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  1. Abu Yazid Al-Bistami.

    Assalam alaikum, May I have the pleasure of sharing with you the attached brief but concise biographical account of Sayyadi Abu Yazid al-Bistami, for your perusal and study. He was a great Teacher and Sufi adept from whose life we stand to learn a lot. Enjoy it. Many Regards. bustami.pdf
  2. The Wave And The Sea.

    The Sea is the sea as it was all along, Phenomena are waves and rivers Let not its forms hide you from the One Who is manifesting Himself therein, since they are veils. Every picture that is apparent upon the throne of existence, Is the form of the One who has drawn it, When the ancient sea forms a new wave, they call it a wave, while it is in reality the Sea.
  3. Assalam alaikum, I wish to invite you to consider some Verses (Ayats) of the Holy Qur'an, for wider and/or inspiring understanding of the Holy Book as we strive on the Way to Allah, Azzah Wa Jallah, in our daily life. They are:-- 1) Ayat 40-41 of Surat Nazi'at (79:40/41), where Allah Ta'ala says:-- "But for him who feared standing before his Lord [on the Judgement Day] and forbade the soul its caprice, surely paradise will be the refuge." This Ayat is explained by a Hadith in which Jabir, may Allah be pleased with him, reported the Prophet, peace be upon him, said that "The things that I fear most for my community are: following one's passion and expecting too much of this world. Following one's passion turns one away from the Truth, whereas expecting too much [of this world] renders one forgetful of the Hereafter. Know, therefore, that struggling against the soul is the beginning of worship. 2) Verse 16 of Surat Sajdah (32:16), where Allah Ta'ala says:-- "Their sides forsake their beds." With this, we may say that Allah, Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, has legislated qiyamul-layl year round and made it a sign of the righteous. Whoever has the strength to pray the Tahajjud (Voluntary night prayer), he should do so in the last part of the night, otherwise one should pray Witr before going to sleep. Du'a or supplication is the most apparent form of 'Ubudiyyah [enslavement]. The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, "Du'a is worship." It is impermissible to abandon Du'a. The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, "Whoever does not ask Allah He becomes angry with him." So, we must accustom our heart and hands to Supplicating to Allah regularly.
  4. Beautiful Conduct.

    Ayat 21 of Surat Ahzab of the Holy Qur'an (33:21) says:-- "You have indeed in the Apostle of Allah a beautiful pattern (of conduct), for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day, and who engages much in the Praise of Allah." In view of this, since our object is Allah, Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and the Final Day, we are charged to follow the Prophetic guidance taught/treaded by Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam-- the guidance referred to as "a beautiful example".... that Allah Loves. Spiritual teachers have always taught that the Prophet's beautiful example primarily lies in the inner qualities of his soul.... designated by his compassion, justice, generosity, forgiveness etc We should imitate him in this, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, by obeying the rules of Islamic Shari'a and overcoming everyday forgetfulness of the soul. This is closely related with the teaching in Ayat 31 of Surat Ali-Imran (3:31) of the Holy Qur'an:-- "Say: If you love Allah, follow me, and Allah will love you and forgive you your sins." In otherwords, the way to become worthy of Allah's Love is to follow Prophetic Guidance. The goal of this is explained by a famous Hadith Qudsi in which the Prophet, Peace be upon him, quotes the words of Allah [Exalted be His Name]:-- "When My Servant approaches Me through good works, then I love him. When I love him, I am the hearing with which he hears, the eye with which he sees, the hand with which he grasps, and the foot with which he walks." So, Brothers and Sisters let us follow the Sunnah of the Noble Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, in all we do.
  5. Assalam alaikum, Sayyadi Hasan Ibn Abi al-Hasan Yasar Abu Sa'id al-Basri, may Allah be Merciful to him, was a great Imam of Basra. He was the son of a freedwoman of Sayyada Umm Salama, may Allah be pleased with her, and a freedman of Sayyadi Zayd Ibn Thabit's, may Allah be pleased with him. Find hereby attached a brief biography of this notable Tabi'i. Also attached is a brief account of the biography of a notable Wali from the Awliyaa, Sayyadi Abu Yazid al-Bistami, may Allah be Merciful to him. Find time to peruse both, you will find something(s) to lighten up the Way. AL-HASAN%20AL-BASRI%20%5BRA%5D.pdf bustami.pdf
  6. Love And Beauty.

    Assalam alaikum, In Ayat 165 of Surat Baqra (2:165) of the Holy Qur'an, Allah [Exalted be His Name] says:-- "Some people worship idols and love them as they ought to love Allah. It is the belivers who love Him best." As a commentary on this Noble Ayat, find hereby attached a brief but apt submission on 'Love and Beauty', by Maulana Rahman Baba. Enjoy it. Love and Beauty..pdf
  7. Assalam alaikum, Whenever we/you delay in performing good deed till you find spare time and vacancy from being occupied with worldly affairs is counted as self ineptitude, or thoughtlessness, as this indicates preferring this world over the Hereafter. Worldly affairs never end, and no one is ever sufficed of them.... a finished matter only leads to another. And some said: we move here and there for our affairs, and the affairs of anyone living never end. And it is further said: Time is like the sword, if you don't cut it, it cuts you. And we find in the Hadith: 'There is not a day except that calls: 'O son of Adam, I am a new creation, and a witness for your deeds!! So, sieze of me (all benefits you can) for I do not return till Resurrection Day."
  8. The Muhammadan Reality.

    Assalam alaikum, The Reality of the Messenger of Allah, Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, as eternally known by Allah [ Exalted be His Name], plays a crucial role both cosmologically and as an archetype for the reality of all Prophets. In the Holy AQur'an, it is mentioned that Allah sent him as a Mercy and a Blessing for the whole creation. In the Hadith, it is mentioned that the first thing created by Allah was Muhammad's light; while yet another Hadith affirms that it was Muhammad's spirit. Sayyadi Ibn Arabi, may Allah ennoble his secret, discusses a verse in the Qur'an concerning the reality of the ithmus, to the effect that when 2 seas mingle together there should be an ithmus between the 2, so that they would not encroach on one another. He metaphysically and symbolically interprets this that there should be an intermediary between 2 independent ontological realms, such as this world and the next, sense perception and intellect, and Allah and the Universe. Such an intermidiary between Allah and the Universe is the Muhammadan Reality which is the first determination or the first manifestation of Allah to Himself and comprises the reality of all things. Being a determination or manifestation means that it is created but at the same time it embraces within itself the archetypal reality of everything other than Allah. It is as if the openings (mafatih) or the master keys of all things have been entrusted to Muhammad, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam. Moreover, all Prophets, even if historically preceding him, obtain their Prophethood from his Prophecy. We learnt of this in the Hadith where the Prophet himself said, "I WAS A PROPHET WHILE ADAM WAS STILL A MIXTURE OF WATER AND CLAY." Other Prophets were not so except when they were chosen by Allah, Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.
  9. The Night Prayer.

    Assalam alaykum, Jabir Ibn Abdullah, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said (relating what Jibreel, peace be upon him, said when he came to him):-- "....AND KNOW THAT SHARAF (honour and nobility) OF THE BELIEVER LIES IN HIS QIYAMUL LAYL (standing in Tahajjud voluntary prayer), AND HIS 'IZZAH (dignified greatness) LIES IN BEING NEEDLESS (and Independent) FROM THE PEOPLE." [Al-Hakim, 3289/Tabarani, 4278]. The more you stand before Allah, the Most High Lord of the Universe, in the silent depths of the nights, seeking His help and relying upon Him alone, the more you/we feel content and certain of being granted provision; the less we rely on people around us or worry about what they possess.
  10. If a man is not looking after himself and becomes ill and then says: What can I do, it is Allah's Will-- he is wrong. You can protect yourself. If one takes care of the body and becomes ill anyway, then Allah is sending the illness. A man who leaves his cows on the mountain to be eaten by wolves can't say afterwards:- 'It is Allah's Will that my cows die'. He must protect them and put them into pens, then if they die it is Allah's Will. You have something to do with your willpower. It is not a general will, but it is enough for you, like the headlights of a car are not lighting up every place, but light enough for driving. We have such a will to arrange for our life. You may plow and plant the seeds, but you cannot rain, you can't make the grains to sprout. Allah, Tabaraka Wa Ta'ala, completes that plant. In order to go on Hajj one must get his passport in order, prepare with things connected with such journey, and then put responsibility on Allah. We have a choice, and when we have a choice, we have responsibility. One saying that he is not responsible is out of order; he is a sinner. When completing all the things you can do, then give it over to your Lord. The authority for this is in the Hadith wherein it was reported that a man once came to the Noble Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, and when asked what he had done with his camel, he replied that he left it to the trust of Allah, the Prophet, Peace be upon him, told him, "tie it, then trust in Allah, 'Aqil wa tawakkil". This gives a perfect arrangement for our lives-- if you are not trying then it is not true to say: I am trusting in Allah. When you know what you can do, you must do that. We should not neglect our responsibility.
  11. Most Excellent Action.

