“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
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
If a person misses out on something, one of two scenarios must apply. He may have felt helpless, which is the work of the shaytaan, who prompted him to say “If only”, but there is no benefit in that; rather it is the key to blame.
The second scenario is studying and pondering the divine decree; if something is decreed it could never miss him, and no one could get it before him. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) taught us that which will benefit a person whether he gets what he wanted or not. He forbade us to say “if only” and told us that this opens the door to the shaytaan, because it implies regret for what has passed, grief, sorrow, and blaming the divine decree, and one is sinning thereby. It is the work of the shaytaan. This does not apply only to the words “if only”, rather it applies to the feelings in the heart that accompany it, which are contrary to complete faith and open the door to the shaytaan.
“The people of knowledge and insight do not consider themselves safe from four things:
1 . A past sin which he committed and he does not know whether Allah will forgive him for it or punish him for it
2. What is left of his life, whether there is something therein waiting to destroy him;
3. A favor that Allah bestowed upon him, perhaps it is a plot which will lead him step by step to his eventual destruction and ruin;
4. Deviance which is beautified for him so that he sees it to be guidance and in a split second, his heart can deviate and he will be stripped of his deen and he does not even realize it.”
Siyar a’laam an-Nubalaa’
“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