Purification of the Soul

What a bad servant of the Lord is he! I am speaking of a servant who fits the following description:

  1. He asks for forgiveness (maghfirah), while he is actively engaged in sinful disobedience (ma'siya).
  2. He behaves in a humbly submissive manner, so that he may be credited with loyalty (amana), but he is only pretending, to hide his disloyalty (khiyanah).
  3. He forbids what is wrong, but does not refrain from it himself.
  4. He enjoins what is right, but does not act upon his own instructions.
  5. If he gives, he does so very stingily, and if he withholds, he offers no apology.
  6. If he is in the best of health, he feels secure, but if he falls sick, he becomes remorseful.
  7. If he is impoverished, he feels sad, and if he gets rich, he is subject to temptation.
  8. He hopes for salvation, but does not act accordingly.
  9. He is afraid of punishment, but takes no precautions against it.
  10. He wishes to receive more benefit, but he does not give thanks [for what he has received].
  11. He likes the idea of spiritual reward, but he does not practice patience; and
  12. He expedites sleep and postpones fasting.

(s) Ghunyat at-Talibin of Shaykh 'Abdul-Qadir al-Jilani rahimahullah

Be Mindful O Mankind!

Learn what you will, but know that so long as you do not implement what you learn, Allah will give you no reward for it.
Mu'adh ibn Jabal (d. 18H), may Allah be pleased with him

Never Forget What They Said

“You must remember what Amalek has done to you, says our Holy Bible — we do remember” referring to the ancient enemy of the Israelites, in scripture interpreted by scholars as a call to exterminate their “men and women, children and infants.”
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, 28 October 2023