“Don’t Sit Around Doing Nothing—Death is Seeking You Out.”

March 5, 2013 § Leave a comment

Habeeb Abu Muhammad, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Don’t sit around doing nothing—death is seeking you out.”

Mowsu’ah Ibn Abid-Dunyaa, 5/521.

’Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Shuraih رحمه الله on What a Person Should Choose for Himself

March 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

’Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Shuraih, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “If a person were to choose [something] for himself, he could choose nothing better than silence.”

Mowsu’ah Ibn Abid-Dunya, 5/222.

A Bedouin was Told, “You’re Going to Die,” So he Said …

March 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

A Bedouin became ill so it was said to him, “You’re going to die.” He replied, “Where will I be taken?” He said, “To Allaah.” He replied, “So why should I hate going to the One from whom I have not seen good to have come except from Him?”

Mowsu’atu Ibn Abid-Dunya, 5/309.

“If You’re Not Pleased with Allaah, How Can You Ask Him to be Pleased With You?”

February 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

Yahya ibn Mu’aadh, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “If you’re not pleased with Allaah, how can you ask Him to be pleased with you?”

Sifatus-Safwah, 4/341.

Ibn al-Qayyim on the Severest Type of Punishment

February 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “No servant has been struck with a punishment greater than the hardness of the heart and being distant from Allaah.”

Fawaaidul-Fawaaid, p. 262.

On Someone Who Disagrees With You

May 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him said, “I hold that when a person disagrees with you not out of stubbornness but due to some evidence he has, your love for him should increase.  Because the one who contradicts you based upon proof didn’t flatter or take sides with you, but [instead] was frank just like you are. The stubborn person, he didn’t want the truth.”

Ash-Sharh al-Mumti, vol. 4, p. 159.

Ibn al-Jawzi on the Dying Person’s Alertness

March 31, 2012 § 2 Comments

The Shaikh, the Imaam, the Allaamah, the Shaikh of Islaam, Abul-Faraj Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Ali ibn Muhammad ibn al-Jawzi, said:

“From the most interesting things is the alertness of the dying person at the time of his death—for he becomes perceptive to a degree which cannot be described, and worried to an extent that has no limits.

And he yearns for his times of old, and wishes that he be left so that he can make up for what passed him by, and so that he can be truthful in his repentance in accordance with the level of certainty he [now] has about death.

And he—out of grief—almost kills his own soul before its [actual] death.

And if a [single] atoms weight of these things were found at the time of health and well-being, everything that is intended by doing pious deeds would be achieved.

So the intellectual one is he who pictures that hour and acts according to what it requires.  And if he is not able to do that, then he visualises it as much as he is able to, for it will prevent desire’s hand, and will arouse seriousness/earnestness [in him].

As for the person who has that hour right before his very eyes [i.e., is always thinking about it in order to prepare], then he is like its prisoner.

As is reported about Habib al-Ajami.  When he would wake in the morning he would say to his wife, ‘If I die today, then let so and so be the one who washes me, and so and so be the ones who carry me.’

And al-Ma’roof said to a person, ‘Pray the midday prayer [dhur] with us!’  So he replied, ‘If I pray the midday prayer [dhur] with you I’m not going to pray the afternoon prayer [asr] with you.’  So al-Ma’roof said, ‘And it is as though you have hope that you will live till asr?  I seek refuge with Allaah from having lengthy/drawn out hopes.’  And a person backbit another, so al-Ma’roof said, ‘Remember the cotton when they place it on your eyes [at the time of death].’”

Saidul-Khaatir, pp.263-264.

Ibn al-Qayyim: Sit for a short while before you sleep and do this …

January 4, 2012 § 5 Comments

Ibn al-Qayyim said, ‘Avoid those things that necessitate the punishment of the grave.

And from the most beneficial of them is that when a man wants to sleep, he sits for an hour, for the Sake of Allaah, calling himself to account over the things that he has lost and gained during that day of his. Then, between him and his Lord, he renews his sincere repentance over those things that he lost, and sleeps on that repentance, firmly resolving not to return to the sin when he wakes up–and he does this every night.

So if he dies on that night of his, he would have died upon repentance and if he wakes up, he will wake up going towards action, pleased with the postponement of his appointed time so that he can turn to his Lord and set right what he missed out on.

And there is nothing more beneficial for the servant than this sleep, especially when he follows that [i.e., his resolve to renew his repentance] up with the remembrance of Allaah, performing those sunnahs which have been reported from the Prophet of Allaah when going to bed, [doing so] until sleep overtakes him.

So whoever Allaah wishes good for, He will grant him the success to do that. And there is neither movement, nor power except through Allaah.”

Ar-Rooh, p. 79.

A Busy Heart

December 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Shaikh Ibn Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “When the heart becomes busy with falsehood no place for the truth remains in it just as when it becomes busy with the truth no place for falsehood remains in it.”

