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Proper Understanding

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Whoever wants to have everlasting peace and well-being with no affliction does not understand the meaning of Allaah’s commandments, nor does he perceive the meaning of submission to Allaah. Every soul (either believing or disbelieving) shall inevitably taste suffering in this world, for this life is based on hardships. Man lives between comfort and suffering.

‘Ibn al-Jawzi’

Be in the Dunya..

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“And be in the dunya a lover of the Messenger of Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, concerned with exalting his sunnah that he may intercede on your behalf in the hereafter. For he has an intercession that precedes the intercession of all of the prophets in which he asks Allah to relieve those who committed major sins.

And have a multitude of righteous friends, for every believer will have an intercession. And don’t be deluded into procrastination and think that to be hope! For whoever hopes for something (sincerely) seeks it. ”

-Ibn Al-Jawzi

Death and the Advice of Imam Al Qurtubi

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Think, O’ you who are deceived by this world, of death and its agonies, how difficult and bitter a cup it is. What a true promise death is! How fair a judge it is!Death is enough to fill the heart with fear and the eyes with tears, to separate people, destroy pleasure and put an end to all worldly hopes. Have you given any thought,

O’ son of Adam, to the day when you will die and will be taken out of your place? When you will move from spaciousness (of this world) to the confines (of the grave), when friends and loved ones will let you down, and brothers and friends will desert you?When you will be taken from your bed and placed in a hole in the ground, and instead of a soft blanket you will be covered with dust and earth?

O’ gatherer of wealth, O’ industrious builder, by Allah you will have nothing left of your possessions except shrouds, and even they will be destroyed and will vanish as your body disintegrates and turns to dust. Where is the wealth that you amassed? Will it save you from these terrors? No indeed, you have left it behind for those who will not praise you, and you have come with your burdens (of sin) to One Who will not excuse you. 

Imagine yourself, O’ you who have been deceived by this world, when the agony of death and stupor of death overwhelms you, and you start moaning in the throes of death.There will some who will say, ‘So and so has made a will, and his wealth has been calculated,’ others will say, ‘So and so can no longer speak, he does not recognise his neighbours and he does not speak to his brothers.’ It is as if I can see you listening to these words and unable respond.

Imagine yourself, O’ son of Adam, being taken from your bed to the place where your body will be washed and shrouded, and being forsaken by your family and neighbours, wept over by your friends and brothers.Imagine the one who has washed your body saying, ‘Where is the wife of So and so to forgive him? Where are the orphans? Your father has left you and you will never see him again after this day.’ Where is the wealth that you have gathered and prepared for hardship and terror? There is no money in your hand when you are dying. The wealth and pride that you enjoyed have been replaced with humiliation and poverty.What has become of you,

O prisoner of your burdens, O’ you who have been taken away from your family and your home?  What was it that concealed the right path from you, and caused you to have no interest in making provision for your long journey and time of difficulty?Did you not know,

O’ you who were deceived by this world, that this journey to the Day of intense horror was inevitable, when the time spent gossip would be to no avail?That is the Day when you are standing before the Sovereign, the Judge, and the blows struck by your hands, the places where feet took you, the words uttered by your tongue, the actions of all your limbs and faculties, will be counted against you.If Allah has mercy on you, you will go to Paradise, otherwise you will go to the Fire of Hell.

O’ negligent one who ignores these matters, how long will this negligence last? How long will you delay? O you think that the issue is insignificant? Do you think that the matter is easy? Do you think that your situation will help you when it is time for you to depart? Or that your wealth will save you when your actions condemn you? Or that your regret will help you when your feet are slipping? Or that your friends will show you any sympathy when you are gathered (for judgement)?No, by Allah, you are wrong in your thinking, and you will inevitably come to know the reality. You are not content with enough, you never have your fill of that which is haram, you do not listen to lessons, you are not deterred by warnings.You persist in following desires and you go about your life without guidance. You are happy with the things that you have accumulated but you do not think what lies ahead.

O’ you who are sleeping unaware, wandering without guidance, for how long will the neglect last? Do you think you will be left alone and let off, and that you will not brought to account tomorrow? Or do you think that death can be bribed? Or do you think that death distinguishes between gazelle and lion? No, by Allah, wealth and sons can never ward off death from you. Nothing can benefit those who will be forgiven except righteous deeds. So good news to those who listen and understand, who practise what they preach, and are deterred from following their whims and desires, those who know that the victor is the one who pays heed, and that man will have he has striven for.So wake up from this negligence, and make righteous deeds the provision with which you equip yourselves. Do not wish to attain the status of the righteous when you are weighted down with the burden (of sin), doing immoral deeds, when Allah is watching you even when you are alone.Do not be so deceived by hopes and wishes that you neglect to strive.

