By Bint e Aisha
Ibn Taymiyyah: Best Moisturiser for Dry Hearts
In the 1970s, there was an advert on TV for a popular brand of moisturising cream. The advert sought to show how great the cream was by first showing us a dry autumn leaf which, upon being scrunched in the palm of the hand, crumbled into pieces.
Next came another dry leaf, this time the moisturising cream was applied to it. After it was squeezed, one saw the dry leaf gently unfolding back to its original shape. Themessage: If this is what the cream can do to a dry leaf, imagine what it could do for your dry or crinkled skin. I suspect many were sold on this moisturiser … including a young, teenage me!
The idea of moistening or revitalising faces and hands also applies to spiritual hearts. For the remembrance of Allah – dhikru’Llah– nourishes and revitalises the heart like nothing else. Indeed, it is its very lifeline. So much so, that Ibn Taymiyyah once made this following comparison:
.الذِكْرُ لِلْقَلْبِ كَالمَاءِ لِلسَّمَك فَكَيفَ يَكُونُ حَالَ السَّمَك اِذَا فَارَقَ المَاء
‘Dhikr is to the heart as water is to a fish. Don’t you see what happens to a fish when it is taken out of water?’*
Islam’s masters of the heart teach us, then, to be constant in remembering Allah and in invoking Him. Consistent dhikr, with the required courtesy or adab towards the One being invoked, is key. As commitment to dhikr grows and deepens, and as souls begin to be illumined by the mention of His holy Name, Allah will cover our weaknesses with His might, cloth our lowliness in His glory, conceal our ignorance with His knowledge, heal the anger of our ego with His clemency, and calm the agitations of our heart with His assurance and serenity; such that one will be given to taste the bliss of the eternal realm whilst still living in this earthly abode.
*Cited in Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah, al-Wabil al-Sayyib (Damascus: Maktabah Dar al-Bayyan, 2006), 93.
Source: The Humble I
Life at home
? A woman shared an exemplary point about her life at home:
? I have allotted a name to each room in my house.
? My living room has been named "Tahleel Room", so whenever I am in that room I continue to recite/read 'La Ilaha Illalah'
? I have named my Master Bedroom "Hamd Room". My Zikr is this room is 'Alhamdulillah'
? My children's bedroom is named "Tasbeeh Room" and I recite 'SubhanAllah' in that room
? My kitchen's name is "Astagfaar Room" so while cooking food I remember to read 'Astagfirullah'. Normally while cutting vegetables I continue to do Zikr which I believe adds to the taste and pleasure in my food.
? My drawing room is named "Salawaat Room".
? I read "Takbir" while watering plants and pots.
? To summarize, I am involved in Zikr in each corner of my house and this saves me from getting lethargic.
? This way I stay entertained at home and I don't feel tired. At the same time, my home is blessed and my heart is satisfied!
?? Let us all follow her example and make the air in our homes fresh and beautiful.
Via Shaykh Abdul Raheem