“O soul, woe to You!
Guidance has come to you,
Answer it! Here is the caller of Allah,
summoning you.
Many-a-time are you called to guidance
yet turn away do you,
But answer do you the caller to misguidance
when he calls you!

One of the Companions said:

You are doing deeds that are, in your eyes, more insignificant than a hair, whereas at the time of the Messenger of Allaah (‘alayhis-salaam) we would consider them to be destructive sins![1]

ibn Rajab, the Journey to Allah

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[1] al-Bukhaaree no. 6492 on the authority of Anas.

Ibn Rajab:

Regardless of how great and numerous the sins of a servant may be, the pardon and forgiveness of Allāh is much greater.

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Jaami` al-`Uloom wal-Hikam

In this world, the Straight Path comprises three levels: Islaam, Imaan, and Ihsaan. Whoever remains on the level of Islaam until he dies will be saved from eternity in the Fire and he must enter Paradise, even if, before this, he is punished in the Fire. Whoever remains on the level of Imaan until he dies will be prevented from entering the Fire altogether for the light of faith extinguishes the blaze of the Fire to such an extent that it says, ‘O believer, go on your way! Your light has extinguished my blaze!’(1)

Ahmad has the hadeeth on the authority of Jaabir that the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alayhe wasallam) said, “There is no righteous person or sinner except that he will enter it. It will be a source of coolness and peace for the believer just as it was for Ibraaheem to the point that the Fire itself will raise a hue and cry at its coolness!” (2)

This is the legacy of the lovers inherited from Ibraaheem (‘alayhi ssalaam).

In the fire of the lover is a blaze of love:

The fiercest heat of Hell is its coolest portion!

Whoever remains on the level of Ihsaan until he dies will reach Allaah,

For those who do good is the best (reward) and an addition.(3)

The authentic hadeeth mentions, “When the People of Paradise enter Paradise a caller will announce, ‘People of Paradise, Allaah has given you a promise which He wishes to fulfil.’ They will say, ‘What is that? Has He not made our faces white? Has He not made our scales heavy? Has He not granted us entry in Paradise and saved us from the Fire?’ So He will remove the veil and they will look on at Him and by Allaah, He will not have granted them anything more beloved to them than this, and there will be nothing that gives more pleasure to their eyes than his! This is the addition.” Then He recited the above verse.(4)

All the inhabitants of Paradise will have a share of this vision but they will differ as to their closeness when seeing Him and in the number of times they see Him. All of the People of Paradise will see Him on the Day of Increase which is the Day of Jumu’ah,(5) and the elite amongst them will look at the Face of Allaah twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. The generality of the People of Paradise have their provision given them twice a day, in the morning and the evening, whereas the elite see Him in the morning and the evening. Neither palaces can make the Gnostics forget their beloved and nor can running rivers quench their thirst. One of them used to say, ‘When I am hungry, remembrance of Him is my food, and when I am thirsty, witnessing Him is my wish and gratification.’(6)

One of the righteous was seen in a dream and he was asked about the condition of two scholars to which he replied: ‘At this time I have left them before Allaah, Mighty and Magnificent, eating, drinking, enjoying bliss.’ He was asked, ‘What of you?’ He replied, ‘He knows my lack of desire for food so instead He allows me to look at Him.’

When I desire drink, You are my satiation

And when I desire food,  You are my gratification

Ahmad records the hadeeth on the authority of ibn ‘Umar that the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alayhe wasallam) said: “The people with the lowest ranking in Paradise will look at his dominion for two thousand years seeing the farthest end of it as he sees the nearest end of it, and he will look at his wives and servants. The ones with the highest ranking will look at the Face of Allaah, Blessed and Exalted is He, twice a day.”(7) This hadeeth was also recorded by Tirmidhee with the wording, “The person with the lowest ranking in Paradise will be one who will look at his gardens, wives, blessings, servants, and couches, for the journey of one thousand years. The best of them with Allaah will look at His Face morning and evening.”(8) Then the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alayhe wasallam) recited,

That Day will faces be resplendent, looking toward their Lord.(9)

It is because of this that the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alayhe wasallam) said in the authentic hadeeth reported on the authority of Jareer ibn ‘Abdullaah al-Bajalee, “You will see your Lord on the Day of Judgment like you see the moon on a night when it is full, you will have no difficult in seeing Him.” He then said, “So if you are able not to be overwhelmed to the point of missing prayer before the rising of the sun, and before its setting, then do so.” Then he recited,

And glorify your Lord – all the while praising Him – before the rising of the sun and before its setting.(10) (more…)

One of the nobles said,

The burdens of journeying by night with patience bear,

Return with the morning finding you firm in obedience.

Be not faint of heart and desist not from the aspiration

For resolve dissipates in the face of despair and exasperation.

I know – and the days have practically demonstrated -

That patience has results truly meritable

Say: Whoever strives after a matter desired

With patience accompanying him, will surely succeed.

The Journey to Allaah, Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbalee

The Prophet (salallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) would say,

O Allaah, make me live as one lowly and humble (miskeen), make me die as one lowly and humble, and resurrect me amongst the ranks of the lowly and humble,”(1) thereby alluding to the nobility and excellence of this station. Peace and blessings be upon him, his family, his Companions, and those who hold tightly to his rope after him.

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(1) Tirmidhee #2352 on the authority of Anas and he said it was gharib, Ibn Maajah #4126 on the authority of Aboo Sa’eed, and Tabaraanee, al-Du’aa on the authority of ‘Ubaadah ibn Al-Saamit, all with da’eef isnaads, however the hadeeth is saheeh. It was also recorded on the authority of Abu Sa’eed by Haakim #7911 who said it was saheeh with Dhahabee agreeing; it was also ruled Saheeh by Suyuuti, al-Jaami’ al-Sagheer #1454, and Albaanee, Saheeh al-Jaami’ #1261, Al-Saheehah #308, al-Irwaa’ #861. cf. Sakhaawee, Maqaasid al-Hasanah #166

  • Transcribed from: The Humility in Prayer, Ibn Rajab
  • Translated by: Abu Rumaysah

Al-Fudhayl ibn ‘Iyyaadh (rahimahullaah) said to a man: “How many (years) have come upon you?”

He replied: “Sixty years.”

He said: “Therefore, for sixty years you have been going to your Lord and you are about to reach (Him).”

So the man said: “To Allaah we belong and to Him we shall return!

So Al-Fudhayl asked:

“Do you know the meaning of that (statement)? You are saying, I belong to Allaah as a servant and I am going to return to Him. So whoever knows that he belongs to Allaah as a servant and that he will return to Him, then he should know that he will be stopped. And whoever knows that he will be stopped, then he should know that he will be questioned. And whoever knows that he will be questioned, then let him prepare an answer for the question.”

 Jaami’ al-Uloom wal-Hikam of Ibn Rajab

Hudhayfah said,

“The first thing you will lose of your religion will be Khushû and the last thing you will lose of your religion will be the prayer, and it is well possible that there is no good in a person who prays, and soon will come a time when you shall enter a large Masjid and not see a single person with Khushû‘.’

 

The Humility in Prayer | Ibn Rajab al-Hanbalî

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