Archive for the ‘Dhikr’ Category

“It is befitting for the Muslimah when she’s preparing the food that she busys her tongue with the rememberance of Allah. So while she’s cooking she glorifies Allah, while she’s cooking she’s saying Laa ilaaha illa Allah, while she’s cooking she’s remembering Allah and in that inshaAllaah she will have a tremendous reward.”

— Shaykh Sulaymaan ar-Ruhaylee

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“There is no [true] bliss, nor any delight, joy, or
completeness for him, except in knowing Allaah, loving Him, being
tranquil in the remembrance of Him, feeling delighted in drawing closer
to Him and in yearning to meet Him; this being the paradise of the
worldly life! Likewise, there is no delight or success for him in the
Afterlife, except with his being enveloped in the Abode of Bliss in the
Paradise of the next life. 
So there are for him two paradises,
he will not enter the latter without first entering the former.”

Transcribed from: The Exquisite Pearl, the Journey to Allaah & the Home of the Hereafter |al-durraat al-fakhiraah | Shaykh ‘Abd Al-Rahman al-Sa’di

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The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said, “whoever seeks the pleasure of Allah at the risk of displeasing the people, Allah will take care of him and protect him from them. But whoever seeks the pleasure at the risk of displeasing Allah, Allah will abandon him to the care of people.” Reported by Tirmidhi. 4/34, at the end of the section on zuhd; it is a hasan hadith.

As Muslims, our duty first and foremost is to work on doing what pleases Allah and to not be concerned with pleasing people. However, what does one do when they’re conflicted between a decision of trying not to displease a person and also trying to please their Lord? They should seek His pleasure without hesitation. When we succumb to the whisperings of the shaytaan, we’re more concerned with the consequences of our actions in this dunya, and how we will be perceived — but how can we forget that Allah is ultimately on our side through every action that is done for Him?  Seeking to walk on eggshells or please the people of this world is an endless struggle and goal with no reward. This can never be achieved. The characteristic of a Mu’min is for the main concern to always be seeking the pleasure of Allah subhana wa ta’aala because our reward lies with Him and Him alone.

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First, reciting the Qur’an while pondering over its meanings and what is meant by it.

Second, getting closer to Allaah by performing voluntary deeds after completing obligatory deeds. This is as is stated in a Hadith Qudsi: “My slave continues getting closer to Me by performing voluntary deeds until I love him.”

Third, continual remembrance of Allaah under all circumstances, with one’s tongue, heart and actions. The extent of one’s love of Allaah is determined by this.

Fourth, giving precedence to what He loves over what you love when you are overtaken by your desires.

Fifth, the heart being avid of Allaah’s Names, and Attributes and the heart roaming in that garden of knowledge.

Sixth, observing Allaah’s kindness, goodness and bounties, both hidden and open.

Seventh, and this is the most wonderful, the heart being soft, subdued and meek before Allaah.

Eighth, being alone with Allaah during the time when the Lord descends during the last portion of the night while reading His Book and ending that by asking for forgiveness and repenting.

Ninth, sitting with the beloved and sincere, benefitting from the most fruitful of their speech. And not to speak unless speaking is more beneficial and you know that it will improve your state and be beneficial to others.

Tenth, remaining away from every cause that comes between the heart and Allaah.

Author: Ibnul Qayyim al Jawziyyah, Source: Madarij as-Saalikeen (vol. 3, pp. 17-18 )

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Abu Dardaa radiallaahu ‘anhu said:”For everything there is a polish and the polish for the heart is the dhikr of Allaah”.

Al-Bayhaqee relates from Ibn ‘Umar radiallaahu ‘anhu that AlIaah’s Messenger sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “For everything there is a polish, and the polish for the hearts is the dhikr (remembrance) of Allaah. There is nothing more potent in saving a person from the punishment of Allaah than the dhikr of Allaah.” It was said: Not even Jihaad in the path of Allaah. So he replied: “Not even if you were to continue striking with your sword until it breaks.” [Saheeh: Related by Ahmad (4/352), from Mu’aadh ibn Jabal radiallaahu ‘anhu. It was authenticated by al-Albaanee in Saheehul-Jaami’ (no.5644).]

There is no doubt that hearts becomes rusty just as copper and silver coins become rusty. The polish for [this rust] is the dhikr of AIlaah. This is because [dhikr] is like a polish [which polishes the heart] like a shiny mirror. When dhikr is left, the rust returns. But when dhikr resumes, then the heart is [again] polished.

And hearts become rusty due to two things:-

  • (i) neglecting remembering Allaah, and
  • (ii) committing sins.

The polish for these two things is:-

  • (i) seeking Allaah’s forgiveness and
  • (ii) dhikr.

Whoever neglects [remembering Allaah] most of the time, then his heart will become rusty in accordance with how neglectful the person is. And when this [filthy] rust accumulates on the heart, then it no longer recognises things as they really are. Thus, it views falsehood as if it is the truth, and truth as if it is falsehood. This is because this rust darkens and confuses the heart’s perception, and so it is unable to truly recognise things for what they really are. So as the rust accumulates, the heart gets blackened, and as this happens the heart becomes stained with this filthy rust, and when this occurs it corrupts the heart’s perception and recognition of things. The heart [then] does not accept the truth nor does it reject falsehood, and this is the greatest calamity that can strike the heart.

Being neglectful [of dhikr] and following of whims and desires is a direct consequence of such a heart, which [further] extinguish the heart’s light and blinds its vision. Allaah – the Most High – said:
“And do not obey him whose heart We have made to be neglectful of Our remembrance, one who follows his own whims and desires and whose affairs are furat [have gone beyond bounds and whose deeds have been lost].” [Soorah al-Kahf 18:28].

Source : Polishing the Hearts by Imâm ibn al-Qayyim

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