Similarly, when you say something that hurts someone’s emotions and feelings, your words disappear, but the pain in the heart remains for a long time.
When a person resolves to become a special friend of Allāh ta’ala, Shayṭān responds by making him sin in an attempt to convince him that he cannot achieve his goal. When this happens:
Counter the assault of Shayṭān with tawbah and then continue towards your goal.
Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat
You should know that the duty to the Book of Allah (The Qur’an) entails practicing on its injunctions, be they commands or prohibitions, fearing its warnings, having hope in its promises, believing in its allegorical verses and taking admonition from its parables.
If you do this, you would have come out of the pitch darkness of ignorance towards the light of knowledge, and from the torment of doubts to the comfort of conviction
Allah jalllajalaaluhu says;
ٱللَّهُ وَلِىُّ ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ يُخْرِجُهُم مِّنَ ٱلظُّلُمَٰتِ إِلَى ٱلنُّورِ
Allah is the helper of the Believers, He removes them from the pit of darkness towards light
From “The Sunnah way of the Sufis”
My body still has its four limbs
My head is still attached to my neck
I have no gaping wounds to show
My blood still travels within the confines of my body
But Oh Allah!
See this heart of mine
Once it was black like burnt out coal
See the stabs I endured as I kept away from sins
See the scars that remain from the tyranny of others
See the blood covering and dripping off my once blackened heart
My body was not able to fight against your enemies
But my heart valiantly fought against nafs and shaytaan
Accept this heart which injured itself in Your Love and Obedience
For in the end it is the state of my martyred heart which is all I have to show before You in Your Court
From Sudoku’s blog (sunniforum.com)
The allegory of belief (Imaan) is that of a land that has five walls.
Al-Hajjawi said in its commentary: It is said that the allegory of belief is that of a land that has five walls. The first wall [the innermost wall] made from gold, the second from silver, the third from iron, the forth from cooked clay [aajurr], and the fifth [the outermost wall] from brick. As long as the people of the brick wall are diligent in protecting the brick, the enemy does not aspire [destroying] the second; but if they neglect this [brick wall], they will aspire for the second and then the third, until they demolish all of the walls.
And like belief [Imaan] has five walls: certainty, then sincerity, then performing what is obligatory, then the recommended [sunan], and then refined behavior [aadab].
As long as one holds to and is diligent with having refined behavior, Satan does not scheme [to destroy] him. But if one forsakes refined behavior, Satan aspires to [destroying] the recommended works, then the obligatory, then sincerity, and then certainty.
Sheikh `Abd al-Qadir al-Jaylani (taken from Qibla.com)
Once Khwaja Azizul Hasan (Raheemahullah) asked Shaykh Thãnwi (Raheemahullah);
“How will a person know that he has attained sainthood and has established a link with Allah? Will he realise that he has actually established a firm link with Allah? Will he perceive that Allah has entered his heart?”
Shaykh Thãnwi (Raheemahullah) replied,
“When you attained puberty (buloogh) did you realise it? Did you have to ask your friends, ’O friends! Tell me, have I attained puberty?” Shaykh Thãnwi (Raheemahullah) then explained;
Likewise, when a person devotes some time in the company of the Ahlullah (saints), engaging in Zikrullah and abstaining from sins, his soul reaches puberty. A different life enters in him. His heart becomes filled with the love of Allah and he perceives the special spiritual warmth and closeness of Allah.
Taken from “Tarbiyatus Saalikeen” – ITA
It 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
When 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.
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
Regarding 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