Tag: The Soul

How to Balance Seeking Out Means (i.e. Provision, Assistance) with Tawākkul (Reliance upon Allāh)

Refuting the View that Carrying out Action in Fulfilment of a Goal is not from Islām Addressing the Confusion Centred Around the Companions of Al-Ṣiffah Refuting the Claim that Carrying out Actions in the Fulfilment of a Goal is a Sign of Weakness Carrying Out Action in the Pursuit of a Goal Does Not Invalidate Tawfīq from Allāh The True Definition of Tawākkul Allāh says: وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَا قَبْلَكَ مِنَ الْمُرْسَلِينَ إِلَّا إِنَّهُمْ لَيَأْكُلُونَ الطَّعَامَ وَيَمْشُونَ فِي الْأَسْوَاقِ ۗ وَجَعَلْنَا بَعْضَكُمْ لِبَعْضٍ فِتْنَةً أَتَصْبِرُونَ ۗ وَكَانَ  رَبُّكَ بَصِيرًا ‘And We did not send...

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The Three Foundations of Happiness

Shaykh ʿAbd al-Raḥmān ibn Nāṣir al-Saʿdī (d. 1376 AH) was asked: [Q]: I want you to guide me towards a path that combines happiness in this world and in the hereafter. For the souls and the conduct of those who have been raised [in the falsehood of agnosticism] do not return from it without a strong stimulus. Rather, it is only through a strong desire in their hearts [for change] that they would be attracted [to a different way], or if fear and a terror is awakened within them such that they are subdued [from their ideology]. [A]: By Allāh, you have come upon the object of your search in this...

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Is it Sufficient Alone to Hope for Allāh’s Mercy and Forgiveness in the Absence of Regret, Repentance and Refraining from Sin?

Imām Ibn al-Qayyim (d. 721 AH) said: “If it is said: ‘we should [think only good thoughts of Allāh], for such is the subsequent nature of His magnanimous forgiveness, mercy, pardon, and goodness. Truly, His mercy precedes His anger. He does not derive benefit from punishing [his slaves] and forgiving them does not harm Him in the least.’ We say [in response]: This matter is [as described]. Nay, Allāh is above even this narrative. For He is more exalted, generous, full of goodness, and more merciful [than that]. However, these [attributes] must be applied to the correct context. For He,...

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Increase in Righteous Actions as You Increase in Age

Al-ʿAllāmah Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn notes: The author (Imām al-Nawawī, may Allāh have mercy upon him) titles [his chapter]: The Chapter of Urging Towards Increasing in Good Deeds in the Latter Part of one’s Life. Know that the latter part of one’s life is crucial, as the Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ) mentioned: Verily one of you performs the actions of the people of Paradise until there is only an arm’s length between him and it, and that which has been written overtakes him, so he acts with the actions of the people of the Hellfire and therefore enters it. And verily one of you performs the...

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Attaining Taqwá Leads to Sound Manhaj

Beneficial words of advice from Shaykh Aḥmad al-Subayʿī on the how the believer should strive to have taqwá through performing the wājibāt, being patient through trials and afflictions, and staying away from sins and transgression. Through these affairs and the increase in performing righteous actions, one is able to attain taqwā which will in turn cause an individual to fear Allāh in regards to staying away from doubts, desires and innovations, eventually leading to the soundness of one’s manhaj.

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Where Is the Taqwá?

No one is exempted from fearing Allāh Allāh tells us to fear Him in many ayaat in the Qurʾān Allāh only accepts deeds from those who fear Him The meaning of al-Taqwá́ is having a barrier (wiqāyah) between you and the punishment of Allāh and staying away from that which He prohibited In the past the people asked a man from the Salaf, “Described to us al-Taqwá, tell us what al-Taqwá means.” He said, “It is to act upon the obedience of Allāh, tabaaraka wa Taʿālá. And you hope for the mercy of Allāh, tabaaraka wa Taʿālá, upon the light the guidance of Allāh tabaaraka wa Taʿālá, and staying...

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I’m Stressed Out. I’m Angry. I’ve Had Enough. I’m Going to Explode!!

All praise is due to Allāh. May the al-Ṣalāh and the Salām be upon Prophet Muḥammad, his family, his companions and all those who follow him in goodness until the Day of Recompense, as to what proceeds: Indeed, the life of the Dunyā is one of toil and struggle for the believer up until the time when he meets his Lord. It is for this reason that Allāh has enjoined patience upon His slaves and has made it such an integral part of the religion of al-Islām. The All-Knowing, the All-Wise, has mentioned patience more than 90 times in the Qurʾān, from them is His, the Most High, statement: ​ And say...

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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 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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