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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Sincere Devotion

ikhlasFudail ibn ‘Iyad at-Talaqani (Raheemahullah) said,

To neglect one’s religious practice for the sake of other people is a form of hypocrisy [riya’].

To perform one’s religious practice for the sake of other people is a form of polytheistic idolatry [shirk].

As for sincere devotion [ikhlas], it is being afraid that Allah ta’ala might chastise you for either of these two offenses

A Heart of True Value

2A jewellery box is only valuable when there is jewellery in it; otherwise it is just a box.

Similarly, the heart will only be valuable if love for Allāh ta’ālā is in it; otherwise it is just a piece of flesh.

Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat

Empty your Heart for Me

musallaIn the Qur’an, Allah ta’ala says,

“Fa ithaa farghta fansab, wa ilaa Rabbika farghab” [Surah Al Inshirah Verse 7-8]

Mawlana Tariq Jameel Sahib explains regarding Salaah. There is a request of Allah ta’ala and that is,

When you perform Salaat, let there be just Me and you and no one else

To demonstrate, he asks for a glass which has a few drops of water remaining. He then tips it upside down and asks if the drops of water remain. Those present reply, “No”. He continues,

This is what is called ‘Farghab’ in Arabic: To empty something such that nothing remains inside it.

So my Allah ta’ala is saying, ‘When you come to Me, empty out your heart in this same manner’

And who is this verse directed to?

Allah ta’ala is saying this to His beloved Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam.

The Scholars write regarding this that what was in the heart of the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam which Allah ta’ala was referring to which needed to be emptied out? There was no worldly desires in his heart. Besides Allah ta’ala there was nothing, so what was he asked to empty his heart of? Scholars write that in the heart of the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasllam was one sorrow and that was the sorrow for the guidance of the creation upon which he cried and grieved!

So it is as though Allah ta’ala is saying, “O my beloved Prophet! Be concerned and grieve for the guidance of mankind as much as you want but when you come to Me, empty your heart. Let there be just you and Me and no one else.”

Every leaf recites the Tasbeeh (praises) of my Lord. The seven Heavens are filled with Angels who are prostrating to Him. Allah ta’ala leaves all of them and says to us, “O Mankind, prostrate to Me as your prostration is the most beloved to Me. When you lay your head on the ground and say ‘Subhaana Rabbiyal a’alaa’, I become pleased.” What is being asked of every man and woman? [Mawlana once again picks up the glass and turns it upside down to demonstrate its emptiness.]

Perform such a Salaat that your heart is void of all worldly thoughts.

The Glass Lighthouse

lighthouse

Imagine being enclosed in a strong lighthouse in the middle of the sea. It is made of glass so you can see the winds raging all around you and the waves crashing against it.

Imagine watching this scene snuggled up in a deep sofa, with a hot mug of tea or coffee in your hands feeling warm and safe. The winds continue raging, the waves get higher and lightening streaks across the sky as the storm begins brewing, yet your heart feels no fear since you know that you are safe in the strong lighthouse.

So it is for those who have a strong connection with Allah ta’ala. They may be beseeched by calamities so much so that they come out of one situation only to be faced with another one. Onlookers would think they must be drowning in grief however in reality it is not so.

Their connection with their Lord is such that the grief is present, the pain is felt but their hearts are at peace as Allah ta’ala is with those who remain patient and steadfast!

People of the Heart

tranquil-heart-300x263The attraction between two objects is referred to as gravitational force. They are pulled towards one another. Even though the earth may be a hundred million miles away from the sun, it remains “attracted” to the sun.

Similarly, when a person has the Love of Allah ta’ala (to some extent) in his heart, or the desire to have the love of Allah ta’ala in his heart, his heart will automatically be attracted to those hearts in which the love of Allah ta’ala resides. These persons may be unable to meet physically, they may be in different lands, they may be involved in totally different fields or professions, but they are all moving in the same direction and are “on the same page”, so to speak.

They know that there is a higher purpose required of them. These people, by means of their hearts, will always remain connected to one another, because they are,

People of the heart

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The Beauty of Salaam in Islam

salaamVerse 86 of Surah Nisaa’ mentions تَحِيَّة which is in the context of a greeting. It is a prayer that Allah ta’ala keeps the person alive in peace.

It is a deep and beautiful concept of conveying a prayer (Du’a) of peace till eternity unlike the various greetings of other cultures. The person making the Salaam is conveying to the other person that there is going to be Aman/Salaamati from him/her i.e. he will be protected.

As-Salaam is the Sifat of Allah ta’ala

Since the word As-Salaam is also one of the attributes of Allah ta’ala, certain commentators have mentioned that when one greets, it means,

May Allah, who is the giver of peace, take you in His safety and custody, keeping you in peace forever.

There is so much beauty in the Salaam however we take it for granted. Let us be mindful of these beautiful points when greeting others with Salaam as it is giving each other a very powerful Du’a

How it becomes easy to Forgive

pink rose with water drops

وَأَنَّهُ هُوَ أَضْحَكَ وَأَبْكَىٰ

And that it is He who makes [one] laugh and weep [Qur’an 3:43] 

It becomes easy to forgive…

When you relalise this that then when someone hurts you and makes you cry, it was actually Allah ta’ala Who wanted it so, then it becomes easy to forgive

Aalimah S Ahmed