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Planting Love

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Mawlana Jalal ad-Din Muhammad ar-Rumi (q.s.) said, “With life as short as a half-taken breath, do not plant anything but love.”


The Pilgrim Who Got Lost on the Way to Haj

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam Abu Bakr Ahmad ibn Husayn al-Bayhaqi (r.a.), in his Shu’ayb al-Iman, recorded that ‘Abdullah ibn Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Hanbal (r.a.) said, “I heard my father say, ‘I performed haj five times; thrice on foot and twice riding,’ or he said, ‘thrice riding and twice on foot.’‘Once when I was on foot, I lost my way; I started to exclaim, ‘O Allah’s servants, show me the way.’I kept on repeating this until I came back on track.’”


Do Not Entertain Backbiting & Gossip

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam Abu al-Fadhl ‘Abd ar-Rahman ibn Abi Bakr ibn Muhammad Jalal ad-Din as-Suyuthi (q.s.) wrote, in Jami’ as-Saghir, “Abstain from committing and hearing backbiting and forbear from tattling and listening to it.”


Company with Allah (s.w.t.)

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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, “I am not alone.I am keeping Allah(s.w.t.) company.When I wish for Him to Converse with me, I read His Book.When I wish to converse with Him, I perform the ritual prayers.”


Detachment

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Detachment of the world is not absence.It is to walk with the constant knowledge that all this will pass away, that we are travellers going home to the Presence.


The World Entraps

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Sayyidina Abu ‘Amr ‘Utsman ibn ‘Affan (r.a.) said, “The world is proud. Leave it alone, lest it entrap you by its guises, and teach you pride, which will keep you away from Allah(s.w.t.).”


Complete Sincerity

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh Dzu an-Nun Abu al-Faydh Tsawban ibn Ibrahim al-Miswri (q.s.) commented, “Sincerity is complete only by being truthful in it, and having patience for it.Truthfulness is only by sincerity in it, and constancy throughout.”


Beware Procrastination

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh Abu Sa’id ibn Abi al-Hasan Yasar al-Baswri (q.s.) said, “Beware of procrastinating, for indeed you are in your present day, and not in your tomorrow.So, if there is a tomorrow for you, then be in tomorrow as you are in today.And if there is no tomorrow for you, then do not regret over what you neglected today.”


The Gatherings of Scholars

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh Abu Sa’id ibn Abi al-Hasan Yasar al-Baswri (q.s.) said, “The world is all darkness except the gatherings of the scholars of religion.”


Influencers

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Alawi al-Haddad (q.s.) said, “One action influences a thousand people more than a thousand words influence one person.”


The Gift of Honour

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Sayyidina ‘Umar ibn al-Khaththab (r.a.) said, “Allah(s.w.t.) Gave us honour through Islam, and if we seek glory in anything other than what Allah(s.w.t.) has Given us, Allah(s.w.t.) will Disgrace us.”


Eschewing Pride

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Sayyidina ‘Ali ibn Abi Thalib (k.w.) said, “Put aside your pride, set down your arrogance, and remember your grave.”


Beneficial Wealth

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Sayyidina ‘Ali ibn Abi Thalib (k.w.) said, “Any wealth of yours that teaches you a lesson has not been wasted.”


The King Who is Aware

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Mawlana Jalal ad-Din Muhammad ar-Rumi (q.s.) said, “There is a King Who is Aware of every mask you put on.”


The Beginning of Blessings

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam Abu Hamid Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Ghazali (r.a.) said, “How many are the Blessings which began before asking and praying, and indeed without one being worthy of them.”


True Knowledge

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam Abu ‘Abdullah Muhammad ibn Idris ash-Shafi’i (r.a.) said, “Knowledge is not that which is memorised; knowledge is that which benefits.”


What Truly Defines Us

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam Abu al-Qasim al-Junayd ibn Muhammad al-Baghdadi (q.s.) said, “Character is what defines a human being, not the outward form.”


