“He (Prophet Ayyub) had plenty of livestock, cattle and crops, many children and beautiful houses, and he was tested in these things, losing everything he had. Then he was tested with regard to his body, and he was left alone on the edge of the city and there was no one who treated him with compassion apart from his wife, who took care of him.
It was said that it reached the stage where she was in need, so she started to serve people (to earn money) for his sake.”
Ibn Kathir’s Tafsir 21:83
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Time Management Notes
Time Management lecture
may Allah bless Shaykh Muhammad al Shareef and all our scholars ameen
(This is so beautiful; we should all make an effort to memorise this super short du’aa so as to ensure we also earn the reward.)
“One day we were praying behind the Prophet ﷺ
and when he raised his head from rukoo’, he said, ‘Sami Allah liman hamidah (Allah hears those who praise Him).’
A man behind him said,
‘Rabbana wa laka’l-hamd hamdan katheeran tayyiban mubaarakan fihi (Our Lord, to You be praise, much good and blessed praise).’
When the prophet (peace be upon him) finished the prayer he said, ‘Who was the one who spoke?’
The man said: ‘Me.’
The Prophet said: ‘I saw thirty-odd angels rushing to see which of them would write it down first.’ “ [Bukhari, 2/284]
Allah made every act of worship performed in salaah/namaaz a means of atonement for the (minor) sins committed, and also rewarded them with a special light for praying. In fact, salaah brings forth
•light and strength into the heart,
•increases the share of one’s provision in this life,
•inspires others to love the one who prays, and
•lets Angels and also the earth with its mountains, trees and rivers rejoice..
On the day of Judgement, when the believing servants of Allah meet their Lord, their salaah shall turn into light and transform into reward.
(—• Ibn al Qayyim al Jawziyyah)
It’s befitting for the individual that when he makes du’a, he starts with himself first.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaimeen, Sharh Alfiyyah Ibn Malik (p. 43)
We criticize people who might’ve been settled in heaven for more than 200 years!
Yayha bin Ma’een, Siyar a’lam an-Nubala (v. 13, p. 268)
Benefits of Dhikr:
- Repels Shaytan, and humiliates him.
- Pleasing to Allaah.
- Removes sorrows and heartaches.
- Brings happiness and optimism to the heart.
- Brightens the heart and face.
- Increases one’s sustenance and blessings.
- Causes one to grow closer in love to Allah.
- Opens up a door of dialogue between the servant and the Lord.
- When done in fortunate circumstances, it’s repaid by Allah remembering him in less fortunate circumstances.
- Causes its practitioner to be kind and loving to others.
Summary of Wabil as-Sayyib by Ibn al-Qayyim