"I wish you knew what I have in my heart for you, but there is no way for you to know except by my actions."
—- Umar Ibn al-Khattab (ra)
Umar ibn al-Khattab distributed goods from the treasury on the people, so one of them said: “JazakAllah khair O leader of the faithful!” So Umar said: “What’s wrong with these people? We give them what’s rightfully due to them and they think it is a favor from me.”
"The best way to give up the world and dedicate yourself to Allah is to hide the fact that you are doing this."
—- Umar Ibn al-Khattab (ra)
If Allah wants well for a slave, He strips away from his heart the ability to see his own good deeds and speaking about them with his tongue, and preoccupies him with seeing his own sin, and it continues to remain in front of his eyes until he enters Jannah.
—- Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah
Hajj Mabrur and Eid Mubarak :)
"A writer should never write a book except with the assumption that all people are his enemies, have full knowledge of all matters, and have nothing better to do than critique his work."
"Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts."
— Charles Dickens"When people want to be rid of Heaven it is logical to start by creating an atmosphere in which spiritual things appear out of place; in order to be able to declare successfully that God is unreal they have to construct around man a false reality, a reality that is inevitably inhuman because only the inhuman can exclude God. What is involved is a falsification of the imagination and so its destruction."Frithjof Schuon, Understanding Islam
"In the Surat an-Naml there is an intriguing account of the visit of the Queen of Sheba [Bilqis] to Sulayman [A.S.], a man famous both as a king and a prophet. She is taken in by the construction of a large glass surface, thinking it is a lake of water, and as a result of this becomes a Muslim. Yet it is not clear why this should persuade her, or precisely what it was that persuaded her. We do not normally take the experience of being tricked as a reason to change religion. Her decision and attitude is compared with that of Zulaykha and her passionate relationship to Yusuf. Bilqis is calm and intelligent and takes the fact that she has been fooled by the artifice as an indication that she may be wrong about many things, and so needs to find something reliable to believe in. Zulaykha is constantly ruled by her passion, until she is close to death, and as a result is often lead awry in her actions. Bilqis represents the clever woman in charge of her emotions, Zulaykha the opposite."
—- Oliver Leaman
"A fourth group of people climbs from ignorance and pretends to possess the rational faculty. They suppose that the highest felicity is the expansion of honor and fame, the spread of reputation, a multiplicity of followers, and the influence of the command that is obeyed. Hence, you see that their only concern is eye service and cultivation of the things upon which observers cast their glance. One of them may go hungry in his house and suffer harm so that he can spend his wealth on clothes with which to adorn himself so that no one will look at him with the eye of contempt when he goes out. The types of these people are beyond count. All of them are veiled from Allah by the sheer darkness that is their own dark souls."
—- Al-Ghazali (The Niche of Lights)