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Hasan al Basri (R): A group that neither rejoiced…nor grieved…

“I have known people and kept company with groups who neither rejoiced when the things of this world came to them, nor grieved when they lost anything in this world. The life of this world was more insignificant to them than dust. One of them might live for a year or for sixty years without ever having a garment that would entirely cover him, and without ever having anything that would come between him and the ground, and without ever having any food that he could ask to be prepared for him in his own home. When night came, they would be on their feet, with their foreheads flat against the earth, tears rolling down their cheeks, secretly calling on Allah to save them on the Day of Judgement. If they did something good, they never stopped being grateful for it, and they were always asking Allah to forgive them for it. By Allah, they were not safe from wrong actions, and were saved only by their constant turning in repentance. May Allah be pleased with them and grant them His mercy…” [Hasan al Basri (R)]

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When I read the above description, it reminded me of the men described in the following verses of Surah an-Noor:

In houses (mosques), which Allâh has ordered to be raised (to be cleaned, and to be honoured), in them His Name is remembered [i.e. Adhan, Iqamah, Salat (prayers), invocations, recitation of the Quran, etc.]. Therein glorify Him (Allah) in the mornings and in the afternoons or the evenings,(36) Men whom neither trade nor sale (business) diverts them from the Remembrance of Allâh (with heart and tongue), nor from performing As-Salât (Iqâmat-as-Salât), nor from giving the Zakât. They fear a Day when hearts and eyes will be overturned (out of the horror of the torment of the Day of Resurrection). (37) That Allâh may reward them according to the best of their deeds, and add even more for them out of His Grace. And Allâh provides without measure to whom He wills. (38)

SubhanAllah! Such yaqeen can only come with knowledge!

I can only dream of such Zuhd…when nothing is more beloved to me except acquiring the level of a Zahid…yet it seems so impossible at times. The Zuhd ofRasulalah SAW ,the Sahaba RA and all the Salaf…blows away one’s mind.

May Allah SWT give us hidaya. We’re so in need of it…Ameen.

And Allah SWT knows best.

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