Yoonus ibn ‘Ubayd (d.139H) – rahimahullaah -said:
“With good manners you understand the knowledge. With the knowledge your actions are corrected. With actions wisdom is obtained. With wisdom you understand zuhd (abstinence) and are granted its benefits. With zuhd comes abandoning the world. With abandoning the world comes desire for the Hereafter. With desire for the Hereafter the pleasure of Allaah – the Mighty and Majestic – is obtained.”
A Return to Excellence
Rabee’ Ibn Anas (Rahimahullah) said,
A sign (of a person) having love for Allaah is his increase in his rememberance of Him (Allaah), for verily you do not love something except that you increase rememberance of that (thing)
Jaami’ al-Uloom Wal-Hikm of Ibn Rajab (Rahimahullah) p. 444
It has been authentically related from the Prophet (Sallahu alaihi wa salam) on the authority of Ibn ‘Abbas -May Allah be pleased with him – that when he was a small boy, the Prophet (Sallahu alaihi wa salam) advised him by saying,
Know Allah in times of ease and He will know you in times of adversities
Nnarrated by Ahmad and others.
Al Hafidh Ibn Rajab Al Hanbali – may Allah have mercy upon him- mentioned in his book, ‘Al Jaam’I Al ‘Uloom wal Hikm’, pg. 424,
In the general sense, whoever has dealt with Allah with taqwa and obedience while in a state of ease, then Allah will deal with him with compassion and assist him in the circumstance of his experiencing hardship.
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Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him said,
From Allaah’s Blessings on a servant is that he be granted contentment, whether that be regarding his residence, his clothes, his means of transport, or his children. For when a person is content with what Allaah has given him, he will remain rich
Bulughul-Maraam, vol. 6, p. 272.
Abûd-Dardâ (radhiya Allâhu ´anh) said:
The one who advises his brother in secret has beautified him and the one who advises his brother openly has uglified him.
(al-Amr bil-Ma´rûf wan-Nahî ´an-il-Munkar, p. 39, by Imâm Abu Bakr al-Khallâl)
Shaikhul Islaam Ibnu Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah) said:
Remembrance of Allaah for the heart is like water for the fish, and what will be the state of affairs of the fish when it is separated from water
[Al-waabilus sayyib of Ibnul Qayyim]
* Miracle of the Crying of the Tree Trunk Regarding the Remembrance of Allah
* Ibn al Jawzi’s brilliant depiction of conflict between Mankind and Shaytan
Adh-Dhahabee (rahimahullaah) said:
“If you see the innovative mutakallim saying: ‘leave out the Qur’aan and Sunnah and bring forth logic‘, then know that he is Aboo Jahl.
And if you see the ‘One on the Spiritual Path’, [who claims that by practicing a set of prescribed forms of innovated worship he will attain oneness with Allaah] (i.e. the Soofees) saying: ‘Leave us from [knowledge] that is transmitted (i.e. the Qur’aan and Sunnah) and bring forth the ‘Taste and Ecstasy of Passion’(1),‘ then know that he is Ibless (Shaytaan) become manifest in human form, or has become incarnate within him; so if you become cowardly then run away from him, otherwise wrestle him down, and sit on his chest with your knee, and read ayaatul-kursee, and strangle him.”
(1) The taste and ecstasy of passion is that which they claim to achieve after the continual performance of innovated forms of dhikr.
The heart is healthy ONLY when it is functioning contrast to its desires. In other words, desires are the sickness of the heart and opposing them is the cure.
Ibn al-Qayyim, Sins & their Punishments
Shuraih al-Qaadee (d. 80H) said,
Verily the Sunnah has preceded your qiyaas (analogical deduction), so follow and do not innovate
[Related by ad-Daarimee (1/66) and by al-Baghawee in Sharhus-Sunnah (1/216)]