Fragrance of Musk

heart-sahped-bottle“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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Mining the Heart to reap Gold, Silver & Diamonds

heart-love-romance-valentine-blogMan makes effort on sand [silicon] and makes microchips with value greater than gold. He makes effort upon metal and makes it fly [aeroplanes] what if he made effort upon himself, what spiritual heights he would also reach.
Nowadays the direction of our effort is on the outside rather than our inner-selves. That’s why there’s progress everywhere, the latest innovations are being produced, architecture of buildings becoming more adventurous, cars are becoming advanced as well. Take whatever, everything is getting better and better.

However, if mankind looks at themselves morally, they are declining. 

The one who is always trying to discover the unknown, he could not discover himself. He who captured the rays of the sun, yet he failed to fill the void of his own life. The one who illuminated the world with lanterns failed to realise the darkness in his own heart. If there is darkness in one’s own heart, what’s the use of the light on the outside.

The area of effort is not just materialistic. A person must also work on his heart so he can progress internally as well.

Allaah has placed beauty within us which we need to bring out. When mankind makes effort on mines, they extract gold, silver, diamonds and other valuables. Similarly if he makes an effort on his heart, then he’ll reap courtesy, humbleness, compassion, and piety. These are the qualities which make a person valuable in the sight of Allaah. This beauty is present in everyone. Allah has placed this beauty inside every individual.

Shaykh  Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi  Source

Ma’rifah

iqra in goldFrom a talk by Shaykh Qamaruz Zamaan Ilahabadi

 

اقْرَأْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّكَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ   “Iqra’ bismi Rabbikal ladhee khalaq”

“Read: In the name of thy Lord who createth” [Qur’an – Surah Alaq: verse 1]

Points towards His ma’rifat (knowledge of Allah ta’ala)

 

خَلَقَ الْإِنْسَانَ مِنْ عَلَقٍ    “Khalaqal insaana min ‘alaq”

“Createth man from a clot.” [Qur’an – Surah Alaq: verse 2]

Points towards our ma’rifat (knowledge of our selves)

 

 

 

Travelling the Thorny Path

thorny path 2Umar ibn Khattab RA once asked Ibn Ka’ab RA the definition of taqwa. In reply Ibn Ka’ab RA asked, “Have you ever had to traverse a thorny path?”  Umar RA replied in the affirmative and  Ka’ab RA continued, “How do you do so?”

Umar RA said that he would carefully walk through after first having collected all loose and flowing clothing in his hands so nothing gets caught in the thorns hence injuring him. Ka’ab RA said, “This is the definition of taqwa, to protect oneself from sin through life’s dangerous journey so that one can successfully complete the journey unscathed by sin.”

This mortal world of ours is a bed of thorns, full of the thorns of sins, therefore, one should live in this world in a way that one does not get entangled in the thorns of sin. The name of this attitude to life is Taqwa

 

Ramadhaan: a time to link up with higher ranked Angels

ramadan-lamp_credit-Shutterstock‘From the beginning of time, Allah Ta’ala selected the month of Ramadan as the season for abundant blessings and divine light (tajalliyat). Whenever Allah Ta’ala sent any gift from the sky for the reformation of humanity, Allah selected the month of Ramadan. The famous books and scriptures of the previous Ambiya were also revealed in this month culminating with the revelation of the Quran.

Ramadan is near. During this month divine light (Nur and Tajalli) of Allah will cover everyone, provisions for forgiveness of man will be made. Allah Ta’ala, the most Generous, will increase His generosity. The doors of Jannah will be opened, the gates of Jahannam will be locked.

O one who seeks good, go ahead! O one who intends evil, stop!

Every night countless sinful people are saved from the blaze of Jahannam. For the reformation and cleansing of the evil soul (nafs), Allah Ta’ala has ordained fasting during the day, so that a believer can acquire the highest stages of taqwa and become close to Allah Ta’ala.

During the nights we are encouraged to listen and recite the Quran. By means of the fast, the inner self (nafs) is cleansed and for the enhancement of the soul (ruh), Allah Ta’ala has arranged the recital of the Quran.

