As human beings, we love titles and want to be respected. Where does that desire come from? It comes from the nafs.
Debating may win the argument but it never wins the hearts.
A reminder from an old post that we naturally deteriorate in spirituality over time and we most strive to arrest that natural decline. http://www.contentsoul.com/2010/08/05/spiritual-deterioration/
The sahabah were not just concerned with physical, external ritual purity. Their external purification was also reflected in their inner spirit.
A state is a a condition or way of being that exists at a particular time. A state is all encompassing. For example, when a person is in a state of joy, fear or anxiety they are overcome by that particular state. Hajj and fasting are both states. We should be overcome by the states of Hajj and fasting. Let’s …
Contentment is when you are at peace within and with everything and everyone around you, even though you may be afflicted with misfortune and trials. The most contentment you will feel (even more than through dhikr) is through the recitation of the Qurʾān.
If you want to purify your heart, purify your speech.
It is sad to see an emphasis on the words of the Qurʾān without any appreciation of the inner reality.
The shell of Dīn is present today but there is a lack of inner spirituality and reality.
Hajj is meant to achieve something. It is not simply about the rituals; they are symbolic.
Hajj is a very visible form of worship. We have a huge public gathering, yet at its core it is a deeply spiritual, private affair.
In order to abandon a sin, you need to abandon everything associated with that sin including the place and company of that sin.
Ilm (knowledge) will get rid of jahalah (ignorance) but it will not get rid of jāhilīyyah (corruption).
We may have reason to disagree but disagreement itself is no reason to hate. Our resentment is more a reflection of ourselves than others.
In a hadīth reported by Imam Tirmidi in his Sunan and Ahmad bin Hanbal in his musnad on the authority of Zubair ibn al-Awam, Rasul ﷺ said دَبَّ إِلَيْكُمْ دَاءُ الأُمَمِ قَبْلَكُمُ الْبَغْضَاءُ وَالْحَسَدُ ، وَالْبَغْضَاءُ وَهِيَ الْحَالِقَةُ ، لَيْسَ حَالِقَةَ الشَّعْرِ لَكِنْ حَالِقَةَ الدِّينِ ، وَالَّذِي نَفْسِي بِيَدِهِ لاَ تَدْخُلُوا الْجَنَّةَ حَتَّى تُؤْمِنُوا ، وَلاَ تُؤْمِنُوا حَتَّى تَحَابُّوا ، …
In order to attain Taqwá be with the ṣādiqīn (truthful).
We should treat Ramaḍān as a period of spiritual recovery and treatment. If someone spends a month in hospital due to a serious illness, they have a unique environment where everything is controlled for them so that they can recover. Upon discharge they need to follow medical advice regarding lifestyle, diet and exercise otherwise their recovery could be compromised and …
We are allowing our Rūḥ (spirit) to become malnourished because we are too focused on our body.
The custom of most of us is to lavish attention on our bodies and neglect our spirits. The love of life drives us to ensure that we remain healthy so that we can live longer. We train and exercise to look good and to prolong life. Healthy eating, exercise, and diet are ultimately about prolonging life via good health i.e. …
Eid ul Fitr: Eid Mubarak to everyone! May Allah accept our deeds, and on this auspicious day may He bring peace and joy to everyone’s hearts and homes.