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SERIOUS NASEEHA I Emotional I Shaykh Haitham al-Haddad

SERIOUS NASEEHA I Emotional I Shaykh Haitham al-Haddad  

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Contentment

Fa’idah (benefit): Being content with the decree of Allah (swt) that pertains to Allah’s attributes and His actions is compulsory in absolute terms since it is a means to manifest complete contentment with Allah (swt) being one’s Lord. As for … Continue reading

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How the Salaf saw themselves…

Some thoughtful quotes I came across whilst reading Shaykh al-’Affani’s book on Ikhlas (sincerity). The humbleness of the Salaf is truly admirable, this is just an insight into how they used to see themselves… Khalaf ibn Tamim: ‘I heard Sufyan … Continue reading

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Hasan Al-Basri (life of this world)

Abu `Ubaidah An-Naji said: “We visited AI-Hasan AlBasri on the day he died. He said: “You are welcome, may Allah’s Peace be upon you, and accommodate us all in the Home of settlement.This is a good sign if you are … Continue reading

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How much should I..?‏

It is reported that Wahb b. Munabbih – Allâh have mercy on him – said: A scholar once asked another greater than him in knowledge, “How much should I build?” He replied, “As much as shelters you from the sun … Continue reading

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Thankfulness towards Allâh

“That is because Allâh will never change the grace which He hath bestowed on a people until they change what is in their (own) souls” {Sûrah al-Anfal (8):53} This is one of the ways in which Allâh deals with His … Continue reading

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Prohibited types of Dhikr

Al-Qurtubi(rahimahullah) rejects prohibited forms of remembrance: The great Sufi and commentator of the Qur’an, al-Qurtubi, writes in his commentary to this verse: ”The true believers are such that when Allah is mentioned, their hearts tremble. And when His verses are … Continue reading

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Striving Against the Evil Inclinations of the Soul

Bismillah Taken from (Purification of the Soul, Concept, Process, and Means) by Jamal ad-din Zarabozo Striving Against Any Evil Inclinations of the Soul Allah says, “And strive for the sake of Allah as you ought to strive” (al-hajj 78) Al-Raazi … Continue reading

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Contemplation

Bismillah (Taken from “Purification of the Soul : Concept, Process and Means” by Jamal ad-Din Zarabozo) Aamir ibn Abd Qais stated, “I heard more than one, two, or three of the Companions of the Prophet (salalahu alayhi wa salam) say, … Continue reading

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Purification of the Soul notes from Imam Zaid Shakir’s lectures

Allah (SWT) creates your works, not you, so it’s foolish to be proud of them, be grateful. Remember Allah (SWT) is always watching. Associate with people who are higher spiritually than you, if you cannot find such people then read … Continue reading

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The Purpose Of All Religious Practice

 by Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah All [religious] practice prescribes the remembrance of God, and to achieve this remembrance is its goal. God says, ‘And establish regular prayer for My remembrance.’ [20:14]‘ My remembrance’ is said to have an active sense: ‘In … Continue reading

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Hard-heartedness: Disapproval, Causes and Remedies

by Al-Hafidh Zainuddin Abu Al-Faraj Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali Disapproval of hardheartedness: Allah says, “Then, after that, your hearts were hardened and became as stones or even worse in hardness.” [Al-Baqarah 2:74. Imam Al-Qurtubi said explaining this verse: “Hardness means rigidness, … Continue reading

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Deeds of the Hearts

Fellow Muslims! Fear Allâh and be dutiful to Him. Be always conscious of Him and be grateful to Him. Obey Allâh for you cannot live without His blessings and humble yourselves before Him for you cannot find a way out … Continue reading

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Hasad- Evil Eye and Envy

On the authority of Abu Huraira (ra) who said: The Messenger of Allah (saw) said “Do not be envious of one another; do not artificially raise prices against one another; do not hate one another; do not turn one’s back … Continue reading

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The Arkaan (Pillars) of Gratitude

Pertaining to what Al Baaree [The Originator (Allah-subhaanah] mentioned with regards to His Favours conferred upon the slaves, of the facilitation of the means of transport (through riding beasts and ships): ”In order that you may mount on their backs, … Continue reading

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Sufficient is Death as an Admonisher

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, who said that the Messenger of Allah – صلى الله عليه وسلم – said: “Frequently remember the destroyer of life’s pleasures; death.” [Collected by at Tirmidhi and an … Continue reading

