Inspiration from Past & Present

May 24, 2010

Calling Without Action

مثل الداعي بلا عمل مثل الرامي بلا وتر

The caller without action is like an archer without a bowstring.

—Wahb b. Munabbih [d 110H]

Ibn Ḥajar’s Fatḥ al-Bārī.

May 23, 2010

Be a Person That People Long For

Meet people in such a way that if you die, they weep for you, and if you live, they should long for you.

—’Ali b. Abi Tālib

May 15, 2010

Time: Your Capital

You should structure your time, arrange your regular devotions, and assign each function a set period of time during which it is given first priority but which it does not overstep. For if you abandon yourself to neglect and purposelessness, as the cattle do, and just do anything that may occur to you at any time it happens to occur to you, most of your time will be wasted. Your time is your life, and your life is your capital; it is the basis of your transactions [with God], and the means to attain to everlasting felicity, in the proximity of God the Exalted. Each of your breaths is a priceless  jewel, and when it passes away it never returns.

—Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazālī [d. 505H/1111CE]

(Ihya Ulum ad-Din)

(Read on pg 14, Khurram Murad, In the Early Hours. Revival Publications. UK: 2007.)

May 14, 2010

Always Living for the Sake of Allah

If they kill me, it will be martyrdom for me. If they expel me, it will be migration for me; if they expel me to Cyprus, I will call its people to Allah so that they answer me. If they imprison me, it will be a place of worship for me.

—Ibn Taymiyyah [d. 728AH] on being killed or imprisoned

(Nahiyah min Hayah Shaykh al-Islam, p. 30, ibn al-Qayyim)

(Read on pg xiv, Ibn Taymiyyah, The Relief From Distress: An explanation to the du’a of Yunus. Daar us-Sunnah Publishers. UK: 2006.)