March 10, 2007

Call Upon Allah, And He will respond to you

Posted in Heart Softener, Living to Die at 3:05 pm by relief1

Ibraaheem Ibn Adham (d.160H) – rahimahullaah – said, when he was asked about the verse:

Call upon Me, and I will respond to you.” [Sooratul Ghaafir 40:60]

“They said: We call upon Allaah, but He does not answer us.” So he said:

“You know Allaah; yet you do not obey Him. You recite the Qur`aan; yet you do not act according to it. You know Shaytaan; yet you continue agreeing with him. You claim to love the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam); yet you abandon his Sunnah (guidance and way). You claim to love Paradise; yet you do not work for it. You claim to fear the Fire; yet you do not stop sinning. You say: ‘Indeed death is true’; yet you have not prepared for it. You busy yourself with the faults of others; yet you do not look at your own faults. You eat the sustenance that Allaah provides for you; yet you are not grateful to Him. And you bury your dead; yet you have not heeded its lesson.”  It was related by al-Haafidh Ibn Rajab in al-Khshoo’ fis Salaah (p. 62)

Shaykh ‘Alee Hasan al-Halabee said:

“So keep in mind the point of death, and of one’s passing on to the next life, and the number of sins that one has committed and the small amount of good that one has done. Think of the good that you would earnestly like to do at that time – then bring that forward and do it today. And think of all those things which you would desire to clear yourself of – then clear yourself from them now.”

We Were Not Created in Vain

Posted in Heart Softener, Living to Die at 2:57 pm by relief1

According to Abdallaah bin Bakr bin Habeeb al-Sahmee: We were told by a man in the mosque of al-Junaabidh that `Umar bin `Abd al-`Azeez delivered a sermon to the people in Khunaasirah in which he said:

O people, you were not created in vain, nor will you be left to yourselves [See 75:36]. Rather, you will return to a place in which Allaah will descend in order to judge among you and distinguish between you. Destitute and lost are those who forsake the all- encompassing mercy of Allaah, and they will be excluded from Paradise, the borders of which are as wide as the heavens and the earth. Don’t you know that protection, tomorrow, will be limited to those who feared Allaah [today], and to those who sold something ephemeral for something permanent, something small for something great, and fear for protection? Don’t you realize that you are the descendants of those who have perished, that those who remain will take their place after you, and that this will continue until you are all returned to Allaah? Every day you dispatch to Allaah, at all times of the day, someone who has died, his term having come to an end. You bury him in a crack in the earth and then leave him without a pillow or a bed. He has parted from his loved ones, severed his connections with the living, and taken up residence in the earth, whereupon he comes face to face with the accounting. He is mortgaged to his deeds: He needs his accomplishments, but not the material things he left on earth.

Therefore, fear Allaah before death descends and it’s appointed times expire. I swear by Allaah that I say those words to you knowing that I myself have committed more sins than any of you; I therefore ask Allaah for forgiveness and I repent. Whenever we learn that one of you needs something, I try to satisfy his need to the extent that I am able. Whenever I can provide satisfaction to one of you out of my possessions, I seek to treat him as my equal and my relative, so that my life and his life are of equal value. I swear by Allaah that had I wanted something else, namely, affluence, then it would have been easy for me to utter the word, aware as I am of the means for obtaining this. But Allaah has issued in an eloquent Book and a just example (sunnah) by means of which He guides us to obedience and proscribes disobedience. He lifted up the edge of his robe and began to cry and sob, causing the people around him to break into tears. Then he stepped down. That was the last sermon he gave before he died, may Allaah have mercy on him.

For variant versions of this sermon, see Ibn `Abd al-Hakam, Seerah 43-45, 132-33; Ibn Katheer, Bidaayah, IX, 199; This translation was taken from The History of al-Tabaree, Vol XXIV, by D.S.Powers/

In the same book, it is also related that, According to `Abdallaah – his father – al-Fudayl – `Abdallaah: I was told that `Umar bin `Abd al-Azeez wrote to the Syrian army as follows:

“As-salaamu `alaikum wa rahmatullaah. Now then, whoever contemplates death frequently speaks little, while he who knows that death is certain is satisfied with a little. Farewell.”

My Comments: Such a beautiful heart softening reminder for us all. I think of all the things I complain about and get stressed over when the biggest thing to remember is that we will die and it is our deeds that will be reckoned with at that time. 
What have I sent forward for tomorrow? What have I sent forward for that Day?

February 19, 2007

The Companion of the Dunya

Posted in Heart Softener at 4:37 am by relief1

 And do not burden yourself with its worries, since you have seen with your own eyes its misfortunes and calamities, and you know for certain the grief encountered when separating from it.   And tightly fasten whatever has become distressing in it, in order to make it easy and comfortable when it befalls you.  And be the happiest person concerning your present status in it, and be most wary about what you want further
from it (i.e. higher positions, more wealth, etc.).  For indeed whenever a companion of the worldly life (Dunyaa) trusts one of its pleasures, it dispatches to him something despised from itself.   And when such a companion obtains something from the Dunyaa, he slips up on it, twisting his foot and so he falls over as a result of it.
Anything of the Dunyaa that makes one happy, is only a deception, and whatever of it is beneficial [today], is harmful the next day.   And any ease in it is connected to trials and misfortunes, and anything that remains in it will be made to perish.  Its joys are  mixed with grief and the last years of one’s life in it are full of weakness and frailness.  So adopt the attitude towards it of someone who abstains from it and separates himself from it.   And do not have the attitude of someone who is its lover and shows tender affection for it.
Know that it eliminates the one who lived and resided in it and that it inflicts suffering upon the one who had faith in it and was dazzled by it.   Whatever departs from it, will not return and so it slips away.  And whatever is to come in it is not made known, such that one could expect it.
Be cautious of it!  For indeed its claims are lies and its expectations are deceptions.  Its life is full of hard work and its happiness is murky and full of grief.  And you are upon danger with respect to the Dunyaa.   Either there is a blessing in it, which is soon to perish, or else there is an affliction in it that is descending.  Either there is a calamity that will cause pain or there is a lethal decisive death.
If only the companion of the Dunyaa had realized it, he would have seen that life had been hard and difficult on him, and that he was upon danger with respect to any of its graces, and that he was wary and cautious with respect to the needs he had, and that he was certain of death.   So even if the Creator, the Most High, had not informed anything about [the ills of] the Dunyaa, nor had expounded any examples about it, nor had ordered us to abstain from it, then the Dunyaa itself should be enough to warn even the one who is asleep and would arouse even the one who is negligent and indifferent.
And how much more so is this when there came from Allaah, the Most High, one who alerted and deterred the people from it and who warned and admonished concerning it?!  So it is of no worth to Allaah, not even being worth the equivalent of an  insignificant weight to Allaah, the Most High.   Not even being worth the measure of a small pebble to Him, the Most High.  Not even the measure of a single grain of soil.
And there is no created thing that I know of, which is more hateful to Him than this Dunyaa, and He has not looked at it ever since creating it, out of hatred for it.