‘Id Mubarak

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‘Id is not the wearing of new clothes
Nor the consumption of sumptuous delights
But rather the hastening to our Lord in droves
And maintaining His remembrance in the days and nights
Praising His Prophet ﷺ with tongues incessant
Upholding his merciful legacy in past, future and present
Say!: All gratitude is due to the One who has allowed His servant
To fulfill His commandment and avoid His prohibition
Breathing souls into our life with hearts fervent
And granting us the honour of realising the Prophetic ﷺ mission
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Dust

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Farida Khaak na Nindiye Khaaku Jedh na Koyiye
Jeevdiya Pairaa talley Muyiya oppar Hoyiyey

O Farid do not speak bad about the dust for there is no one like it.
While you exist it remain below your feet but when you die it covers your head.

Important du’a this Ramadan

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Oh my Lord,

Keep me from becoming talkative and possessed with the idea that I must express myself on every subject. Release me from the craving to straighten out everyone’s affairs. Keep me from the recital of endless detail.

Give me wings to get to the point. Seal my lips when I am inclined to tell of my aches and pains. They are increasing with the years and my love to speak of them grows sweeter as time goes by. Make me thoughtful but not nosy; helpful but not bossy.

In the end, make me someone You and Your Beloved (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) will accept and make my afairs easy for me in order to reach You.

Protection

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يا أكرم الخلق مالي من ألوذ به
سواك عند حلول الحادث العمم

O Noblest of Creation, whose protection can I seek But yours,
when the Universal Event come to past?

— Imām Muḥammad ibn Saʿīd al Būṣīrī rahimahu Llah – Qaṣīdah al Burdah –

Some reflections upon being righteousness

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Al-Imam al-Shirazi rahimahi Llah once said:

Once, I stayed up the night with my father, while everyone around us remained asleep.

I said to him:

Not a single person got up to even pray two rak’ahs?

He responded:

It would have been better to sleep, my son, than to speak negatively of others.

‘Umar ibn Abd-Aziz once said:

We lived in a time when we considered righteousness, not in fasting or prayer, but in withholding oneself from speaking poorly of others, for a person who spends his nights praying and days fasting will have his deeds go bankrupt on the Day of Resurrection if he doesn’t protect his tongue.

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🕐 1: A person accepts Tawhid [belief in the Uniqueness of Allah] in order to seek:

🕑 2: Ilm [knowledge], such that it will help a person attain:

🕒 3: Irfan (recognition), which in turn grants and increases:

🕓 4: Aql [intellect], which makes one:

🕔 5: Wiser [hikmat], which are the characteristics of:

🕕 6: Insan [humans], now a person can begin to have:

🕖 7: Amal [action] on their knowledge, making them:

🕗 8: Adl [equitable], which comes with:

🕘 9: Akhlaq [good character], which brings life and:

🕙 10: Prosperity [imran], which is:

🕚 11: Islam, which in turn, ultimately, leads to:

🕛 12: The Haq (truth).

Salawat

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O Allah, O Lord, for the honor of Your Prophet, the Chosen (Al-Mustafa), and Your  Messenger, the Pleased (Al-Murtada), purify our hearts from every characteristic which keeps us away from Your Presence and Your Love, and let us die following his way and in his congregation, longing to meet You, O Owner of Majesty and Nobility, and the blessings and abundant peace of Allah be upon Muhammad, his family and his companions.

– Imam al-Jazuli, Qaddas Allahu Sirruh (Dala’il al-Khayrat) –

Attentive

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Do not stop mentioning God just because your heart is not present. Forgetting Him completely is worse than being inattentive while you are mentioning Him; perhaps He will elevate you from being inattentive to being attentive, and from being attentive to being fully present with Him, and from being fully present with Him to being fully absent from anything but Him. [This is not difficult for God – Quran 35:17].

– Ibn Ata’illah al-Iskandari rahimahu Llah –