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Admiring oneself after doing a good deed

Sometimes a person finds himself filled with self-admiration or showing off after doing a good deed or act of worship, and he is scared that this will cancel out what he has done. What do you advise? Praise be to … Continue reading

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“The More Humble You Are Before Allah…”

From the words of Ibn Taymiyyah:”.. .And the worshipper – the more humble, needy, and subdued he is before Allah – the closer he will be to Him, and the dearer he will be to Him, and the greater in … Continue reading

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15 Signs to Know If You’re Stuck-up (arrogant)

1) When anyone (honestly) points out your mistakes, you don’t or can’t acknowledge them. 2) When speaking in a gathering, you like to be at the top or you enjoy being the center of attention. 3) When talking to someone, … Continue reading

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Taking Account Of The Self

Alif Laam Meem. Do the people think that they will be left to say, ‘We believe’ and they will not be tried? But We have certainly tested those before them, and indeed, Allah knows those who are truthful, and He … Continue reading

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Your Heart is the Pillar of Your Worship

From the Words of ‘Abdullah ‘Azzam… “…the heart is the machine that drives all acts of worship. It is what moves the entire body! As long as the heart is alive, then the limbs will be alive, and the soul … Continue reading

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The Blindness of the Heart

From the Words of ‘Abdullah ‘Azzam… “…you deal with Allah as if you are playing with small children…as Ayyub as-Sakhtiyani said: “They try to trick Allah as if they are tricking a young boy.” I often stop at this verse: … Continue reading

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Fighting Your Desires

From the Words of ‘Abdullah ‘Azzam… “…So, fight your desires at a time when you can eat. The soul is never satisfied. Satisfying your desires is like satisfying the thirsty person who went to drink water from the sea – … Continue reading

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Test Your Heart

From the Words of ‘Abdullah ‘Azzam… “…How heavy is the Qur’an upon the immoral fasiq, and how heavy is worship and prayer upon the immoral fasiq hypocrite! The prayer is so heavy upon these hypocrites! You see him sitting and … Continue reading

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Envy devours good deeds

Envy devours good deeds just as a fire devours fuel Hasad is of varying degrees: 1 – When a person wants the blessing to be taken away from his Muslim brother, even if it does not come to him; rather … Continue reading

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Not being proud of one’s own deeds

From the morals and the manners of the Salaf was that they would not be proud of their own actions but they would see deficiency in them. Mutarrif Ibn Abdullah (rahimahullah) said, “It is more beloved to me to spend … Continue reading

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I understood

I understood that guiding people by action is more inspiring.. Imam Ibn ul Jawzee From “Sayd Al-Khaatir” (138) I have met many mashaaykh and the affair of one was different from that of the other, and their knowledge capacity were … Continue reading

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“Eat Little, Be Cautious, and Constantly Remember Allāh”

Extracted from the book :”The manners of the knowledge seeker” Ibn Jamā’ah said: “From the best ways to help yourself understand the knowledge you are dealing with and to prevent boredom from it is to eat very little, and from … Continue reading

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Imam Sufyan at Thawri wrote in a letter

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Youthfulness

Imam Ahmad said, ‘I can’t compare young age & youth (shabab) to anything quite like something that was up my sleeve which slipped out.’ (i.e. it’s easily lost) Ibn ‘Abbas (radhiallahu `anhuma) said, ‘Allah `azza wa jall has not given … Continue reading

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Guard your time, even if it means being blunt at times

Some people once went to a man from the Salaf. They said to him (out of courtesy): “We fear that we are preoccupying you?” He said, “You’re right, indeed I was reading something but I had to leave my reading … Continue reading

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Your Acquaintances

From the Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam): “Verily, from amongst Mankind are a people who are keys to goodness and they close the doors to evil.” [Ibn Majah, sahih] Regarding the verse, أَلا إِنَّ أَوْلِيَاء اللّهِ لاَ خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ … Continue reading

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What is blameworthy extremism?

