:. Beautiful Quotes Regarding The Night Prayer .:

 

“Their sides forsake their beds, to invoke their Lord in fear and hope, and they spend (charity in Allaah’s Cause) out of what We have bestowed on them” [al-Sajdah 32:16]

The best of prayers after the prescribed prayers is prayer in the depths of the night, and the best of fasting after the month of Ramadaan is fasting the month of Allaah, Muharram.” (reported by Muslim)

The closest that the Lord is to His slave is in the later part of the night, so if you can be one of those who remember Allaah at that time, then do so.” (Reported by al-Tirmidhi)

“The most beloved of prayer to Allaah is the prayer of Dawood, and the most beloved of fasts to Allaah is the fast of Dawood. He used to sleep for half of the night, then get up and pray for a third of the night, then sleep for a sixth of the night, and he used to fast every other day.” (Bukhari+Muslim)

“Whoever recites ten aayaat (verses)in qiyaam will not be recorded as one of the forgetful. Whoever recites a hundred aayaat in qiyaam will be recorded as one of the devout , and whoever prays a thousand aayaat in qiyaam will be recorded as one of the muqantareen (those who pile up good deeds).” (Reported by Abu Dawood)

Al-Fudayl ibn ‘Ayaad said: “I met some people who feel ashamed before Allaah to sleep for too long in the depths of the night. Such a person may be resting on his side, and when he moves, he says to himself, ‘This is not your right. Get up and take your share of the Hereafter”

Al-Hasan said: “We do not know of any deed more difficult than the struggle to stay up at night or to spend money.” It was said to him, “Why do the mutahajjadeen (those who pray Tahajjud at night) have the most beautiful faces?” He said, “Because they spend time alone with the Most Merciful, so He adorns them with some of His light”

He also said “a man commits a sin and so (because of of it) he is deprived of staying up at night”.

Abu’l-Darda’ (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “Pray two rak’ahs in the darkness of the night for the darkness of the grave.”

Ibn Al mubarak said: ” When the night is completely dark it finds them staying up at night.Fear has chased away their slepp so they stay up, while those who feel secure in this life sleep on”.

man once said to a righteous man, “I am unable to keep on staying up at night; give me a remedy.” The righteous man said, “Do not disobey Him during the day and He will keep you up, between His hands, at night.”

It has been transmitted that Suffian ath-Thawri said, “I was once deprived of staying up at night for five months because of a sin that I had committed.”

Muhammad ibn al-Munkadir said: “There is nothing left of the joys of this life except three: qiyaam al-layl, meeting one’s brothers in faith, and praying in congregation.”

 

References:

-Kitab tahajjud

-Purification of the soul (Ibn Rajab/Ibn Qayim)

 

So wait steadfastly…..

The sea of pleasures may drown its owner and the swimmer fears to open his eyes under the water. Allah promised you the pleasures of the Akhira, so do not be in a hurry and seek them in this worldly life as if you are cutting plants before their harvest time, while they are much better if you wait. Likewise, the pleasures of the Hereafter are so much better. Buy for yourself (through doing good deeds) while there is still a market and you have the ability to buy. Everyone will pass through times of sleep and neglect (following his lusts), but do not sink into sleep as the morning of the Akhira is close at hand…

(Ibn qayim~Al-fawaa’id))

Shyness/لحياء – Umm Abdillaah al-Waadi’iyyah

Shyness is of two types:

1. What consists of character and disposition and cannot be acquired. Shyness is the behavior Allah granted the servant. The Prophet sallallahu alayhe was salaam said ” Shyness brings about nothing but good.” It prohibits a person from committing despicable actions and displaying degrading behavior.

2. What is attainable through knowing Allah and knowing His greatness as well as His closeness to His servants.His overseeing them, and His knowledge of what deceives the eyes while being hidden in the chests.

Shyness from Allah may be caused by witnessing and reflecting over His blessings and the shortcomings associated with being thankful for them.

The praiseworthy shyness is the behavior that encourages the performing of commendable actions and abandoning the wretched.

Concerning the statement : ” If you do not feel shy then do as you wish .” One meaning is that it does not command to do whatever you wish, but it conveys a meaning of blame and prohibition. One way of interpreting it is that it conveys a threat/warning. The second way to interpret it is that it is a way of conveying information. The thing that prohibits a person from doing bad actions is shyness.

An-Nawawee said , The Scholars said that the reality of shyness is the character that encourages the abandonment of despicable actions and prevents against negligence concerning the rights of the people who possess rights over others.

