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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Hearts trembling with Fear

Do our hearts tremble with fear after doing good deeds?

وَٱلَّذِينَ يُؤْتُونَ مَآ ءَاتَوا۟ وَّقُلُوبُهُمْ وَجِلَةٌ أَنَّهُمْ إِلَىٰ رَبِّهِمْ رَٰجِعُونَ

Those who give to charity whatever they can give, while their hearts are full of fear by the very idea that they shall have to return to their Rabb [Qur’an 23:60]

There are different words for “fear” in the Arabic language.  وَجِلَ  is fear where the heart is restless due to shortcomings.

The Sahabah gave what they gave in the path of Allah but even after this clearly virtuous act, their hearts trembled with fear. What was their fear?

They were worried about the acceptance of their sadaqah by Allah

Internalising  الله أكبر 

allahu-akbarEach time we utter this phrase let us remind ourselves of the greatness of Allah and say: Allah is Greater than us, greater than our desires, greater than our loved ones, greater than our hobbies, greater than the most powerful armies and empires, greater than everything.

As our knowledge of الله أكبر deepens, our awe and fear of Allah should increase. A firm belief in the greatness of Allah should lead us to constantly remember, thank and praise Him with our tongues.

It should shake the body into humbling itself, feeling its own insignificance

Adapted from lifewithallah.com

Riya’ is Self-delusion

riyaRiya’ (hypocrisy) is one of the secret sins of the heart, and often the perpetrator of riya’ is self-deluded and hardly realizes his hypocrisy. Hypocrisy means that the state of the heart, in its intention and desires, does not correspond to the virtue of the outward act; it is the desire for something beside Allah ta’ala, in serving Him, and the desire to gain something from men by that service to Allah; it is to do an action, outwardly for the glory of Allah, but with the intention of having glory of men. The Noble Prophet, Sallallaahu alaihi wasallam, said, “The thing most to be feared for my community is hypocrisy and secret desire.”   If man is not heedful of the direction of his secret desires, they will corrupt his service of Allah.

In its most open form, hypocrisy is falsehood and in its most hidden form, it is guile

It is hidden from him who is neglectful and is manifest to him who searches for it with understanding knowledge; and he who knows the gravity of his need of it cleaves to sincerity, out of fear of hypocrisy.

The Dirty cloth is more in need of washing than perfuming

Muhammad goldSheikh Mawlāna Rashīd Ahmed Gangohi (رحمة الله عليه ) was once asked by someone,
“Should Istighfaar or Durood Shareef be recited first?”
‎He replied ,
‎Do you first wash your dirty clothes or first apply ‘Itr (perfume)?
Thus first one should purify the heart/ soul from the dirt of sins through seeking forgiveness and then the perfume of Durood Shareef should be applied.

The Secret of Dhikr

subhanallahThe secret of dhikr is to glorify Allah by reflecting on His Perfect Names, Attributes and Actions and pondering over His blessings and His creation.

Ibn al-Jawzī (raḥimahullāh) explains,

The heedless one says سُبْحَانَ الله out of habit. As for the conscious one, he is constantly thinking about the wonders of creation, or the awesome nature of the Creator, and this thinking drives him to say سُبْحَانَ الله. Thus, this tasbīḥ is the fruit of these thoughts, and this is the tasbīḥ of the conscious…

Heedlessness OF His dhikr is worse than Heedlessness IN His dhikr

Should we stop making dhikr if our heart is not truly focused on Allah; because there isn’t any hudur al-qalb or “presence of heart”?

Ibn Ata’illah, in his celebrated “Hikam” states,

Do not abandon dhikr because you do not feel Allah’s presence in it. For your heedlessness of His dhikr is worse than your heedlessness in His dhikr. For perhaps He will lift you from dhikr with heedlessness (ghaflah) to dhikr with vigilance (yaqza); and from dhikr with vigilance to dhikr with presence (hudur); and from dhikr with presence to dhikr wherein everything but the One being remembered becomes absent

“And that, for Him, is not difficult.” [Qur’an:14:20]

In his commentary to the Hikam, al-Shurnubi teases out some of the subtleties in the above aphorism. He writes:

