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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Don’t be Sad

designIbnul 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

Hearts have become Distanced

pink rose with water dropsA 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.’

Reflection for those not able to do Hajj

d7f081774a29da29825d4a56ad2f9d55For 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.

Lataa’if al-Ma’aarij

Sujood (Prostration) – Highest level of Submission

clouds heartThe 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)

Getting Caught in the Glitter of this World

Glitter-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)

The Lover obeys the Beloved

allah_written_in_gold_In a famous poem, Imam Shafi رحمه الله says:

You express the love of Allāh
And yet You disobey Him
This is very strange indeed
If your love for Allāh was true then you would have obeyed him

For indeed the one who loves, obeys the beloved

Empower yourself with Du’a

snow heart with AllahIf it is not in the nature of a mother to turn her child away empty handed no matter how disobedient a child may be, how is it possible that the One who is the Most Merciful and who has placed mercy in the hearts of all mothers turns away His slave, empty handed?

How is it possible for the One Who becomes angry when His slaves do not supplicate to Him, not to be happy when they do.

Du’a is our intimate conversation with Allah. It is uplifting, liberating and empowering.

Jamiatul Ulama S Africa

Ramadhaan – A Healing of the Heart & Spirit

Ramadan_01Ramadhaan is the perfect time for the healing of the heart and spirit through the Qur’an, Du’a and ‘Ibaadaat to which all Muslims are connected to some extent in the month of Ramadhaan.

Qur’an

It is not a Book of just Do’s and Don’ts. It is a mercy and a healing of the physical and spiritual self. It is living and feeling it. Feel the emotions of the people mentioned in the stories of the Qur’an and know that they are mentioned for a reason.

How did Yusuf AS feel when he was thrown in the well by his own; how did Maryam AS cope when alone in the wilderness giving birth to her child; what was the fear felt by Abu Bakr RA when he thought he and the beloved sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam would be found hiding in the cave of Thawr during the Hijrah.

Allah ta’ala acknowledged them and helped them and comforted them. He sent down tranquility upon them, strengthening their hearts.

The Qur’an is till the end of time. The lessons within are for all of us at all times and in all places. It is the rope which we can hold to when we fall (in sin and in grief and anxiety) which will bring us back up on our feet with hope and happiness.

Du’a

Du’a are not just words from the tongue. They are intense feelings when connected to the heart. Du’a is the essence of ‘Ibaadah and an acknowledgment of our utter humility and dependency on our Lord. It strengthens our connection with Him.

The Du’a of our Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam made at Ta’if after being driven out of town shows intense grief but also hope in Allah ta’ala. He complains to Allah ta’ala and then with hope and humility asks for mercy and seeks refuge in Him.

Know that Allah ta’ala hears and acknowledges. When Maryam AS was alone giving birth to her child she wished she never existed. Allah ta’ala did not tell to make Sabr. He provided for her water from a spring and dates and told her to enjoy the blessings.

‘Ibaadaat

All types of worship are included in ‘Ibaadah and generally it is increased in the month of Ramadhhan however for it to become a healing, the ingredient of Khushoo’ is necessary. The Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam used to turn to Salaah in times of anxiety.

Though these three things are generally increased in Ramdhaan we underestimate and underutilize their potential of removing fear, anxiety, grief etc., bringing hope and becoming a healing of the heart and soul.

From talk by Aalimah S. Ahmed

The Death Sentence

imagesWhen a person has been sentenced to death, he suddenly loses all taste for the pleasures of this world. If he was engrossed to a life of sin, suddenly he begins to repent and remember his Creator who had blessed him with the gift of life. He now wishes that he had spent his life in obedience to the commands of his Sustainer and Nourisher. Remorse and regret overwhelm him for his past deeds. This drastic change suddenly takes place because he has been “sentenced to death” by some mortal being like himself called the judge.

Every single person walking on this earth has been sentenced to death by the Master of all mortal judges and by the King of all kings. Even before a person is born, the time and place of his death is decreed. The death sentence from above could be carried out at any time – it could be one year from now, perhaps a month or even the next moment. It could come on any pretext; an illness, accident or murder, or even without any pretext. How often have we heard of people who “just collapsed and passed away”. But alas, how unmindful we are of this imminent death. (Source unknown)