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Al-Shaatibi wrote:

The difference between the hardship that is not normally considered hardship is whether or not the practice, if done on a continual basis, would lead to its being discontinued, totally or partially, or lead to some harm or defect in the person, his wealth or his circumstances. If [any of the later occur], then it would be considered a type of hardship that falls outside of the normally accepted hardship.  If none of those latter matters usually occurs, it would not normally be considered hardship.

However, many people confuse wanting to perfect one’s worship with extremism, but this is not the case, as Ibn al-Munir says, as quoted in Fath al-Baari:

The meaning isn ot preventing the seeking of completeness in one’s worship.  [Completeness of one’s worship] is obviously a praiseworthy affair.  What is meant to be prevented is going to the extreme such that it leads one to boredom or such exaggeration in one’s voluntary deeds that he leaves what is more virtuous.


I have been reading and enjoying a work on religious extremism, translated by Sh. Jamaal Zarabozo lately and came upon a hadeeth, while I’ve read it many times before, that I came to understand only recently in regards to raising children.

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

إن الله رفيق يحب الرفق ويعطي على الرفق ما لا يعطى على العنف

Whenever I tried to achieve a goal, or have my children achieve a goal, if it was done in a harsh manner, the desired results were never achieved.  In other words, Allah did not give what is given when one is gentle and merciful.  If you teach your child anything from the Deen, desiring for them guidance and knowledge, perhaps that result would not be achieved until and unless you’ve bestowed that knowledge upon them with gentleness.  If you want Allah to guide your child to Islam and grant him/her Tawfeeq, you must be patient and gentle, otherwise, your harshness may leave your child deprived and your goal unfulfilled, wallahu A’lam.

There is a huge project I have started, which could take several years to complete.  Just thinking about how long it would take me to complete is a huge turn off, but the benefits of working on this project are enormous.  After finishing about 1/30th of the entire project recently, I took a small break, but found that I wasn’t as motivated as I was before to continue my work.  However,  a statement of Abu Ja’far at-Tabari really gave me a boost recently.  The story goes that he asked his companions about writing the history of the world starting from Aadam (‘alayhis salaam) all the way to our times (referring to his time).  His companions asked, “And how long would it be approximately?”  Abu Ja’far at-Tabari said, “Around 3,000 pages.”  His companions’ replied saying:

هذا مما تفني الأعمار قبل تمامه

Abu Ja’far at-Tabari replied, saying:

إنا لله قد ماتت الهمم

And how true are the words of at-Tabari today.

-essence of Shirk is to see things

[taken from the AlMaghrib Forums]

Shaitan promissed Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala that he will be after the creation and he kept his promise.

How can WE not keep our promises? Is SHAITAN better than us?

[taken from the AlMaghrib Forums]

When we make wudhoo’, we should be thankful for the body parts we are cleansing, and we should think about the fact that we are cleansing them not only physically, but also spiritually inshaAllah, from whatever wrong we might have done with our hands or heard with our ears.

[taken from the AlMaghrib Forums]

Ilmعلم is not Ilm unless it is turned into Amlعمل .

[taken from the AlMaghrib Forums]

“I looked around me and noticed all these thousands of men crying at what I am saying and I said to myself: what would be my fate if I caused them to enter Jannah and forgot about myself (moving the masses to Jannah and not moving myself).”

GEM:  Worry about fixing yourself before others. Allah will ask you about yourself first! [taken from AlMaghrib Forums]

Showing off can be avoided by realizing that the entire creation put together can neither harm you or benefit you.

You don’t care what the creation does or thinks!

So why does it matter what they think of you and why should you do anything for anyone’s sake except for Allah’s?


In order to avoid Riyaa’, Imam An-Nawawi recommends to continuously remind ourselves that the entirety of creation and their praise cannot help us in the slightest, nor save us from the punishment or anger of Allah, so we shouldn’t care.

[taken from the AlMaghrib Forums]

The student of knowledge is exposed to four spiritual diseases that he has to battle.

The first is jealousy, and this is directed towards your peers.

It comes from your own insecurities, your diseased heart – because you aren’t content with what Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) has given you.

Jealousy is avoided by appreciating Allah’s wisdom in that Allah chooses what to give to whom, so put your trust in him.

Anytime you are jealous of another person in a bad way, know that you have challenged Allah’s wisdom.

The second of them is Showing off: he mentioned jealousy before it (the first one) because the beginning student of knowledge is unable to show off before he is able to be jealous.

July 2018
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Ibn Taymiyyah Says…

"Verily, I constantly renew my Islam until this very day, as up to now, I do not consider myself to have ever been a good Muslim." [Narrated by Ibn al-Qayyim in 'Madarij as-Salikin'; 1/218]