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On Importance of Study – Imam alGhazzali

On Importance of Study – Imam alGhazzali

“The Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace) said, “The heart of the believer is more unsteady than a cooking pot as it boils. He also said, “The heart of the believer is between two of the fingers of the Merciful.” During such strenuous effort the physical constitution may be disordered, the intellect confused, and the body diseased.

On Sincerity – Imam Al Qushayri

On Sincerity – Imam Al Qushayri

God Most High says,
“Is it not to God that sincere devotion is due” (Quran 39:3)

Anas b. Malik (may God be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of God (may God’s blessing and peace be upon him) declared, “Rancor will not invade the heart of the Muslim if he conforms to three things: sincerity toward God in actions, giving honest counsel to those in command, and keeping to the community of Muslims.”

Sincerity is having God as one’s sole intention in worship. It means that one desires nearness to God by one’s worship, to the exclusion of all else, whether it be making a show before man, trying to earn their praise, or loving to receive glory from them — anything other than desire for nearness to God most high. It is said correctly, “Sincerity means purifying actions of any awareness of fellow creatures.” It is also said, “Sincerity means protecting oneself from [concern for] the regard of men.”

On Remembrance – Imam al Haddad

On Remembrance – Imam al Haddad

The reason is that the heart is unsound, being neither free from reprehensible attributes nor filled with praiseworthy ones. He fails to expel the thoughts and insinuations his soul entertains during remembrance, he has not severed the outward attachments which distracts him from devoting himself fully to the remembrance of God the Exalted, he is not being disciplined by a shaykh possessed of the gnosis of God the Exalted and of [knowledge of the] inward and the outward, and there are other reasons.