Must Read! – From among the punishments of sinful acts are that they cause the servant to forget himself.

So, consequently when a person forgets his soul, he corrupts it, and then destroys it.  If o­ne would ask, “How does someone forget himself if he does forget?  Which things does he remember?” Allaah the Most High has said,

“And do not be like those who forgot Allaah (i.e. became disobedient to Allaah) and He caused them to forget their own selves.” [Suratul-Hashr 59:19]

In other words, Glory is to Him, Allaah punishes the o­ne who forgets Him with two punishments:

(1). Allaah forgets him.

(2). He causes the individual to forget himself.

Allaah’s forgetting the servant involves His disregard, abandonment and neglect of the disobedient o­ne. As a result, destruction draws closer to him than his own face and hand.

As for the sinner, his forgetting himself means that the person stops thinking about the finer qualities of the soul and the things that lead to its success and well-being.  He forgets all of this.  The matter does not even come to mind.  Nor does he bring it to mind.

In addition, the disobedient servant is made to forget the diseases of the heart and soul along with the agony that accompanies them.  In the end, there is no effort to remove these destructive ills that of which eventually lead him to corruption and ruin. He becomes a sick individual covered with layers of disease. The internal disorder causes destruction to spread through him.  However, this negligent soul is not aware of his sickness nor does the remedy occur in his mind.

This is the worst kind of punishment. What punishment is worse than an individual neglecting, and then destroying himself? He forgets the beneficial qualities his soul possesses.  This rebellious servant becomes heedless of the causes of his acquiring good in this life and a permanent resting place in the abode of eternal bliss.

“Sins and Their Punishments” by Ibn-ul-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah; Pages: 54–56

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The beatings that Imam Ahmad Rahimahullaah recieved! Subhaan Allaah – could WE bare this with such patience??

Saalih bin Ahmed bin Hanbal said: “A person, who used to treat flogs etc, saw my father (Ahmed bin Hanbal) and said: ‘I have also seen such a person who received 1000 flogs but I never saw such a beating (that Imaam Ahmed received)’. There were the signs of beating over his back and on the chest. Then he took the stitch and inserted it into some of the wounds and said that this stitch could not reach to the end of the wound. He used to come and treat him.

He (Imaam Ahmed) had also received some flogs on his face. He remained lying prone (on the surface) for as long as Allaah wished. Then he said: ‘This is one thing (i.e. the torn skin of the wound) that I want to cut’. That Doctor used to hold the skin with a tong and cut it with a knife. He (Imaam Ahmed) remained patient and thankful in this condition, and he would keep praising Allaah. Then Allaah cured him but the pain of wounds remained with him at several places. His back remained affected due to flogs until his death. May Allaah have mercy upon him! He used to say: ‘By Allaah, I have tried my best, all I want is that I be saved from the punishment (of Allaah) and if my matter balances out then it would be more than enough.’”

[Manaaqib Ahmed: P. 346, 347, Chain Saheeh]

For those who say: “I wish that i was alive at the time of Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam” MUST READ!

From AbdurRahmaan bin Jubair bin Nafeer, from his father who said: we were sitting with al-Miqdad bin al-Aswad one day, when a person passed by him and said: ‘Toobah (a tree in Paradise) for these two eyes which saw the Messenger of Allaah -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam-: ‘I swear by Allaah that we wish we had seen what you have seen and witnessed what you witnessed.’ Al-Miqdad became angry, I became astonished, because they did not say anything but good. Then he turned to the man and said: ‘What makes a person wish that he was present when Allaah has made him absent. He does not know, if he had witnessed it, how he would have been at that time? I swear by Allaah there were a people that were present at the time of the Messenger of Allaah -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam, who Allaah will throw on their nostrils in the HellFire, because they did not respond to the Messenger -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- nor did they believe in him. Do you not praise Allaah, for taking you out from your mothers’ wombs not knowing anything except your Lord and believing in that which your Prophet was sent with. Indeed you have been saved from trials by others being trialed instead of you.

