Archive for April, 2009

Tired of Winter

My worst habit is I get so tired of winter

I become a torture to those I’m with.

If you are not here, nothing grows.

I lack clarity. My words tangle

and knot up.

How to cure bad water? Send it back to the river.

How to cure bad habits? Send me back to you….

There’s a secret medicine given only to those who hurt so bad

they can’t hope.

The hopers would feel slighted if they knew.

Look as long as you can at the friend you love,

no matter whether that friend is moving away from you

or coming back to you.

~ Rumi

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Rabia was once asked,

“How did you attain that which you have attained?”
“By often praying:

‘I take refuge in You, O God, from everything that distracts me from You, and from every obstacle that prevents me from reaching You.'”

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Reality of Lineage

The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam) said to Mu’adh as he turned towards Madinah “Those people think that the ones most closest to me are the people of the household. Indeed those most closest to me are the pious and righteous, whoever they are, wherever they are.” [Ahmad & Tabarani]

It was said to Salman al-Farisi, ‘Give yourself a lineage O Salman!’ He said, ‘I do not know of a father (for me) in Islam, but I am Salman Ibn Islam.’ [Siyar]

And the poet said,

It is enough of an honour for you that you are His slave
And it is enough of a boast for you that He is your Lord

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Abu ‘Abdullah bin al-Khatib narrated:

“Abu Hamdun (one of the Tabi’in) had a scroll on which was written the names of three hundred of his close friends, and he used to supplicate for them – one by one – every single night.”

[‘Sifat as-Safwah’; 1/492]

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Consult your heart

I came to the Messenger of Allah and he said ‘you have come to ask about righteousness?’ I said ‘yes.’ He said:

Consult your heart. Righteousness is that about which the soul feels tranquil and the heart feels tranquil, and wrongdoing moves to and fro in the breast even though people again and again have given you legal opinion in its favour.

– ad-Darimi

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Mindmaps: Al Nasr

Al Nasr

idhaa jaa2a nasr ullaahi wal fath

wa ra2ayta-n naasa yadkhuloona fee deen illaahi afwaaja

fasabbih bi hamdi rabbika wastaghfir, innahu kaana tawaaba

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“If your intention in seeking knowledge is between God Most High and yourself and not merely to gain information, then rejoice! The Angels will spread out their wings for you while you walk, and the creatures in the sea will ask God to pardon you.”

[Imam Al’Ghazali in his Bidaya al Hidaya]

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Hatim Al-Asamm asserted,

“Do not be deceived by righteous places, for there is no place more righteous than Paradise, and consider what Adam [peace be upon him] met with in a righteous place!

And do not be deceived by abundant acts of worship, for consider what Iblis came to after so much worship.

And do not be deceived by large quantities of knowledge, for Balaam knew the Greatest Name of God, and consider what he met with!

And do not be deceived by meeting the pious, for there is no person with a greater destiny than Mustafa [may God’s blessing and peace be upon him], and meeting him did not benefit [some of] his relatives and enemies.”

– Risalah Qushayriyyah, Imam Abu-l-Qasim al-Qushayri

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