Ibn al-Qayyim on Contentment: The All-Wise’s Wisdom and Mercy Behind Decreed Things that One Dislikes
March 23, 2014 § Leave a comment
Imaam Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Indeed every decreed thing that the servant hates and does not find favourable will not be exempt from either being a punishment for a sin, so it is a cure for a disease which if the All-Wise did not remedy with the cure would hurl him into destruction, or it is a reason for a blessing which would not be attained except through that adversity—the adversity will cease and disappear but the blessing that results from it is perpetual, never ceasing. So when the servant witnesses these two matters the door to being content with his Lord in everything that He decrees and ordains for him is opened up for him.”
Madaarijus-Saalikin, vol. 2, p. 205.
March 18, 2014 § Leave a comment
Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “When a person is given contentment he will remain rich, at ease, not looking at others, and what proves this is the fact that part of the perfection of the pleasure of the inhabitants of Paradise is that, “No desire will they have to be removed therefrom,” [Kahf 18:108] the lowest of them in rank will not want to be removed from what he is in, and he will think that there is no one in Paradise who has been blessed more than him, and this is from Allaah’s blessings on a servant, [i.e.,] that he be granted the ability by Allaah to be content—whether that be concerning his residence, his clothes, his mount [i.e., transport], or children.
As for if contentment is removed from his heart, then he is a pauper [miskeen].”
Sharh Bulugh al-Maraam, vol. 5, p. 272.
’Uthaimeen: “Whenever You Fulfil the Needs of Your Brother, Allaah will Fulfil Your Needs … Do not Belittle Anything.”
March 17, 2014 § Leave a comment
Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Whenever you fulfil the needs of your brother, Allaah will fulfil your needs, so increase in performing good deeds, increase in acts of beneficence [ihsaan]—and do not belittle anything, even if it is only a little—the Prophet ﷺ said, “[O Muslim women,] never belittle any gift you give your neighbour even if it is the hoof [فرسن] of a sheep.” [Bukhari and Muslim]. The فرسن is found in the hoof of a sheep and it is something trivial and insignificant, i.e., do not even belittle this negligible thing.”
Sharh Riyaadis-Saalihin, vol. 4, p. 295.
“Everything Which Leads to Hatred and Enmity Between the People, Then Verily the Legislation Categorically Prohibits it.”
March 8, 2014 § Leave a comment
Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Everything which leads to hatred and enmity between the people, then verily the Legislation categorically prohibits it—because the Islamic religion is built upon harmony, love and loyalty between the Muslims.”
Ash-Sharh al-Mumti’, vol. 8, p. 143.
March 7, 2014 § Leave a comment
Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Be aware of the fact that when you ask Allaah you are a winner in every situation, because He سبحانه will either give you what you ask for or divert an evil which is greater [than what you asked for] away from you or He will store it away for you as reward on the Day of Resurrection. So whoever supplicates to Allaah then he will not be let down—so supplicate to Him a great deal, and seek forgiveness and turn in repentance to Him a great deal.”
Sharh Riyadis-Saalihin, vol. 6, p. 52.
March 7, 2014 § Leave a comment
Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “When the servant performs Allaah’s worship, sincere to Him in his statements, actions and intentions, not wanting anything but Allaah’s Countenance and the Abode of the Hereafter, not wanting glory nor praise from the people, nor wealth or any worldly thing, and continues in that sincere worship in adversity and prosperity, in times of difficulty and comfort—then Allaah will establish him firmly/give him authority in the land.”
Majaalis Shahr Ramadaan, p. 147.
March 3, 2014 § Leave a comment
“Dr. ’Abdullah ibn Muhammad al-Tayyaar, may Allaah protect him, mentioned a novel incident that happened to him with Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, saying, ‘The Shaikh invited me alone to lunch in Dhul-Hijjah of 1403 [Sept. 1983], then he said, ‘Do you want to bring anyone along with you?’ So I said, ‘Yes, the Vice Dean, and [also] the Dean of the Faculty of Shari’ah and it’s Vice Dean [too].’ So the Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy on him, said to me, ‘You should come at twelve dhuhr time,’ and he emphasised the fact that I should not be late.
So [when it was time to visit him] we set out for the Shaikh’s house and got there ten minutes after the set time, and there was the Shaikh leaving his house to get into his car, we caught him and said, ‘We’ve arrived, O Shaikh.’ He said, ‘You have children at home, go and have lunch with them. You did not come on time.’ So we insisted [on him changing his mind] so he laughed and said, ‘On the condition that you do not turn up late again.’’”
Al-Jaami’ li-Hayaatil-’Allaamah Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-’Uthaimeen, p. 28.
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