“For the people of sins there are three great rivers with which they purify themselves in this world and if these do not suffice in purifying them, then they are purified in the river of Hell-fire on the Day of Judgement:
I. A river of sincere repentance.
II. A river of good deeds that drowns the sins that surround it.
III. A river of great calamities (that befall the sinner) that expiate (his sins).
Therefore, when Allah intends good for His slave, He enters him into one of these three rivers, so he comes purified and cleansed on the Day of Judgement, not requiring the fourth purification.
And the fourth purification:
The river of Hell-fire on Yawm al-Qiyamah.
So swim in the river of repentance and doing good deeds and have patience in the river of calamities. And do not neglect these before a day comes when you will be drowned in the river of Hell-fire whose fuel is men and stones.”
Madaarij as-Saalikeen 1/312, Ibn al-Qayyim

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Free In A World Of The Enslaved 

During the time of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم), those who entered Islam were of two types: those who remained in their lands with the general populace practicing the basic tenets of the religion, and those who took it upon themselves to migrate and join the Prophet in his expeditions. There are ahadith that show that the Prophet treated these two groups differently from each other due to their difference in status. For example, Muslim and at-Tirmidhi report that when appointing a leader to a battalion, he would instruct him on how to deal with those of the enemy who became Muslims, saying: “…invite them to migrate from their lands to the land of the Muhajirin, and inform them that if they do so, they will have all the privileges and obligations of the Muhajirin. If they refuse to migrate, tell them that they will have the status of the Bedouins, and will be subjected to the commands of Allah like the rest of the believers…” This distinction was simply of one group deciding to take upon its shoulders certain responsibilities in contrast to the other whose inactivity limited them to a very individualistic, localized, benign practice of Islam. One can in essence say that the Prophet divided the practice of the Muslims at the time into two types: the religion of the Migrants (Din al-Muhajirin, whose adherents took upon their shoulders the responsibilities of aiding and giving victory to Islam), and the religion of the Bedouins (Din al-A’rab, whose adherents did not go beyond the basics).
Although the depiction is of a situation that existed over a thousand years ago, it is an eternal pattern that Muslims will be distributed amongst these levels in every era and in every place. So, one can notice this distinction even amongst the practicing Muslims of the East and West. The Din al-A’rab of the past can be compared to the Islam that is limited to the five pillars, eating zabihah, and keeping the local mosque clean. Considering how difficult it is in the West to come across even these Muslims, imagine what joy comes to the eye and heart to see those who go a step further and reach the level of adhering to Din al-Muhajirin – those whose concern spans the entire Ummah, driving them to get up and become active workers for Islam, to dedicate their every minute to the service of Allah however they can no matter what other responsibilities clutter their busy lives, to have their hearts beat with the rest of the Muslims – all this with their heads raised high and paying no regard to those around them who eat and live like cattle, as it was said:
هكذا الاحرار في دنيا العبيد

Such are the free in a world of the enslaved…
Tariq Mehanna فك الله أسره 

At-Tawbah 

The earth trembles, the heavens have darkened, evil has appeared on land and on sea because of the injustices of the wicked, and evil doers. Blessings have disappeared, good deeds are less, and life has become corrupted because of the wickedness of the wrong-doers. The morning light and the night’s darkness shed tears, because of the awful deeds that are committed. Honorable writers among the angels and others from among them have complained to their Lord because of the prevalence of misdeeds and the supremacy of atrocities. By Allah! This is a warning of approaching torment, and forthcoming afflictions, so you have no resort except sincere repentance as long as repentance is still available.
Do not wait until there is no escape in which Allah says,
‎﴾ وَسَيَعْلَمُ الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوٓا أَيَّ مُنْقَلَبٍ يَنْقَلِبُونَ ﴿
“And those who do wrong will come to know by what overturning they will be overturned.”

[Quran 26:227]

• [Ibn al-Qayyim, Al-Fawa’id]

Narrated Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) : The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, ” Let the slave of Dinar and Dirham, of Quantify and Khamisa perish as he is pleased if these things are given to him, and if not, he is displeased. Let such a person perish and relapse, and if he is pierced with a thorn, let him not find anyone to take it out for him. Paradise is for him who holds the reins of his horse to strive in Allah’s Cause, with his hair unkempt and feet covered with dust: if he is appointed in the vanguard, he is perfectly satisfied with his post of guarding, and if he is appointed in the rearward, he accepts his post with satisfaction; (he is so simple and unambiguous that) if he asks for permission he is not permitted, and if he intercedes, his intercession is not accepted.”

      

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Book: Fighting for the Cause of Allah (Jihaad) – كتاب الجهاد والسير

Reference: Sahih al-Bukhari 2887

Muslims By Name, Kuffar By Actions 

Muslims By Name, Disbelievers By Actions
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah(رحمه الله):

Most Muslims are born to two Muslim parents, essentially becoming Muslims by name, without there being any actual faith on their part. Then, when they reach puberty, from them are those that are blessed with actual faith, performing their obligations. Likewise, from them are those who perform these acts out of ingrained habit, and just to go along with his relatives, the people of the land in which he lives, etc.

For example, he gives Zakah simply because it is a habitual tradition that the ruler collects tax, and not because he realizes either the generality or specifics of the obligation to pay it. So, in his eyes, there is no difference between the innovated tax and the legislated Zakah. Such is the case with the inhabitant of Makkah who goes out to ‘Arafat every year simply because this is the way it is done, without realizing the generality or specifics of this being an act of worship of Allah.

So, the acts of worship performed by such people is invalid, without a doubt. In fact, the texts of the Qur’an and Sunnah, as well as the consensus of the Ummah, are clear in the ruling that these actions do not fulfill the obligation placed upon their doer…

So, the Islam of most people is by name, only. Rather, it (faith) only enters into their hearts during the course of the matter (i.e., later in their lives), if it enters at all. So, were this intention not to be obligatory upon them, they would not at all attempt to have it, and their hearts would be empty of it, and they would essentially be hypocrites, carrying out their actions out of habit and imitation, as is the case with many people.

[Majmu al-Fatawa; 26/32]

Friends 


#Friends: 
The great Aalim Shaykh ‘Abdullaah ‘Azzaam (may Allah SWT accept him amongst the shuhadaa) said:
“A group of friends are all like each other, and the longer the friendship lasts, the closer the character and manners of each person in the group will be to the others. Do not believe that a good person can live for long with a corrupt person, unless the corrupt person improves and follows the example of the good person. This is why you should look for the good people, and a friend is like a chain: he will either drag you into Paradise, or drag you into Hell. He will either cause you problems or he will help you solve your problems.”
• Source: At-Tarbiyyah Al-Jihaadiyyah Wal-Bina, 5/35

Benefits Regarding Idiots and How to Deal With Them 

​Benefits Regarding Idiots and How to Deal with Them
Ibn Al-Jawzee, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said in his book: Akhbaar Al-Hamqaa wal-Mughaffileen (Narrations regarding the Foolish and Heedless):
“The idiot is known by six characteristics:

1. Becoming angry over nothing.

2. Giving to one who should not be given to.

3. Speaking regarding that which is of no benefit.

4. Trusting everyone.

5. Spreading secrets and not differentiating (in that) between his friend and his enemy.

6. Speaking about whatever comes to his heart whilst believing that he is the most intelligent of the people.”
Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“From the characteristics of the idiot is to be pleased with a lie if it is in praise of him and loving to be honored even if he does not deserve that.”
Ibn Aboo Zayd said:

“My father said to me: ‘My son, cling to the intelligent people and sit with them; and avoid the foolish people. For I have never sat with a fool and then departed except that I found deficiency in my intellect afterwards.'”
“Khaleel ibn Ahmad said:

“The people are of four types:

1. A man who knows, and knows that he knows. This is the scholar, so take from him.

2. A man who knows, but doesn’t know that he knows. This one has forgotten, so remind him.

3. A man who doesn’t know, and knows that he doesn’t know. This one is a student, so teach him.

4. A man who doesn’t know, and doesn’t know that he doesn’t know. This one is an idiot, so reject him.”
Bishr ibn Al-Haarith said: “To look at an idiot burns the eyes.”