Archive for December, 2007

I shall not Complain

I shall not complain

I shall not complain to anyone or expect grace from anyone
other than God, so help me God.

O Lord, my heart is plagued with troubles.

I shall not complain to anyone other than You, even if the seas
complain of dryness.

My spirit is free in the heavens, while my body is overpowered
by chains.

Praise God, who has granted me patience in times of adversity
and gratitude in times of gladness.

Praise God, who placed a garden and an orchard in my bosom,
so they will be with me always.

Praise God, who has granted me faith and made me a Muslim.

Praise God, Lord of the world.

[Poems from Guantánamo: The Detainees Speak ]

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A man once went to Rabiah bint Ismail Al-Adawiyyah, who was known by the titles, ‘Mother of Goodness,’ and ‘The famous worshiper.’

He said, “Indeed, I have perpetrated a great number of sins. If I repent, do you think that Allah will accpet my repentance?”

She said, “Woe unto you! Do you not see that He invites those who turn away from Him; then why wouldnt He accept the repentance of those who turn towards Him?”

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Lions in the Cage

Lions in the Cage
Ustad Badruzzaman Badr

Poems from Guantánamo: The Detainees Speak

In the name of Allaah, the Beneficiant, the Most Merciful,
a poem written in Camp Delta, Guantanamo, Cuba

We are heroes of the time
We are the proud youth
We are the hairy lions

We live in the stories now
We live in the epics
We live in the public hearts (ll.1-6)

The Chief of the White Palace
Like other sinful chiefs
Cannot see our patience here.

The whirlpool of our tears
Is moving fast toward him.
No one can endure the power of this flood

It mostly happens, in these cages,
That the stars at midnight
Bring good news –

That we will surely succeed,
And the world will wait for us,
The Caravan of Badr.

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Ten Days

Ibn ‘Abbas (radiAllahu anhu) reported that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said:
“There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days.” The people asked, “Not even jihad for the sake of Allah?” He said, “Not even jihad for the sake of Allah except in the case of a man who went out to fight giving himself and his wealth up for the cause, and came back with nothing.(i.e. he is martyred)”.


Ibn Umar reported that the Prophet (SallaAllahu alaihi wasalim) said: “There are no days greater in the sight of Allaah and in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Him than these ten days, so during this time recite a great deal of Tahleel (Lailaha illAllah) Takbeer and Tahmeed.”

The Prophet(sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) has said, “One fast during these days is equal to the fasting of one complete year, and the worship of one night during this period is equal to the worship in the “Lailatul-Qadr”.


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On Overcoming Shaytaan

If anyone desires that Satan should not have power over him, let him strengthen his faith (iman), his trust (tawakkul), and his servantship before God by expressions of neediness, of seeking refuge with God, and of soliciting His protection.

God has said:

“He [Satan] has no power over those who believe and who put their trust in their Lord.” [Q. 16:99]
“For thou hast no power over My servants.” [Q. 15:42]
“Whenever incitement from Satan arouses you, seek refuge with God.” [Q. 7:200]

Faith is strengthened by thanksgiving for graces, endurance under trial, and contentment with the divine decree. Trust is strengthened by parting company with the lower self (hijran al-nafs), forgetting men, depending on the Sovereign or the True One, and persistence in invoking God in the dhikr.

God has said,

“O you who believe, when you encounter a body of soldiers, stand firm, make frequent mention of God that you may be successful.” [Q. 8:45].

Servantship (‘ubudiya) is strengthened by persisting in neediness, impotence, weakness, and lowliness before God. The opposites of these are the attributes of lordship, and what have you to do with them? So hold fast to your attributes while depending on the attributes of God. Then say, as an expression of genuine neediness, “O Sufficient One, whom has the needy but Thee?” As an expression of weakness say, “O Powerful One, whom has the weak but Thee?”

On the carpet of lowliness, you should say, “O Exalted One, whom has the lowly but Thee?” You will obtain the favourable response as if it were subservient to your authority. Ask God to help you and practise endurance, for God is with the ones who endure.

