There is no worse sickness for the soul, o you who are proud, than this pretense of perfection.
The best encouragement for one afflicted with problems is, “Don’t worry, it will pass”. The best advice for one blessed with good times is, “Remember, it will pass”.
-Maxims of Our Teachers
Courtesy of At-Talib
Please make dua for my wifes grandfather who passed away earlier this week and also for my baby nephew who is ill in hospital. Jazak-Allah.
O Foolish one, how quick you were in constantly criticising others
But you have failed to diagnose your own dire condition!
In this world you have three companions:
one is faithful, the others are treacherous.
The latter are friends and possessions;
the faithful one is excellence in deeds.
Your wealth won’t come with you out of your palace;
your friend will come, but only as far as the grave.
When the day of doom comes to meet you,
your friend will say, “I’ve come this far, but no farther. I will stand a while at your grave.”
Your deeds alone are faithful: make them your refuge,
for they alone will accompany you into the depths of the tomb.
Mawlana Jalal al-Din al-Rumi
Perfection in conduct and character should be an aspiration for the self
Not a standard by which we measure others against.
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.
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