The best of women

A Bedouin was asked about women, and being a man who was experienced with them, he said: ‘The best woman is the tallest when she stands, the most prominent when she sits, and the most truthful when she speaks. She is the one whose anger subsides quickly, and whose laugh is a beautiful smile. When she does something, she does it well. She obeys her husband and adheres to her home. She is honored among her people, yet insignificant in her own mind – affectionate and fertile, and everything about her is good.’

Source: Gems & Jewels (pg 174). Published by Darrusalam

Ten things that bring about the love of Allah

Ibn Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) said that there are ten things that bring about the love of Allah.

  1. Recitation of the Quran with reflection and with understanding of its meanings.
  2. Seeking closeness to Allah be performing voluntary deeds after having performed obligatory ones, for that leads one to the highest levels of love.
  3. Remembering Allah during every situation – with one’s time, heart, and deeds…one’s share of that love is to the degree of ones’s share in that remembrance.
  4. Preferring what He loves to what you love when your desires are strong.
  5. Allowing your heart to reflect on His names and attributes.
  6. Reflecting on His many favors and blessings, both the apparent ones and hidden ones, for that leads to His love.
  7. Having your heart softened as it is worshiping Allah.
  8. Being alone with Him in worship when He descends during the last third of the night. And this means to invoke Him, to recite His speech, to stand with all sincerity and with good manners and with good submission, and then to end that with repentance and with seeking his forgiveness.
  9. Sitting with those who are truthful in their love of Allah.
  10. Staying away from all that creates barriers between the heart and Allah.
Source: Gems & Jewels. Published by Darussalam.