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  1. As-Salaam alaikum, May I have your attention and remind you/us of Sheikh Abu'l Nasr al-Sarraj's advice that we should, at all times, establish ourselves and dedicate our efforts to:-- Distance yourself from "that which is forbidden, the major and the minor of it. Secondly, fulfill all religious obligations, the easy and the difficult of them. The third is leaving the world (dunya) to the people of the world, the large and the small portions of it; except what is necessary from it for the believer, which is what is narrated from the Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, that he said: "Four things are in the dunya but not of it: a portion of food with which you satisfy your hunger; clothing that covers your nakedness; a home that you reside in and a wife that you find repose with." Everything else beside this- from gathering, prohibiting, clinging to, love of increase and boastfulness- all of this is a severing veil that cuts the abd (slave) off from Allah." So, take heed. Life in this world is rather short!!! For further reading on this, see: "Kitab al-Luma (The Book of Flashes)", by Sheikh Abu'l Nasr al-Sarraj (d.378/988)
  2. As-Salaam alaikum, Sayyadina Abdullah Ibn Mas'ud, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:-- "I am the city of knowledge, Abu Bakr is its foundation, Umar is its wall, Usman is its roof and Ali is its portal [gate]." [Musnad-ul-Firdau, vol. 1 Hadith No. 105].
  3. The Leader of Mankind and Jinn and Messenger of Allah, Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:-- "Whoever visits me without any intended purpose other than my visit, it is incumbent upon me to be his intercessor on the Day of Rising." [Tabarani No. 13149, Ibn Muqri in his Mu'jam pg. 80]. And the Prophet, alaihis-Salaat Was-Salaam, was also reported as saying:-- "Whoever (makes pilgrimage then) visits me after my death, it is as if he visited me during my (earthly) life." [Baihaqi in his Sunan- No. 10409]. So, make that intention of/to visit him, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, at his house and Masjid in Madina al-Munawwarah.... may Allah Ta'ala afford us the chance and ability to visit His Messenger often... ameen.
  4. As-Salaam alaikum, The Noble Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:--- "The life of this world compared to the Hereafter is as if one of you were to put his finger in the ocean and take it out again; then compare the water that remains on his finger to the water that remains in the ocean." [Sahih Muslim]. This is a very clear Hadith... that we may not need to say more, other than to resolve to work hard for the permanent life in the Hereafter, by living our lives in accordance with the injunctions/commands of the Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah.
  5. As-Salaam alaikum, Ayat 156 of Surat Baqra of the Holy Qur'an (2:156) reads:--- "We belong to Allah, and to Him we shall return." With this, we realize that when we say 'We belong to Him', we are declaring that nothing belongs to us... nothing is deserved. Everything we have is a pure act of grace and blessing of/from Allah, Jallah-Jalalahu. Once this fact reaches our heart, we will be able to break free from pride, arrogance and complaint.
  6. As-Salaam alaikum, In ayat 85 of Surat Bani-Isra'el of the Holy Qur'an (17:85), Allah Ta'ala says:-- "And they ask you concerning the ruh (spirit or soul). Say: the ruh (comes) by command of my Lord: of knowledge it is a little that is communicated to you, (O men!)." With this ayat, we come to understand that the ruh.. the spirit or soul in our body is one of those things that are of high spiritual mysteries, which cannot be explained in terms of our everyday human experiences. It is Allah's secret ocean..... an ocean from which you and I are able to look, feel, walk, touch, smell, speak, hold, hear, taste etc How is it that we are able to do all this, but yet we don not know how we are looking, smelling, hearing, walking, tasting, speaking? You may lift your hand up and let it fall down again; you may catch something, but you do not know how you are catching that thing. You are walking, but you do not know how you are able to walk!! Looking into ourselves, we see a perfect balance. There are 360 organs (internal and external) in our bodies... each has its own function. When one of them works, it does not prevent the other from working. So, it is not possible for you/us to understand about ruh more than this.... other than to acknowledge and/or declare: Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!! La-ilaha illallahu, Allahu Akbar Wa Lillahil-Hamd!!!
  7. As-Salaam alaikum, Ayat 257 of Surat Baqra of the Holy Qur'an (2:257) reads:-- "Allah is the Wali of those who believe. He brings them out from darkness into the Light." Allah, may He be Exalted, says He is the Protective Friend of those who believe. Nu'uman Ali Khan explained that Allah Ta'ala did not use the word mu'minoon.. meaning 'the believers'. He said, "those who believed". Who are they? They are the people who have entered into imaan (faith) but it has not settled in their hearts yet. He is the Protective Friend of those people. Not the perfect ones, but the ones who struggle- those who are not there yet. And how is He a Protective Friend? He has the constant attribute of pulling them-- pulling us, those who go up and down in their faith-- out of darkness, and bringing them into Light. Not just one time, but over and over again. Just like He forgives sins over and over. He always has our back, Gafur-Raheem.
  8. As-Salaam alaykum, The Noble Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:-- "Three (classes of people) are immune from Iblis and his hordes: those who constantly hold Allah in remembrance by night and day; those who seek forgiveness before dawn; and those who weep for fear of Allah (most Great and Majestic)." Narrated by Abul Shaykh in Kitab al-Thawab, on the authority of Ibn Abbas.
