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Quote Gems From #Rihla2011 In Bursa, Turkey

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

In the name of God, Compassionate, Merciful بسم الله الرحمن الرحيمِ | Peace be with you السلام عليكم

Rihla 2009

I'm a collector of quotes. Maxims, lessons, advice, ahadith, poetry. I save them in a quote book, type them into categorised excel sheets, or memorise them to share at the opportune time.

This year sister Sidra Mushtaq of the Healing Hearts blog was blessed with experiencing the annual Rihla program from Deen Intensive Foundation, hosted in Turkey with some of Islam's contemporary renowned scholars. I'm most happy for those who attended and I'm struck with a slight pang of envy that I couldn't make it. But, alhamdulillah.

Borrowed from sr. Sidra's blog are gems she posted returning from the retreat. I thank Sidra in advance and apologise for stealing them.


Dr Umar Faruq Abd-Allah, Rihla 2011 (paraphrased)

"When the souls of believers come together to a gathering like this (i.e Rihla), it is the feast of the spirits. Your spirit is fed, your spirit is nourished, just by being with everyone here..."

"One of the greatest things about being together is that you open yourself to that transformation, that is the reason why adab is so important."

"Adab isn't a formality. Be yourself. Be and say what you feel, but the secret of adab is that in your heart you have a high opinion of God, and a high opinion of your brothers and sisters = Husn ad-Dhann.

"Having a good opinion of God is the highest forms of worship. Having adab is very important; having a good opinion of everyone around you. By elevating the status in your eyes of everyone around you, only then you will feel benefit..."
"We are in much more need of adab then knowledge."

- Shaykh Hamza Yusuf – Jewels and Pearls of the Qur’an lesson, (paraphrased)

"...Don’t judge a thing because you are judging based on your own judgement. If you do Istikhara, whatever happens is good for you. Even if the marriage didn’t work out, the experience was good for you. There is always good in His trials and tribulations."

"There are people that can do without, and people that can’t do without. Allah knows exactly what to give you to help you return to Him."
"The events in your life are purposeful, appropriate and non random."

- Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad , Rihla 2011, Bursa, Turkey (paraphrased)
"Allah brings the greatest good out of those times of darkness. We only experience true light when we have been through the tunnel. It's only when we have been right down, we can appreciate the beauty of being in the light. It's part of the human condition. It’s only through the dark times the good times come."

"Allah protects us. He veils our frustrations, our inward desires, our faults. Allah knows everything! He hides them. Allah has prevented us from seeing the inward ugliness of others."

Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad, ‘Breaking the Two Desires’ class (Paraphrased)

"Get two things right:
1. Eat what is in front of you and be less fussy.
2. Don’t be obsessed by food and desire less.

If you get these two things right, you will find the rest of the deen will become a lot easier."

"The lives of the awliya have always been focused on the principle of eating less. It’s the quality of the awliya."

"To be in a maqam of `aboodiya (servanthood) shows us that we are always in need of Allah. Allah is active in every moment. He is constantly creating and re-creating. Everything is the unique consequence of Him."

"Sometimes to be woken up, we need to be slapped!"

- Imam Zaid Shakir– ‘Forty Foundations of the Religion’ Class (paraphrased)

"Increase the love for the Messenger (peace be upon him) through knowledge, Seerah and the Shama'il. Learn about his struggles and tribulations, and the knowledge he brought to us. Salla’Allahu `alayhi wassalam."

"A Muslim’s compassion is a form of dhikr."
"Human have aspects of beasts and angels within themselves. The more we pray, the closer we get to angels."
"The greatest act of taqwa is fasting. We give up things which are lawful and pure, therefore we cannot manifest insincerity in fasting."

"Always ask Allah for sincerity. Once you have done the act, move on, don’t let Shaytan whisper to you."
"Struggle in the way of your Lord. Hardship brings ease. The one who does not struggle, does not get ease."

- Imam Tahir Anwar – ‘Adab: Virtuous Character and Conduct’ Class (paraphrased)

"Duas are very powerful; they are conversations between you and Allah. Raise your hands and communicate to Him."

"Never say no to others when giving charity; even if it is a little bit, Allah never says NO to you when you ask!"

"Life is a journey; we go through different states. People have different spiritual states. We need to learn how to dislike the sin not the sinner. Never let them feel you are judgemental."

"Hayaa (modesty) is in the heart; our physical movement is what attracts us to the opposite gender."
"If you are the youngest, remain silent in front of elders."

"There are very few people in this world who want you to succeed more than themselves, and among them are your parents. Even if your parents are wrong, don’t argue with them. Allah is watching every argument. If you please your parents, you will succeed in life."

"Pray for your brothers and sisters. When you pray for your brother, an angel replies, ‘and for you the same.’ It’s like buy one, get one free deal!"

"When an elder member dies, it means one of your doors of duas is closed so when they are alive, build your relationship with them and seek their duas."

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Mamoon said...

This is awesome :o)

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