“The nature of the Ahlullaah (friends of Allah) is like that of fragrance which floats in the atmosphere due to which all those around cannot help but be perfumed.”
Come, let us be seekers on the path of Tazkiyah (Purification of the heart) in the company of those with purified hearts, illuminated with the love of Allah ta’ala and His beloved Rasool sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam.
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Linguistically, Khushoo’ means sinking, subservience, and stillness. Technically, Khushoo’ refers to the heart standing before the Lord in submissiveness, subservience and focused on Him.
The Gnostics have agreed that the seat of Khushoo’ is the heart and that its fruits sprout on the limbs and they display it
The source of Khushoo’ is the gnosis of Allah’s greatness, magnificence, and perfection and the greatest action of worship which manifests the Khushoo’ of the body to Allah ta’ala, is the prayer (Salaah).
Mulay al-`Arabi ad-Darqawi said,
Do not say, ‘I am nothing’; neither say, ‘I am something.’
Do not say: ‘I need such and such a thing’; nor yet: ‘I need nothing.’
But say: ‘Allah,’ and you will see marvels.
Letters of a Sufi Master
Shaykh Abdul Qaadir Jilaani (Rahimahullah) explains that calamities are either a means of punishment or a source of blessings.
It all depends on a person’s response and attitude to that calamity.
If he is calm, composed and does not adopt a complaining attitude then the calamity becomes a blessing in disguise. Through this calamity a person’s status becomes elevated and he becomes closer to Allah Ta‘ala. On the contrary if he becomes distressed and asks questions such as “why did this happen to me” etc. and adopts a complaining attitude then this calamity becomes a punishment for him.
There are many great “returns” that people experience in their lives. The returning of a missing child, finding a very valuable lost item or a close family member returning home after spending many years overseas are some instances of a great return. These are moments of immense joy and happiness.
The greatest “Return,” however, is
When a sinful servant who had abandoned Allah ta’ala and fallen into sin makes sincere Tawbah (which literally means “to return”) and returns to his Creator.
There can never be a happier moment for such a person.
“O you who believe, enter Islam completely”
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا ادْخُلُوا فِي السِّلْمِ كَافَّةً [Baqarah: 208]
Addressing the Believers Allah ta’ala instructs them to enter Islam completely. He did not just say “Enter into Islam” but added, كَافَّةً which is to enter completely into the internal and external dimensions of Islam.
It is to dive in and become totally immersed as a person who dives into a swimming pool and becomes totally immersed in the water
Urwah bin Zubayr (Rahimahullah) said after losing his eldest son when a horse trampled him to death and thereafter losing his leg due to gangrene,
Allah has bestowed upon me four sons and He has taken back one and allowed me to remain with three, so for Him is the Praise. Allah has given me four limbs and has taken one and allowed me to remain with three, so for Him is the praise. I swear to you by Allah, that if he has taken from me a little, then he has caused to remain with me much, and if he has tried me once then he has forgiven me many times
True love entails that remembrance of the Beloved be not restricted to special gatherings only.
A true lover is far too restless to wait for such occasions
When in Damascus, Abu Darda RA was passing by a group of people gathered around a man, beating him and insulting him. He went to them and asked what it was all about. They said the man had committed an enormous sin.
Adu Darda RA replied,
If he had fallen in a pit, wouldn’t you have taken him out?
“Yes” they all replied. Abu Darda RA then said,
Don’t insult him and don’t beat him; it would be better for you to advise him and make him see the consequences of his actions, then thank Allah Who kept you from committing the same sin
Taken from the Sahabah Series by Noura Durkee
Ibnul Qayyim رحمه الله said the word الحزن does not appear in the Qur’an except in the form of forbidding it
ولا تهنو ولاتحزنوا
or in the form of negating it
فلاخوف عليهم ولا هم يحزنون
And the reason for this is because there is no benefit for having sadness in the heart. The most beloved thing to Shaytaan is to make the believing slave sad by taking him off track.
The Prophet صلی الله عليه وسلم sought refuge in Allah سبحانه وتعالى from sadness.
اللهم إني أعوذ بك من الهم والحزن
A wise old man gathered his students and asked them this question: ‘Why do people who are angry shout at each other even though they are nearby?’
The students came up with various possibilities but no answer satisfied the wise man.
He then said to his students,
The reason that angry people shout at each other is that their hearts are very far apart. Thus, they need to scream and shout to make themselves heard to each other
He went on explaining: ‘Don’t you see that when people like each other they speak softly and gently. This is because their hearts are nearer. And when that love is greater, they whisper in each other’s ears due to their hearts being even closer.’