If you raced to this article praying and hoping to find that a cure for cancer, HIV, the bird flu or any other life threatening was discovered, then you’re wrong. The disease I want us both to think about is even more deadly. It is highly contagious and, unfortunately, cannot be found with a CAT scan, blood test, or a visit to the Mayo Clinic. This disease kills millions everyday, but it is never mentioned on Oprah, Dr. Phil or the nightly news? This is the disease of the heart, and if we’re not careful our heart could be dying before our very eyes.
Ibn al-Qayyim noted that this disease and its offshoots are rooted in two primary infections:
- An infected intention
- An infection in knowledge
The former relates to those who “earned wrath”; the latter to “those who went astray.” The stable condition for the patient is “those who You have favored.”
He states that the cure for this illness is found in the double dose wonder drug “It is You alone we worship, and You alone we implore for help.”
The first dosage
“It is You alone we worship”
Contains the Mixture:
- Servitude and worship is due to Allah alone and nothing else
- This servitude is employed based on Allah’s orders and His Sharı̔ah alone
- This servitude is not based on the whims, genius, protocol nor customs of people
The Second Dosage
“It is You alone we implore for help.”
Contains the Mixture :
- Aid and assistance is sought from Allah alone
- No one should feel independent and free from Allah; thinking him/herself rich, autonomous
- One should not rely on his/her talents and gifts trusting them to aid him instead of Allah
Start Praying and Take the Prescription
In order to restore and maintain the ideal state Allah [the Most High] prescribed for us a simple 7 mg antibiotic that must be taken no less then 17 times a day a five specific time periods.
This wonder drug works to remind the servant of Allah, His attributes, actions, the servant’s reality; encouraging him to seek the way of the people of the “straight way”; warning him from the way of those “who’ve earned anger” and “those who have gone astray.”
Composition and Instructions
This drug is composed of six important substances, divided into two dosages, taken 17 times daily at five distinct time periods. There have been no reported examples of overdose nor contradictions. The best time outside of the five major ones is shortly before dawn. Physicians noted patients who did so enjoyed a sense of light and joy, wideness of chest and an over all improvement in character and charm. Some even noted an improvement in marital relations and wealth!
Our faith is filled with so man blessings; the only thing we need to do is stop and appreciate them.
“Allah praise be to Allah who guided us to this, for without His guidance we would have never been guided.”
Asalaamu Alaykum Shaykh Suhaib
Subhan Allah, how many blessings we have been given and how many we do not appreciate and take advantage of.
Jazak Allah khayr for the beautiful prescriptions above.
May Allah make us amongst those with sincere intentions, sound knowledge, and rightly-guided actions.
Tawfeeq wa khayr insha Allah
Truly the following rings with light and guidance:
Come to Prayer, Come to Success
Dearest Imam Suhaib,
JazakAllah khair for this post. You have a clear knack for Surah Fatiha, and are undoubtedly skilled at explaining it to the Western audience.
Because of that, I ask you to please please please consider teaching Tafsir Surah Fatiha as your next course for AlMaghrib Institute. If you do, come to Qabeelat Wasat in Chicago and we’ll host you a class experience you won’t forget inshaAllah. 🙂
Your student and bhai saab,
Assalamualaikum Brother Suhaib,
You are always keeping my energy high and inject Iman in to my veins. Alhamdulillah.
I just read this from one Al-Qaradawi’s khutbahs. It is from Albosairi:
والنفس كالطفل إن تهمله شب على حب الرضاع وإن تفطمه ينفطم
فاصرف هواها وحاذر أن توليه إن الهوى ما تولى يصمِ أو يصـم
I have read a hadeeth for which I must find the source, in which Ali ibn abi Taleb (radiallahu anhu) began to explain the tafseer of surah al fatiha to Ibn Abbas (radiallahu anhu). By dawn the ba of bismillahirahman iraheem was still being discussed.
Sheikh Suhaib you truly are a beacon of light.
Thank you for sharing those gems from Ibn AlQayyims work in such a unique style! This was simple, to the point, and inspiring! I’m off to take a dose of Salah now 😀
Jazaakum Allahu khayran Imam Suhaib, that was amazing!
Thank you Preacher Man-Thank you- Your one of a few Preacher men I met that wasnt trying to swindle me for a dime a dolla$$$
and that old time fitna walking so beutiful. See you on the other side Preacher Man.
Speaking of HIV…http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/02/11/health.hiv.stemcell/index.html
Allah yifta7 3alek ya Shaikh.