Allah, the Exalted, has teams of angels who go about on the roads seeking those who remember Allah. When they find some people remembering Allah they call to one another and say, `Come to what you are looking for;’ and they surround them with their wings till the space between them and the lowest sky is fully covered. Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, asks them (although He is best informed about every thing): `What are my slave saying?’ They say: `They are glorifying Your Tasbih, Tahmid, Takbir, Tamjid, (i.e., they were declaring Your Perfectness, praising, remembering the Greatness and Majesty of Allah).’ He asks: `Have they seen Me?’ They reply, `No, indeed, they have not seen You.’ He asks: `How would they act if they were to see Me?’ Thereupon they reply: `If they were to see You, they would engage more earnestly in worshipping and glorifying You and would extol You more.’ He would say: `What do they beg of Me?’ They say, `They beg You for Your Jannah.’ Allah says, `Have they seen My Jannah?’ They say, `No, our Rubb.’ He says: `How would they act if they were to see My Jannah?’ They reply, `Were they to see it, they would more intensely eager for it.’ They (the angels) say, `They seek Your Protection.’ He asks, `Against what do they seek My Protection?’ They (the angels) say, `Our Rubb, from the fire of Hell.’ (He, the Rubb) says, `Have they seen the fire of Hell?’ They say, `No. By Your Honour, they have not seen it.’ He says: `How would they act if they were to see My Fire?’ They say: `If they were to see it, they would more earnest in being away from it and fearing it. They beg of Your forgiveness.’ He says: `I call you to witness that I hereby grant pardon to them and confer upon them what they ask for; and grant them protection against what they seek protection from.’ One of the angels says: `Our Rubb, there is amongst them such and such slave who does not belong to the assembly of those who are participating in Your remembrance. He passed by them and sat down with them.’ He says: `I also grant him pardon because they are the people by virtue of whom their associates will not be unfortunate’.“
The Excellence of Gathering in which Allah is Remembered, Chapter 247, 1447
Abu Huraira رضي الله عنه, | Al-Bukhari and Muslim
Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) narrates
the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said “O
you who have believed with your tongues, but faith has not entered your hearts,
do not backbite about the Muslims or seek their faults, for whoever seeks their
faults, Allah will seek his faults, and if Allah seeks a person’s faults He
will expose him, even in his house."
[Abū Dawūd Vol.5, Hadith #4880, Pg.302 - (’Hasan Sahih’ according to Al-Albani)]
عن سعد بن أبي وقاص رضي الله عنه قال: كان النبيُّ صلَّى اللهُ عليه وسلَّم يُعَلِّمُنا هؤُلاءِ الكَلِماتِ، كما تُعَلَّمُ الكِتابَةُ : “ اللَّهُمَّ إني أعوذُ بكَ مِنَ البُخلِ، وأعوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الجُبنِ، وأعوذُ بِكَ مِن أنْ نُرَدَّ إلى أرْذَلِ العُمُرِ، وأعوذُ بِكَ مِن فِتنَةِ الدُّنْيا، وعَذابِ القَبرِ ” . صحيح البخاري حديث ٦٣٩٠
Narrated Sa`d bin Abi Waqqas: The Prophet (ﷺ) used to teach us these words as he used to teach us the Book (Qur'an): “O Allah! seek refuge with You from miserliness, and seek refuge with You from cowardice, and seek refuge with You from being brought back to (senile) geriatric old age, and seek refuge with You from the affliction of the world and from the punishment in the Hereafter." Sahih al-Bukhari 6390 In-book reference : Book 80, Hadith 85 USC-MSA web (English) reference : Vol. 8, Book 75, Hadith 399
سلسلة الأذكار والأدعية // Athkar & Invocations Series | 3
Isn’t it a heart softening moment when you think back to your past and say Alhamdullilah for Allah taking you away from that? You could’ve stayed like that, listening to music, watching haram, neglecting salah, spending months or even years without reading Qur'an. But Allah saved you, out of all of His creation He chose that you be saved from that life, He granted you a way to save yourself. Yes sometimes we fall short, it’s in our nature. Don’t you know what the Prophet ﷺ said about a person who doesn’t sin?
Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said,
“By Him in whose hand is my soul, if you did not sin Allah would replace you with people who would sin and they would seek the forgiveness of Allah and He would forgive them.”
At sunset, he handed me his janamaz and pointed me in the direction of the qibla.
And as I sank into sujood, wanting nothing more than forgiveness and guidance, I couldn’t help but grimace at the irony – that even his prayer mat was doused with the way he smells and even as I asked my Lord to heal my heart, his musk was there to add to its cracks. And yet, there was the bittersweet double comfort of finding peace from remembering my love for not only Him, but him as well. But even as I struggled to grasp at that small notion of calm, with my forehead pressed against the soft golden fabric, one question rung so greatly within my skull as if to threaten to burn through to the hardwood underneath:
Ya Allah, do you make my heart break so that I may seek you again?
Ya Allah forgive me, but I see you in love, and I call you in love. I am here, I am here.
Sometimes we end up disappointed by people because we put all our expectations and hopes in them. It hurts when they don’t appreciate the little things you do for them or when they disregard your kind acts.
But see, that’s the thing. We forget that if people can be ungrateful to Allah, the One who provides then subhanallah, what treatment can you and i expect?
Wallahi, your heart will be at peace when you do acts of kindness towards others but you never expect any gratitude in return because you know that الشاكر, the One who appreciates, will reward you from His unlimited treasures.
Do it for the sake of Allah and seek happiness only from Him. If He has seen your deeds and is pleased with you because of your intention to please Him then what is there to worry about?
O Allah, I ask You for all that is good, in this world and in the Hereafter, what I know and what I do not know. O Allah, I seek refuge with You from all evil, in this world and in the Hereafter, what I know and what I do not know. Ameen
The Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) used to say, “O Allah! I seek refuge with You from helplessness, laziness, cowardice and feeble old age; I seek refuge with You from afflictions of life and death and seek refuge with You from the punishment in the grave.
Sahih al-Bukhari, Fighting for the Cause of Allah, Book 56, Hadith 39
Allah, I seek refuge in You from knowledge which does not benefit, from
a heart that does not entertain the fear(of Allah), from a soul that is
not satisfied and the supplication that is not answered.”