I swear by Allaah, that Allaah sent the Prophet -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- in the severest time that any Prophet from among the Prophets was ever sent, in any period of time including the Jahileeyah time period (period of ignorance before Islaam).

They would not regard any religion better than the worship of idols, then the Prophet -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- came with the Furqan (the Criterion) he separated the truth from falsehood with this Criterion, and he separated a father from his son, so much so that a man would see his father and his son or his brother as a disbeliever.

And indeed Allaah opened the lock of his heart with Eemaan, and he knows if he is destroyed he enters the fire, it does not make him happy that his beloved is in the fire.

And it is about those that Allaah –Azza wa Jal – said: <>’

[77- 1097: Silsilah Ahadeeth As-Saheehah No. 2823]

Ibn Al-Qayyim on Trials: Allah afflicts a servant with trials until he becomes honorable

Ibn Al-Qayyim said, “Were it not that Allah the Exalted cured His servants with the medicine of tests and trials, they would transgress and commit evil. When Allah the Exalted intends goodness for a servant, He makes him drink the medicine of tests and trials from providence according to his situation in order to cure him from deadly diseases, until He purifies him and cleans him and he achieves the most honorable status in the world, that of being a true servant of Allah, and he is given the greatest reward in the Hereafter, that of seeing Allah and being close to Him.”

Source: Zaad Al-Ma’ad 179

MUST READ!! – SUBHAAN ALLAAH- “IF WE HAD SENT DOWN THIS QUR’AN ONTO A MOUNTAIN, YOU WOULD HAVE SEEN IT HUMBLED…

Allaah, Most High says,

“If we had sent down this Qur’an onto a mountain, you would have seen it humbled, crushing to pieces out of fear of Allaah…” [Al-Hashr:21]

Abu ‘Imran al-Jawni said, By Allaah, our Lord has directed such things to us in the Qur’an, which, were He to have directed to the mountains would have humbled and obliterated them.

Malik ibn Dinar, may Allaah have mercy on him, would recite this verse and say, ‘I swear to you, no servant believes in this Qur’an except that It causes his heart to burst.’ [Suyuti, al-Durr, vol. 14, pg.396]

Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali said regarding this verse, You, son of Adam, have a greater duty to yield to the remembrance of Allaah, and to what He has burdened you with of His Book and given you of His laws (than the mountains) since you will be judged and then find your final abode in Paradise or Hell.

[Book: The Humility in Prayer | Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali | Pages 34-36]

Hadeeth: “The Two blessings many people lose: Health & Free time” Explained by Shaykh Uthaymeen Rahimahullaah

عن ابن عباس- رضي اللّه عنهما قال قال النّبي صلي اللّه عليه وسلم- نعمتان مغبون فيهما كثير من الناس, الصحة والفراغ

Ibn ‘Abbas Radhi Allaahu ‘anhumma narrated the Prophet salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “There are two blessings many people lose: Health and Free time.” [1]

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen rahimahullaah said regarding this hadeeth:

The Prophet Salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam spoke the truth about two blessings many of us lose: the benefit of our health and free time.

Many days pass Man by while he has energy and good health. No doubt this is the devils deception, but he doesn’t realize it until he becomes ill. Then he says, “Why didn’t I do such-and-such when I was healthy?” “How did these days pass me by?”

Then there is free time. A person works and his provisions come to him easily. He doesn’t need to search for a job to support himself. After some time, he finds himself preoccupied with seeking work and other means of support. This is when he realizes he was cheated out of his free time, as he didn’t accomplish anything.

For that reason the Prophet salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “There are two blessings which many people lose…”

We learn that some people don’t lose the advantage of free time or good health. These people are grounded and determind, fully appreciate their health and time, and are aware of these bounties. Furthermore, they understand that time passes faster than they can conceive.

How many people put off death for a long time, and then all of sudden it comes to them? How many people are careless about a blessing, and then one day it disappears?

