قال ابن القيم :” وإذا أردت أن تعلم ما عندك وعند غيرك من محبة الله فانظر محبة القرآن من قلبك والتذاذك سماعه أعظم من التذاذ أصحاب الملاهي والغناء المطرب بسماعهم فإنه من المعلوم أن من أحب حبيبا كان كلامه وحديثه أحب شيئا إليه” الجواب الكافي٢٣٦/١

Ibn al-Qayyim رحمة الله عليه said:

If you want to ascertain where you and others are with regards to loving Allah, then look to how much your heart loves the Quran. And how much you enjoy listening to it more than those who enjoy listening to singers and songs. For definitely when you love someone, his words and speech become the dearest thing to you.

Deprived and at loss is..

The prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said:

قال صلى الله عليه وسلم: (خاب عبد وخسر لم يجعل الله تعالى في قلبه رحمة للبشر). [رواه الدولابي وابن عساكر، الصحيحة 456].

The prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said:

The one in whose heart Allah has not placed mercy for mankind is deprived and at loss

Collected by Ibn Asaakir and others.

A stark reality..

The more I grow older the more I realise the stark reality; that an integral part of life is pain.

This is why sabr and faith are so crucial to survive mentally and spiritually.

Pain does not necessitate sadness, in fact this only occurs when you put faith into the narrative; ‘life should only be about happiness.’

A believer is well aware that this life is a test and in fact pain reminds him constantly that this life is just that; a test, and that it is indeed limited in its very core.

One should know that everything that has an end will always be accompanied by an eventual call of pain. This why you don’t put your love into the dunya, it will only hurt you.

But Allah is ever living and eternal and so is His paradise, were we will meet Rasool صلى الله عليه و سلم

Real brotherhood

قال علي رضي الله عنه

إن أخاك الحق من كان معك

ومن يضر نفسه لينفعك

ومن إذا ريب زمان صدعك

شتت فيه شمله ليجمعك

إحياء علوم الدين

Ali رضي الله عنه said poetically:

Verily, your true brother is who is beside you,

Who will put himself into harm to benefit you,

And who, when the troubles of the time break you,

Will shatter himself to pieces in order to gather you.

The soul is never stagnant..

قال ابن القيم رحمة الله عليه

أعظم الأشياء ضررا على العبد بطالته وفراغه فإن النفس لا تقعد فارغة بل إن لم يشغلها بما ينفعها شغلته بما يضره ولا بد

طريق الهجرتين – ابن قيم الجوزية

Ibn al-Qayyim رحمة الله عليه said:

One of the most harmful things to a slave is being in a state of idleness and (wasting) his spare time. For the soul does not remain stagnant. If you do not occupy it with that which is beneficial, it will become occupied with that which is harmful, and there is no alternative.