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  • Anyone who is in a state of heedlessness, and reads the Ihya, it will take them into a state of presence.
  • Hearts have a colour. Everything we do colours the heart in a certain way. Something about the Ihya is that it grabs you and takes you from heedlessness to presence.
  • Ostentation- a type of ostentation is when you get happy when someone hears/find out you have done good.
  • Reading the Ihya is the process of healing.

 

  • Adab is the essence of our deen (religion).
  • Indeed the Qur’an is the banquet of Allah so benefit from it, and what He gives you.
  • If you let the world overtake you, it will let you. It will eat you up and you will always be constricted.

  • Contentment is a treasure that will never perish, the Prophet sallaAllahu alayhi wasalam said.
  • The Prophet sallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasalam is the way to ultimately judge everything by.
  • The story of the Prophet sallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasalam’s life should be directly related to our connection to the Prophet sallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasalam. You can only determine the scholar if they love the Prophet sallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasalam.
  • You should never increase in knowledge until you also increase in humility. The more in knowledge you increase, the more humility you should have.
  • Reward and punishment relate to the inner realities of human beings.
  • We need to bring back the sunnah of smiling!
  • Allah created everything in existence. He embellished its form and order. He is the One who measured it out and cautioned it in the best way. Nothing is in existence, except It’s wisdom.
  • Knowing how to apply ones knowledge is something, and knowing how to place something in its position is another thing.
  • The greatest crisis of our time is the crisis of adab.
  • Adab is related to wisdom and putting things in their right place.
  • The inward relates to the outward; and the outward relates to the inward.
  • The outward etiquette’s are proprieties. The way of carrying them outwardly is indicative of what is in one’s heart.
  • Nothing is done outwardly for except it stems from the heart, and nothing comes to the heart unless it’s from a thought.
  • Righteous people don’t even backbite people in their thoughts!
  • All behaviour begins with a thought; they have a natural inclination. Then you decide one way or the other on what you are going to do.
  • We are not taken into account for our thoughts or inclinations. We have to struggle- learning to control ourselves.
  • Our deeds that we do is a trait of our character.
  • The Prophet sallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasalam is the gifted mercy from Allah to us. The Prophet sallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasalam brought guidance to us.
  • Learning is a process; it’s from the cradle to the grave!
  • The hidden secrets of the heart- these are the planting places for seeds. It is the light of these innermost secrets of the heart; these are what shine outwardly.
  • Whomsoever’ heart is not in a state of humility, their outward state will not be in a state of humility.
  • The heart spreads light if there is light in it.
  • Your heart is constantly changing. It’s important to know the state of the heart.
  • The spiritual path is not linear. You will get what you need in the moment you need it but it’s not the way you expected. Everything that comes to you is in reality for your benefit. We accept the Qadr (Decree); not only accepting, but also knowing the lessons Allah has/is teaching us through that. We might learn through by being hurt, or through tribulations.
  • No one served like the Prophet sallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasalam did. He was in the service of people and His Lord. Anyone who does not serve, will not progress spiritually.
  • Don’t cut off ties with any of your family; doing so cuts off the Mercy from Allah.
  • One is in absolute need of his Lord and there is nowhere else to go!
  •  Knowledge gives birth to other knowledge! Anytime you learn something, you should write it down. Review and revisit notes. You take notes on the basis of teaching others.
  • If we don’t learn from lessons from people, we become lessons to other people.
  • There has to be a balance in everything, except dhikr of Allah which needs to be constant/often.
  • Be patient with everything that afflicts you.
  • If you are the easiest person to please, and the hardest person to get angry then everyone will love you!
  • Don’t be content with what you have achieved, keep going. Shaitaan and Nafs will tell you to stop and hold you down, but don’t you listen to them!
  • If we are not thankful to Allah for small amounts, then how are we ever going to be thankful for great amounts? Gratitude is the key to tawfiq (success).
  • Make big intentions. Allah opens 70 doors of tawfiq for the one who opens up him the door of righteous intention.

