Dr Abdul Hayy ‘Aarifi (Raheemahullah) said he made a concerted effort for years to develop correct intention of obedience to the Sunnah. Before any action he spent a few moments to ponder on the gift and bounty from Allah ta’ala and then he would say to himself that it was the practice of Allah’s beloved Messenger sallallaahu ‘aayhi wasallam to express gratitude on the bounties of Allah ta’ala. Only then would he proceed with the action in keeping with the Sunnah.
He followed this method of meditation before proceeding to eat when delicious food was placed in front of him, even if he was extremely hungry, or drinking a glass of cold water in intense thirst. When his gaze fell on his beloved child he would meditate before taking the child lovingly on his lap in keeping with the sunnah of Allah’s beloved Messenger sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam.
After a lengthy period of time this form of meditation to make an intention to act upon every Sunnah from morning till night, resulted in reaching a stage where an intention automatically came to mind. He used to say,
Deen is in reality the changing of one’s point of view. Acts which we consider worldly remain the same but they are converted to acts of worship and essential parts of Deen.
Moulana Rumi (Raheemahullah) says in one place:
The vehicle of repentance is a wonderful means of conveyance.
Within a moment it moves us from the lowliness of sin
And takes us for a tour of the celestial bodies.
And he who repents to Allah becomes Allah’s beloved,
Reaching Him, cleansed and forgiven.
One should never commit sins with this idea in mind that afterwards one is going to repent, because the ability to repent does not lie in our hands. It is possible that because of our boldness and audacity and our insulting attitude, the ability and guidance towards repentance can be taken away from us. That could mean that without repentance for sins committed, one can become and remain rejected.
The example of tawbah (repentance) is like a person saying: “This ointment is very beneficial and good for burns.” Relying on this ointment, will a person place his hand in fire? No. The ointment is to be used for accidents. Not that one should purposely burn his hand in fire and then test the ointment. Similarly, for sins and their darkness and the fire which causes damage to the heart, distances one from Allah and causes His displeasure, tawbah makes amends. Tawbah is the ointment and antidote for the wounds caused by the fire of sins. But to reckon that I am purposely going to commit sin, is just like putting your hand in the fire to test the beneficial nature of the ointment. This is foolish indeed.
One should avoid all sins, even at the cost of his life. To retain this resolute intention, one should make contact with the saints of Allah, choose a good environment and inculcate within oneself the habit of performing Zikr profusely. If in spite of all these efforts to avoid sin, due to human weakness, a sin does occur, then in such a case crying in grief
Taken from Ma-aarif-e-Mathnavi, a commentary of the Mathnavi by Shaykh Hakeem Akhtar (Raheemahullah)
Fikr (contemplation) is the lamp of the heart. In its absence, the heart will be without light. Minus fikr, the heart resembles a dark room in which there is no lamp. One does not know what lurks in that dark room in which nothing is visible. Similarly, without contemplation the reality and true nature of an object will not be fathomed.
When man contemplates, the inner nature and reality of things will be revealed to him.
He will see with open eyes (i.e. his spiritual eyes) the realities of Truth, Falsehood, the perishable nature of the world and the everlasting nature of the Hereafter. The Glory, Splendour, Power and Wrath of Allah, as well as Him being the True Benefactor will become vivid realities.
Man will also become aware of his own hidden defects, the schemes and deceptions of his nafs and that the world is the abode of futility and deception.
A lesson from Qurbani – the sacrifice of our evil desires
When the knife is placed on the throat of the sacrificial animals, at the same time we should be placing a knife over the throats of our evil desires.
When evil desires enter our hearts and the knife is placed over them the blood is going to flow and a pain will be experienced. The horizon of the heart is going to turn red with the blood of our evil desires just as the horizon turns red before the sun comes out.
Thereafter we will find the sun of the love of Allah subhaanahu wata’ala rising within the heart.
We do not wish to sacrifice the evil desires of our hearts. Instead what we do is give a bit in charity, perform a Qurbani and leave it at that. Ibraaheem ‘alayhis salaam was prepared to place the knife over the throat of his son while we cannot sacrifice our Haraam (Impermissible) desires. There is nothing but harm in Haraam which is spelt with double “a” so making it double harmful. There is no goodness in Haraam. It brings nothing but restlessness, anxiety and problems.
“Short Inspirational Audio” of Shaykh Yunus Patel (Raheemahullaah)
We should nurture within our hearts true and sincere love for Rasoolullaah صلى الله عليه وسلّم more than any other after Allah Ta’ala.
I love Rasoolullaah صلى الله عليه وسلّم
Easy to say but what proof is there?
The proof of this love is in the obedience of Rasoolullaah sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam and in remembering him by sending abundant salaat and salaam upon him.
يَا رَبِّ صَلِّ وَ سَلِّم دَائِمًا أَبَدًا عَلَى حَبِيبِكَ خَيرِ الخَلْقِ كُلِّهِمِ
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Imam Ghazali (Raheemahullah) on making effort with continuity and steadfastness:
If a tank of water is poured on a stone in one go, it will have no effect on the stone. On the other hand if the tank with the same amount of water, has a hole in it and drop by drop the water falls on the stone over a period of time, it will have an effect and wear out a hole in the stone.
Similarly, any act of obedience or refraining from disobedience has to be persevered with continuity for lasting effect.
Shaykh Muhammad Zakariyya (Raheemahullah) once recited the following couplet:
It is easy to repay ill-treatment with ill-treatment. However, a true man is he who shows good character to those who show him ill-treatment.
Hazrat Shaykh (Raheemahullah) thereafter mentioned:
Allah Ta’ala has mentioned in the Qur’aan Majeed,
“Whoever adopts patience and forgives, then that is definitely from the acts of great determination and courage.”
The Hadith mentions, “Join ties with those who sever ties, forgive those who oppress you, and show kind treatment to those who treat you badly.”
This couplet, which our seniors have extracted its meaning from the Qur’aan and Hadith, is such that if a person practises on it, he will surely enjoy peace and tranquillity in both this world and the next. [Suhbat Baa Awliyaa pg. 93-94 – Ihyaauddeen.co.za]
Do not let the chains of desire (Nafs & Shaytaan) bind you to the Dunya whilst restraining your soul from pursuing Jannah. Do not allow Shaytaan be an anchor and halt your spiritual journey. Raise the sails of Imaan to reach the beautiful shores of Jannah.
A sinful desire is like a rose from afar, we get allured by its fragrance, become blinded by its beauty, and overlook the thorns.
May Allah ta’ala make our hearts the throne upon where our Imaan will sit, and let it rule over our Nafs (desires) before it tries to enslave us…
Excerpt taken from here
To explain what love is, Shaykh Shibli (raheemahullah) said:
Muhabbah [love] is called muhabbah because it erases everything from the heart except the Beloved
Shaykh Zulfiqar Naqshbandi in his book “Love for Allah”
Allah Ta‘ala loves the one who confesses his wrongs and mistakes. Our father Sayyiduna Adam (‘alaihis salaam) taught us this lesson. When he committed the mistake, he admitted his wrong and repeated the words “رَبَّنا ظَلَمنا أَنفُسَنا”.
On the other hand, Shaytaan displayed arrogance and an attitude of haughtiness which earned him the eternal curse of Allah Ta’ala.
Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee