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Timeless Seeds of Advice
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The Sayings of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ , Ibn Taymiyyah, Ibn al-Qayyim, Ibn al-Jawzi and Other Prominent Scholars in Bringing Comfort and Hope to the Soul

B. B. Abdulla

Dedication

All praise and gratitude are due to Allah ﷻ. May Allah’s peace and blessings be on Muhammad ﷺ, on his family and on his companions.

This book is dedicated to those who feel an emptiness, sadness, loss of hope or distance from Allah ﷻ. May Allah ﷻ guide you by the way of these reminders and heart softeners to better yourself and rise above the cloud that is covering your heart.

the timeless seeds of advice

“And go on reminding [people], it is good for those who believe to be reminded.” [Quran 51:55]

Preface

I have taken these sayings with me and carried them in my heart. They have lent me great strength and hope throughout the years. I wanted to compile them into a book so as to benefit the wider community Insha’Allah (God-willing). I am only a servant in need of mercy.

Whoever desires goodness, then let him take account of himself and reproach himself day and night in self- development. Nothing is more beneficial than reflecting upon the Quran which is a love letter composed to you from Allah ﷻ Himself.

The root of happiness in this world is contentment. By being content, you are led to the doors of gratefulness. By being content, you are patient and satisfied with the decrees of your Master, Allah ﷻ. By being grateful, you take that a step further and are not only content, but happy, and grateful for the state you are in. As for the reward of the patient ones, Allah ﷻ says: “Say, ‘[God says], believing servants, be mindful of your Lord! Those who do good in this world will have a good reward God’s earth is wide and those who persevere patiently will be given a full and unstinting reward.” [Quran 39:10]

— A servant in need of Allah’s mercy

Hope

In sujūd (prostration), I found my home

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Ibn al-Qayyim (May Allah Have Mercy on him) said:

“Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allah ﷻ honor his soul and illuminate his grave, once said to me” (explaining with a metaphorical example the purpose of seeking refuge in Allah ﷻ from Satan):

“If the shepherd’s dog ever barks at you attempting to attack you, then do not engage it in a fight. Instead, turn to the shepherd and seek his help for he will leash it and save you the trouble.” When a person takes refuge in Allah ﷻ from the accursed Satan, He protects him and keeps away Satan’s harm and evil from reaching him.

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Abū Bakr al-Ṣiddīq (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “I wish I were a hair in the side of a believing servant.”

He expressed the extent of his fear of Allah ﷻ and how he would do anything to please his Master. He used to weep and say: “cry and if you cannot, try hard to.”

To this effect, Ibn al-Jawzi said: “When true fear of God is realized in your heart, all good things will come to you.”

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My God, and my Lord, who do I have besides You?

In life, we are taught time and again that in blessing and in hardship the only one who can fully comprehend our situation is Allah ﷻ. The ultimate help is from Allah.

Striving to gain the acceptance and love of Allah ﷻ will inevitably lead to an escape out of every difficult and misery one experiences in life.

“Anyone who believes in God and the Last Day should heed this: God will find a way out for those who are mindful of Him, and will provide for them from an unexpected source; God will be enough for those who put their trust in Him. God achieves His purpose; God has set a due measure for everything.” [Quran 65:2-3]

These words remind us that besides Allah ﷻ we have no one to aid us. Allah’s ﷻ help is near and the believers will be victorious by the will of Allah. Despair not; Allah ﷻ will never leave the one He loves out in the dark. Imagine for a moment what you would do for someone you love if they are distressed or sad. It is incomparable on any level to the help and support that will be received from Allah ﷻ. Allah’s ﷻ timing and knowledge are far beyond ours to comprehend the delaying of ease or the answer to a supplication.

Ibn al-Jawzi to this effect remarked: “If you repent and supplicate but are not answered, reflect on your

condition, for perhaps your repentance has not been realized, therefore work toward completing it. Then supplicate, and do not tire of supplication, for perhaps it is in your best interest for the answer to be delayed, or for it not to be answered. In this way you accumulate rewards, and you will be answered through that which benefits you, and perhaps it is to your benefit that you do not get what you seek, but are given something better that replaces it.”

Ultimately for a true believer it comes down to: God is enough for us: He is the best protector.

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“He is with you wherever you may be.” [Quran 57:4]

The words of Allah ﷻ are tranquility to the hearts of the believers and those who reflect upon the Quran.

Knowing that Allah ﷻ is with us in our affairs at all times is one of the greatest blessings a servant can have in their lifetime. For the one who is deprived of Allah ﷻ is deprived of all good; while the one who has Allah ﷻ has gained all goodness. Allah has infinite knowledge of our affairs. Knowing this should bring joy and happiness to our hearts. “He has the keys to the Unseen: no one knows them but Him. He knows all that is in the land and sea. No leaf falls without His knowledge, nor is there a single grain in the darkness of the earth, or anything, fresh or withered, that is not written in a clear Record.” [Quran 6:59]

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Shaykh Ibn Taymiyyah said: “Verily, I constantly renew my Islam until this very day, as up to now, I do not consider myself to have ever been a good Muslim.”

While Shaykh Ibn Taymiyyah is by far one of the greatest scholars, yet his humble nature and fear of Allah ﷻ are depicted here. One should never depend on their past deeds and should continuously strive to better themselves spiritually and to nourish their souls. In having a humble nature, he was able to better himself rather than stuck in one position or worse yet reverse.

Allah ﷻ says: “Do not strut arrogantly about the earth: you cannot break it open, nor match the mountains in height.” [Quran 17:37]

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Ramadan shows us our potential and what we can be if we wanted.

Despite the short amount of time, we achieve so much in spirituality and self-development. This not only illustrates for us how we can be productive if we manage our time efficiently but that what we often think to be impossible is possible. Patience is the key to the greatest of achievements. The Prophet ﷺ left Makkah with nothing in 620 AH, yet returned in 630 AH to peacefully become the master of the city. It only took 10 years of patience and hard work to achieve one of the greatest achievements–liberating the house of Allah ﷻ from the idols.

It was said: “How do we observe patience?”

“In the same manner that we fast; completely certain that the adhān of Maghrib will eventually be called.”

Ibn al-Qayyim says: “Patience is for the heart to not feel anger towards that which is destined and for the mouth to not not complain.”

“Don’t let your definition of success, failure or self-worth be anything other than your position with Him. And if you do this, you become unbreakable, because your handhold is unbreakable. You become unconquerable because your supporter can never be conquered. And you will never become empty because your source of fulfillment is unending and never diminishes.”

The Prophet ﷺ says: “The eye weeps and the heart grieves, but we say only what our Lord is pleased with.”

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Ali Bannat10 on being asked about his biggest regret: “My biggest regret is that it took a man in suit to tell me that I am going to die, but Allah told me all my life and I did not believe him”

Ibn al-Jawzi says: “The ship of your lifetime is approaching the coast of the graveyard. What is the matter with you that you are busy inside the ship trying to acquire goods?”

Ali said: “The Hereafter is traveling towards us, and this life is traveling away from us, so be from the children of the Hereafter and not from the children of this world. For today is action without reckoning, and tomorrow is reckoning without action.”

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Abdullāh b. ʿUmar said, “Allah’s Messenger ﷺ took hold of my shoulder and said, ‘Be in this world as if you were a stranger or a traveler.’” The sub-narrator added: Ibn ʿUmar used to say, “If you survive till the evening, do not expect to be alive in the morning, and if you survive till the morning, do not expect to be alive in the evening, and take from your health for your sickness, and (take) from your life for your death.” “O friend, the cloth from which your burial shroud will be cut may have already reached the market and yet you remain unaware.”

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On the authority of Abū Hurayra , who said that the Prophet ﷺ said:

“Allah the Almighty said: I am as My servant thinks I am, I am with him when he makes mention of Me. If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself; and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assembly better than it. And if he draws near to Me an arm’s length, I draw near to him a cubit, and if he draws near to Me a cubit, I draw near to him a fathom. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed.”

Ibn al-Qayyim also said: “The more you have good expectations of your Lord and hope in Him, the more you will rely on and trust in Him. This is why some explained true reliance and trust to be having good expectations of Allah. In reality, having good expectations of Him leads to relying on and trusting in Him, as it is unthinkable that one can trust in someone that he has bad expectations of or no hope in, and Allah knows best.” Abū Hurayra reported:

Allah Most High says: “He who is hostile to a friend of Mine I declare war against. My servant approaches Me with nothing more beloved to Me than what I have made obligatory upon him, and My servant keeps drawing nearer to Me with voluntary works until I love him. And

when I love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, his sight with which he sees, his hand with which he seizes, and his foot with which he walks. If he asks me, I will surely give to him, and if he seeks refuge in Me, I will surely protect him.”

Hearing these beautiful words of Allah through our beloved messenger brings tranquility and hope back to our hearts and shatters the possibility of sadness ever engulfing our hearts. Internalizing these words will not only revive your heart but allow you to rise spiritually.

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“And the hereafter is better for you than the first (life).” [Quran 93:4]

“Sin is inevitable Imān fluctuates

Your Allah loves to forgive.

We walk away often. It is important to always return to Him–regardless of how many times we leave or how far we go.

Turn back because you are welcome.

Turn back, no matter how small the steps you take seem to be.

Turn back because He will always be patient with you, even if you are impatient with yourself.”

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He is breaking you to heal you.

Ibn al-Qayyim said: “From the perfection of Allah’s iḥsān (excellence and bounty) is that He allows His servant to taste the bitterness of the break before the sweetness of the mend. He does not break His believing servant except to mend him. And He does not withhold from him except to give to him. And He does not test him (with hardship), except to cure him.”

Allah ﷻ says: “if you are grateful, I will give you more and more.” [Quran 14:7]

Ibn al-Qayyim also said: “There is no joy for the one who does not bear sadness, there is no sweetness for the one who does not have patience, there is no delight for the one who does not suffer and there is no relaxation for the one who does not endure fatigue.”

Allah ﷻ says in His Book: “Do not lose hope nor be sad.” [Quran 3:139]

“And your Lord is going to give you, and you will be satisfied.” [Quran 93:5]

“Is Allah not enough for His servant?” [Quran 39:36]

Ibn al-Qayyim writes: “He who has tested the servant is the Most Wise, the Most Merciful and He did not test him with the affliction to destroy, punish or overwhelm him. Rather, the affliction is merely a test of his patience, his
contentment with Allah and his faith. In addition, Allah wants to hear the servant’s pleas, supplications and humility before Him, his seeking refuge with Him, his heart’s humility before Him and his explaining his sadness to Him (alone).”

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Ibn ʿUmar reported:

The Prophet ﷺ said, “The most beloved people to Allah are those who are most beneficial to the people. The most beloved deed to Allah is to make a Muslim happy, or to remove one of his troubles, or to forgive his debt, or to feed his hunger. That I walk with a brother regarding a need is more beloved to me than that I seclude myself in this mosque in Medina for a month. Whoever swallows his anger, then Allah will conceal his faults. Whoever suppresses his rage, even though he could fulfill his anger if he wished, then Allah will secure his heart on the Day of Resurrection. Whoever walks with his brother regarding a need until he secures it for him, then Allah the Exalted will make his footing firm across the bridge on the day when the footings are shaken.”

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The Prophet ﷺ said: “The most truthful word said by a poet is that of Labīd: ‘Indeed, everything else besides

Allah is false and vain”

Shaykh Muḥammad b. al-Mukhtār al-Shanqīṭī said: “Don’t assume bad of Allah, for by Allah, if you obey Him, He will make for you a source of relief and a way out, and if you are alone within your family and society, then Allah will accompany you in your loneliness. And He will strengthen your heart, and make it firm with His guidance.”

“He will give you (something) better than what was taken from you.” [Quran 8:70]

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Allah gives from His goodness.

Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah said: “Whoever exerts himself and seeks aid from Allah and adheres to seeking forgiveness and sacrificing, then most definitely Allah will give him from His goodness that which had never crossed his mind.”

“Say, ‘[God says], believing servants, be mindful of your Lord! Those who do good in this world will have a good reward– God’s earth is wide–and those who persevere patiently will be given a full and unstinting reward.’” [Quran 39:10]

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“It is not true that if we had true faith we would not be sad. Prophets (may Allah’s peace be upon them all), and righteous people experienced a great deal of sadness. The Quran is full of stories in which the central theme is sadness. Sadness is a reality of life. The Quran is not there to eliminate sadness, but to navigate it. Sadness is one of the tests of life, just as happiness, and anger are tests.”

Every single success you experience is a combination of two things: your effort and Allah’s help. When you do not put in enough effort, Allah does not give His baraka (blessing). And sometimes you might put in a lot of effort, but you may not see the result you expected. That, also, is Allah’s baraka.

When calamity hits, we start feeling like Allah owes us something. Allah owes us nothing. We owe Allah everything. So what if this life isn’t perfect? It is not Jannah.

May Allah not allow our hearts to become hardened, may Allah ﷻ make us a people sincerely of remembrance to Allah, may Allah grant us the gift of better company than ourselves that keeps our egos in check. May Allah give us the ability to give advice to those around us. The people of lā ilāha illallāh are more beloved to us, are closer to us than even the bond of blood. Lā ilāha illallāh brings us closer than the bond of blood. And may Allah ﷻ make us share that love and affection and unity with the other Muslims and show them that sincerity from the bottom of our hearts. May Allah ﷻ penetrate good advice into the heart of those who need it, may Allah ﷻ make us capable of taking advice and taking the best of it and not allowing advice to become a means by which our egos are inflated. May Allah ﷻ keep us humble before Him, forgive our shortcomings that have occurred in the past, and may He ﷻ make us of those whose hearts are perpetually being cleansed.

You know what the Quran teaches me? The Quran teaches me that an incredibly wealthy man can be a failure (Pharaoh) and a homeless man can be successful (Prophet Ibrāhīm ). It teaches me that success has nothing to do with wealth and failure has nothing to do with poverty.

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If they ask you: “Why are you sad?” Tell them truthfully, and say to them:

I rarely make istighfār (asking Allah ﷻ for forgiveness) and I left reading the Quran.

Ibn Taymiyyah said: “The strength of the heart returns when one repents!”

May Allah ﷻ make us of people who constantly make istighfār and read the Quran with contemplation.

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“For the people that are out there that are sick or worried or stressed, I always say to you people, don’t worry. Allah will send you people that you never expected. If you really need someone, you just have to trust Allah and have tawakkul (trust and reliance) in Allah.”

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Abu Dharr reported:

Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “I see what you do not see, and I hear what you do not hear; heaven has squeaked, and it has right to do so. By Him, in Whose Hand my soul is, there is not a space of four fingers in which there is not an angel who is prostrating his forehead before Allah, the Exalted. By Allah, if you knew what I know, you would laugh little, weep much, and you would not enjoy women in beds, but would go out to the open space beseeching Allah.”

ʿUthmān b. ʿAffān , said: “Do not forget the angel of death, for he does not forget you”

“If you knew what you are facing after death, you would not eat your meal nor drink with any appetite… I wish I were a tree to be bitten (by insects) and then eaten.”

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Al-Ḥasan al-Baṣrī said,

‘‘Indeed, those who came before you saw the Quran as personal letters from their Lord. So they would ponder over it by night and yearn for it by day.”

“The Quran is not only a book of guidance; Allah wrote us a 632-page love letter.”

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“But Allah is your protector, and He is the best of helpers.” [Quran 3:150]

How calming an effect these words have on the soul of a believer knowing that Allah ﷺ, the Lord of the worlds, is there for you with all His power and might.

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“If the human knew the pleasure of meeting Allah and being near Him, he would feel grief for being distant from Him.”

For everything you lose there is a replacement but for Allah ﷻ; if you lose Him there is no replacement.

