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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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You never know…

It may be that one day you wake-up
from your bed and never return to it.

But the only bed you return to is the bed
where you are to be washed for burial.

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What remains

Rectify what remains of your life

Fudail ibn lyaad, may Allah have mercy upon him, encountered a man, so he asked him the following questions:

Fudail ibn Iyaad: “How old are you?”

The man: “Sixty years old.”

Fudail ibn lyaad: “Thus you—for the past sixty years have been upon a journey towards the meeting with your Lord and you have almost reached your destination.’

The man: “Verily from Allah we come and to Him we shall return.”

Fudail ¡bn lyaad: “Do you know the meaning of this statement?”

The man: “Yes. I know that I am a slave of Allah and I am returning to Him.”

Fudail ibn Iyaad: “Oh my brother; whoever knows that he is a slave of Allah and that he is going to return to Him: then let him also know that he is going to stand in front of Him. And whoever knows that he is going to stand in front of Him then let him also know that he is going to be questioned. And whoever knows that he is going to he questioned then let him prepared answers for the questions.”

The man: “What is the solution?”

Fudail ibn Iyaad: “It’s simple.”

The man: “What is it?”

Fudail ibn Iyaad: “Rectify what remains (of your life) and you will be forgiven for what has already passed by; but if you misuse what remains (of your life) then you will be taken to account for that which has passed by and that which remains.”

Translated by Rasheed Barbee
Note: This is not a translation of Shaykh Raslaan’s speech, rather it is a translation of the narration that he is speaking about.

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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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observe your actions…

Abu Haazim Salamah Ibn Deenar:

Look at every act that you would hate to die while committing and then abandon it.


~Al-Musannaf|| AbdurRazaaq as-Sinani [7/194]

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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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