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Love is the water of life,
jump into this water.

Rumi

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“Let not the people come to know except of your happiness, and let them not see except your smile. If life becomes constricted upon you, then within the Qur’an is your orchard. If you feel curtailed and restricted, then to the heavens raise your call. And if they ask you of your affairs, then praise Allah and smile.

If you see an ant on the path, then do not crush it, and seek the Face of Allah thereby, so that He will have mercy on you like you had mercy on it, and remember that it glorifies Allah, so do not halt this glorification by killing it.

And if you pass by a bird drinking from the blessing of water, then do not pass close to it in case you startle it, and seek the Face of Allah thereby, so that He grants you safety on the Day when hearts shall reach the throat.

And if you come across a cat in the middle of the road, then avoid hitting it, and seek the Face of Allah thereby, so that He protects you from an evil death.

And if you want to throw out food, then make it your intention that animals can eat from it and seek the Face of Allah thereby, so that He provides you from whence you do not expect.

Do good, no matter how small it seems to you, because you do not know which good deed will enter you into Paradise.

And if you wish to spread this, then intend good, so that Allah may relieve you of a trial from the trials of this world and the Hereafter.”

– Shaykh Abu Ishaq al-Huwayni

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“The intelligent and refined find no rest in dwelling in one place,

So leave your homeland and travel far away!

Travel and you will meet new people replacing those left behind,

And tire yourself out, because it makes life worth living!

I have seen that water stagnates when it stands still,

Yet when it runs it is sweet and pure.

And if the lion left not its land,

it would not catch its prey

And if the arrow left not the bow,

it would not hit its aim

And if the sun moved not across the horizon,

People the world over would have tired of the sky.”

– Imam Shafi

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“Eid is not for the one who wears new clothes.

Eid is for the one whose obedience rises.

Eid is not for the one with beautiful clothes and fine means of transport,

Eid is for the one whose sins are forgiven.”

Ibn Rajab rahimahullaah

[al-Lata’if, p. 371].

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End it well

“Let those who have failed to make the most of this month (Ramadhan) end it with good,

because actions are (judged) by their ending”

(Ibn Rajab)

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A man asked Tameem ibn Aws al-Daari (may Allah be pleased with him)

‘How do you pray at night?’

He got very angry and said

‘By Allah, one rak’ah that I pray in secret in the small hours of the night is more beloved to me than praying the whole night long and then telling people about it.’

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Don’t give up for lack of presence.

Keep moving your tongue in dhikr until your heart looks up to see what all the commotion is.

Don’t let your sins silence your heart from calling out to its Lord.

~ Khalid Yasin

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