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If feelings could be preserved

Bismillah.

Dedicated to my Fiqh-ul-Quloob class.

If feelings could be preserved…

I would preserve the feeling of being in the gardens of paradise, (1)
I would preserve the feeling that is created by the spark in a scholar’s eye,

I would preserve the feeling of my heart getting scrubbed of soot,
I would preserve the feeling of sitting with friends, who’re really cool,

I would preserve the feeling of getting clear of each of my doubts,
I would preserve the feeling of being far away from the tempting worldly calls and shouts,

I would preserve the feeling of getting to know all what’s right,
I would preserve the feeling of utmost belief in His Might,

I would preserve the feeling of feeling small in front of those who are really great,
I would preserve the feeling of getting advice of knowledge from my ‘ilm mate,

I would preserve the feeling of knowing that there is a lot of khayr among the darkness,
I would preserve the feeling of drinking in every word like a pearl, with gladness,

I would preserve the feeling of sakeenat raining from up above, (2)
I would preserve the feeling of closeness to my Rabb full of love,

I would preserve the feeling of angels’ wings spread over like a canopy, (3)
I would preserve the feeling of my heart being satisfyingly full and just so happy,

I would preserve the feeling of being shown by Allah, my sins right in my face,
I would preserve the feeling of being described to me their cure with an indescribable solace,

I would preserve the feeling of being soothed by beautiful words washing over me,
I would preserve the feeling of so much gems before me to seek,

I would preserve the feeling that comes with beneficial knowledge going into your soul,
I would preserve the feeling of being hungry for that treasure, more and more

Oh! If only feelings could be preserved…

References:

(1) Prophet Muhammad sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said:
“When you pass by the gardens of paradise, stop and graze.”  They said, and what are the gardens of paradise?  He (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Circles of remembrance.”  [Ahmad & At-Tirmidhi who rated it hassan ghareeb (sound but with few chains)]

(2) Prophet Muhammad sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said:
“No people gather in any of the houses of Allah to recite the Book of Allah and to study it between them but that the sakeena descends on them and mercy covers them and the angels surround them and Allah remembers them to those in His presence.” [Sahih Muslim]

(3) On the authority of Abu Harayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) from the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wassalam), who said:
Allah (glorified and exalted be He) has supernumerary angels who rove about seeking out gatherings in which Allah’s name is being invoked: they sit with them and fold their wings round each other, filling that which is between them and between the lowest heaven. When [the people in the gathering] depart, [the angels] ascend and rise up to heaven. He (the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wassalam) said: Then Allah (mighty and sublime be He) asks them – [though] He is most knowing about them: From where have you come? And they say: We have come from some servants of Yours on Earth: they were glorifying You (Subhana llah), exalting you (Allahu akbar), witnessing that there is no god but You (La ilaha illa llah), praising You (Al-Hamdu lillah), and asking [favours] of You. He says: And what do they ask of Me? They say: They ask of You Your Paradise. He says: And have they seen My Paradise? They say: No, O Lord. He says: And how would it be were they to have seen My Paradise! They say: And they ask protection of You. He says: From what do they ask protection of Me? They say: From Your Hell-fire, O Lord. He says: And have they seen My Hell-fire? They say: NO. He says: And how would it be were they to have seen My Hell-fire: They say: And they ask for Your forgiveness. He (the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wassalam) said: Then He says: I have forgiven them and I have bestowed upon them what they have asked for,and I have granted them sanctuary from that from which they asked protection. He (the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wassalam) said: They say: O Lord, among them is So-and-so, a much sinning servant, who was merely passing by and sat down with them. He (the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wassalam) said: And He says: And to him [too] I have given forgiveness: he who sits with such people shall not suffer. [It was related by Muslim (also by al-Bukhari, at-Tirmidhi, and an-Nasa’i)]

Never experienced these feelings? They only come with attending gatherings of beneficial knowledge. Try attending them.

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

Fiqh-ul-Quloob Shifted

Bismillah.

“Heart Talks” (www.knowinghearts.wordpress.com) is the new blog address for Fiqh-ul-Quloob. Make sure to follow to receive updates via email.

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Wassalam.

Unraveling the Mystery of the <3 [Fiqh-ul-Quloob]

Bismillah.

How it happened was nothing less than a miracle. And whoever played a part in it, is not hidden from Allah. May Allah reward everyone involved for their intentions, du`as and efforts in making this happen.

And my special prayers for our beloved teacher: Dr. Farhat Hashmi (referred to as Ustadha, Arabic word for ‘female teacher’). May Allah have Mercy on her, be pleased with her, forgive her her shortcomings, increase her ranks in Jannah, give us the opportunity to ‘chill’ with her in her personal garden in Jannah, and let us be a sadqah jariyah for her (as huge as possible).

For the clueless, I’m talking about the on-going “Fiqh-ul-Quloob” class with Ustadha. Shh! It’s supposed to be a secret (FAIL! -_-). It’s an Arabic book written by Muhammad ibn Ibrahim ibn Abdullah al-Tuwaijri (yayy! I finally know the full name by heart. :D), and it’s about understanding the hearts. Don’t you just love the concept? <3

We’ve only begun to read the foreword of the book, so it’d be unfair if I even try to describe what the book is about. But here’s what the title means: knowledge or deep understanding of the hearts.

Why the author decided to write it, is yet to be discovered. As to why we felt the need to study this book, well.. what do we understand anything about ourselves if we don’t understand our hearts? Need I remind you the importance of the mentioned organ? Thought so. e_e

Prophet (SAW) said:

ألا وإنّ في الجَسَدِ مُضْغَةً إذا صَلَحَتْ صَلَحَ الجَسدُ كُلُّهُ وإذا فَسَدَتْ فَسَدَ الجَسَدُ كُلُّهُ ألا وهْيَ القَلبُ

“Indeed there is a piece of flesh in the body when that stays right, the whole body stays right, when that goes astray, the whole body goes astray! Listen with open ears, that is al-Qalb (the heart).”

(Bukhâri)

Moving on, we have two targets that must be achieved while/after reading this book:

  1. Access Arabic literature (read: treasure) with ease. No need for translation.
  2. Tazkiyyah: purification (of the heart, soul and mind).

If these targets are not achieved, this course was more or less useless.
On the other hand, any other benefits we attain from it, are bonus for us. ;)

Stay tuned for more details on the first session! A LOT more to come inshaAllah.

Wassalam.

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