Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh..
Wisdom of Guidance

Below is a beautiful example and a lesson on how we should correct each other and guide each other as well as the favours that Allah SWT has bestowed upon us.

It is far better to show some one how he is wrong in a way that will make him ponder and reflect on his circumstances and desire to change his ways as opposed to telling him he is wrong and upsetting him until he reaches a point were he is beyond reasoning.

May Allah SWT makes us of those who call on to His path with Hikmah and sound knowledge and discuss with that which is best and not those who alienate His ummah push her further away from the deen.Ameen.

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Words of wisdom from the Prophet Ibrahim (AS)

A man came to Ibrahim ibn Adham, may Allah be pleased with him, and said,Abu Ishaq, I am unable to control my lower self. Please give me something to help me with it.

If you accept five conditions, said Ibrahim, and are able to put them into practice, your disobedience will not cause you any problem.

Just tell me what they are, Abu Ishaq! the man said.

The first is that when you want to disobey Allah you do not eat anything He provides.

Then how will I get anything to eat? Everything on the earth is from Him!

So is it right to eat His provision and disobey Him at the same time? replied Ibrahim.

No, it is not. What is the second condition?

When you want to disobey him, move off His land.

That is even more difficult! Exclaimed the man. In that case where will I live?

Is it right to eat his provision and live on His land and then to disobey Him? asked Ibrahim.

No, it is not. What is the third condition?

When you want to disobey Him in spite of eating His provision and living on His land, find a place where He will not see you and disobey Him there.

What do you mean, Ibrahim? He knows everything that happens even in the most hidden places!

So is it right to disobey Him when you eat His provision and live on His land and when you know that He can see everything you do?

It certainly is not! the man replied. Tell me the fourth condition.

That when the Angel of Death arrives to take your soul, you say to him, 'Give me a reprieve so that I can repent and act righteously for Allah.'

But he won't listen to me!

Then if you cannot ward off death long enough to give yourself time to repent, and you know that when it comes there will be no reprieve, how can =
you hope to be saved?

What is the fifth?

That when the angels of the Fire come to you to take you to the Fire, you do not go with them.

They will take me whether I like it or not!exclaimed the man.

So how can you hope to be saved?

Enough, enough, Ibrahim! I ask Allah's forgiveness and I turn to Him!

The man's repentance was sincere and from that time on he was assiduous in his worship and avoided acts of disobedience until the day he died.
(source:IslamicAwakening.com)

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