Some amazing gems from Shaykh Mokhtar’s lecture on Tazkiya.

  • May Allah make us of those who will drink a sip of that which will never make one thirsty again – Al Kawthar. The meeting of illuminated souls. Allahummaj ‘alna minhum.
  • There is an internal emotional attachment and longing inside of us towards that meeting. When our qalb leans towards something, gravitates towards something over another, that is called mahabbah.
  • The hubb of Allah is evidenced by the following of Rasulullah (Salallahu ‘alayhi wa’ala aalihi wa sahibihi wasallam) in everything.
  • The Prophet described the love of Allah for his ibaad as much more intense than a mother’s love for her child. Allah’s love is not for everything. Innallaha la yuhibbul kafireen
  • Have hub for Allah (even if it is because of the many bounties and favors He bestows upon you). Have hub of Allah because He has hub for you.
  • The one who has hub of Allah and Rasulullah (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) – It is by the hub of Allah that you have hub of Rasulullah (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam)
  • When someone is good to us, we tend to get attached to them. Realize in your heart how good Allah has been to you. Anything and everything we have is from Him.
  • We also incline to something because it is beautiful in itself, even if they did not do something to us directly. If we see that they benefitted the rest of the world, we tend to lean towards them. Husnu khalqin wa husnu khuluqin. When we see perceived beauty, the qalb leans towards it if the sight sees it. Our internal sight is what helps us discern and perceive internal beauty. You don’t see forgiveness, forbearance, the treasures of spiritual knowledge on the outside. Those of us who are defected in some way, may need more time to develop hub of Rasulullah (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam). When Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (radhiallahu ‘anh) would see Rasulullah, why would his eyes swell with tears? Why did the Sahaba rush to catch droplets of water from the Prophet’s wudhu? It was hub.
  • We are enemies and opponents to that we do not know. For example, not knowing the prophetic beauty out of our own ignorance.
  • Empty your heart for Allah, for Rasulullah (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam). Our attachment to things is a veil – a hijab between this love.
  • Ask Allah, beseech Him – Ya Allah, grant me the gift of your hubb
  • There is a difference between loving and being loved. A person can love and love and love but never receive that love back.
  • If you want to find out whether you are close to Allah: Look at how easy or difficult it is to do different actions that are pleasing to Allah (reading qu’ran, giving sadaqa, qiyam, siyam, etc). If you are so happy and take great pleasure at performing these acts, and it is easy for you – this is a sign that you are close to Allah. If it is difficult for you and you find yourself making excuses, and it is hard for you and you literally have to drag yourself to do these acts, then know that you do not have a close relationship with Allah.
  • Allahumma inni As aluka hubbaka wa hubba man-yuhibbuk. wa hubba’ amalin yuqarribu ‘ila hubbik.
  • Ya Allah, save me from any love except the love that will benefit me. Allahumma Ameen.
  •  وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ أَشَدُّ حُبًّا لِّلّهِ (Surah Baqarah: 165)
  • Allah is the creator of Love, not just the creations that we love. SubhanAllah. Love is an attachment. It is space occupied, energy used, time elapsed. May the greatest space in our heart be occupied with the love of Allah.
  • A Sahabi came to the Prophet and asked “When is the Hour?” matas sa’ah? He replied: “What have you prepared for it?” The question is not, when is it. The real question is what have you and I prepared for it, if we surely know there will be an end. He said, I’ve done Salah and Sawm, etc. but I have hubb for you Ya Rasulullah. He (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) replied “You will be with those whom you love.” Allahumajalna minhum.
  • Those who love Fir’own will be with Fir’won. Those who love their maal will be with their maal. Those who have hubb for Rasulullah, will be in the company of the best of creation-Muhammad (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam).
  • If you have affinity for someone or something in your heart, even if you have never met, your qalb is connected. That’s why the ‘ulema say that we should strive to have hubb for the Awliya of Allah ‘azzawajal. Perhaps Allah will bestow a special favor on those who have hubb for those who have hubb of Allah and His Messneger. This is an act of qurb –  an act of drawing closer to Allah subhanahu wata’ala.
  • Ya Allah, do not allow feelings inside of me except that which you allowed for your Rasul (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam). SubhanAllah, sometimes we want something so badly and the feeling is so strong that we think “oh it must be right,” So you ask Allah to fulfill it. Rather, our response should be to ask Allah for whatever is best for us, for that which will only bring us closer to Loving Him and His Messenger salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam.
  • The more you get to know Allah’s Messenger, the more you will love him, sallahu ‘alayhi wasallam.
-Fi Amanillah-

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