Category: Asceticism and Heart Softening

When hearts submit

When the tyranny of souls increase and captivating desires control us, we should pay attention to the heart which is the source of all types of goodness or the hotbed of every evil and sin. ... more

Description of Paradise in Islam

The Quran and Sunnah are full of references to Paradise and the great reward that is in store for those who believe and do righteousness in this life. The reward for goodness is eternal goodness, and the reward for evil is torment and despair. ... more

What a Bad Servant We Are!

What a bad servant of the Lord is he! I am speaking of a servant who fits the following description. ... more

Advice to 'Umar ibn 'Abdul-'Aziz from Al-Hasan al-Basri

When 'Umar ibn 'Abdul-'Aziz became Caliph, he wrote to Al-Hasan al-Basri to write him the description of a just Imam, and Hasan wrote him ... more

Serving Our Faith in Our Daily Lives

How can I serve my faith in the course of my daily life? What contribution can I make as I go about my normal business? This is a question that many of us ask ourselves and it is a very good question. ... more

The Advice of Sufyan ath-Thawri

Sufyan ath-Thawri wrote to 'Abbad ibn 'Abbad al-Khawwas al-Arsufi saying: ... more

Style over Substance: How cool is that?

People who set out on the straight and narrow, choosing substance over style, seeking to please Allaah as opposed to pleasing people, may not find their popularity ratings soar—quite the opposite, in fact. Yet, they get strength in the certainty of their belief, that their reward is with Allaah in the Hereafter. ... more

Bitter Consequences of Sin

It is essential to know that sins and acts of disobedience are, necessarily, very harmful. Their harm effects upon the heart are akin to the harmful effects of poison upon the body. ... more

Al-Istighfar (Seeking Repentance)

"O people, repent to your Lord, for verily I seek forgiveness from Allah and repent to him more than seventy times in a day." ... more

Wise Words of the Salaf

'Abdullah ibn Mas'ud, may Allah be pleased with him (d. 32H)

"Be content with what you have,
"Be satisfied with your dwelling place to accommodate your enterprise,
"Restrain your tongue,
"And shed tears of regret regarding past sins you committed knowingly, and those you do not ...

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Anger, Lust and Forgetfulness; The Traps of Shaytan

Shaytan can persuade a person to come and use one of these three doors to make a person slip. It is like he is ambushing them. ... more

Being an Example

The possibility of setting a good example is a wonderful opportunity to please Allah. It is an opportunity to follow the Prophet, peace be upon him, - the Prophet, peace be upon him, set an excellent example and we are supposed to follow his example by also setting an excellent example ourselves. ... more

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