What a wonderful thing it is to know Him (i.e. Allah)!
But how can one know Him and not love Him?
How can one hear the caller but fail to respond?
How can one know the profit that shall be gained in dealing with Him but still prefer others?
How can one taste the bitterness of disobeying Him but still abstain from seeking the pleasure of obeying Him?
How can one feel the severity of engaging in trivial speech, but fail to open your heart with His remembrance?
How can one be tortured by being attached to other but not rush toward the bliss of turning to Him in repentance?
Perhaps it is most surprising to know that while you are in need of Him, you are still reluctant to move toward Him because you seek others.
(Imam ibn al-Qayyim, al-Fawa’id, pg72)
Piety has three levels:
One– protecting the hearts and limbs against sin and forbidden actions.
Two– protecting them against undesirable matters.
Three– protection against curiosity and whatever is not of one’s concern.
The first will grant life to the servant, the second will grant him health and power, and the third will grant him happiness and joy.
[Imam ibn al-Qayyim, al-Fawaa’id, pg56]
The loss of a loved one is a time when a person may be overwhelmed with grief, and many customs surrounding bereavement reflect the depth of the feeling of loss. Wailing, eulogizing (i.e. praising the deceased excessively) and tearing one’s garments are all customs which were well known at the time of Jâhiliyyah, and are still common among some Muslims. Such conduct is not permitted in Islâm, as the believer is required to face bereavement, like all the other trials of life, with patience.
It is permitted to cry or weep, softy, before death, at the time of death, and after the person has died. According to ash-Shâfi‘î, however, it is makrûh to cry after the person has died, but permissible before the soul has departed.
The correct opinion is that crying is Read more…
It has been related that a righteous man used to say, “O self, be devout and you will be pure.” When any worldly fortune, in which the self finds comfort and towards which the heart inclines, intrudes upon our worship, then it impairs the purity of our efforts and ruins our sincerity. Man is preoccupied with his good fortune and immersed in his desires and appetites; rarely are his actions or acts of worship free of temporary objectives and desires of this kind. For this reason it has been said that whoever secures a single moment of pure devotion to Allah in his life will survive, for devotion is rare and precious, and cleansing the heart of its impurities is an exacting undertaking.
In fact, devotion is the purifying of the heart from all impurities, whether few or many, so that the intention of drawing nearer to Allah is freed from Read more…