Wednesday, 23 March 2016

When the world comes between you...

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

Ahmad Ibn Ammaar related:

A GROUP OF STUDENTS once set out with their teacher to attend a Janazah Salaah. As they proceeded, they passed by some dogs that were playing together. The teacher drew the students’ attention to the dogs and said: “Observe how happily these dogs are playing together.”

After the Janazah, they again passed by the same dogs. This time, the dogs were standing around a carcass and were barking at each other. They began to bite off and snatch morsels of meat from the carcass. Soon, they were growling, snarling and fighting with each other over the meat.

By way of lesson and caution, the teacher then said to his students: “My students, you have seen these animals. Take lesson. You too will remain the best of friends so long as worldly riches do not come between you. When the world comes between you, you will then become hostile with each other, oppose each other, and fight like dogs over a carcass!”

Tariq Dimishq, Volume 5, Page 85

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Prepare for It

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

“A man has a Lord whom he will meet, and a home in which he will dwell, so he must please his Lord before meeting Him and prepare his home before moving into it.” 

Ibn Al-Qayyim (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh)

Sunday, 27 December 2015

The Fruit of Good Character

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

Sheikh Shibli (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) was once harassed and persecuted by the people.

With a lot of grief in his heart, he left the locality and after walking for some time, sat down in an orchard, at a date palm, and leaned against its trunk.

Allah Ta’ala is All-Seeing and All-Knowing. Allah Ta’ala was aware of the feeling of isolation, and the sadness and hurt in the heart of Sheikh Shibli (Rahmatullah ‘alayh). Allah Ta’ala offered His friend some comfort and consolation. In the form of a Karamat (miracle), Allah Ta’ala gave the palm tree the ability to talk.

The date palm said: “O Shibli! Become like me!”

Sheikh Shibli (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) asked: “And what is your description?”

The date palm responded: “They throw stones at me and I throw fruit at them!”

Remain patient. If the people throw criticism, ridicule, and they cause hurt and pain in the heart, we should throw the fruits of Akhlaaq and good morals. Allah Ta’ala will change the hearts; if not, we will receive rewards in abundance in the Hereafter.

May Allah Ta’ala grant us the Taufeeq.

Adapted from a Majlis of Sheikh, 
Hadhrat Moulana Saleem Dhorat (Daamat Barakaatuhum), 
Leicester, United Kingdom.

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Noble Character

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

In generosity and helping others, be like a river…

In compassion and grace, be like the sun…

In concealing others faults, be like the night…

In anger and fury, be like the dead…

In modesty and humility, be like the earth…

In tolerance, be like a sea…

Hazrat Maulana Jalaluddeen Rumi (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh)