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Imaam Ibn Jawzee:

How excellent are the people who have abandoned sweet dreams, withdrawing from that for which they erected their feet for. Standing up to fatigue themselves in the dark, seeking a portion of the blessing. When the night comes they stand up, and when the day arrives they derive lessons from it. When they look at their faults they seek forgiveness, and when they think about their sins they cry and feel dejected. O’ dwelling of the beloved, where are your inhabitants? O’ places of sincerity, where are your residents? O’ spot of the pious, where are your people? O’ places of nightly prayer, where are your vistors? I have, by Allaah, traveled around and found these people extinct. Those who used to stay awake at night have gone away and the lovers of sleep are left. These times have sought eating the lust to replace fasting.

~Imaam Ibn Jawzee||al-Yawaqit al jawziyya p.g 28-29

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The advice of Abu Bakr to Umar

 

When Abû Bakr Al-Siddîq was on his deathbed he called ‘Umar – Allah be pleased with them – and said:

‘Fear Allah o ‘Umar, and know that Allah has deeds to be done for Him in the day which He will not accept if done at night, and He has deeds to be done for Him at night which He will not accept if done during the day. He will not accept extra (nâfilah) deeds unless you fulfill the obligatory deeds. The scales of those whose scales will be weighty on the Day of Resurrection will only be weighty because they followed the truth in this life and it was weighty to them. And scales in which the truth will be placed tomorrow truly deserve to be heavy. And the scales of those whose scales will be light on the Day of Resurrection will only be light because they followed falsehood in this life and it was a light matter to them. And scales in which falsehood will be placed tomorrow truly deserve to be light.
Allah the Exalted has mentioned the people of Paradise and mentioned them in the context of their best deeds, and overlooked their evil deeds, so when I remember them I say to myself: I fear that I will not be included with them. And Allah the Exalted has mentioned the people of Hell and mentioned them in the context of their worst deeds and rejected their best deeds, so when I remember them I say: I hope I won’t be amongst them. Allah’s worshippers should always be in a state of hope and fear, they shouldn’t wish flimsy wishes about Allah and neither should they despair of Allah’s mercy.
If you keep to this advice of mine, no one who is not with you now should be more beloved to you than death – and it is sure to come to you. But if you disregard this advice, no one who is not with you now should be more hated to you than death – and you cannot escape it.’

~Abû Nu’aym|| Hilyah Al-Awliyâ` Vol.1 p18; & Ibn Al-Jawzî,|| Sifah Al-Safwah

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Imaam ash-Shafi’ee Rahimahullaah was asked:

“What is better for a man, to be established (in the earth) or to be tried by afflication?” He replied: “He will not be established until he has been tried by afflication. Allaah, the All-mighty, the All-Powerful tried Ulul-‘Azm [1] from among his Messengers; and when they were patient, He established them (in the earth).”

So no one should imagine that he will completely escape pain.

~Imaam Ibn Qayyim|| Zaad al Ma’ad Eng trans. p.254
Footnote:

[1] Ulul-‘Azm: The possessors of Firm Will: Nuh, Ibraheem, Musa, ‘Esa and Muhammad (‘Alayhimus-salaatu wa salaam)

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As if it were…

Abu Al-Hasan Ali bin Ahmad said:

“Deal with optional acts of worship as if they are obligatory, and acts of disobedience as if they are kufr (disbelief), and your desires as if they are poison, and socializing with the people as if it were fire, and nurturing of your soul as if it were medicine.”


 

~Khilasat Al-Athaar, 3/401

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Ponder…

Imaam Ibn Jawzee:

‘O Children of Adam! Let not Shaitân deceive you, as he got your parents  out of Paradise’

al-A’raf:27

Servant of Allah! Ponder the removal of your father, Adam, from Paradise, the abode of security, and his descent to the abode of disgrace and abasement. The reason for this was none other than the accursed shaytaan. Your Master has prohibited you from obeying him and ordered you to disobey him. Indeed in this obedience lies the displeasure of ar-Rahmaan and disobeying him necessitates residing in Paradise and the descent of divine pleasure.

Allaah, Glorified and Exalted said:

‘Shaitân (Satan) threatens you with poverty and orders you to immorality

al-Baqarah: 268

So whoever obeys him, he forsakes him, diverts him from true guidance an opens the doors to misguidance and ignominy in his heart.

~Ibn Jawzee|| Bustan al-wa’izin p.27

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It is also desirable for the worshipper to make his heart present during all the matters which are related to the prayer. When he hears the call of the mu’adhdhin he should liken it to the call on the Day of Judgement and set out to answer it with vigour and determination. Let him consider (the reality of) what he is responding to and in what state his body comes to the prayer. When he has covered himself (for the prayer) he should realise that the purpose behind it is to conceal the shamefulness of his body from the creation. Let him also realise his deficiencies and defects and the scandals and disgraces of his inner self which none can know except the Creator and which none can cover or hide. Only remorse, modesty and fear can expiate for them. When he faces the qiblah he has turned his face from all other directions to the direction of the House of Allaah and yet turning his heart to Allaah is more befitting than that. Just as he cannot face the qiblah without turning away from all else besides it, likewise the heart cannot turn to Allaah without turning away from all that is besides Him. When you make the takbeer (i.e., say, ‘Allaahu Akbar), O worshipper, do not let your heart treat your tongue as having lied, because if there is something greater than Allaah in your heart then you have lied. Beware also that your whim and desire is greater (than Allaah) which would be proven by your preference to go along with it (rather) than to give obedience to Allaah, the Exalted. When you seek refuge, know that seeking refuge means recourse to Allaah, the Sublime. When you do not seek refuge with your heart (as well), then your words are futile and ineffective. Understand the meaning of what you recite. Make this understanding present with your heart when you say: “All praise belongs to Allaah the Rabb of all the Worlds.” Bring to mind His Benevolence when you say: “The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.” And His Might and Grandeur when you say: “Master of the Day of Judgement.” And likewise (understand the meaning) of everything that you recite. We have already reported about Zuraarah ibn Abee ’Awfaa (may Allaah have mercy on him) that when he recited in his prayer: And when the Trumpet is blown (a second time). he fell to the ground, dead. This did not occur except that he imagined and pictured that situation and it brought destruction upon him. Try to feel modesty in your bowing and humility in your prostration because in such a position you have placed the soul in its proper place.

In the prostration you have returned the limbs to their place of origin, upon the dust from which they were created.

Understand also the meaning of the remembrances with inclination and zeal. Know that performing the prayer with these internal conditions is a cause-of the purity of the heart from adulteration and pollution, of obtaining the light by which the Might and Greatness of the One Who is worshipped is realised and of discovering His secrets and none understands them except those grounded in knowledge (the scholars). As for the one who is standing performing the external actions without knowing their significance or meanings he will not realise or discover any of the above, rather he will reject its existence.

~Ibn Qudamah al Maqdisee: chapter 6 of Ibn Qayyim’s path to guidance

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Imaam ash-Shaafi’ee (d.204H) – rahimahullaah – said,

‘O my soul! It is not, except a few days of patience;

As if the extent were but a few dreams.

O my soul! Pass quickly on through this world;

And leave it, for indeed life lies ahead of it.

[Related by Ibn Rajab in Fadl ’Ilmus-Salaf  p. 63]

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