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There is a Turkish story of a spiritual teacher who sent his pupils to gather flowers for the house. All but one returned with the finest blooms they could find. One, however, was gone for a long time and, when he returned, held in his hand only a single, faded flower.

“When I went out to pick the flowers,” he said, “I found them all singing the praises of their Creator and I dared not interrupt them. Finally I saw one that had finished her song, and this is the one that I have brought you.”
 
 
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“Whoever realizes faith is from speculative theology, or through abstract proofs, or academic provisions, is an innovator.” This is important because this is not what iman is. Faith is a light, it’s a noor that allah places in the hearts of his servants. It’s a gift, and it’s an act of grace from Allah SWT.

The Prophet, peace be upon him, said “None of you will enter paradise because of their actions.” Faith is actually in the heart, not on the face. It’s impossible to express, ineffable. Sometimes it’s made stronger by a vision during sleep. Other times by witnessing the state of a righteous man: you don’t know why, but when you’re in the presence of that person, your faith gets strengthened.”
 
 
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Placing spirituality, the intimate quest for meaning, light, and peace, at the centre of the religious experience makes it possible to overcome the formalistic reductions that turn religion into a closed, restrictive Universe of norms, limits, and prohibitions.

There are, to be sure, rituals, obligations, and morals, but they pertain to a conception of life and death that imparts to them a meaning and substance that one must perpetually recall to avoid becoming deluded by the presence of a formal set of rules emptied of the heart of their meaning.
 
This is what the Prophet of Islam indicated in a tradition that should be understood both literally and figuratively: "God does not look at your bodies or at your image but God looks into your hearts." [Bukhari, Muslim]
 
 
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Dr.Tariq Ramadan-The Echoes of God's Word 

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Even The Prophet Feared Allah

The Prophet's fear of Allah was very obvious in his lifestyle.

He was always conscious of Allah's watchfulness and his heart was constantly vigilant to be in total submission to Him.

His fear and love of Allah dominated all his heart and hence he set the perfect example for humanity in every aspect of life as minutely recorded by His loving Companions.

His heart was so soft that he would weep at the recitation of the Qur'an, the word of Allah, reacting to its overpowering admonitions.

When asked about the gray hair in his head, he answered that Surat Hud and its sisters, which portray the events and horrors of the Day of Resurrection, had caused his hair to turn gray...

http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/muhammad/manners/462623-prophet-mohamed-islam-fear-love-spiritual.html


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Transformer of Hearts

The Prophet, peace be upon him, asked all those around him who were not convinced of the truthfulness of his message to seek, to observe signs, to search for meaning while fighting the illusions of the self and its conceit. He taught Muslims - those who had recognized the presence of the One - to carry on their inner struggle, to remain humble and aware of their fragility, to seek to derive spiritual nourishment from dhikr (the remembrance of God), and to ask God to keep their hearts firm. The Prophet used to pray to God and say, "O Transformer of Hearts, keep my heart firm in Your religion!" [Ahmad, Tirmidhi]

Thus, in peacetime, some were searching for truth and some were searching for sincerity, while they all experienced a new form of inner conflict that required effort, patience, and a perpetually awake consciousness. At a time when the prospect of the final establishment of the last religion seemed to be opening up , each of them was sent back to his or her own inner universe to seek light or forgiveness, to find peace and the clemency of He Who constantly returns to those who come, or come back, to Him.

 
 
"In The Footsteps of The Prophet" - Dr.Tariq Ramadan
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Taqwa Leads to God's Love

One of the important reasons for a believer to focus on the increase in taqwa is not only it is the path of salvation in the Hereafter, it is also the path to God's Love.

God tells us in the Qur'an that He loves pious believers who have taqwa.

The Qur'an is described at the start of Chapter 2 as a guidance for those who have taqwa. If you really want to benefit from the Qur'an and get its full benefit, you must fear God and have taqwa.

Another meaning of fearing God is fearing to displease Him in any way.

If you are really searching for salvation and searching for God's Love, do your best to increase in taqwa each day.


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Is Taqwa Simply Fear?

The term fear, when used to refer to God-consciousness in the Islamic context, does not mean being scared of God because being scared excludes any feeling of love or respect.

Fear of God means to fear His disobedience and punishment, on the Day of Judgment, and to fear forgetting Him and losing His blessings.


Another partial meaning of fear, which is nobler, is the fear of displeasing God, the One Whom you love.

For example, when two people love each other, you find each of them trying their best to please the other and to avoid even forgetting their anniversaries or birthdays. If this is the attitude of humans towards each other, then it is more appropriate that people fear God’s displeasure.

People should love God most because they owe everything to Him: their lives, property, and, above all, His guidance to know and worship Him.


So, fear of God is not founded on a vengeful concept of hate and fear of God. It is actually based on love, which leads to a feeling of fear of God’s displeasure...

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The realization I took home from Umrah

Allah withholds a portion of what is desired to keep you needy, to keep you at His door. To keep an empty place in your heart. That only He can fill. The slave keeps begging for what is desired, not knowing that His Lord is preparing for him what is greater. And then when Allah gives, there are different types of currencies. And they are not equal.

There are lesser currencies and greater, more valuable currencies.
 
Some people are paid their recompense in Dunya currency. And this is from among the favors of Allah. But there are others who are paid in a different currency: the currency of Divine nearness.

The one who is paid in *that* currency can never be satisfied with only the lesser currency again.
 

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People are on an evolutionary journey. We believe in evolution in a different way. People in this culture associate evolution with moving from lower order creatures to higher order creatures. But evolution of the soul is something very real. There are people at different levels.

