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
The degree of Ihsaan is beyond both Imaan and Islaam and is reserved only for the select and for the elect; those who are truly close to Allah سبحانه وتعالى.
They are those whose ibad’ah (worship), awareness of Allah عز وجل and ma’rifah (cognisance) of Allah is not just limited to ritualistic prayer or to ritualistic remembrance with the tongue. Rather, their belief, faith, and devotion to Allah rests securely in their hearts, and is reflected in their limbs and organs, in their external application of religion and most importantly it permeates their whole body and their very being.
So for them ihsaan (i.e. to worship Allah in a manner as though they see Him) is not just in the heart or the mind but their whole condition is one of ihsaan.
Truly that is a lofty degree to which all of us should aspire but we should realise at the same time that it is not easily gained and it requires determination, devotion, perseverance and sacrifice.
Shaykh Abu Yusuf Riyadh ul Haq (Full post here. Explanation of Ihsaan here.)
Like the needle of the compass faces North when at rest, so the heart of the Mu’min faces in the direction of Allah Ta’ala’s obedience and pleasure. In the obedience of Allah Ta’ala do we find our peace, contentment and happiness.
When a compass is moved or shaken, we observe how the needle is disturbed and begins to move restlessly this way and that way – as if agitated. When it is placed down, it continues to move about until finally it finds its rest in the direction of North.
SubhanAllah! We should take lesson from this.
When the heart of a Mu’min is shaken with sins, with disobedience to Allah Ta’ala, then the heart’s Sukoon is disturbed. The heart is in a state of restlessness and anxiety until the person sincerely repents. On sincere Taubah, the heart settles back in Allah Ta’ala’s pleasure and once again enjoys its Sukoon (tranquility).
Shaykh Yunus Patel (Raheemahullah)
Just as water brings about life, so too do the blessings of Ramadhaan bring life to the soul.
Once it is stored in the soul, fulfilling the orders of Allah Ta‘ala in the remaining months of the year become easy.
It is preserved by protecting the inlets to the soul from sins, i.e. the eyes, ears and tongue.
Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee
The reality of arrogance (kibr) is to deliberately consider one’s self superior to others in religious or worldly achievements in a manner that reflects that others are inferior.
Arrogance will cause a person to be driven away from the signs of Allah [See Quran 7:146].
Ibn Zukri said,
As long as a person is arrogant, his heart will not submit to truth, nor accept it, nor benefit from it.
Abdullah 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.
A 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