We often run after the money, the houses, the cars, the degrees

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Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem, we often run after the money, the houses, the cars, the degrees, and forget about our salah’s, reciting the Qur’aan, taking care of our parents, and the needy, take part in spreading the (true) message of Allah and time for spenting, taking count of our ownself. This verse is a great reminder for myself and all of us to make sure we don’t neglect the important things that count…..

Quotes of the day

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If an unlimited bounty should offer kingdoms,
If a buried treasure should grant me gems . . .
I would bow my soul low, lay my face in the dust
And plead: ‘Grant me instead, the Love of God!’
~Rumi

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Those devoted to the path of the ‘knowledge of God’s realisation’ (Irfaan ) have nothing to speak of except God.

~Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti

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“Don’t be arrogant with knowledge. A little bit of learning is a dangerous thing.
Drink deep, because shallow drinks intoxicate the brain.”

Imam Ghazali

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“Man is either your brother in faith or your equal in humanity.” – Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib

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In a Hasan/good Hadith, related by Imam Bukhari in his book on manners = al-Adab al-Mufrad. There is from Iyad ibn Khalifa that he heard ‘Ali, Karam’Allahu Wajhahu, say at Siffin,

“The intellect is located in the heart. Mercy is located in the liver, Compassion is located in the spleen. The self (nafs) is located in the lungs.”
حَدَّثَنَا سَعِيدُ بْنُ أَبِي مَرْيَمَ، قَالَ: أَخْبَرَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ مُسْلِمٍ قَالَ: أَخْبَرَنِي عَمْرُو بْنُ دِينَارٍ، عَنِ ابْنِ شِهَابٍ، عَنْ عِيَاضِ بْنِ خَلِيفَةَ، عَنْ عَلِيٍّ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ، أَنَّهُ سَمِعَهُ بِصِفِّينَ يَقُولُ: إِنَّ الْعَقْلَ فِي الْقَلْبِ، وَالرَّحْمَةَ فِي الْكَبِدِ، وَالرَّأْفَةَ فِي الطِّحَالِ، وَالنَّفَسَ فِي الرِّئَةِ.

{Section ~ Illness and Visiting Those Who are Ill ~ 250 #547 ~ The intellect is located in the heart}

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Actions are lifeless forms, but the presence of an inner reality of sincerity within them is what endows them with life-giving Spirit.
Ibn Ata’illah

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“Don’t be dead or asleep or awake.
Don’t be anything.
What you most want,
what you travel around wishing to find,
lose yourself as lovers lose themselves,
and you’ll be that.”
―Attar

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The home we seek is in eternity;
The Truth we seek is like a shoreless sea,
Of which your paradise is but a drop.
This ocean can be yours; why should you stop
Beguiled by dreams of evanescent dew?
The secrets of the sun are yours, but you
Content yourself with motes trapped in its beams.
Turn to what truly lives, reject what seems —
Which matters more, the body or the soul?
Be whole: desire and journey to the Whole.

Shaykh Farid ud-Din Attar

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“Love Is The Cure,
for your pain will keep giving birth to more pain
until your eyes constantly exhale love as effortlessly as your body yields its scent.”
~Rumi

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”The knower of secrets, the key to Sainthood, the helper of the needy, the King of the friends of Allah, the one who uttered ”My foot is on the neck of every Wali (Saint).”

Sultan al-Awliyah Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani

The very first command to the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him was “Iqra”, “Read!”

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The very first command to the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him was “Iqra”, “Read!”

Many of us fail at even some of the most basic acts in life simply because we do not “READ!”

The semantics of the linguistic aspects of read vs recite I personally do not feel are important especially if it distracts us from the far more important detail behind the incident. The point of the experience for Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him was that he was commanded to repeat a message that he would share with all mankind, which Ameer Akhtar mentioned in his post above, is that the message was not simply a command to blindly repeat what was being revealed (read/recite). It was a command to understand what what was being revealed based on our God given ability to reason an to use that reason to apply the message based on correct understanding. We get that correct understanding from the Qur’an and the example of our Prophet through his authentic sunnah. in shaa’Allah

I remember a time in my life where I…

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I remember a time in my life where I didn’t have big dreams. In fact, I wasn’t really dreaming at all. I lived day-to-day, looking for ways to meet my own needs of significance or love.

