Salawat

“When you send salawat upon him (ﷺ) and when you start to open your heart to the light that comes to your heart from the salawat, light is what fuels the inner dimension of this religion. The light is what allows you to move up through the various degrees of certainty. The light is what allows you to be someone who while other people are going through all the troubles and toils and anxieties, you are perfectly fine.

I swear by Allah, I have never in my life ever seen someone who sends a lot of salawat upon the Prophet (ﷺ) except that they are always happy.”

—Shaykh Yahya Rhodus

“God’s generosity is connected to gratitude, and gratitude is linked to increase in His generosity. The generosity of God will not stop increasing unless the gratitude of the servant ceases.”

— Ali ibn Abi Talib

Just a thought

When you’re headed to a restaurant to meet with a friend, you may say you’re excited for the food, or the restaurant.. But seeing your friend is the real occasion. When we talk about the Gardens of Paradise, we may say we’re excited for the benefits therein, but seeing our Creator is the real occasion.

Just A Thought.

If people truly followed the Prophetic example, they’d tread carefully around the hearts of others. They’d think before they spoke. They’d know the importance of compassion. They’d understand the fragility of the human spirit and do everything in their power to preserve the dignity and honour of every soul they were blessed to come in contact with. They’d understand that outcomes are ultimately with God and that all we can do is our best; make good choices, do no harm, be gentle, be kind, be real. That was the character of my Beloved (peace and blessings of God be upon him).

“Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities which he does not possess, and to gain applause which he cannot keep.”—Samuel Johnson

"I have a hard time taking instruction from my husband, but thanks to Google, I didn’t have to. I found a website to guide me through the motions, with an audio file to teach me Arabic pronunciation. In my bedroom I moved awkwardly from position to position. With the help of a free download I turned toward the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest site, which Muslims everywhere face to pray. I stood noble and tall, as God’s representative on earth, then bowed at the waist, then folded all the way down to the ground like the lowliest of servants. My body strained to embody nobility and servitude, strength and powerlessness. That repeated up-and-down movement dislodged something deep inside. The weight of my forehead against the floor broke apart what I’d spent a lifetime trying to protect: my fragile individualism and brittle self-determination. With my face to the floor, an oppressive weight rolled off my shoulders: the burdensome arrogance and guilt that came from believing I was the master of my life, the sole source of its brokenness and beauty. I began to weep for all I did not understand and could not control."

The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation. For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.—Neil Degrasse Tyson

Ibn Ata’llah said, “No one is a companion of yours except the one who knowing your defects, is your companion and that is only the generous Lord.”

Only the person who has experienced light and darkness, war and peace, rise and fall, only that person has truly experienced life.

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” - Lao-Tzu

We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infinitesimal hairline between an all-powerfully causative past and an absorbingly important future. We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience. We are therefore out of touch with reality. We confuse the world as talked about, described, and measured with the world which actually is. We are sick with a fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas—Alan Watts

Time does not exist, clocks exist.
Place your hand over your heart. Feel your heart beat. Reminds us that we are not in control.
"It is strange how you can observe the ignorant and deluded person tirelessly pursuing the world, night and day, avidly desiring it, most careful in amassing, guarding, and enjoying it, then coming up with numerous excuses for doing this, while remaining ignorant of his religion, never having sought knowledge and never having sat with a scholar to learn from him. When someone remonstrates with him about it, he justifies himself with such arguments as lack of free time and excessive occupation, all of which leads to his falling from the sight of God. For God - may He be praised - has made it easy for him to seek knowledge, for scholars abound and the effort required to learn the obligatory amount is insignificant, contrary to the affairs of this world where even small gains require strenuous efforts and enduring hardships. The cause of this is but death of the heart, the little consideration according to religion, and the carelessness with which things of the hereafter are taken. Such a person sees his need for the things of this world ever present before his eyes, while his need for knowledge is absent and remote from his mind, for he will only need it and recognize its benefits after he dies. But he has forgotten death and what comes after it, overcome as he is by his ignorance and lack of knowledge. Such a person is one about whom God - Exalted is He - says, "But most people to not know. They know some appearance of the life of this world, but of the hereafter they are forgetful." (30:6,7)

(Imam al-Haddad, “Counsels of Religion”)

"It is strange how you can observe the ignorant and deluded person tirelessly pursuing the world, night and day, avidly desiring it, most careful in amassing, guarding, and enjoying it, then coming up with numerous excuses for doing this, while remaining ignorant of his religion, never having sought knowledge and never having sat with a scholar to learn from him. When someone remonstrates with him about it, he justifies himself with such arguments as lack of free time and excessive occupation, all of which leads to his falling from the sight of God. For God - may He be praised - has made it easy for him to seek knowledge, for scholars abound and the effort required to learn the obligatory amount is insignificant, contrary to the affairs of this world where even small gains require strenuous efforts and enduring hardships. The cause of this is but death of the heart, the little consideration according to religion, and the carelessness with which things of the hereafter are taken. Such a person sees his need for the things of this world ever present before his eyes, while his need for knowledge is absent and remote from his mind, for he will only need it and recognize its benefits after he dies. But he has forgotten death and what comes after it, overcome as he is by his ignorance and lack of knowledge. Such a person is one about whom God - Exalted is He - says, "But most people to not know. They know some appearance of the life of this world, but of the hereafter they are forgetful." (30:6,7)

(Imam al-Haddad, “Counsels of Religion”)

Even if you studied for a hundred years and collected a thousand books, you would not be eligible for the mercy of God expect through action. - Imam al-Ghazali