Is to remember Allāh in all situations

Remembrance of Allāh by Shaykh Dr. Muhammad Sa’īd Raslān حفظه الله

And the most important thing that the student of knowledge should be particular about is to remember Allāh in all situations, as remembrance of Him is the greatest door and best path to what one seeks.

Whoever turns from it has indeed been prevented from all good, and has deviated from the correct path. Whoever is guided to it has been truly been guided, and has been led by the best leader and guide.

Ibn al-Qayyim said:“Rushing towards Allāh and depending on Him, being pleased with Him, filling the heart with love of Him, constantly remembering Him, feeling happiness and joy with knowing Him – all of these are instantaneous rewards, a paradise of this world, and a life that the livesof kings cannot even compare to.

I heard Shaykh al-Islām  Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allāh have Mercy on him) say: “Indeed, there is a paradise in this world. Whoever doesn’t enter it willnot enter the Paradise of the Hereafter.” And he once said to me: “What can my enemies doto me? My paradise and garden are in my chest, and they are with me wherever I go. My imprisonment is my privacy with Allāh, my killing is martyrdom, and my expulsion from my homeland is tourism.” 

And Allāh Knows that I never saw anyone with a purer life than him despite what he was experiencing of hardship and lack of relaxation and rest, and despite his imprisonment and fear of being killed. With all of this, he lived the purest life, had the strongest and most open heart, was happiest in spirit, and had a face that emanated the brightness of delight.

When we were frightened, had desperate thoughts, and felt as if the world was choking us, we would rush to him. Simply by seeing him and hearing his words, this would all turn into relaxation, certainty, and assurance. So, glory to the One who allowed His slaves to witness His Paradise before meeting Him and opened for them its doors in this life, giving them from its taste and sweet breeze that they have been dedicating their strength to seeking and competing for.

And some of the people of knowledge would say: “If the kings and their sons knew what we were experiencing, they would have fought us with swords over it.” Another said: “The people of this world are deprived. They left this world without tasting the sweetest thing init!” It was asked of him: “And what is that?” He said: “Love of Allāh, knowing Him, and remembering Him.” So, love, knowledge, and constant remembrance (dhikr) of Allah,leaning to Him, feeling tranquil with Him, singling Him out for love, fear, hope, dependence,and attention – such that He alone is the main concern and preoccupation of the slave and his goals – is the paradise and delight of this world that no other delight can compare to, and it is the coolness of the eyes of those who love Allāh, and true life for those who know Him.”

Ibn al-Qayyim continued:“And I was with Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah once when he prayed Fajr. He sat afterwards remembering Allāh until midday, and turned to me, saying: “This is my nourishment. If I do not receive this nourishment, I will have no energy,”or something to this effect. And he said to me once: “I never leave off making dhikr except with the intention of saving up my energy to rest myself in order to prepare for more dhikr,” or something close to this in meaning.” 

“And there is no doubt that the heart becomes rusted just like copper, silver, etc. do, and it is polished with dhikr as dhikr will clean it until it is left as shiny as a mirror. If it is left, it once again becomes rusty, and if you remember Allāh, it is once again polished.

And the heart becomes rusted because of two things: heedlessness and sin, and it becomes polished with two things: repentance and dhikr.

So, whoever is heedless more often will have more rust on his heart, and the amount of rust will be in accordance with how heedless he is.If the heart becomes rusted, its owner will not be able to see things for what they are.

So, he will see falsehood as truth and truth as falsehood, because when the rust builds up, it causes a fog that prevents him from seeing things as they are. So, if the rust builds up and blackens the heart, his understanding and comprehension become ruined, he will not accept the truth as truth, and will not reject falsehood as falsehood.

This is the greatest form of punishment that can afflict the heart. This all stems from heedlessness and the following of one’s desires, as they put out the light of the heart and blind it:

وَلَا تَعْدُ عَيْنَاكَ عَنْهُمْ تُرِيدُ زِينَةَ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَلَا تُطِعْ مَنْ أَغْفَلْنَا قَلْبَهُ عَن ذِكْرِنَا وَاتَّبَعَ هَوَاهُ وَكَانَ أَمْرُهُ فُرُطًا

{“…and do not obey he whose heart We have made heedless of Our remembrance and who follows his own lusts, and whose affair has been lost.” } (18:28)

So, if the servant of Allāh wants to imitate someone, let him see: is he from those who remember Allāh, or is he from the heedless? Is he led by his desires, or by the Revelation? So, if he is led by his desires and is from the heedless, his affair is lost.

The word has been explained to mean lost, in that what he should be doing, and what will lead to his guidance and success, is lost.

It has also been explained to mean wasted, in that he has wasted what he has. It has also been explained to mean destruction, and has been explained to mean opposition to the truth.

All of these are similar in meaning, and the point is that Allāh forbade us from obeying those who have these traits.

So, a man should look to his teacher and example and leader – if he finds these traits in him, he should avoid him. If he finds one who is usually remembering Allāh, following the Sunnah, and his affair is not lost – rather, he is doing his job – he should hold tightly to that person. The only difference between the living and the dead is in regards to the remembrance of Allāh, because the difference between the one who remembers his Lord and the one who doesn’t is like the difference between the living and the dead.”

SourceThe Manners of the Student of Knowledge by Shaykh Dr. Muhammad Sa’īd Raslān حفظه الله  pages 27-29

كتاب آداب طالب العلم للشيخ محمد سعيد رسلان حفظه الله


About `La illaha illa Allah

Pray your Salah and be good to others too, When you remember Allah, He remembers you. Do you know when you hear or recite the Qur'an, Allah is telling you that He is the One.

Posted on April 22, 2015, in Acts of Worship / Ibaada'h, Allaah / Allaah's Love and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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