miserliness

أسرق الناس: الذي يسرق صلاته، لا يتم ركوعها ولا سجودها، وأبخل الناس: من بخل بالسلام.

The most thieving among people: Those who steal their salah, not finishing its ruku`s and sujoods properly, and the most miserly of people: those who do not reply to a salam.
Abu Hurairah (radhiAllahu 'anhu) said, the Prophet (sallAllahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said: "Time will pass rapidly, knowledge will decrease, miserliness will become widespread in people's hearts, afflictions will appear, and there will be much Harj." The people asked, "O Messenger of Allah, what is Harj?" He said, "Killing, killing!"

[Sahih Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 88, Hadith no. 183]

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Tenn’s (Tennessee Williams) bed, in the second-floor suite of the Royal Orleans Hotel, was a cluster of curiosities: notes, drawings, photographs, rough drafts of plays, poems, opening paragraphs. Among these many items were two pages of notes—on creased pages—about Meryl Streep, an actress who clearly fascinated him. Here are the notes, precisely as they were written or typed on those pages.

Talent is a sacrament, and one doled out by a miserly God, who understands that its worth is sustained by its rarity, and its value increases when the ecstasy it releases upon exposure is felt by those who understand and appreciate it—those who can recognize it.

I have searched for  faith, which people keep telling me is the greatest and rarest of gifts, but I see now that talent is the great gift, the pearl of great price, and a mean seductress, for you can only search for it in others: It will never arise from within you through faith or prayer or diligence.

You either have talent or you don’t.

Talent is not to be confused with genius. As rare as talent is—and it is—it is given to far more people. You find genius as often as you find a unicorn or a kind act offered without the expectation of a return.

Meryl Streep, I believe, has talent and she has genius.

She wears both well, another rare gift she possesses, along with her beauty and her humor. There would appear to be no threat of her being smothered or defeated or burdened by her gifts: The wonder of her wealth has made her almost modestly bewildered, confused, grateful, furtive. She understands that she is here to work, to learn, to prosper as a woman to a greater degree than as a commodity.

She has inhabited my world and invested my words with her intelligence—jewels thrown at my feet, but not with diffidence, but with that gratitude she displays before she runs away to begin her work anew. I hope she returns—her Alma would be transcendent; never has a beautiful woman played that sad, repressed piece of tapestry, who is not physically unprepossessing, but who is instead denied proper lighting and placement, and so does not recognize her worth and her appeal and her place. (Kevin Kline as John? One dreams.)

She will age into the most extraordinary Blanche, and when the softness of the flesh arrives, along with the realization of how rare her gifts and her time to enjoy them are bound to be, her Amanda would become that funny, heartbreaking vaudeville act that tries so hard to frighten away time and boredom and old age and bills due and affections withered.

She can stand in a park and perfectly transmit isolation and regret and sadness, and elevate a soap opera into something I can sit through again and again to witness her particular alchemy with the human heart—an organ that needs repair and magic and, like Alma, good lighting and placement.

Intelligence rests easy within her heart. This is so rare that it makes me sad to consider it.

I have had snatches of her type of genius in my life and in my works—but merely snatches, like a line of Conrad in the bustle of the subway. Meryl Streep offers her genius in large bolts, and extends them across whatever she does, and the reward to her seems to be the offering, the giving. 

This is a mess and a dream and a confession. I do not know what to make of it or what to do with it.

Ultimately, it is all I have at this time to offer to her, and I give it fulsomely.

It is thanks. It is the gift I currently have.

Narrated Abu Huraira (Radi-Allahu ‘anhu):

The Prophet (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, “Time will pass rapidly,
good deeds will decrease, miserliness will be thrown (in the hearts of the
people) afflictions will appear and there will be much ‘Al-Harj.” They
said, “O Allah’s Apostle! What is “Al-Harj?” He said, “Killing! Killing!”

—  Bukhari Vol. 9 : No. 183
Narrated Abu Huraira (radhiAllahu 'anhu): The Prophet (sallAllahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said, "Every day two angels come down from Heaven and one of them says, 'O Allah! Compensate every person who spends in Your Cause,' and the other (angel) says, 'O Allah! Destroy every miser.'"

[Sahih Bukhari Vol. 2, no. 522]

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Sura 23 - Ayats 1 through 9  Al-Mu’minun (The Believers)

Translation (below) and exegesis (In Urdu Audio Above)

English (Yusuf Ali) 

23:1 The believers must (eventually) win through,-

23:2 Those who humble themselves in their prayers;

23:3 Who avoid vain talk;

23:4 Who are active in deeds of charity;

23:5 Who abstain from sex, | 23:6 Except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess,- for (in their case) they are free from blame,

23:7 But those whose desires exceed those limits are transgressors;-

23:8 Those who faithfully observe their trusts and their covenants;

23:9 And who (strictly) guard their prayers;-

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A few blame-worthy traits

(a) Bukhl or Miserliness - Its definition and method of reformation.

