Death of the heart

If we do not get upset whenever we miss an act of virtue or prayer and if we do not feel shame after committing an act of disobedience to Allah then that is a sign of the death of our (spiritual) heart.

— Shaykh Ibn Ata’illah al-Iskandari rahimahu Llah

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Ramadan is…

Dhu’n-Nun al-Misri, may Allah be merciful to him said:

Rajab is for abandoning destructive things, Sha`ban is for performing much acts of obedience, and Ramadan is for the expectation of noble miracles.
Whoever does not abandon destructive things, does not perform acts of obedience, and does not expect noble miracles, then he is among the charlatans worse than rubbish.

He may Allah be merciful to him, also said:

Rajab is the month of planting the seeds, Sha`ban is the month of watering them, and Ramadan is the month of harvesting. One can only harvest what has been planted as one can only reap what is sown. Whoever forfeits the planting of seeds and tending to them will regret when the day comes for harvesting. His conjectures will fall far below the evils of his ending

– Sultan al-Awliyah Shaykh ‘Abdul Qadir al-Jilani in his al-Ghunyat Talibi Tariq al-Haqq –

Ramadan Mubarak @ 1438/2017

As-salamu ‘alaykum,

When the door of fasting is opened in the month of Ramadan, the soldiers that carry the lights of divine majesty descend with their chains and restrain the mouths of the lower selves, thereby preventing them from their worldly foods and increasing their yearning for the beauty of the foods of Paradise.

—Shaykh Muhammad al-Qandusi

May Allah bless you all with wonderful days and nights of ibadah and acceptance

Sayyiduna Hudhayfah ibn al-Yaman (radi Allahu ‘anhu)

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Sayyiduna Hudhayfah ibn al-Yaman (radi Allahu ‘anhu) resided in Madinag and was raised in a Muslim household. He participated in all the battles with the Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) except Badr where he was bound by an agreement made with Quraysh.

Sayyiduna Hudhayfah ibn al-Yaman (radi Allahu ‘anhu) could easily be entrusted with confidential and sensitive information. For this reason, the Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) disclosed the list of hypocrites to him fo rthe purpose of tracking their movements. Sayyiduna Hudhayfah ibn al-Yaman (radi Allahu ‘anhu) was also selected by Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) to infiltrate the enemy camp during the battle of al-Khandaq to gather intelligence.

During the Caliphate of Sayyiduna ‘Umar al-Farooq (radi Allahu ‘anhu), he was placed second in command in the battle of Nihawand against the Persian Empire. Under his leadership, the Muslims won this crucial battle and many others besides. Sayyiduna Hudhayfah ibn al-Yaman (radi Allahu ‘anhu) was appointed as the governor of the former Persian Capital. While even on his death bed, he continued to advise the Muslims in the affairs of the their religion.

Du’a on Arafah Day @ 2016


Let us ask today for love and forgivness, a sound heart, an healthy soul, a character of goodness & protection for others from ourselves. May we live for Allah, love those He Loves and respect all life on earth. May this day become a means of salvation and give us the greatest gift of all time, which is to follow the sunnah of Allah by loving the Best of Creation Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa salam 

My Arafa Day Du’a #2016 #dayofArafah

Dua for the Heart!

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The following is a beneficial dua for the heart written by Imam Abdullah bin Alawi al-Haddad (may Allah be pleased with him), which was taken from the Khulasa of Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz, and translated by Shaykh AbdulKareem Yahya (may Allah preserve our scholars and grant us benefit through them):

اَللّهُمَّ أخْرِجْ مِنْ قَلـْبِي كـُلَّ قَدْرٍ لِلدُّنْيا وَ كـُلَّ مَحَلٍّ لِلخَلـْقِ يَمِيلُ بِي إلى مَعْصِيَتِكَ أو يُشْغِلُني عَنْ طاعَتِكَ أو يَحولُ بَيْنِي وَ بَيْنَ التَّحَقـُّقِ بِمَعْرِفتِكَ الخاصَّة و مُحَبَّتِك الخالِصَة

Allahumma akhrij min qalbiy kulla qadrin lid-dunyaa wa kulla mahallin lilkhalqiy yamiylu biy ilaa ma’siyatika aw yushghiluniy ‘an thaa ‘atika aw yahuwlu bayniy wa baynat-tahaqquqi bi ma’rifatikal khas-sah wa muhabbatikal khaalisah.

O Allah rid my heart of: any value for the world, and place for the creatures that make me incline to disobeying You, or distracts me from obeying You, or comes between me and the realisation of elect Knowledge of You, and true love of You.

Allahumma Amin Ya Rabb!

Sayyiduna Sa’eed ibn ‘Amir (radi Allahu ‘anhu)

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Sayyiduna Sa’eed ibn ‘Amir (radi Allahu ‘anhu) heart opened to Islam after witnessing the murder of Sayyiduna Khubayb ibn ‘Adi al-Ansari (radi Allahu ‘anhu). He was captured by Quraysh but was allowed to pray two raka’at before he was killed mercilessly.

Both the prayer and the murder lingered in Sayyiduna Sa’eeds (radi Allahu ‘anhu) mind. He regretted not helping Sayyiduna Khubayb (radi Allahu ‘anhu) and after reflecting deeply over the incident, he declared himself free of the sins of Quraysh and accepted Islam.

Sayyiduna Sa’eed ibn ‘Amir (radi Allahu ‘anhu) migrated to Madina al-Munawwarah and joined the Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) in the Conquest of Khaybar and the battles that followed. During the Capliphate of Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radi Allahu ‘anhu), Sayyiduna Sa’eed ibn ‘Amir (radi Allahu ‘anhu) was appointed as Governor of Hims in Syria. During this time, he would faint with the thought that perhaps Allah will not forgive him for not helping Sayyiduna Khubayb(radi Allahu ‘anhu). Despite living in poverty, he preferred to spend on the less fortunate. Sayyiduna Sa’eed ibn ‘Amir (radi Allahu ‘anhu) viewed his position as a trust and his wealth as a trial.

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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 –

The Art of Taking Notes

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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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)