For the one who is a chronic sufferer from the gnawing of physical appetite (shahwa), who is subservient to his passion (hawa), whose self (nafs) is not conducive to his finding release, and who is defeated beyond possibility of becoming free, servantship consists of two things.

One is the acknowledgement of the favours from God in the religious faith and the divine unity that He has bestowed on him, as He has endeared these to him and made them objects of beauty in his heart, and has rendered reprehensible to him those things that are the contrary, such as disbelief and the acts of perversion and disobedience. So you should say,

“My Lord, Thou hast bestowed these upon me and Thou hast called me rashid (walking in the right way). So how can I despair of Thee when Thou dost provide for me by Thy grace, even though I be one who lags behind? I entreat Thee to receive me, even though I go astray.”

The second thing is seeking refuge in God and standing in need of Him continually. You should say, “Save, save, deliver me, and rescue me.”

There is absolutely no other way for one whom the decrees have overpowered and severed from servantship directed uniquely by God, except these two things. If he fails in the practice of both of these, wretchedness will result and estrangement [from God] will be inevitable. From this, let us take refuge with God

extracts from ibn al-Sabbagh’s Durrat al-Asrar wa Tuhfat al-Abrar

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He said: “If you desire the good of this world and the next, the blessing of pardon and mercy, deliverance from the Fire, entrance into the Garden, give up disobedience toward God and abide strictly by the command of God, for God loves those who put their trust in Him.”

Someone said to him, “Explain to me how to trust in God, how to seek His protection and How to ask His help.” He replied:

“If anyone clings to anything, trusts in it, relies upon it, or stays himself upon anything except God, he is not one who trusts. Trusting is the resting of the heart, the lower self, mind, spirit, inner soul, and external and internal parts upon God to the exclusion of every thing except Him, and seeking protection with God, clinging to Him, going to Him for shelter, and doing so from necessity.
So be careful to seek protection with God lest you see any power of your own, will, judgement or resolve in anything, upon anthing, from anything or for anything. Then, as for seeking help with God, one should not take knowledge as a means, or the author of knowledge as a means, or a knowledge of the First and the Last. But submerge everything in the divine knowledge, power, will, and word as they submerged this world in the next, the next in preeternity, the preeternity in the decree (hukm), and the decree in the eternal knowledge (al-‘ilm al-azali).
As for giving up (hijran) disobedience, give up until you forget. Real giving up is forgetting the thing given up. This is in the image of perfection. If you have not reached that point, then give up disobedience with struggling and fighting, for He will not allow those who perform good works to lose their reward.
If ayone would abide strictly by the command of God, let him do it by rememberance, reflection, promptness, and submission to the command of God. Whenever some fault, deficiency, diversion, or act of forgetfulness befalls you, seek pardon of God for wrong done to yourself and for your evil conduct through your great ignorance, for if anyone commits evil or wrongs himself and then seeks pardon of God, he will find God to be forgiving and merciful.

– extracts from ibn al-Sabbagh’s Durrat al-Asrar wa Tuhfat al-Abrar

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Ten Advice

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith Hadith 61 Narrated by Mu’adh ibn Jabal

Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) instructed me to do ten things saying:

1. Do not associate anything with Allah even if you are killed and burnt on that account.

2. Don’t be disobedient to your parents even if they command you to abandon your family and your property.

3. Do not deliberately neglect to observe a prescribed prayer for he who neglects the prescribed prayer deliberately will become out of the protection of Allah.

4. Do not drink wine for it is the height of every obscenity.

5. Shun evil, for with evil there descends the wrath of Allah.

6. Beware of running away from the battle-field even if the people perish.

7. And when the death overtakes the people (in a plague or disaster) and you are one amongst them, show steadfastness.

8. Spend on your children according to your means.

9. Do not refrain from using pressure (of punishment) with a view to training them.

10. Inculcate in them the fear of Allah.

Transmitted by Ahmad.

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