Archive for April, 2009

To free the heart

As-salaamu ‘alaykum warahmatullaahi wabarakaatuh,

Ibn Taymiyyah said: Zuhd is to leave alone those things which will not benefit you in the next life.

Sufyaan Ath-Thawri said: Zuhd is to have limited amount of expectations: it does not mean eating poor or inadequate foods as many think, or wearing a cheap gown or cloak.

Ibn Ja’laal said: Zuhd is to know that this life is a temporary one that will pass away; it should not be magnified in ones heart, nor should much focus be placed on it. Rather, on should turn away from it, it is said Zuhd means to refrain from this dunyaa (world), without showing off.

Al-Ju’nayd said: Zuhd means to free the heart from always wanting.

Imaam Ahmad said: Zuhd is not to have too many expectations.

Sulaymaan Ad-Daa’raani said: Zuhd means to leave those things which distract you from Allaah the exalted and high.

Ibn Mubaarak said: It (meaning Zuhd) is having trust in Allaah, and being content in times of poverty.

Abdulwaahid Ibn Zayd said: Zuhd can be practised by a person, even if he only possesses one dinaar or dirham.

Hassan Al-Basri said: Zuhd is not that you make the permissible (things) impermissible or by wasting ones money. But rather Zuhd is that you acknowledge that what Allaah the exalted has (destined for you) is better then what you have.

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Maadaarij As-Saalikeen by Ibnul Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

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They said salaama…

As-salaamu ‘alaykum warahmatullaahi wabarakaatuh,

 

When the angels came to Ibraheem (‘alayhi salaam) with glad tidings it is said:

قَالُواْ سَلَـماً قَالَ سَلَـمٌ

 

…They said: salaaman (greetings/peace) and he answered salaamun (greetings/peace)…

[Hud:69]

Concerning Ibraheem (‘alayhi salaam)’s response, the scholars said ‘salaamun’ is better than what the angels had greeted with him, this is because the latter (meaning salaamun) alludes to affirmation and eternity.

A good ending

As-salaamu ‘alaykum warahmatullaahi wabarakaatuh,

The state in which an individual dies in can very much reflect whether their ultimate abode (Aakhirah) will be one of eternal bliss or otherwise.

There is a compelling story that I wish to share with you.

When Abu Zuraah Ar-Razi, the renowned scholar (rahimahullaah) was dying, Abu Hatim Ar-Razi and Muhammad Ibn Muslim Ibn Wara, his two students wished to attend to their teacher at his death bed desiring to remind Abu Zuraah of the testimony of faith but they were too shy because he was their teacher who had taught them about the religion.
But they had an idea. So the students pretend to have forgotten a hadeeth hoping their teacher would complete it for them and as a result for their teacher to utter the shahada.

The two students stood beside their teacher as his eyes remained closed.

Ibn Muslim cited the saying: “Abu A’asim An-Nabil narrated that Abdul Hamid Ibn Ja’far said…” and then he stopped, pretending to have forgotten.

So Abu Hatim, the other student carried on saying: “Muhammad Ibn Bashar narrated that Abu A’asim An-Nabil narrated that Abdul Hamid Ibn Ja’far said…”

And likewise Abu Hatim pretended he too had forgotten.
At that moment, Abu Zuraah Ar-Razi who was lifeless opened his eyes and sat up and said: “Abu A’asim An-Nabil narrated that Abdul Hamid Ibn Ja’far said that Salih Ibn Abu A’rib reported that Kathir Ibn Murra had said that Mu’adh Ibn Jabal quoted the prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa salam) as saying: “He who seals life with the words, there is no deity except Allaah…” Then Abu Zuraah’s soul departed as he was trying to remind his students of a hadeeth.

And so this scholar died with his last moment dedicating to teaching his students as well as saying the shahada. The manners of his students is something that we should all aspire to achieve, their gentleness towards helping their teacher to husnil khaatim ( a good ending) is one that is still told through outt history. May Allaah have mercy upon him (Ar-Razi) and his students, Aameen.

And may Allaah (exalted and glorified be he) grant us a good ending, Aameen!

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‘Ala baab Al-jannah by Mustafa Hosny