Radiance of the Hearts (2) – al-Saʿdi

Bahjat Qulūbi’l-Abrār wa Qurratu ʿUyūni’l-Akhyār fī Sharḥ Jawāmiʿ al-Akhbār ʿAbdu’l-Raḥmān b. Nāṣir al-Saʿdī     3.   Tamīm ad-Dārī (RA) reports that the Messenger of Allāh (SAW) said, “The religion is sincerity and sincere advice. The religion is sincerity and sincere advice. The religion is sincerity and sincere advice.” They asked, ‘Messenger of Allāh, to […]

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Radiance of the Hearts (1) – al-Saʿdi

Bahjat Qulūbi’l-Abrār wa Qurratu ʿUyūni’l-Akhyār fī Sharḥ Jawāmiʿ al-Akhbār ʿAbdu’l-Raḥmān b. Nāṣir al-Saʿdī   With the Name of Allāh, the All-Merciful, the Most Merciful   All praise is due to Allāh Who is praised for what He possesses of Beautiful Names and Perfect, Lofty Attributes and for the effects of these in this life and […]

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The Essence of Sabr (Patience) – ibn al-Qayyim

ʿUddatu’l-Ṣābirīn ibn al-Qayyim   The Reality of Ṣabr It is a noble mannerism of the soul that prevents it from doing that which is not good or pleasing; it is a quality of the soul which leads to its correction and rectification.   al-Junayd ibn Muḥammad was asked about it to which he replied, ‘It […]

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Forged in Tribulation – al-ʿIzz b. ʿAbdi’l-Salām

Trials and Tribulations Wisdom and Benefits  Imām al-ʿIzz b. ʿAbdi’l-Salām (d. 660H) With the Name of Allāh, the All-Merciful, the Most Merciful Peace and Blessings be upon our master, Muḥammad, his family and his Companions   The Shaykh, the Imām, the Proof of Islām, Abū Muḥammad ʿAbdu’l-ʿAzīz b. ʿAbdu’l-Salām b. Abū al-Qāsim al-Sulamī al-Shāfiʿī, may […]

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The Worth of Man

The worth of every man is judged by what he seeks. The value of a person who seeks Allāh is beyond measure; a person who covets this world is too lowly to be valued. al-Shiblī said, ‘Whoever clings to this world will be burned in its blaze, becoming ashes blown about by the wind. Whoever […]

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A Sound Heart

The only person who will be successful tomorrow is one who meets Allāh with a sound heart, containing none save Him, “…the Day when neither wealth nor sons will be of any use – except for he who comes to Allāh with a sound and flawless heart.” (Q26:88-89) The sound heart is that heart which […]

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Shyness

Aḥmad and ibn Ḥibbān record on the authority of ʿAbdullāh b. al-Mughaffal (RA) that a man met a woman who used to be a prostitute in the Days of Ignorance. While flirting with her, he extended his hand towards her upon which she said, ‘Stop, Allāh has removed shirk and brought Islām,’ so he removed […]

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Moderation

The Prophet (SAW) said, “Moderation, moderation! Through this will you attain your goal!” This statement encourages us to be moderate in worship in a way that avoids both extremes of excess and deficiency. It is for this reason that he (SAW) repeated it twice. al-Bazzār records the ḥadīth on the authority of Ḥudhayfah (RA) that […]

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