The Soul Cries Over This World While Happiness Is In Leaving It

End_of_Journey_by_ahermin
النفسُ تبكي على الدنيا وقد علمت
The Soul Cries over this world and yet acknowledges,
أن السعادة فيها ترك ما فيــها
that the happiness within it is to abandon what is within it.
لا دارٌ للمرءِ بعد الموت يسكُنها
There is no house for the individual to live in after death,
إلا التي كانَ قبـل الموتِ بانيـها
except for the one that he built before his death.
فإن بناها بخير طاب مسكنُه
And if he built it with goodness, pleasing his settlement will become,
وإن بناها بشر خـــــــاب بانيـــها
And if he built it with evil, dissapointed its builder will be.
أموالنا لذوي الميراث نجمعُها
Our money for our heirs we collect it,
ودورنا لخراب الدهـــر نبنـيــها
and our homes for the corruption of time we build it.
أين الملوك التي كانت مسلطنةً
Where are the kings that were proudly dictating?
حتى سقاها بكأس الموت ساقيــــها
Till the pourer of death poured death upon them.
فكم مدائنٍ في الآفاق قد بنيت
And how many cities were built upon the horizon?
أمست خرابا وأفنى الموتُ أهليـــها
Which eventually became devastated while its citizens tasted death.
لا تركِنَنَّ إلى الدنيا وما فيها
Don’t submit to this world and what’s within it,
فالموت لا شـــك يُفنينا ويُفنيــها
for surely, without a doubt, death will end us and end it
لكل نفس وان كانت على وجلٍ
For every soul, even if it was powerful,
من المَنِيَّةِ آمــــــالٌ تقويـــــــها
had hopes that were overcome by death.
المرء يبسطها والدهر يقبضُها
The individual entertains it [the soul] while time kills it,
والنفس تنشرها والموت يطويـــــها
And the individual opens it, while death puts an end to it.
إنما المكارم أخلاقٌ مطهرةٌ
Surely the perfection of morals is pure,
الدين أولها والعقـــــــل ثانيـــها
Religion is its first, intellect is its second,
والعلم ثالثها والحلم رابعها
And knowledge is its third, and tolerance is its fourth,
والجود خامسها والفضل سادســــها
And generous is its fifth, and graciousness is its sixth,
والبر سابعها والشكر ثامنها
And activity serving the people is its seventh, and thankfulness is its eighth,
والصبر تاسعها واللين باقيـــــها
And patience is its ninth, and gentleness is its preserver,
والنفس تعلم أنى لا أصادقها
And the Soul knows that I do not befriend it,
ولست ارشدُ إلا حين اعصيـــــــــــها
And I won’t take the wise step to disobey it,
واعمل لدار ٍغداً رضوانُ خازنها
And I work for tomorrow [Hereafter] to the satisfaction of its ower,
والجار احمد والرحمن ناشيـــــها
And the neighbour is Ahmed [saaw] [in heaven] and the Merciful [SWT] is its Creator.
قصورها ذهب والمسك طينتها
Its palaces are golden, and its heavenly perfume is its mud,
والزعفران حشيشٌ نابتٌ فيــــــــــها
And the saffron is its lushed grasses, graffitied upon it.
أنهارها لبنٌ محضٌ ومن عسل
Its rivers are yoghurt, purified and of honey,
والخمر يجري رحيقاً في مجاريـــــــها
And heavenly wine flows, of sweet nectar, in its canals.
والطير تجري على الأغصان عاكفةً
And the birds fly between their branches,
تسبحُ الله جهراً في مغانيـــــــها
praising Allah [SWT] loudly in their songs
من يشتري الدار في الفردوس يعمرها
And whoever wants to own a home here he should build it,
بركعةٍ في ظلام الليل يحييـها
with a sincere prayer in the darkness of the night.
Ali Bin Abi Talib [R.A]
Photographer; Ahermin

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.’”

Means Of Success In This World And Hereafter

Wahb ibn Munabbih said,
It is written in the Torah, ‘He who prepares provisions [for the Hereafter] in this world will be safe from Allah’s punishment on the Day of Judgement; he who leaves hatred will be praised on the Day of Judgement in front of the whole creation; he who abandons love of leadership will be honoured on the Day of Judgement in front of the Omnipotent King; he who abandons the excesses of the dunya will be blissful amongst the righteous ones [on the Day of Judgement]; he who abandons quarrelling in this world will be amongst the winners on the Day of Judgement; he who abandons miserliness in this world will be mentioned in front of the whole of creation on the Day of Judgement; he who abandons repose in this world will be happy on the Day of Judgement; he who abandons the prohibited in this world will be in the company of the Prophets on the Day of Judgement; he who abandons looking at that which has been prohibited in this world, Allah will delight his eyes on the Day of Judgement in Paradise; he who abandons wealth and chooses poverty in this world, Allah will raise him on the Day of Judgement amongst the beloved and the Prophets of Allah; he who assists others in fulfilling their needs, Allah will make him free from all needs in this world and in the next. He who wishes to have good company instead of solitude in his grave should wake up in the darkness of the night and pray; he who wishes to be in the shade of the Throne of the Merciful should become an ascetic; he who wishes his bring to account to be easy should advise himself and his brothers; he who wishes the angels to be his visitors should become God­conscious; he who wishes to live in the delight of Paradise should remember Allah during the night and day; he who wishes to enter Paradise without any bringing to account should repent to Allah with a sincere repentance; he who wishes to be rich should become contented with what Allah the Exalted his allotted for him; he who wishes to be a man of understanding in the sight of Allah should have fear of Allah; he who wishes to be wise should seek knowledge; he who wishes to be safe from people should not mention anyone except with good and take a lesson from his own self and ponder over why and from what he was created; he who wants dignity and honour in both the dunya and in the Hereafter should give preference to the Hereafter over the dunya; he who wishes for al­Firdaws (the highest rank in Paradise) and infinite happiness should not waste his life in the vices of the dunya; he who wishes for Paradise in this world and the next should adopt the path of generosity, because the one who is generous is close to Paradise and far from Hell; he who wishes his heart to be enlightened with the complete light should adopt the path of contemplation and of taking lessons [from life and creation]; he who wishes to have a body that patiently endures [hardships], a tongue that is in constant remembrance [of Allah], and a heart which is fearful [of Him] should adopt the path the path of seeking forgiveness for the believers – male and female, and for the Muslims – male and female.”

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.

Don’t Behave Like Lords | Quote

It is narrated from Imam Malik that he used to say:
Do not behave like lords when looking at the sins of people, but like servants.
Thus have sympathy for those who are being tested, and praise Allah that you are saved (from those trials).
And never say: This belongs to the people of the fire, and this belongs to the people of Paradise.
Do not look down arrogantly on the people of sin, but pray to Allah for their guidance.

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.