I read the book Al-Mutaxvaareen, by 'Abdul-Ghani al-Azdi. An interesting book, it relates the stories of those who went into hiding because they feared being captured and taken to Al-Hajjaj ibn Yusuf, the ruthless despot of his time. Abu 'Umar ibn al-'Ulaa said of his difficulties, "When Al-Hajjaj threatened me, I fled to Yemen and stayed in a house in As-Sana'a. At night, I … [Read more...] about Hiding from Evil Is a Temporary Solution.
Waiting for Relief from Allah.
Thaabit ibn Qays (may Allah be pleased with him) was an eloquent orator who spoke on behalf of Allah's Messenger (Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him) and Islam. However, he would often raise his voice while giving a sermon, and sometimes this occurred in the presence of Allah's Messenger (Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him). "O' you who believe! Raise not your … [Read more...] about Waiting for Relief from Allah.
Be Free from Worry and Fear.
More than thirty chapters of the book Al-Faraju B'ada ash-Shiddah deal with the topic of ease and relief after difficulty. The book stresses the point that the more severely we become engrossed in hardship, the closer we are to ease and relief. The book has more than two hundred stories, all of which revolve around this theme. Whatever the hardship may be, it is only a matter … [Read more...] about Be Free from Worry and Fear.
Repel Boredom from Your Life.
One who lives a life of repetition and routine will almost inevitably become a victim of boredom, especially since man by his very nature tires from a lack of change. For this reason Allah, the Exalted, the Almighty, gave us variety in times and places, in food and drink - diversity in the many forms of creation:night and day, valley and mountain, white and black, hot and cold, … [Read more...] about Repel Boredom from Your Life.
From Being a Governor to Becoming a Carpenter.
'Ali ibn al-Maymoon al-'Abbassi was a governor and son of the Caliph. He lived a life of opulence in a large castle. Anything he wanted in this world was easy for him. One day, looking down from a balcony in the castle, he saw a man toiling in the fields. On succeeding days, 'Ali paid more and more attention to the man and witnessed that he always worked straight through the … [Read more...] about From Being a Governor to Becoming a Carpenter.