While someone is in sound health he says, “When I’m old, I won’t have the ability to work.” Then suddenly he’s afflicted with a chronic illness that prevents him from working.

This is the way of this life, and no one is safe from it, so one must be farsighted. This is similiar to the speech of the Prophet salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, “Take from your good health before your sickness and your life before your death.”

[1] Saheeh al-Bukharee 5933

[Sharh Saheeh al-Bukharee || Kitaabar-Riqaaq || The book of Heart Softners || Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen || Page 1-2]

Read + Share || Advice to those going through trials-

O Muslim, whatever you are going through it is only by the will of Allaah, None has given you this trial except Allaah subhanahu wa ta’ala, and none can help you through this except your Lord, the most Merciful. Have you forgotten that the enjoyment and the luxuries of this decieving dunya is only for a while and the Hereafter will be the real home. Do you not want abide in Jannatul-Firdau­s with The Prophets, Peace be upon them all, & the Sahabahs, the Sahabiyaat, & the Salaf-us-Saalih­, May Allaah be pleased with them all. Don’t you want to be with them, drinking honey, sweet milk, wine and water, its taste will never change? O Children of Aadam, don’t forget Allaah subhanahu wa ta’ala blessings upon you, by guiding you to the Haqq, the Truth & nothing but the Truth. The Trials you are going through, by Allaah, are nothing compared to the Prophets, The Sahabahs/­Sahabiyaat & the Salafs. Have you forgotten Prophet Yusuf ‘alaihi salaam’s trials, how he was falsely cast into prison for many years! What about Ibraheem and Ismaeel , ‘alahim salaam, how do you think a father would feel if he was ordered by Allaah , to slaughter his own son? Verily, Allaah granted him patience! What about our beloved Prophet Muhammad salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam? How many trials has he been through? How many people have ridiculed him? How many people have tried to harm him? Yet he salallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam was still a thankful slave, in which he would stand in prayer until ‘Aisha radhi allaahu anhaa could see his feet beginning to swell, La hawla wa laa quwatta illa billaah! My sisters and brothers in Islaam , have patience and put your Trust in Allaah, the ever-Living and by Allaah you will be satisfied. Don’t get upset by the trials of this dunya, wallaahi this dunya will Vanish, so hold onto your religion and attain some goodness in order to save yourself from the blazing fire in the next life, o slaves of Allaah, I know you want Jannah , and by Allaah I know none of us want the Hell-Fire. Have you ever got burnt whilst cooking, be it you touched something hot, or oil or hot water spilt on you, you was in pain , then what will be the state of the one who will abide in the blazing fire, No relief, No water, No Help, May Allaah subhanahu wa ta’ala protect us from the Hell-Fire , Aameen. What will be our state if we keep on following our desires? Wallaahi this is the truth O Slave of Allaah! Why do we get so caught up in this dunya. Allaah ‘azza wa jal has said, this dunya is only a quick passing enjoyment! And on the day of judgment it will feel like we stayed for a couple of days! Ya Akhwaat wa Ikhwaan! we KNOW that we will die! We KNOW that we will go in the grave ALONE! we KNOW that we will be accounted for, Naked, Barefooted, and Uncircumcised, Yet we are heedless! Let us strive to remember Allaah subhaanahu wa ta’ala because He alone will grant us victory! We need to be patient with the dunya’s Trials, because WHO SAID Jannah is FREE?? Who said?? By Allaah its not free! It requires Patience and Patience and Patience Upon all that is good! Hold onto your religion like you’re holding onto HOT COAL! Yes Hot coal will BURN youu! But isn’t Jannah Worth it!!?? Isn’t being free from the Hell-Fire worth it my dear sisters and brothers!! Think About Death, Contemplate Upon your Hereafter and Do the Means that will help you to succeed, Jazakumallaahu Khayran Wa BaarakAllaahu Feekum

-Umm Sulaymaan