In the name of God, most Gracious, most Compassionate

In the name of God, most Gracious, most Compassionate
Al-Quran (30:30)

So direct your face toward the religion, inclining to truth. [Adhere to] the fitrah of Allah upon which He has created [all] people. No change should there be in the creation of Allah. That is the correct religion, but most of the people do not know.

فَأَقِمْ وَجْهَكَ لِلدِّينِ حَنِيفًا فِطْرَةَ اللَّهِ الَّتِي فَطَرَ النَّاسَ عَلَيْهَا لَا تَبْدِيلَ لِخَلْقِ اللَّهِ ذَلِكَ الدِّينُ الْقَيِّمُ وَلَكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ
[Al-Imran 3:8] "[Who say], "Our Lord, let not our hearts deviate after You have guided us and grant us from Yourself mercy. Indeed, You are the Bestower."

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Ibn al Qayyim: The Two Greatest Things We Waste

Last night as I climbed into bed I felt the weight of remorse on my heart on how I expended my day. Whatever takes us away from the remembrance of Allah (subhanahu wa ta ala) is harmful to our hearts, soul and time.  I came across this profound quote from Ibn Al-Qayyim (as expected).

I believe the reason I waste so much time and my blessing towards what will not benefit me is due to having too much hope. I suppose that I believe I have my day guaranteed tomorrow and the mercy of Allah on the day of Judgment. The way I use my time also illustrates how I prefer this world more than the hereafter. Its such illogical way of thinking. I don’t want to think that way and I don’t consider myself to be such an individual but apparently I am. May Allah guide me and give me the fortitude to do the deeds that will earn me his pleasure.

Ibn Al-Qayyim said, “The greatest of these things we waste are two, upon which are founded all other wasted things: the waste of the heart, and the waste of time. Wasting of the heart is to prefer the world over the Hereafter; and wasting of time is to have too much hope. Every corruption is found in the following of desires and having too much hope; and every benefit is found in the following of the guidance and preparing for the meeting with Allah; and Allah’s help is sought.”
[Al-Fawaa’id, ashrah la yantaf’i biha]