Aboo Al Qaasim al Junayd said Shyness is recognizing Allahs favors, meaning His blessings and the recognizing of ones own negligence in light of them both.

When shyness is lost, every type of evil is committed.

There are five signs of wretchedness :

1. The harshness in the hearts
2. The unflinching eye
3. The lack of shyness
4. The seeking of worldy pleasures.
5. Longevity in life

An example of shyness is Asmaa bint Aboo Bakr in the hadeeth where she carried the date stones and was offered to ride behind the Prophet sallallahu alayhe was salaam but was too shy.

Taken from : My Advice to the Women – Umm Abdillah al-Waadi’iyyah

::Tarbiyya 6::

Recap!

•What hurts the heart?

•Three classification of the heart………

•To enliven your heart, ………………………………

•Give two extreme examples of people of taqleed.How to keep the qalb as-sireen?

•Diseases of the heart……….

 • Two kinds of fruits hurt the heart are………………………………

•What three things heart needs for treatment?

•Two ways of treatment ……….

•How to protect yourself from Shaytan?

The Question?

“What do scholars say about a man who was tried by a fitnah who knows that if he continues with that fitnah it will ruin this life and the life to come, and he is trying to push himself away from it in all aspects, but he is unable to and every time he tries to push it away, it becomes intensified. What would be the solution, and how could he relieve himself from that trial?”

Different seeds of the personalities of human beings:

  • Animal instinct – follow their desires
  • Like a dog – specifically, the hyena: scavengers, eating the flesh of others.  Involved in nameemah, gheebah, etc.
  • Like donkeys – workaholics, work too much
  • Like beasts – gangster mentality, very aggressive towards people
  • Like mice – Timid, hiding
  • Poisonous personality – hurt others – evil eye, jealousy, hasad, etc
  • Like pigs – always involved in filthy thoughts and actions.  Even though Allah has given them the ability to do khayr, they choose to remain in filth.
  • Like peacocks – arrogant
  • Like camels – never forget or forgive
  • The worshipping soul – human personality above animals, the worshiper, has a strong connection with Allah through servitude and worship

The Effect of Sins on Human Beings:

  • Deprivation of knowledge – knowledge is light, doesn’t enter a dark heart.  Story of Imam ashShafi’ee speaking to his teacher, Wakee’, who advised him to give up sinning in order to retain the knowledge
  • Deprivation of provision – no barakah in what they do, even the barakah in their wealth goes away
  • Darkness in the heart-Cannot distinguish between right and wrong
  • Loneliness in your heart from Allah – when you feel lonely and disconnected, you won’t turn back to Allah for forgiveness and to re-establish that link –Even when among people, you feel alone
  • Takes a toll on the body and heart. Spiritually and physically exhausted. Ibaadah becomes very hard.
  • Deprived of the sweetness of ibaadah.
  • Makes your life shorter. In terms of barakah and age. In terms of age: you are stressed out all the time or some people commit suicide because of the sin. Someone committing a sin goes after one sin
  • Sin breeds more sin – always entices you to do more and worse sins

Four things that cause a person to commit a sin:

1. The eye / sight. The sight is the messenger towards the sin.

2. Thoughts. This is more difficult than the sight because it is easy to see something and then look away, but if something is on your mind, it is what you always think about.

3. Statements. The verbal action (i.e. talking) occurs. Then you start talking to other people about it and it becomes public.

4. Steps. Taking the steps towards committing the sin.

 

::Tarbiyya 5::

Recap

Who did Imam ash Shafi’ee blamed for his sins and mistakes on his death bed?

Where does destruction of the heart comes from?

To enliven your heart, ………………………………

Give two extreme examples of people of taqleed.

What is the importance of Tawheed al-Ittiba’?

Hadith of dhihaar……

Al Imran Verse 31………………………………

How do you migrate to Allah?

Two types of needs are……………………………

which rule should you use to judge by?

Classification of the heart

 in Rescuing the One who is Seeking Help from the Snares of the Shaytan. The hearts are three:

1.Qalbun Saleem – A sound heart – no one will be saved on the Day of Judgment without bringing this heart

This is the heart that is saved from all the desires (shahawaat) that not in accordance to the command of Allah!Free of doubts (shubuhaat)

Qalbun Mayyit – A dead heart

  • Does not recognize Allah
  • Does not worship Allah or love Him

Qalbun Mareed – a sick heart

This heart has life, but also disease,It needs medication to work well.It will stand based on which is stronger: medication or disease. Most people fall into this category!

