Inspiration from Past & Present

February 13, 2014

The Most Virtuous Actions Vary by Time and Circumstance

 إِنَّ أَفضَلَ العَمَل عَلَى مَرضَاةِ الرَّبِّ فِي كُلِّ وَقت بِمَا هُوَ مُقتَضَى ذَلِكَ الوَقت وَ وَظِيفَتُهُ

The best deed to achieve the pleasure of your Lord in every moment is that which is required and dictated by that time.

—Ibn al-Qayyim [d. 751H/1350CE], Madarij al-Salikin

December 5, 2013

Concern For Even Small Deeds

Kahmas b. al-Hasan said to me: “I committed a sin for which I have been crying in regret for forty years.” I asked: ‘What was it?’ He said: ‘A friend of mine visited me once so I bought for him a fish (to serve it to him). After he ate I stood up and took a piece of mud from the wall of my neighbor so he could use to wash his hand. This sin [taking the piece of mud without asking the permission of my neighbor] is what I have been crying about for forty years.”

Related by ‘Amaarah b. Zhaadhaan

 

Hilyah al-Awliya’ (6/211)

(Read on pg 47, Ibn al-Jawzi, Disturber of the Hearts. Dar As-Sunnah Publishers. Birmingham:2012.)

December 5, 2013

Freeing Slaves Seeking the Hereafter

‘Abdul Rahman b. Abban used to buy slaves then he would order his servants to clothe them and then to present them before him. He would then say: “You are all free for the sake of Allah as I seek your assistance [i.e. the reward I receive from freeing you for the sake of Allah] when undergoing the anguish of death.”

Related by Mus’ab b. ‘Uthman

 

Siyar al-A’lam al-Nubula’ (5/10)

(Read on pg 41, Ibn al-Jawzi, Disturber of the Hearts. Dar As-Sunnah Publishers. Birmingham:2012.)

December 5, 2013

Predecessor Who Prepared for Hereafter

Whenever Amir b. ‘Abdullah b. al-Zubayr b. aI-Awwam witnessed a funeral he would stand next to the grave and say [to the grave]: ‘I see you are very narrow! And I see you are made of dust! And I see you are so dark! Truly, I shall prepare well until the day I am placed in you.’

Whenever he left a grave he left a grave he would donate the first thing he saw from his wealth, seeking nearness of his Lord. For this reason, whenever he left a funeral, his slaves used to race to make themselves the first thing seen him, so that he would free them.

Related by Ayyash b. al-Mughirah

 

Sifat al-Safwah (2/131)

(Read on pg 38, Ibn al-Jawzi, Disturber of the Hearts. Dar As-Sunnah Publishers. Birmingham:2012.)