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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))

:. How to attain Istiqamah.:

1.Recitation of the Quran and reflecting upon it. Strive to memorise the Quran and recite it correctly (with tajweed!!).

2.Performing Nawafal prayers!

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said:

“Allah (SWT) said: “Whoever takes a Wali (loyal slave) of Mine as an enemy, I will wage war on him; and My slave will not perform any act with which he draws closer to Me, more beloved to Me then when he fulfills what I have ordained on him; and My salve will keep drawing closer to Me by performing the Nawafil (voluntary acts of worship) until I love him, and when I love him, I will be his hearing with which he hears, his sight with which he sees, his hands with which he strikes, and his legs with which he walks; and if he asks Me, I will give him; and if he seeks refuge with Me, I will grant him refuge.”

[Saheeh Bukhari]

And the most excellent of them is tahajjud!

3.Dhikr of Allah through the ways the prophet peace be upon him has taught us.

4.Putting Allah and His Messenger before your preferences.

5.Calling Allah through his beautiful names and reflecting upon them.

6.Witnessing Allah’s mercy and blessing.
I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “The good deeds of any person will not make him enter Paradise.” (i.e., None can enter Paradise through his good deeds.) They (the Prophet’s companions) said, “Not even you, O Allah’s Apostle?” He said, “Not even myself, unless Allah bestows His favor and mercy on me.” {Bukhari}

:.With every hardship comes ease.:

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And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, and then He will suffice him. Verily, Allah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allah has set a measure for all things. (Surah Dalaq)

 

:.GOOD ADVICE.:

During one of his journeys, Sari as-Saqati passed by a cave, from which he heard continuous sobbing. Aroused by curiosity, he entered the cave and saw a young man whose body seemed to be wasted away by grief and sadness. Having immediately perceived that the man was a righteous worshipper, Sari humbly asked, “O young man, how is safety achieved?”

He said, “By performing all prescribed acts of worship, by not wronging others, and by repenting to Allah.”

Sari asked, “Can you please deliver a sermon to me?”

The young man said, “The best sermon you can receive is by looking into your own self. But I will say this: be obedient to Allah when you are alone, for doing so will atone for your sins, and Allah will then display you to the inhabitants of the heavens.”

[Stories Of Repentence By Muhammad Abduh Mughawiri]

:. Piety has three levels.:

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One: Protecting the heart and limbs against sins  and forbidden actions.

Two: Protecting them against undesirable matters.

Three: Protecting against curiosity and whatever is not of one’s concern.

 The first will grant life to the  servant, the second will grant him health and power and the third will grant him happiness and joy.

 [taken from the book Al-Fawaid by ibn qayim]