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Friday, February 11, 2005  

And whoever does evil or wrongs his own soul then seeks Allah's pardon, will find Allah Forgiving, Merciful. (4:110) Consider, what solace and satisfaction these words contain for the sinners: ...When you have purified yourself from sins and have made a firm resolution in your heart never to sin again, then you should display to Almighty Allah the firmness and strength of your resolution and try to discharge the rights of the claimants. You should also do your best to discharge the rights of Exalted Allah which are outstanding against you. Even then, if you fail to discharge some of your liabilities and debts, then turn to Allah for help with supplications and repentance that He may, by His mercy, arrange to discharge those outstanding rights pending against you. With a clean body and clean clothes on it, you should offer for raka'ats of prayer in total seclusion and privacy, seen by none but Allah and then with dust on your head, pity and regret on your heart and weeping bitterly; you should blame your self with a loud voice the sins you have committed and address your self in this way: O my self! Do you not feel ashamed? Has the time for repentance not arrived yet? Can you hear the painful punishment of Allah? Is there anyone who can save you from Allah's chastisement? Address you self in this way, weep bitterly and raising both your hands with tearful eyes towards Exalted and Gracious Allah, invoke Him in this way: O Allah! Your fugitive and disobedient has come to your door, imploring you for your forgiveness with a humble prayer to pardon his sins. Forgive him and grant him salvation, by Your infinite mercy. Be kind to accept him and cast on him a glance of Your mercy. O Allah, forgive his past sins and protect him from future sins. You have indeed power over all things and You Alone can have mercy on him. Thereafter, you should recite this Du'a (supplication) which is recited in distress and hardship: This Du'a means: O You who solve very difficult problems! O You, who are the last resort for the courage of those who are aggrieved and sad! O You! When you want to do anything you say: Be and it is there! My sins have surrounded me on all sides. You Alone are the store of resources at the time of difficulties and hardships and I consider You for myself a store on such difficult times. Pardon me. It is You alone (Who) accept repentance and show mercy. Then you should recite this Du'a also with tearful eyes. meaning: O You Who can hear one thing without being disturbed by hearing another thing. O You Who do not fall into confusion by the largeness of the number of the entreaties made by the beggars. O You Who cannot be forced or pressed by the pressure insistence of the makers of supplication and appeals. Let us taste the goodness of Your pardon and the sweetness of Your acquaintance. O You Who are Most Merciful of all those who show mercy; You have power over all things. After this you should recite the sacred blessings for the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) pray for the salvation of all Muslim men and women and worship Allah. Now there is every hope that your repentance will become true and sincere and you shall be purged of sins as if you were born today. Now Exalted Allah will begin to love you and you shall be favored by Him with mercy and blessings. Your soul shall become secure from the woe and curse of sins and you shall get relief in this world and also in the Hereafter. Indeed it is only Allah who guides everyone. -Imam al-Ghazali, The Best Way for the Worshippers (Minhaj ul-Abideen)

posted by Abubak'r | 2/11/2005 06:44:00 AM |
As for him who fears to stand before his Lord and restrains the ego its desires, the Garden is shelter.
(The Snatchers:40)
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "The Fire is surrounded by all kinds of desires and passions, while Paradise is surrounded by all kinds of disliked, undesirable things."
Whoever does good at night is rewarded during the day and whoever does good during the day is rewarded at night. Whoever is sincere in abandoning a desire is saved from catering to it. God is too noble to punish a heart that has abandoned a desire for His sake.
(Abu Sulayman ad-Darani)
Beware of your ego, and trust not its mischief;
The ego is worse than seventy devils.
(Arabic Poem)
Abu Bakar Balkhi
Md Mubaraq
Md Firdaus

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I seek God's forgiveness, and do not claim that my intention in producing this Blog is confined to good religious purposes; how may I do so when I am aware of the hidden desires, egotistic passions, and worldly wishes that I harbour? I do not claim innocence for myself; the ego is indeed an inciter to evil, save when my Lord shows mercy; my Lord is indeed Forgiving, Merciful. O God! I seek Your protection against my committing idolatry [shirk] knowingly, and Your forgiveness for that of which I am not aware! I ask God to make me and all other believers benefit from this Blog and to render my production of it purely for the sake of His Noble Countenance.

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