The Tree Of Hell [Zaqqum]

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“Verily, if a drop of Zaqqum (a tree in Hell) falls, it will spoil life for the people of earth. What about those whose food is only from Zaqqum?”
Ibn Abbas
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Poem Which Made Imam Ahmed Cry

Solitude by karfozy
A man once came to Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal and asked him; O Imam, what is your opinion on poetry? He replied; Which poetry is this? to which the man responded by reciting the following couplets:
إذا ما قال لي ربي اما استحييت تعصيني
If my Lord asks me, “Have you (any) shyness in disobeying me?
وتخفي الذنب عن خلقي وبالعصيان تأتيني 
You conceal your sins from my creation – and with sins you come to me.”
فكيف أجيبُ يا ويحي ومن ذا سوف يحميني؟
So how will I answer? O woe to me – and who shall protect me?
أسُلي النفس بالآمالِ من حينٍ الى حيني 
I keep averting my soul with thoughts of hope – from time to time.
وأنسى ما وراءُ الموت ماذا بعد تكفيني 
And I forget what is to come after death – and what is to come after I am shrouded.
كأني قد ضّمنتُ العيش ليس الموت يأتيني
As if I am guaranteed life (eternally) – and that death will not come to me.
وجائت سكرة الموتُ الشديدة من سيحميني 
And when the severe stupor of death overtakes me – who will protect me?
نظرتُ الى الوُجوهِ أليـس منُهم من سيفدينـــي
I looked at the faces; is there not from amongst them who will ransom me?
سأسأل ما الذي قدمت في دنياي ينجيني 
I will be asked regarding what I have prepared in my life to save me (on the Day of Judgement).
فكيف إجابتي من بعد ما فرطت في ديني 
Then how will I answer – after I have neglected my religion.
ويا ويحي ألــــم أسمع كلام الله يدعوني 
Woe to me! Did I not hear the Speech of Allāh inviting me?
ألــــم أسمع لما قد جاء في قاف ويسِ 
Did I not hear what came in (the chapters of) Qāf and Yā-Sīn?
ألـــم أسمع بيوم الحشر يوم الجمع و الديني 
Did I not hear about the Day of Gathering, the Day of Assemble and the Day of Judgement?
ألـــم أسمع مُنادي الموت يدعوني يناديني 
Did I not hear the crier of death inviting me, calling me?
فيا ربــــاه عبدُ تــائبُ من ذا سيؤويني
So O my Lord, a slave (turning to you) I have repented – so who then shall shelter me?
سوى رب غفور واسعُ للحقِ يهديني 
Except a Lord extensive in forgiveness – to the truth He will guide me.
أتيتُ إليكَ فارحمني وثقــّـل في موازيني
I have come to you (in repentance) – so have mercy on me, and make heavy my scales (with good deeds).
وخفَفَ في جزائي أنتَ أرجـى من يجازيني 
And lighten my account – You are the best of who will bring me to account.
Imam Ahmad took these lines and repeated them over and over again, and wept profusely to such an extent that one his students said that he almost perished due to him crying so much.
Photographer; Karfozy

The Ten Seals

A’isha (رضي الله عنها) narrated that the Prophet (صل الله عليه وسلم) said,
“When Allah wants to allow the people of Paradise to enter Paradise, He sends them an angel with a gift of clothes from Paradise. When they’re about to enter Paradise, the angel says to them, Wait, I have a gift with me from the Lord of the Worlds.’ They will say, ‘What is the gift?’ The angel will say, ‘It is ten seals – on the first one is written ‘Peace be upon you! You were good, so enter [the Garden of delight], to dwell therein’; on the second [seal] it is written, ‘Your sadness and anxieties have been removed;’ written on the third is, ‘And this is the garden which you are given as an inheritance on account of what you did’; written on the fourth is, ‘We have given you ornaments and beautiful clothes to wear’; written on the fifth is, ‘We shall wed them with Houris with wide, lovely eyes,’ and ‘I have rewarded them this day because they were patient, that they are the triumphant’; written on the sixth is, ‘This is your reward today for the acts of obedience you were engaged in’; on the seventh is, ‘You have been returned to your youth and you will never become aged’; on the eighth is, ‘You are in perpetual security and need never be frightened;’ on the ninth is, ‘You will be in the company of the prophets, truthful ones, martyrs, and righteous ones’; written on the tenth is, ‘You will reside beside the All ­Merciful who Possesses the Great Throne.The angels will then sayEnter it in peace and security.’ They will thus enter paradise and say,Praise is due to Allah the One who removed our anxieties, surely our Lord is Most Forgiving and Grateful.’ ‘Praise is due to Allah the One who was true to His Promise and gave us the inheritance of this earth… thus is the reward of those who work.
And when Allah wishes to throw the People of hell into the Fire, he sends them an angel who has ten seals. On the first one is written, Enter it, never will you die, be brought to life, or ever brought out of it’; on the second is written, ‘Linger in punishment, never will there be any repose for you’; on the third is written, ‘They have despaired of My mercy’; on the fourth is written, ‘Enter it, into perpetual distress, anxiety, and sorrow’; on the fifth is written, ‘Your clothes will be fire, your food will be from an extremely bitter and thorny tree that grows at the bottom of the Hell fire (zaqqum), your drink will be boiling fluids, and your bed and covering will be the Fire’; on the sixth is written, ‘This is your recompense today for disobeying me;’ on the seventh is written, ‘My anger will be with you in the Fire forever;’ on the eight is written, ‘You are cursed for the major sins you intentionally committed, for which you never repented nor had any regret’; on the ninth is written, ‘Your eternal friends in the Fire will be the devils’; and on the tenth is written, ‘You followed [the path of] Satan, desired the dunya and neglected the Hereafter, thus this is your recompense.’”

Strategy Of An Ascetic

Ali (radyAllahu`anhu) said,
The one who longs for Paradise will rush towards good deeds; the one who dreads Hell will put an end to his vices; the one who has a firm conviction in [the imminent arrival of] death will lose all his passions; and the one who really knows the dunya will find disasters easy to bear.

Supplication Of Abu Sulayman Al-Darani

It is reported that Abu Sulayman Al-Darani said in his supplication,O my Lord, if you ask me about my many sins, I will surely ask You for Your forgiveness; and if You ask me about my miserliness, I will surely ask You for Your generosity; and if You make me enter Hell, I will inform the people of Hell that I love You.”

Tears Of The Weeper

Wahb Ibn Al-Ward narrated that Zakariayah did not see his son for three days. He found him weeping inside a grave which he had dug and in which he resided.My son, I have been searching for you, and you are dwelling in this grave weeping!” “O father, did you not tell me that between Paradise and Hell is only a span, and it will not be crossed except by tears of weepers?He said to him:Weep then, my son.” Then they wept together.