Thursday, January 31, 2008
To be just;
To be guided by wisdom;
To be patient and persevering and
To respect people.
-Shaikh Fariduddin 'Attar
There are four things, which go to point out the foolishness of a person, namely:
Not to see his own bad defects in the world;
To be in search of the defects of others;
To sow the seed of stinginess in his heart;
And inspite of it, to expect generosity.
Shaikh Fariduddin 'Attar
The greatest calamity that befall the heedless is that they are ignorant of their own faults.
"It is in supporting one another that two hands find strength. A thorny branch can only be cut if the left hand is helping. The right hand raised alone could not cut even a morsel of meat."
Thursday, January 24, 2008
"Do not cause hurt to the hearts of others dispel the disease in your heart which desires to hurt.Great benefit will come to you and bring peace into your life."-bawa muhaiyyadeen
The life of the heart is knowledge; so preserve it, The death of the heart is ignorance; so avoid it. Your best provision is true devotion; so provide it. This advice of mine is enough for you; so heed it. Ghazâlî
Do not leave the invocation of Allah (dhikr) because of your lack of presence with Allah therein, for your heedlessness of invocation is worse than your heedlessness in invocation. It may well be that He raises you from invocation with heedlessness to invocation with attentiveness, and from invocation with attentiveness to invocation with presence of heart, and from invocation with presence of heart to invocation in which there is absence — from anything besides the Invoked, ‘and that is not difficult for Allah’ [Qur’ân 14:20]. Sidi Ibn ‘AtaiIllah
Outer calmness is the reflection of inner awareness.
For every sin but the killing of Time there is forgiveness.
"A closed heart means not trusting oneself to love."
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Reason and sound logic is the root of my existence.
Love is the foundation of my existence.
Enthusiasm is the vehicle of my life.
Contemplation of Allah is my companion.
Faith is the source of my power.
Sorrow is my friend.
Knowledge is my weapon.
Patience is my clothing and virtue.
Submission to the Divine Will is my pride.
Truth is my salvation.
Worship is my habit.
And in prayer lies the coolness of my eye and my peace of mind.
-ascribed to Ali (RA)
Yearning for Allah and His meeting is like the
gentle breeze blowing upon the heart,
extinguishing the blaze of the Dunya,
Whosoever caused his heart to settle with his Lord,
shall be in a state of calm and tranquility.
-Ibn al Qayyim
O, ye people I counsel you to read the Qur'an.
Try to understand it and ponder over it.
Imbibe the teachings of the Qur'an.
Then practice what the Qur'an teaches.
-Umar ibn Al-Khattab
Friday, January 11, 2008
you will be busy with yourself then.
If you are busy with God now,
you will be with Him then.
-Abu Hamid al-Ghazali
I looked at all friends and did not find a better friend than safeguarding the tongue. I thought about all dresses, but did not find a better dress than piety. I thought about all types of wealth, but did not find a better wealth than contentment in little. I thought of all types of good deeds, but did not find a better deed than offering good advice. I looked at all types of sustenance, but did not find a better sustenance than patience.
If you want to talk to Allah,
If you want Allah to talk to you,
If those who do not possess knowledge avoid the scholarly discussions, disagreement will end.
-Abu Hamid al-Ghazali
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Dhikr of Allah is the most excellent act of Allah's servants and is stressed over a hundred times in the Holy Qur'an. It is the most praiseworthy work to earn Allah's pleasure, the most effective weapon to overcome the enemy, and the most deserving of deeds in reward. It is the flag of Islam, the polish of hearts, the essence of the science of faith, the immunization against hypocrisy, the head of worship, and the key of all success.There are no restrictions on the modality, frequency, or timing of dhikr whatsoever. The restrictions on modality pertain to certain specific obligatory acts which are not the issue here, such as Salat. The Shari`a is clear and everyone knows what they have to do. Indeed, the Prophet said that the People of Paradise will only regret one thing: not having made enough dhikr in the world! Are not those who are making up reasons to discourage others from making dhikr afraid of Allah in this tremendous matter?
The Prophet said: "If your hearts were always in the state that they are in during dhikr, the angels would come to see you to the point that they would greet you in the middle of the road." Muslim narrated it. Imam Nawawi in his Sharh sahih muslim commented on this hadith saying: "This kind of sight is shown to someone who persists in meditation (muraqaba), reflection (fikr), and anticipation (iqbal) of the next world."
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Humility is concerned with what is right.
Knowledge is not what is memorized.
Knowledge is what benefits.
Shaitan is always looking for an opening to get you.
Drive him away with dhikr.
Seek the fellowship of those who enjoy fellowship with the Lord
-Abd al-Qadir Jilani (rahimullah)
Meet people in such a manner that if you die,
they should weep for you,
and if you live,
they should long for your company
The person I like most is the one who points out my defects
Whoever does not thank people, does not thank God
-Muhammad (saaws) (tirmidhi)
"People count with self-satisfaction the number of times they have recited the name of God on their prayer beads, but they keep no beads for reckoning the number of idle words they speak"
-Abu Hamid al Ghazali
When you notice in a person some manifest act of obedience to Allah and some secret act of disobedience, you might regard the act of obedience as showing off or hypocrisy, and the disobedience as the genuine trait of that person. Justice demands otherwise
join him who cuts you off;
do good to him who does evil to you
and speak the truth even if it be against yourself
(inscriped on the Prophet's (salallahu alayhi wa sallam)sword
True devotion is for itself
not to desire heaven
nor to fear hell
Saturday, January 5, 2008
And if we come to knowledge, that is His balcony.
If we come to sleep, we are His drowsy-drunken ones.
And if we come to wakeful alertness, we are in His Hands.
If we come to weeping, we are His cloud full of raindrops.
And if we come to laughing, we are His lightning in that moment.
If we come to anger and battle, it is the reflection of His Wrath.
And if we come to peace and pardon, it is the reflection of His Love.
Mathnawi I: 1510-1513
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
it will never come your way,
but if its yours by destiny,
from you it cannot flee..
“Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves - regret for the past and fear of the future.”
“If we spend our time with regrets over yesterday, and worries over what might happen tomorrow, we have no today in which to live.”
“Procrastination usually results in sorrowful regret. Today's duties put off until tomorrow give us a double burden to bear; the best way is to do them in their proper time.”
The world is three days: As for yesterday, it has vanished, along with all that was in it. As for tomorrow, you may never see it. As for today, it is yours, so work in it.
-Hasan al Basri
Whoever follows patience, success will follow him
Don't fret about your affairs, leave it in His hands. Do you think if he wants it for you, anyone can stop it? Or if he doesnt want it for you, anyone can grant it? Don't look to anyone for your needs, for the One who created you, knows you...
Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that Faith is his twin brother...