(b) Riya karee or Show-off

Of what does not belong to you or your subjects you should, therefore, be a lavish giver, as were Cyrus, Caesar, and Alexander; for to be liberal with the property of others does not take away from your reputation, but adds to it. What injures you is to give away what is your own.
—  Machiavelli, The Prince (Dover Thrift Editions), 16. Of liberality and miserliness.
miserliness

bcing - f. of {‘ching} bind, bound, tied up [by a knot of miserliness], to tie, attach, restricted, fettered, tethered, stuck, control; fut. of {‘ching} bind, bound, tied up [by a knot of miserliness], to tie, attach, restricted, fettered, tethered, stuck, control [RY]

'jur gegs - a preta with a contracted windpipe/ miserliness [RY]

ser sna - stinginess, avarice, mibp 85, miserliness, frugality, greed, parsimony, avaricious, greedy [JV]

ser sna - avarice, stinginess * miserliness [IW]

ser sna - 1) stinginess, as one of the twenty sub-disturbances; avarice, greed, frugality, miserliness, meanness, the continual desire to increase one’s store of wealth. Def. by Jamg?n Kongtr?l: {rang gi yo byad btang mi bra ba} 2) stingy, tightfisted; close, mean, cheap, tight, parsimonious, penurious, close-fisted, miserly, niggardly, penny-pinching [RY]

ser snas bsags pa - hoarded in miserliness [RY]

ser snas bsags pa’i - hoarded in miserliness [IW]

bse rag - Serak. A type of mischievous spirit who consumes the potent essences of food and wealth. He personifies ultimate envy and miserliness and is usually exorcized during rituals to promote wealth and prosperity [RY]

Narrated Abu Huraira (Radi-Allahu ‘anhu):

The Prophet (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) said,
“Time will pass rapidly,
good deeds will decrease,
miserliness will be thrown (in the hearts of the people)
afflictions will appear
and there will be much ‘Al-Harj.
” They said, “O Allah’s Apostle! What is “Al-Harj?”
He said, “Killing! Killing!
—  Bukhari Vol. 9 : No. 183
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Our conversations have pondered the indignity of humiliation. Nothing humiliates more than poverty, and no poverty humiliates more than poverty suffered amidst people bent on fast and accelerating enrichment. To imagine that other forms of humiliation (and there is no shortage of them) can equal the sufferings which are endemic to the prospectless life amidst on orgy of ever more seductive opportunities, the life of miserly handouts amidst the revelry of fabulous made-overnight fortunes and golden handshakes, the sight of children waking up hungry and going to bed famished amidst the opulence spilling out from every shop window, means to grasp a chance of a temporary respite from guilty conscience at the expense of a lie. And it is an illusion which only the well-off can entertain so long as the supply of booze does not run out and the time of sobering-up does not arrive. Poverty is not one humiliation among many socially caused humiliations _ and not just because of being the most painful and causing more suffering to its victims than the victims of other kinds of humiliation may live through. It is a ’meta-humiliation’ of sorts, a soil on which all-round indignity thrives, a trampoline from which ‘multiple humiliation’ is launched.
—  Zygmunt Bauman

anonymous asked:

Asalaam O Alaikum dear brother. May Allah SWT bless you with happiness and guide you to the path preferred by Allah SWT. Well, i've been trying not to masturbate since the past 3 days and well Alhamdulillah I've been successful in it but unfortunately I'm feeling really lazy when it's time to offer Salah. Like I think that Dhuhr and Isha'a are really long to pray. I do pray but I don't want to feel like this. Jazak'Allah Khairen.

Walaikum Assalaam Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu,

Alhamdulillah. Here isthe dua to seek refuge with Allah from helplessness and laziness

Allahumma innee a’oozhubika minal hammi wal huzn, wal ‘ajzi wal kasal, wal bukhli wal jubn, wadhal ‘iddayni wa ghalabatir-rijaal.
“Oh Allah I seek refuge in you from grief and sadness, from weakness and from laziness, from miserliness and from cowardice, from being overcome by debt and from being overpowered by men (i.e. other people)
(Bukhari, volume 8, Book 75, Number 380)

May Allah guide us to the straight path.

Ameen

Allahumma inni ‘a’udhubika minal hammi walhuzni, Wal’ajzi walkasali, walbukhli waljubni, Wa dal’id-daiyni wa ghalabatir-rajal

‘O Allaah, I take refuge in You from anxiety and sorrow, weakness and laziness, miserliness and cowardice, the burden of debts and from being over powered by men.’

Sahih al-Bukhari, 7/158

Once, they came to Abu ad-Darda’ while he was in the mosque, saying to him: “O Abu ad-Darda’! Your house has been burned down!” He replied: “By Allah, it has not been burned down.” They said: “It has been burned down!” He replied: “By Allah, it has not been burned down.” They went to see that the fire had consumed everything in the area, and had stopped right at Abu ad-Darda”s house, and he did not even get up to go see for himself. They came back and asked him: “What drove you to insist that it had not been burned down?” He replied: “The Messenger of Allah had taught me some words that, if I say them, I will not be stricken with any harm,” – he is secure! – “‘O Allah, I seek refuge with You from sadness and grief, and I seek refuge with You from inability and laziness, and I seek refuge with You from cowardliness and stinginess, and I seek refuge with You from being overpowered by debts and men,’ so, I made this supplication.”

In regards to this same supplication, Abu Umamah narrated: “I was sitting in the mosque, when the Messenger of Allah asked me: “What is wrong, Abu Umamah?” I replied: “I am in distress because of a debt that I owe.” The Prophet then told me: “Supplicate with these words (‘O Allah, I seek refuge with You from sadness and grief…’).” So, I supplicated with these words, and Allah removed my distress, and paid off my debt.

Abdullah Azzam – [‘at-Tarbiyah al-Jihadiyyah wal-Bina”; 5/28-31]