~ Shaykh Yahya Rhodus– The Life Conduct the Prophet sallaAllahu alayhi wasalam, Rihla 2011, Bursa, Turkey (Paraphrased)

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  • Sometimes when you are given things, you are not given them a second time, so cherish what you have!
  • You have to manage your time. You have to reflect on what you have missed.
  • If you are person who reflects, be sincere in that.
  • Guard your heart against anything other than Allah.
  • Make your heart the dergah/house of Allah, make the name Allah the sultan of your heart.
  • Guard your tongue from excessive speech.
  • Always be the person who makes tawba and istagfir.
  • Understand the value of every moment. You are only born with a number of breaths!
  • Let not any moment be wasted, make every moment be beneficial.
  • Afflictions are many, but the greatest affliction is the passage of time without any benefit.
  • You have to have thirst for knowledge as a means for your salvation. What are you going to do in that moment Allah has given you?
  • Take your cup and fill it with beneficial knowledge, and also for others who are in this stage- others can benefit from.
  • Your intention should be that you want to revive the deen when seeking knowledge.
  • Books are not the same as people who carry knowledge.
  • You want to be a means of knowledge through your tongue and actions.
  • If there is place of ‘Rida’, (Contentmemt), it’s al-Jaanah (paradise) where death does not even enter.
  • By saying Bismillah in front of everything, you attach it to the Eternal! Allah is the All-Living. The simplest things can go far so intend to say Bismillah before you begin or do anything.
  • Missing prayer is a big thing, it’s like missing an appointment with Allah! Would you miss an appointment for a job interview?
  • You yourself will become a source of guidance to other people.
  • There is an inward and outward aspect of knowledge.

 

  • Sometimes ignorance is a good thing; sometimes knowledge is a curse for people because they acquire it and then don’t implement.
  • Knowledge is as the tree, and worship is the fruit of knowledge.
  • The beginning of your knowledge has Shariah and Tariqa. Shariah is what the Law giver gives you. Shariah is there to align you with Paradise!
  • The best good you’ll ever have is Allah’s contentment with you, so obtain it through implementing the shariah.
  • Cling to the Qur’an and Sunnah, instead of being like a cheap post it note that, before you know it, has fallen off.
  • The best thing you want is Rida of Allah!
  • Adab is everything; the meaning of ‘Adab’ is how you carry yourself.
  • You must never lose expectation or hope that you can be someone you are not in terms of adab.
  • Ikhlaaq is about transforming yourself.
  • Your nafs is there to be trained. Nafs wants to be like spilled water and pour over everything, but you need to channel it through Shariah.
  • Your whole life is about renewing character traits and molding yourself. Look at the character of the Prophet sallaAllahu alayhi waslam and mold yourself.
  • Don’t be like a candle whose light benefits all yet it does not benefit itself from its own light. Work on yourself first!
  • A companion never leaves you.
  • An imtihaan (test) is a moment of exposure from Allah. He wants us to see our fracture points in our life. As long as we are in the realms of brokenness, there’s potential for completeness.
  • When you are alone, in solitude you know your relationship with Allah. When you are alone, there should be a state you are in with Allah, if you are bored, it shows your relationship with Allah.
  • Be a positive, optimistic kind of a person; don’t be one of those “doom and gloom waiting for the Mahdi” kind of a Muslim.
  • All organs are passageways to the heart.
  • Be humble.
  • Focus attention on Allah, make one objective and that is Allah!
  • What is inside you comes out. If there is stillness of Allah in you, it will come out! If you are agitated inside, it will come out in your speech.
  • Don’t put all your trust on things or people, they’re no more reliable than you are. Rather, rely upon Allah!
  • If there is a divine command, you fulfill it.
  • The more you avoid harm, the higher you rise.
  • Success is getting through the door of al-Jaanah (Paradise).
  • Don’t justify your sins by blaming it on Divine Decree.
  • You have to have constant remembrance of Allah.
  • Every thorn thrown by the Beloved becomes a rose in the eye of the lover.
  • Marriage reveals who you really are and it’s up to you if you accept that truth and grow. And if you never grow you never bear fruit.

 ~ Shaykh Naeem Abdul Wali – ‘The Beginning of Guidance’ lesson, Rihla 2011, Bursa, Turkey (Paraphrased)

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