“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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“O you who believe, enter Islam completely”
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا ادْخُلُوا فِي السِّلْمِ كَافَّةً [Baqarah: 208]
Addressing the Believers Allah ta’ala instructs them to enter Islam completely. He did not just say “Enter into Islam” but added, كَافَّةً which is to enter completely into the internal and external dimensions of Islam.
It is to dive in and become totally immersed as a person who dives into a swimming pool and becomes totally immersed in the water
Urwah bin Zubayr (Rahimahullah) said after losing his eldest son when a horse trampled him to death and thereafter losing his leg due to gangrene,
Allah has bestowed upon me four sons and He has taken back one and allowed me to remain with three, so for Him is the Praise. Allah has given me four limbs and has taken one and allowed me to remain with three, so for Him is the praise. I swear to you by Allah, that if he has taken from me a little, then he has caused to remain with me much, and if he has tried me once then he has forgiven me many times
True love entails that remembrance of the Beloved be not restricted to special gatherings only.
A true lover is far too restless to wait for such occasions
When in Damascus, Abu Darda RA was passing by a group of people gathered around a man, beating him and insulting him. He went to them and asked what it was all about. They said the man had committed an enormous sin.
Adu Darda RA replied,
If he had fallen in a pit, wouldn’t you have taken him out?
“Yes” they all replied. Abu Darda RA then said,
Don’t insult him and don’t beat him; it would be better for you to advise him and make him see the consequences of his actions, then thank Allah Who kept you from committing the same sin
Taken from the Sahabah Series by Noura Durkee
Ibnul Qayyim رحمه الله said the word الحزن does not appear in the Qur’an except in the form of forbidding it
ولا تهنو ولاتحزنوا
or in the form of negating it
فلاخوف عليهم ولا هم يحزنون
And the reason for this is because there is no benefit for having sadness in the heart. The most beloved thing to Shaytaan is to make the believing slave sad by taking him off track.
The Prophet صلی الله عليه وسلم sought refuge in Allah سبحانه وتعالى from sadness.
اللهم إني أعوذ بك من الهم والحزن
A wise old man gathered his students and asked them this question: ‘Why do people who are angry shout at each other even though they are nearby?’
The students came up with various possibilities but no answer satisfied the wise man.
He then said to his students,
The reason that angry people shout at each other is that their hearts are very far apart. Thus, they need to scream and shout to make themselves heard to each other
He went on explaining: ‘Don’t you see that when people like each other they speak softly and gently. This is because their hearts are nearer. And when that love is greater, they whisper in each other’s ears due to their hearts being even closer.’
For those of us who are not able to do Hajj this year, this is a beautiful reflection for us, by Imām Rajab al-Hanbali رحمه الله who said:
Whoever is not able to stop at Arafah, then stop at the limits Allāh has set.
Whoever is not able to spend the night at Muzdalifah, let him spend the night in obedience to Allaah to come close and attain nearness to Him.
Whoever is not able to slaughter at Mina, then let him slaughter his desires so by it he can reach his objective.
Whoever was not able to reach the house because it is far, then proceed towards the Lord of the Ka’bah, for He is closer to him than his jugular vein.
The path of Tazkiyah (Rectification) is simple;
Allah’s pleasure is the goal; Sharee’ah is the path and Shaykh is the guide
Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat
The prostration is the highest level of submission, for you are bringing the most precious part of your body, namely your face, down to meet the most lowly of all things, the dust of the earth. If possible, you should make your prostration directly on bare ground, this being more conducive to humility and a sure sign of self abasement.
When you place yourself in this position of lowliness, you should be aware that you belong there.
You are restoring the branch to its root, for of dust you were created and to dust you shall return. At the same time you should renew your inner awareness of Allah’s majesty, saying: “Glory to my Lord Most High!” Repeat this to add confirmation, for saying it only once is not sufficiently emphatic.
When your inner feeling has clearly been refined, be confident in hoping for Allah’s mercy.
For His mercy quickly flows towards weakness and lowliness, not towards arrogance and vanity.
From Imam Ghazali’s Ihya Ulum al-Deen (The inner dimension of prayers – The Prostration)
A caterpillar is told by other caterpillars about the delicious fruit of the grape vine. He sets off to find these grapes and climbs onto the vine and on the way he sees lush green leaves. Seeing their dazzle, he starts thinking that these are the fabled grapes and settles on one to eat. Beguiled, he decides these are the grapes and sits there all his life, munching away on the leaf believing it to be his aim. The observers, however, know what a fool he had been in getting attracted by the green colour of the inferior leaf and forgetting about the real prize – the delicious grapes.
One look at our own lives reveals us to be like that caterpillar, getting caught up in the glitter of this world, and totally forgetting to journey on towards the fruit of Allah’s pleasure.
Maulana Hakeem Akhtar (Rahimahullah) describes the story in the Mathnawi of Maulana Rumi (Rahimahullah)