Second Ashra of Ramadan

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…The second ashra of Ramadan are days of Divine forgiveness. After the believer gains strength through the Mercy of Allah, this now becomes a source for seeking pardon from one’s sins. This is a period of turning back to Allah and asking for forgiveness…

– Essential Islam’s Book of Fasting –

Paths of Realization

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I see the Paths of Realization,
Few are those who travel them
And every ignorant person has begun,
To claim them without  possessing a thing
without knowledge and action
Impossible it is to ascend [its ranks]

– Imam Abu Bakr al-‘Adani ibn ‘Abdullah al-‘Aydarus –

What a difference

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If He opens a door for you, thereby making Himself known,
pay no need if your deeds do not measure up to this.

For, in truth, He has not opened it for you
but out of a desire to make Himself known to you.

Do you not know that He is the One who presented the knowledge of Himself to you,
whereas you are the one
who presented Him with deeds?

What a difference between
what He brings to you and what you present to Him!

– Hikam of Ibn Ata’Allah رضي الله عنه –

The first ashra

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❝…The first ashra of Ramadan are days of Mercy, where Allah bestows His Infinite Mercy upon the believers; granting them the strength to fast during the day, and stand for the night of vigil. This Mercy is so great that it allows one to absorb Divine Lights and secrets, taking individuals out of darkness of sins, and the crime of disobedience…❞

Take yourself to account

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People count with self-satisfaction the number of times they have recited the name of God on their prayer beads, but they keep no beads for reckoning the number of idle words they speak. The caliph `Umar (radi Allahu ‘anhu) said, “take account of yourselves before you are taken account of”.

– Imam al-Ghazali rahimahu Llah –

Dhikr

By dhikr you leave behind heedlessness and forgetfulness, and you keep your heart present with Allah, Almighty and Exalted. The best way to approach His Presence is by reciting the name ‘Allah,’ in the heart or on the tongue, or by reciting any of His Names.

– Sayyiduna Imam Ibn Ata’illah al-Iskandari rahimahu Llah –

Purity

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𝙎𝙝𝙖𝙝 𝙒𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙪𝙡𝙡𝙖𝙝 𝙈𝙪𝙝𝙖𝙙𝙙𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝘿𝙚𝙝𝙡𝙫𝙞 (rahimahu Llah) 𝙬𝙧𝙤𝙩𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙀𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙝 𝙧𝙚𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙨 𝙥𝙪𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙬𝙤 𝙬𝙖𝙮𝙨 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙛𝙞𝙡𝙩𝙝 𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙨:

① Water pours down in such abundance that the filth is completely washed away;

② The sun shines intensely, so much so that all traces of filth are burned away.

Similarly, there are only two ways to attain purification of the heart:

① To engage in so much dhikr that mercy rains down upon one’s heart – to such extents that it eliminates all filth, and cures the diseases of the heart in the same process;

② To remain in the company of a righteous Shaykh and serve him. Then, like the sun, the heart of the Shaykh shines it’s rays upon the heart of the disciple. The resulting blessings then remove all signs of the filth and a person’s heart is rendered pure.