Taking Comfort (With Allaah) When Alone In Seclusion


Many of the pious predecessors would spend long periods of time in seclusion.

When one of them was asked:

“Do you not feel the bite of loneliness?”

He replied:

“How can I, when He has said that He is the companion of those who remember Him?”

[Aboo Nu’aym, 8/217]

Another said:

“How can one feel the bite of loneliness when he is with Allaah?”

Yet another said:

“Whoever feels the bite of loneliness when alone does so because of his lack of solace with his Lord.”

[Ibn Abee Ad-Dunyaa, Al-‘Uzlah #49]

Yahyaa Ibn Mu’aadh would frequently seclude and isolate himself. His brother censured him saying:

“If you are a man amongst men, you need the company of men!”

So he replied:

“If you are a man amongst men, you are in need of Allaah!”

It was once asked of him:

“You have migrated from the people, with whom do you live?”

He replied:

“With the One for whose sake I migrated.”

[Extracted from “The Journey Of The Strangers”, p. 96]

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