When death approached Mu’aadh..

لما نزل الموت على الصحابي معاذ بن جبل رضي الله عنه قال:

مَرْحَبًا بِالْمَوْتِ مَرْحَبًا ، زَائِرٌ مُغِبٌّ ، حَبِيبٌ جَاءَ عَلَى فَاقَةٍ ، اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي قَدْ كُنْتُ أَخَافَكَ ، فَأَنَا الْيَوْمَ أَرْجُوكَ ، اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ تَعْلَمُ أَنِّي لَمْ أَكُنْ أُحِبُّ الدُّنْيَا وَطُولَ الْبَقَاءِ فِيهَا لِجَرْيِ الْأَنْهَارِ ، وَلَا لِغَرْسِ الْأَشْجَارِ ، وَلَكِنْ لَظَمَأِ الْهَوَاجِرِ ، وَمُكَابَدَةِ السَّاعَاتِ ، وَمُزَاحَمَةِ الْعُلَمَاءِ بِالرُّكَبِ عَنِ حِلَقِ الذِّكْرِ

حلية الأولياء

When death approached the companion Mu’adh ibn Jabal (رضي الله عنه), he said:

“Welcome death welcome!

A passing visitor, a beloved who has come at a time of need. Oh Allah I was afraid from you but today I hope in You. Oh Allah you know I never loved this world or longed to live long in it to help the rivers flow or plant trees.

Rather I longed to fast in the intense heat, bear the difficult hours and to compete with the scholars in circles of remembrance.”

So where’s the benefit in money if it brings no comfort..

عن زيد بن ثابت أنه سمع رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول: مَنْ كَانَ هَمُّهُ الْآخِرَةَ، جَمَعَ اللهُ شَمْلَهُ، وَجَعَلَ غِنَاهُ فِي قَلْبِهِ، وَأَتَتْهُ الدُّنْيَا وَهِيَ رَاغِمَةٌ، وَمَنْ كَانَتْ نِيَّتُهُ الدُّنْيَا، فَرَّقَ اللهُ عَلَيْهِ ضَيْعَتَهُ، وَجَعَلَ فَقْرَهُ بَيْنَ عَيْنَيْهِ، وَلَمْ يَأْتِهِ مِنَ الدُّنْيَا إِلَّا مَا كُتِبَ لَهُ

قال حافظ السندي

فالحاصل أن ما كتب للعبد من الرزق يأتيه لا محالة إلا أنه من

طلب الآخرة يأتيه بلا تعب ومن طلب الدنيا يأتيه بتعب وشدة ، فطالب الآخرة قد جمع بين الدنيا والآخرة فإن المطلوب من جمع المال الراحة في الدنيا وقد حصلت لطالب الآخرة وطالب الدنيا قد خسر الدنيا والآخرة ؛ لأنه في الدنيا في التعب الشديد في طلبها فأي فائدة له في المال إذا فاتت الراحة

The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلم said:

“Whoever makes the world his most important matter, Allah will confound his affairs and make poverty appear before his eyes and he will not get anything from the world except what has been decreed for him. Whoever makes the Hereafter his most important matter, Allah will settle his affairs and make him content in his heart and the world will come to him although he does not want it.”

Source: Sunan Ibn Mājah 4105

Hafiz as-Sindi رحمة الله عليه said:

In short what is written for the slave from provisions will come to him without any doubt. Except, the one who seeks the hear-after it will come to him without any real difficultly. While the one who seeks this worldly life, it will come but after difficulty and hardship. So the one who seeks the hear-after gains both the hear-after and this life.

The major reason in gathering wealth is to have a comfortable life, and the one who seeks the hear-after obtains this. While the seeker of this worldly life loses out in both; this life and the next, while suffering from difficulty and hardship chasing after wealth.

So where is the benefit in money if it brings no comfort?

What tribulations have come for…

‏‏قال الشيخ الحنبلي عبدالقادر الجيلاني لابنه محمد: يا بني المصيبة ما جاءت لتهلك، وإنما جاءت لتمتحن صبرك وإيمانك، يا بني القدر سبع، والسبع لا يأكل الميتة، فالمصيبة كير

العبد، فإما أن يخرج ذهبا أو خبثا.

‏*الآداب الشرعية لابن مفلح الحنبلي

Abdul Qadir al-Hanbali رحمة الله عليه said to his son Mohammad:

Oh my son tribulations did not come to destroy you, rather it’s purpose is to test your patience and faith in Allah. Oh my son destiny is a predatory animal. And predatory animals don’t eat the dead. The tribulation is a bellows; either the slave comes (out of the tribulation) like gold or like filth.

Al-Aadab al-shariyah

https://mohammadawan.com/2018/05/17/what-tribulations-have-come-for/

Why wouldn’t one celebrate?

