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Satan’s Attention

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh Abu Sa‘id ibn Abi al-Hasan Yasar al-Baswri (q.s.) said, “If Satan looks at you and sees you consistent in God’s obedience, he will persist in coming after you. Should you continue to maintain consistency, he will give up and leave you. But if you do not and he sees you fluctuating, he will strive after you.”


People Wish to be Happy

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Bishop Augustine of Hippo said, “Indeed, people wish to be happy even when they so live as to make happiness impossible.”


Quora Answer: How Would Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) Convince Modern Christians & Atheists to Believe?

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The following is my answer to a Quora question: “What arguments would Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) give to modern Christians and atheists to believe in his Qur’an?
The Prophet (s.a.w.) was not Sent to argue or engage in debates, but to be an example. People believed in the Revelation of the Qur’an because they believed in the person receiving it. It was his excellent morals and etiquette that drew people to him. The majority of people will believe, as they did in his time, because they know him, and they love him.
From a Muslim perspective, and this can be vouched by many others, the Qur’an as Scripture speaks to any person who reads it with an open heart. It cites the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) as the best example. If, a thousand and a half years later, people are still inspired by love of a man they never met, what more if they actually have the chance to meet him?


Sick Hearts

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh Muhyi ad-Din Abu Muhammad ibn Abu Swalih ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (q.s.) said, “To the sick man, sweet water tastes bitter, and a sick heart with diseases of hatred, hypocrisy, duplicity and jealousy cannot taste the Love of God within.”


The Internal Blame

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam Abu Hamid Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Ghazali (r.a.) said, “We are creatures that love to blame the external, not realising that the problem is usually internal.”


Seeking Life

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Mawlana Jalal ad-Din Muhammad ar-Rumi (q.s.) wrote:
“There is a life-force within your soul, seek that life. There is a gem in the mountain of your body, seek that mine. O traveller, if you are in search of That. Do not look outside, look inside yourself and seek That.”


Gaining Knowledge

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam Abu ‘Abdullah Muhammad ibn Idris ash-Shafi‘i (r.a.) wrote:
“O my brother, you will not gain knowledge except through six. I will inform you of their details with clarity, Intelligence, strong yearning, hard work, And surviving on the minimum, And the companionship of a teacher, And a long time.”