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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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