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 al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said…”The sound heart is the one which is secure from shirk, hatred, jealousy,envy, covetousness, pride, love of the world and leadership. So it is safe from every harmful thing which distances it from Allaah and it is safe from every doubt that contradicts His information (i.e.,Revelation). It is safe from every desire that opposes His command and from every wish that competes (repels) what He intends (fromHis servants), and it is also safe from everything that cuts it off from Allaah. So this sound and safe heart is in a paradise in this world and in a paradise in the barzakh and in a paradise on the Day of Resurrection. The heart’s safety and soundness cannot be perfected,absolutely, until it is secure from five things:
1.From shirk which nullifies tawheed
2.From innovation which opposes the Sunnah
3.From a desire/lust that opposes the command (of Allaah)
4.From heedlessness that contradicts remembrance (of
5.From a desire that nullifies purity and sincerity (in intent
These five are barriers to Allaah and beneath each of them are many other categories that contain unique issues which cannot be enumerated.
Taken from the book “The Path to Guidance” by Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah – may Allaah the Exalted have mercy upon him)
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)
“Then do remember Me; I will remember you. Be grateful to Me, and reject not Faith”. (Qur’aan: 2:152)
“Those who believe & whose hearts find satisfaction in remembrance of Allah for without doubt in remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction”. (Qur’aan: 13:28)
The Prophet (pbuh) said that Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, thus stated: “I am near to the thought of My servant as he thinks about Me, and I am with him as he remembers Me. And if he remembers Me in his heart, I also remember him in My Heart, and if he remembers Me in assembly I remember him in assembly, better than his (remembrance), and if he draws near Me by the span of a palm, I draw near him by the cubit, and if he draws near Me by the cubit I draw near him by the space (covered by) two hands. And if he walks towards Me, I rush towards him”. (Muslim, Book 035, Number 6471)
Abdur Rahmân ibn ‘Uthmân ibn ‘Affan (ra) reported from his father who said,
||“Zayd ibnThâbit left Marwan at midday. I said: “Nothing made him (ie Marwan) send for him at this hour except that he wanted to ask about something.” I asked him (about this) so he replied: “We were asked about things which we had heard from the Messenger of Allâh (saw), I had heard the Messenger of Allâh (saw) say: “Whoever sets this world as his goal, Allâh divides his affairs for him, He will place poverty between his eyes, and nothing will come to him from the world except what Allâh has written for him. Whoever sets the Hereafter as his goal, Allâh gathers his affairs for him, gives him richness of heart and the world will come to him grudgingly and submissively” (Ibn Mâjah, Ibn Hibban)
On the authority of ‘Abdullah who related that he heard the Messenger of Allâh (saw) say
||“Whoever makes the Hereafter his sole concern, then Allâh will be sufficient for him concerning his affiars and needs in the world, and whoevers concerns (in the world) are divided amongst the affairs of the world, then Allâh would have no care in which path he is destroyed”. (Ibn Mâjah, and others).
On the authority of Abû Hurayrah (ra) who said that the Messenger of Allâh (saw) said:
||“Allâh says: O Son of Adam, devote yourself to worshipping Me, and I will fill your bosom with richness and remove your poverty, And if you do not do this then I will fill your bosom with occupation and distraction and I will not remove your poverty”. (at-Tirmidhî, Ibn Mâjah, Ibn Hibban, sahîh).
[taken from the book weeping from the fear of Allah by Husayn al-‘Awâyishah ]
Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) lists fifteen kinds of remedies through which Allaah may alleviate distress and grief:
- Tawheed al-Ruboobiyyah
- Tawheed al-Uloohiyyah
- Unity of belief, i.e. Tawheed al-Asmaa’ wa’l-Siffaat (Unity of the Divine Names and Attributes).
- To declare that Allaah is far above mistreating His slave or punishing him without any cause on the part of the slave himself.
- Admission on the part of the slave that he is the wrongdoer.
- Beseeching Allaah by the best of things, which are His Names and Attributes. Among the most comprehensive in meaning of His Names and Attributes are the Names al-Hayyu (the Ever-Living), al-Qayoom (the Eternal).
- Seeking the help of Allaah Alone.
- Putting one’s hope in Allaah.
- Putting one’s trust in Allaah and handing over all one’s affairs to Him, recognizing that one’s forelock is in His hand, that Allaah runs all one’s affairs as He wills, that His command is ever executed and that His decree is just.
- Reading Qur’aan and pondering its meaning, seeking consolation in it for all disasters, and seeking a cure in it for all diseases of the heart (i.e., spiritual or psychological diseases) for it washes away grief and heals his distress and anxiety.
- Seeking the forgiveness of Allaah.
- Jihaad (striving for the sake of Allaah).
- Salaat (prayer)
- Admitting that one has no power or strength at all, and attributing them to the One Who holds them in His hand.
[Taken From The Book “Dealing with Worries and Stress” By Muhammad Salih al-Munajjid ]