Inspiration from Past & Present

December 5, 2013

Foolish Hopes

Hoping to receive the Mercy of the One who you insist on being disobedient to is a kind of betrayal and foolishness.

—Ma’ruf al-Karkhi

 

Hilyah al-Awliya’ (8/367)

(Read on pg 21, Ibn al-Jawzi, Disturber of the Hearts. Dar As-Sunnah Publishers. Birmingham:2012.)

November 11, 2013

Learn to Act

عَن عَطَاء ، قَالَ : « كَانَ فَتىً يَخْتَلِفُ إِلَى أُمِّ المُؤْمِنِينَ عَائِشَةَ ، فَيَسْأَلُهَا وَتُحَدِّثُهُ ، فَجَاءَهَا ذَاتَ يَومٍ يَسْأَلُهَا فَقَالَتْ : يَا بُنَيَّ هَلْ عَمِلتَ بَعْدَ مَا سَمِعتَ مِنِّي ؟ فَقَالَ : لَا وَاللهِ يَا أُمَّه ، فَقَاَلَتْ : يَا بُنَيَّ فَبِمَا تَسْتَكْثِرُ مِنْ حُجَجِ اللهِ عَلَينَا وَعَلَيكَ »

Our mother ʿĀʾishah was a loving teacher. Her student ʿAṭāʾ relates that a young man would come to her frequently to ask questions. One day, she said to him in response to one of his questions, “My dear son, did you act upon what I told you earlier?” “Not yet, dear mother.” he replied. She said to him:

“My dear son, the why do seek to gain more of Allah’s proofs against myself and yourself?”

Al-Khaṭīb al-Baghdādī, Iqtiḍāʾ al-ʿIlm al-ʿAmal #92.

October 22, 2013

Knowledge Brings Happiness

Knowledge is a light that leads to wisdom. It is life for one’s soul and fuel for one’s character…Happiness and high spiritedness come with enlightenment, because through knowledge, one may fulfill his goals and discover what was previously hidden from him…

If you desire happiness, then seek out knowledge and enlightenment, and you will find that anxiety, depression, and grief will leave you.

—Shaykh ‘Aidh al-Qarni

 

al-Qarni, ‘Aidh ibn ‘Abdullah, Don’t Be Sad, Riyadh: International Islamic Publishing House, 2003, p. 83

(Read on pg 39, Umm Abdurrahman Sakina Hirschfelder, Who Is Allah? His Names and Attributes and their Significance to the Individual. International Islamic Publishing House. Riyadh:2010.)

October 22, 2013

Knowledge of Allah Increases Tawheed

The stronger one’s knowledge of these [names and attributes of Allah] while worshiping Allah, the stronger his tawhid (belief in the Oneness of Allah). So when he knows that Allah is singled out by the perfect attributes, alone in His magnificence, majesty and splendor, there being no comparison to Him in His perfection, then it becomes more realistic that by this means he will know and fulfill his belief that He is the true God, and divinity other than His is false.

—’Abdur-Rahman as-Sa’di

 

As-Sa’di, Allamah ‘Abd al-Rahman, An Explanation of Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab’s Kitab Al-Tawhid (Birmingham: Al-Hidayah, 2003), p. 199-200.

(Read on pg 36-37, Umm Abdurrahman Sakina Hirschfelder, Who Is Allah? His Names and Attributes and their Significance to the Individual. International Islamic Publishing House. Riyadh:2010.)