Sunday, 1 February 2009

Be like the bee by Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah

As people are content with the world, so you should be content with Allaah. As they are delighted by the world, so you should be delighted with Allaah. As they are intimate with their loved ones, so you should seek intimacy with Allaah. As they desire to know their kings and their leaders, and to draw near to them in order for honor and status to be conferred on them, so you should come to know Allaah and seek His love, this will lead to the utmost honor and distinction.

Said one of the zuhhåd: "I can never imagine that someone could hear about Paradise and Hellfire and can still waste an hour without performing any act of obedience to Allaah; neither remembrance, prayer, reciting Quraan nor an act of charity or kindness.”

Someone said to him: "I weep profusely."

He replied: “That you laugh while confessing your sin is better than weeping yet being puffed-up with pride because of your deeds. For the deeds of a conceited person will never rise above his head.”

The person then requested: "Please counsel me."

So he replied: “Leave the world to those who hanker after it, as they leave the Afterlife to its seekers. And be in this world as the bee: it eats only good, produces only good, and when it rests upon anything it neither ruins it nor deflowers it.”

Al Fawaa-id, Ibn al Qayyim al Jawziyyah (rahimahullaah), Pg.187

I have this book, and Masha'Allaah it is excellent, well worth buying masha'Allaah. It's the kind of book you'd probably have to read through a couple of times to understand fully and reflect on the gems that are within it.

3 comments:

Umm Salihaa said...

SubhanAlaah sis...JazakhumAllahu khairun for that...

hijabee said...

MashaAllah, this is such a beautiful Quote. Thanks for sharing this story. It's very inspirational. I enjoyed reading it

Umm Khadijah said...

Thankyou both Umm Salihaa and Hijabee for your comments, wa iyakee.
I love reading Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyah's work masha'Allaah, so beautiful and inspiring.