  9. As-Salaam alaikum, Says Allah, Azzah Wa Jallah, in the Holy Qur'an:-- "AND SEEK FORGIVENESS OF ALLAH. INDEED ALLAH IS FORGIVING AND MERCIFUL" (73:29) "SURELY, ALLAH LOVES THOSE PEOPLE WHO CONSTANTLY REPENT TO HIM" (2:222) Note that in above verse/ayat (2:222), Allah did not say, 'Allah loves the Taa'ibeen (those who repent), but He said, Tawwabeen, which means those who constantly... over and over, repent. As humans, we sometimes tend to strap off the path for a while. What should we do when we realize we erred ? How do we ensure that our repentance is sincere, consistent and successful? There are 3 main steps one must take in order to sincerely repent:-- (1) Deeply regret with a sincere heart for the sin committed. (2) Return to Allah Ta'ala for forgiveness: recite lots of Instighfar (3) Make a strong intention never to return to that same sin again. May Allah Ta'ala help us in returning to Him... always... ameen.
  10. As-Salaam alaikum, May I have the pleasure of reminding you/us to always:--- (1) Be scrupulous in all our affairs. Righteousness in the deen depends on Righteousness as the great Imam, Sidi al-Hasan Basri, Rahimahullah, said: "Ascend to Allah by means of your himma (efforts) since what was going to happen has happened and what is decreed will certainly come about. By Allah, turning to creation is hidden shirk. The Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said: 'If someone devotes himself to Allah, Allah will spare him every burden and provide for him from where he does not reckon." Prefer Allah to all things since things are by their nature transitory and vanishing. 'All things are passing except His Face'. (27:88) (2) Keep your tongues still except in Zikrullah. The disasters of the tongue are many. A man may speak one word which he finds inconsequential, but because of it fall into the fire of Jahannam for 70 years, as is related. All words which are not Zikr are a distraction and there is no hour in which a person does not remember Allah, Tabaraka Wa Ta'ala, which will not be a regret for him on the Day of Rising, as is related. So, beware of sitting with people of this world and socializing with except out of legal necessity. The Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said: "Do not sit with the dead or your hearts will die." He was asked: "Who are the dead, O Messenger of Allah?". He answered: "Those who love this world and desire it." And Allah, Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, says:-- "So turn away from him who turns away from Our Remembrance and desires nothing but the life of this world." (53:29)
  11. As-Salaam alaikum, Ayat or verse 16 of Surat Sajdah of the Holy Qur'an (32:16) reads:-- "THEIR SIDES FORSAKE THEIR BEDS." This is in reference to those servants of Allah, Jallah-Jalalahu, who offer the voluntary night prayer, known as Tahajjud. It is the same Sallah about which the Noble Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:-- "Hold fast to night prayer, for it was the way of the righteous before you, a way of drawing closer to your Lord, an expiation for wrong deeds, and a shield from sin." [Tirmidhi]. 'Qiyam' literally means standing up, particularly after sleeping, just as we say... 'YUOM AL-QIYAMAH' for Day of Judegement as we rise to stand before Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, after much rest in our graves. That is why sleep is like a daily death, and Qiyam is to rise from it. Whoever stands in the night in prayer, Allah will make easy for him in standing on the Day of Judgement, as some of our 'Ulama observe. Sayyadi Ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, also advised: "Whoever loves to find the long standing of the day of Resurrection less difficult should let him show himself to Allah in the darkness of the night prostrating ( in Sajdah) and standing, fearing the Hereafter and hoping for Mercy of his Lord. In view of this, we should all make it a regular habit to be offering the Tahajjud every day..every night.. of our life. Best Wishes.
  12. As-Salaam alaikum, Sayyadi Hassan al-Basri, may Allah be Merciful to him, relates that a group of individuals claimed to love Allah and so Allah tested their love by revealing the Ayat: "Say, If you love Allah, then follow me and Allah will love you and forgive you your sins." (3:31) Al-Junaid Baghdadi, may Allah be Merciful to him, said: "No one has reached Allah except through Allah. And the path to reaching Allah is following the Chosen One, al-Mustafa, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam." Reaching Allah means attaining a state in which Allah is pleased with one. It is based on this perspective that the Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:- "All of my community will enter paradise except those who refuse." It was asked, "O Messenger of Allah, who refuses?" He said:- "Whoever obeys me will enter Heaven. Whoever disobeys me has refused." [Bukhari, Vol. 6].
  13. "The one who tries to reach Me, knows Me The one who knows Me, wants Me The one who wants Me, seeks Me The one who seeks Me, finds Me The one who finds Me, serves Me The one who serves Me, remembers Me The one who remembers Me, I remember him with My Mercy". (Hadith Qudsi)
  14. As-Salaam alaikum, In a Hadith Qudsi, Allahu Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala said:-- "For Me, the most blessed of My Friends is the person of faith who is unburdened (by possessions), who takes pleasure in prayer, who carries out well his devotion to his Lord and eagerly serves Him in secret. He is concealed among the people; no one points him out. His sustenance is barely sufficient, and he is content with that. His death comes quickly, there are few mourners, and his estate is small." This Noble Hadith is included, with minor variations, in the canonical collections of Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah and Ibn Hanbal.
  15. As-Salaam alaikum, It is my pleasure to invite your attention to the attached booklet compiled by Sheikh Ali Qari, titled: 'MUKHTASAR HIZBUL A'AZAM'. It is a collection of various kinds of Du'as and/or Supplications covering almost every area of life in this world and the Hereafter. You are aware that through Du'a, we fulfill the Order of Allah that we should request, ask/appeal to Him, Jallah-Jalalahu, for all we need... all we want. Also, Du'a ia an expression of our servitude to Allah Tabaraka Wa Ta'ala.... as it indicates our utter poverty and absolute dependence on Him. It helps us recognize Him as Rabb (Lord) and Malik (Owner of Everything). Find time to peruse this booklet and use it in everyday life, and you will see/appreciate what we are saying above.. Best Wishes.. MUKHTASASR-Hizbul-Azam.pdf