…the eighth of Safar crescent moon, with Venus by her side, majestically float above the old inner courtyard of Masjid Nabawi…with the milder weather the umbrellas are folded down during the pleasant evening temperatures, with domes open in other parts of the Masjid…
…SubhanAllah…to think we are fast approaching the blessedness of Rabial Awwal…may we all be steadfast in our diligence as we tread the liberating journey of Tazkiyyah, as taught by the Noble One SallAllahu alaihi wasallam in the Mubarak Hujrah metres away from where this was snapped…may we be begging for Allah Ta’ala’s guidance and Mercy with our efforts in this purifying process…because unless we are willing to struggle with all that hinders our wayfaring to Him then we only have ourselves to call to account…so be constant, as the gliding moon and planets, with renewing intentions to recalibrate time, priorities and focus in life…
…I was led to the following excerpts during recent studying…may the words impact upon your heart and soul as they have upon mine…but more importantly may we then ACT upon the realizations and meanings, Insha’Allah…from the awesome chapter (the whole book is one of ‘awesomeness’ so choosing what to quote has been a task) ‘Mindfulness of Allah’ in ibn Rajab al-Hanbali’s The Compendium of Knowledge and Wisdom
Be mindful of Allah and you will find Him in front of you. Acquaint yourself with Allah in comfortable circumstances, He will acknowledge you [when you are] in severe difficulty. Know that what has missed you was never going to befall you and what has befallen you was never going to miss you. Know that help is with patience, deliverance is with distress, and that with difficulty comes ease. Ahmad.
As for seeking help by means of Allah Ta’ala and not from anyone else of His creatures, that is because the slave is incapable of independently drawing to himself those things which are useful to him, or repelling those things which harm him, and none can help with those things which are useful to him in this din and in his worldly affairs but Allah Ta’ala.
Whomever Allah Ta’ala helps is truly helped.
Nothing occurs, either in the earth or in yourselves, without its being in a Book before We make it happen. That is something easy for Allah Ta’ala. Surat Hadid:22
There is in Sahih Muslim from ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr that the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam said, “Allah wrote creatures’ destiny fifty-thousand years before He created the heavens and the earth.”
If you are able to act for the sake of Allah Ta’ala with contentment in certainty, then do so. If you re not able, then in steadfastness under that which you dislike there is a great deal of good. Via ibn Abbas.
Abu Darda’ said, “When Allah decrees something, He loves that [the slave] is contented with it.” Ibn Mas’ud said, “By His justice and fairness, Allah Ta’ala has placed rest and joy in certainty and contentment, and He has placed worry and grief in doubt and discontent. The one who is contented does not wish for anything other than the state he is in whether it is in difficult or comfortable circumstances.”
The distinction between contentment and steadfastness is that steadfastness is to withhold and restrain the self from discontentment while one experiences pain and wishes for its departure, and to restrain the limbs from acting from impatience. Contentment is the expansion of the breast and its expansiveness with respect to the decree and giving up wishing for the departure of that which causes pain even when one experiences pain, but, however, contentment lightens the pain because of the heart’s embracing the spirit of certainty and gnosis. If the contentment is strong, it will completely drive away the experience of the pain.
…so much more, but enough for this time…reminders to self first and foremost…may you benefit as much as this needy speck has…Insha’Allah…
All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.