Diseases of the Heart

They are one of two categories:

Ignorance and Doubts. Those who are ignorant do not feel it or know that they are ignorant until they are too late sometimes. This is a terminal disease. You do not feel it until it is too late.

The disease that is too painful and you can feel the pain frequently. Examples: grief, sorrow, sadness, anger, animosity, envy. When someone envies another, how do you feel about yourself? You yourself start to feel bad.

Treatment

  •  Qur’an
  • Healing for the hearts
  • Heart needs three things
  • Energy boosters – strong belief and good acts
  • Spiritual diet
  • Taking all the harmful things out – detoxification
  • To free the heart from obedience to the nafs.

Two ways of treament

Muhaasabah – putting your soul to account

Makhaalafatuhaa – opposing your nafs

Free from control of Shaytan,Shaytan is the enemy of man

How to protect yourself from Shaytan?

  • Isti’adha
  • Adhkar

How to keep the qalb as-sireen?

  • Ikhlas – sincerity to Allah in doing everything for His sake
  • Be happy with yout Lord and His decree
  • Reciting the Qur’an
  • Having good faith in the believers (husn adh-dhann)
  • Don’t have bad suspicion against people
  • Good advice
  • Giving advice
  • Seeking advice from others that are better than you
  • Spreading peace
  • By saying asSalaamu Alaikum first

Sahabi would go to market for no other purpose than to say salaam…Shaykh al’Uthaymeen used to do the same thing!

  • Giving gifts, being nice and kind to others
  • Du’a, the weapon of the believer
  • Don’t carry grudges or animosity against anyone

Hadith of Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibn alAas observing a Sahibi who got good news of Jannah from Prophet

What hurts the heart?

  • Intermingling with the people too much, for no reason
  • To ride the oceans of hope
  • Long hopes in this dunya, but death will cut it off

People should have strong resolve and determination, do it now, don’t procrastinante

  • Attaching yourself to someone besides Allah.This is the worst things that leads to sickness of the heart!
  • Food-Two kinds that hurt the heart:

1.Something because physically, it is harmful (al-muharramaat: pork, blood, wine, etc; also riba, usury, etc.)

2.Amount of halal food you eat

  • Too much – lazinesss of body, heart is also affected
  • Sleeping too much
  • Body is heavy and lazy
  • Wastes your time

He says: “The steps of ascension to Allah are by the heart and strong resolve, not by your body.”

::Tarbiyya 4::

RECAP!

•Say (O Muhammad): “……………………………….…” (al-Imran:…….) •Following the sunnah is part of …………………

 •Division of People of Taqleed!…………………………..

•Give two extreme examples of people of taqleed. •What is the importance of Tawheed al-Ittiba’?

•What s the difference between Ittiba’and Taqleed? • Za’d ul Ma’ad explored………………………………

 •How do you migrate to Allah?

•How do you migrate to Messenger of Allah? •which rule should you use to judge by?

Imam ash Shafi’ee on his deathbed

When my heart hardens, and all my ways are getting tight but the way of death, I make my hope in your Mercy, and my wish to ascend into your Mercy.  My sin looks so huge for me that I lost hope in your Mercy, but when I compared that to your Greatness and Mercy, it looked so much greater than it.  You have always been there, Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

Heart Doctor

•Example of the bird

•He said, “No servant has been punished by any punishment than making his heart.”

•He says, “Why was fire created?

•What should one do if he desires a pure heart?

Destruction of the Heart

“These hearts that are attached to desires are blocked from Allah as much as they are attached to their desires”

“The destruction of the heart comes from over-security and heedlessness” •If you feel you are secure, doing good, are fine – path to heedlessness

Never trust your heart’s security, always fight to become better

“Building your heart is through remembrance of Allah”

“The hearts get sick just like the body, and its cure is through repentance and spiritual diet.”

Spiritual diet – like physical diet involves staying away from harmful food, spiritual diet involves staying away from everything that has a negative affect on the heart and soul.

To enliven your heart, need to kill your desires

Training and practice – fasting, ‘ibadaat, etc.

Categories of the Heart

1.Heart completely empty of Iman and goodness – this is the dark heart. Shaytan feels happy, doesn’t need to bother this heart at all.

2.Heart that has the light of Iman, but the darkness of the sins is still floating above it, and the tornados of these desires. Shaytan jumps on it when it leans towards Allah, and leaves it when it strays.

3.Heart that is stuffed with Iman. It has no cloudy weather of sins. If they Shaytan dares to approach this heart, he will be burned.