One poet said,
 Take provision from this life to help yourself in the Hereafter.Strive for the sake of Allah and do good deeds.     
Do no accumulate too much in this world,     
For that accumulation will eventually diminish.     
Would you like to accompany people     
Who have provision when you do not?”
Source: Tadhkirat Al Qurṭubī

Doing Without The Pleasures of This World

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Doing Without The Pleasures Of This World
Living simply means that you should
restrain your desire for worldly things in
the hope of receiving something better
instead.
In order to achieve this more easily you
should first realise that the things which
people yearn for in this world are in fact
worthless when compared with what we
hope for in the next world.
If we know that what Allaah has will
remain and that the life to come is better
and more lasting, then we realise that
this world is really like a piece of ice left
out in the sun – it soon melts and
vanishes.
The akhirah (after life), however,
essentially never vanishes.
The desire one has to exchange this life
for the one to come is strengthened by the
certainty that there is no comparison
between this life and the next. As Allaah,
the Exalted said; “And they are happy
with the life of this world,but the life of
this world is small comfort compared to
the next world.” [Qur’an 13:26]
It has been related by Ibn Sahl ibn Sa’ad
that the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa
sallaam) said: “Had the world been worth
even the wing of a gnat to Allah, He would
not have even given a drink of water
from it to a Kafir (disbeliever)” [Sahih
Gharib, at-Tirmidhi, Kitab Az Zuhd,
6/611]
Living simply means turning away from
the things of this world because they are
so worthless. You do not bother with them
and remain detached for them.
Yunus Ibn Maisarah said, “Being
detached from this world does not mean
that you should forbid what Allah has
permitted, nor that you should squander
money. Rather,it is a state in which you
are more certain of what is in the hand
of Allaah than you are of what is in your
hands. Your state in misfortune is the
same as your state at other times; your
attitude towards those who quite rightly
criticise you and those who quite rightly
praise you is the same.
Abu Hazim Az Zahid was asked, “What is
your wealth?” He said. “Two kinds of
wealth dispel all fear of poverty: trust in
Allaah and not being attached to what
people have.”
He was asked, “Don’t you fear poverty?”
He said, “How am I fear poverty when my
Lord owns all that is in the heavens and
on earth and all that is between them
and all that is beneath the ground?”
He also said, the one who is content is the
one who lives simply, and it is he who is
rich. The one who has attained real faith,
who trusts in Allaah, and is content with
what He provides for him, and remains
unattached to the creation, out of fear
and hope-and by so doing finds that
pursuing worldly gains is not worthwhile
has attained the benefits of simplicity. He
is the richest of people, even though he
may not possess a thing in the world.”
As Ammar said, “Death is the teacher
enough, true faith is wealth enough, and
worship is action enough.”
Ibn Masud said, “True belief is not trying
to pleasure people by doing things which
would bring Allah’s displeasure on you:not
envying anyone for what Allaah has given
him; and not blaming anyone for what
Allaah has not given you. For Allaah’s
provision is not attracted simply by a
man’s being careful, nor is it defected by
another man’s malice. Allaah, with His
Justice, Omniscience and Wisdom, has
made delight and joy the Companions of
Faith and contentment of distrust and
dissatisfaction.”
Ali (radiallaahu `anhu) said, “Whoever
lives simply in this world find misfortunes
easy to endure.”
Some of the predecessors used to say, “If
it were not for the misfortunes of this
world,we would arrive in the next world
completely destitute.”
Ibn Masud said, “True faith is not trying
to please other people by doing things
which are displeasing to Allaah.”
Allaah has praised those who fight in His
way, without worrying the opinion of
others.
A righteous man once told, “You do
without much more than I do.”
The man replied, “It is you who are more
extreme in this, for I deny myself things
in a life which will not last and whose
rewards are uncertain, while you have
denied yourself the Akhira. No one could
be more extreme in their doing without
this.”
Al-Hassan al Basri said, “I have known
people and kept company with groups who
neither rejoiced when the things of this
would came to them, nor grieved when
they lost anything in this world. The life
of this world was more insignificant to
them than dust. One of them might live
for a year or for sixty years without even
having a garment that would extremely
cover him, and without ever having
anything that would come between him
and the ground,and without even having
any food that he could ask to be
prepared for him in his home.
When night came, they would be in their
feet,with their foreheads flat against the
earth, tears rolling down their
cheeks,secretly calling on Allaah to save
them on the Day of Judgement. If they
did something good, they never stopped
being grateful for it, and were always
asking Allaah to accept it. If they did
something bad, they would be saddened
by it,and would keep asking Allaah to
forgive them for it. By Allah,they were
not safe from wrong actions,and were
saved only by their constant turning in
repentance. May Allaah be pleased with
them.”
Source: The Purification of the Soul,
compiled from the works of: Ibn Rajab
al-hanbali, Ibn al-Quayyin al-Jawziyya,
and Abu Hamid al- Gazali, Collected and
arranged by Ahmad Farid|

A Reminder to Ourselves First