al-aaraaf

“Du’aa is worship”

Shaykh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah [D. 728 A.H.] [رحمه الله] said:

“ ‘Du'aa’ is worship’; worship is built upon the Sunnah and following the Messenger, and not upon desires and innovating. Indeed Allaah is worshipped with what He had legislated, He is not worshipped with desires and innovations.

Allaah Ta’ala said:

أَمۡ لَهُمۡ شُرَكَٰٓؤُاْ شَرَعُواْ لَهُم مِّنَ ٱلدِّينِ مَا لَمۡ يَأۡذَنۢ بِهِ ٱللَّهُۚ

“Or have they partners with Allaah [false gods], who have instituted for them a religion which Allaah has not allowed.” [Shura: 21]

Allaah Ta’ala said:

إِنَّهُۥ لَا يُحِبُّ ٱلۡمُعۡتَدِينَ

“He likes not the aggressors.” after His statement:

ٱدۡعُواْ رَبَّكُمۡ تَضَرُّعٗا وَخُفۡيَةًۚ

“Call upon your Lord in humility and privately; indeed, He does not like transgressors.” [al-Aaraaf: 55]

This is an evidence that whoever does not make Dua’ to Allaah with humility and in secret, then he is from the aggressors, whom Allaah does not love.’ “


[al-Fatawa al-Misreeyah, (6/210) | Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya; Miraath al-Anbiya’]

Allah says in surah al-‘Aaraaf [07]:

[ وَالَّذِينَ يُمَسِّكُونَ بِالْكِتَابِ وَأَقَامُوا الصَّلَاةَ إِنَّا لَا نُضِيعُ أَجْرَ الْمُصْلِحِينَ]

“But those who hold fast to the Book and establish prayer - indeed, We will not allow to be lost the reward of the good-doers.” (170)

Sheikh 'Abd al-Rahman ibn Naasir al-Sa'di commented on this ayah in his tafsir by writing:

[ومن أعظم ما يجب التمسك به من المأمورات، إقامة الصلاة، ظاهرا وباطنا، ولهذا خصها الله بالذكر لفضلها، وشرفها، وكونها ميزان الإيمان، وإقامتها داعية لإقامة غيرها من العبادات.]

“One of the greatest commanded acts which invariably results in holding fast to the Book is the establishment of the prayer - both inwardly and outwardly.

It is because of this that Allah specifically mentioned it here due to its great merit and virtue, and due to the fact that it is a scale for one’s eemaan, and because establishing it motivates and calls to establishing the rest of the acts of worship.”

• [Taysir al-Kareem al-Rahman pg. 349]

Poe-try Horoscopes

As in Edgar Allan.

AriesAl Aaraaf. “All Nature speaks, and ev'n ideal things Flap shadowy sounds from visionary wings – But ah! not so when, thus, in realms on high The eternal voice of God is passing by, And the red winds are withering in the sky…”

TaurusAnnabel Lee. “The angels, not half so happy in heaven, Went envying her and me—Yes!—that was the reason (as all men know, In this kingdom by the sea) That the wind came out of the cloud by night, Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.”

GeminiThe Bells. “While the stars that oversprinkle All the heavens, seem to twinkle With a crystalline delight; Keeping time, time, time, In a sort of Runic rhyme, To the tintinabulation that so musically wells From the bells, bells, bells, bells, Bells, bells, bells— From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.”

CancerEulalie. “Ah, less—less bright The stars of the night Than the eyes of the radiant girl! And never a flake That the vapour can make With the moon-tints of purple and pearl…”

LeoThe Haunted Palace. “In the monarch Thought’s dominion— It stood there! Never seraph spread a pinion Over fabric half so fair!”

VirgoTo Helen. “On desperate seas long wont to roam, Thy hyacinth hair, thy classic face, Thy Naiad airs have brought me home to the glory that was Greece And the grandeur that was Rome.”

LibraTamerlane. “I have no words—alas!—to tell The loveliness of loving well! Nor would I now attempt to trace The more than beauty of a face Whose lineaments, upon my mind, Are—shadows on th’ unstable wind…”

ScorpioLenore. “For her, the fair and debonair, that now so lowly lies, The life upon her yellow hair but not within her eyes — The life still there, upon her hair — the death upon her eyes.”

SagittariusUlalume. “These were days when my heart was volcanic As the scoriac rivers that roll— As the lavas that restlessly roll…”

Capricorn The City in the Sea. “No swellings tell that winds may be Upon some far-off happier sea— No heavings hint that winds have been On seas less hideously serene.”

Aquarius The Raven. “Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals ever dared to dream before…”

PiscesA Dream Within a Dream. “You are not wrong, who deem That my days have been a dream; Yet if hope has flown away In a night, or in a day, In a vision, or in none, Is it therefore the less gone?”

Mysterious star!
Thou wert my dream
All a long summer night—
Be now my theme!
By this clear stream,
Of thee will I write;
Meantime from afar
Bathe me in light!

Thy world has not the dross of ours,
Yet all the beauty—all the flowers
That list our love or deck our bowers
In dreamy gardens, where do lie
Dreamy maidens all the day;
While the silver winds of Circassy
On violet couches faint away.
Little—oh! little dwells in thee!
Like unto what on earth we see:
Beauty’s eye is here the bluest
In the falsest and untruest—
On the sweetest air doth float
The most sad and solemn note—

If with thee be broken hearts,
Joy so peacefully departs,
That its echo still doth dwell,
Like the murmur in the shell.
Thou! thy truest type of grief
Is the gently falling leaf
Thou! Thy framing is so holy
Sorrow is not melancholy.

—  Edgar Allan Poe

From childhood’s hour I have not been

As others were — I have not seen

As others saw — I could not bring

My passions from a common spring —

From the same source I have not taken

My sorrow — I could not awaken

My heart to joy at the same tone —

And all I lov’d — I lov’d alone —

Then — in my childhood — in the dawn

Of a most stormy life — was drawn

From ev’ry depth of good and ill

The mystery which binds me still —

From the torrent, or the fountain —

From the red cliff of the mountain —

From the sun that ’round me roll’d

In its autumn tint of gold —

From the lightning in the sky

As it pass’d me flying by —

From the thunder, and the storm —

And the cloud that took the form

(When the rest of Heaven was blue)

Of a demon in my view —