    Assalam alaykum, Ayat 31 of Surat Ibrahim, peace be upon him, of the Holy Qur'an (14:31), Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, says:-- "Tell those of My Servants who believe that they should establish the prayer [sallat], and spend out of what We have provided them with, both secretly and openly, before arrival of the Day when there will be no bargaining, nor any mutual befriending." Relative to this, someone asked the Noble Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, 'What action(s) are most excellent'? and he replied, "to gladden the heart of a human being, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the wrongs of the injured."
  12. Guarding Our Tongue.

    Assalam alaykum, Ibn Hibban and al-Baihaqi may Allah be Merciful to them both, reported that Umar Ibn Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, said:-- "A Person who talks too much is a person who often makes mistakes, and someone who often makes mistakes often has wrong actions. The fire has a priority over such a frequent sinner." In a related Hadith, on the authority of Mu'az, may Allah be pleased with him, the Noble Prophet, may Allah bless and greet him, said:-- "Shall I not tell you how to control all that?" I said, "Yes do, O Messenger of Allah." So, he held his tongue between his fingers and then he said:-- "Restrain this." I said, "Oh Prophet of Allah, are we accountable for what we say.?" He, peace be upon him, said:-- "May your mother be bereft by your loss! Is there anything more than the harvest of the tongues that throws people on their faces (or he said 'on their noses') into the Fire.?" [Tirmidhi, al-Hakim]. What is meant by 'the harvest of the tongues' is the punishment for saying forbidden things. Through his actions and words, a man or a woman sows the seeds of either good or evil, and harvests same on the Day of Resurrection. Note this well. Regards.
  13. Something On Sallat.

    Assalam alaikum, Abu Hurairah, may Alllah be pleased with him, narrated that he heard Allah's Apostle, peace be upon him, saying:-- "If there was a river at the door of anyone of you and he took a bath in it 5 times a day, would you notice any dirt on him?" They [his companions] said: "Not a trace of dirt would be left." The Prophet, peace be upon him, added:- "That is the example of the 5 daily prayers with which Allah blots out (annuls) evil deeds." [bukhari, Book 10 Hadith No. 506]. In yet another Hadith, the Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, was quoted saying:-- "The first matter that the slave will be be brought to account for on the Day of Judgement is the prayer [sallat]. If it badis sound, then the rest of his deeds will be sound. And if it is bad, then the rest of his deeds will be bad." [At-Tabarani]. It is sad, however, to note that many Muslims today do not accord this important second pillar of Islam [al-Sallat] the importance and priority it deserves. You hear some say 'I am busy' or 'I have no time' to pray now (at its stated time)... I will pray later. You/We must drop this attitude and say our prayer(s) on time and preferably in congregation, in the Masjid. We must remember that what distinguishes us, Believers, with Munafiqs (hypocrites) is Sallat-- the 5 daily prayers. Best Wishes.
  14. Subhanallah!

