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Intentions & Actions March 18, 2008

Posted by ibn1brahim in 4. Ali ibn Abi Talib, Companions, Ibn al Qayyim, Ibn Mas'ood, Islam.
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Ibn Mas’ud –(radiAllahu anhu) – would advise his students,

“If your intention is one of these three, do not seek knowledge: To shame the ignorant, or to argue with the Fuqahaa’ (scholars), or to cause people to turn their faces in your direction. Intend with your actions and words that which is with Allah, for indeed that which is with Allah shall remain and everything else shall perish.”

Ibn al Qayyim –(rahimahullah) – said,

“Deeds without sincerity are like a traveler who carries in his water-jug dirt. The carrying of it burdens him and it brings no benefit.”

‘Ali ibn Abi Talib (radiAllahu anhu) said,

“Be more concerned for the acceptance of your action than you are for the action; for, an action with fearful obedience will not be little. How could an action which is accepted be little?

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Husn al-Khatimah (The Good End) March 1, 2008

Posted by ibn1brahim in 1. Abu Bakr, 2. Umar ibn al-Khattab, 3. Uthman ibn Affan, 4. Ali ibn Abi Talib, Companions, Hatem Al-Haj, Islam, Khulafa ar-Rashidoon, Masjid, Tafsir.
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“If you want a good end, then you must live an honorable life (in the service of Allah).”

Post-Fajr Talk by Shaykh Hatem Al-Haj

Masjid Tawheed 3/1/08

Our life is dependent upon the last action that we do before death.

‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud, radiyallahu ‘anhu, reported: The Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, the most truthful, the most trusted, told us:

“…I swear by Allah – there is no God but He – one of you may perform the deeds of the people of Paradise till there is naught but an arm’s length between him and it, when that which has been written will outstrip him so that he performs the deeds of the people of the Hell Fire; one of you may perform the deeds of the people of the Hell Fire, till there is naught but an arm’s length between him and it, when that which has been written will overtake him so that he performs the deeds of the people of Paradise and enters therein.” [Al-Bukhari & Muslim]

What leads to a good end? (more…)