Archive for July, 2007

Five degrees of Salaah
July 18, 2007

Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, on the levels/darajaat of Salaah, and those who perform them –

Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, on the levels/darajaat of Salaah, and the people who perform them Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, on the levels/darajaat of Salaah, and the people who perform them –

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“With respect to prayer, there are five levels of people. [The lowest] is he who ‘wrongs his own soul’; who is remiss; who curtails his ablution and the times, limits and essential elements of prayer.

At the second level is he who keeps the times, rules and elements of the prayer; who keeps its ablution but is taken away by distractions, which he lacks the inner strength to resist.

At the third level is he who keeps the limits and essentials elements of the prayer, and struggles against distractions. This person is preoccupied with striving against his Foe, ‘lest he rob him of his prayer’. In prayer, he is in sacred combact [jihad].

At the fourth level is he who, standing in prayer, completes its requirements, its essential elements and its limits. His heart is absorbed in safeguarding the rules and requirements of the prayer ‘lest he miss any of them’. In fact, his entire concern becomes performing the prayer as it should be, completely and perfectly. In this way, his concern for the prayer and for worshipping his Lord absorbs his heart.

At the fifth level is he who, standing in prayer, performs it in the manner of the fourth, but in addition places his heart before his Lord. With this he beholds God – ever vigilant before Him, filled with His love and glory – as if, seeing Him, he were physically present before Him. Therefore, the distractions vanish, as the veil between him and his Lord is lifted. The difference between this person in his prayer and everyone else is as vast as the distance between heaven and earth, for he is occupied [only] with his Lord Almighty in prayer, in which he finds his source of gladness.”

The Invocation of God/Al-Wabil al-Sayyib min al-Kalim al-Tayyib, Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya

du’a of hubb, du’a of Habibullaah
July 18, 2007

اللَّهُمَّ إنِّي أَسألُكَ حُبَّكَ

و حُبَّ مَنْ يَنفَعُنِي حُبُّهُ عِنْدَكَ

اللَّهُمَّ ما رَزَقْتَنِي مِمَّا أُحِبُ فاجعَلهُ لِي قُوةً في ما تُحِب

اللَّهُمَّ ما زَوَيتَ عَنِّي مِمَّا أُحِبُ فاجعَلهُ لِي فَرَاغَاً فِي ما تُحِب

O Allah, I implore You for Your Love
And the love of the one: whose love benefits me with You
O Allah, whatever You have bestowed upon me of what I love: let it be strength for me in what You Love
O Allah, whatever You withhold from me of what I love: let it be free time/space/-dom for me in what You Love.

 

O Allah, I implore You for Your Love

And the love of the one: whose love benefits me with You

O Allah, whatever You have bestowed upon me of what I love: let it be strength for me in what You Love

O Allah, whatever You withhold from me of what I love: let it be free time/space/-dom for me in what You Love.


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