Regard honouring others as a favour and honour the needy in a sense of gratitude. Do not forget that “surely Allah is He [Who] accepts what is offered as charity”. (See 9:104)
MESSAGE OF DAY
As for friendship with Allah, it is contingent upon defeating the ambitions of the carnal self. Those who befriend their carnal desires are deprived of the friendship of Allah.
Acts of worship have their set times. Belief and servanthood, however, span a whole lifetime.
Even if a person possessed the whole world and reached the pinnacle of material wellbeing, nothing can fill the void which deprivation of belief leaves in their soul.
No matter how many righteous deeds we may have, we must seek refuge in the mercy of Allah. For our good deeds are in as much need of acceptance as our prayers are.
The wise person is one who sacrifices the fleeting to earn the eternal. One who is deceived by the world and sells their Hereafter is heedless. And one who sells their Hereafter for the world of another, is a fool.
The duty of the human being is to constantly remember mortality and the Hereafter. Otherwise, their inner world will turn into a cesspool of carnal ambition.
There is no harm in worldly affairs when the heart is with Allah. But with a heart which the hustle and bustle of the world has left heedless, even worship has its shortcomings.
The Straight Path is a path leading to Allah Almighty. The guide along this path is the Messenger of Allah. Disloyalty to the Messenger of Allah is the greatest disloyalty.
The sincere tears of those who enter the garden Divine love are a fountain of repentance that washes away sins and purifies hearts.
The failure of deeds to engender favourable effects in one’s morality and way of living is a sign of their insincerity.
The Prescribed Prayer keeps the servant away from vice and wickedness. It is sufficient that we look at how much we are able to avoid sin, in order to determine whether or not our prayers are acceptable.
Children who are deprived of spiritual learning and who are not trained in accordance with the Qur’an and the Prophetic example will be claimants against their parents on the Day of Reckoning.
The most precious time is the time between the past and the future – the present. This is because the pages from the past are shut, while what the future contains is unknown.
What caused Satan’s banishment from the Divine presence was not a lack of or deficiency in knowledge or deeds, but his insolence. This is why the most excellent virtue which destroys Satan is good manners.
A person cannot be both pious and coarse, ill-natured and disobliging, for the essence and spirit of Islam is Divine unity and oneness with respect to belief, and good manners and compassion with respect to action.
Good manners is like the fragrance of a rose that enlivens the spirit. This scent should pervade our spiritual being and be felt at every stage of our lives.
Piousness, renunciation and righteousness is not abandoning the world, but, as in the case of Prophet Solomon, upon him be peace, it is refusing to allow love of the world to enter into one’s heart.
Everything in this world is known through its opposite. As hate is the opposite of love, hating those things that are disliked by Allah is a requirement of loving Him.
Allah is with us wheresoever we may be. He is closer to us than our jugular vein. The important thing is who we are with.
Pride, arrogance, self-conceit and carnality are the cancers of the spiritual path. This is why Satan fell to ruin where he once held a high station.
If we want to see our level on the spiritual path, we should look closely at our state and actions.
As impossible it is for the sun not to provide heat, is it also impossible for noble spirits to be deprived of compassion.
The believer must be a key to goodness and a deadlock to evil. For working to prevent falsehood is as much a requirement of belief as is working for the exaltation of truth and goodness.
Detachment, in one’s heart, from those who do not merit the love of Allah is as much a precondition of sound belief as is loving Allah and those loved by Him.
The entire capital of those who depart from this world, whether they depart as sultans or slaves, is whatever they send in advance from this world.
Just as the virtue of the Prayer is its being performed at the earliest possible time, the virtue of spending in the way of Allah is in its being undertaken at the very first opportunity, without delay.
Fellowship in Islam is like two hands that wash each other. The precondition of such fellowship is to be not a burden but a helper.
Servitude to Allah is a must until the last breath. This is why an emigration from the heedlessness of ignorance to the character of Allah’s Messenger is necessary at every moment.
We must never forget that so long as we are unable to feel the responsibility of our fellow believers on our own shoulders, we will not be able to easily account for our own actions.