قَدْ جَاءَكُمْ شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ شَهْرٌ مُبَارَكٌ افْتَرَضَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْكُمْ صِيَامَهُ يُفْتَحُ فِيهِ أَبْوَابُ الْجَنَّةِ وَيُغْلَقُ فِيهِ أَبْوَابُ الْجَحِيمِ وَتُغَلُّ فِيهِ الشَّيَاطِينُ فِيهِ لَيْلَةٌ خَيْرٌ مِنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ مَنْ حُرِمَ خَيْرَهَا فَقَدْ حُرِمَ

“The month of Ramadan is here! A blessed month! Allah has made fasting its days an obligation upon you. During this month, the gates of Paradise are opened, and the gates of the hellfire are closed, and the devils are chained …”

Ibnu Rajab said:

قال بعض العلماء : هذا الحديث أصل في تهنئة الناس بعضهم بعضاً بشهر رمضان كيف لا يبشر المؤمن بفتح أبواب الجنان ، كيف لا يبشر المذنب بغلق أبواب النيران ، كيف لا يبشر العاقل بوقت يغل فيه الشياطين ، من أين يشبه هذا الزمان زمانا.

“Some of the scholars said: ‘This Hadith is a key evidence for the practice of congratulating one another for the arrival of Ramadan. Why shouldn’t the believer be congratulated when the gates of Paradise have opened? Why shouldn’t the sinner be congratulated when the gates of the hellfire have closed? Why shouldn’t the intelligent be congratulated for a time when the devils are chained? How can this month be compared to any other time?”

(Lataa’iful Ma’aarif)

Suffering..

Emotion, which is suffering, ceases to be suffering as soon as we form a clear and precise picture of it.

Man’s search for meaning. Viktor E. frankl

• What I took from this. Dealing with suffering is substantially easier when we breath life into it and actually humanise the issue. Leaving it lifeless allows it to fester and grow, eventually causing more pain and suffering. To actualise the causes for the pain and analyse it will minimise the symptoms and causation and allow you to see a beginning and end to the problem.

How to repay someone’s favours..

قال الرسول صلى الله عليه و سلم

وَمَنْ صَنَعَ إِليكم معروفا فكافئوه فإن لم تجدوا ما تكافئوه فادْعُوا له حتى تَرَوْا أنكم قد كافأتموه

أبو دَاوُدَ

قال صاحب الكتاب عون المعبود في شرح الحديث:

أنكم قد كافأتموه ) : أي كرروا الدعاء حتى تظنوا أن قد أديتم حقه . وقد جاء من حديث أسامة مرفوعا : من صنع إليه معروف فقال لفاعله جزاك الله خيرا فقد أبلغ في الثناء رواه رواه النسائيوالترمذيوابنحبان

،فدل هذا الحديث على أن من قال لأحد : جزاك الله خيرا مرة واحدة ، فقد أدى العوض وإن كان حقه كثيرا

The Prophet (peace & blessings be upon him) said:

“If anyone does something good for you, then repay him. If you do not have the means to repay him, then supplicate for him, until you feel that you have repaid him.”

Abu Dawud 1672

In explaining the Hadith the shaykh said:

“until you feel that you have repaid him”

Meaning: keep on praying for the person until you think you have repaid him for his rights.

In another Hadith collected in Tirimidhi the prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم is reported to have said:

“Whoever has a favour done for him and says to the one who did it, ‘JazakAllah khair,’ has done enough to thank him.”

So this hadith proves whoever says جزاك الله خيراً once to someone, has repaid their favour even if it was a large amount.

If they are left unrestrained..

In fact, if desires and lusts are left unrestrained, they may become the primary focus of life. People become slaves to their desires, which take complete control of their lives. Their psychological contentment becomes tied to them, so that they find happiness only when these desires are fulfilled.

Ibn Taymiyah states:

“If he attains it [that is, what he desires], he is pleased and if he is unable to attain it, he comes discontented. Such a person is the ‘abd [slave] of what he desires of these matters and he is a slave of it, since slavery and servitude are in reality the enslavement and servitude of the heart. Thus, for whatever enslaves the heart and puts it under its servitude, the heart is then a slave of that object. This is why it is said: The slave [human] is free as long as he is content [with what Allah has given him] and the free one is a slave as long as he desires.

Taken from the book: The prick of a thorn.

If you give thanks..

Ayaat of Ramadan

For the sinners there are three rivers…

‏• لأهل الذنوب، ثلاثة أنهار، يتطهّرون بها في الدنيا:

‏1- ﴿ نهر التوبة النّصوح ﴾.

‏2- ﴿ نهر الحسنات المستغرقة للأوزار المحيطة بها ﴾.

‏3- ﴿ نهر المصائب العظيمة المكفّرة ﴾…

‏[ابن القيم]

فوائد

Ibn al-Qayyim رحمة الله عليه said:

For the sinners there are three rivers that will purify them in this world.

1. The river of sincere repentance

2. The river of good deeds that drowns out bad actions that surrounds it

3. The river of severe calamities that expiates

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