Shakwa

It is truly an ignorant person who complains about Allāh to people. Such a person has displayed the deepest depths of ignorance concerning both Allāh and people: if he truly knew Allāh, he would never complain about Him; if he truly understood people, he would never complain to them. One of the pious predecessors saw […]

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Sabr

Allāh, Glorious and Most High, made patience a race horse that never falters or stumbles, a sword that never loses its sharpness, a vanquishing army that is never defeated, a fortress that does not dilapidate and is never taken by force. Patience and divine help are like two blood brothers that never separate. Divine help […]

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The Prophet’s Heart

While describing the Prophet (SAW), ʿAlī (RA) said, “He had the most giving of hearts.” [Tirmidhī #3637] Ibn al-Qayyim, Jalaʾ al-Afhām, pg. 199, commented, “because of its righteousness and the immense good that it contained. His heart was bursting with every fine, beautiful moral and quality and goodness would pour out of it. Some of […]

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Ibn al-Qayyim: Imprisonment!

The journey of a person who seeks Allāh and the Last Day can only ever be put in order through incarceration. He must put his heart in jail: confining its goals to the object of pursuit, and barring it from turning away. He must put his tongue in jail: preventing it from speaking words of […]

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How to Benefit from the Qurʾān

If you truly want to benefit from the Qurʾān, your heart must be attentive and alert when reciting it or listening to it. Listen to it carefully with presence of mind, paying attention to it as if Allāh Himself was speaking to you directly. Understand that this Qur’ān is addressed to you from Allāh, Most […]

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