Bulughul-Maraam, vol. 5, p. 30.

Imaam Shaafi’i’s Sincerity

December 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Al-Hasan ibn Abdul-Aziz al-Jarawi, al-Misri said, “Ash-Shaafi’i said, ‘I have never debated with anyone whilst wishing that he would make a mistake. And there is no knowledge in my heart except that I wish everyone had it and that it would not be attributed to me.’”

Aadaabush-Shaafi’i wa Manaaqibuh, p. 68.

Concentrate Firstly on the Heart

December 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Shaikh Ibn Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “It is fitting that a person always asks Allaah to purify his heart.  He should devote his attention to the actions of the heart.  The care a person gives to the actions of the heart must be more than the care he gives to the actions of the body—because everyone performs bodily actions, the believer and the hypocrite.”

Tafseer Surah al-Maa’idah, vol. 1, p. 410.


The Pleasure of Sinning or the Pleasure of Repenting?

December 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Ibn al-Qayyim said, “So if the sinner knew that the pleasure of repenting and the joy associated with it is multiple times greater than the pleasure of sinning and the joy associated with it, he would rush to it much more than the way he rushes to the pleasure of sinning.”


You present evil to Allaah and want good in return? Then do this.

December 22, 2011 § 3 Comments

Ibn al-Qayyim said, “Whoever would love that Allaah reciprocates his evil with goodness, let him reciprocate the evil people do towards him with goodness.”

Miftaah Daaris-Sa’aadah, vol. 1, p. 292.

Say, ‘Laa ilaaha illallaah!’ Instead he said, ‘King! Rook! Checkmate!’

December 18, 2011 § 6 Comments

Ibn al-Qayyim said, “So it may become impossible for him to pronounce the shahaadah, as many people have witnessed happen to those on the deathbed, such that it was said to some of them:

“Say, ‘Laa ilaaha illallaah.’” So he replied, “Aaah! Aaah! I cannot say it!”

And it was said to another, “Say, ‘Laa ilaaha illallaah.’” So he replied, “King!  Rook!  Checkmate!” and then he passed away.

And it was said to another, “Say, ‘Laa ilaaha illallaah.’” So he started singing irrationally, saying, ‘Taatinaa tinintaa, [no meaning, just irrational singing]’ and then passed away.

And the same was said to another, so he replied, “And how will what you are saying help me when I left no sin except that I committed it?” and then he passed away without saying it.

And the same was said to another, so he replied, “And how will that benefit me? And I don’t know if I have ever prayed a single time to Allaah?” and then he passed away without saying it.

And the same was said to another, so he replied [talking about himself], “He is a disbeliever in what you say,” and then he passed away.

And the same was said to another, so he replied, “Every time I want to say it my tongue withholds.”

And someone who was present at the death of someone who would beg told me that [they told him to say the shahaadah] so he started saying, “For Allaah’s Sake. A penny for Allaah’s Sake,” until he passed away.

And a trader told me that he was present when one of his relatives was on his deathbed, so they told him to say Laa ilaaha illallaah and he was saying, “This piece is cheap. This is a good buy. This is such and such,” until he passed away.

So if the devil has gained mastery over the servant in the state when his mind is present and his strength [is also present] and he has complete cognizance [i.e., while he is alive and healthy], and has employed him in committing whichever acts of disobedience to Allaah he wants him to do, and has made him unmindful of the remembrance of Allaah the Most High, and has paralysed his tongue from remembering Him and his limbs from obeying Him—then what does one think will be the case when his strength breaks down and his heart and soul become preoccupied with the death pangs that he is in?

And [all the while] Shaitaan will have gathered all of his strength and determination and assembled everything that he is capable of to avail his opportunity concerning him—for that is the last action.

So the strongest his Shaitaan will be against him is at that time, and the weakest he [i.e., the person] will be is at that time.

So who do you think will be safe from that? So it is there that, “Allaah keeps firm those who believe, with the firm word [i.e., ‘the firm word’ is Laa ilaaha illallaah], in the worldly life and in the Hereafter. And Allaah sends astray the wrongdoers. And Allaah does what He wills.” Ibraaheem 14:27

So how can someone whose heart Allaah has made heedless from His remembrance and who has followed his desires and whose affair is ever [in] neglect be granted the success to have a good ending?

Thus far away—the one whose heart is distant from Allaah the Most High, heedless of Him, worshipping his own desires, a slave to his lusts, his tongue dry from ever remembering Allaah [i.e., not moist with His remembrance], his limbs incapacitated from obeying Him actively working to disobey Him—far away [is such a person] from being granted the success to have a good ending.”

Ad-Daa wad-Dawaa, pp. 91-92, slightly edited.

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The True Man

December 17, 2011 § 1 Comment

“A man is the one who fears the death of his heart, not his body.”
Ibn al-Qayyim.

Madaarijus-Saalikeen, v. 3, p. 248.

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