The Dark Side of Human Nature

Three kinds of darkness:

*Darkness of soul

*Darkness of character

*Darkness of desires

He quotes a Christian source: You have to be “born again” just like ‘Isa said to his disciples: you will not enter the kingdom of heaven, until you are born again

The hearts in this terminology are 3 types

A heart that is still in the belly of the shahawat and desires, misguidance, misleading,

This heart was already born again and is already out in the spacious room of tawheed and knowledge. The placenta of bad habits and tradition have been rid of.

The heart in labour between the two hearts waiting to be delivered. Waiting to be rid of the habits. This heart is waiting for the delivery day and night. Sometimes you see the spacious room of tawheed outside and have enjoyed it partially. Sometimes after seeing the spacious room of tawheed, they see the desert of shahawat that scares them.

Most people fall into the third category, meaning they are good and then start feeling happy about it and then fallshort in the ibaadah

::Tarbiyya 3::

RECAP!

Known-Ibn alQayyim alJawziyyah. Real name- ‘Abdillah ibn Abu Bakr ibn Ayyub al-Dimishqee

Name 2 of his teacher……………………………………

What was he famous for?…………………………..

He had the upper hand in…………………………….?

Why was he imprisoned?…………………………

“Say Ya Muhammad, if you claim that you love Allah, then say to them ‘follow me.’” Surah???

What s the difference between Ibn Taymiyyah and Ibn alQayyim’s writing?

Hadith of dhihaar……

Who are the true immigrants?

Two types of needs are……………………………..

Are you a true believer if you don’t understand the names and attribute of Allah?

which rule should you use to judge by?

The path of 2 immigrations

Tawheed of Allah (Tawheed fil ittiba’ an-nabi)

“Say (O Muhammad): ‘If you claim you love Allah, then follow me…’” (al-Imran)

Enslavement with love – servitude is a result of love of Allah. How do we serve Allah?

Those who claim that they don’t have to follow the Sunnah, and can follow their logic/reason, etc… he attacks this ideology and refutes it

You cannot achieve his love without servitude in the best manner, and the best manner was shown to us in the life of the Prophet

Following the Sunnah is part of Tawheed!!

Ittiba’ of the Prophet

Doing what Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) loves. For example: a man and his wife.

Any work that doesn’t have the example of the Prophet is your own desires. You are following the desires of your nafs.

It is mandatory for all the mujahirs to Allah to put every second and every breath in achieving that by having the knowledge of the Prophet’s sunnah

Happiness in this life and the hereafter is all by following the Prophet

Those who know more about the Prophet’s life, they will be more following of the way of the Prophet, and thus they will be closer to the Tawheed of Allah

The philosophers separated the sciences of ‘aqeedah and fiqh, different rules and principles. For Ibn alQayyim, the sciences were intertwined and inseparable, because the rules of actions were strongly linked with rules of ‘aqeedah.

Brings the details of the Prophet’s description and even food

Story of Anas: Prophet chasing the pieces of squash/pumpkin and loving to eat them

Q:What is the benefit of all this?

If you learn these details, you will learn to remember the Prophet in every moment of your life.

Warning against Taqleed

Ittiba’ vs taqleed

Ittiba’ is ‘tareeq al-wasat’: the middle way

One extreme: following someone besides the Prophet uncritically

Other extreme: complete leaving of practice and following anyone

Showed the value of evidence from Qur’an and Sunnah, over blind following

offense against the Prophet &Quran

Division of people of taqleed

Completely neglect the statements of the Prophet (PBUH) and his example.

Blindly follow someone who is not qualified to be followed.

Uncritical following after the evidence is clear, and they agree with you, but they want to stick with their madhab or scholar.

As for those people who don’t have knowledge, cannot understand evidence, cannot find a qualified people to teach them, then they should follow some scholarship blindly. But these are the conditions of this taqleed.

If someone doesn’t fall into the above category, then cannot blindly follow. Otherwise, it becomes shirk fil tawheed al-ittiba’ an-nabi

Adab of following of Prophet (PBUH)

“O Messenger of Allah, Allah will be sufficient for you and for those after you.”

It means………………………..

When the Prophet (PBUH) said something, then another command cannot be brought to negate it. Raising the voice when the hadith of the Prophet (PBUH) is read is considered an offense. Allah says: “Do not raise your voices above the voice of the Prophet (PBUH).”

What should we do?

Benefit from the ulema but submit to the daleel.

1) link following the Prophet (PBUH) and love for Allah.

2) Showing importance of ittiba’

3)detailing the lifestyle of the Prophet (PBUH)

4) warning people against this