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Whoever thinks that if he leaves something for Allaah’s Sake… – Ibnul-Qayyim


whatever He wills…

whether it is apparent to us or not

Source: At-Ta’leeqaat ul-Mukhtasarah ‘alaa l-‘Aqeedat it-Tahaawiyyah, p. 113
Asaheeha Translations 

“He is not questioned about what He does, but they will be questioned”
~ Surat ul-Ambiyaa, 21:23

Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah) comments:

“Allaah is not questioned about what He does, because Allaah never does anything except for a wisdom. And the wisdom may be apparent or may be hidden to us. So we believe that Allaah never does anything in vain, but rather He does it due to a wisdom, whether it is apparent to us or not.”

ask Him

Source: Tafseer Surah Ghaafir, tape no. 16
Asaheeha Translations 

“And your Lord says: ‘Call upon Me, I will answer you'”
~ Surat Ghaafir, 40:60

Shaykh ‘Abd ur-Rahmaan al-‘Ajlaan (hafidhahullaah) comments:

“This noble verse from Surah Ghaafir shows Allaah’s (jalla wa ‘alaa) Bounty toward His slaves, and the extensiveness of His Giving and Generosity, as He says to His slaves: {Call upon Me, I will answer you}, (meaning) ‘Ask Me.’ He loves for His slaves to ask Him. He loves for His slaves to ask Him (jalla wa ‘alaa) so He may give them, and that is due to His Generosity, Bounty and the fact that He gives extensively.

And in His (jalla wa ‘alaa) Statement ‘your Lord says,’ He endears Himself to His slaves. He did not say ‘Allaah says,’ rather He said ‘your Rabb (Lord) says,’ meaning the One Who nurtured you (rabbaakum) with blessings and bestowed generously upon you since the time of your creation until your last form.

{Call upon Me, I will answer you}. This is a command from Allaah (jalla wa ‘alaa) to ask, supplicate to and worship Him, and a promise that He will answer; and Allaah (jalla wa ‘alaa) never breaks His promise. So He (jalla wa ‘alaa) will give and fulfill what He has promised. He commanded (His slaves) to make du’aa and promised that He will answer them. And from the means of (attaining) Allaah’s response is to humble oneself before Him and implore Him, and persist in making duaa. Allaah (jalla wa ‘alaa) loves those who persist in making du’aa. And as the poet said: ‘Allaah gets angry if you leave off asking Him whereas man gets angry if you ask him.’ A human being hates being asked persistently and gets irritated, but Allaah (jalla wa ‘alaa) loves that. A created being – no matter how much he has – is limited, and he fears the diminition of what he has with him. But Allaah (jalla wa ‘alaa) is Most Generous; what He has with Him will never diminish. And the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: ‘Allaahu akthar,’ meaning the more you ask Him, the more He will answer and give.”

he will be

Source: Tafseer Surah Ghaafir, tape no. 3
Asaheeha Translations 

“Allaah says: ‘I am as My slave thinks of Me'”
~ Saheeh al-Bukhaari #7405

Shaykh ‘Abd ur-Rahmaan al-‘Ajlaan (hafidhahullaah) comments:

“If he has good thoughts about Allaah, that he will be answered, then he will be answered bi’ithnillaah. But if he says ‘I don’t think I will be answered’ and the like, then he will be deprived of the answer – and refuge is sought in Allaah – because he did not have good thoughts of his Lord.”

the fourth step: istiqaama and taqwaa

Source: Muhaadharaat; Shaykh Raslaan’s website
Asaheeha Translations 

“How does a Muslim deal with trials?”

Shaykh Muhammad Sa’eed Raslaan (hafidhahullaah) comments:

“The fourth step is istiqaama (uprightness and steadfastness) and taqwaa (piety). If a trial of adversity comes, one must return to istiqaama and taqwaa.

As for istiqaama, it is the strongest means to rising in eemaan. Whenever istiqaama spreads among a people, their condition becomes good and they increase in turning toward good. And those who are upon istiqaama, they are the ones whom Allaah, ‘azza wa jal, promised that He would take away their sadness and keep away all fear from them in the dunyaa and the aakhira. Hence, it is understood that if a person does not have istiqaama, sadness will come to him and fear will befall him. Allaah, jallat qudratuh, said: {Indeed, those who say: ‘Our Lord is Allaah (Alone)’ and then are upright and steadfast, the angels will descend upon them (saying): ‘Fear not, nor grieve!}- this is in the dunyaa -{But receive the glad tidings of Paradise which you have been promised!’}.

As for taqwaa, it is one of the keys to happiness, because it places the believer in the ma’eeyah of Allaah, tabaarak wa ta’aala, (i.e. Allaah will be with him) and brings His mercy and provision. He, ta’aala, said: {My Mercy encompasses all things, I shall ordain it for those who have taqwaa and give zakaah and those who believe in Our Ayaat}. Taqwaa is a key to getting out of crises and a bringer of provision, as Allaah, ta’aala, informed: {Whoever has taqwaa (fears Allaah and keeps his duty to Him), He will make for him a way out}- he gets out of the crisis, the hardship, the anxiety, the sadness -{And He will provide for him from where he never could imagine. And whoever puts his trust in Allaah, then He will suffice him}.”

so they know

Source: Tafseer Ibn Katheer p. 456
Asaheeha Translations 

“And We gave him (back) his family, and along with them the like thereof, as a mercy from Us and a reminder for those who understand.
~ Surah Saad, 38:43

Shaykh Ibn Katheer (rahimahullaah) comments:

“{And as a reminder for those who understand}: meaning, for those of intellect so they know that the end result of patience is relief, a way out and ease.”

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