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Contempating death…

March 13, 2008

`Umar bin `Abd al-`Aziz said:

” whoever contemplates death frequently speaks little, while he who knows that death is certain is satisfied with a little.”

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Virtues of Knowledge

March 13, 2008

Abu Nu’aym narrates in Al-Hilyah that Mu’adh bin Jabal  Said:

“Knowledge is a comforting friend in times of loneliness, it is the best companion during travels, and it is the inner friend who speaks to you in your privacy. Knowledge is the discerning proof of what is right and what is wrong, and it is the positive force that will help you surmount the trials of comfort, as well as those of hardships. Knowledge is your most powerful sword against your enemy, and finally, it is your most dignifying raiment in the company of your close companions. Through knowledge, Allah, blessed be His Name, raises some people in rank, and He makes them leaders in righteousness and models in morality. The vestige of their faith is avidly sought, their deeds are emulated perceptively, and people will seek and sanction their opinions solicitously and unequivocally. The heavenly angels seek their company and anoint them with their wings, every fresh or withered life they pass by implore Almighty Allah to forgive them their sins, even the fish in the oceans, the beasts of the lands and every bird of prey and migratory bird pray and solicit the mercy of Almighty Allah on their behalf. This is because knowledge revives the dead hearts and drives them out of darkness into light, and because knowledge is the light of the inner eyes that cures one’s blindness and restores his inner sight”

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The need for knowledge

March 13, 2008
Imaam ahmed , “People need knowledge more than they need food and drink, because they need food and drink two or three times a day, but they need knowledge all the time.”

thus the loss of scholars is a great calamity because the death of the entire tribe is less serious than the death of one scholar [majma al zawaaid 1/201]

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Part from the days

March 12, 2008

Part from the days where you used to do as you wish
And restrain your soul when the decree of Allah is ordained
And don’t despair over the events of the past
Fore none of the events of the dunya were ever meant to remain
And be a man who is firm upon his affairs
And whose character is that of pardoning and nobility
And there is sadness or happiness that is continuous
Just as there is there is no comfort or pain
If you are a person who is satisfied with what he has
Then you and the owner of all possessions are equal
And upon he who’s open valley death descends upon
Then there is no earth or sky to protect you from it
And the earth of Allah is vast but
When the ordainment of Allah descends even the open valley congests

~ Imaam Shafi`ee’ ,

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If only you knew

March 12, 2008

Abu-d-Dardaa’ – once said:

“If only you knew what you will certainly see upon your death, you would never again eat a single bite out of a craving appetite, and you would never again drink an extra sip of water for the pleasure of unquenchable and insatiable thirst.
Hence, you will remain outdoor in perpetuity, bewildered and awaiting the unexpected, and you will never again seek comfort in a shelter or seek a shade. You will wander aimlessly and climb the hilltops of every mountain, you will look up towards the heavens and beseech your Lord for mercy, and you will beat on your chest and cry endlessly, and you will wish that you were a little vegetable – a plant which is protected to grow, and then plucked to be eaten by a hungry person passing along.”

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be content when a decree has come to pass

March 12, 2008

Imam ash-Shafi`ee

“Let the days bring what they may,

and be content when a decree has come to pass,

when the execution of it comes in a land of some nation,

neither earth nor sky can prevent it.”

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Deeds and Intentions

March 12, 2008

Ibn al-Mubarak  – said,

“Perhaps a great deed is belittled by an intention. And perhaps a small deed, by a sincere intention, is made great. “