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Remember Often The Destroyer Of Pleasures

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah with tags , , , , , , on November 10, 2016 by TheAuthenticBase

One of the scholars from the past gave a lesson on death saying:

“O you who are deceived by this world, think of death and its agonies, how difficult and bitter a cup it is. What a true promise death is! How fair a judge it is! Death is enough to fill the heart with fear and the eyes with tears, to separate people, destroy pleasure and put an end to all worldly hopes.

Have you given any thought, o son of Adam, to the day when you will die and will be taken out of your place? When you will move from the spaciousness (of this world) to the confines (of the grave), when friends and loved ones will let you down, and brothers and friends will desert you? When you will be taken from your bed and placed in a hole in the ground, and instead of a soft blanket you will be covered with dust and earth? O gatherer of wealth, O industrious builder, by Allaah you will have nothing left of your possessions except shrouds, and even they will be destroyed and will vanish as your body disintegrates and turns to dust.

Where is the wealth that you amassed? Will it save you from these terrors? No indeed, you have left it behind for those who will not praise you, and you have come with your burdens (of sin) to One Who will not excuse you.”

[Quoted in Tadhkirat Al-Qurtubi, p.9]

Why Do You Not Weep?

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah with tags , , , , , , on September 20, 2016 by TheAuthenticBase

Yazeed Ar-Riqaashi used to say to himself:

“Woe to you O Yazeed. Who will pray on your behalf after you die? Who will fast on your behalf after you die? Who will make Allaah be pleased with you after you die?”

Then he said:

“O people why do you not weep and wail for yourselves for the rest of your lives? When you are being sought by the grave, when the grave is home, the earth your bed, the worms your companions, and you will be awaiting the greater terror?”

[Quoted in Tadhkirat Al-Qurtubi, p.9]

“This Is Your World That You Strive To Gain”

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah with tags , , , , , on July 1, 2016 by TheAuthenticBase

Abul-Ashhab related that one day ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab (ra) and a group of his companions passed by a pit that was use for the disposal of sewage an garbage. For some reason, ‘Umar was forced to stop for a short while beside the pit; he (ra) soon noticed looks of disgust and nausea on the faces of his Companions, so he said to them:

“This is your world that you strive to gain and that you cry over.”

[Az-Zuhd, by Imaam Ahmad, p. 118]

The Salaf’s Fear Of Allaah, By Ibn Al-Jawzee

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , on June 20, 2016 by TheAuthenticBase

Ummayah Al-Shaamee used to cry and weep in the masjid until his weeping became loud. The ruler of those regions sent him a letter saying, ‘You are disturbing those who pray with your excessive crying and loud weeping, so hold yourself back a little.’ When he read it, he cried and said, ‘The grief of the day of judgement has bequeathed me endless tears. I gain some relief by shedding some of them sometimes.’

Abu Bakr gave away all his wealth, now even sparing his garment.

‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab wished that he were an inanimate shrub.

‘Uthmaan wished that after his death never to be resurrected (out of fear of Allaah).

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib shouted at this worldly life (saying), “I divorce you thrice, therefore you are unlawful to me now forever.” Even though a single divorce would have sufficed, but he did it thrice to ensure that someday his self-desire would not rekindle the hope of returning to it: not that his nobility would ever allow him to seek a loophole by means of which he would return to it.

Aboo Dardaa’ wished he were a fodder plant chewed by animals.

‘Imraan Ibn Al-Husayn (d.52H) wished he was reduced to ashes.

Indeed you listen to the Quraan but undoubtedly you do not hear it (its message) the way they heard it.

Al-Fudayl Ibn Iyyaad used to cry constantly, to the extent that he used to weep even during his sleep, which used to wake up his family.

Ibn Adham and Al-Saaree used to urinate blood because of their fear of Allaah.

Some people entered upon Al-Junayd while he was on his deathbed and they found him praying. [After he had finished] they greeted him and so he replied to their greeting and said, “This is not a time for wasting,” after which he commenced the salaah again.

Their tongues were busy in the remembrance of Allaah, their inner thoughts were overwhelmed by Allaah’s love, their yes shed tears of fear, and their self flees from his life to the house of asceticism.

Whenever people saw Al-Hasan Al-Basree, they would think as though a calamity had just befallen him.