    Assalam alaykum, Abdullah Ibn Mas'ud, may Allah be pleased with him, said the Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:- "Allah, Azza Wa Jallah, says 'O Son of Adam, you are given sustenance every day, none the less you are sad. And every day your life gets shorter, none the less you are happy. You have what suffices you, but you seek what makes you rebellious. The little does not content you, and the abundance does not satisfy you. Verily, if you are secure in your home, and your body is healthy, and you enough food for one day, it is as if you gained the whole world." Culled from: "SERMONS OF THE PROPHET, Peace be upon him", compiled by Sheikh Abu Nasr M. Ibn Wad'an.
  15. Assalam alaikum, In Ayat 25 of Surat Taubat of the Holy Qur'an (9:25), Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala says:-- "Say, if your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your spouses, your tribe and your wealth you have earned, commerce you fear may slacken, and the homes you love- are dearer to you than Allah and His Messenger and Jihad in His Way, then wait until Allah brings His Command." This Ayat is explained by the Hadith narrated by Anas Ibn Malik, may Allah be pleased with him and related by both Bukhari and Muslim, where the Prohet, peace be upon him, said:-- "None of you will truly believe until I am dearer to him than his childeren, his father and all people." His words, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, "None of you will truly believe", means that no person's belief will be perfected or that the servant cannot attain the reality of true faith, until the Prophet is dearer to him with an affection or love much more than to his parents, childeren and the like. In this regard, again, one's origin, peers, partners, from women or men, nearest of kin, social group, money or wealth which you have earned, private homes, gardens, villas should NOT be loved more than Allah and His Messenger or else you wait until Allah brings about an immediate catastrope in this life or manifest His Divine wrath in the Next Life. It is therefore an obligation to love him, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, the signs of which include:-- a) Love for his traditions/hadeeth. b) Taking on his adaab -ie traits and excellent virtues in times of ease or hardship, joy or despair. c) mentioning him often by way of Salat ala Nabiy (Tasliya) and reflecting/thinking about him majority of time. d) Loving the Ahl-'l-Bayt and the Sahabat (Companions), both the Muhajjuruun and the Ansar and being hostile to those who hate them... base on what was related by Ibn Asaakir on the authority of Jabir Ibn Abdullah, may Allah be pleased ith him, who said that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said:- "Love for the Ansar is part of faith, and hatred for them is disbelief."
  16. Here I Am .....

    All night, a man called "Allah, Allah" Until his lips were bleeding. Then Satan said, "Hey! Mr. Guillible! How come you have been calling all night, And never once heard Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala say, "Here I am!"? You call out so earnestly and, in reply, what? I'll tell you what.... nothing"! The man suddenly felt despair and abandoned. Depressed, he threw himself on the ground, And fell into a deep sleep. In a dream, he met Sayyidina Ibrahim, peace be upon him, Who asked, "Why are you regrettin praising Almighty Allah"? The man said, "I called and called, but Allah, Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala never, "Here I am"! Sayyidina Ibrahim,peace be upon him, explained, "The Almighty says; "Your calling of My Name is My Reply. Your longing for Me is My Message to you. Your fear and hope are the keys to unlocking the doors to Me." Therefore, in the silence surrounding every call to "Allah", Wait a thousand replies of "HERE I AM"! So, let us all strive to Remember Allah, Tabaraka Wa Ta'ala, with every breath.
  17. On The Successful One.

    Peace to one and all, The Noble Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, was reported to have said:-- "He is successful who has accepted Islam, who has been provided with sufficient for his wants and been made contented by Allah with what He has given him." [sahih Muslim]. These days when people say so and so is very successful, what they mean is that he or she is making a lot of money. With this Noble Hadith, we understand who is qualified to be called successful. It is not having car x, house in y and job z but- Islam, Fulfilled needs and a thankful heart. Note this well.
  18. How Strong Are You?

    Assalam alaykum, Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with him, reported that the Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:-- "THE STRONG MAN IS NOT THE ONE WHO WRESTLES, BUT THE STRONG MAN IS IN FACT THE ONE WHO CONTROLS HIMSELF IN A FIT OF RAGE." [bukhari, Muslim and Riyad-us-Saliheen]. Usually people are impressed by physical power, but real strength is in that person who keeps his/her anger under control when it is aroused. So, be strong from that perspective.
  19. The Power Of Istighfar.

    Salaam to you all, We sometimes tend to forget the importance of the simple yet powerful Du'a/Supplication of Istighfar ie the saying or reciting 'ASTAGHFIRULLAH' (I seek forgiveness of Allah). Some of the virtues or benefits of Istighfar are:-- 1) It removes anxiety and one's Du'as are answered. 2) Reciting Istighfar opens the door of sustenance, knowledge and Allah's Mercy 3) It also helps us to calm ourselves and wipes out variety of worldly worries from our body/mind. Ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, said that the [Noble] Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said:-- "If anyone constantly seeks pardon (from Allah), Allah will appoint for him a way out of every distress and a relief from every anxiety, and will provide sustenance for him from where he expects not." [Abu Dawud]. In view of the foregoing, we should include lots of ISTIGHFAR [recital of ASTAGH-FIRULLAH], at least 100 times, in our daily Zikr when we come to Remember Allah, in the mornings and evenings. Best Wishes.
  20. Glad To Be Here.

    Assalam alaikum, I have just registered to formally join the Forum, and am glad to have my registration validated. During my stay, I hope to learn and share Knowledge, especially Islamic religious Knowledge with other Members. Do accept my best wishes.