Hold on to this friend…

إذا كان لك صديق يعينك على الطاعة فشد يديك به

فإن اتخاذ الصديق صعب ومفارقته سهل

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[حلية الأولياء 4/101 ]

❝If you have a friend who aids you upon obedience, tighten your grip on him. Taking a friend is difficult & leaving one is easy.❞

Imām Ash-Shā’fiī رحمة ألله | الحلية (٤/١٠١)

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I realised…

قال حاتم الأصم

كان يقال له : لقمان هذه الأمة

‎علمت أن رزقي لا يأكله غيري ، فاطمأنت به نفسي ، وعلمت أن عملي لا يعمله غيري ، فأنا مشغول به ، وعلمت أن الموت يأتي بغتة ، فأنا أبادره ، وعلمت أني لا أخلو من عين الله ، فأنا مستحي منه .

سير أعلام النبلاء

I realised that my sustenance would not be eaten by anyone else except by me, which put me at ease. I realised that no one would perform my actions for me, except me, so I preoccupied myself with it. I realised that death would come to me unannounced so I raced towards it (by preparing for it). And I realised that I can not escape the sight of Allah so I was shy (in forbidden things) from Him.

Then you will come to know…

‎عَنْ سَعِيدِ بْنِ جُبَيْرٍ ، قَالَ : قَالَ لِي رَاهِبٌ : يَا سَعِيد فِي الْفِتْنَةِ يَتَبَيَّنُ لَكَ مَنْ يَعْبُدُ اللَّهَ تَعَالَى ، وَمَنْ يَعْبُدُ الطَّاغُوتَ

Saeed ibn Jubayr رحمة الله عليه narrates that a monk said to him:

“Oh Saeed, during tribulations, it becomes clear who worships Allah and who worships the Taghout (false deities beside Allah) .

‎ [الشريعة للآجري رواية ٨١]

اللهم ثبتنا قلوبننا على الإيمان

The essence of a person lies in three…

قال الشافعي رحمة الله عليه:

‎” جوهر المرء في ثلاث:

‎كتمان الفقر حتى يظن الناس من عفتك أنك غني،

‎ وكتمان الغضب حتى يظن الناس أنك راض،

‎ و كتمان الشدة حتى يظن الناس أنك متنعم “.

‎مناقب الشافعي للبيهقي

Imām Abū ʿAbdullāh Muḥammad ibn Idrīs al-Shāfīʿī said:

“The essence of a person lies in three things:

Concealing Poverty: To the extent that people assume you are wealthy due to your modesty and integrity.

Concealing Anger: To the extent that people assume that you are satisfied.

Concealing Hardship: To the extent that people assume you are blessed with an easy life.”

‎● [منقاب الشافعي إمام البيهقي ص ٢/١٨٨]

Better than mountains streaming with gold…

‎ويقول عبيد بن عمير رحمه الله “تسبيحة بحمد الله في صحيفة المؤمن خير من أن تسير أو تسيل معه جبال الدنيا ذهبا

رواه ابن أبي شيبة في “المصنف”

Ubaid bin Umair رحمة الله عليه said:

A single glorification of the magnification of Allah in the scroll of a believer is better than having mountains from this world flowing with gold.

The enemy attacks the heedless..

قال ابن الجوزي رحمة الله عليه

واعلموا أن الشيطان لا يتسلط على ذاكر الموت وإنما إذا غفل القلب عن ذكر الموت دخل العدو من باب الغفلة

في كتابه المواعظ

Know that Shaytan does not gain control over the one who remembers death and only does so over the heart that is heedless regarding death. The enemy (shaytan) enters from the door of heedlessness.

اللهم اجعلنا من الذاكرين.

Just a matter of today and tomorrow

‎‏قال أبو الدرداء رضي الله عنه :

‎‏كفى بالموت واعظاً ، وكفى بالدهر مفرقاً ، اليوم في الدور ، وغداً في القبور .

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‎‏لطائف المعارف [١٠٨]

Abu daraa’ رضي الله عنه said:

Sufficient is death as an admonisher, and sufficient is time as a separator. Today we are in our homes but tomorrow we will be in our graves.

There is either an increase or decrease…

قال قتادة – رحمه الله-:

‏”لم يجالس هذا القرآنَ أحدٌ إلا قام عنه بزيادة أو نقصان، قضاء الله عز وجل الذي قضى: شفاء ورحمة للمؤمنين، ولا يزيد الظالمين إلا خساراً”

‏أخلاق أهل القرآن للآجري ١٥٥

Qatadah رحمة الله عليه said:

This Quran will only interact with a person in fashion of increase or decrease; and this is a matter that Allah already decreed:

شفاء ورحمة للمؤمنين

Cure and mercy for the believers

ولا يزيد الظالمين إلا خساراً

And adds nothing to the unjust but loss.

Surah al-Isra:82

If this is the condition of the truthful…

قال سبحانه و تعالى:

لِّيَسْأَلَ الصَّادِقِينَ عَن صِدْقِهِمْ

سورة الأحزاب: ٨

فإذا سئل الصادقين و حوسبوا على صدقهم فما الظن بالكاذبين

إغاثة اللهفان – ابن قيم الجوزية رحمة الله عليه

Allah سبحانه و تعالى says:

That He may question the truthful about their truth

Surah al-ahzab:8

Ibn al-Qayyim رحمة الله عليه said:

If the truthful will be questioned and taken to account regarding their truthfulness, then what will be the condition of the liars?!

‎اللهم اجعلنا ممن يستمعون القولويتبعون احسنه

Apologists for the British rule…

As we know, some apologists for British rule argue that the condemnation of Britain for its destruction of Indian and economic growth is unjustified. Britain, they claim, did not deindustrialize India; India’s share of World GDP merely went down because India ‘missed the bus’ for industrialization, failing to catch up on the technological innovations that transformed the West. India had a significant world share of GDP when the world was highly agrarian. As the world changed, they argue, other countries overtook India because of scientific and industrial progress that India was unable to make.

That is highly disputable proposition. As I have demonstrated, deindustrialization was a deliberate British policy, not an accident. British industry flourished and Indian industry did not because of systematic destruction abetted by tariffs and regulatory measures that stacked the decks in favour of British industry conquering the Indian market, rather than the other way around. The economic exploitation of India was integral to the colonial enterprise. And the vast sums of Indian revenues and loot flowing to England, even if they were somewhat less than the billions of pounds Digby estimated, provided the capital for British industry and made possible the financing of the Industrial Revolution.

It is preposterous to suggest that India’s inability to industrialize while the Western world did so was Indian failure, the result of some sort of native deficiency, rather than the deliberate result of systematically planned polices by those who ruled India, the British. If India’s GDP went down because it ‘missed the bus’ of industrialization, it was because the British threw Indians under the wheels.

An era of darkness: The British empire in India. By Shashi Tharoor

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