Sound Advise

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Sayyidina Abu Bakr asw-Swiddiq (q.s.) said, “He who is not impressed by sound advice, lacks faith.”


The Aching Heart

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh Malik ibn Dinar (q.s.) said, “I swear to you, no servant believes in this Qur’an, except that his heart is left aching.”


To Efface the Self

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Mawlana Jalal ad-Din Muhammad ar-Rumi (q.s.) said, “Until man destroys his self, he is no friend of God.”


The Lover's Shade

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Mawlana Jalal ad-Din Muhammad ar-Rumi (q.s.) wrote:
“If you wander far from the Lover’s Shade, You will suffer in the glare of the Sun. Like a shadow, stick close to the Lover’s Side, Until you glow like the Moon or the Sun.”


Defining the Truthful

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam Abu ‘Abdullah al-Harits ibn Asad al-‘Anazi al-Muhasibi (q.s.) said, “The truthful is he who would not be concerned if the welfare of his heart demanded that all his fame among men should vanish.He does not want even one jot of his good works to be known by men, nor does he care if men were to know his wrongdoings.Any desire to be held in the good opinion of men is not the characteristic of the truthful.”


Warning the False Sufis

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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, “Woe to you!You claim to be a Sufi, yet you are impure!The Sufi is one whose inward and outward have become pure by following the Book of Allah, and the sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.).As his purity increases, he further emerges from the sea of his existence and gives up his will, choice, and volition.”


Hidden Passions & Lofty Aspirations

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh Taj ad-Din Abu al-Fadhl Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn ‘Atha’illah as-Sakandari (q.s.) said, “Your desire for isolation even though Allah (s.w.t.) has Put you in the world to gain a living is a hidden passion.And your desire to gain a living in the world even though Allah (s.w.t.) has Put you in isolation is a comedown from lofty aspiration.”


“Do Not Condemn the Drunkards”

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh Abu al-Fath Ghiyats ad-Din ‘Umar ibn Ibrahim al-Khayyami an-Nishaburi (q.s.) wrote:
“Blame not the drunkards, you who wine eschew, Had I but grace, I would abstain like you, And mark me, vaunting zealot, you commit A hundredfold worse sins than drunkards do.”


Insidious Anthropomorphism

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
There are many types of anthropomorphism, which is a form of idolatry in Islam.When we speak of anthropomorphism, Muslims have this idea that it is likening Allah (s.w.t.) to Creation, which is obvious.This is the disbelief of groups such as the Wahhabi sect.However, a more subtle form of anthropomorphism, when we have “created” God in our own image, is when we assume to speak for Him in deciding who is Saved and who is Condemned.When “god” hates all the same people we do, it is not merely arrogance in faith, it is idolatry.


Our Hardest Battle

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam Abu ‘Abdullah Muhammad ibn Idris ash-Shafi’i (r.a.) said, “I have never faced a battle harder than the battle between my self and my heart.”


Work for Akhirah

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh Abu Sa’id ibn Abi al-Hasan Yasar al-Baswri (q.s.) said, “O People!Work for akhirah.For indeed I have seen in my life, anyone who works for the hereafter also gets dunya.Dunya runs after him.But I have not found anyone who works for dunya ever getting any piece of akhirah.”


Dr. David Samuel Margoliouth on Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.)

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Dr. David Samuel Margoliouth, the famed Orientalist, wrote, in the preface of “Mohammed & the Rise of Islam”, “I regard Mohammed as a great man, who solved a political problem of appalling difficulty, — the construction of a state and an empire out of the Arab tribes. I have endeavoured, in recounting the mode in which he accomplished this, to do justice to his intellectual ability and to observe towards him the respectful attitude which his greatness deserves.”


Dr. William Montgomery Watt on Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.)