There are Arabs that say “the good actions of the righteous are the bad actions of the people in the divine presence” because the evolution is different. So somebody might be a very good Muslim but he does not even know that his actual state, there are many Muslims  that outwardly everything is fine but there is an inward fiqh and an outward fiqh.
 
 There are inward rules for the prayer. You could do a perfect prayer outwardly so your fiqh of the Dhuhr is perfect but your inward fiqh, the khushoo in the prayer, the sakinah in the prayer, the hudoor in the prayer, the presence of mind in prayer, you could be thinking about whether the Giants won the game yesterday. There are Muslims in the Bay area that are concerned about that right now.
 
 But that might be where the heart is and where your heart is that is where you are. So your body might be in prayer but your heart is in sin. That is Bani Adam.

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Signs of Allah Have Distracted Many From Allah - Sh.Abdal Hakim Murad

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What if every single stumble, every challenge, every experience in our life was only intended for one purpose: to bring us back to our origin?

What if every win, every loss, every beauty, every fall, every cruelty, and every smile was only intended to unveil another barrier between us and God? Between us and where we began, and where we are desperately seeking to return?
 

What if everything was only about seeing Him?”
 

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The Lifetime of a Hardship

Allah tell us in the Quran that for all things He has created an “appointed term’. This includes our hardships and struggles. They all have a birth and a death. They all have an appointed term. Every situation in our life has an appointed term, after which they come to an end and/or change.

There have been a few periods of my life when this particular ayah has comforted me so much. It is ‘simple’, but so profound:

“And be patient for the decision of your Lord, for indeed you are in Our eyes.” (52:48)

So many powerful lessons:

1. Allah has your situation covered. So just be patient. Everything has an appointed term. So does this hardship. It will not last forever. And Allah is in charge (the decision of Your Lord).

2. “Indeed you are in Our eyes.”: Even *during* the ‘appointed lifetime’ of the hardship, you are in His eyes. He is taking care of you *during* it. What a comfort!

3. Not only should you have patience because: 1. Allah’s command is controlling the situation (and when it will come to an end/change), but also *because* 2. You are in ‘His eyes’: He is your Guardian even throughout the hardship’s ‘lifetime’. It is actually by way of the fact that you are in His eyes and protection, that you can be patient. Your ability to be patient, in and of itself, is one of His greatest provisions and gifts.

Summary: It is through the knowledge that God sees what we are going through and is in control that we are able to be patient.

 
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Seeing and Being Seen (1)


The Prophet(pbuh) made use of three terms to define our religion: first, islam, meaning submission to God and to His law; then iman, meaning faith in God and in what He has revealed to us, and finally ihsan, which is usually translated as “excellence”, in other words “submission” and “faith” brought to their highest point, perfected. And he defined ihsan in this way: It is to worship God as though you saw Him; for, though you see Him not, yet He sees you”.

The Quran – the sacred Scripture of Islam – speaks again and again of God as al-Basir, the All-Seeing, and also as al-Khabir, He who is totally aware of everything. “Not a leaf falls but He knows it”, says the Quran; and “He knows the secret thoughts and what is even more hidden”.

So He sees us at every moment, and He sees into the most secret recesses of our being. Now here, I think, we are on dangerous ground. I have known people brought up in a Christian environment who have turned against religion precisely because they were taught, as children, that God is some sort of super-Spy. They were told that a fearsome Old Man in the Sky sees everything that they do; he was just waiting to catch them out when they were naughty, and he would punish them even for those shameful secret thoughts which they hardly dared acknowledge to themselves. No wonder they rebelled against this. Most of us have an impulse to duck when we come into a building and notice a security camera pointing in our direction. Surely we have a right to a bit of privacy?

This is not – I believe – the way Muslims understand God’s all-seeing presence. They find it reassuring, comforting. They are glad not to be alone in an alien universe. They want to be understood, and they know that they are understood. The sense of loneliness which haunts many people, just below the threshold of everyday life, cries out for love, friendship, companionship and is not easily satisfied; cries out, in truth, for the divine Presence. In our personal relationships in this world we seek to be understood, at least by the people we love and by our friends; but also, perhaps, by our enemies for, if only we could explain ourselves to them, they would not be our enemies. Even if we are embarrassed to admit it, we do look for the ideal lover, the ideal friend, even the reconciled enemy.

What a relief, then, to discover that – in the only way it really matters – we are totally understood because we are totally known. What a relief also to be aware that there is one Person in whose presence we no longer have to pretend or deceive or protect ourselves. One of the Names given to God in the Quran is “The Friend”; the Sufis – the “mystics” of Islam – have gone further and dared to call Him “The Beloved”. Whether we are Muslims or Christians we know – or should know! – that our God is no tyrant, and that He who made us as we are is in the best position to know us and to forgive us. The Quran insists constantly upon the divine Mercy; His Mercy, it tells us, “embraces all things” – and He can hardly wait to forgive us for our sins and our stupidities. But He has to wait, if only for a moment, to give us time to understand, in other words to “repent” and to acknowledge, in the light of the truth, that we have fallen short of what could reasonably be expected of us. “Repentance” does not imply self-indulgent and self-pitying guilt; it means turning back to God when we had turned away from Him and admitting the simple truth of our situation. As we turn – at the very moment at which we turn – He turns to us, and the barriers which we had wilfully erected between Him and us are dissolved. He was always there, waiting; it is we who had made ourselves absent from Him. We have come back where we always belonged. We are known, understood, seen and forgiven.
 
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