A Profound Saying of Ibn Qayyim

Ibn Qayyim said: ‘When the slave wakes up as the night encloses him and his only concern is Allah and how to please and obey Him, then Allah takes upon Him to fulfill all of his needs and remove from him all that causes him anxiety. Allah also makes his heart free to love Him only, his tongue free to remember Him only, and his body free to serve Him only.

However, when a salve of Allah wakes up when the night encloses him and his main concern is the world, Allah will make him bear the burdens of anxiety, grief, and hardship. Allah will entrust him to his own self and He will make his heart busy, sealing it from His love since it will be preoccupied with love for creation. Allah will keep his tongue from remembrance because it will be engaged with His creation; his body will be kept from obedience since it will be enslaved by its desires and services. And he will toil like a beast of burden toils in the service of another. And all who turn away from the worship, obedience and love of Allah, will be put into trial with the worship, service, and love for creation.’

Allah (the exalted) says:

“And whosoever turns away (blinds himself) from the remembrance of the Most Gracious (Allah) we appoint for him Shaitan (Devil) to be a Qarin (an intimate companion) to him.” (Quran 43:36)

Ibn Qayyim continues to say:

‘Seek out your heart in three situations; First, when you are listening to the Quran. Second, when you are part of a gathering of remembrance. Third, when you are alone and away from the world and its distractions. If you cannot find your heart in these three situations, then ask Allah to bestow upon you a heart, for indeed you are bereft of one.”

Source: Gems & Jewels. Published by Darrussalam.

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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.