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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All that Glitters

1goldNever lose your peace)and burn your heart with jealousy and greed over the blessings that Allah ta’ala has bestowed on others as Allah ta’ala has also given them battles you may not know of to fight daily. Your happiness lies in what you have and your reward lies in being grateful for what you have. Remember,

All that glitters is not gold, silver, diamonds or platinum…

All that glitters may just be a shiny tin clip amongst the rubble…

Adapted from article by Jamait.org

The Qur’an introduces you, to you

Qur'anRegarding the last part of verse 67 in Surah Israa,

وَإِذَا مَسَّكُمُ الضُّرُّ فِي الْبَحْرِ ضَلَّ مَنْ تَدْعُونَ إِلَّا إِيَّاهُ ۖ فَلَمَّا نَجَّاكُمْ إِلَى الْبَرِّ أَعْرَضْتُمْ ۚ وَكَانَ الْإِنْسَانُ كَفُورًا

Whenever any adversity strikes you at sea, all those to whom you pray besides Him forsake you except He; yet when He brings you safe to the land, you turn your backs upon Him. Indeed, man is ever ungrateful [Qur’an 17:67]

Aalimah S. Ahmed said,

The Qur’an introduces you, to you

There are many similar verses to reflect over where Allah ta’ala introduces us to ourselves…

وَيَدْعُ الْإِنْسَانُ بِالشَّرِّ دُعَاءَهُ بِالْخَيْرِ ۖ وَكَانَ الْإِنْسَانُ عَجُولًا

Man prays for evil like his prayer for good, and man is so hasty. [Surah Israa: 11]

 

قُلْ لَوْ أَنْتُمْ تَمْلِكُونَ خَزَائِنَ رَحْمَةِ رَبِّي إِذًا لَأَمْسَكْتُمْ خَشْيَةَ الْإِنْفَاقِ ۚ وَكَانَ الْإِنْسَانُ قَتُورًا

Say, “If you were to own the treasures of my Lord‘s blessing, you would certainly hold them back, lest it should be spent. Man is so niggardly.” [Surah Israa: verse 100]

 

وَآتَاكُمْ مِنْ كُلِّ مَا سَأَلْتُمُوهُ ۚ وَإِنْ تَعُدُّوا نِعْمَتَ اللَّهِ لَا تُحْصُوهَا ۗ إِنَّ الْإِنْسَانَ لَظَلُومٌ كَفَّارٌ

And He gave you whatever you asked for. If you (try to) count the bounties of Allah, you cannot count them all. Indeed, man is highly unjust, very ungrateful. [Surah Ibraheem: 34]

 

وَلَقَدْ صَرَّفْنَا فِي هَٰذَا الْقُرْآنِ لِلنَّاسِ مِنْ كُلِّ مَثَلٍ ۚ وَكَانَ الْإِنْسَانُ أَكْثَرَ شَيْءٍ جَدَلًا

Indeed We have explained in this Qur‘an every subject in various ways for the benefit of the people, but out of all creation, man is most disputing. [Surah Kahf: 54]

 

إِنَّا عَرَضْنَا الْأَمَانَةَ عَلَى السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَالْجِبَالِ فَأَبَيْنَ أَنْ يَحْمِلْنَهَا وَأَشْفَقْنَ مِنْهَا وَحَمَلَهَا الْإِنْسَانُ ۖ إِنَّهُ كَانَ ظَلُومًا جَهُولًا

The fact is that We offered the Trust to the heavens, to the earth and to the mountains, but they refused to undertake it and were afraid, but man undertook it. He was indeed unjust and foolish. [Surah Ahzaab: 72]

 

إِنَّ الْإِنْسَانَ خُلِقَ هَلُوعًا

Indeed, man has been created impatient [Surah Ma’aarij: 19]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sin due to desire or pride?

space2Sufyan bin ‘Uyainah (Rahimahullah) said,

He whose sin is due to desire, then have hope for him; and he whose sin is due to pride, then fear for him.

Because Adam sinned due to desire, and he was forgiven; and Iblees sinned due to pride, and he was cursed

 

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).