I had no idea what I really wanted in my life, and if I did, I was afraid to chart my own course to make it happen. The first day I realized that I was following the aspirations of those around me, instead of my own, I was in shock. I drove around for several hours, up and down the coast looking to get lost somewhere fast, with no direction to go in at all.

The drive was a good metaphor for my life. talk a lot about “dreaming big” and making big goals, but few people talk about the other side of that equation.

Most of us, as children have big dreams, expansive imaginations, and energy and hope that could fuel a spaceship to Mars.

The problem wasn’t the inability to dream big – the problem was about the beliefs, fears, and negative voices that became so loud, that the mind could no longer dream, or take action.

Dreaming big is exciting. Dreaming big, and making massive goals and never achieving them is depressing.

So what changed?

I did. I began to put myself into environments and experiences which would force me to stand on my own two feet. Instead of living through the accomplishments or success of others, I committed to creating my own.

Owning who I truly wanted to be. Not what a degree on the wall said, not what people expected, not what was comfortable and easy, like a costume I could slip into.

I wanted to own my vision, and with the help of Allah, seeking His pleasure, I starting taking those baby steps towards change.

This is where my coaching career began.

(continued via sister, Megan Wyatt)

❝I worshiped Allah for 50 years and did not find the sweetness of worship until I left off three things

❝I worshiped Allah for 50 years and did not find the sweetness of worship until I left off three things:

1 – seeking the pleasure of people so I was able to speak the truth.
2 – befriending immoral people so I was able to befriend the righteous.
3 – delights of this worldly life so I was able to find the delights of the next life.❞

— Ahmad b. Harb (d. 234h) Siyar ‘Alam an-Nubala

Shaykh Abdal-Hakim Murad shares a story in order to describe the appreciation and awareness

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Shaykh Abdal-Hakim Murad shares a story in order to describe the appreciation and awareness we should have of Allah’s creation. He relates a story by Mawala Rumi who describes that all of creation is in worship.

Mawlana Rumi tells of a story where a shaykh tells his mureed (student) to bring him the most beautiful flower he can find. The student returns with a dead rose. The shaykh, confused and disappointed, asks his mureed why a dead rose when there are far more beautiful flowers in the world.

The mureed responds that he went all over and looked for the most beautiful flower while making dhikr, but realized that all the flowers were in constant worship, and it would be wrong to stop them from that state. He therefore picked a dead rose since it had (naturally) stopped its state of worship. SubhanAllah.

This deep awareness of Allah’s creations of the mureed put his shaykh in awe, and the skaykh made this mureed the next shaykh.

May we all have this deep sense of awareness of Allah and his creations. Ameen.

If you keep hiding your emotions with the people around you- Megan Wyatt

If you keep hiding your emotions with the people around you, you’ll discover that after life has weathered you through a few years, that you have become a hollow shell. You see your face on the outside, looking into the mirror, but cannot find your heart. You interact with the world almost as if you live behind a glass wall. You see everyone and everything, even the beauty that Allah has created in the trees, the sky, a snowflake, a baby’s smile.

But you cannot truly grasp, touch, nor envelop that beauty, the love, the mercy, or happiness. And it cannot envelop you.

You do no one a favor when you hide, especially your own self. By being a feeling person you invite someone else to care, or, discover their limitations around human emotion.

You invite yourself to a place of honor and integrity.

Some people are incredibly uncomfortable seeing your emotions because if they experience yours, they’d have to experience their own, and some people work very hard to be numb.

They imagine they would have to break through their own glass wall to hug you, love you, and embrace you, and because glass is sharp, they imagine the pain of breaking through.

Behind the glass they remain, helpless, useless, and feeling worthless, still deluding themselves to believing it’s less pain to simply watch life go by and touch their fingertips upon the cold glass.

Look for the glass between you and the one you feel hurt by. It isn’t you that is broken.

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Quote of the Day

[Whether it’s] loving something for its beauty, perfection, or goodness – human nature is infatuated with beauty. First thing in a person’s love for beauty is spiritual. Even if it is later dominated by something physical.