“Do not, O aspirant, forsake dhikr – which is an invitation to sanctity (wilayah) because your heart is not present with Allah in it, due to it being preoccupied with worldly distractions. Instead, remember Him in every state and conditions. For your forgetfulness of His dhikr, in that you abandon it entirely, is far worse than your forgetfulness while making dhikr of Him. For at least in this state, your tongue is moving in His remembrance, even if your heart is heedless of the One remembered. Perhaps you will be taken, by His grace, from dhikr with heedlessness to dhikr with vigilance; in other words, with an attentive, awakened heart; for this is the adab that befits His Presence; and from dhikr with vigilance to dhikr with presence, presence of His closeness; and from dhikr with presence to dhikr where all becomes absent except the One being remembered. So the person is lost even to his own dhikr … When dhikr flows from the tongue in this condition, it does so spontaneously, without intent. Rather, his tongue only utters what the Manifest Truth [Allah] wants it to, for such a person is at the Station of Divine Love”

Taken from here

Allah is WITH you!

laa tahzanAllah ta’ala says in Surah Baqarah, verse 153,   إِنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَ الصَّابِرِينَ – He is with those who are patient

This is a very heart-warming verse as  مَعَ means “With” so Allah ta’ala is not just helping people who do Sabr but,

He is with them

Knowing Allah ta’ala is with us and knowing He knows of what we’re going through is in itself heart-warming, comforting and empowering.

Liberate yourself by Forgiving

chainSurah Shuraa verse 43

وَلَمَنْ صَبَرَ وَغَفَرَ إِنَّ ذَٰلِكَ لَمِنْ عَزْمِ الْأُمُورِ

And if one observes patience and forgives, it is, of course, one of the courageous conducts.

Allah says that if one exercises patience and forgives, this is among the most courageous conducts. A person who always forgives is regarded as weak however, Allah ta’ala says different. It takes courage to remain patient and to forgive.

غَفَرَ is to cover the consequences so a person forgives the aggressor so as not see them punished in this world or in the Aakhirah.

By forgiving one actually liberates one’s self from the hurt, anger, and all negative feelings which weighs a person down.

It is reported from the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam that Musa AS once asked Allah who is most honourable in His sight. Allah replied, “The person who pardons despite possessing the ability to retaliate.” [Mishkat]

Exclusive Submission

snow heart with Allah Surah Zumar, verse 2

إِنَّا أَنْزَلْنَا إِلَيْكَ الْكِتَابَ بِالْحَقِّ فَاعْبُدِ اللَّهَ مُخْلِصًا لَهُ الدِّينَ

Surely We have revealed the Book to you with truth; so worship Allah making your submission exclusive for Him

Allah ta’ala says,

1) it is He Who has revealed the Book, and

2) it is revealed to the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam with truth

The purpose of revealing this Book? Is it just to be read or to be left on the shelf so it brings good luck?

No. Allah ta’ala commands the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam,

So worship Allah making your submission exclusive for Him

Thereafter Allah ta’ala says in verse 3,

أَلَا لِلَّهِ الدِّينُ الْخَالِصُ

Remember, Allah alone deserves the exclusive submission

The form of Dust

green-wheatAllah’s Noble Prophet Adam AS was created of clay, a mixture of dust and water. Iblees/Satan was a Jinn, created of fire. In the Holy Qur’an, Allah ta’ala says:

      ”We created man from an extraction of clay” (23: 12) 

And in the Holy Qur’an we learnt of when Iblees, the accursed one said:

“I am better than he [Adam]: You created me of fire as You created him of clay (38:76)”  Here, Iblees concluded that fire is better than clay; but this was/is an erroneous conclusion!!

In his work, Sheikh Rashid al-din Maybudi explains that dust (clay) is superior to fire on his commentary on the verse that tells people how to make ablution if water is not available:

”If you find no water, have recourse to goodly dust” (5:6) Allah ta’ala connected purification to water or, at the time of necessity, to dust, and not to anything else.

Dust is better than fire. Fire shows defects, and dust conceals them.  Fire’s nature is arrogance, so it seeks to be higher. Dust’s nature is humility, so it seeks to be lower. Iblees brought haughtiness with his words:-  ‘I am better…” (38:76) Adam brought lowliness and humility with his words: ”Our Lord, we have wronged ourselves” (7:23)

So, let us not look at the form of dust. Look at the secret of the nature thereof. When you give a grain to dust, it gives back many times over. Whatever you give to fire, it burns it away. Plant your grains (seeds) into the dust (ground), and it will nurture it after a short time, and she would give it back as a produce many times over…”in every ear a hundred grains” (2:261)

For further reading, see Sheikh  Rashid al-Din Maybudi’s ‘Kashf al-asrar wa ‘Uddat al-abrar (Unveiling of the Mysteries)’ (taken and adapted from here)