by Abul Laith Samarqandi (Rahmatulallahi Alayh)
02/24/10: Shaytaan Also Has Regrets
A Taabi'ee has mentioned that when a sinner repents for his sins and is remorseful of, his ranks are elevated even more and he becomes worthy of Jannah. It is then that shaytaan while lamenting says, "If I had only not encouraged him to sin (then his ranks would not have been raised)!"
02/24/10: A Unique Story
One of the kings of the Bani Israeel employed a particular slave in his service after hearing much praise of him. Seeing the king in a good mood, the slave asked him, "What will be your reaction if you walked into your palace one day and had to see me engaged in joking and merrymaking with one of your concubines?" The king enraged and cursed the slaved for his impudence. The slave bid the king to be calm and told him that he was merely testing him. He then said to the king, "I am the slave of such a Master who never gets as angry as you do despite seeing his slave sin 70 times a day. He neither hits me for it, nor does he deprive me of my sustenance (instead, he forgives me when I repent). Why should I leave him for you. I have just now experienced your reaction to an imaginary situation. What will your reaction be when on really disobeys you?"
11/25/09: 3 Signs of Sincere Repentance (Taubatun Nasooha)
Hazrat Abdullah bin Abbas interprets Taubatun Nasooha as when:
1) A person's heart is ashamed.
Allah instructs us in Surah Tahreem, "Oh you who believe, repent to Allah, a sincere repentance."
11/24/09: Six Qualities of one who Truly Recognizes Allah
1) When he remembers Allah, he appreciates this boon.
03/29/09: Tauba is Accepted Before Death
Hazrat Hasan Basri reports that Rasulullah said, "When Allah placed Iblees on the earth, he said to Allah, 'By your honor and grandeur! I shall continue in my attempts to mislead man as long as his soul remains in his body.' Allah told him in reply, 'By my honor and grandeur! I shall continue to accept the repentance of man before he reaches the throes of death."
03/29/09: Behavior of Man is Strange Indeed
The Following statement of Allah's has been reported by Muhammad bin Mutarraf (rah). Allah says, "the behavior of man is truly strange. He asks forgiveness from Me after sinning, and I forgive him. Then he sins again, asks for forgiveness, where after I forgive him once more. He neither refrains from sin, nor does he grow despondent of My mercy. Oh Angels! Be witness to the fact that I have forgiven them."
Note: Every sinner should continue to seek Allah's forgiveness and must not persist in his sins. The penitent person will not be termed as one who is persistent in committing ins, even though he repents seventy times a day.
11/26/08: Five Conditions for a Preacher
1) Knowledge (An ignorant person is not worthy of preaching).
11/26/08: Tyrannical Rulers are the Result of Failure to Enjoin Good and Forbid Evil
Abu Darda once said, "Oh people! continue to practice Amr Bil Maroof Wa Nahya Anil Munkar, otherwise Allah will appoint such tyrants to rule over you, who will not respect your elders and will not have mercy upon your youngsters. Then the pious amongst you will pray to Allah, but he will not accept their supplications. You will beseech his help, but he will not help you. You will seek his forgiveness, but he will not forgive you."
11/26/08: A Remark by Ali
Ali said, "the person who enjoins good, strengthens the firmness of the Mu'min, and the person who forbids evil, disgraces the hypocrite."
09/13/08: Glad Tidings
Rasulullah said, "some people spread virtue and eradicate evil, while others spread evil and eradicate good. Glad tidings be for those whom Allah has used to spread good and terminate evil. Destruction be to those who spread evil and terminate good."
09/13/08: 7 Categories of people will be shaded beneath the throne of Allah
Allah's Arsh will shade seven categories of people on the Day of Qiyamah, when there shall not be any other shade. These shall be:
1) The Just Ruler
A general and widespread punishment does not afflict the masses due to the sins of certain people. However, when sin becomes rampant and no one attempts to forbid it, then all the sundry are swept up in the wake of Allah's punishment. [Hazrat Umar bin Abdul Aziz (rah)]
Faqih Abul Laith (rah) says that Allah once revealed to Prophet Yusha bin Noon that he would soon destroy 40,000 pious people of his nation and 60,000 of the sinful ones. He submitted, "the destruction of the sinful ones are understood, but why should the pious ones be destroyed?"
