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‘O Allaah, I take refuge in You from anxiety and sorrow, weakness and laziness, miserliness and cowardice, the burden of debts and from being over powered by men.’

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Honor Their Struggles

One of the best ways to understand Islaam is to understand the Sunnah of the Prophet salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam and the way of his companions.  

Examine these exemplary lives of the past, look to the level of their ‘ibadaah, their certainty in the Prophet salallahu ‘alayhi  wasallam, the immense trials and tribulations they faced — all to bring honor to this deen and then perhaps you will know what is upon you of actions. That time has passed, this present time is what remains; will you be of those who honor their struggles and uphold the haqq or of those who trample upon it so carelessly?

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And among its effects is that the disobedient (sinner) is constantly in the shackles of his Shaytaan and the prison of his shahwa (desires) and the chains/fetters of his hawaa (whims). So he is a captive, one who is imprisoned and who is tied up.

There is no captive in a worse state than the one who is captivated by his worst enemy and there is no prison which is tighter than the prison of hawa and there is no bond/fetter stronger than the bond of desire.

How, then, will a heart which is captivated, imprisoned and fettered travel unto Allaah and the Home of the Hereafter? How will a person take a single step forward when the heart is bound and harmful things approach it from every direction? The harmful things approach it to the extent that it is tied up [i.e. imprisoned by its desires and whims..].

The example of the heart is like the example of a bird. Every time it ascends it becomes distant from the harmful things and every time it descends the harmful things hurt it. In a hadeeth there occurs that Shaytaan is like a wolf to people. Just as when a sheep has no protector and is in between many wolves, they are quick in causing damage and injury; likewise the servant who does not have guardianship from Allaah, then his wolf [i.e. his desires, whims etc.] is to him a predatory animal.

[Thus] there is no escape for the servant from having protection from Allaah. Taqwaa is a safeguard for him and a strong shield between himself and the punishment of this world and the Hereafter. Every time the sheep is close to its shepherd it is safer from the wolf and every time it becomes distant from its shepherd it is closer to destruction. So its sanctuary is when it is close to its shepherd because the wolf takes the lonely one from the flock and this is the one which is the furthest one of the flock from the shepherd. The basis of all of this is that every time the heart is distant from Allaah the harmful things are quick in approaching it and every time it is close to Allaah the harmful things become distant from it

  • Author: Ibn Al Qayyim | Source: Al Jawab Al Kafi | Trans: Abu Iyaad

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Pondering upon the creation of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, upon the amazing variety of creation and the creation of man himself is a potent invigorator of faith. This is because the greatness of this creation points to the greatness of the Creator and His Omnipotence, its conformity and harmony points to the vastness of Allaah’s Knowledge and His All-Encompassing Wisdom, its innumerable blessings and bounty point to the expanse of Allaah’s Mercy, His Generosity and His Kindness. All of these factors lead one to exalt its Creator, give thanks to Him, resort to His remembrance and make the religion sincerely for Him Alone. This is the essence and very spirit of faith.               

Pondering over the impoverishment and the need of the whole of creation of its Lord for everything, the fact that it cannot survive without Him for even the blink of an eye, especially that which you witness in yourself, leads the servant to humbly submit before Him, to frequent supplication of Him in order to promote all that would benefit him with regards to this world and the Hereafter and repress all that would harm him. It leads one to have complete reliance upon, and absolute trust in his Lord along with total belief in His promise and an ardent desre for His beneficence.               

Through all these matters does one actualize faith and strengthen his worship for indeed supplication is the essence and spirit of worship. 

 Taken from the Book: “The Tree of Faith”

By: Al-‘Alaamah ‘Abdur Rahmaan as-Sa’dee (rahimullaah)

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Shaykh ul Islaam Ibn Taymiyah (Rahimahullaah) said: 

The perfection of Tawheed is found when there remains nothing in the heart except Allaah, the servant is left loving those He loves and what He loves, hating those He hates and what He hates, showing allegiance to those He has allegiance to, showing enmity to those He shows enmity towards, ordering what He ordered and prohibiting what He prohibits.” 

[Friends of Allaah, Friends of Shaytaan, pg.32]

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Concealing Secrets

From the morals and manners of the Salaf was they would conceal the secrets of the people. They would say, “The hearts of the free are graves full of secrets.

Nameemah (carrying tales) is to spread or relay to a third party or others some words which cause harm to the one from whom the words were initially heard. It is also defined as: Uncovering what is disliked to be uncovered. The Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “The Qattaat will not enter Paradise [1] i.e., the one who practised nameemah. It is also reported concerning the explanation (tafseer) of the statement of Allaah “And his woman a carrier of firewood” [2] that she would practice nameemah and spread gossip.

Yahya ibn Abee Katheer (rahimahullaah) would say, “The one who does nameemah is worse than the magician even though no one realises. What the one who gossips can do in a period of time a sorceror cannot do in a month. Gossip has spilled blood and given rise to great tribulation expelling people from their countries and other evil things.”

Khaalid ibn Safraan (rahimahullaah) said, “Despise the one who gossips even if he speaks the truth. Nameemah is relating (tales) and accepting this is recommending the narrator. The acceptance is then worse than the nameemah.”

Know this O brother and beware of exposing the secrets of your brothers or relating to others what you hear from them. All praise be to Allaah the Lord of the worlds.


Footnotes
[1] Reported by Al-Bukhaari (10/472) in al-Adab, Muslim (2/113) in al-Imaam, at-Tirmidhee (8/182) in al-Birr…and Abu Dawood (13/219) in al-Adab.
[2] Sooratul-Lahab 0:4 

  •  “From the Characteristics of the Salaf” by Sheikh Ahmed Fareed on pgs.89 – 90

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From among the punishments of sinful acts are that they cause the servant to forget himself.  So, consequently when a person forgets his soul, he corrupts it, and then destroys it.  If one would ask, “How does someone forget himself if he does forget?  Which things does he remember?” Allaah the Most High has said, 

“And do not be like those who forgot Allaah (i.e. became disobedient to Allaah) and He caused them to forget their own selves.”  [Sooratul-Hashr (59):19]

 In other words, glory is to Him, Allaah punishes the one who forgets Him with two punishments: 

1)   Allaah forgets him.

2)   He causes the individual to forget himself. 

Allaah’s forgetting the servant involves His disregard, abandonment and neglect of the disobedient one. As a result, destruction draws closer to him than his own face and hand. 

As for the sinner, his forgetting himself means that the person stops thinking about the finer qualities of the soul and the things that lead to its success and well-being.  He forgets all of this.  The matter does not even come to mind.  Nor does he bring it to mind.

In addition, the disobedient servant is made to forget the diseases of the heart and soul along with the agony that accompanies them.  In the end, there is no effort to remove these destructive ills that of which eventually lead him to corruption and ruin.  He becomes a sick individual covered with layers of disease.  The internal disorder causes destruction to spread through him.  However, this negligent soul is not aware of his sickness nor does the remedy occur in his mind. 

This is the worst kind of punishment.  What punishment is worse than an individual neglecting, and then destroying himself?  He forgets the beneficial qualities his soul possesses.  This rebellious servant becomes heedless of the causes of his acquiring good in this life and a permanent resting place in the abode of eternal bliss.

  • “Sins and Their Punishments” by Ibnul Qayyim al-Jawziyyah; Pgs. 54 – 56

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