Seek the wisdom that will untie you, now see the path that demands your whole being. Leave that which is not, but appears to be, seek that which is, but is not apparent.
[Maulana Rumi ~ May Allah grant him an excellent state in the Hereafter. Ameen]
There are many seekers out there who are finding their way to gain Ihsaan and tazkiyya from their nafs. Recently we’ve embarked on a journey of understanding where ones heart lies… in the materialistic world or that of reaching a good station in the Eternal Abode?
Though this pauper would aim for the latter sometimes the world’s pressures and deadlines take precedence when it really shouldn’t. So how does one stay focused on their aim of seeking? As a Shaykh recently quoted from Imam an-Nawawi’s “The Complete Forty Hadith”:
Narrated By ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab: I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended. So whoever emigrated for worldly benefits or for a woman to marry, his emigration was for what he emigrated for.”
May Allah increase our awareness of Him, protect us from evil intentions and from our lower nafs, and may His Tawfeeq shadow us in all that we do such that we gain the reality of taqwa. The reality of taqwa being that which our Lord never sees us where He has forbidden us to be, nor does He miss us where He has commanded us to be [advice given by Imam ‘Abdallah ibn ‘Alawi al-Haddad in “Two Treatises: Mutual Reminding and Good Manners”]. Allahumma Ameen.