[19] Excerpts from Shaikh Rabee’s Book Titled ‘Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm’- [One Must Have Good Thoughts About Allaah, Strive to Be Sincere And Guard His [or Her] Heart, etc]

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy

Shaikh Rabee Bin Haadi [may Allaah preserve him] said:

It is obligated on us to possess some understanding, awareness and high aspiration that will enable us to realise the [high] status of knowledge and its possessors, because “Whoever Allaah wishes good for, He gives him understanding in the religion.’’[Ref 1]

When you actually embark on the path towards seeking knowledge- seeking [a sound] understanding of it and acting upon it-, this is indeed one of the signs that Allaah wishes good for you. Therefore, receive glad tidings and have good thoughts about Allaah, and be sincere to Allaah [The Blessed and Exalted] in your statements, deeds and knowledge. Neither be deceived [by yourself] – we seek Allaah’s Refuge from self-deception – nor feel safe from Allaah’s plan. [Allaah said]: [فَلَا يَأۡمَنُ مَڪۡرَ ٱللَّهِ إِلَّا ٱلۡقَوۡمُ ٱلۡخَـٰسِرُونَ – None feels secure from the Plan of Allah except the people who are the losers. [ Surah Al-A’raaf’ Aayah 99]

A believer always fears that his [or her] situation will change. It has been reported from Aa’isha and Anas [radiyallaahu-anhumaa] that the Messenger [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] often used to [supplicate]: “O turner of the hearts [i.e. Allaah]! Keep my heart firm upon your religion.” I [i.e. Aa’isha or Anas] asked: O Messenger of Allaah! We believe in you and what has been revealed to you, so do you fear for us? He said, ‘’Yes, indeed the hearts are between two fingers among the fingers of Allaah and He turns them [i.e. the hearts] how He pleases. ‘’ [Ref 2]

By Allaah! This is [true] understanding – that a person does not feel safe about himself [or herself], for indeed ” Satan flows through the human being like blood.” [Ref 3] Therefore, a person should guard his heart, intellect and deeds ardently – more than the [way] he guards his wealth and honour. Whoever is given authority to look after his own affairs, it is obligated on him [or her] to guard his heart before everything else.

[رَبَّنَا لَا تُزِغْ قُلُوبَنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَيْتَنَا وَهَبْ لَنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً ۚ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْوَهَّابُ  – Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate (from the truth) after You have guided us, and grant us mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower]. [ Surah Aal Imraan’ Aayah 8]

Source: Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm’ pages 75-76. abridged & slightly paraphrased

Ref 1: Saheeh al-Bukhaari’ Number 71 & Saheeh Muslim’ Number 1037

Ref 2: Tirmidhee 2140. Declared authentic by Imaam Albaani in Al-Mishkaat 102. Listen to a brief explanation of this hadeeth by Shaikh Muhammad Amaan Al-Jaami [rahimahullaah] and Shaikh Abdur Razzaaq Al-Badr [may Allaah preserve him]:



Ref 3: Al-Bukhaari 2039

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