Archive for May, 2009

There are five signs of righteousness:

a gentle disposition and a soft heart, shedding tears of regret, ascetism and not caring about the world, being unambitious, and having a conscience.

– Shaqiq al Balkhi

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Shahr Bin Hawshab said: I asked Umm Salamah Radhiallaahu Anhaa what was the du’aa that Rasoolullaah Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam used to make the most when he (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) was by her.

She said: The du’aa he (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) used to make the most was: Yaa Muqallibal Quloob Thabbit Qalbee ‘alaa Deenik…..


يَا مُقَلِّبَ الْقُلُوبِ ثَبِّتْ قَلْبِى عَلَى دِينِكَ

Yaa Muqallibal Quloob Thabbit Qalbee ‘alaa Deenik.

Oh turner of hearts, make my heart firm upon Your religion.

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“The likeness of a righteous friend and an evil friend, is the likeness of a (musk) perfume seller and a blacksmith. As for the perfume seller, he may either bestow something on you, or you may purchase something from him, or you may benefit from his sweet smell. And as for the blacksmith, he may either burn your clothes, or you may be exposed to his awful smell.”
[Bukhari and Muslim]

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`Umar bin `Abd al-`Azeez said:

“He who acts without knowledge causes more corruption than good, and he who does not consider his speech to be part of his actions sins repeatedly. Satisfaction is scarce, and the true believer should rely on patience. Allaah never bestowed a blessing upon one of His servants and then took it away from him, giving him patience in return for that which was taken away, except that the replacement was better than what was taken away from him.”

Then he recited the following verse:

“Surely the patient will be paid their wages in full without reckoning.” [39:10]

إِنَّمَا يُوَفَّى الصَّابِرُونَ أَجْرَهُم بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ

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On the authority of Abu ‘Abd al-Rahman ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar bin al-Khattab, radiyallahu ‘anhuma, who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, say:

“Islam has been built upon five things – on testifying that there is no god save Allah, and that Muhammad is His Messenger; on performing salah; on giving the zakah; on Hajj to the House; and on fasting during Ramadhan.”

[Al-Bukhari & Muslim]


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“Do not feel secure from death at any time:
Even if you seek protection
in your advisers and your gaurds,
know that the arrows of death
are always pointing in our direction,
whatever armour and shields we may have.
Do you hope for forgiveness
when you have not trodden its paths?
A ship does not sail on dry land.”


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It’s related that al-Junayd said:

الإنسان لا يعاب بما في طبعه إنما يعاب إذا فعل بما في طبعه

“A person is not to be blamed for his nature. Rather, he is to be blamed if he acts according to his nature.”

-Hilyat al-Awliya

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