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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Preserving the Blessings of Ramadhaan

Ramadaan-2-300x111Just as water brings about life, so too do the blessings of Ramadhaan bring life to the soul.

Once it is stored in the soul, fulfilling the orders of Allah Ta‘ala in the remaining months of the year become easy.

It is preserved by protecting the inlets to the soul from sins, i.e. the eyes, ears and tongue.

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee
 

What Arrogance leads to

islamic_design_tile-The reality of arrogance (kibr) is to deliberately consider one’s self superior to others in religious or worldly achievements in a manner that reflects that others are inferior.

Arrogance will cause a person to be driven away from the signs of Allah [See Quran 7:146].

Ibn Zukri said,

As long as a person is arrogant, his heart will not submit to truth, nor accept it, nor benefit from it.

Actions great & small

hadith-actions-and-intentionsAbdullah ibn al-Mubarak (Raheemahullah) said,

How often it is that a small action is made great by its intention, and a great action is made small by its intention.

Be dust before thou art turned into dust

river with stonesA company of vagabonds met a dervish, spoke insulting words to him, struck him and otherwise molested him; whereon he complained to his superior and explained the case. He replied:

‘My son, the patched frock of dervishes is the garment of resignation and who, wearing it, cannot bear injuries is a pretender not entitled to the frock.’

A large river will not become turbid from stones. The Arif who feels aggrieved is shallow water yet. If he injures thee, bear it Because pardon will purify thee from sin. O brother, as the end is dust, be dust before thou art turned into dust.

Gulistan of Sa’di

 

Become a Pearl

bubble

Fame without acceptance in the Court of Allāh ta’ala is like a bubble, which despite floating free on the surface of the water is likely to burst and disappear at any time.

By adopting taqwā a person becomes like a pearl which, though it lies unseen at the bottom of the sea, will one day be worthy of gracing the crowns of kings.

Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat (Words to Treasure)

Which group do you wish to belong to?

flowers070Spiritually, in this world as well as the next, there will always only be three kinds of people; The very good ones, the very bad ones and those in between.

In Surah Waqiáh, Allah Ta’ala categorizes the population of the hereafter as follows:

(1) The forerunners (As-Sabiqoon) – the elite.

(2) The people of the right (As-haabul Yameen) – the moderate ones.

(3) And the people of the left (As-haabush Shimaal) – the evil people.

Which group do you wish to belong to?

The Supreme Type of Fasting

ramadan-kareem-calligraphy_1057-839According to Imam Al-Ghazali there are three types of fasting:

One is of the average Muslim (one who submits to the Will of Allah Almighty), he fasts only from food, drink, and marital relations.

The second is the fasting of the Mu’min (believer) – he fasts from everything that is forbidden – bad language, bad thoughts, looking at bad things, listening to bad things, etc.

The third and most supreme type of fasting:

It is that of the Muhsin (one who has perfected his faith in Allah Almighty) – and this is fasting from everything other than Allah. To such a person, a Knower of Allah, nothing in the world exists besides Allah. Wherever he looks, he sees Allah, whenever he thinks, he thinks of Allah!

Good Character

akhlaqHazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

People have a misunderstanding of tasawwuf and therefore feel it to be difficult, whereas it is something which is manageable for every believer. One of the main aspects in tasawwuf is good character.

Good character could be defined thus,

Conducting oneself in a way that is pleasing to the Creator and to the creation.

If a person parks his car incorrectly and blocks the musjid driveway to get the virtue of the first takbeer, this is not good character, because although outwardly he has pleased the Creator, he has displeased the creation by inconveniencing them. Good character is the foundation of spiritual progress.

Anyone who adopts the character of Nabi  صلى الله عليه وسلّم  will be honoured and receive respect. Even if a disbeliever adopts good character, he will earn respect among people in this world.

O Allah! Make us of Your ‘few’ servants!

design creamWhen ‘Umar bin al-Khattab radhiyallaahu `anhu was walking in the market, he passed by a man who was supplicating,

“O Allah, make us of Your ‘few’ servants! O Allah make us of Your ‘few’ servants!”

‘Umar radhiyallaahu `anhu asked him, “Where did you get this du`a from?” And the man said, “Allah in His Book said:

‘And few of My servants are grateful.’ [Qur’an 34:13]

‘Umar radhiyallaahu `anhu wept and admonished himself, “The people are more knowledgeable than you, O ‘Umar! O Allah make us of Your ‘few’ servants.”

ابن أبي شيبة في مصنفه  Ibn Abi Shayba’s Musannaf   332/10 (Narrated by the Tabiee Ibrahim Taimi)

Compilation of other such verses which mention a “few” HERE

 

The leaf sinks and the stone floats

stone on waterSuch is the state of those whose hearts are entrenched with the Being of Allah ta’ala, that He comes to mind no matter what statements others make!

One early morning an old woman recited a few words as she grinded some corn,

“See the trick played by the river, the leaf sinks and the stone floats”

Shah Abdul Quddus Gangohi (Raheemahullaah) heard them and went into a state of ecstasy/rapture as the old woman’s words reminded him of verses in the Qur’an [Surah Al-Qaari’ah 6-9]:

“Then, as for him whose scales are heavy (with good works), he will live a pleasant life. But as for him whose scales are light, the Bereft and Hungry One will be his mother.”

A leaf being light, should float and a stone being heavy, should sink.

Whosoever’s weight (in the scales) will be heavy, will float away into Jannah (Paradise). But whosoever’s weight will be light, will sink into Jahannam (Hell)

Adapted from Majlis-e-Maseehulummat by Shaykh Ismail Mangera