Praise be to Allaah. Firstly: The hadeeth which condemns extremism was narrated from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Those who go … Continue reading

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Not Everyone Is Suitable To Be Your Friend

1 – Allah Said: “Ah! Woe to me! If only I had never taken so-and-so as a friend! He indeed led me astray from the Reminder after it had come to me!” [al-Furqan; 28-29] 2 – The Messenger of Allah … Continue reading

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The Ten Ways to Expiate Your Sins

Ibn Taymiyyah If a believer falls into sin, it’s punishment would be repelled from him in ten ways: 1) He repents and therefore Allah would accept his repentance. The one who repents from a sin is as the one who hasn’t … Continue reading

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Words by Shaykh Muhammed ibn Salih al-’Uthaymeen (Rahimahullah)

“The more people increase in comfort and luxury and the more they open up before the people [with the Dunya], the more evils will open up before them. It is comfort and luxury that destroys a person. Because if a … Continue reading

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35 Statements From the Salaf Regarding Sincerity

35 Statements From the Salaf Regarding Sincerity 1 – Bishr al-Haafi said: “That I seek the world with a wind instrument is more beloved to me than that I seek it with my Deen.” 2 – Ibraaheem an-Nakha’i said: “When … Continue reading

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Qur’ânic Reflections

Shaykh Mashûr ibn Hasan [1] Allâh – the Most Perfect, the Most High – responded to the supplication of His Prophet Ibrâhîm – ’alayhis-salâm – when he said: “Our Lord! Send unto them a Messenger from themselves, reciting to them … Continue reading

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Combatting Pride

Hasan Al-Basree advised some of his students admonishing them about avoiding the state of being proud. He said: 1) Do not deceive yourself into becoming too proud because you are in a good or righteous environment, for there is no … Continue reading

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‘Fear Your Lord’

Indeed the advice, which Allaah has given to His servants from the time of Aadaam (‘alayhis salaam) up until now, has been to have taqwaa (fear) of Him. Glorified and Exalted be He. The Mighty, the Majestic says: And verily, … Continue reading

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I Worshipped Allah for Fifty Years

Nasr ibn Mahmood al Balkhee said; Ahmad ibn Harb stated: “I worshiped Allaah for fifty years, I wasn’t able to find the sweetness of worship until I forsook three things: 1. I forsook seeking the acceptance of people, so I … Continue reading

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Ten Statements from the Salaf on Love and Hate for Allah’s Sake

These are collected in al-Ghazzali’s ‘Ihya’ ‘Ulum ad-Din’ (2/195 onwards): 1 – ‘Umar bin al-Khattab said: “If one of you is blessed with affection from his brother, he should hold onto that as tightly as possible, as it is quite … Continue reading

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The Heart’s Captivation and Imprisonment by Sin

And among its effects is that the disobedient (sinner) is constantly in the shackles of his Shaytaan and the prison of his shahwa (desires) and the chains/fetters of his hawaa (whims). So he is a captive, one who is imprisoned … Continue reading

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How Does One Attain Sincerity?

Sincerity cannot coexist in a heart that contains the love of praise and commendation and the yearning to possess that which is owned by the people save in the manner that fire and water or a lizard and fish may … Continue reading

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Begin with Yourself

A man went to Ibn ‘Abbas radiAllaahu ‘anhu and said, “O Ibn ‘Abbas, I want to enjoin people to do good and forbid them from doing evil.” Ibn ‘Abbas said, “And have you reached that level?” He said, “I hope … Continue reading

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Ikhlas (Sincerity)

Q: What is the meaning of Ikhlas? And what if the worshipper desired to worship something else, what is the ruling? A: Ikhlas towards Allah means that by his worship, a person intends to draw closer to Allah, the Most … Continue reading

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Have You Thanked Allah?

by Imâm Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah Salmân al-Fârsî (RA) said: “There was a man who was given many of the luxuries of this world, and then they were taken away from him. But he continued to praise and thank Allâh until … Continue reading

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Three Distinctions Often Confused

By Ibn al-Qayyim There are certain things that the soul often confuses and mixes up, and only those with deep insight and wisdom are able to properly distinguish them. Ibn al-Qayyim points out some of these fine details and distinctions … Continue reading

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Truely thanking Allah

From the moral and manners of the Salaf was that they would testify against themselves that they had not really thanked Allah. That is because they would see all their praise for Him as another of Allah’s favours upon them; the … Continue reading

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Gratitude

Wahb bin al Ward was asked about the reward for performing a particular action, such as Tawwaf (encircling the Ka’ba), he responded: Don’t ask about the reward for performing such an action, but instead ask about what is upon the … Continue reading

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Secret Devotion

It is reported that Shurayh the Judge used to have a house in which he would spend time alone on Fridays; no one knew what he did in it. Al-Dhahabî, Siyar A’lâm Al-Nubalâ` Vol.4 p105. It is reported that Abû … Continue reading