The main connection between us and Allah ﷻ is the ṣalāh (daily prayers). Each ṣalāh not only renews our pledge as servants of Allah ﷻ the Almighty but it establishes our direct connection to Allah ﷻ. To this effect, ʿUmar b. al-Khaṭṭāb said: “Hold onto your ṣalāh because if you lose that, you will lose everything else.” Thus as Yasir Qadhi says: “if you ever find yourself rushing through salat (prayer) to make it to another engagement, it is time to reorganize your priorities.”

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Allah ﷻ mentions His book: “and Allah would not punish them while they seek forgiveness.” [Quran 8:33]

Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah said:

“Allah has informed us that He will not punish those who (sincerely) seek forgiveness (for their sins); that is because seeking forgiveness wipes away the sin, which is the reason for being punished, therefore (seeking forgiveness) repels the punishment.”

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Abū Yazīd said: “I continued dragging my soul to Allah whilst it cried, until it finally surrendered itself and came with me to Allah smiling.”

Imam al-Shāfiʿī said: “To be able to thank Allah for a blessing is a blessing within itself.”

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A man came to al-Ḥasan al-Baṣrī and said: “O Abū Saʿīd, I complain to you of the hardness of my heart!”

Al-Ḥasan said: “Discipline it with dhikr.”

“Those who have faith and whose hearts find peace in the remembrance of God– truly it is in the remembrance of God that hearts find peace– those who believe and do righteous deeds: joy awaits these, and their final homecoming will be excellent.’’ [Quran 13:28-29]

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The most beautiful thing is that He knows what you are about to tell Him and yet He still listens.

This is beautifully illustrated from Mūsā’s story.

Allah ﷻ says: ‘‘Mūsā, what is that in your right hand?’’ [Quran 20:17]

Mūsā him replies: ‘‘It is my staff,’ he said, ‘I lean on it; restrain my sheep with it; I also have other uses for it.’’ [Quran 20:18]

Allah ﷻ, despite knowing it is a staff, still asks and wants to hear His servant’s voice and reply. Although Allah ﷻ knows what is bothering you and what your problems are, He wants you to talk to Him, through the believer’s most powerful weapon: dua.

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Luqmān said to his son: “O my beloved son, do not delay repentance for indeed punishment can come unexpectedly.”

Ibn al-Qayyim said: “Do not belittle a small sin, for the biggest of fires can be caused by the smallest of sparks.”

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Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah said: “Remembrance of Allah for the heart is like water for the fish; and what will be the state of the fish when it is separated from water?”

“Is there anyone who has achieved closeness to God and not found that with Him is everything that they need and desire?”

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“O you, the sins you commit shall never affect your lord; He only wants to keep you (away) from (your own) harm. You should know that your obedience to Him shall never fetch Him any benefit; your obedience is only for your own benefit. So, contemplate your situation.”

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Al-Ḥasan al-Baṣrī said: “Sell this life for the next and you win both of them. Sell the next life for this and you lose both of them.”

Mālik b. Dīnar said: “Whoever proposed to the world should know that the world would not be satisfied until he gives up all of his dīn as dowry.”

Abū Hurayra reported that the Prophet ﷺ said, “A place in Paradise as small as a bow is better than all that on which the sun rises and sets.” He also said, “A single endeavor in Allah’s Cause in the afternoon or in the forenoon is better than all that on which the sun rises and sets.”

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Abū Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah

ﷺ said: “Richness does not lie in the abundance of (worldly) goods but richness is the richness of the soul (heart, self).”

The richness of the soul emanates from the worship of Allah alone and in following the Sunna of the Prophet ﷺ. The good deeds one performs are likened to a tree in the Quran: “[Prophet], do you not see how God makes comparisons? A good word is like a good tree whose root is firm and whose branches are high in the sky, yielding constant fruit by its Lord’s leave– God makes such comparisons for people so that they may reflect” [14: 24-25]

“Goodly word refers to testifying to lā ilāha ilallāh, (none has the right to be worshipped but Allah), while goodly tree is a believer (whose root is firmly fixed), indicates that lā ilāha ilallāh, (none has the right to be worshipped but Allah) is firm in the believers’ heart. The branches refer to the believer whose good works ascend to heaven by day and by night and at all times.”

The saying goes: “O Allah, I never knew heartbreak until I disobeyed You and I never knew happiness until I obeyed You.”

