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)
لاتتردد في العوده الى الله
مهما لوثتك الخطايا والذنوب
فالذي سترك وانت تحت سقف المعصيه
لن يفضحك تحت جناح التوبه
Do not hesitate about returning to Allah
Despite your mistakes and no matter how sinful you might be
For if He covered (protected) you under the roof of sin
He will not expose you under the wing of repentance.
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
“Don’t abandon duaa. Don’t prevent yourself from making duaa because of what you know of yourself for Allah answered the duaa of Iblees and he’s the worst of creation”. ~ Sufyan bin Ayayna rahimahullah
‘The condition of the one who relies on Allah is like the condition of the one who is given a pound by a King, then it gets stolen from him; so the King says to him: “I have many times as much as that, so don’t worry. When you come to me, I will give you much more than that from my treasures.”
Thus if this person knows the truthfulness of the king’s statement, and trusts him, and knows that his treasures are full of that, then what he missed will not make him sad.’ –
Imam ibn al Qayyim
Sa’eed bin Jubayr narrates: Ibn Abbas died while in At-Ta’if. I witnessed his funeral and then a bird came that I had never seen before.
The bird entered the burial site and we looked and waited to see if it would come out, but we didn’t see it come out of the hole. When Ibn Abbas was laid in the ground, we heard this verse being recited at the edge of his grave but we didn’t know who recited it:
يا أيتها النفس المطمئنة ارجعي إلى ربك راضية مرضية فادخلي في عبادي وادخلي جنتي
O satisfied soul, return to your Lord content and with pleasure. Enter among My servants. Enter among My garden.
Source: al-Mustadrak alaa al-Saheehayn #6312
Concerning the story of Musa, Allah ﷻ says,
“When he arrived at Midian’s waters, he found a group of men watering [their flocks], and beside them two women keeping their flocks back, so he said, ‘What is the matter with you two?’ They said, ‘We cannot water [our flocks] until the shepherds take their sheep away: our father is a very old man.’ He watered their flocks for them, withdrew into the shade, and prayed, ‘My Lord, I am in dire need of whatever good thing You may send me,’” [Qasas (28):23-24]
As a consequence of this small sincere action, Musa was given:
1) Safety: “‘Do not be afraid, you are safe now from people who do wrong.’” [Qasas (28):25]
2) Employment: “One of the women said, ‘Father, hire him: a strong, trustworthy man is the best to hire.’” [Qasas (28):26]
3) A spouse: “The father said, ‘I would like to marry you to one of these daughters of mine,’” [Qasas (28):27]
4) Messengership: “But when he reached it, a voice called out to him from the right-hand side of the valley, from a tree on the blessed ground: ‘Musa, I am Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.’” [Qasas (28):30]
~ Ustadh Alamgir Islam