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“Make your motto the fear of Allaah…”

“Here is the advice of a concerned friend, who sends it to you clothed and shaded in his desire to see good for you, and in the most eloquent and magical of words.”

Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (rahimahullah) says:

O you who seeks to save himself * Listen to the words of a loving advisor;
In all of your affairs, hold tightly to Revelation * And not to desirable hallucinations;
And give victory to the Book of Allah and the traditions *That came from the one sent with the Criterion;
And strike every denier with the sword of Revelation * Just like the Mujahid would strike over the fingertips;
And carry on with truthful zeal * The way of the sincere and brave who are dedicated to Allah;
And remain firm with patience under the banner of guidance * And if you are harmed in the process, it is for the Pleasure of the Merciful;
And make the Book of Allah and authentic traditions your weapons * And strengthen your soul;
Who will fight and present himself * Or compete on the battlefields?
Openly preach what the Messenger came with* And do not fear the lack of helpers;
And avoid two garments whose wearers* Will be censured and destroyed;
The garment of ignorance that comes with * The garment of partisanship – what terrible clothes!
And decorate yourself with fairness and justice * The best garment to beautify the chest and shoulders;
And make your motto the fear of Allah and advice of the Messenger
* And champion these two matters; And hold firmly to His rope and Revelation
* And depend on Him as He deserves…

  • Taken from Manners of the Knowledge Seeker (p.52)
By Shaykh Abu ‘Abdillah Muhammad Sa’id Raslan

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