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Imam al-Shāfiʿī said: “All humans are dead except those who have knowledge; and all those who have knowledge are asleep, except those who do good deeds; and those who do deeds are deceived, except those who are sincere; and those who are sincere are always in a state of worry.”

Sufyān al-Thawrī ‘s mother used to say to him: “My son, do not seek knowledge unless you intended to act upon it. Otherwise, it will be a calamity upon you on the

Day of Rising.”

May Allah ﷻ grant us sincerity, and the ability to act upon knowledge in doing good.

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Al-Ḥasan al-Baṣrī said: “As much as you fix your ṣalāh, your life will be fixed. If you are wondering why there is a delay in your sustenance, in your marriage, in your work, in your health, look into your ṣalāh; are you delaying it?”

Ibn al-Qayyim said: “You stand in your prayers with your body, directing your face to the qibla, while your heart is directed to a different territory? Woe to you! That prayer (of yours) is not worthy of being a mahr (dower) for paradise, how then can it be befitting for (attaining) the love of Allah?”

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“You must stop your fingers from grabbing the water when the river, much like your fate, leads its own way.”

“And unto Allah is the end of all affairs.” [Quran 31:22]

Someone asked al-Ḥasan al-Baṣrī : “What is the secret to your piety?”

He replied: “I understood four things:

  1. I understood that my rizq (provision/sustenance decreed by Allah ﷻ) cannot be taken by anyone, so my heart become content.
  2. I understood that no one can do my actions (worship) for me, so I started doing them myself.
  3. I understood that Allah is watching me, so I became ashamed to do wrong.
  4. I understood that death is waiting for me, so I started to prepare for my meeting with Allah”

May Allah ﷻ grant us this understanding and the ability to act according to it.

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One wise man said: “Why do you worry? For Allah ﷻ provides for the ant in the dark hole and the fishes in the depth of the oceans. Do you then think that He will forget you?”

“When those few young men took refuge in the cave, they said, ‘our Lord! Have a special mercy and guide us to rationality in our matter’.” [Quran 18:10]

That is a supplication that exemplifies depending on Allah ﷻ and knowing that Allah will provide for you with firm conviction. It was the conviction of the “people of the cave” that saved them. Allah’s response lasted 309 years.

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A believers’ most powerful tool is his dua.

Imam Ibn al-Qayyim says regarding this: “If Allah did not want to accept your dua, He would have not guided you to make it (in the first place).”

He also said: “whoever is inspired (By Allah) to supplicate (to Allah), then a response has already been intended for him, for Allah has said ‘Call on me, I will answer you’ [Quran 40:60].”

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The living heart

Ibn Qayyim said: “The keys to the life of the heart lie in:

  1. Reflecting upon the Quran.
  2. Being humble before Allah in secret.
  3. Leaving sins.”

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“And whatever you have of favor – it is from Allah.” [Quran 16:53]

Being content and thankful to Allah ﷻ for the innumerable blessings He has bestowed upon us is the key to a sound and happy heart; recognizing that whatever Allah ﷻ has bestowed upon us was never ours but was a gift in the first place that we were undeserving of.

Bakr b. ʿAbdullāh al-Muzanī said: “O son of Adam, if you wish to know the magnitude of the blessings that Allah has bestowed upon you then close your eyes.”

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The light of guidance Muhammad ﷺ said: “Whoever among you wakes up physically healthy, feeling safe and secure within himself, with food for the day, it is as if he has acquired the whole world.”

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Ibn al-Qayyim said: “If Allah wants well for a servant, he strips away from his heart the ability to see his own good deeds and to speak about them with his tongue, and preoccupies him with seeing his own sin and it continues to remain in front of his eyes until he enters

Paradise.”

When preoccupied with one’s self-development and spiritual growth, one continuously benefits from anything taking place in their life whether it is an apparent bad or good. When one is steadfast and patient, contentment and thankfulness will be present, leading to Allah ﷻ being pleased with His servant.

Ibn Taymiyyah said: “I have realized that the best dua one can make is for Allah to be pleased with them.”

