Whatever you love…

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If you want money more than anything you will be bought and sold.
If you have greed for food, you’ll be a loaf of bread.
This is a subtle truth:
whatever you love, you become.

– Mevlana Rumi rahimahu Llah –

Union

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Zayd ibn Aslam said, Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radi Allahu ‘anhu) went out at night to observe the people and saw a lamp in a house where an old woman eas teasing some wool, saying

The prayer of the good be upon Muhammad ﷺ
may The Blessed bless him ﷺ!
I was standing in tears before dawn. If only I knew,
when death gives us different forms,
Whether the Abode will join me to my beloved ﷺ

She meant the Prophet ﷺ. Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radi Allau ‘anhu) sat down in tears.

– From al-Shifa written by Qadi Iyad rahimahu Llah –

Rebel

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Do you rebel against Allah when you claim to love Him?
By my life, this is an extraordinary example!

If your love had been true, then you would have obeyed Him
The lover obeys the one he loves

– al-Mahmud ibn al-Hasan al-Warraq (a poet) –

The Art of Taking Notes

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Awesome advice – Many of them I use and some I can begin to do  :)

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By Shaykh Shahin-ur Rahman

As the new Islāmic academic year[1] approaches, students of knowledge are moving into the higher years at every Islāmic institute of learning (dār al-ʿulūm). Many are prone to becoming overwhelmed by the volume of their studies and speed of their teachers’ lectures. At this point, they fall prey to making a ‘rookie mistake’ they later realise and regret. That is, the error of taking inefficient notes.

Every dār al-ʿulūm has a broad range of students taking notes. Some, in the process of attempting to write every word emanating from the teacher’s mouth verbatim, miss the core content of the lecture. Others, on the other hand, give up writing completely and hope to rely on a classmate’s notes. As with everything in life, success lies in creating a balance.

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Walk & Run

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Walk, walk faster; Run, run like a soul who is purely in love;
Take any path but make sure it takes you to your Beloved…
– unknown –

Rizq

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Love is also a form of Rizq (sustenance from heavens). Don’t you see the Prophet ﷺ saying about Sayyida Khadija radi Allahu ‘anha

I was granted the Rizq of her love

– Shaykh Muhammad bin Yahya Al- Ninowy rahimahu Llah –

Easy

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Meri Mushkil Ko Yu(N) Aa’saa(N) Mere Mushkil Kusha Karde
Har eK Mouj-E-Bala Ko Mere Mawla Na Khuda Karde

Thus render easy, my each and every tribulation, oh my eradicator of tribulation —
and steer me safely over the crashing waves of each and every misfortune.

Naat written by Taaj’ush Shariah Mufti Akhtar Rida Khan [great grandson of Ala Hazrat]
(hafizu Llah)
Naat translated by Muhammad Yusuf Raza al-Amjadi

Sayyiduna al-Tufayl ibn ‘Amr (radi Allahu ‘anhu)

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Sayyiduna al-Tufayl ibn ‘Amr (radi Allahu ‘anhu) was the chief of the Daws – a tribe which resided outside Makkah al-Mukarammah. He accepted Islam after meeting the Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) on one of his visits to the city.

Upon returning to his tribe, he invited them to adopt his new faith. All but a few resisted his call. Sayyiduna al-Tufayl ibn ‘Amr (radi Allahu ‘anhu) visited Makkah al-Mukkaramah again and informed the Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) of his people’s response. He was instructed to return to them and constinue his call. The next time Sayyiduna al-Tufayl ibn ‘Amr (radi Allahu ‘anhu) met the Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was after the battle of Khandaq in Madinah al-Munawwarah. He arrived along with eighty Muslim families from his tribe.

Sayyiduna al-Tufayl ibn ‘Amr (radi Allahu ‘anhu) stayed with the Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) until the Conquest of Makkah al-Mukkaramah. Sayyiduna al-Tufayl ibn ‘Amr (radi Allahu ‘anhu) returned to his tribe and burnt their idol. After realising the futility of their pagan religion, his entire tribe came into the fold of Islam. Sayyiduna al-Tufayl ibn ‘Amr (radi Allahu ‘anhu) was granted matyrdom in the battle of al-Yamamah during the Caplihate of Sayyiduna Abu Bakr al-Sasiq (radi Allahu ‘anhu)