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True Repentance

O Believers! Repent to Allâh truly and sincerely [Al-Tahrîm (66): 8] In explanation of this verse, Al-Tabarî reports the following narrations in his Tafsîr: He reports that ‘Umar b. Al-Khattâb – Allâh be pleased with him – was asked about … Continue reading

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How to weep for fear of Allaah

Praise be to Allaah. Undoubtedly your feelings of regret for missing out on this blessing is a very good sign. You should note that the Muslim can accustom himself to weep for fear of Allaah, by doing the following: 1 … Continue reading

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Tarbiyyah

A statement of Shaykh Ahmad Farid: ‘Al-Tarbiyyah al-Imaniyyah (training and developing oneself Islamically and internally) is a part of the tarbiyyah which a Muslim needs to take on in order to become a firm brick in the lofty castle of … Continue reading

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Al-Tafakkur

People are often distinguished by their thoughts and ideas, and a person is only ranked by his peers according to his level and depth of thinking. Likewise, by speaking to someone and listening to his/her speech, their level of intelligence, … Continue reading

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Humble Yourself

Al-Kirizi (a poet) once said: ‘And do not walk upon the earth except in humbleness, For how many people underneath it are more exalted than you! If you are in glory, goodness and strength, Then how many have died that … Continue reading

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..the fear of Allah we DON’T have!

  THE FEAR OF THE ANGELS, ALAYHIM ASSALAAM Allah has said describing them, يَخَافُونَ رَبَّهُمْ مِنْ فَوْقِهِمْ وَيَفْعَلُونَ مَا يُؤْمَرُونَ They fear Allah from above them and they do what they are commanded. [an-Nahl : 50] And we have narrated … Continue reading

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The Fear of Fame: A Lost Characteristic

The scholars and the righteous of this Ummah always feared fame and becoming well-known amongst the people. They would dislike for their name to be mentioned much and you can see one of them fleeing from the people as if … Continue reading

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Developing Love for Allâh.. Ibn al-Qayyim – rahimahullâh‏

Developing Love for Allâh Ibn al-Qayyim – rahimahullâh – says: “The reasons which cause mahabbah of Allâh to develop, are ten: Firstly: Reciting the Qur‘ân, reflecting and understanding its meaning and its intent. Secondly: Drawing closer to Allâh – the … Continue reading

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I want to be a devoted slave of Allaah … ten pointers‏

My question is short. I want to enter Paradise, I want to strive to control my self (my nafs), I want to kiss my mother’s hand every day, I want to keep away from whims and desires and from the … Continue reading

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The Advice of ‘Alee

Kumail ibn Ziyaad said: ‘Alee ibn Abee Taalib took hold of my hand and took me off towards the desert. When we reached it, he sat down, took a deep breath and then said: “O Kumail ibn Ziyaad! The hearts … Continue reading

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Sin and its effects on the one who commits them

by Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him)‏ 1 – Being deprived of knowledge for knowledge is light that Allaah causes to reach the heart, and sin extinguishes that light. When al-Shaafa’i sat before Maalik and read to him, … Continue reading

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Difference Between Istighfar and Tawbah‏

The Rich Meanings of Tawbah and Istighfaar Imam Ibn ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah Madarij us-Salikin Scholars interpret tawbah (repentance) to mean all of the following: (i) immediate renunciation of the sin, (ii) firm intention and determination to not return to … Continue reading

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Battle of the Nufs

And the soul increases in desire when you awaken its desire * And if it is restricted to little, it becomes content Jabir was once walking to the marketplace. So, ‘Umar asked him: “Where are you going, Jabir?” He said: … Continue reading

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Qur’ânic Reflections..Shaykh Mashûr ibn Hasan

Allâh – the Most Perfect, the Most High – responded to the supplication of His Prophet Ibrâhîm – ’alayhis-salâm – when he said: “Our Lord! Send unto them a Messenger from themselves, reciting to them Your Signs, teaching them the … Continue reading

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Sincerity

Ikhlaas (purity and sincerity of intentions): It is the stripping (i.e. the purifying) of one’s intentions in order to draw closer to Allaah – the Mighty and Majestic – in all matters. It is also said that ikhlaas is intending … Continue reading

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Allaahu Akbar

Allaah – the Most High – says. “That He will call you to account for what your hearts have earned.” [Soorah al-Baqarah 2:225]. “The day when neither wealth nor children will be of any avail, except he who comes to … Continue reading

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