Tag: Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah

The Two Declarations of Faith

It is the statement of Islām and the key to the Abode of Peace (Paradise) Imām Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah Ibn al-Qayyim (d. 751AH), may Allāh have mercy upon him, said:1 I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allāh Alone; the One Who has no partner. A declaration by which the heavens and the earth were established, the entire creation was created, and with which Allāh, the Most High, sent His Messengers, revealed His Books, and prescribed Islamic laws. Because of it, the scales were appointed, the records established and the marketplace for Paradise and Hell-Fire was...

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Wavering Between Them, [Belonging] Neither to the Believers or the Disbelievers

Wavering between them, [belonging] neither to the believers nor to the disbelievers. And whoever Allāh leaves astray – never will you find for him a way. Sūrah al-Nisāʾ Imām Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allāh have mercy upon him) said: “You will find that one of them is like a stray sheep that is wandering between two flocks, it sometimes goes with one flock and on other occasions, it goes with the other; and it does not remain with either party. They stand between two groups and they look to see which is the strongest and mightiest [of the two]. “Wavering between them, [belonging] neither to the...

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Sincerity Towards Allāh

Everything that is loved – if it is not loved for His sake then this love is nothing but distress and punishment. Every action that is not performed for His sake then it is wasted and severed. Imām Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah Allāh says, وَإِن مِّن شَيْءٍ إِلَّا عِندَنَا خَزَائِنُهُ وَمَا نُنَزِّلُهُ إِلَّا بِقَدَرٍ مَّعْلُومٍ ‎﴿٢١﴾‏ “There is not a single thing except that its depositories and treasures are with Us.” [Al-Ḥijr, 15:21] This verse comprises a [great] treasure from the treasures [of the Qurʾān], this being that nothing is sought except from the One Who possesses...

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Food and Eating Habits According to the Sunnah

It is sufficient for the son of Ādam to eat a few mouthfuls, to keep him going. If he must do that (fill his stomach), then let him fill one third with food, one third with drink and one third with air. Imām Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah Food [1]: When he put his hand in the food, he would say, “Bismillāh (with the Name of Allāh),’’ and he told people to say this when eating. He said, “When any one of you eats, let him mention the name of Allāh. If he forgets to mention the name of Allāh at the beginning, let him say ‘Bismillāhi fī awwalihi wa ākhirihi,’ (with the name of Allāh, at its beginning...

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The Connection of the Soul to the Body

When a person is asleep, his soul is in his body and he is alive, although his being alive is not the same as that of a person who is awake, for sleep is comparable to death. Imām Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (d. AH 751) The soul (ar-rooh) is connected to the body in five different ways, to which different rules apply.1 Its connection to the body as a fetus in his mother’s womb.2 Its connection to the body after a person is born.3 Its connection to the body when a person is asleep, when the soul is connected in one way and separated from it in another way.4 Its connection to the body in al-Barzakh...

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The Great Benefit and Virtue of Supplication

It is the weapon of the believer as is reported by al-Ḥākim in his ‘Mustadrak’ from the ḥadīth of ʿAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib (raḍiy Allāhu ʿanhu) from the Messenger of Allāh ﷺ that he said, ‘Supplication is the weapon of the believer, the pillar of the religion, and the light of the heaven and earth.’ Imām Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah Alhamdulillāh was ṣalātu was salāmu ʿalá nabiyyinaa wa habeeibnaa muhammad Chapter One: Supplication is a Cure [Takhreej by Shaykh ʿAlī Ḥasan with some summary] Supplication is from the most beneficial types of healing, it is the enemy...

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An Occupied Space Cannot Contain Two Opposites

It is better for your mouths to be full of pus until it makes it go bad than to be full of poetry. Imām Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah For a space to accept what is being put in it, it has to be emptied of the opposite. The same way this is relevant with individuals and objects, it is also true for beliefs and wills. So, if the heart is occupied with loving and believing in falsehood, then it has no space for loving and accepting the truth. Just like if a tongue is busy uttering what does not have benefit, then its owner will not be able to utter what has benefit for him except if he stops talking...

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From the Completeness of a Man Is Love for His Wives

From the narration of Saʿīd ibn Jubayr who said: “Ibn ʿAbbās asked me: “Have you married yet?” I answered no, so he said: “Marry! For the best of this ummah are those with the most women.” Collected by Al-Bukhārī in the book of Marriage, chapter: Plurality of Women [no. 5069] Al-Bukhārī in the book of Marriage, chapter: Plurality of Women [no. 5069] In his tremendous work al-Dāʾ wa-al-Dawāʾ (The sickness and its cure), Ibn al-Qayyim brings the chapter: From the completeness of a man is love for his wives. He states: “As for love for one’s wives then there is no blame in loving them, rather...

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