”What is prescribed for the Muslim in Ramadaan and at other times is to strive hard against his self that is inclined towards evil, so that it will become at peace and inclined towards good. The Muslim is engaged in a mighty, ongoing struggle against himself, his whims and desires, and the shaytaan. He must repent a great deal and pray for forgiveness at all times, but times vary one from another.” [Shaykh Ibn Baaz]
Abu Hurayrah (radi Allahu anhu) narrated that the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said: “The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, but in both there are good.” (Saheeh Muslim)
The ’strong believer’ does not mean a believer who is physically strong, but rather it means a believer who is strong in his emaan. This is because physical strength can be harmful if it is used to disobey Allah ta’ala. In its essence, physical strength is neither praiseworthy nor blameworthy. If a person uses this strength to benefit his dunya and aakhirah then it becomes praiseworthy. But, if he uses this strength to help himself in disobeying Allah, then it becomes blameworthy.
The strong believer, the one who has strong emaan, will be consistent upon what Allah has made obligatory and he will, with the will of Allah, increase in performing the supererogatory deeds. On the other hand, the weak believer who has a weak emaan will be very negligent in completing the obligatory acts and in leaving of the forbidden.
Then the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “but in both there are good”, and this means that both the strong believer and the weak believer have good in them. The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) added this so that the people would not think that there is no good in a believer with weak emaan – rather, the weak believer has good in him, and of this good is that he is, without a doubt, better than the disbeliever.
-Shaykh ibn Uthaymeen rahimahullah, Riyaad as-Saaliheen
Taken from here.
“The year is like a tree, months are its branches, days are the branch sticks, hours are its leaves, and the breaths are its fruits. Therefore, if one’s breaths are in obedience [to Allah and His Messenger], the fruits of his tree are good. If they are in disobedience, his fruits are bitter… The harvest is on the Appointed Day, when one’s fruits are found out to be either good or bitter.” — Ibn al-Qayyim
“Deeds without sincerity are like a traveler who carries dirt in his water-jug. The carrying of it burdens him, and it brings no benefit.” — Ibn al-Qayyim
Those wise words of Ibn Mubarak are something i will never forget:
“I spent thirty years learning manners, and I spent twenty years learning knowledge.” – Abdullah ibn Mubarak
SubhanAllah, i don’t even have a commentary for it, just thought I’d put it out there 🙂
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It’s that realization that you have to keep going.
It’s that drowning feeling when you just want to let go.
It’s that heart beat that feels like stopping.
It’s the breath that catches and gets stuck.
It’s that moment when the world stops but you know it’s not the end
and you lift each aching limb and crawl forward
because it’s not the end and for a moment you wish it was.
It’s that memory that you know was meant to be but you wish somehow it would erase itself and set you free.
It’s that feeling.
It’s that unforgiving feeling.
It just can’t be explained.