Imaam al-’Aajuri (rahimahullaah) says in his book Akhlaaq Ahl al-Qur’aan:
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“The first thing that he (the student of Qur’aan) must do is utilise the taqwa of Allaah in secrecy and in openness by developing waraa’ (piety) in his eating and drinking, in his sense of dress and in his home, with insight of his era and the fasaad (sins and evil) of his people so that he is cautious against them with regards to his Deen. He is highly devoted over his state of affairs and deeply concerned with correcting what has become corrupt in his matters. He guards his tongue and yet is distinguished by his speech.
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If he studies the Qur’aan then he does so with complete understanding and intellect. What concerns him is fully comprehending that which Allaah has made mandatory on him to follow and adhere to, and desisting from what He `azza wa jall has forbid him from. His concern is not ‘When will I finish the Qur’aan?’ But rather his deep concern is ‘When will I be fully content with Allah and independent of other than Him?’
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‘When will I be from the Muttaqeen? When will I be from the Muhsineen? When will I be from the Mutawakkileen (relying only on Allaah)? When will I be from the Khashi’een (humbled to Allaah)? When will I be from the Saabireen (patient)? When will I be from the Sadiqeen (truthful)? When will I be from the Kha’ifeen (fearful)? When will I be from the Raajeen (hopeful)?
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When will I become ascetic in this world? When will I yearn for the Hereafter? When will I repent from sins? When will I recognise the successive blessings of Allah? When will I thank Him for it? When will I deeply understand the public address from Allaah (i.e. this Qur’aan)? When will I sincerely comprehend what I’m reciting? When will I overcome my soul’s desires? When will I strive for Allaah with a true striving? When will I guard my tongue? When will I lower my gaze? When will I protect my chastity and when will I have hayaa’ (modesty/shyness) of Allaah with a true and honest hayaa‘?

What a wonderful thing it is to know Him (i.e. Allaah)! But how can one know Him and not love Him? How can one hear the caller, but fail to respond? How can one know the profit that shall be gained in dealing with Him, but still prefer others? How can one taste the bitterness of disobeying Him, but still abstain from seeking the pleasure of obeying Him? How can one feel the severity of engaging in trivial speech, but fail to open your Heart with His remembrance? How can one be tortured by being attached to others, but not rush toward the bliss of turning to Him in repentance?

Perhaps it is most surprising to know that while you are in need of Him, you are still reluctant to move toward Him because you seek others.

  • Selected from: al-Fawaa’id, by Imaam Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullaah)

~ Regarding tawakkul, Shaykh As-Sa’di, ever beautifully says:

The Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alayhe wasallam) said:

If you truly trust in Allaah as you should trust in Him, He will provide you with sustenance, just as He does to birds: they go out in the morning with empty stomachs and come back in the evening with full stomachs.”

The Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alayhe wasallam) described those who trust in Allaah as having two qualities: they seek means and ways of earning their livelihood and have great trust in He Who has full control of all means and ways of provision. Those who possess only one or none of these qualities will acquire failure and utter loss. In contrast, those who seek the legal and lawful ways of earning their sustenance, trust in Allaah and appreciate His bounties whenever they earn them, all the while observing patience during times of hardship and distress, will acquire success and win what they need and covet.

How can those who acknowledge that they are in need of their Lord in all conditions and situations, not trust in Him? How can those who acknowledge that they are helpless and feeble without the help of their Lord, ever stop seeking His help or invoking Him for relief? How can those who are certain that ownership of all affairs rests in Allaah’s Hands, not ask Him for their various needs? How can those who have knowledge of Allaah’s Richness and Most Generous Essence, refrain from seeking His Kindness in all of their matters? How can those who are certain of Allaah’s Mercy, that He is more merciful with His slaves than the mother with her own child, not trust His Judgment? How can those who know that Allaah is Most Wise in all decisions, not feel assured and pleased with all that He decides and destines for them?

O slave of Allaah, who seeks the ways and means of goodness, you will only earn all that is good and righteous by trusting in Allaah and relying on Him for every need. O you who strives hard against his own self to resist the lures of sin and disobedience, know that you will repel sin only through your trust and reliance on He Who has perfect knowledge of the Unseen. Surely, he who relies on Allaah, He will suffice Him. He who asks Allaah for help and adheres to His obedience, He will correct the affairs of his life and religion for him. As for he who likes himself and lets his heart abandon the Lord, the Most Honored, he will only acquire failure and lose this life and the Hereafter.

How many are they, who seem weak and unable to earn their benefit, but are in fact strong on account of their trust and reliance on Allaah, and so Allaah helps them acquire their needs? How many are they, who seem strong and rely on this fact alone, but their strength deceived and departed them when they most needed it. Surely, the help and success that Allaah grants is the only reserve and resource of supply for the faithful believers. There is no success, or happiness, except by worshipping Allaah, seeking His help and trusting in Him. Verily, Allaah is the only deity worthy of worship and how excellent He is as a Helper:

“Our Lord! In You (Alone) we put our trust, and to You (Alone) we turn in repentance, and to You (Alone) is (our) final Return.” [60:4]

And:

“And so many a  moving (living) creature carries not its own provision! Allaah provides for it and for you. And He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower.” [29:60]

May Allaah direct us all to the blessings of the Glorious Qur’aan and benefit us all in whatever is in it of the Aayat and Wise Dhikr. I say this and ask Allaah the Great, the Most Honored for forgiveness for me, you, and all Muslims for every sin, so invoke Him for forgiveness, for He is the Most Forgiving, Most Merciful.

  • Selected from: Al-Fawakih Ash-Shahiyyah, by Shaykh Abdur-Rahmaan As-Sa’dee, p21
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