Ibn al-Qayyim’s Advice for the Believer 

The great scholar Ibn al-Qayyim RA gave some amazing and life-changing advice for the believer:

“A friend will not (literally) share your struggles, and a loved one cannot physically take away your pain, and a close one will not stay up the night on your behalf…so look after yourself, protect it, nurture it…and don’t give life’s events more than what they are really worth…Be certain that when you break no one will heal you except you, and when you are defeated no one will give you victory except your determination…your ability to stand up again and carry on is your responsibility…Do not look for your self worth in the eyes of people; look for your worth from within your conscious…if your conscious is at peace then you will ascend high…and if you truly know yourself then what is said about you won’t harm you.

Do not carry the worries of this life… because this is for Allah…and do not carry the worries of sustenance because it is from Allah…and do not carry the anxiety for the future because it is in the Hands of Allah..

Carry one thing: How to Please Allah. Because if you please Him, He Pleases you, fulfils you and enriches you. Do not weep from a life that made your heart weep…just say “oh Allah…compensate me with good in this life and the hereafter”.

Sadness departs with a sajdah…happiness comes with a sincere du’a…Allah Does Not forget the good you do…nor Does He Forget the good you did to others and the pain you relieved them from…Nor Will He Forget the eye which was about to cry but you made it laugh..

Live your life with this principle: Be good even if you don’t receive good…not because of other’s sake but because Allah Loves the good doers”.

Subhanallah!

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)