Actions great & small

hadith-actions-and-intentionsAbdullah ibn al-Mubarak (Raheemahullah) said,

How often it is that a small action is made great by its intention, and a great action is made small by its intention.

Be dust before thou art turned into dust

river with stonesA company of vagabonds met a dervish, spoke insulting words to him, struck him and otherwise molested him; whereon he complained to his superior and explained the case. He replied:

‘My son, the patched frock of dervishes is the garment of resignation and who, wearing it, cannot bear injuries is a pretender not entitled to the frock.’

A large river will not become turbid from stones. The Arif who feels aggrieved is shallow water yet. If he injures thee, bear it Because pardon will purify thee from sin. O brother, as the end is dust, be dust before thou art turned into dust.

Gulistan of Sa’di


Become a Pearl


Fame without acceptance in the Court of Allāh ta’ala is like a bubble, which despite floating free on the surface of the water is likely to burst and disappear at any time.

By adopting taqwā a person becomes like a pearl which, though it lies unseen at the bottom of the sea, will one day be worthy of gracing the crowns of kings.

Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat (Words to Treasure)

Which group do you wish to belong to?

flowers070Spiritually, in this world as well as the next, there will always only be three kinds of people; The very good ones, the very bad ones and those in between.

In Surah Waqiáh, Allah Ta’ala categorizes the population of the hereafter as follows:

(1) The forerunners (As-Sabiqoon) – the elite.

(2) The people of the right (As-haabul Yameen) – the moderate ones.

(3) And the people of the left (As-haabush Shimaal) – the evil people.

Which group do you wish to belong to?

The Supreme Type of Fasting

ramadan-kareem-calligraphy_1057-839According to Imam Al-Ghazali there are three types of fasting:

One is of the average Muslim (one who submits to the Will of Allah Almighty), he fasts only from food, drink, and marital relations.

The second is the fasting of the Mu’min (believer) – he fasts from everything that is forbidden – bad language, bad thoughts, looking at bad things, listening to bad things, etc.

The third and most supreme type of fasting:

It is that of the Muhsin (one who has perfected his faith in Allah Almighty) – and this is fasting from everything other than Allah. To such a person, a Knower of Allah, nothing in the world exists besides Allah. Wherever he looks, he sees Allah, whenever he thinks, he thinks of Allah!

Good Character

akhlaqHazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

People have a misunderstanding of tasawwuf and therefore feel it to be difficult, whereas it is something which is manageable for every believer. One of the main aspects in tasawwuf is good character.

Good character could be defined thus,

Conducting oneself in a way that is pleasing to the Creator and to the creation.

If a person parks his car incorrectly and blocks the musjid driveway to get the virtue of the first takbeer, this is not good character, because although outwardly he has pleased the Creator, he has displeased the creation by inconveniencing them. Good character is the foundation of spiritual progress.

Anyone who adopts the character of Nabi  صلى الله عليه وسلّم  will be honoured and receive respect. Even if a disbeliever adopts good character, he will earn respect among people in this world.

O Allah! Make us of Your ‘few’ servants!

design creamWhen ‘Umar bin al-Khattab radhiyallaahu `anhu was walking in the market, he passed by a man who was supplicating,

“O Allah, make us of Your ‘few’ servants! O Allah make us of Your ‘few’ servants!”

‘Umar radhiyallaahu `anhu asked him, “Where did you get this du`a from?” And the man said, “Allah in His Book said:

‘And few of My servants are grateful.’ [Qur’an 34:13]

‘Umar radhiyallaahu `anhu wept and admonished himself, “The people are more knowledgeable than you, O ‘Umar! O Allah make us of Your ‘few’ servants.”

ابن أبي شيبة في مصنفه  Ibn Abi Shayba’s Musannaf   332/10 (Narrated by the Tabiee Ibrahim Taimi)

Compilation of other such verses which mention a “few” HERE


The leaf sinks and the stone floats

stone on waterSuch is the state of those whose hearts are entrenched with the Being of Allah ta’ala, that He comes to mind no matter what statements others make!

One early morning an old woman recited a few words as she grinded some corn,

“See the trick played by the river, the leaf sinks and the stone floats”

Shah Abdul Quddus Gangohi (Raheemahullaah) heard them and went into a state of ecstasy/rapture as the old woman’s words reminded him of verses in the Qur’an [Surah Al-Qaari’ah 6-9]:

“Then, as for him whose scales are heavy (with good works), he will live a pleasant life. But as for him whose scales are light, the Bereft and Hungry One will be his mother.”

A leaf being light, should float and a stone being heavy, should sink.

Whosoever’s weight (in the scales) will be heavy, will float away into Jannah (Paradise). But whosoever’s weight will be light, will sink into Jahannam (Hell)

Adapted from Majlis-e-Maseehulummat by Shaykh Ismail Mangera

Delight & Enjoyment in Dhikr

laa-ilaah illallaah-colourThis is about an incident of a saint who went into a state of ecstasy on overhearing a child’s words.

A child demanded to accompany his father to the bazar. The father gave in to his persistence and picked him up. The mother scolded the child saying he had no mercy on his aged father. At this the child said, “Amma! Besides him who else do I have?”

What flashed in the mind of the saint at the child’s words was,

Laa-ilaaha illallaah! There is only Him! In the whole world there is no other deity, no other objective, no other existence, no other presence, no other object of love, besides Him!

The ecstasy the saint felt was the result of the condition of his heart! His vision was directed to Laa-ilaaha illallaah! So when making dhikr of Laa-ilaaha illallaah with the above concept, see how much delight and enjoyment you find in your dhikr, then see what is produced in your heart!

From Majlis-e-Maseehulummat by Shaykh Ismail Mangera

Real Piety

flying_birdsRābi‘ah Baṣriyah (rahmatullahi alayhaa) used to say,

People think that a friend of Allāh ta’ala is one who can  fly in the sky, walk on water or perform other supernatural feats.

Birds fly in the air, fish swim in the water, yet that does not make them of an exceptional status or beloved to Allāh ta’ala!

In reality, one attains the special friendship of Allāh ta’ala by practising Dīn in its entirety.

Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat