Tag: Raqāʿiq

The Means to Attaining a Tranquil Heart

Beneficial knowledge is the means to the removal of ignorance, and its attainment causes one to reflect upon his blessings, particularly in these times of fitan that have come from every angle, causing the heart of the believer to become very tight and constricted, and making the dunyá which is very wide restricted. This highly beneficial reminder addresses the reasons for which the heart becomes constricted and the way in which tranquillity may be attained alongside that which will give us firmness in the dīn of Allāh. Allāh has opened the hearts of the believers and shown them that which...

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Attaining Happiness – Using Time Wisely

In al-Baghawaee’s great book, Sharh al-Sunnah, he reports that Imām al-Ḥasan al-Bʿasrī said: I met many a noble scholar, and all of them were more stingy concerning their time than they were concerning their money. In this lecture, Shaykh ‘ʿAbdullāh al-Bukhārī stresses the importance of preserving one’s time, and he warns against indulging in it futilely. He shares various verses and narrations that speak of the value of time and how worshiping Allāh and performing righteous actions is connected to it, all reminding the Muslim audience that time is especially crucial to the...

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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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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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