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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The two Dimensions of Actions

Quantum-teleportationAn action has two dimensions; Qaabiliyat & Qubooliyat

Qaabiliyat is skill, proficiency, talent, articulation and expertise with which an action is carried out while to be Maqbool i.e to have Qubooliyat is to be loved, accepted and be pleasing to Allah. It is not necessary that these two things will go hand in hand. Infact, events throughout the history have shown that these two things are often separate.

Iblees, although a Jinn, was so Qaabil (Proficient) that he was granted the Suhbat (company) of the angels. Such was his Qaabiliyat in worship that he could see, hear and be in the presence of Allah.

Yet despite hearing a direct command from Allah, he did not obey it. So 100% Qaabiliyat but zero Qubooliyah. Iblees was therefore Mardood (Rejected) as opposed to Maqbool (Accepted). 

Full article Here

 

The Heart in it’s journey to Allah is like a Bird

998412-bigthumbnailBalancing Fear with Hope

The heart in its journey towards Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, is like a bird whose head is love, and hope and fear are its two wings.

When the head and the two wings are sound and healthy the flight of the bird is good, but when the head is cut off, it immediately dies, and when either or both wings are deficient, the bird cannot properly fly and may become victim of any hunter or snare.

The righteous predecessors preferred to strengthen the wing of fear during good times when heedlessness is feared, and to strengthen the wing of hope at times of calamity and when near death.

Some have said that it is better to strengthen fear more than hope because when vain hopes overcome a person he is ruined. Others say that the best of situations is a complete balance of hope and fear with overwhelming love, for love is composite, while hope is a sharpener and fear a driver.

Ibn ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah (Rahimahullah) – The Station of Fear

Two Verses Sufficient for Life

ccc0ecaa376f29d822b0f8972fab7243Sa’ah bin Mu’awiya travelled a great distance to learn about Islam, and he found the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam  sitting amongst his Companions reciting Surah Az-Zilzalah.

فَمَنْ يَعْمَلْ مِثْقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ خَيْرًا يَرَهُ  وَمَنْ يَعْمَلْ مِثْقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ شَرًّا يَرَهُ

So whoever does good equal to an atom’s weight shall see it. And whoever does evil equal to an atom’s weight shall see it.” [99:7-8]

When the recitation was completed the man stood up and appeared to be leaving to return to his people so the Companions asked him: “You came from so far away to see the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam. Why are you leaving without asking him for anything?”

He said,

Today I have learned that Allah will judge our actions good and bad, even those as small as the weight of an atom. This is enough advice for me to manage my whole life.

[Ahmad]

Coronavirus – Time to Reflect & Repent

design-whiteQur’an 16:112-113

 

وَضَرَبَ اللَّهُ مَثَلًا قَرْيَةً كَانَتْ آمِنَةً مُطْمَئِنَّةً يَأْتِيهَا رِزْقُهَا رَغَدًا مِنْ كُلِّ مَكَانٍ فَكَفَرَتْ بِأَنْعُمِ اللَّهِ فَأَذَاقَهَا اللَّهُ لِبَاسَ الْجُوعِ وَالْخَوْفِ بِمَا كَانُوا يَصْنَعُونَ
Allah gives an example: There was a town, secure and content with its sustenance coming in plenty from every place. Then, it turned ungrateful to the bounties of Allah; so, Allah made it to taste hunger and terror (that covered it) like a garment, as recompense of what its people used to do

Only a short time ago we were secure and content with plentiful of everything…

Allah and Allah alone can grant us relief!

وَإِنْ يَمْسَسْكَ اللَّهُ بِضُرٍّ فَلَا كَاشِفَ لَهُ إِلَّا هُوَ ۖ وَإِنْ يَمْسَسْكَ بِخَيْرٍ فَهُوَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

If Allah touch thee with affliction, there is none that can relieve therefrom save Him, and if He touch thee with good fortune (there is none that can impair it); for He is Able to do all things [Qur’an 6:17]

Time for the Ummah to reflect, repent and beg for relief

Al-Kahf (the cave) of our time

untitledThe As-haabi Kahf (People of the Cave) mentioned in Surah Kahf, though unknown to each other before, banded together on the basis of their beliefs and sought refuge in a cave. They ran from the idol worship of their people to safeguard their Imaan.

We also need a  “cave” to run away to from the many idols of this world

Where to find a cave in our time?

Our hearts can be our cave with the constant remembrance and consciousness of Allah ta’ala and the lamp of contemplation illuminating it as there is no refuge except with Allah ta’ala

Full story of the Ashaabi Kahf here

Let not your Deeds be Transitory

stars2That which is with Allah ta’ala is Eternal

Allah ta’ala says in the Quran,

مَا عِنْدَكُمْ يَنْفَدُ ۖ وَمَا عِنْدَ اللَّهِ بَاقٍ
Whatever is with you is transitory and what is with Allah is everlasting. [Surah Nahl:96]

Scholars say that whatever is with Allah ta’ala i.e. whatever is connected with Allah ta’ala like the deeds done for Allah ta’ala, wealth spent for Allah ta’ala, emotional states of sadness and happiness which one bears for Allah ta’ala etc. are included in مَا عِنْدَ اللَّهِ – “what is with Allah” and are eternalized.

Allah ta’ala Himself is Baaqee (Everlasting) and whatever we do for the sake of Allah ta’ala (with Ikhlaas) is connected to Allah ta’ala and therefore becomes Baaqee. We are Faanee (Perishable) but the deeds done for Allah ta’ala are Baaqee

Khushoo’ is in the Heart

sunrise-over-the-cloudsLinguistically, 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).

 

Say, “Allah!”

allah caliMulay 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

Calamities – Punishment or Blessings

Glitter-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.

The Greatest Return

AboutFlowers_Circle_flowersPageThere 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.