“Keep ties with your companions, for a loyal companion is like a glowing lantern, perhaps his light will not reach you except when the world turns dark on you.” ~ Hasan Al-Basri
“When Allah intends good for His servant, He will create for him a heart that admonishes him to do good and prevents him from evil.”~ Muhammad ibn Sireen
“Whoever learns something in the name of Allah, seeking that which is with Him, he will win. And whoever learns something for other than Allah, he will not reach the goal, nor will his acquired knowledge bring him closer to Allah.”~ Hasan al-Basri
“If people let you down, specifically those beloved and close to you, or if you put your hope in someone after Allah and they don’t come through, at that point know that Allah wants you to turn to Him.” ~ Muhammad b. Muhammad al-Mukhtar al-Shinqiti
“Truly between us and Allah there is a link that cannot be broken, and if we devote ourselves to honoring this link, all of our wishes and hopes will come true.” ~ Muhammad al-Ghazali
Ibn al-Qayyim related from al-Jariri:
“I was told of a man from the Children of Israel who had a need that he wanted fulfilled by Allah.So, he engaged in constant worship and then asked Allah for his need. When he did not see that his need was fulfilled, he spent the night blaming himself, saying: “O self! What is wrong with you that is preventing your need from being fulfilled?”
And he spent the night sad and holding himself to account, saying: “By Allah, the problem is not with my Lord. Rather, the problem is with myself,” and he remained in such a state of holding himself responsible until his need was finally taken care of.”
[‘Ighathat al-Lahfan’; 1/77]
Taken from our imprisoned brother Tarek Mehannas benenficial blog:
may Allah hasten his release and reunite him with his beloved family ameen
Six ingredients to remedy a loss/affliction.
” The first is to have a firm trust in Allah.
The second is resigning oneself to the inescapable fact that everything that is decreed will happen and will follow its unalterable course.
The third is that patience has no substitute for the positive effect it has on the afflicted.
The fourth is an unwavering belief in the implications of this phrase ‘Without showing forbearance, what will I accomplish?’
The fifth is to ask myself, ‘Why should I be a willful party to my own destruction?’
The sixth is knowing that from one hour to the next, circumstances are transformed and difficulties vanish.”
Taken from ‘Don’t be sad’ By Shaykh Aidh al-Qarni
Allah is al-Fattah. We need to know al-Fattah when we feel that things are impossible or too difficult because Allah (swt) necessarily invites
you to know Him by this Name in those circumstances. Al-Fattah comes from the 3-letter root f-t-h (ف-ت-ح). Some words are known by their opposites, and the opposite of fath is for something to be closed. Thus fath is to open. Al-Ghazali tells us about al-Fattah, “He is the One by Whose concern everything that is closed is opened.” If I tell you to open the door, it must mean that the door is closed. If it is already open you would probably give me a funny look.
So what does this mean? Allah al-Fattah opens the things that are closed.Those things that seem impossible, those things that you cannot understand how they even work. A door has to be closed in order for someone to open it.
Allah says in the Qur’an:
“Whatever mercy Allah opens for mankind, then none can be holding it back; and whatever He holds back, then none can be sending it forth after Him; And He is The Ever-Mighty, The Ever-Wise” (Qur’an, 35:2)
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“The doors of success have been closed upon the creation because of six things:
- Their busying themselves with the blessings of Allah instead of thanking Allah for them,
- their desire for knowledge while they abandon actions,
- the hastiness to sin and delaying repentance,
- the deception of having righteous companions and not taking them as examples,
- the turning away of the dunya from them while they chase it,
- and the approach of the afterlife towards them while they turn away from it.”
Taken from al-Fawaa’id by Ibn al Qayyim: Pg. 161