Daily Archives: January 14, 2015
” There is a blessing in calamity that the wise man should not ignore,
– for it erases sins,
– gives one the opportunity to attain the reward for sabr,
– dispels negligence,
– reminds one of blessings at the the time of health,
– calls one to repent and encourages one to give charity”.
Al-Fadl ibn Sahl.
‘UbaydAllaah Ibn Shaamit said:
My father used to say, ‘People are of three types:
(1) a man who started doing good deeds from a very young age and persisted on that until he left this life, this is a Muqarrab (one of those brought near to Allaah).
(2) And a man who started his life with sins and long heedlessness, but then he repented, then he is Saahib Al-Yameen (companions of the right hand).
(3) And finally a man who started doing evil deeds in a very early age and persisted on them until he left this life and this is Saahib Ash-Shimaal (companions of the left hand).’
[Hilyaat Al-Awliyaa’, 3/131]
It is reported that ‘Umar b. Al-Khattâb – Allâh be pleased with him – said:
Whoever exposes himself to suspicion, let him blame only himself for whoever suspects him.He who covers his secret is in a position to choose [to correct himself].
Assume the best about your brother until what comes to you from him overcomes you [and you have to change your opinion].
Never do you pay back someone who disobeys Allâh in his dealings with you with the likes of obeying Allâh in your dealings with him.
Take righteous brothers [as friends]; acquire them in plenty, for they are a beautification in prosperity and an aid during calamity.
Do not ask about what has not yet happened until it actually happens, for what has happened is enough of an occupation to worry about what has not happened.
Let not your speech be given freely except to those who want to hear it and will value it.
Do not seek help in fulfilling a need you have except from someone who wants success for you in that endeavor.
Do not consult except people who fear Allâh, and do not accompany the sinner, [lest] you learn his sinfulness.
And be humble at the graves.
Abû Dâwûd, Kitâb Al-Zuhd article 89.
Ibn Al-Qayyim said:
“When Allaah (swt) wills good for His slave, He causes him to forget his acts of obedience and erases them from his mind and from his lips (so that he does not speak about them).
But if he commits a sin, He makes him think about his sin all the time and forget his good deeds, so that he focuses constantly on his sin, when he stands up or sits down, when he comes an goes. This is the essence of mercy concerning him.”
[Madaarij As-Saalikeen, 1/177]
25 tips for getting closer to Allaah
1. Start off each day with ‘adhkaar al-istiyqaadh’ (waking up supplications), thanking Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala for waking up in good shape.
2. Put Allah first in your life.
3. Broaden your horizons – learn five new ayaat from the Qur’an every day, travel to pray far in the masjid to brighten your day, take up a booklet having supplications and read them.
4. Pray Salaat Al-dhuha (after sunrise).
5. If someone says something mean to you, shrug it off and dismiss it in a friendly, laidback manner, and pray that Allah shall forgive them.
6. When you get angry, remember Allah, and how short and worthless life is to waste in being angry.
7. Remember that you can never have too many friends, but you can have few quality friends that help you fulfill the purpose of your creation (i.e. live for Allah). Choose your friends wisely.
8. When you’re happy, try to share your happiness with others. Thank Allah for that, and pray its continuation.
9. When something bad or embarrassing happens to you, just think that it could always be worse, remember the reward of patience, and thank Allah that it’s not worse than what it could be.
10. Do something extra, for example feeding a poor person, or caressing an orphan’s head.
11. Never stop believing that you can win Allah’s love and thus work For it. When Allah is pleased with you, He will put your love in other people’s hearts.
12. Spend some time thinking of Allah’s amazing creation.
13. Always love those who love Allah unconditionally. This way you will ensure that you live for Him, love for Him, and hate for Him(those who are His enemies).
14. Find the righteous ways to express yourself, and if you think that what you are about to say shall cause no benefit, maintain silence though it is tough.
15. Give yourself a break. Play sports, give time to your family, friends, but always remember Allah and watch that He is watching you. Don’t be so occupied that you lose track of time or the consciousness of what you are doing.
16. Pray for the guidance of those who may be struggling with their deen or seem lost. May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala bless them with His hidayah.
17. Respect your parents.
18. Smile at everyone, it’s the Sunnah of Rasoolullah sallAllahu aalyhi wa sallam. It cheers up the other person and you get the reward.
19. Forgive, forget and smile. Display excellence of conduct.
20. Tears are not for women only… tears are for all human beings with feelings remaining in them. Don’t restrain your tears when remembering Allah.
21. When people criticize your actions and efforts, revise your actions and see if they please Allah or not. If they do; then ignore what other people say and remember how the Prophet sallAllahu aalyhi wa sallam and his Sahabahs radhiAllahu anhum were criticized, made fun of and even physically harmed. Have patience and have tawakkul on Allah.
22. Read the Qur’an daily and try to have a schedule for completing it as much as you could. As you open the Qu’ran daily, contemplate each ayah. Don’t just quickly move your tongue and close it.
23. Don’t let popularity go to your head, for it never lasts and you may lose from it more than gain.
24. Never look down on anybody, for, to Allah, they may be better than you.
25. Share these tips with others having the intention of nurturing a healthy society, living for Allah and dying for His sake.