Allah replied, "the pious ones did not forbid the evil and did not even consider the sins as an evil. In fact they continued to eat, drink & mix with the sinners."
06/16/08: Stunning Incident about Allah's Forgiveness
Hazrat Ahmed bin Suhail says that he saw Hazrat Yahya bin Akhtham in a dream. He asked, "How did Allah treat you?" He replied, "Allah summoned me saying, 'Oh evil old man! You have perpetrated many bad acts.' I responded by saying, 'Oh my Rabb! I shall not comment on these at this moment.' Allah asked, 'Then what have to say.' I said, 'Abdur Razzaaq told me that Zuhri told him that Urwa told him that Aisha told him that Rasulullah told her that Hazrat Jibraeel told him about your declaration that 'When I wish to punish an old Muslim, I shy away due to his old age.' Oh Allah! I am a very old man.
Allah replied, 'They have all spoken the truth and so will it be.' I was therefore admitted to Jannah."
06/16/08: Golden Words
Abdullah bin Mas'ood narrates that Allah's mercy will be so vast on the Day of Judgment that even shaytaan will anticipate mercy and intercession.
Hazrat Fudail bin Ayaadh says that fear is best while one is healthy, so that one may excel in good actions. However, during weakness and illness, hope is best so that one does not grow despondent.
04/27/08: An Oath May Be Taken On Four Things
Abdullah bin Mas'ood told Abdur Rahman , "I can take an oath on three things. If you take an oath on the fourth, I shall confirm your oath."
1) On the Day of Qiyamah, Allah will only befriend those whom he befriended in the world.
04/27/08: Never Make Anyone Despondent of Allah's Mercy
Rasulullah once became displeased upon seeing some Sahabah laughing. He told them, "You people are laughing when Jahannam is behind you. I do not want to see you laughing again." Saying this, Rasulullah left.
We became so stiff that it seemed as if birds were perched on our heads. Rasulullah suddenly turned back and said, "Hazrat Jibraeel has just come to me with a message from Allah, 'You have made my bondsmen despondent of my mercy. Inform them that I am the Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful and that my punishment is most severe."
01/08/08: Food For Thought
Allah (Ta'ala) once sent the following revelation to a Nabi, "Oh Child of Adam !" You purchase Jahannam for a high price but fail to purchase Jannah for a small price.
People consider spending hugh amount upon the prompting of some sinners, thereby purchasing Jahannam for themselves. However, they find it difficult to spend a small um upon the request of a poor beggar, whereas this is the price for Jannah.
01/01/08: Story of Hazrat Ibrahim bin Adam (rah)
Hazrat Ibrahim bin Adam (rah) once intended to use the public bathroom. The owner prevented him saying, "You cannot enter without first paying the fee." Hearing this Hazrat Ibrahim (rah) wept and said, "Oh Allah! I am not allowed to enter the house of Shaytaan without paying a fee, Jannah is home of the Ambiya and the Siddiqeen. How can I enter it without a fee (i.e. without good deeds)?"
01/01/08: 5 Conditions for Admission into Jannah
1) Abstaining from all sins. Allah (ta'ala) says, "He who restrains himself from passions, then Jannah will surely be his abode."
12/15/07: The Appearance of Jannah (Paradise)
Hazrat Abdullah bin Abbas and Hazrat Abu Hurairah have reported from Rasulullah , "The face of the first person to enter Jannah from my ummah will shine like the 14th full moon. The face of the second person will shine like a very bright star. Thereafter people will enter one after another with different appearances."
