Charity

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“Salaat will reach you half the road, fasting lets you reach the door of the King, and charity allows you to enter into the King’s company.”
-‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn ‘Umair
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Ramadan

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إن الله تعالى جعل رمضان مضمارا لخلقه ، يتسابقون فيه بطاعته إلى مرضاته ، فسبق قوم ففازوا ، وتخلف آخرون فخابوا ، فالعجب من الضاحك اللاعب في اليوم الذي يفوز فيه المحسنون ، ويخسر فيه المبطلون

“Indeed Allah has made Ramadan a means of gain for His creation. (Within this month) they race to gain His pleasure through obedience to Him. Some individuals will gain (win), while others will remain back and lose. It is amazing to see a person playing and laughing on a day that the good doers will be rewarded, and the wrong doers will be defeated.”
Hasan Al-Basri

One Who Will Bring You Nothing But Loss

By Gufranshaikh
Ibn al-Qayyim said:
The one with a dead heart will make you feel lonely. So, take advantage of his absence as much as possible, because you will not feel lonely except when he is with you. If you are put to trial with him, give him your outer attention, wander from him with your heart, separate your inner self from him, and do not let him distract you from what is more deserving of your attention. Know that the greatest of losses is for you to be preoccupied with one who will bring you nothing but a loss in your time with Allāh – the Mighty and Majestic – and being cut off from Him, wasting of your time on him, weakening of your energy, and dispersing of your attention. So, if you are tested with this – and you must be tested with this – deal with him according to how Allāh would wish, and be patient with him as much as possible. Get closer to Allāh and His Pleasure by way of this person, and make your getting together with him something to benefit from, not something to incur a loss from. Be with him as if you are a man who is on a road who was stopped by another man, who then asks you to take him on your journey. Make sure that you are the one who gives him a ride, and that he is not the one giving you the ride. If he refuses, and there is nothing to gain from traveling with him, do not stop for him, bid him farewell, and do not even turn back to look at him, as he is a highway robber regardless of who he really is. So, save your heart, be wary of how you spend your days and nights, and do not let the Sun set before you arrive at your destination
Photographer; Gufranshaikh

Guidance To The Straight Path

By UnfinishedSympathy
Ibn al Qayyim said;
Guidance (hidaayah) is: [a] Elucidation (bayaan) and Indication (dalaalah) (to the path), then [b] Success (tawfeeq) and Inspiration (ilhaarn) (in following the path), and this comes after (the guidance of) elucidation and indication. There is no way to elucidation and indication except by means of the Messengers. So when elucidation, indication and acquaintance (of the path) has been obtained, there will occur, as a result of this the guidance of success (in following the path), the placing of faith (eemaan) in the heart and its beautification and endearment to it, making it (the heart) prefer eemaan, be pleased with it and aspire for it. There are two independent and distinct (types of) guidance. Success and prosperity cannot be gained except by them. They both contain the knowledge and acquaintance of that which we do not know of the truth, in both a general and specific sense, as well as our being inspired to the truth and being made to desire following it inwardly and outwardly. Then (they contain) the creation of the capability for us (by Allah) to perform the requirements of this guidance with respect to speech, action and firm resolution. (Then after all of this), being made to remain firm and established upon it until death. It is from the above that this extreme need of the servant for making this supplication is above every other need.
Photographer; UnfinishedSympathy