Archive for March, 2010

Worship with love

“A mustard seed’s amount of love is more beloved to me than seventy years of worship without love!”

~ Yahya ibn Mu’adh

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On Pain

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.
And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy;
And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.
And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.

Much of your pain is self-chosen.
It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.
Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquillity:
For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen,
And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has moistened with His own sacred tears.

~ Khalil Gibran

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On Children

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

~ Khalil Gibran

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‘‘Loving the din and people of din is a great thing. However, to focus on the faults of others whilst not assessing one’s own faults is incorrect.’’

~ Shaykh al-Islam Mawlana Husayn Ahmad Madani

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The body and heart are pure and blameless in themselves.
However, when our heart becomes embodied with worldly temptations, we tend to forget the nature of our hearts. Thus, we become attached to this world and develop spiritual diseases such as greed, lust and pride.
These spiritual diseases show us the ugly attributes of the heart like thorns growing in a field.
In order to beautify yourselves, avoid these attributes and implement finer qualities which will bring you closer to Allah Ta’ala such as kind heartedness, humbleness and gratitide.
Every person yearns for a meaning to life and for that which will make his heart sound.
The only way to do this is to purify one’s self.
[Taken from: Tasawwuf in Brief, Shaykh Muhammad Imran]

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الدين جاء لسعادة البشر | ولانتفاء الشرعنهم ولضرر

“The religion came in order to bring contentment and happiness to man,

And to eradicate for them, evil and harm.”

Shaykh Saalih al-’Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah) – Mandhoomah Usool al-Fiqh

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اللهم ارحمني فوق الأرض وتحت الأرض ويوم العرض

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