miserliness

For anxiety and sorrow

اللّهُـمَّ إِنِّي أَعْوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الهَـمِّ وَ الْحُـزْنِ، والعًجْـزِ والكَسَلِ والبُخْـلِ والجُـبْنِ، وضَلْـعِ الـدَّيْنِ وغَلَبَـةِ الرِّجال

O Allah, 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.

One day the Messenger of Allah (SAW) entered the mosque. He saw there a man from the Ansar called Abu Umamah and said to him: “What is the matter that I am seeing you sitting in the mosque when there is no time of prayer?”

Abu Umamah said: “I am entangled in sorrow and debts”

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) replied: “Shall I not teach you words by which, when you say them, Allah will remove your sorrow, and settle your debts?”

Abu Umamah said: “Yes, Messenger of Allah”

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “Say in the morning and evening: “O Allah! I seek refuge with You from worry and grief, from incapacity and laziness, from cowardice and miserliness, from being heavily in debt and from being overpowered by (other) men.”

Abu Umamah said: “When I did that Allah removed my distress and settled my debt.” [Abu Dawood]


اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ الْهَمِّ وَالْحُزْنِ وَالْعَجْزِ وَالْكَسَلِ وَالْبُخْلِ وَالْجُبْنِ وَضَلَعِ الدَّيْنِ وَغَلَبَةِ الرِّجَالِ

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]

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

What is the great bodhisattvas practice of indomitability? Here the bodhisattvas activate various forms of energy - foremost energy, great energy, excellent energy, outstanding energy, supreme energy, sublime energy, exalted energy, unsurpassed energy, unqualified energy, comprehensive energy. They become naturally free from the three poisons of greed, hatred, and delusion, naturally free from pride and conceit, naturally not hypocritical, naturally not miserly or jealous, naturally not deceitful, naturally conscientious. Ultimately they do not make any effort that would afflict a single living being.

Avatamsaka Sutra - Flower Ornament Scripture 459

Note on the image: The Vidyaraja (King of Wisdom) Ucchusma from the Chinese tradition.

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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Heirs of Paradise | Traits of those who Believe

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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Please listen to audio above for exegesis and related content.

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
Something that needs to be understood about Capricorn

Capricorn gets a lot of stick sometimes for being moody, miserly, melancholy, miserable, and monotonous. But there is something that you need to understand if you have this perception.

Capricorn is ruled by the planet Saturn, an authoritarian planet associated with duty, responsibility, harsh luck, and harsh life lessons. To be a Capricorn is to have a heavy burden on your back, as Saturn is always throwing every hurdle it can at you. This is where that Capricornian drive and motivation come from. Being ruled by Saturn moulds you into a survivor.

However, Saturn is also linked with Father Time. This is the key to understanding a Capricorn’s melancholia, in my opinion. Capricorns are keenly and sharply aware of the passage of time. Capricorns are clock-watchers, and need to make sure every moment of their time is used effectively. This also means that Capricorns are aware of the impermanence of existence, and see it in all things. They know all things come to an end. (Of course, all signs have this to a degree, but don’t react to it in the same way as Capricorn, as this awareness is much more inherent and instilled in the Capricorn’s psyche.)Another factor in Capricornian motivation as they need to make things last as long as possible, even though they know all things must change. It has been said that Sagittarius represents philosophising when you near your end; it is the adventure in search of truth. Capricorn is the end. Capricorn is the bleak point in the zodiac, where you cling to everything you have and make sure the leap of faith and truth you found as a Sagittarius is backed up by reality and practicality. Capricorn is bleak and serious because they face the abyss head-on - they have seen the passage of time; they know its processes. This is why Aquarius and Pisces, which come after, are other-worldly, hard-to-attain realms, Aquarius with its aloof, detached observations from above, and Pisces with its ever-changing dream-world.

This means that “living in the moment” has a different meaning to slow-and-steady, step-by-step, dutiful Capricorn, very much different to the happy-go-lucky Sagittarius or the impulsive, spontaneous Aries. To a Capricorn, the true meaning of “living in the moment”, is making time last as long as possible, making sure things are as permanent as you can make them, making sure you do what is right, yet difficult, so you can survive longer. It doesn’t mean “doing what makes you most happy.” This is why Capricorns strive so much to succeed; by succeeding, they leave their legacy for long after they are gone.

This constant awareness of change is very draining, and, given to us by Saturn, hardens us, and toughens us up. When a Capricorn is strict, or picky with you, they’re trying to preserve you for as long as possible. When a Capricorn is condescending to you, this is an outward expression of a sub-conscious frustration with how bleak the world seems, and also frustration how, other spontaneous signs do not appear to have the same conflict with time that Capricorns have.

We are not boring; it’s just that we feel very sharply the inevitability and impermanence of time and change.

Almighty! Help us to be forgiving not resentful, big-hearted not petty, charitable not miserly. Steer us towards goodness always. Aameen.
—  Mufti Ismail Menk

anonymous asked:

Salaam Sameer. This past few days I've been having a very bad panic/anxiety attack. Dr gave me anti-anxiety pills but I'm afraid of meds withdrawal. Islamically, is there any dua to recite after salah? Thank you.

Wa alaykum assalam. I have these saved on my phone:

* When you feel depressed/lonely:

Aoozu bikalimaatil laahit taammaarti min ghadhabihi wa iqaabihi, wa sharri ibaadihi, wa min hamazaatish shayaateeni wa an yahdhuroon.

I seek refuge in the Perfect Words of Allah from His anger and His punishment, from the evil of His slaved and from the taunts of devils and from their presence.

* When you feel worried and in grief:

Allaahumma innee aoozu bika minalhammi walhazani, wal ajzi walkasali, walbukhli waljubni, wa dhala id dayni wa ghalabatir rijaal.

O 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 overpowered by men (i.e: others).

* When you feel anguished:

Allaahumma rahmataka arjoo falaa takilnee ilaa nafsee tarfata aynin, wa aslih lee sha’nee kullahu, laa’ilaaha illaa Anta.

O Allah, I hope for your mercy. Do not leave me to myself even for the blinking of an eye (i,e, a moment). Correct all of my affairs for me. There is none worthy of worship but You.

* It was reported from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said that “No person suffers any anxiety or grief, and says:

‘Allaahumma innee ‘abduka wa ibn ‘abdika wa ibn amatika, naasiyati bi yadika, maadin fiyya hukmuka, ‘adlun fiyya qadaa’uka, as’aluka bi kulli ismin huwa laka sammayta bihi nafsaka aw anzaltahu fi kitaabika aw ‘allamtahu ahadan min khalqika aw ista’tharta bihi fi ‘ilm il-ghaybi ‘andak an taj’ala al-Qur’aana rabee’ qalbi wa noor sadri wa jalaa’a huzni wa dhahaaba hammi

(O Allaah, I am Your slave, son of Your slave, son of Your female slave, my forelock is in Your hand, Your command over me is forever executed and Your decree over me is just. I ask You by every Name belonging to You which You named Yourself with, or revealed in Your Book, or You taught to any of Your creation, or You have preserved in the knowledge of the unseen with You, that You make the Qur’aan the life of my heart and the light of my chest, and a departure for my sorrow and a release for my anxiety)’ - but Allaah will take away his sorrow and grief, and give him in their stead joy.”

[Correct me if I’m wrong]

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