Shaykhul-Islam Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (may Allâh have mercy upon him) stated:
When Moosaa traveled to al-Khidr he experienced in his travel upon his path the touch of hunger and tiredness. Therefore he said to his youth (that traveled with him):
Bring us our lunch for indeed we have experienced tiredness on this journey of ours.
Indeed (his traveling) was traveling to creation (so he experienced tiredness). However when his Lord made an appointed time for him of thirty days and completed it with ten more days, he didn’t eat during this time and he did not experience the touch of hunger or tiredness. That’s because (his travel) was traveling to his Lord the Most High. Likewise the traveling of the heart in its journey to its Lord, it doesn’t experience during it anything from suffering and tiredness like it finds when traveling to some of the creation. Continue reading
The Noble Shaykh ‘Abdur Rahmaan Ibn Naasir as-Si’dee (may Allah have mercy upon him) stated:
The people are divided into four categories:
1. The one who is good in himself and his good extends to other than himself. He is the best of the different categories. This person is the believer who reads the Qur’aan and learns the different sciences of the religion. He is a benefit for himself and his benefit extends to other than himself. He is blessed wherever he may be. Just as Allah mentioned about ‘Eesaa (‘alayhis salaam):
And He made me blessed wherever I may be.
(Soorah Maryam: 31)
2. The one who is good within himself. A person of good. He is the believer who does not have knowledge which he can extend to other than himself.
These two categories are the best of creation. And the good that is within them returns back to that which is with them from the faith that is limited (to oneself) and the faith that extends (beyond oneself), one whose benefit extends to others according to the situation of the believers. Continue reading
Al-Fudayl Ibn ‘Iyaad (may Allah have mercy upon him) stated:
Oh poor one, you are one who does evil but you see yourself as one who does good. You are ignorant but you see yourself as one who is knowledgeable. You are one who is stingy but you see yourself as being generous. You are an idiot but you see yourself as being one who is intelligent. Your appointed time is short but your hope (for life) is long.
Imam adh-Dhahabee (may Allah have mercy upon him) stated commenting on the statement of al-Fudayl:
By Allah he (Al-Fudayl) has spoken the truth. And (I add) that you are an oppressor but you see yourself as being one who is oppressed. You are one who consumes the Haraam but you see yourself as being one who is fearful of Allah. You are a criminal but you believe that you are just. You are one who seeks knowledge for the Dunyaa and you see yourself as being one who seeks knowledge for Allah.
Source: Siyar ‘Alaam an-Nubalaa, vol. 8, pg. 440
Explanation of the Hadeeth By Imaam Ibn Baaz (may Allah have mercy upon him):
The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “There will come a time upon my ummah in which the one holding on to his Deen is like the one holding on to a hot piece of coal from the fire.” Is this Hadeeth authentic, and if it is can you explain it for us? May Allah reward you with good.
There’s no harm with it as far as we know. There’s no harm with it. It’s a good narration. It’s meaning is that there will come upon a person something from the calamities, the test, the trails which harm him to the point where he’s like the one who is holding on to the hot piece of coal throughout the trials and tribulation. This is due to the severity of his patience upon his Deen, upon his Emaan and being established upon it to where he’s like one who holds on to the hot piece of coal tightly due to the severity of pain and hardship that befalls him in that. The time of trials and tribulations is the time of harm from the enemy. And the refuge is sought with Allah. This is a reality that has taken place. Continue reading
Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allah have mercy upon him) stated:
The person does not cease to seek the knowledge (of the religion) and faith. When something from the (matters of) knowledge becomes clear to him that which was hidden from him, he follows it. This person is not (to be considered) one who wavers back and forth. Rather this person is one who is guided, one who Allah has increased in guidance.
Source: Majmoo’ al-Fataawaa, vol. 22, pg. 255.
Translated by Abu Yusuf Khaleefah
2nd of Rabee’ ath-Thaani, 1436 H (01-22-2015)
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