Ibn al-Jawzi said, regarding this: “You are the most precious creature to Allah, so be content with what Allah has decreed for you, because he who loves never questions or accuses the one he loves. The grace of Allah upon you in all that He has created for your sake is as clear as daylight; so how could you imagine that He would be neglectful when you are at the root of it all?”

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For those who make Allah their primary concern, there is only peace, because whatever happens to them in this life is considered good and is accepted as the will of Allah. Imagine having only good in your life.

That is the state of this type of believer, as the Prophet ﷺ says: “Wondrous are the believers’ affairs. For him there is good in all his affairs, and this is so only for the believer. When something pleasing happens to him, he is grateful and that is good for him; and when something displeasing happens to him, he is enduring (has ṣabr), and that is good for him.”

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ʿAlī b. Abū Ṭālib said : “Allah does not inspire the seeking of forgiveness in any servant He wishes to punish.”

Ibn al-Jawzi said: “Never become impatient if the hardship continues for long, and never tire of supplication. You are being tested by the hardship, and your patient and supplication are acts of worship, there never despair of God’s mercy, even if it the hardship is long in duration.”

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The Prophet ﷺ said: “Even if a person was in sujūd from birth until death, they will still be regretful on the Day of Judgment.”

This powerful hadith captures the urgent importance of doing goods no matter what they are. We need every good deed we can muster for the Day of the great gathering.

The Quran mentions the wise man Luqmān’s advice to his son:

“We endowed Luqman with wisdom: ‘Be thankful to God: whoever gives thanks benefits his own soul, and as for those who are thankless—God is self-sufficient, worthy of all praise.

Luqman counselled his son, ‘My son, do not attribute any partners to God: attributing partners to Him is a terrible wrong.’

We have commanded people to be good to their parents: their mothers carried them, with strain upon strain, and it takes two years to wean them. Give thanks to Me and to your parents– all will return to Me.

If they strive to make you associate with Me anything about which you have no knowledge, then do not obey them. Yet keep their company in this life according to what is right, and follow the path of those who turn to

Me. You will all return to Me in the end, and I will tell you everything that you have done. [And Luqman continued], ‘My son, if even the weight of a mustard seed were hidden in a rock or anywhere in the heavens or earth, God would bring it [to light], for He is all subtle and all aware. Keep up the prayer, my son; command what is right; forbid what is wrong; bear anything that happens to you steadfastly: these are things to be aspired to. Do not turn your nose up at people, nor walk about the place arrogantly, for God does not love arrogant or boastful people. Go at a moderate pace and lower your voice, for the ugliest of all voices is the braying of asses.’” [Quran 31:12-19]

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Ibn ‘Umar narrated:

“The Messenger of Allah ﷺ took hold of some part of my body and said: ‘O ʿAbdullāh, be in the world like a stranger or a passerby, and count yourself among the inhabitants of the grave.”

Ibn al-Qayyim said: “This world is like a shadow: run after it and you will never be able to catch it; turn your back against it and it has no choice but to follow you”

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“… and verily for everything a servant loses there is a substitute, but the one who loses Allah will never find anything to replace Him.”

Al-Ḥasan al-Baṣrī said: “O son of Adam, after Prophet Moses objected to [the actions of] Khidr on three occasions, the latter said, ‘This is the parting between you and me’. Then how will it be with you, who disobey your Lord many times in a single day? Do you feel so secure (and sure) that He will not say to you, ‘This is the parting between you and Me’?”

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“Do not be afraid, I am with you.” [Quran 20:46]

In moments of sadness Shaytan comes and wants you to let go of Allah ﷺ. Faith in Allah ﷺ does not take difficulty or sadness away, but it makes us strong enough to go through them without breaking.

Muṣʿab b. Saʿd narrated from his father that a man said:

“O Messenger of Allah ﷺ! Which of the people is tried most severely?” He said: “The Prophets, then those nearest to them, then those nearest to them. A man is tried according to his religion; if he is firm in his religion, then his trials are more severe, and if he is frail in his religion, then he is tried according to the strength of his religion. The servant shall continue to be tried until he is left walking upon the earth without any sins.”

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