Raising one’s status

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

Charity does not decrease wealth, no one forgives another but that Allah increases his honor, and no one humbles himself for the sake of Allah but that Allah raises his status.

Hadith Sahih Muslim 2588

Our mothers

Heaven lies beneath the feet of mothers.

Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)

There’s a reason Paradise (jannah) is not in her hands, but under her feet. For if it was in her palms, her selfless love would have handed it to you despite your deserving.

Alas, it is the ground that bears her entire weight. That is where heaven lies, and if you wish to achieve it – carry her weight.

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Learn to be quiet

Learn to be quiet just as you learn to talk, because if talking guides you, being quiet protects you. By being quiet, you attain two characteristics: you are able to take knowledge from those more knowledgeable than you and you are able to repel ignorance of those more ignorant than you.

Imam Ali (AS)

Destructive qualities of the heart

As for the destructive qualities of the heart, they are:

1. pride (kibr)

2. conceit (‘ujub)

3. envy (hasad)

4. hatred (hiqd)

5. stinginess (bukhul)

6. showing-off (riyaa)

7. love for rank and love for wealth (hubb l-jaah wa hubb lmaal)

8. boasting (iftikhaar)

9. false hope (amal)

10. and having an evil opinion of the Muslims.

These ten qualities are the destructive traits of the heart that are the foundation of blameworthy character. It is obligatory for every Muslim to remove these from his heart.

Shaikh Usman Ibn Fodio

The four gems

There are four gems in the body of the son of Adam that are removed by four things.

As for the gems they are: Intellect, Religion, Shame, and Good Deeds.

Anger removes the intellect, envy removes religion, desire removes shame, and backbiting removes good deeds.

Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)

What is love?

What is love? Love is when you can’t sleep without having prayed Isha (last prayer), love is when you can’t eat without saying Bismillah (in the name of Allah) first, and love is when you say Alhamdolillah (thanks to Allah) remembering all that Allah has blessed you with. The true love we all long for and strive to find our entire lives can only be found in Him. Learn to love and obey Him first and then you’ll find someone worth loving for His sake. Cause, wallahi (I swear by Allah), if you don’t love Him (how can you not love Him?) there will always be something missing in your life, there will always be sadness in your life. One of the 99 names of Allah is Al-Wadud, meaning ‘The Loving One’. “And he is the Forgiving the Affectionate” – Qur’an [85:14]

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