– Habib Ali Zain al-`Abideen al-Jifri

Hadith of the day

The tongue must be used to speak the truth if the hand cannot enforce it:
Whoever from amongst you sees an evil should change it by his hand, if he is unable to do so then he should change it by his tongue (by speaking against it), and if he is unable to do so then he should reject it in his heart – and this is the weakest of Eman – [Sahih Muslim]

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Contemplating the Creator’s handiwork within creation

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Contemplating the Creator’s handiwork within creation enables us, at least to some extent, to admire His wisdom, splendour and sublime power. This, in turn, inspires reverence and love of Allah in human hearts. For the natural world is like a mirror, itself beautiful while reflecting an even greater beauty of Allah. If the starry heavens elicit in us a sense of awe; if a newly sprung red rose evokes in us a sense of beauty; if the solemn stillness of an autumn woodland kindles in us a sense of sublimity, then how much more awesome, beautiful and sublime must the Creator of such things be? Appreciating the splendour of the creation and being enchanted by it is, therefore, a means of knowing and glimpsing the still greater splendour of its Maker.

Ust. Abu Aaliyah

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Don’t neglect to make intentions to perform pilgrimage to the Ka’ba of your Spirit whether or not you perform the physical hajj,Don’t neglect to intend to slaughter your ego and lower self before you slaughter your qurbani animal, and
the true Eid is not a celebration of new clothes and shoes but a celebration of a new spiritual life and commitment to the Creator!

Shaykh Muhammad Adeyinka

Quotes of the day


Imam Al Ghazali (RA) ~ 

“The man who claims that the Quran has no meaning except that which the exoteric exegesis has transmitted is acknowledging his own limitation. He is right in his acknowledgment, but is wrong in his judgment that puts all people to the level to which he is limited and bound.”

and,

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Mission Dawah

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Masha Allah brother Dennis was out yesterday doing the dawah, remember he has only been Muslim one year..

(O Prophet), call to the way of your Lord with wisdom and goodly exhortation,122 and reason with them in the best manner possible.123 Surely your Lord knows best who has strayed away from His path, and He also knows well those who are guided to the Right Way.

[The Holy Quran, Surah An-Nahl V.125]

So whoever Allah wants to guide – He expands his breast to [contain] Islam; and whoever He wants to misguide – He makes his breast tight and constricted as though he were climbing into the sky. Thus does Allah place defilement upon those who do not believe.

[The Noble Quran, Surah Al- Anam 6:125]

 

The true Guidance …

Many may have knowledge but few are truly wise, for wisdom shows you things, which are hidden from mens eyes
Ibn sina/Avicenna (Abu Ali Sina, Balkhi) – Father of modern medicine

 “If Allah wants to favor someone, He grants him comprehension (understanding) of this religion.”
[Sahih Bukhari vol.1 # 71, Tirmidhi and Musnad Ahmad]

AND…

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Turn to Allah swt before its too late!!

O’ you who believe, turn to ALLAH with sincere repentance.

Perhaps your Lord will remove from you your misdeeds and admit you into gardens beneath which rivers flow [on] the Day when ALLAH will not disgrace the Prophet and those who believed with him. Their light will proceed before them and on their right; they will say, “Our Lord, perfect for us our light and forgive us. Indeed, You are over all things competent.

[Translatio of the Noble Quran, Chapter #66, Verse #8]

Quote of the Day

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لا تركنن لمخلوق على طمع *** فإن ذلك نقص منك في الدين
Do not rely upon the creation to grant you your wishes
Indeed that’s only a shortcoming on part of your religion

لن يقدر العبد أن يعطيك خردلة *** إلا بإذن الذي سواك من طين
A slave has no power to grant you, not even an atom’s weight
Except with the Permission of He who made you from clay

فلا تصاحب قوياً تستعز به *** و كن عفيفاً و عظِّم حرمة الدين
So do not walk with the mighty in order to boast with them
Rather be modest and virtuous and exalt the sanctity of this Deen

واسترزق الله مما في خزائنه *** فإن رزقك بين الكاف والنون
Seek provision from Allah; from the treasures that are with Him
For indeed your provision only lies between Kaf and Nun*

* i.e. between the letters Kaf and Nun – in Arabic this spells out كن (‘Be,’ or ‘to become’) which is a reference to the verse “Verily, His Command, when He intends a thing, is only that He says to it, “Be! (kun)” and it is.” [The Holy Quran Surrah Ya-Sin: 82].

– Taken from ‘Ta’tir al-Anfas min Hadith al-Ikhlas’ by Shaykh Sayyid Husayn al-’Affani