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The Conditions of Repentance

Verily, all Praise belongs to Allaah; we praise Him, we seek His help and we ask forgiveness from Him, and we seek refuge with Allaah from the evils of our souls and our bad deeds. Whom so ever Allaah guides, no one can lead him astray and whom so ever He misguides (because he does not want to receive guidance), then no one can guide him. And I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship in truth except Allaah, He is the One and there is no associate with Him and I bear witness that Muhammad (Sallallahu alayhi wassallam) is the is His slave and His Messenger, may many peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him and his family and his companions. Tawbah Read more ...

After Repentance comes… Hardship?

"And [He also forgave] the three who were left behind [who did not join the Tabuk expedition and regretted their error] to the point that the earth closed in on them in spite of its vastness and their souls confined them and they were certain that there is no refuge from Allah except in Him. Then He turned to them so they could repent. Indeed, Allah is the Accepting of repentance, the Merciful." [Quran, 9:118] We are taught that no matter what we do, Allah's doors are open. No matter how big your mistake or how far you have been, just return to Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala (exalted is He). He is there—and because He is at-Tawwab, He wants to accept your Read more ...

And I have to answer for them all…

"Verily, before that, they indulged in luxury," [Surah al-Waqi’ah, 56:45] Engrossed in the pursuit of our desires we keep ourselves back from reflecting upon the state of our souls. Scholars have always taught and lived by the truth that love of this world is the source of all error. `Umar (radi Allahu ‘anhu) thought about the following words in the noble Quran: "Beautified for men is the love of things they covet; women, children, much of gold and silver (wealth), branded beautiful horses, cattle and well-tilled land. This is the pleasure of the present world's life; but Allah has the excellent return (Paradise with flowing rivers, etc.) Read more ...

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Dirty Robe

Imam ibn al-Jawzi was once asked:

“Is it better for me to make Tasbeeh (praise Allah) or to make Istighfaar (seek forgiveness)?”

He replied:

“The dirty robe is more in need of soap than perfume.”

Repentance is Sweet

A tyrant ruler once left his castle to walk around the streets of his realm in order to enjoy himself. As he was walking, he came across a number of gardens and decided to enter one of them. After spending a short while looking at the garden's beautiful trees, he became thirsty, and so he asked the owner of the garden, who was sitting nearby, for a drink. The owner told him that though there was no water nearby, the ruler was free to take a pomegranate and quench his thirst with that. The ruler agreed, and when he took his first bite from the pomegranate that was given to him, he was amazed to see how wonderfully and almost unnaturally sweet it was. He Read more ...

A tongue that remains moist with the Remembrance of Allah

When passing through a mountain pass, a bedouin once came across an old man who was blind and who seemed to be afflicted with various ailments all over his body. It was clear that he was wasting away. He was even paralyzed and was constantly forced to remain in a seated position. The Bedouin could clearly hear him say, "All praise is for Allah, Who has kept me safe from ailments with which He has tesed many among His creation; and He has indeed preferred me over many among those that He created." "My brother!" exclaimed the bedouin. "What have you been saved from? By Allah, I think that you have been afflicted with every single kind of ailment!" "Go away Read more ...

How to ward off the evils of Wealth

Sa'eed bin Ayman, the freed slave of Ka'b bin Sur, said: "While the Messenger of Allah was speaking to his companions, a poor man came and sat down beside a rich man. From his movement, it seemed as if the rich man were moving his garment away so that the poor man wouldn't touch it. The Messenger of Allah's [color] changed [from anger], and he said: "O so-and-so! Were you afraid that your richness would transfer to him, or that his poverty would transfer to you?" "And is richness evil?" asked the rich man. The Prophet said, "Yes, for your richness invites you to the Hell-fire, while his poverty invites him to Paradise." The rich man asked, "Then how can Read more ...

“If you have no shame, then do as you please.”

One of the children of Al-Qa'nabi narrated this story: "A regular drinker of wine, my father used to keep company with disreputable young men. He one day invited them and then sat down in front of his door, waiting for them to arrive. While he was waiting, Shu'bah passed by on his donkey and a number of people were racing behind him in order to keep up with him. "Who is that?" asked Al-Qa'nabi. "Shu'bah," answered someone seated nearby. "And what is Shu'bah?" "A scholar of hadith." "Recite a hadith to me," said Al-Qa'nabi, who was wearing an indecent red-colored izar. "You are not one of the people of hadith so I do not feel obliged to narrate to you," Read more ...

Woe unto you, O Dinaar!!!

An interesting story related about Dinaar al-'Ayaar. Dinaar had a righteous mother who would constantly advise him to repent for his wayward, sinful existence, but as much as she tried, her words had no positive effect on him whatsoever. Then, one day, as he was walking by a graveyard, he stopped to pick up a bone. He was shocked to see how it crumbled and turned to dust in his hand. The sight of that bone had a profound effect on Dinaar. He began to think about his life and his past sins, and he then exclaimed, "Woe unto you, O Dinaar, you are going to end up like this crushed bone, and your body will turn into dust." All of his past sins then flashed Read more ...