Whoever enjoys the quality of contentment will be raised to the best of stations. I consider this book to be a hidden gem really because while other books are given more attention, this is the highest quality and it displays, I think, the best understanding of the matter. Like we do not want our body to get hurt and throughout life try to keep it healthy and strong, in the same way a Muslim must also try to keep the soul healthy, strong and void from any kind of ills. A ship does not sail on dry land. This is the beneficial type of knowledge. The beginning is when the servant is bestowed the feeling to actually repent and ask for His forgiveness.
He suggested I read some sections of the Holy Bible, which would make it possible for me to turn inwards and face the ugliness of my soul, and thus gradually begin its purification. After the above ayah, Allah, the Glorious and Mighty, says in the same surah of the Qur'an: 4 Allah is the light of the heavens and the earth: the likeness of His light is as if there were a niche, and in the niche is a lamp, and in the lamp is a glass, and the glass as it were a brilliant star, lit from a blessed tree, an olive, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil is well nigh luminous, though fire scarce touched it. He assured him that as long as he re- mained alert and vigilant he would not be overcome, but that if he was negligent he would once again be captured. When he went to pay him, he found that the man had disappeared. The heart which is in love with this world is like barren earth in which seeds cannot sprout. It is one of the greatest wrong actions to attach importance to what Allah considers trivial.
This means that in his heart other people's opinions about him are of no importance to him - indeed what is important to him is his love of the Truth and his earning Allah's good pleasure. Three giants of Islamic scholarship, so you know the information is deep, rich in meaning, and effective for the Muslim student. Will you in- voke Allah for us? The knowledge that is on the tongue is taken lightly by people: neither those who possess it, nor anyone else, act upon it, and then it vanishes when its owners vanish on the Day of Judge- ment, when creation will be brought to account. Then the people will adopt ignorant ones as their leaders. There are others who can do this, and yet they do not have the energy to persevere in enjoining good and forbidding evil, or in fighting a jihad. The second is that of its setting up its desires as its judge, over and above what the Prophet taught, so that it is enslaved and led by its whims and fancies.
The Prophet Mohamad, Peace be upon him, teaches us that a strong Muslim is more beloved to Allah Subhanah wa Ta'ala than a weak one and that in both there is good. It is the per- fection of love accompanied by complete submission and humility. So tazkiyah is the process of becoming stronger by removing 'impurities' and by adding 'sweeteners'. This is a subtle and intangible condition and actions are rarely safe from it. Allah says, speaking of this mission, 4 It is He who sent to an illiterate people a messenger from amongst themselves, reciting to them His signs and purifying them and teaching them the Book and the wisdom even though before they were clearly in error.
The most beneficial, the most sincere, the most elevated and the most exalted kind of love is most certainly the love of the One Whom hearts were created to love, and for Whom creation was brought into existence to adore. These are the four steps that a servant needs to take in bringing his self to account before he does anything. If we know that what Allah has will remain and that the life to come is better and more lasting, then we realise that the life of this world is really like a piece of ice left out in the sun - it soon melts and vanishes. Therefore, the most obvious way of purifying the soul is to refrain from all sorts of sins, whether they are explicit in the form of wrong doings or implicit in the form of malice that a person carries for someone else. I complain to You about the weakness of my strength and the lack of my ability. The guest leaves and the loan is eventually repaid.
It can be one of the most distressing aspects of a servant's life that he is plagued by such person, with whom it may be necessary to associate. Allah is the One to Whom hearts turn in love, exaltation, glorifi- cation, humility, submission and worship. We might never laugh at all. Accordingly, people have varied in their views as to whether a servant has one self, of which these three states are attributes, or three selves. Its nights are a man's workshop, and its days are his market place.
This is especially true if the du 'a came di- 44 The Purification of the Soul rectly from a heart troubled by wrong actions, or if it was made during the times most favourable for His response, such as in the early hours of the morning or immediately following the prayer. I'll just take one which I feel is very touching. No one can be rid of its evil without help from Allah. Instead, he judges that it is enough for the wrongdoer to repent in private to Allah, 754 The Purification of the Soul and to speak of the person whom he has slandered in the same company as the one in which he had previously ma- ligned him, but this time in terms which are the opposite of those which originally caused the trouble; and he must also ask Allah to forgive him. There are three things concerning which the heart of a be- liever should feel no enmity or malice: devoting one's ac- tions to Allah, giving counsel to the Imams of the Muslims, and being loyal to the majority.
Allah, Mighty and Glorious is He, has praised those who persevere in His Book, and says that He gives them endless rewards and supports them with His guidance, might and a clear victory. فضل علم السلف على علم الخلف. Then imagine that he escapes from this enemy and comes to you without letting you know in advance, so that you are amazed to find him at your front door, praising you, and hoping for your pleasure, with his cheeks smudged with the dust from your door step. The self is a single entity as far as its essence is concerned, and is one of three main types, de- pending on what attributes it has. Good intentions do not change the nature of forbidden actions.
A life that is no more than a passing shadow cannot fool any Muslim who has an intellect. ولادته : ولد عام 736ه وقد أرخ الحافظ ابن حجر رحمه الله ولادته في سنة ست وسبعمئة ، ولعله سبق قلم من الناسخ ، والله أعلم ثناء العلماء عليه : 1- قال أبو المحاسن الدمشقي : الإمام الحافظ الحجة والفقيه العمدة أحد العلماء الزهاد والأئمة العباد مفيد المحدثين واعظ المسلمين. Guide me to such an action that when I do it, Allah will love me and the people will also love me. Sahih, at-Tirmidhi, Kitab ash- Shama'il, p. The fourth category are those people whose company is doom itself. This is also a consequence of having complete trust. As a result, it is safeguarded against the worship of anything other than Him, and seeks the judgement of no other except that of His Messenger Its services are ex- clusively reserved for Allah, willingly and lovingly, with total reliance, relating all matters to Him, in fear, hope and sincere dedication.