• counsel • in • fours •

Said Ibn Bilal said “Despite committing a sin, Allah still bestows four blessings on His sinful servant – He does not cut off his sustenance, He does not cause his health to deteriorate, He does not make the sin apparent on him for all to see, and He does not hasten his punishment.”

Hatim al-Asam said, “The one who delays four things until four others will find Paradise – sleep until the grave, pride until the accounting [of good and bad deeds], repose until after the crossing of the Siraat, and desires until entering Paradise.”

Hamid al-Laffaf said, “We searched for four things in four others and failed to find them there, but found them in yet another four things – we sought richeness in money but found it in contentment; we sought peace in opulence but found it in poverty; we sought pleasure in abudance but found it in good health; and we sought sustenenance in the earth and found it in the sky.”

Ali Ra said, “Four things, a little of which is still a lot – pain, poverty, fire, and enmity.”

Hatim Al-Asamm said, “Four things are not appreciated except by four types of people – youth is not appreciated but by the old, freedom from worries is not appreciated but by those afflicted with calamities, health is not appreciated but by those in poor health, and life is not appreciated but by the dead.”

The poet, Abu Nuwwas said:

My sins, if i think about them, are many *** But the mercy of my Lord is much vaster.
I do not hope for salvation in any good action I may have done *** Rather in Allah’s Mercy is my hope.
He is Allah my Lord who is my Creator *** And I am [in front of Him] a slave who obeys and submits.
If forgiveness is intended for me then that is mercy *** And if it is other than it then what am I to do?

– Ibn Hajar’s Preparing for the Day of Judgment, pg. 25

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One Response to “• counsel • in • fours •”

  1. Aish Al Akhirah Says:

    “Said Ibn Bilal said “Despite committing a sin, Allah still bestows four blessings on His sinful servant – He does not cut off his sustenance, He does not cause his health to deteriorate, He does not make the sin apparent on him for all to see, and He does not hasten his punishment.”

    SubhanAllah! When you see through the eyes of these pious men, you see nothing but humility and wisdom. masha’Allah. it’s amazing how the Ummah can derive so much knowledge and advice from just a few men. may Allah SWT have mercy on them. ameen

    jazakAllahu khayran for this.

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