Archive for July, 2009

Be good to people

أحسن إلى الناس تستعبد قلوبهم *** فطالما استعبد الأنسان أحسان

Be good to people and you will enslave their hearts

How often has goodness enslaved a person!

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إنَّ ربّا كفاكَ ما كان بالأمسِ *** ســيكفـــيـك في غدٍ ما يكونُ

Indeed the Lord who sufficed you of what was of yesterday

Will suffice you of what’s to come in the morrow

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ما كلُّ ما يتمنى المرءُ يدركه *** تجري الرياحُ بما لا تشتهي السفنُ

Not everything that a person wishes for, does he attain

The winds only blow in ways that ships do not desire

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Anas ibn Maalik reported that Rasoolullah said:

“All of Aadam’s descendants habitually err, but the best of them are the habitually repentant.”

(Tirmidhi, Ibn Maajah, ad-Daarimee, Ahmad)

Rasoolullah said:

‘The one who repents from sin is like the one who never sinned.’

(Ibn Maja 3240)

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كيف يُشرقُ قَلْبٌ صُوَرُ الأكوانِ مُنْطَبِعَةٌ في مرآته ؟ أمْ كيف يرحلُ إلى الله وهو مكَبَّلٌ بشَهواته ؟ أم كيف يطمع أن يدخل حضرةَ الله وهو لم يتطهَّر من جَنَابَةِ غَفَلاتِهِ ؟ أم كيف يرجو أن يفهم دقائقَ
الأسرارِ وهو لم يَتُبْ من هَفَواتِهِ ؟

“How can a heart be illumined when the forms of created things are imprinted in its mirror? Or how can it travel to God when it is tied down by its vain desires? Or how can it be avid to enter the Divine Presence when it hasn’t purified itself from the impurity of its heedlessness? Or how can it hope to understand subtle secrets when it hasn’t repented from its errors?”

– Ibn Atallah al Iskandari

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كل ما تجده القلوب من الهموم والأحزان فلأجل ما منعت من الشهود والعيان

“Everything which hearts find of anxiety or grief is due to their denial of witnessing and beholding God.”

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Deeds without sincerity are like a traveler who carries in his water-jug dirt. The carrying of it burdens him and it brings no benefit.

[Ibn al Qayyim]

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