Reflections!

(1) Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen:

“It is fitting that a person always asks Allaah to purify his heart. He should devote his attention to the actions of the heart. The care a person gives to the actions of the heart must be more than the care he gives to the actions of the body–because everyone performs bodily actions, the believer and the hypocrite.”

(Tafseer Surah al-Maa’idah, vol. 1, p. 410.)

(2) ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab said to Mu’aawiyah bin Abi Sufyan:

“If I slept during the day I would have neglected the people, and if I slept during the night I would have neglected myself. How can I sleep when I have these two concerns, O Mu’aawiyah?

[Futooh Misr Wa Al-Maghrib, p.105]

(3) Imaam Ibn Al-Qayyim:

“Grief weakens the heart and determination, & hurts the will; and nothing is more beloved to Shaytan than a sad believer”

(4) Ali (ra):

“All that you expect to come will soon come.’ For this reason, be optimistic!”

(All that you fear may very well end up happening to you if you keep thinking about it. Think positively. Expect good from Allah. And work towards this).

(5) Ibn Rajab al Hambali (may Allah have mercy on him):

“Whoever is mindful of Allah when he is young and strong, Allah will take care of him when he is old and has become weak, and will bless him with good hearing, eyesight, strength and intellect. One of the scholars who lived beyond the age of one hundred years and enjoyed good strength and reasoning jumped up in a lively manner one day, and was asked about that. He said: ‘I kept these physical faculties from sin when i was young, and Allah has preserved them for me now that I am old.’ The opposite also applies. One of the Salaf saw an old man begging from people and said: ‘ This is a weak man who ignored Allah when he was young. So, Allah is ignoring him now that he has grown old.’”

(Jami’ al-ulum wal Hikam)

(6) Imam Al-Hasan Al-Basree:

“To endure short-lived difficulties that are followed by long lasting ease, is better than hurrying for a short-lived ease that is followed by ever-lasting hardship.”

(Al-Hilyah, 2/134)

(7) Sayyiduna Abdullah bin Masud (radia Allahu anhu):

“It befits the bearer of the Qur’an to be known by his night when the people are asleep; by his day when the people are feasting; by his caution when the people mix [the lawful and the unlawful]; by his humility when the people are proud; by his grief when the people are happy; by his weeping when the people are laughing; and by his silence when the people chatter.”

(8) Imam Abu’l-Faraj ibn al-Jawzi:

“Knowledge and action are twins whose mother is high motivation.”

(al-Yawaqit al-Jawziyyah, p. 95)

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