The Wash of Tawbah

at tawwabIt is in the nature of humankind to constantly slip and fall, to constantly err and sin. But it is the quality of the true Muslim that whenever he sins he makes Tawbah and tries to reform himself.

Consider a person whose occupation is working within a coal mine digging out coal through sweat and hard labour. At the end of every day, his body is blackened with soot from head to toe. Does he tell himself at the end of the day that I will be blackened again tomorrow so I don’t have to wash off today’s dirt and grime? No, he does not. Every evening, he bathes and cleans himself.

It is the same for us when we sin. The Believer cannot tolerate allowing the soot of sin to remain on his heart. So he washes it off with Tawbah.

Allah’s door of forgiveness is always upon to us and Allah loves His servants who turn to Him in repentance.

Sayyiduna Anas Radhiyallahu Anhu said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam saying, “Allah, the Exalted, has said:

O son of Adam! I shall go on forgiving you so long as you pray to Me and aspire for My forgiveness whatever may be your sins. O son of Adam! I do not care even if your sins should pile up to the sky and should you beg pardon of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam! If you come to Me with sins as great as the earth and meet Me, not associating anything with Me in worship, I will certainly meet you with forgiveness as great as it.’” (At-Tirmidhi)

Adapted from a Q/A on Jamiat.org

 

The Orchard of Imaan and Actions

orchard2When it comes to gardening, some people have ‘green fingers’. They successfully plant and cultivate a host of different plants, some for beauty and others for food. They tend to their plants, watering, pruning and spraying insecticide when necessary. Through their careful, continuous effort, a lush orchard is produced, bright with beauty and laden with fruit.

Other people sometimes complain that they have ‘toxic thumbs’ and ‘poisonous pinkies’. If they merely go within a meter of any plant, it will almost definitely wither and perish soon thereafter. Such people either possess plots that are rocky and totally barren of vegetation, or plots that are overrun with weeds, snakes and other wild animals and plants.

Our lives are like plots of land and our actions form the vegetation that grows within it. The difference, however, is that every person with Imaan has ‘green fingers’ (the ability to carry out righteous actions that will be accepted by Allah Ta‘ala). All that is required is that he carefully tends to his plot, transforming it into an orchard of beauty and productivity.

If he goes into ‘holiday mode’ and neglects irrigating the plants with the water of zikr and ‘Ibadah, he will find the valuable plants (Imaan and righteous deeds) in his orchard withering from the lack of water. If he neglects to regularly remove the alien plants (sins), the plants will soon be choked by weeds and will gradually die. If he allows these weeds to remain and take root, they will soon become more abundant and stronger than the plants, until his plot will be one filled with only weeds (sin). Hence, it is vital to uproot and remove the weed as soon as it rears its thorny head. Together with uprooting the weed, the weed killer of sincere repentance will have to be applied so that every last trace of the weed is eradicated and it never again returns.

By tending to the orchard with diligence and care, the orchard is transformed into a plot filled with the plants of Jannah (Imaan and righteous deeds). He will pluck and enjoy its fruit in both this world and the next. If his orchard is particularly productive, the crop will be sufficient for him to sustain himself and will even benefit others.

Let us all take stock of our orchard, pinpoint the weeds that need instant uprooting, and identify the plants that require urgent attention. If we revamp and revive our orchards, we will enjoy its fruit and beauty – both in this world and the next.

Uswatulmuslimah

It’s Not Just the Sin, It’s the Way that You Sin

-silver-glitter-The exemplary scholar and saint of the salaf, Sufyan ibn Uyaynah, once said:

 

مَن كانتْ معصيتُه في الشَّهوةِ فارْجُ لهُ، ومَن كانتْ معصيتُه في الكِبرِ، فاخْشَ عليهِ فإنَّ آدمَ عَصى مُشتَهِيًا، فغُفِرَ لهُ وإبليسُ عَصى مُتكَبِّرًا فلُعِنَ.

Whoever sins due to a desire, have hope for him; but whoever sins out of pride, fear for him. For Adam disobeyed out of a desire and was forgiven, while Iblis disobeyed from pride and was cursed.

Cited in al-Dhahabi, Siyar ‘Alam al-Nubala

 

Malady in the Heart leads to Spiritual Death

designRegarding the hypocrites, Allah ta’ala mentions in Surah Baqarah: Verse 10

فِي قُلُوبِهِمْ مَرَضٌ  – In their hearts there is a malady…

Now, illness or disease, in the general medical sense, is a state in which a man has lost the balanced proportion of the elements within him necessary to keep him healthy, so that his body can no longer function properly, which may finally lead to his total destruction.

In the terminology of the Holy Qur’an and the Hadith, the word ‘disease’ is also applied to certain mental or psychic states (we are using the two terms in the original and more comprehensive sense) which hinder man from attaining any degree of spiritual perfection, for they gradually deprive him of the ability to perform good deeds, and even of ordinary human decency, till he meets with his spiritual death.

