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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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2 of my favourite quotes from ‘The Forty Rules of the Religion of Love – Shams of Tabriz’, taken from the “The Forty Rules of Love” by Elif Shafak:

“Whatever happens in your life, no matter how troubling things might seem, do not enter the neighbourhood of despair. Even when all doors remained closed, God will open up a new path only for you. Be thankful! It is easy to be thankful when all is well. A Sufi is thankful not only for what he has been given but also for all that he has been denied. “

“Patience does notmean to passively endure. It means to be farsighted enough to trust the end result of a process. What does patience mean? It means to look at the thorn and see the rose, to look at the night and see the dawn. Impatience means to be shortsighted as to not able to see the outcome. The lovers of God never runs out of patience, for they know that time is needed for the crescent moon to become full.” 

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