It is as though in this blessed month, the [inhabitants of] earth are given a chance to link up with the higher ranked Angels in the skies

By ‘Allamah Muhammad Yusuf Al Binnory (rahimahullah)

Taken from al-miftah.com

Noble people do not look at the superficial

Heart-and-flower“If you dislike them, then it is quite likely that you dislike something and Allah has placed a lot of good in it.” [Surah An-Nisaa’: verse 19]

Though addressed to men in regard to their wives (i.e. do not divorce them for something you dislike in them), this is a beautiful part of human relationship, not just in marriage but as a general principle which can be applied to our spouses, children and families.

Sometimes we do not like something about a person but maybe in that Allah ta’ala has placed benefit for us i.e. maybe Allah ta’ala will give reward in the Aakhirah if Sabr is made or maybe in comparison to that one negative, there may be so many positives.  When there is something we dislike in a person then we should be positive about it and find something we like, as there will definitely be many more things we like in every single person.

These are noble characteristics of noble people who do not look at the superficial. They find good in every relationship and this is what we should do and when we do this, then dealing with people and life will become easy.

By being negative towards people we are making our own selves miserable and making others around us miserable too.

By being positive life becomes easier and if one is positive all the time then it becomes part of nature.  

Aalimah S. Ahmed

Path to Reaching Allah تعالى

muhammadJunaid al-Baghdadi (raheemahullah), said:

No one has reached Allah except through Allah. And the path to reaching Allah is following the Chosen One, al-Mustafa, Sallallahu ‘alaihi Wasallam

“Say, if you love Allah, then follow me and Allah will love you and forgive you your sins.” [3:31]

 

Acceptance lies in Actions being Sincere & Correct

flowerRajab al-Hanbali (Raheemahullah) mentioned that the great Sufi, Fudayl ibn al-`Iyad (Raheemahullah) explained Allah’s words,

“That He may test which of you is best in action” [Qur’an, 67:2] by saying,

That is, who is sincere in it and correct in it. And the action that is sincere but incorrect is not accepted. And if it is correct and insincere then it is also not accepted. It is only accepted when it is both sincere and correct. And it is only sincere when it is for the sake of Allah Most High, and correct when it is done according to the sunnah.

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Light the Lamps of the Road

lighted roadWith regard to “holding the hand of Saints”, a poet describes as to how Allah ta’ala  opens up the road;

My journey has become easy now that the winds have changed their direction. The lamps of the road have lit up now that I have held your hand.

When one “holds the hand” of a pious person, i.e. when he surrenders himself for reformation under the guidance of a qualified spiritual mentor i.e. a Shaykh, then it becomes easy for him to conform to the Sunnah and the Shar’iah, as well as to abstain from sins.

Swimming in the Sea of Reason & Intellect

ship2Maulana Rumi (R.A.) says: “It is completely useless to swim about in the sea of Reason and intellect. There is need for the ship of Nabi Nooh (A.S.)  i.e. The help of the friends of Allah. Look how Nabi Nooh’s (A.S.) son, Kan’aan, depended on Reason alone saying: “The high mountains shall save me from this storm”. He considered the ark of Nabi Nooh (A.S.) as being despicable. The result was that the ship was saved during the deluge and reached the high mountain while Kan’aan was drowned.

Maulana Rumi (R.A.) says:

“When you do not look with proper sight, then you look upon the love and company of the saintly ones and their obedience i.e. their ship as despicable, and you look upon your imitation of the people of Europe as the high mountains of Intellect and Reason. But, beware, do not look upon this ship as being of no value and a thing to be despised.

The power of Allah is such that with one wave, He can turn the ship upside down. But the ship which travels in the shadow of Allah’s Mercy, in spite of its outward weakness and the evil intention of Shaytaan, it will pass through all the trials in safety.

Ma’arife-e-Mathnawi. Full article here

The “Ahh” of the Bleeding Heart

bleeding-heart-Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi (Raheemahullah) mentions the exceptional stage reached by those who adopt patience in abstaining from fulfilling their evil desires;

On subscribing to sabr (patience) and sacrifice, the ‘Ahh’ which continually and invariably issues forth from that ‘bleeding’ heart transports one to the supreme and absolute stage of Wilaayat.

Maulana Rumi (Raheemahullah) says, “Those who resort to Sabr on the Path of Allah have acquired the Wilaayat of the Siddiqeen”