Polish for the Oxidized Heart

Quran and tasbeehIbn Qayyim al-Jawziyya (Raheemahullah) said in his book, Al-Wabil as-Sa’ib, p. 52,

There is no doubt that the heart oxidizes, just as copper and silver oxidize. Its polishing is the dhikr (Remembrance of Allah ta’ala), which will make it like a white mirror. The oxidation of the heart is due to heedlessness and sin. Its polishing is by means of two actions: repentance and dhikr. If someone’s heart is cloudy, the reflections of images will be unclear, he will see falsehood as truth and truth in the image of falsehood (batil). When there is too much oxidization on the heart, the heart will be darkened, and in the darkness the images of the Truth and Reality never appear. The best way to polish it is through Dhikrullah.

The Alchemy of Tassawuf: Turning Thorns into Roses

roses-with-thornsA believer with bad character is like a thorn troubling people whilst a believer with good character is like a rose; he gives fragrance to all those around him.

The alchemy of scientists is to turn dust into gold. The alchemy of the Mashaaikh is to turn thorns into roses.

If you plant a thorn in the ground nothing grows. In a Khanqah (Spiritual retreat where the Mashaikh help people with reformation), thorns come (Meaning people with bad character in need of islaah/spiritual reformation) and these thorns which stay in a Khanqah with Ikhlaas (Sincerity) grow into roses.

From the Majlis of Shaykh Dawood Seedat here

Has not the Time arrived for Hearts to Change?

Allah - pink heartFudhail Ibn Ayyaadh (Raheemahullah), a sinner and highway robber who plundered passing caravans had his heart pierced one night when he and his band were about to enter a house with the aim of looting it. As they stood on the enclosing boundary wall, they heard the voice of the saint who resided there reciting the Qur’an in Tahjjud Salaah (Optional prayer of the night).

The verse that was instrumental in piercing his heart on the spot and attracting him to Allah Ta’ala was:

Has the time not arrived for the believers, that their hearts melt with fear, by the remembrance of Allah Ta’ala? [Al Hadeed 57:16]

He was immediately wounded with these words for the time of repentance had arrived and with his repentance and mending his ways he reached sainthood of a high calibre.

Taken from “Manifestations of Allah’s Attraction” by Shaykh Hakeem Akhtar (Raheemahullah)


Only Sincere Seekers will find Him

allah-png-21And He guides towards Himself, one who inclines towards Him. [Ash Shura 42;13]

Hakeem ul Ummah Shaykh Ashraf Ali Thanwi (Raheemahullah) took an oath;

I swear by Allah Ta’ala that one who sincerely strives in search of Allah Ta’ala with all his heart will definitely find Him. Only that person will not find Allah Ta’ala who did not have a heartfelt longing and desire for Him.

Imam Fakhruddeen Razi (Raheemahullah) while explaining this verse in his Tafseer-e-Kabeer, cites a hadith-e-Qudsi,

“Who draws nearer to Me a hands span, I will draw nearer to him an arm’s length, and if he draws nearer to Me an arm’s length, I will draw nearer to him a fathom length, and if he comes to Me walking, I will rush to him at (great) speed” [Bukhari & Muslim]

From “Tajalliat-e-Jazb” by Shaykh Hakeem Akhtar (Raheemahullah)

No Fear & no Grief on the Friends of Allah

roseAllah ta’ala says:

أَلَا إِنَّ أَوْلِيَاءَ اللَّهِ لَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ

Lo! verily the friends of Allah are (those) on whom fear (cometh) not, nor do they grieve.[Qur’an 10:62]


إِنَّ الَّذِينَ قَالُوا رَبُّنَا اللَّهُ ثُمَّ اسْتَقَامُوا فَلَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ

“Indeed, those who have said, ‘Our Lord is Allah’, and then remained on a right course – there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve.” [Quran 46:13]

Shaykh Zufiqar Naqshbandi explains:

Khauf refers to fear from an outside source whereas huzn is fear from within, and Allah says that His Friends the Auliyaa of Allah ta’ala are protected from both of these kinds through His Mercy. This special status is only reserved for these honored people, whom Allah ta’ala defines as:

“Those who believe and guard against evil” (10:63)

Allah ta’ala further specifies the rewards of His Auliyaa:

“For them are glad tidings in the life of the present and the Hereafter” (10:64)

Allah ta’ala honours His decisions and promises. Hence, people should practice taqwa in order that they enter into such an honoured category of people such as the Auliyaa.



Outward Display of Humility while Pride lurks within

islamic_design_by_lunabyss-d21f2l0Pride and arrogance come in many forms. One manifestation of pride which is not easily recognisable, takes the outward form of humility: some people feel the need to outwardly display humility while within they actually think highly of themselves for doing so.

People who are genuinely humble do not have a high opinion of themselves, but truly believe themselves insignificant and humble. An analogy will help us understand what true humbleness is.

Imagine a sleeping person: while fast asleep he does not know that he is asleep; it is only after waking up that he realises that he had been asleep. Likewise, a person who is humble does not feel that he is being humble; his behaviour is naturally full of humbleness without him knowing it.

Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat

Why Torment the Heart with Jealousy?

wood_burning_fire_closeupIt is mentioned in a Hadeeth: “Beware of jealousy, for verily it destroys good deeds the way fire destroys wood.”

Allah ta’ala in His Infinite Wisdom which we, with our limited intelligence, cannot comprehend, distributes amongst mankind of His bounties.

Therefore, why burn the heart over someone else’s gifts, fortunes and possessions. Harbouring jealousy in the heart only harms the one who is jealous, ruins his peace of mind, torments his heart, and destroys his own good deeds.

Mawlana Shah Muhammad Ahmed (Raheemahullah) aptly conveyed the reality of jealousy in his poetry;

“Why are you burning yourself in the fire of jealousy?
Why are you walking towards the Fire of Hell?
Are you unhappy with the distribution made by
Allah, Himself?
Why are you rubbing the palms of your hands in deep regret?”

Shaykh Yunus Patel (Raheemahullah)

Beware of Claiming Greatness

al-MutakabbirWhen anyone makes the claim that he is great, he inevitably faces humiliation and ruin.

Allah Ta’ala said:

Pride is My cloak and Greatness is My garment; so whoever competes with Me regarding these two will be thrown into the Hellfire [Sunan Abu Daud]

Take a lesson from the tree:

When laden with fruit, the branches bend in humility. If they have to show their “greatness” they will snap or break.

Similarly, when a slave of Allah Ta’ala tries to show his greatness and independence, he ‘breaks’…

Full article here

Remember Allah & He will Remember you

flowersAs is mentioned in the Glorious Qur’an, the Dhikr (Remembrance) of Allah Ta’ala causes one’s mention in the court of Allah Ta’ala.

فَاذْكُرُونِي أَذْكُرْكُمْ

” Remember Me, and I will remember you.” (2:152)

Sufi Abu Uthman once claimed that he knew the time when Allah remembered His servants. The listeners grew curious as to how he could determine this. He replied,

According to the promise made in the Holy Qur’an, when a Muslim remembers Allah, He too remembers him, and thus everyone can know for himself that as soon as he turns to Allah and remembers Him, Allah too remembers him

Entranced by the Burning Light

moth_to_flame_4b6af4abe4fadWritten by a dear friend:

Yesterday the electricity vanished. Naturally, a candle was lit.

As I stared at the candle I noticed a moth began a frantic flight around the flame until it finally flew right into the fire and perished. I was suddenly reminded of something small I wrote a year or two ago.

Oh Allah!

Let me be the similitude of a moth

Ever entranced by the burning light

Always returning, always coming closer

Until finally consumed by that very light