If you attend a study-session, behave only like someone who wishes to increase his knowledge and to win greater recompense from God. Do not behave like someone who is content with what he has, who is looking for some fault to criticise or a curious detail to hawk around. This would be the behaviour of vile men who never succeed in their studies.
If you come to it with good intentions, you will always obtain the best results. Otherwise, to stay at home would be less tiring for your body, more worthy of your moral conduct and more salutary for your religious life.
Extract from Al-Akhlâq wal-Siyar (Morals and Behaviour) By Ibn Hazm al-Andalusi
Imam ibn al-Jawzi ???? ???? was once asked:
“Is it better for me to make Tasbeeh (praise Allah) or to make Istighfaar (seek forgiveness)?”
“The dirty robe is more in need of soap than perfume”
Source: Purifying the Heart
We all have hearts. Our job is to keep our hearts pure. Life is about keeping your heart pure. The greatest impurity is pride. Pride is worse than cancer. Initiating salaam is one cure for pride. One point to note is that the salaam has to be a sincere salaam.
Sayyidi wa sanadi Hadhrat Mawlana Mohammad Taqi Usmani (may Allah preserve him) said,
Develop this habit of talking to Allah.
My shaykh Arif-billah Hadhrat Dr Abdul-Hayy Arifi (may Allah have mercy on him) told this to us repeatedly.
Sit in solitude and contemplate that I am infront of Allah. Tell Him everything that is on your mind and bothering you. Your past mistakes, the present difficulties and future apprehensions . Tell Him in detail and ask for guidance and help.
InshaAllah, in addition, to relieving your anxiety it will lead to the creation of a bond between you and your Lord, Allah (taluq ma Allah).
Hope and Fear are like the two wings of a dove
They need to be in balance in order to fly.
Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq quoting an arab poet
“The aim of Tasawwuf is to clean the heart from spiritual diseases, and to educate, or transform, the self (Nafs), and to seek Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala’s pleasure through imposing the Shariah on ourselves inwardly and outwardly, all in the way followed by our Rasulullah Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam and the righteous predecessors (Salaf).”
Extract from ‘Tasawwuf and Tazkiyah’ by Shaykh Imran ibn Adam
Sourced from Ashrafiya
Respected Sahibzada Amer (may Allah grant him a long and healthy life) a very senior murid of sayyidi wa sanadi said,
We focus on staying away from television, as most of the programming is un-Islamic. However, little if any attention is paid to the internet. Inappropriate use of internet is more rampant and morally destructive than TV. Even the most religious and pious families are suffering from its corrupt use. Homes are being destroyed by this misuse.
Watching pornographic material, chatting freely with opposite sex individuals (or even same sex but in a lewd way) and reading indecent stuff leads to loss of modesty (haya) in ones character.
Modesty (haya) is an essential ingredient for being a true Mulsim.
The beloved Prophet (may Allahs blessing and peace be on him) said :
Haya (modesty) and Iman (faith) are two (things) that go together. If one is lifted, the other is also lifted. [al-Hakim]
Al-Haya is part of Iman.
Haya does not produce but goodness.
[al-Bukhari and Muslim]
Every deen has an innate character. The character of Islam is modesty. (Muwatta)
Modesty is part of faith, and faith leads to heaven; while vulgarity is part of unfaith, and unfaith leads to hell. (Al-Bukhari in Al-Adab Al-Mufrad, Ibn Majah and Al-Hakim)
Awareness regarding this issue has to be created in all Muslims.
May Allah save us from the inappropriate use of His blessings. Amin!
Jeddah, KKNGH, MC 1, 11#8
A wise person once said:
“Contentment is not the fulfilment of what you want, but the
realisation of how much you already have.”
When angered by someone, leave his presence or have him removed from your presence and drink cold water. If the anger is overwhelming then reflect: Allah Ta’ala too has rights over me and I frequently violate such rights. When He forgives us, we too should forgive the faults and errors of others. What will be my plight if He seeks to take vengeance?
Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi
When you marry you have to divorce a part of yourself.
Shaykh Abu Yusuf Riyadh ul Haq