Maaik Bin Deenaar (d. 130H) had a black line running own his cheek from how much his eyes shed tears.

‘Ataa’ Al-Salamee (a Taabi’ee) used to weep in his room so much that his tears would drain into the gutter of his house. One day his tears plashed upon a person who was walking in the street, whereupon the man shouted, “O people of the house, is this water pure?” ‘Ataa’ replied, “You should wash it off because these are tears of a person who disobeyed Allaah.”

[Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, by Ibn Al-Jawzee, p. 50, 129, 177, 183 & 184]

This World Is Coming To An End, A Sermon By ‘Alee (Ra)

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 20, 2015 by TheAuthenticBase

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“This world is soon coming to an end and will bid farewell, and the hereafter is coming and will soon begin. Today the horses are being kept in preparation, and tomorrow will be the race.

Indeed you are living in the days of hope that will be interrupted by death. Whoever falls short during the days of hope before his death comes will be doomed.

Strive hard for the sake of Allaah (swt) in the hope of reward as you strive hard for His sake for fear of His punishment.

I have never seen anything like paradise whose seekers could sleep. And I have never seen anything like hell, those who fear which can sleep.

The one who does not benefit from the truth will be harmed by falsehood, and whoever does not benefit from guidance will be led astray by misguidance. You have been instructed to travel, and you have been told about your provision. O people, this world is a temporary convenience; the righteous and the immoral alike may enjoy its luxuries. But the hereafter is true, and it will be ruled by a powerful King. Satan threatens you with poverty and bids you to do evil, but Allah (swt) promises you forgiveness and bounty from Him, and Allaah (swt) cares for all and knows all things.

O people, do righteous deeds during your lifetime, and your offspring will be taken care of.

Allaah (swt) has promised His paradise to those who obey Him, and He has warned of His hell for those who disobey Him. Its fire will never be extinguished, its prisoners will never be ransomed, and the one who suffers therein will never be helped. Its heat is intense, its bottom is deep and its water is a boiling fetid liquid.”

[Al-Bidaayah Wan-Nihaayah, 8/7]

Advice Of Ibn Al-Jawzee

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah with tags , , , , , on June 1, 2015 by TheAuthenticBase

“You should know my son, may Allaah guide you to what is right, that man has been distinguished by intellect only so that he would at according to it. Bring it to the fore, use it in contemplation and spend time alone with yourself. You will conclude that you are a created being who has responsibilities and obligations and that the two angels ar counting your every word and glance. Every breath is a step closer to death. The time we spend in this world is short, the time we are held in our graves is long, and the punishment for following our base desires is calamitous.

Where is the delight of yesterday? It has departed leaving only regret in its wake. Where is the soul’s desire? How many has it brought low, how many has it caused to slip and falter? People have only attained happiness by going against their lusts and desires. People have only become wretched by giving preference to the life of this world.

Learn from the lives of kings and ascetics: where is the delight of the kings and where is the weariness of the ascetics. The only thing left is the abundant reward and beautiful mention for the pious, and the malicious words and calamitous punishment for the disobedient. It is as if those who starved never starved, and those who ate to their fill never did so.

Laziness in virtuous deeds is an evil companion indeed, and love of comfort causes regret greater than any enjoyment. So take heed and tire yourself for your self.”

[“Sincere Counsel To Students Of Sacred Knowledge” by Ibn Al-Jawzee, Pp.38-39]

Death Is The Greatest Calamity

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah with tags , , , , , , , on February 15, 2015 by TheAuthenticBase

Qurtubi said:

“Know that death is the greatest calamity, the most terrifying thing, the cup whose taste is most hateful and bitter. It is the destroyer of delights, which puts an end to all comforts and brings all that you dislike.

The thing that cuts off your limbs, separates your body parts and destroys your strength is indeed a terrifying thing, an immense calamity, and the day when it happens is a terrible day.”

[Tadhkirat Al-Qurtubi, 99]

Being Free Of All Needs From The People, By Ibn Al-Jawzee

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah, Knowledge with tags , , , , on February 1, 2015 by TheAuthenticBase

Sacred knowledge raises the status of the lowly. Indeed many scholars used to be unknown and unappreciated before becoming scholars. ‘Ataa Ibn Abee Rabaah (1) for example was black and not pleasant looking. Sulaymaan Ibn ‘Abdul Maalik (2) who was the caliph at that time came to him with his two sons and asked him about the rites of pilgrimage. He answered whilst turning his face away from them. The caliph said to his sons, “Get up and do not be indolent or lazy in seeking knowledge, as I shall never forget this humiliation in front of this black slave.”

Al-Hasan Al-basree (3), Ibn Sireen (4), Makhool (5) and others were slaves as well, but were still given honor and attained high status through knowledge and fear of Allaah.

Strive hard to protect your honor from running after this world and having to lower yourself to its people. Be content and you shall live honorably. A saying goes, ‘Whoever is content with bread and vegetables will not be subjugated by anyone.’

A bedouin passed by Basra and said, ‘Who is the master of this city?

It was said to him, ‘Al-Hasan Al-Basree.’

He said, ‘And how did he become their master?

They said, ‘He had no need of their worldly effects but they were in need of his knowledge.’

[“Sincere Counsel To Students Of Sacred Knowledge” by Ibn Al-Jawzee, p.70]

Footnotes:

(1) Adh-Dhahabee said, “The Imaam, Shaykh Al-Islaam and the Muftee of Haram… their freed slave from Makkah. He was born during the caliphate of ‘Uthmaan.” [Siyar, 5/78]’Ataa was black, one eyed, snub nosed, lame and limping and finally became blind as well. He was the most knowledgeable concerning the rites of pilgrimage.

(2) Ibn Sireen said, “Allaah have mercy on Sulaymaan. He started his caliphate by reviving the prayer and finished it by appointing ‘Umar Ibn ‘Abdil-‘Azeez as his successor.” [Siyar, 5/111]

(3) Al-Hasan Al-Basree was the freed slave of Zaid Ibn Thaabit. He died in 110H. Ayyoob As-Sakhteeyaanee said, “Had you seen him you would have said that you never sat with a scholar of fiqh.” Aboo Ja’far Al-Baaqir said, “That is a person whose speech resembles that of the Prophets.” [Siyar A’laam An-Nubulaa, 4/563]

(4) Ibn Sireen was the freed slave of Anas Ibn Maalik, he died in 110H. [Siyar, 4/606]

(5) Makhool was from the middle Taabi’een and died around 112, 113 or 114H. Aboo Haatim said, “Nobody in Syria is as knowledgeable in fiqh as Makhool.” [Siyar, 5/115]

‘Amr Ibn Al-‘Aas On His Deathbed

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah with tags , , , on January 15, 2015 by TheAuthenticBase

When ‘Amr Ibn Al-‘Aas was on his deathbed, his son said to him, “O my father, you used to say, would that I could meet a wise, intelligent man when he is dying, so that he might describe what he sees. You are (now) that man, so describe it to me.

He responded, “O my son, by Allaah it is as if I am lying in a box and breathing through the eye of a needle, and as if there is a thorny piercing branch being pulled from the bottom of my feet through to the top of my head.

[Tadhkirat Al-Qurtubee, p.19]

Advice Of The Scholars

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah, Knowledge with tags , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2014 by TheAuthenticBase

Awn Ibn ‘Abdullaah said:

“The scholars used to counsel and write to each other with three advices:

1) Whosoever strives for the hereafter, Allaah will suffice him in his worldly life.

2) Whosoever rectifies his dealings that are done behind closed doors, Allaah will correct his affairs that are done openly.

3) Whosoever rectifies his relationship with Allaah, Allaah will rectify his relationship with others.”

[Al-Hilya of Aboo Nu’aym]

Life Is A Journey

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah, Inspirational Stories with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 10, 2014 by TheAuthenticBase

‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab and Aboo Dardaa met, and the latter asked, “Do you remember the hadeeth of the Prophet?” ‘Umar asked, “Which hadeeth?” Aboo Dardaa replied, “The Messenger of Allaah said, ‘You should keep your worldly things to the extent that a traveller keeps his luggage for his journey.’

‘Umar said, “I remember this hadeeth.” Aboo Dardaa said, “O ‘Umar, are you aware of what we did after that? We have accumulated the worldly things in large quantities.

At this, they began to weep while remembering the life of Allaah’s Messenger all the way until Fajr!

[Manaaqib ‘Umar, by Ibn Al-Jawzee, p. 146]