In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said:

The one seeking the (pleasure) of Allaah and the home of the afterlife cannot be steadfast in his path except by way of two restraints:

[1] To restrict his heart to seeking after (Allaah’s Pleasure and the home of the afterlife) and restraining it from turning to anything else besides that. Restraining his tongue from what is of no benefit; restricting it to the remembrance of Allaah and that which will increase his Imaan and knowledge. [2] Restraining his limbs from disobedience and lowly desires; and restricting them in the performance of obligatory and recommended duties. He should not depart from these two restraints until he meets his Lord; so that He (i.e. Allaah) frees him from those two restraints to (enter) into the widest and best of places.

And when he does not exercise patience in these two restraints (i.e. restricting the heart to seeking only Allaah’s pleasure and refraining from disobedience) and flees from them to (enter) into the wilderness of lowly desires, he is punished with that horrible imprisonment (of lowly desires) at the time of departure from this dunyah. Therefore, everyone departing from this dunyah is either freed from imprisonment (to the lowly desires in the world) or is going to be imprisoned (in the afterlife). And Allaah is the one who grants success. [End of Quote. Source: Al-Fawaa-id. page: 88]

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Indeed, it is a great blessing that many Masaajid and Maraakiz of Salafiyyah are opening in the West and America. Indeed, we pray that many people in these Masaajid and Maraakiz will travel to seek knowledge; attend the regular lessons, lectures and conferences; strive to improve their understanding of the Arabic language; serve the communities or look after various projects; and more Salafi schools will open In-shaa-Allaah. We ask Allaah for all this khayr. Aameen.

However, we should be on guard against shaytaan; we should be on guard against love of leadership; we should be on guard against self-amazement; love of praise and recognition.  Despite all the khayr we have seen already and the Ta-aawun, one should not be oblivious of the fact that only the Mukhlisoon will be successful in the Aakhirah.

فَمَن كَانَ يَرۡجُواْ لِقَآءَ رَبِّهِۦ فَلۡيَعۡمَلۡ عَمَلاً۬ صَـٰلِحً۬ا وَلَا يُشۡرِكۡ بِعِبَادَةِ رَبِّهِۦۤ أَحَدَۢا

So whoever hopes for the Meeting with his Lord, let him work righteousness and associate none as a partner in the worship of his Lord. [18:110]

We ask Allaah for Ikhlaas, Thabaat and Husnul Khaatimah

Abu Mu-aawiyyah Abdullaah Al-Gambi