Archive for February, 2009

A blind man holding a torch

A learned man who doesn’t restrain his passions is like a blind man holding a torch, he guides others but not himself.
-Shaykh Sa’di

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Abu al-Aswad al-Du’ali, the grammarian who said:

و أحبب إذا ما أحببت حبّاً مقارباً *** فإنك لا تدري: متى أنت نازع
When you love, love with a love that draws you close
For you do not know: when will you depart?

و أبغض إذا أبغضت غير مجانب *** فإنك لا تدري متى أنت راجع
And when you hate, hate without turning away
For you do not know when you will return

و كن معدناً للحلم و الصْفح عن الأذى *** فإنك راءٍ ما عملت و سامع
Be a source of perseverance and forgive the harm
For you will soon see and hear what you worked

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Anyone who criticises you cares about your friendship. Anyone who makes light of your faults cares nothing about you.

[Ibn Hazm]

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Yesterday is a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision, but today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.I never saw anyone as just as the world. As long as you pursue the world it will pursue you, but when you turn away from it and seek God, it will leave you alone and its glamour shall no longer fascinate you.

[Al Hujwiri]

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” O God, Whenever I listen to the voice of anything

You have made –

The rustling of the trees

The trickling of water

The cries of birds

The flickering of shadow

The roar of the wind

The song of the thunder,

I hear it saying: “God is One!

Nothing can be compared with God!”

Rabi’a al-’Adawiyya.

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Let me hide in You
From everything that distracts me from You,
From everything that comes in my way
When I want to run to You.

– Rabia Al-Adawiyah

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Abu al-Abbas ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas radiyaAllahu ‘anhuma reported:

I was behind the Prophet (PBUH) when he said

”O young man, I will teach you some words (of wisdom). Keep Allah in mind. He will preserve you. Keep Allah in mind, you will find Him in front of you. If you ask, ask of Allah. And if you must seek help, seek help from Allah. Know that even if the (whole) community is united to benefit you in any matter, they would not benefit you in aught save what Allah has written for you. Know that even if they were united to harm you in any matter they would NOT harm you in aught save what Allah has already written for you. The pens had been lifted and the pages were dry.”

Al – Tirdmidhi relates this and says: It is a good genuine hadith.

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