"There will be no need to relieve oneself in Jannah, neither will one's nose give out mucus. There will be combs of gold, rings of Ood (a fragrant perfume) and perspiration will have the fragrance of musk. Everyone's character will be alike. They will all be the youthful age of Hazrat Isa at 33. They will be as tall as Hazrat Adam at 60 arm-lengths. They will be beardless and will have no hair besides that of their heads, eyebrows and eyelashes. They will be fair in complexion and their clothing will be green."
"When a person will lay his table a bird will address him saying, 'Oh friend of Allah! I have drank from the spring of Salsabeel and eaten a variety of fruit from the orchards beneath Allah's Arsh.' The person of Jannah will eat from one side of the bird that will be cooked and from the other side, which will be roasted. He will also wear seventy sets of clothing, each set being different in color."
The Jannatee will wear ten rings. The following inscriptions will appear:
The First ring: "Peace be on you because of the patience that you have exercised."
12/02/07: 8 Things That Will Save One From The Punishment Of The Grave
Faqih Abul Laith Samarqandi (RA) mentioned that carrying out 4 things and abstaining from another 4 things will protect one from punishment in the grave.
The 4 things to practice on are:
1) Punctuality with Salah.
The 4 things that should be avoided:
11/15/07: The Taste of Death is Extremely Bitter
Someone once asked Hazrat Isa to raise a dead person for him. In compliance to the request, Allah allowed him to raise the son of Hazrat Nuh by the name of Saam. When he got up form his grave, his hair and beard were white. Hazrat Isa enquired from him as to how his hair turned white, because there was no old age in their time.
He replied, "When I heard the call, I thought that Qiyamah had arrived. This fear caused me to turn white." When he was asked as to when he had died he replied, "Four thousand years ago, but the taste of death has still not left me."
10/12/07: Astonishing & Distressing
Hazrat Abu Zar said, "There are 3 things that astonish me so much that they make me laugh, while another 3 things are so distressing that they make me cry.
The 3 things that cause me to laugh in surprise are:
1) The person who aspires after the world when death is on his heels.
The 3 things that are so distressing are:
1) Separation from my friends (Rasulullah & the Sahabah )
10/12/07: Five before Five
Hazrat Maymoon bin Mahraan reports from Rasulullah that 5 things should be appreciated before 5 things.
1) Youth before old age.
10/12/07: Winter is a Blessing for the Mu'min
Rasulullah has said, "winter is a blessing for the mu'min. The nights are long, thereby enabling longer hours of worship. The days are short, thereby resulting in shorter fasts."
He also said, "The night is long, so do not shorten it with sleep. The day is bright, so do not darken it with your sins."
A person should be content and happy with whatever Allah gives. If a person attains contentment and satisfaction, then he should consider these as blessings and be thankful to Allah. He should not aspire for the wealth that has been given to others.
Allah actions can be performed before death, therefore life should be regarded as a blessing and exploited to the full. Someone has mentioned golden words in Persian when he said, "if childhood is spent in play, old age in laziness, and youth in mischief, when will one worship Allah?"
09/16/07: Learn Sincerity from a Shepard
A Saint once advised that Sincerity should be learned from a shepherd. When someone asked how this was possible, he replied, "When the shepherd performs his Salah while tending to his goats, the thought never crosses his mind that the goats will praise him. In this manner, a person should carry out his acts of worship being undeterred by the praises and insults of people."
09/08/07: 4 Signs of Ostentation
1. Being negligent of good actions when in seclusion.
08/27/07: Who Are The Sincere Ones?
A person once asked a saint, "Who is a sincere person?" He replied, "The sincere person is the one who conceals his good actions just as he conceals his evil actions." When it was asked what the pinnacle of sincerity was, he replied, "when you detest to be praised by people."
08/27/07: Man's Wealth
Rasulullah once recited the following verse of Surah Takathur "The desire to amass has thrown you into negligence till you visit the graves." He then proceeded to explain the verse by saying, "Man says, 'My wealth', however, only that is his, which he ate and digested, which he wore and used up, or which he spent in charity and sent forth to Allah."