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Dr. William Montgomery Watt wrote, in “Mohammad at Mecca”, “His readiness to undergo persecutions for his beliefs, the high moral character of the men who believed in him and looked up to him as leader, and the greatness of his ultimate achievement - all argue his fundamental integrity. To suppose Muhammad an impostor raises more problems than it solves. Moreover, none of the great figures of history is so poorly appreciated in the West as Muhammad.”


The Company of a Miser or a Liar

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam Abu al-Hasan ‘Ali ibn Husayn Zayn al-‘Abidin (q.s.) said, “Beware of company of the miser, for he will not part with his wealth to help you when you need it most.Avoid the company of a liar, as he is like a mirage, he will present the distant as near, and the near as distant.Moving with the pious invites you to righteousness.”


The Worst Servants

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam Hasan ibn ‘Ali al-Askari (q.s.) said, “The worst servants of Allah (s.w.t.) are those who are two-faced and two-tongued; they praise their present friends and backbite the absent; they envy them for obtaining graces and disappoint them when they suffer a misfortune.”


States of Truth

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Truth is, and falsehood is merely the absence of truth.Falsehood does not exist independently of truth; any more than the shadow exists independent of light.As such, in every bit of knowledge, even in the most egregious lie, there is at least a speck of truth.
Discernment is the ability to separate that which is truth, and that which is not.Lacking that discernment to a degree does not make a person any less sincere.As such, even in a lie, there are sincere believers.


Two Types of Corruption

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Sayyidina Abu Bakr ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Utsman asw-Swiddiq (r.a.) said, “If the tongue is corrupt, people cry; and if the heart is corrupt, the angels cry.”


The Sorrow of Love

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam Abu Hamid Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Ghazali (r.a.) said, “In the sorrow of love, we console ourselves.We are distracted and bewildered by our own work, bankrupted by our own fortune, ourselves the hunters, ourselves the game.”


The Only Ones Saved

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
A Christian arrived in Heaven and was being shown around.The angel pointed out the various communities: the Buddhists, the Hindus, the Sikhs, the Jews and so forth.
The Christian then noticed an area surrounded by a high wall and asked the angel what it was for?The angel said, “Those are the Muslims; they like to believe they are the only ones Saved.”


Hope & Fear

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Sayyidina ‘Umar ibn al-Khaththab (r.a.) said, “If there is one person from all of Bani Adam that enters Paradise, I hope it is I.If there is one person from all of Bani Adam that enters Hell, I fear it is I.”


Those Who Claim Piety

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Hanbal (r.a.) said, “If you claim that you are amongst those who seek Refuge from the Fire and desire Paradise, then strive for that which you seek and not be misled by your worldly desire.”


Three Levels of Knowledge

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam Abu ‘Abdullah Sufyan ibn Sa’id ats-Tsawri (r.a.) said, “Knowledge is three hand-spans: the first breeds arrogance, the second breeds humility, and in the third, you realise you know nothing.”


Sanctification of Fasting

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shah Quthb ad-Din Ahmad Wali’ullah ibn ʿAbd ar-Rahim al-ʿUmari ad-Dihlawi (q.s.) said, “When a person tries to subjugate the lower soul and eliminate its bad qualities, his act will take on a sanctified form in the World of Images.Among the purest of the gnostics is the one who concentrates on this form, for he is furnished with knowledge from the unseen world and achieves union with the Divine Essence because of transcendence and sanctification.This is the meaning of ‘Fasting is done for My Sake and I Reward it.’”


Fruitful Deeds

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh Taj ad-Din Abu al-Fadhl Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn ‘Atha’illah as-Sakandari (q.s.) said, “No deed is more fruitful for the heart than the one you are not aware of and which is deemed paltry by you.”


To Go Away & Fall in Love

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Mawlana ‘Abd ar-Rahman Nur ad-Din Muhammad Dashti Jami’ (q.s.) wrote, “If you have never trodden the path of love, go away and fall in love; then come back and see us.”