Imam Al-Ghazali and the Ihya’ Ulumiddin

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem…Wasolatu wassalamu ‘ala Rasulillah…

1. The Prophet’s (peace and blessings be upon him) cousin, Ibnu Abbas said : “There are five acts which I love more than horses which tamed and ready to be ridden, they are, 1- to avoid talking about things that are of no benefit to myself, 2- to avoid arguing with the ignorant and the soft-spoken ones. The soft-spoken person will then harbor anger against you within him/herself while the ignorant will hurt you with his/her words. 3- to describe about a friend who is absent, with words that you like him/her to describe yourself in your abscence. 4- interact with your companions the way you want them to interact with you. 5- do anything while keeping in mind that acts of good done will be recompensed while evil acts demand punishments.

2. The Ihya’ Ulumiddin was written by the Proof of Islam Hujjatul Islam, Imam Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali a Scholar of Islam and a Sufi. The book is his magnum opus and one of the most important and comprehensive books ever written by an Islamic scholar. The Great Saint and Gnostic Imam ‘Abdullah Al-Haddad was instructed by people in the Barzakh (i.e. the Intermediate world after death, between this world and the Resurrection) to read books by Imam Al-Ghazali such as the Ihya’ Ulumiddin. Many Habaibs (descendants of the Prophet sallaAllahualaihiwasalam) who are scholars, saints and men of piety recommended reading the Ihya’ due to its comprehensiveness and effect on the soul. Habib Abu Bakar As-Seqqaf of Gresik was said to have completed the study of the book with his students 40 times.

Here is a poem written by the Imam may Allah bless his soul, written just before his death, the time of which was revealed to him by Allah as a gift for the elect of His servants…

May Allah raise Imam Al-Ghazali’s rank in paradise further and grant us benefits from his knowledge.

Books such as this one is available at Wardah Books.

#Further:  

www.ghazali.org

www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghazali

 

The Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) Sorrow

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem…

Abu Hurairah relates the following, “I was with Sayidina Umar on our way to the house of Sayidina Abu Bakar As-siddiq after ‘Isha prayers when we passed by the door of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and we heard sobs and cries from within. We stopped for a moment. We heard his voice (pbuh) crying: “Ahh…if only I could live to see what my people will do to their daily prayers. Ahh…I am truly disappointed by them”

“Oh Abu Hurairah, let us knock on the door”,  said Umar r.a. . Umar knocks on the door. “Who is that?” ‘Aisyah r.a. called out. “Abu Hurairah and I” replied ‘Umar. We sought permission to enter and she permitted. upon entering we saw the Prophet (pbuh) prostrating on the ground in grief, saying whilst in prostration: “O my Lord, thou art my Protector for my people therefore act on them with what suiteth thy Attribute (The Merciful) and don’t act on them with what suiteth their deeds”.

“O Messenger of Allah, my parents be ransom for thee, what has happened such that you have became terribly grieved?”

“O ‘Umar, on my way to ‘Aisyah house after praying in the mosque, Gabriel a.s. came and said, “O Muhammad! Allah sends His Salutations to you!”. After which he said, “Read!”

“What shall I read?”

“Read:

“But after them there followed a posterity who missed prayers and followed after lusts soon, then, will they face Destruction,” – 19:59

“O Gabriel, will my followers neglect their prayers after my demise?”, asked the Prophet pbuh.

“Yes, O Messenger of Allah, in the End Times a large group of your nation will neglect the ritual prayers, delay their prayers till the time for the prayer has expired and these follow their lusts/lowly desires. These are the ones to whom a dinar (a meagre amount of money) is more valuable than their prayers.”

-Excerpt from Solatul Muqorrrobin by Habib Hassan Bin Soleh Al-Jufri Al-Bahr

The Anguish of Love and Yearning

This is a poem by the Egyptian Sufi Shaykh Imam Sharafuddin Muhammad Al-Busiri. May Allah increase our Love towards The Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him, love that will increase our vigour and determination in following his blessed footsteps.

Say, (O Muhammad, to mankind): If ye love Allah, follow me; Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. Allah is Forgiving, Merciful  -Quran 3:31

Excerpts of Habib ‘Umar Bin Hafidz’s lectures 1

 On the loftiness of Dzikir (Remembrance of Allah)

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem…

…Keep remembrance of Allah every moment. Recall what Allah mentioned in The Qur’an : “O ye who believe, keep remembrance of Allah, abundant remembrance”.

Some of the companions asked The Prophet s.a.w., “Ya Rasulullah, among those who fight in the way of Allah who are the ones who obtained the greatest benefit?”

The Prophet s.a.w. replied, “They are those who keep remembrance of Allah the most among them.”

The companions asked again, “Ya Rasulullah, among those who pray who are they who reap the greatest benefit?”

The Prophet s.a.w. replied, “They are those who keep remembrance of Allah the most among them.”

Some of the companions asked again, “Ya Rasulullah, among those who give alms to the needy, who will reap the greatest benefit?”

The Prophet s.a.w. replied to them, “The ones who keep remembrance of Allah the most among them.”

… upon hearing these, Saiydina Abu Bakar and Sayidina ‘Umar both said to The Prophet s.a.w., ” This means that those who remember Allah the most are the ones who obtain the best of this world and the hereafter!”

The Prophet s.a.w. then said, “Yes, the people who keep remembrance of Allah the most obtains the best of this world and the hereafter.”

The Book of Assistance by Imam Al-Haddad

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem…

On Regular Devotions : –

You must fill up your time with acts of worship so that no time passes without being used in some act of goodness…Multiplying and varying your wird brings about blessings as each wird (acts of devotion e.g. invocations, prayers, reflection and acquiring knowledge) has a particular effect on the heart, a light, a flow of assistance madad.

Assign to yourself some awrad (pl. wird) to persevere with at specific times that you make up for if missed.

My Master, Shaykh Abd Ar-Rahman As-Seggaf, May Allah be pleased with him, has said, : ” Whoever has no wird is a qird (monkey)!”

And the Prophet s.a.w. has said, : “Invoke Allah so abundantly that the hypocrites say that you are ostentatious!”

#Further :

http://wirid.net/

http://www.alhaddad.org/blog/?cat=6