Fudayl Ibn ‘Iyaad (رحمه الله) said:
“A servant does not reach (taste, acquire) the reality of eemaan until he considers tribulation (calamity) to be a blessing and comfort (opulence) to be a calamity, and until he loves not that he should be praised for worship of Allaah.
For many people happiness is being measure by the wealth, luxury and money you have in your bank account but the reality of happiness is in Alhamdulilah. It remove every afflictions, grief and sorrow. It also remove the self, to be thankful to Allah. Alhamdulilah itself is a ‘domain’ of paradise.
To emulate the Prophetic character is to live according to a moral and ethical value system imbibing and contributing and constructing a pluralistic, just and egalitarian situation that will endeavor to perfect the human condition to secure peace and tranquility for the individual and society.
Last Jummah (Friday) of 1434, as another year passes one should reflect on what one has done during this year:
يا ابن آدم إنما أنت أيام كلما ذهب يوم ذهب بعضك. - الحسن البصري
"O Son of Adam you are made of nothing but days, when a day passes a part of you perishes" Hasan al Basri
People want to take love out of Islam and make it something else. This religion is about love. “ None of you will believe until you love what your brother what you love for yourself.” He (S) didn’t use any other word, he said “until you love”. “Say: if you love Allah, then follow me and Allah will love you”. (3:31) The sign of love is that you follow the beloved (S), and do what the beloved (S) said. He was given the name the “beloved of God”. This is his rank, and love is his way. This journey is about love, and it’s wanting to know God. We forget that as we get caught up in this world. This journey is a tough journey, and the heart has to be revived again and again to make it to the end.
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf
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"We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop." Mother Teresa
“Khadīja was a great teacher; she has such a maqām (rank) in our religion. She taught the Prophet ﷺ who he was; she was the one who elevated him in his esteem. When he had self-doubt she said no. You can see that when the Prophet ﷺ married ʿĀʾisha he had no fear of strong women. They’re a lot of men who fear strong women, who want them to be wallflowers. Whereas with the Prophet ﷺ, that’s not the type of people he encouraged. His wives were women who talked back, and the reason he wasn’t afraid was because Khadīja was his first wife. She was a women of the world. She knew the world, and she was completely self-confident. That’s a sunnah of our Prophet ﷺ, to elevate women.” — Shaykh Hamza Yusuf
"Suffice it as a recompense to you for obedience, that he has judged you worthy of obedience."