POVERTY AND HARDSHIPS

When the Prophet sat down with the Companions, immediately the Apostle prayed,
“Make me poor, let me die in poverty and let the people who are together with me in Paradise later on, be among those who are poor.”
That was the heart of the Prophet,
poverty is a bliss and joy for him.
Something which he very much desired.
Much less with our lives today,
poverty and hardship is something very scary and horrible.
All sorts of things cross in our thoughts about our life tomorrow
and forty years to come until we also think about the lives of our future descendants.
The enormity of the enemies’ influence which has been nesting in our thinking.
It has been damaged, totally damaged, humiliated with the worst humiliation.
Our reliance is no longer with Allah SWT,
instead with physical things which are extremely weak and powerless.
Whether we realize it or not, we have denied that God is Most Wealthy,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful and Almighty.
In our prayer we declare that, “Only to You that I seek for help.”
But in the reality of our lives, we actually had lied.
We have been corrupted and influenced by the world, the evil nafs and the enemies.
We continued to be tied down to the shallow and narrow thinking minds.
The fact is the highest level we can organize our lives is only for about 70 years. While spiritual people or people with taqwa, their preparations are very far ahead and a lot better.
They prepare for a life which is eternal in the hereafter.
MasyaAllah, apparently we had been cheated for a long time.
We utilize all of our time, energy, even our lifetime
to pursue riches and pleasures of life in this temporal world
because we do not like poverty and hardship.
Thus, we are not willing to fight and sacrifice for life in hereafter which is eternal.
Are we able to free ourselves from all those?
Like the lives of Rasululullah SAW, the companions and the righteous who are very delighted with the poverty and hardships.
They are not at all afraid to lose their wealth but are very fearful of losing God.

Losing God means losing everything, even when we are rich and powerful.

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O ALLAH, PLEASE SAVE ME FROM THE FIRE IN HELL

O Allah, O my Lord
Please make the tears that I shed while I’m in fear of You
Be the extinguisher for the flames of Your Hellfire
The tears that trickle on the ground
Be the one to relinquish me of all my sins
O Lord! if not for Your blessings
I will not be safe
At least, if not for Your forgiveness
I will not be free from the punishments
I’m helpless, please assist me
My nafs ( desires ) are wild
Please help me constantly to fight against my nafs
Satan is deceiving me as always
Please protect me against it
There are too many paths of evil
Some are obvious while some are inconspicuous
If not for Your guidance I will be lost along the way
Please guide me always
So that I will be free from harm during my journey to You

– ABU BARIRAH-
24-11-1998

PROVISIONS FOR THE LIFE IN HEREAFTER

Hereafter is the second nation for us to live in after this world

Over there is our eternal abode

Our comfort or hardship over there is set by how we live in this world

Be wary of living in this world so that we will not suffer and be in misery over there

There are only two places over there, Heaven and Hell

The righteous and taqwa people go to Heaven , the wicked and cruel go to Hell

Do look for our provisions with taqwa for our comfort and pleasure over there

Without taqwa, Hell will be the consequence, a horrible and agonizing place to stay

Be wary of living in this world which is temporary

Be devoted to Allah Taala and His creations

Do not be human beings who are so neglectful and like a pest

Later in the Hereafter we may not be able to bear the torment and misery

Love Allah and do fear Him , and do love His creatures

Do become someone who is devout and faithful to God

It is all right to deal with a little inconvenience which is temporary

For us to escape the troubles in Hereafter which is eternal

Let us redeem our short hardships in the Hereafter

With a little trouble , that does not last long

Let us regret earlier, a later regret is no longer useful

Let us perseveringly look for our provisions for the Hereafter

ABU NIZAMUDDIN
21/09/2003
Before Asar

LET US BE KIND TO OURSELVES

Let us be kind to ourselves instead of asking others to be kind to us.
Express love and care with actions instead of shouting slogans.
Be charitable with kindness and compassion instead of being theoretical.
Be humble in character instead of mere words.
Be self disciplined instead of being a disciplinarian.
Let us begin with being kind to ourselves before promoting it to others.
After observing us, others will follow.
Display noble characters instead of being philosophical.
Characters and personality are our spiritual or inner clothing.
Similar to the clothes that we wear.
One who is naked would obviously be shameless.
One who is spiritually impoverished would obviously be heartless and evil.
Lets fulfill our promises instead of making empty ones.

ABU NIZAM