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On Intention - Imam an Nawawi

On Intention – Imam an Nawawi

Know that when you desire to perform any act of obedience, no matter how small, you must have a conscious intention. That means that you intend to please Allah by your action. Your intention should be simultaneous with the action. This includes all acts of worship: the prayer, fasting, wudu’, tayammum, retreat, hajj, paying the zakat, giving charity, taking care of needs, visiting th sick, following a funeral, initiating the greeting and returning it, blessing anyone who sneezes, objecting to what is rejected as wrong, and commanding what is recognized as right, answering an invitation, attending gatherings of knowledge and dhikr, visiting virtuous people, spending on your family and guests, honoring the people you love and close relatives, learning knowledge and discussing it, repeating it, teaching it, instructing in it, reading it, writing it and putting it in order, giving legal opinions (fatwas), and any other similar actions.

Pride, Arrogance, Boastfulness – Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali

Pride, Arrogance, Boastfulness – Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali

This is the chronic disease. It is man’s consideration of himself with the eye of self-glorification and self-importance and his consideration of others with the eye of contempt. The result as regards the tongue is that he says, ‘I.. I..’; as accursed Iblis said, ‘I am better than he; Thou hast created me of fire, but him Thou hast created of clay’ (38:77).

Worldly Pleasures – Imam al Haddad

Worldly Pleasures – Imam al Haddad

In this world, those who possess the utmost comfort and the greatest forms of pleasures and are the most intent on pursuing them are the most troubled, fatigued, endangered, worried, stressed, and sorrowful of all. Such is the plight of the kings and the rich. In contrast, those who possess the fewest comforts and the pleasures, and are the least desirous of them, are the least troubled, fatigued, endangered, apprehensive, and aggrieved.

On One’s Spiritual State – Imam al Haddad

On One’s Spiritual State – Imam al Haddad

Should a man wish to know whether he is rising or falling in religious terms, he should look at how his state and conduct had been a month or a year ago. If he finds that they were better than his present state and conduct, he should know that he is descending into degradation; whereas if he finds that his present state and conduct are better, he should know that he is rising and improving.

On Ignorance - Imam al Haddad

On Ignorance – Imam al Haddad

As for ignorance, it is the origin of all evil, the root of every harm. Ignorant folk are included in the Prophet’s saying (may God bless him and grant him peace), “The world is accursed, and accursed is what is in it, except the remembrance of God and the learned and those learning.”

Company One Keeps - Imam al Haddad

Company One Keeps – Imam al Haddad

The company one keeps has major effects. It may lead either to benefit and improvement or to harm and corruption, depending on whether the company is that of pure and eminent people or people who are depraved and evil. This effect does not appear suddenly, but is a gradual process that unfolds with time. The Messenger of God, may blessings and peace be upon him, said, “A man will be with his companions.” And, “A man’s religion is that of his intimates, so let each of you consider who he becomes intimate with.”

The Way Of Bani 'Alawi - Al-Habib Abdallah bin 'Alawi bin Hasan al-Attas

The Way Of Bani ‘Alawi – Al-Habib Abdallah bin ‘Alawi bin Hasan al-Attas

The Bani ‘Alawi are the ashraaf sadat (noble descendants) of our beloved Prophet Muhammad Mustafa Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam. They trace their ancestry to Imam ‘Ali Al-’Uraydi, son of Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq, son of Imam Muhammad al-Baqir, son of Imam ‘Ali Zainul ‘Abideen, son of Imam Husain, son of Sayyidina ‘Ali and Sayyidatina Fatima az-Zahra, the blessed daughter of our Beloved Prophet Muhammad Mustafa Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam.

Remembrance of Death - Imam alGhazzali

Remembrance of Death – Imam alGhazzali

Know that lengthy hopes have two causes, the first of which is ignorance, and the second of which is love of the world. As regards the latter, [the problem is that] when man comes to love the world, and its desires, pleasures and attachments, then taking leave of it weighs heavily upon his heart, which will thus avoid thinking of death, which is the instrument of this separation; for everyone who conceives a dislike for something will fend it off.

The Sunna - Habib Mashhur al-Haddad

The Sunna – Habib Mashhur al-Haddad

You have learnt that the Sunna consists of the sayings, acts and acknowledgement of the Messenger of God (may God bless him and his Family, and grant them peace). You should be aware that the Sunna is an unrecited revelation [wahy ghayr matlu]. God has said (Exalted is He!), He does not speak from his own desire; it is only an inspired revelation. [53:3] And He has said, He has sent down upon you the Book and the Wisdom, and taught you that which you did not know. The favour of God upon you has ever been great.

On Counsel - Imam al Haddad

On Counsel – Imam al Haddad

You must be of good counsel to all Muslims. The highest point of this is that you conceal nothing from them which if made known would result in good or preserve from something evil. The Prophet has said, may blessings and peace be upon him: ‘Religion is good counsel.’ Part of this is to support a Muslim in his absence as you would in his presence, and not to give him more verbal signs of affection that you have for him in your heart. It is also part of this that when a Muslim asks you for advice, and you know that the correct course does not lie in that which he is inclined to do, you should tell him so.

On Wilaya – Imam al Haddad

On Wilaya – Imam al Haddad

He answered : Know, my brother, that there are many hadiths attributed to the Messenger of God (may God’s blessings and peace be upon him) concerning this matter, as well as many statements attributed to God the Exalted’s elect. I shall confine myself to one hadith and a few of the other sayings. Al-Yafi i (may God’s mercy be upon him) wrote in “Rawd al-Rayahin” (The Meadows of Fragrant Plants) that accordind to Ibn Mas ‘ud (may God be pleased with him), the Messenger of God (may God’s blessings and peace be upon him) said:

 Nature of Remembrance – Ibn ‘Ata’ Illah

Nature of Remembrance – Ibn ‘Ata’ Illah

Remembrance of God is liberation from ignorance and forgetfulness through the permanent presence of the heart with the Truth. It has been said that it is the repetition of the Name of the Invoked by the heart and the tongue. It is alike whether it is God who is remembered, or one of His attributes, or one of His commandments, or one of His deeds, or whether one draws a conclusion based on any one of these.