The world is like a courtroom, with Allah as our judge. We are called upon to fulfill our covenant with Allah, who asked, “Am I not your Lord?” To which we answered, “Yea.” And since here on earth we are on trial, our every word and action form the witnesses to and the evidence of that agreement.
Mathnavi of Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi
Each generation will reap what the former generation has sown.
The allegory of belief [iman] is that of a land that has five walls. Al-Hajjawi said in its commentary: It is said that the allegory of belief is that of a land that has five walls. The first wall [the innermost wall] made from gold, the second from silver, the third from iron, the forth from cooked clay [aajurr], and the fifth [the outermost wall] from brick.
As long as the people of the brick wall are diligent in protecting the brick, the enemy does not aspire [destroying] the second; but if they neglect this [brick wall], they will aspire for the second and then the third, until they demolish all of the walls.
And like belief [iman] has five walls: certainty, then sincerity, then performing what is obligatory, then the recommended [sunan], and then refined behavior [aadab].
As long as one holds to and is diligent with having refined behavior, Satan does not scheme [to destroy] him. But if one forsakes refined behavior, Satan aspires to [destroying] the recommended works, then the obligatory, then sincerity, and then certainty.
[Source: Al-Saffarini, _Ghudha al-Albab_. 1:27, taken from Sunnipath.com]
Work and you will be strong; sit and you will stink.
Life is a matter of just a few days. Muster up some courage and do not fulfil your urge to sin. Make the urge of sin dry up in the rays of the sun of mujahadah (striving) just like how the sun in the sky dries up dung. If you do not fulfill the urge to sin, the light of taqwa will be created. But if a person does not allow the dung to dry up and lets the cattle continue defecating fresh dung, then whatever was dried up by the sun will also become soft and will not be allowed to become dry. The earth which had become hot will now become cold. The bounty of the sun’s rays will be destroyed.
In the same way some people waste the efforts of their Sheikh by not being cautious.
To Allah do I present my complaint.
Source: the 14 harms of casting evil glances by Hazrat Maulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (db)
A gem is not polished without friction,
nor a man perfected without trials.
Dont worry about tomorrow,
rather worry about what you have put forward for tomorrow!
“If you take pride in your physical strength, remember that the mule, the donkey, and the bull are stronger than you and better suited to carrying heavy loads.
If you feel vain about the lightness of your running style, remember that the dog and the hare surpass you in this field.
It is extremely curious that rational beings feel proud of something in which they are surpassed by dumb animals.”
Ibn Hazm Al’Andulasi, Rahmatullahialay
“This world is a passing dream which the sleeper is convinced is real, until unexpectedly the dawn of death frees him from this fantasy.”