Be amongst the few

When Umar bin al-Khattab radi allahu `anhu (may God be pleased with him) was walking in the market, he passed by a man who was supplicating, “O Allah, make us of Your ‘few’ servants! O Allah make us of Your ‘few’ servants!”

So ‘Umar said to him, “Where did you get this du`a’ (supplication) from?” And the man said, “Allah in His Book says ‘And few of My servants are grateful.’(Qur’an 34:13)” So ‘Umar wept and admonished himself, “The people are more knowledgeable than you, O Umar! O Allah make us of Your ‘few’ servants.”

Sometimes when you advise someone to leave a sin, they respond with “But most people do it, it’s not just me!” But if you look for the words “most people” in the Qur’an, you will find that most people “do not know” (7:187), “do not give thanks” (2:243) and “do not believe” (11:17). And if you look for “most of them”, you will find that most of them are “defiantly disobedient” (5:59), “ignorant” (6:111), “turning away” (21:24), “do not reason” (29:23), and “do not listen” (8:21).

So be of the “few”, whom Allah says about them:

“And few of My servants are grateful.” (34:13)

“But none had believed with him, except a few.” (11:40)

“In the Gardens of Pleasure, A [large] company of the former peoples, And a few of the later peoples.” (56:12-14)

Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said, “Go on the path of truth and do not feel lonely because there are few who take that path, and beware of the path of falsehood and do not be deceived by the greatness of the perishers.”

:مرَّ قوم براهب في دير فقالوا له : متى عيد أهل هذا الدير ؟ قال

 يوم يغفر لأهله .

ليس العيد لمن لبس الجديد ، إنما العيد لمن طاعاته تزيد .

ليس العيد لمن تجمل باللباس و الركوب ، إنما العيد لمن غفرت له الذنوب .

في ليلة العيد تفرق خلق العتق و المغفرة على العبيد .

فمن ناله منها شيء فله عيد و إلا فهو مطرود بعيد .

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"The keys to the life of the heart lie in reflecting upon the Qur‘an, being humble before Allah in secret, and leaving sins."
– Ibn Qayyim al Jawziyyah (rahimahullah)

"Geography holds billions of people in its grip.
We are all born into natural and cultural environments that shape what we become, individually and collectively."
– Harm de Blij, (The Power of Place:
Geography, Destiny, and Globalization’s Rough Landscape)

People are reblogging some of my posts that I forgot I even posted!

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poeticislam:

"Manners have limits. When these limits are crossed, this is transgression. When they are fallen short of, this is deficiency and disgrace.

Anger has a limit: and it is to be bold while being above having negative and deficient traits, and this is the perfect form of anger. If…

"Everyone speaks of good things. It is those whose words and deeds match who have acquired their share. Those whose words and deeds do not match have only reproached themselves."
– Abdullaah ibn Mas’ud, Ibn Al-Mubarak, Al-Zuhd wa Al-Raqaa`iq, vol.1 p.153 (via haakym)

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The Virtues of Fasting in the Summer:

poeticislam:

"…And from the acts of worship whose reward is multiplied during the heat is fasting, and this is because of the thirst that one experiences in the mid-day heat.

This is why Mu’adh bin Jabal expressed regret on his deathbed that he would no longer experience this mid-day thirst, as did other…

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poeticislam:

"The month of fasting has now come to shade and shelter you,

Do not transform it also into a month of sinning.

Recite the Qur’an and glorify [God], with diligent assertion.

Indeed! It is a month for glorification and the Qur’an.

Deny your bodily appetites, seeking your soul’s salvation.