Vessels of Allah

 

Truly, Allah has vessels from amongst the people of the earth, and the vessels of your Lord are the hearts of his righteous slaves, and the most beloved of them to Him are the softest and most tender ones.”

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

The Rising Degrees.

 

 

The rising degrees of the believers and the dazzling foreheads of the people of piety can only be measured by their ability to overcome shameful desires, and control themselves.

Muhammad el-Ghazaly

Translated by: Amany Elmorshidy

“Dazzling forehead” is an expression used by Muslims to indicate light of profound faith shown on the faces of people of piety when they get closer to Allah (SWT). That is when they are beautified by the light that their Lord bestows on them. Allah (SWT) mentioned in the Qur’an what can be translated as, “ye that believe! Fear Allah, and believe in His Messenger, and He will bestow on you a double portion of His Mercy: He will provide for you a Light by which ye shall walk (straight in your path)…..” (57, 28)                                                  

“Can he who was dead, to whom We gave life, and a light whereby he can walk amongst men, be like him who is in the depths of darkness, from which he can never come out? Thus to those without faith their own deeds seem pleasing.”(6,122)

                                      

Hardship Winnows out People

Crises and tribulations can be considered a great blessing on mankind. Hardship winnows out people; if it were not for hardship, all people could claim courage, generosity and loyalty. Only hard times can distinguish the courageous from the coward and the friends from the hypocrites

Dr. Mustapha Mahmoud

Translated by: Amany Elmorshidy

                                                                                                                          

Establishment of Civilizations

 

 

The prominent factor in establishing and sustaining civilizations is the unification of purpose and peoples. Neither individual achievements nor random efforts of scattered groups of people can erect a civilization.

Mohammad el-Ghazaly

Learning to Forgive

Learning to forgive and pardon others always brings more benefit to one’s self than it does to others. It creates an atmosphere of relaxation, tranquility and ease in your heart and you learn to get on with  more important things of your life.

Al-Adab al-Shar’iyyah by Ibn Muflih al-Hanbali [vol 1, pg. 85-86]

‘The best of a believer’s characteristics is forgiving and pardoning.’
Al-Hasan al-Basri

‘I have forgiven all the people.’
Umar (RA)

Tested by Good and Evil

 

“Whomever Allah gives provision and he thinks that Allah is not testing him, has no wisdom. Whomever has little provision and thinks that Allah will not look at (provide for) him, has no wisdom.”

Al-Hasan Al-Basri 

The Two Wings of Perfection

 

“The Prophet (SAWS) combined fear of Allah (SWT) and good character because fear of Allah (SWT) rectifies between the servant and his Lord, and good character rectifies between the servant and His creation. So fear of Allah (SWT) brings about love of Allah (SWT) for him , and good character calls the people to love him”

Al-Fawaa’id 
Ibn Qayyim 

A Successful Person

A successful person is one who screams since birth, “I have come to the world to differ with it.” He never stops raising his hand as innocently as a child to defeat injustice and falsehood.

 

Dr. Mustapha Mahmoud

Oppression Is Darkness

Be on your guard against committing oppression, for oppression is darkness on the Day of Resurrection. Be on your guard against being stingy, for being stingy is what destroyed those who were before you. It made them shed blood and make lawful what was unlawful for them.

Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him)

Tasting the Delight of Worship

Ahmed Ibn Harb said: “I worshipped Allah (SWT) for fifty years, but tasted the delight of worship only after I abandoned three things: I discarded seeking people’s pleasure, and thus I was able to speak the truth. I abandoned associating with the wicked, and thus I tasted the delight of accompanying the righteous. I ignored the delight of this world, and thus I tasted the delight of the Hereafter.”

(As-Siyar v.11, p.34)

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