Try to spend at least ten minutes (at first) a day reading about the next life, the heart, and other beneficial topics for the heart. Doing this is extremely valuable for our hearts which are full of diseases; loving worldly things too much, hardness of the heart, filthy desires and arrogance.
Start today and have some private time with Allah. The Prophet (saw) would also do this.
This is when a Muslim thinks that if they don’t do everything all at once then they shouldn’t do anything at all. This is the trick of the Shaytaan.
For example, one might say that I missed Fajr prayer and due to this my day has started off wrong so I’m not going to pray the rest of the prayers and I’ll start again tomorrow.
Rather, one should continuously try to build up their ibaadah slowly, as opposed to wanting to pray qiyaam ul layl in the last third of the night straight away. First start off with your fard prayers if they weren’t being prayed. Then move on to the Sunnah and add more gradually.
Some of the people of the past said that reflection is the key to worship.
Planting the seeds of awe and fear of Allah in children is far more important than them memorising the Qur’an when they are young. However, memorising the Qur’an is praiseworthy.
Some of the Taabi’een said that we met over 30 of the Sahaaba and they all accused themselves of hypocrisy!
Don’t ever become complacent. Constantly accuse yourself and never ever look down on anyone.
Know that one of the features of the Khawaarij was their tremendous ability to memorise. This is a mistake made in a lot of Arab countries, even by mashaayikh. Just memorising is problematic in 2 ways:
- You memorise and don’t understand what you’re memorising
- You don’t implement what you’re memorising.
We say memorise as much as you can, especially the Qur’an and Hadith, but do so with understanding and implementation.
Don’t be impressed when you hear someone has memorised so much until you see that is has been implemented in them.
When the mashaayikh say, when you memorise you’ll become this or that, they are referring to people they presume have clean hearts, where the ilm goes into a safe place. However, the reality is most of us don’t have clean hearts.
“If every jahil (ignorant person) kept silent, there wouldn’t have been any fitnah in Islam”
How much are we in need of this today!
It’s narrated on Sufyan al Thawri (rh) in the book of Zuhd of al Imam Ahmad (rh) that he said if a person knows himself then it doesn’t matter how much the people praise him.
Meaning you know your sins, your past, your ignorance and reality so how can you be fooled when you are praised by someone who doesn’t know your reality!
It is very important for a Muslim to keep up to date with what’s happening in the Ummah. If your heart doesn’t feel anything when hearing these things about Muslim lands then know your heart may be dead or have deficiencies.
A scholar of the past would pray the entire night when bad things were happening in Muslim countries. The whole night in qiyaam making du’a for them.
Unfortunately we are too busy in our own lives and become desensitised to the affairs of Muslims elsewhere.
A person of the past said, when you see someone older than you then think they have beaten you to good and when you see someone younger than you then remember you have more sins than him.
Sit in a room alone. Think of all your sins one by one and repent for each one until the tears build up and then let the tears out. Do this on a regular basis to draw nearer to al Rahman.
قال العلامة ابن_سعدي رحمه الله :”التفكر عبادة من صفات أولياء الله العارفين “.
“تيسير الكريم الرحمن ” (ص/161)
This is a big issue. Those who say they are Salafi are far far from that and some that say they are Hanafi, are far far from it.
We’ve made minor things into major things which wasn’t done by them and more importantly, we’ve made following them all about hand and feet positions!
The Sahaabah finished the Qur’an every 10 days, who does that? They used to cry out of fear of Allah all the time, who does that? They used to have the best of manners, who has that?
The point is to open your minds, don’t engage in pointless debates in things which the pious of the past would never do.