Practice

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Once Shaykh Ibrahim bin Adham رحمة الله عليه saw a stone with the inscription;

Turn me over and read!

When he did an inscription appeared;

You do not practice what you know. Why do you seek what you do not know?

– Shaykh Data Ganj Baksh Ali al-Hujwiri رحمة الله عليه in Kashf al-Mahjoob –

Inscription on the stone

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Once Shaykh Ibrahim bin Adham (rahimahu Llah) saw a stone with the inscription,

Turn me over and read!

When he did an inscription appeared:

You do not practice what you know. Why do you seek what you do not know?

 – al-Hujwiri rahimahu Llah wrote this in ” The Kashf al Mahjub”

Fame

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It is reported from Shaykh Ibrahim ibn Adham (rahimahu Llah) that he said,

He is not truthful to Allah who loves fame.

“We supplicate but our prayers are not answered!”

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Ibrahim ibn Adham was asked about the saying of Allah the Exalted,

‘And Your Lord said, Supplicate to me and I will answer your supplication.’

“We supplicate but our prayers are not answered!”

He said, “Your hearts have become dead due to ten things

  1. You have known Allah but have not fulfilled His right;
  2. You have read the Book of Allah but did not abide by it;
  3. You proclaimed enmity of Satan but made him your guardian and protector;
  4. You claimed love of the Messenger but you left his path and his Tradition (sunnah);
  5. You claimed love of Paradise but you did not work for it;
  6. You claimed fear of the Hellfire but did not renounce committing sins;
  7. You claimed that you believed that death was a reality but you did not ready yourselves for it;
  8. You busied yourselves with the faults of others and neglected your own faults;
  9. You eat from the sustenance that Allah provides for you but do not show gratitude; and
  10. You bury your dead ones but do not take heed from it.”

[Preparing For The Day Of Judgement By: Imaam Ibn Hajar Al‘ Asqalani, page 45]

Control your stomach

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Shaykh Ibrahim ibn Adham (rahimahu Llah) said,

Any one who controls his stomach is in control of his deen, and anyone who controls his hunger is in control of good behavior. Disobedience towards Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) is nearest to a person who is satiated with a full stomach, and furthest away from a person who is hungry.

How to stop myself from sinning?

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A man came to Ibrahim ibn Adham, may Allah be pleased with him, and said, “Abu Ishaq, I am unable to control myself. Please give me something to help me with it”

“If you accept five conditions,” said Ibrahim, “and are able to put them into practice, your disobedience will not cause you any problem.”

“Just tell me what they are, Abu Ishaq!” the man said. “The first is that when you want to disobey Allah you do not eat anything He provides.”“Then how will I get anything to eat? Everything on the earth is from Him!” “So is it right to eat His provision and disobey Him at the same time?” replied Ibrahim.

“No, it is not. What is the second condition?” “When you want to disobey him, move off His land.”

“That is even more difficult! Exclaimed the man. “In that case where will I live?”

“Is it right to eat his provision and live on His land and then to disobey Him?” asked Ibrahim. “No, it is not.”

“What is the third condition?” “When you want to disobey Him in spite of eating His provision and living on His land, find a place where He will not see you and disobey Him there.”

“What do you mean, Ibrahim? He knows everything that happens even in the most hidden places!” “So is it right to disobey Him when you eat His provision and live on His land and when you know that He can see everything you do?” “It certainly is not!” the man replied.

“Tell me the fourth condition.” “That when the Angel of Death arrives to take your soul, you say to him, ‘Give me a reprieve so that I can repent and act righteously for Allah.’”

“But he won’t listen to me!” “Then if you cannot ward off death long enough to give yourself time to repent, and you know that when it comes there will be no reprieve, how can you hope to be saved?”

“What is the fifth?” “That when the angels of the Fire come to you to take you to the Fire, you do not go with them.” “They will take me whether I like it or not!” exclaimed the man.

“So how can you hope to be saved?”

“Enough, enough, Ibrahim! I ask Allah’s forgiveness and I turn to Him!”

The man’s repentance was sincere and from that time on he was assiduous in his worship and avoided acts of disobedience until the day he died