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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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