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Shaykh Abu Nu’aym Ahmad ibn ‘Abdullah al-Isfahani (r.a.) on Intentionally Missing Swalah

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh Abu Nu’aym Ahmad ibn ‘Abdullah al-Isfahani (r.a.) wrote, in Hilyat al-Awliya’, “The one who intentionally misses swalah, his name will be engraved on the portal of Hell.”


To Love

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
It is easy to be in love. It is difficult to love. Because to be in love is a perception from the self. But to love is a reality.What this means is that most people claim to love, but what they really love is their perception of something, and not necessarily what it is.
For example, people imagine they fall in love, and they get married.In their feeling of love, they see what they want to see.The enhance the parts they like, and diminish that which causes disquiet.What they have truly loved is a reflection of themselves in the other.Such a love is an illusion.When it fades, there is nothing to hold that relationship together, and the go their separate ways.
True love is ikhlasw, sincerity, such that one does not see himself, only the other.In taswawwuf, a person cannot claim piety and love of Allah (s.w.t.), as long as he wants for himself.This seeking of Paradise is itself a want, and part of nifaq, hypocrisy.True love is, thus, nothing less that f…

Procrastinating Repentance

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam Abu ‘Abdullah Muhammad ibn Idris ash-Shafi’i (r.a.) said, “Do not procrastinate repentance, because death comes all of a sudden.”


Claiming Arrival

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam Abu al-Hasan ‘Ali ibn ‘Utsman al-Hujwiri (q.s.) said, “In the mystic path, he who says, ‘I have arrived’, has gone astray.”


Asking for the Truth

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Many a time, when someone says, “Tell me the truth!”; they are not asking for the truth.They are asking for something acceptable and palatable, preferably the truth.But since truth is often harsh, they prefer the beautiful lie.We build our lives of beautiful lies until we can almost no longer recognise truth.Until Truth becomes an arrow to the heart.And what lie is more beautiful than the lie that lies are beautiful?


Self-Satisfaction is a Veil

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Sayyid Nur al-Haq Wa’ al-Din Ni’matullah Shah al-Kirmani (q.s.) said, “The ones satisfied with themselves are Veiled from their Lord.”