How true are these words…

مر التابعي الجليل إبراهيم بن أدهم رحمه الله في سوق البصرة ذات يوم، فقال له الناس: يا أبا إسحاق، إن الله تعالى يقول: وقال ربكم ادعوني أستجب لكم(غافر60) ونحن ندعو الله فلا يستجيب لنا! فقال: لأن قلوبكم ماتت بعشرة أشياء: عرفتم الله ولم تؤدوا حقه، وقرأتم القرآن ولم تعملوا به، وزعمتم حب نبيكم وتركتم سنته، وقلتم إن الشيطان لكم عدو ووافقتموه، وقلتم إنكم مشتاقون إلى الجنة ولم تعملوا لها، وقلتم إنكم تخافون النار ولم تهربوا منها، وقلتم إن الموت حق ولم تستعدوا له، واشتغلتم بعيوب الناس وتركتم عيوبكم، وأكلتم نعم الله ولم تؤدوا شكرها، ودفنتم موتاكم ولم تعتبروا بهم ، فكيف يستجاب لكم؟
It is reported that Ibrâhîm b. Adham (d162H) – Allâh have mercy on him – once passed through the market of Basrah. People gathered around him and asked:
O Abû Ishâq, Allâh the Exalted says in his Book. ‘Call on me, I will answer your prayers’, but we have been calling on Him for a long time and He does not answer our prayers. [Ibrâhîm] replied, “O people of Basrah, your hearts have died in respect to ten things:
First, you know Allâh but you do not give Him His rights;
second, you have read Allâh’s Book but you do not act by it;
third, you claim to love Allâh’s Messenger – Allâh’s peace and blessings be upon him – yet you abandon his Sunnah;
fourth, you claim to be enemies to Shaytân but you conform to [his ways];
fifth, you say you love Paradise yet you do not work for it;
sixth, you say you fear The Fire yet you put yourselves closer to it [by sinning];
seventh, you say death is true but you do not prepare for it;
eighth, you busy yourselves with the faults of others and disregard your own;
ninth, you consume the favors of your Lord but are not grateful for them;
and tenth, you bury your dead but take no lesson from them.”
Abû Nu’aym, Hilyah Al-Awliyâ’ 8: 15, 16

A Word of Truth About the Rulers – كلمة حق في حكام اليوم

اللغة العربية وتحديات اليوم

Found this very very interesting.

Some nice things extracted from the halqa:

من تعلم لغة قوم أمن مكرهم

Whoever learns a peoples’ language

will be safe from their plotting

*Some have falsely attributed this as being a hadith.

بقدر لغات المرء يكثر نفعه

فتلك له عند الملمات أعوان

فثابر على درس اللغات وحفظها

فكل لسان في الحقيقة إنسان

The amount of langauges a person knows will only increase him in benefit,

For they (languages) will be for him in calamities a helper,

So be persisted in your studies of languages and protecting them,

For every tongue is in reality a person.

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