things; you will learn to see the prophetic light found in the texts, the symmetry of tauhid (oneness) in its lines.
Taken from suhaibwebb.com

Monday, January 12, 2015

The most effective way to salvation-Dhikrullah (Remembrance of Allah)

The most effective way to salvation-Dhikrullah (Remembrance of Allah)

"...And the men and the women who remember Allah much (with their hearts and tongues). Allah has prepared for them forgiveness and a great reward (i.e., Jannah)." (Quran, 33:35) 

“No other act of man is more effective for his deliverance from Allah’s punishment than Dhikrullah (Remembrance of Allah)” (Ahmed)

The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, "Shall I tell you about the best of deeds, the most pure in the sight of your Lord, about the one that is of the highest order and is far better for you than spending gold and silver, even better for you than meeting your enemies in the battlefield where you strike at their necks and they at yours?" The Companions replied, "Yes, O Messenger of Allah!" The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, "Remembrance of Allah.'' (Tirmidhi, Ahmad, and Al-Hakim)

Monday, January 5, 2015

Remember Allah always (whether standing, sitting or lying)

Remember Allah always (whether standing, sitting or lying)

Allah says, "In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the alternation of night and day, there are Signs for people of intelligence: those who remember Allah standing, sitting and lying on their sides." (Quran, 3:190-191)

"And when you have completed the prayer, remember Allah standing, sitting and [lying] on your sides." (Quran, 4:103)

A'isha رضي الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ عنه  said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, used to remember Allah Almighty in all states." 
(Muslim)

The Prophet ﺻﻠﯽ الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﻭﺍٓﻟﮧ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ  said, "Whoever sits and does not mention the Name of Allah (before he rises) will find it a cause of sorrow from Allah. Whoever lies down to sleep and does not mention the name of Allah before rising, will find it a cause of sorrow from Allah." 
(Abu Dawud 4/264. See Al-Albani, Sahihul-Jami' As-Saghir 5/342)

The Prophet ﺻﻠﯽ الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﻭﺍٓﻟﮧ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ  said, "Let your tongue always be moist with the rememberance of Allah." (Tirmidhi 5/458, Ibn Majah 2/1246; Sahih)

The time spent without Dhikrullah will be the only Regret in JANNAH: 

Mu`adh ibn Jabal (RA) said that the Prophet ﺻﻠﯽ الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﻭﺍٓﻟﮧ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ  said: 

"The People of Paradise will not regret except one thing alone: the hour that passed them by in which they made no Dhikr (remembrance) of Allah." (Bayhaqi in Shu`ab al-iman (1:392 #512-513) and by Tabarani; graded as Hasan).

May Allah enable us to remember Him in all states and all moments of our lives. Ameen.