The great spiritual master, Junaid of Baghdad has said,

Just as the diseases of the body arise from an imbalance among the four humours, the diseases of the heart arise from a surrender to one’s physical desires.

From Ma’ariful Qur’an

 

The Threshold of the Beloved

sajdahA person once belittled his own act of prostration saying, “What is the reality of our sajdah? It is nothing more than a joke. The heart and mind are filled with filthy thoughts. What will be achieved by placing the forehead on the ground in such a state?”

Dr ‘Abdul Hayy ‘Aarifi (Raheemahullah) asked, “Can this sajdah, impure and filthy though it may be, ever be made before me?” On a negative reply he continued,

“If this sajdah is so impure and filthy and without any importance, why can it not be made before a being as filthy and impure as myself? Since this forehead can prostrate to none besides Allah, then your prostration was actually for none besides Allah. So firstly express gratitude for the fact that Allah has given you the tawfeeq for even such a sajdah because there are many souls who are deprived of this. Thereafter seek forgiveness for whatever shortcomings you discover within yourself in this regard. Beware of ever considering prostration before Allah as useless and wasted”.

He then recited a couplet which meant:

If by prostrating the forehead nothing is attained….then “nothing” is fine. How can anyone ever leave the threshold of the Beloved?

Meet People only for the sake of Deen

rainbow coloursShaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat, while talking about engaging the tongue in the remembrance of Allah ta’ala instead of mixing with people, and talking too much, mentioned a couplet Allamah Humaydi (Raheemahullah) used to recite,

Meeting (and mingling) with people holds no benefit besides a jabber of idle talk. Hence lessen mingling with others except for two things;

Acquiring ‘ilm or to impart ‘ilm and to rectify your spiritual condition or to rectify the spiritual condition of others

Shaykh Muhammad Saleem (Hafidhahullah) elaborated,

When meeting anyone it should be as either a Muta’allim (student) or a Mu’allim (teacher), a Muballigh (one who coveys the message of Allah ta’ala) or a Muballagh (one to whom the message of Allah ta’ala is being conveyed) and a Murabbi (one who nurtures spiritually) or a Murabbaa (one who is being spiritually nurtured).

Therefore meet people only for the sake of Deen otherwise refrain.

The Shops of Ma’rifat

Allah SWTA person generally purchases material commodities from a shop. Groceries are purchased from a supermarket; clothing from a clothing store, jewellery from a jewellery shop and so forth.

In order to obtain these material commodities, the buyer will have to give a certain amount of money in return for his goods. This is a transaction which is most common in the business world.

There is also a transaction in the spiritual world where special commodities may be purchased : The commodities of the Ma`rifat (Recognition of Allah Ta’ala), Ishq (Love for Allah Ta’ala), Qurb (Nearness to Allah Ta’ala), Nisbat (Connection with Allah) and so forth which are generously available, for all.

However these special commodities of the ‘Ma’rifat (recognition) and Ishq of Allah Ta’ala are such….Read Here

Acknowledgment of Spiritual Illnesses

yellow flowerShaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat mentions that a seeker on the path of rectification should be open regarding his spiritual illnesses with his Shaykh. It is similar to one who is physically ill, who visits the doctor and is open about his symptoms without which the doctor is unable to help.

Respected Shaykh mentioned the incident of when Hafidh Jalandari presented himself to make the pledge (Bay’at) with Hakeemul Ummat, Shaykh Ashraf Ali Thanwi (Raheemahullah). In order to avoid mentioning the list of his spiritual illnesses, he said the following words,

Aap Hakeemul ummat hein, mein mareedhul ummat hu

You are the Hakeemul ummat (the spiritual doctor of the people) and I am the Mareedhul ummat (One with the most spiritual illnesses among the people)

Every State will Pass

Ring with insA powerful king, ruler of many domains, was in a position of such magnificence that wise men were his mere employees. And yet one day he felt himself confused and called the sages to him.  He said: “I do not know the cause, but something impels me to seek a certain ring, one that will enable me to stabilize my state. I must have such a ring. And this ring must be one which, when I am unhappy, will make me joyful. At the same time, if I am happy and look upon it, I must be made sad.”

The wise men consulted one another, and threw themselves into deep contemplation. Finally, they came to a decision as to the character of this ring which would suit their king. The ring which they devised was one upon which was inscribed the legend:

This too, will pass

Source

 

For the Truthful Seekers

purple flowerSincere Words Penetrate & Illuminate Sincere Hearts

Whatever [sincerely] emerges from the heart, enters the heart. But whatever is limited to the tongue, does not go beyond the ears. Then, on penetrating the heart, it may either encounter an opposition which repels it with total rejection, as in the case of unbelievers; or an unwillingness, as with hypocrites; or a thin veil, as with sinners; or it may touch its essence and reality such that it gives rise to courage and restraint for acts [of worship], as in the case of truthful seekers [of Allah].

Ahmad Zarruq, Qawa‘id al-Tasawwuf – Taken from here