If you find yourself awaken in the midst of the night….

If you find yourself awaken in the midst of the night, counting your worries and an aching heart full of distress within you, 

Thinking there is no one who could ever understand, no one who cares, no one to seek help from, 

Remember Allāh azza wa jal, waiting for that torn soul to call upon Him so He may respond, so He may help and mend that beautiful aching heart..

Remember tahajjud, the arrow which does not miss its target..

Everything you wish can come true, every sorrow, every pain, every worry can go away with His aid. 

Remember Him, and He’ll remember you. 

Because you’ll never have anyone in this world like Allāh subhanahu wa ta’ala..

if Allah did not want to accept your duaa…

Ibn Al-Qayyim said :

فإنه لو لم يرد اجابته لما ألهمه الدعاء 

if Allah did not want to accept your duaa, he would’ve not guided you to make it (in the first place) 

[ عدة الصابرين ]

From the Tarbiyyah of Allāh to you

From the Tarbiyaah (discipline) of Allāh ﷻ to you.

He might test you with harm by people around you, so that your heart doesn’t get attached to anyone. Not a mother, a father, a brother or a friend. Thus, your heart becomes attached to Allāh ﷻ Alone.

First deception of Iblees.

Ibn Al-Qayyim رحمه الله said:

“Know that the first deception of iblees upon the people was to restrain and prevent them from knowledge, because knowledge is Noor [light], so if iblees extinguishes their lanterns then he causes them to wander around in the dark however he wants.”

[Talbees iblees 1/389]

What is the most sincere and correct deed ?

Fudayl bin Iyad was asked,

“What is the most sincere and correct (deed)?”

He said, “If it is done sincerely, but not correctly, it is not accepted.

If it is correct but not done with sincerity, it is not accepted.

Only once the action is sincere and correct will it be accepted.

It is sincere when it is for Allah alone, and it is correct when it conforms to the Sunnah.”

I made the most beloved thing to me my righteous deeds

Hatim al-Assam رحمه الله said: “

I looked at the creation and realised that every person has something which is beloved to him, but when that person reaches his grave, his beloved would be separated from him.

Therefore, I made the most beloved thing to me my righteous deeds, so they may be with me in my grave.”

-Mukhtasar Minhaj al-Qasideen of Ibn al-Jawzi رحمه الله