• Examine Your Heart

    How heavy the Qur’an is upon the immoral and how heavy is worship and prayer upon the immoral hypocrite! The prayer is so heavy upon them! You see him sitting and writing in a diary for one, two, or three hours, or standing and talking for one, two, or three hours, and if he stands behind the imam for five minutes, it is as if a mountain has been placed on his chest and heart.

     

    The diseases of the heart, we seek refuge with Allah from them… Because of this, if you want to test your heart, inspect it and test it out when the Qur’an is being recited – is it heavy upon your heart or not? Test your heart out during worship. Test your heart out when you see the Saliheen(pious). Test your heart out when you are making your Adhkar during the morning hours. Test your heart out when you stand up to pray – do you love to pray? Or is it heavy upon you? If it is heavy upon you, and if worship is heavy upon you, then ask Allah to remove the hardness from your heart and replace it with softness, because this is proof that hypocrisy is entrenched in your heart and soul.

     

    We seek refuge with Allah from the hardness of the heart. The hardness of the heart is increased by satisfying the desires –even if by permissible means.

     

    The softness of the heart can be achieved in six ways:

     

    Praying at night

    Reciting the Qur’an

    Not over eating

    Befriending the Saliheen( pious)

    Dhikr (remembrance of Allah)

    Istighfar( repentance) during the morning hours

     

  • Finding Peace Within Yourself

    The stronger a person’s connection with his Lord becomes, the more he will feel peace and enjoyment. It was once said to Ibn al-Mubarak: “Who are the kings?” he replied: “Those who abstain from the worldly pleasures.” They asked him: “Who are the lowest of people?” He replied: “Those who eat with their religion,” meaning they are hypocritical with the people. So, they do this for a bite of food or a badge of honor, or any other worldly gain. They asked him: “Who are the lowest of the low?” He replied: “Those who ruin their religion in order to gain worldly benefit for others.”

     

    One of them would describe himself, saying: “We are in such a state of happiness that if the kings and their sons knew of it, they would fight us with swords over it.” So, our happiness is greater than the happiness of the kings! And if they knew of this happiness that we had, they would fight us with weapons for it!

     

    This is all the result of the happiness and honor that the sincere slaves were immersed in. Of course, the people of the Dunya do not understand any of this. They only understand things in the context of the world they are living in, the cars they drive, the money they have, the mansions and palaces that they own etc…

     

    Then, in addition to the happiness that immerses such a person…how does a person find peace and tranquility? A person finds this peace and tranquility as the result of worship, because this fills the empty space in the heart. That empty space that is reserved specifically for worship becomes filled with it. So, a person will only find enjoyment and feel tranquility when he fills himself with worship, just like when a motor is filled with oil.

     

  • You’re Being Watched 24/7

    We need this at every moment, every silence, and every look. It is the subject of being conscious of Allah, the Majestic and most high. Allah says: “he knows of that which deceive you with the eyes and all that the hearts conceal. Indeed noting is hidden from Allah whether in the heavens or earth”.

     

    Nothing is hidden from Allah, the great! He is the lord of this universe. He is the true deity in this universe. Nothing on earth and heaven is unknown to Him. The scholars have mentioned: what is the meaning of consciousness? It is the knowledge of the heart of the nearness of the lord.

     

    By Allah, it is a huge problem that one feels or fears the watch of the creation more than the watch of the great and Almighty creator. If cameras are installed in the market places, streets and gatherings and someone tells you “if you look at a woman, we will deduct from your salary and you will be punished”. Subhan’Allah! You will find people will think a thousand times before they look anywhere! They will lower their gaze. Why? Because there is a camera filming his/her every move. If they commit any wrong, their salary will be deducted. He will think a thousand times due to those cameras. But does he not think a thousand times that Allah is watching me? It is so sad to see people fear from their children, they will not do anything that is forbidden in front of the little children, they fear the reaction of the little children. But don’t they fear Allah the most high, the great? If this proves anything, it proves weakness of Iman.

     

    For this I say, we are in dire need to remember Allah see’s everything at all times. Before you do anything, before you speak anything, before you look and before you make any decision- remember Allah the most high the great see’s you and is recording everything you do. Bishr al Hafi says “if people reflect on the greatness of Allah, they will not disobey Him.

     

    If people reflect on the greatness of Allah they will fear Him, but now people reflect on the greatness of the creation! The greatness of the creation in his heart is immense. So he feels more shame from the creation than the creator.

     

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