08/27/07: 4 Factors That Harden The Heart1. Eating to one's fill. (if eating halaal food causes the heart to harden, one cannot imagine the harms of haraam food!)
2. Association with evil people.
3. Forgetting one's past sins.
4. Increasing one's hopes.
Mu'mineen should curtail their hopes and expectations of this world. They should rather concern themselves with the Hereafter because they can never know when death will call on them. He will then be forced to forsake his worldly possessions. No person knows whether he will take another breath or walk another step.
08/12/07: 4 Things That Illuminate the Heart
1. Keeping the stomach empty (even from halaal food - let alone what is haraam!)
08/12/07: The Trials to be Faced when Entertaining Great Hopes
1. He Becomes lazy in carrying out good deeds.
07/22/07: Advice of Adam
Hazrat Adam gave his son Hazrat Sheeth five advices and instructed him to pass these on to his children. These are:
1. Never be content with living in this world. I was content to be in Jannah, but Allah decided that I should leave.
07/22/07: 3 People, 3 Actions & 3 Situations
Rasulullah said, "With conviction I can say that 3 people will be afflicted by three situations due to 3 actions:
1. The person who falls head over heels for this world
People possessing these 3 traits will certainly be afflicted by the following three situations:
1. Such poverty where after affluence shall never follow.
07/17/07: Seven things:
A saint once said that a person's actions are worthless if he does 7 things without doing another 7.
1) He claims to fear Allah, yet he does not abstain from sin. This claim is thus futile.
07/02/07: Similitude of Ostentation:
A Wise man once coined the similitude of a person who performs actions to show others as that person who fills his purse with stones instead of money. These will not help him at all. It will only make the purse seem heavy to others, who will think that he is wealthy. In a similar manner, the ostentatious person will appear to be pious to others, but he will receive no reward for his actions from Allah.
07/02/07: Ostentation (Showing Off) is a Minor form of Shirk:
Rasulullah has mentioned, "I greatly fear minor shirk in you." Then the Sahabah asked what "minor shirk" was. Rasulullah replied, "Ostentation."
On the Day of Qiyamah (Judgment), those who were ostentatious will be told, "Go to those for whom you had carried out your actions in the world. Collect the rewards for your actions from them if they are able to give you anything!"
06/20/07: Greed remains till death
Rasulullah has mentioned, "Everything weakens with age except two things. (1) Greed & (2) Hopes (these increase with age)."
06/20/07: The Purpose of Wealth
06/15/07: An Example from the Life of Hazrat Umar
Ummul Mu'mineen, Hafsa once told her father Umar , "Oh beloved father, times are now changing and we no longer experience the difficulties of the past. Would it not be nice to raise our standards of eating and dressing accordingly?" Sayyidina Umar replied, "Alright, you make the decision." He then continued to remind her of the lifestyle of Rasulullah and asked her questions concerning her life with Rasulullah .
Umar emphasized the point so much that Hafsa began to weep. Umar then continued to say, "my two companions before me had left their lives in a particular fashion. They have now left this world and, By Allah, I shall follow in their footsteps and lead a life of patience so that I may be blessed with a life of comfort like theirs in the hereafter."
06/14/07: The Two types of Greed.
The first type of greed is that which is reprehensible. This occurs when a person, due to haughtiness and the desire to be wealthy, is always trying to accumulate riches. In this obsession he forgets the orders of Allah and cannot distinguish between halaal & haraam.
The second type of greed is that which is not reprehensible. This occurs when a person accumulates wealth with the intention of providing halaal sustenance for his family and himself. In so doing he does not deviate from Allah's obedience in any way.
06/14/07: The Importance of Knowledge & Abomination of Greed.
Sayyidina Abu Darda (expressing a doubt) once said, "I perceive that knowledge shall soon vanish because the ulema are leaving this world and people show very little interest towards knowledge. Acquire knowledge before it disappears with the men of knowledge. I see that you people have become greedy for that thing which Allah has assumed responsibility for (sustenance). You have become negligent of that which you are responsible for (acquiring knowledge & practicing thereupon)."
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