– Taken by: Ahqib Hussain

The Salaf (pious predecessors) used to teach intentions like they taught how to ritually clean and pray.

Let’s widen our intentions. We tie our intentions to our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) who is the greatest Imam in these gatherings.

How can a society that believes in moral relativity have a future? We carry hope for the salvation of the future generations. How? By being honest practical exemplars of our Master Muhammad’s virtues (peace and blessing be upon him). We’re firm so situations don’t move us and honest so we don’t act as if it has an immediate benefit or due to a whim but rather because God loves the virtues.

The satanic expression is, “You have to accept me.” It is a pure satanic state in relation to purification.
If it’s to do with the outward like disability, it’s accepted. This is fine but the problem is that it’s in reverse now. Human society does everything to adorn and embellish the outward state and there’s no attention to the inner and the refinement of virtue has been stopped.
We are in need of  the Ihya because it’ll bring back moral compass in how we understand and think.

Love shortens the distance and makes obstacles become easy and removes miserliness of the self with generosity.

God created him (peace and blessings be upon him) with his natural disposition inclined to good virtues from birth.
Halima (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated as a child he would take from her right and he’d turn away from her left. His disposition is to have perfect character and despite this he continuously asked.

When you forgive, don’t seek the result from the individual. Don’t answer the beck and call of the ego. You forgive and pardon to become beloved to Allah so your pardoning and reaction is not tied to the people you’re dealing with as God knows our weakness, He says if we continue we will see the result in others.
God cuts the way of the ego by saying only patience will allow this achievement. If you become occupied with reaction, you’ll become tied. Be occupied with the station of becoming beloved to Allah. Remind your ego of the Divine remedy.

The attribute of generosity was intrinsic to him, he inherited it, peace and blessings be upon him.

Men, pay attention! He helped in the house where he could. Those who think that men don’t lift a finger; we’re talking about the master of ALL men here. He would mend his sandals, sow his clothes and help his family except at the time of prayer. It was as if he didn’t know them and they didn’t know him at the time of prayer.

 “The best of you are those who are the best to their families and I am the best of you to my family.” – Prophetic Tradition

The one who abases his wife and he thinks it’s a manifestation of manhood, it’s a problem with his iman (faith). Shall I be more clear? You have a problem with RasulAllah (peace and blessings be upon him).

He (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “I am the best of you to my family.” He measured the criteria by how best one is.

He was the bravest and at the same time the shyest.

The companions had one stone tied to their stomach and found that RasulAllah (peace and blessings be upon him) had two stones tied to his stomach. If he didn’t find food, he’d leave hungry. He would ask at sunrise and his wife would say, “No”, so he would fast. One’s caring of locations of food affects ones state but RasulAllah (peace and blessings be upon him) was other than this. This doesn’t mean he didn’t have any preferences of food but he didn’t let that affect his internal state. If he found food he preferred then he’d probably eat more of it but if he didn’t, he’d eat that which was given.

There are those amongst us who are never hungry but are also never happy. We want brand new everything even the person has to be a particular brand. It’s halal and I’m not blaming one who has money but it’s that you attach your value to that which you possess. You feel deficiency if you can’t match up to someone else. This is dangerous to feel if you’re not up to date. You are more valuable to Allah than what you possess. You’re debasing your own value. You believe what Allah has given you by placing value to these things. Allah has fashioned you, blown spirit into you, made RasulAllah your Imam, made you His steward yet you put value to meaningless material. This is a fall if you see this.
If you’re busy in acquisition of these things, how much can you spend in khayr?

Some people are stingy with smiles as if they’re paying taxes on them. It’s a type of charity. What’s the problem with smiling but also the truthful smile not the business smile?
Signs of a truthful smile are that you smile at one you don’t like. It’s difficult but possible. Remember our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Every time you think about smiling, remember that you’re emulating him. This is a Prophetic statement.

Mercy and compassion are the essence of a human. Without them, we’re not human. We need them. People have abased this so people are no longer accepting it so it’s become a methodology. The one who refuses mercy and compassion is in the greatest need of it.

Look to how great our Prophet was. Everything that was connected to him was also raised in remembrance. 1400 years later we’re talking about his donkey named Ya’fur and a mule named Dhul Dhul because they were connected to him. Even remembering them is an act of worship. The donkey is at a raised state due to its attachment. What about a heart of a believer that is attached? This donkey may be better than many human beings. The donkey didn’t eat or drink after the flight of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) due to sadness. What kind of sadness is this?
Other Muslims, days pass and no tear is shed out of longing and yearning for him. This attachment increases you in degree and rank.

He was sweet-smelling without any perfume. People would know about his presence by it. When he’d touch something, scent would remain, peace and blessings be upon him.

On Eid, the Habashi’s danced in the mosque, they were from Ethiopia. They danced with spears and were chanting and singing and saying that Muhammad is a righteous man. Where? Masjid. Who’s Masjid? The Prophet’s; the greatest mosque after the Haram.

Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) picked up pebbles in order to throw them. Our Prophet said, “Leave them O Umar. It’s Eid and let the Jews know that our religion is expansive.”

No one carried his burden and no one received things which were heavy as his spirit.
No one was more harmed and no one has more people bring harm to them than him so no one can say life is difficult hence I’m harsh to my wife. Don’t let this be the foundation of your relationship.

Our Prophet died whilst our Lady Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) was a young woman. She lived after him but with sweet memories of him and realities and human interactions she experienced with him. Her entire life revolved around him and her time spent with him. She spent time transmitting and clarifying what he said. When she was angry she would say “By the Lord of Ibrahim” and when she was happy she would say, “By the Lord of Muhammad.”

They differed on one occasion. Abu Bakr came, her father. RasulAllah said to him, “God brought you here, reconcile between us.” Abu Bakr is like what? RasulAllah turned to Aisha and said, “O Aisha, would you like to speak first or not?” This is verified. She says, “You talk first but nothing but the truth.” Abu Bakr gets up and is about to hit her and says, “O enemy of yourself, do you know who you’re talking about?” She got up and hid behind the Messenger of Allah (May Allah be pleased with them). RasulAllah said, “Abu Bakr, I wanted you to reconcile.”
Contemplate! Who did she take refuge behind? A woman only takes refuge in proportion to how much she loves and trusts the individual. She forgot anger in the moment of fear and the foundation of her love for him manifested. Know if your wife doesn’t do this, there’s a problem!

A woman should feel security. A man no matter how manly he is, he wants to go to the woman like a child when times are hard. If he doesn’t come in times of hardship, look why? We learn all this from zamilooni, zamilooni…
How fortunate is Khadija when he put his head in her lap whilst shaking due to the heaviness of revelation?

Marriage is a very exalted relation. If you still have it, save it so the children don’t bear this.

Sacrifice is your right not the right of others. If you give her rights, she’ll let you call to God and likewise.

More to follow, in sha Allah.

Any mistakes, errors or misinterpretations of words are from me. Please correct me when you spot any mistakes.