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10 Ways of Developing Love for Allah – Imam Ibn Ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah (rahimahullah)

IMG_20180813_054019From Madarij-us-Saalikeen (The State of Repentance)

Shaykh says: the reasons which cause mahabbah (love) of Allaah to develop, are ten:

First: Reciting the Qur’an, reflecting and understanding its meaning and its intent.

Second: Drawing closer to Allaah, the Most High, through optional deeds, after fulfilling the obligatory duties.

Third: Being continuous in the dhikr (remembrance) of Allaah, with the tongue, the heart and the limbs under all circumstances. The more continuant the dhikr, the more muhabbah develops and intensifies.

Fourth: Giving precedence to what Allaah loves over personal loves, when being overcome by desires.

Fifth: Contemplating and deliberating over the Names and Attributes of Allaah.

Sixth: Recognising and remembering the favours and bounties of Allaah both manifest and hidden.

Seventh: To be humble and submissive before Allaah and this is the greatest matter.

Eighth: To be in seclusion reciting the Qur’an, during that time in which Allaah descends to the lowest heaven (which is the last third of every night), finishing this recitation with seeking Allah’s forgiveness and repenting to Him.

Ninth: To sit in the gatherings of the true and sincere lovers of Allaah, reaping the fruits of their speech, and not to speak except if there is benefit in it and that you know that such talk will increase you in goodness and that it will benefit others as well.

Tenth: To stay clear of all those causes which distances the heart from Allaah the Mighty and Majestic.

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Five qualities to look for when establishing friendship with a person.

images (2)Bear in mind that you should not establish friendship with all and sundry. However if a person possesses the following five qualities, there will be no harm in establishing friendship with the person:

1. Intelligence.

The person must be intelligent. The reason for this is that one is unable to maintain a friendship with a person who is dim-witted and unwise. Another reason is that at times he might wish to help or benefit you in some way but because of his foolishness the opposite happens and he causes you harm.

2. Mild temperament.

The person’s manners, behaviour and temperament must be good. He must not befriend you for his personal gain. He must not lose control of himself when he becomes angry. He must not be fickle or inconsistent over trivial matters (trivial matters must nor cause him to lose his affection towards you or break his friendship with you).

3. Religious Minded.

He must be religious minded. If the person does not fulfil the rights of Almighty Allah, how can you even hope that he will be faithful to you? Another reason is that if you see him repeatedly committing a sin and because of your friendship you do not prevent him from the sin, you yourself will no longer have any abhorrence for that sin. The effect of evil company is that you will also begin committing the same sins that the friend commits.

4. Not desirous of the world.

The friend you choose must not have love and desire for the world. By being in the company of such a person you will also develop the love for the world. On the contrary, if you sit in the company of a person who has no desire for the world, whose clothing is coarse, whose food is simple, who always speaks of the fleeting nature of the world, then whatever desire you have for the temporary world will also disappear.

5. Truthful.

He must not be in the habit of speaking lies. This is because one cannot rely on a person who speaks lies. It is possible that you might consider something that he says to be true while in actual fact it is a lie and you are thereby misled by him.

Note: One should take these 5 factors into consideration even before one can befriend anyone.

(Source: Bahishti Zewar / Heavenly Ornaments)

 

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The man who wanted to divorce his wife – 3 Sunnah deeds upon entering the home.

images (68)Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad (May Almighty Allah elevate him) narrated the following story: “A man once came to me and said: ‘Hazrat, I’m tired of my wife, I want to divorce her, we are always quarrelling with each other.’ I asked him why, He said: ‘I have lots of problems with her which causes a lot of problems in my life. I said: “I think you are missing out something important in your daily life which is causing you to have these problems. I have the remedy.” He said: “Hazrat please tell me”, He seemed to be very disappointed. I told him to make a promise that whatever I will tell you, you will do it. He agreed and made this promise. I then asked him: “When you come from your business, do you enter into your house according to the Sunnah?” He said: “No, I don’t know.” I asked him: “When you enter your home, do you read the Du’aa that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) had taught us?” He replied in the negative. I said: “If you don’t read it, Shaytaan enters with you into your house, but if you read the Du’aa as taught by Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) Shyataan is not allowed to enter with you.” This was the first point. Then I asked him: “When you enter into your house do you greet your family with ‘Assalaamu Alaykum’?” He again replied in the negative. I then continued to the third and main point: Sayyidah Aaisha Siddiqah (Radiyallaahu Anha) narrated that whenever The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) used to enter his house he used to enter with a cheerful, smiling face. So I asked this man: “Do you come into your home with a smiling face?” He said: “NO, NEVER.” I said to him that this is the basic problem. When the man acted on these Sunnah’s both him and his wife had a successful life further. Enter your home with a cheerful face. If you have worries of your business keep them outside.

The Sunnah way is the best way to live in this world.

Those persons who are not living according to the Shariah, do not ask about the condition of their lives. They are living difficult lives. When we deviate from the way of Sunnah it will create problems for us. If we live our lives according to the Shariah (laws of Islaam) and the Sunnah (way of Prophet Muhammed Sallalahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) we will live a beautiful, successful and happy life.

The above is from a lecture of Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad DB titled: Life is a preparation. Download from tasawwuf.org