Category Archives: Gems
‘If a slave finishes the Qur’an (khatm), an Angel kisses him in-between his eyes.’ — • ‘Isa bin Yunus (rahimahullah)
Hilyat al-Awliya, by Abu Nu’aym (8/355)
Whoever is mindful of Allah when he is young and strong, Allah will take care of him when he is old and has become weak, and will bless him with good hearing, eyesight, strength and reasoning. One of the scholars who lived beyond the age of a hundred years and enjoyed good strength and reasoning, jumped up in a lively manner one day and was asked about that. He said: “I kept these physical faculties from sin when I was young and Allah has preserved them for me now that I am old.”
[Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali in Jami’ al-‘Uloom wa’l-Hukam, 1/186]
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said to his companions: Shall I not tell you some words which, if distress or grief befalls any of you and he offers this prayer, it will bring him joy?
It is the du‘a of Dhoo’l-Noon (i.e. Prophet Yunus):
لا إله إلا أنت سبحانك إني كنت من الظالمين
la ilaha illa anta , subhanak, inne kuntu min adh dhalimeen
There is no God but You, exalted are You; surely, I was one of the wrongdoers!
Source: Sahih al-Jami‘ (no. 2605)
- I praise him that it was not worse than it was.
- I praise him when he provides me with patience to bear it.
- I praise him when he guides me to supplicate appropriately and hoping for reward.
- I praise him for not making it a calamity in my religion (i.e. making one a kaafir).
Source: Siyar a’laam an-Nubula (v. 4, p. 105)
Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy upon him) used to advise that ones daily portion of Qur’an is read in the morning as it has its effect and blessings for the rest of the day, and a person does not know what may preoccupy him later