Maintaining the ties…

Posted: May 19, 2009 in Ahh moments

Bismillah,
Alhamdulilah, about a few days ago while sitting in x plaza, one sister remarked of how in heart serene shaykh Riad Ourzazi said its a sign of goodness to keep in touch with your sisters/brothers long after all left the class. Subhana’Allah, this topic of maintaining ties and all truly generated much ado topic..at least in my own. And so, I asked and talked to people..and thought whats true friendship/why maintaining ties..all sort of questions! And tada, lo and behold, a dear friend of mine sent me the following email below. This email was sent to her from another friend (sorry, we didn’t ask before sending it), and subhana’Allah how I loved the words and prose found in such writing…the beauty of the dua below, is truly remarkable. I ask Allah to join all of us in goodness, and for all of us to meet for His sake and part for His sake! Allahuma Ameen. If you got one-two whatever awesome, super-duper person, gal-whatever give her a hug,  a salaam, an email, a hello, all for the sake of Allah.

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Bismillah
asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

here are some beautiful statements of the salaf, radi Allahu anhum
ajma’een, about loving and hating for the sake of Allah ta’ala.
SubhanAllah, these words really touched me and inshaAllah I hope they
are a benefit to you as well.

If you haven’t memorized the duaa, Allahumma inne asaluka hubbaka, wa
hubba man yuhibbuka, wa ‘amala al-lathee yuqaribunee hubbaka, O Allah
I ask You for Your Love, the love of those whom You Love, and deeds
that will bring me closer to Your Love.

And if you haven’t already, tell your sisters that you truly love for
the sake of Allah that you love them for the sake of Allah! It will
bring happiness and sakinah in both of your hearts and as you read
from the statements below, it is a huge blessing to have a pious
friend, walhamdulillah.

I love you for the sake of Allah azza wa jal Alone, and I ask Him,
Al-Wadood, to make us among those whom He Loves and those who love one
another for His sake. Ameen.

1 – ‘Umar bin al-Khattab said:

“If one of you is blessed with affection from his brother, he should
hold onto that as tightly as possible, as it is quite rare for one to
be blessed with this.”

2 – ‘Umar also said:

“Nobody is given anything, besides his Islam, better than a righteous friend.”

3 – ‘Ali bin Abi Talib said:

“Tend to your brothers, as they are your sustenance in this world and
the next. Do you not hear the saying of the people of Hell: {“Now, we
have neither intercessors nor close friends to help us!”}
[ash-Shu’ara’; 100-1]?”

4 – ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar said:

“By Allah, if I fasted all day without eating, prayed all night
without sleeping, spent all of my wealth in the Path of Allah, died
the day I died, but, had no love in my heart for those who obey Allah,
and no hatred in my heart for those who disobey Allah, none of this
would benefit me in the least.”

5 – ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud said:

“If a man were to stand for seventy years, worshipping Allah between
the Yemeni Corner and the Maqam of Ibrahim (at the Ka’bah), he would
still be resurrected on the Day of Judgement with those whom he
loved.”

6 – Ibn as-Sammak said, on his deathbed:

“O Allah! You Know that, even if I had disobeyed You, I loved those
who obeyed You! So, make this for me a means of nearness to You!”

7 – Mujahid said:

“Those who love each other for Allah’s Sake, when they smile at each
other, their sins fall from each other, just as the leaves fall from a
tree before the winter.”

8 – al-Ghazali said, commenting on the hadith “The strongest bond of
faith is to love for Allah and to hate for Allah”:

“Because of this, it is a must that a person have enemies that he
hates for Allah’s Sake, just as he has friends and brothers that he
loves for Allah’s Sake.”

9 – Abu Hurayrah said:

“The slave will be brought between the Hands of Allah – the Exalted –
on the Day of Resurrection, and Allah will Say to him: ‘Did you love
one of my awliya’, so that I can join you with him?'”

10 – al-Hasan al-Basri said:

“Being harsh against a fasiq brings you closer to Allah – the Exalted.”

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