Close to Allah Quote – Ibn Qayyim

Every time the sheep is close to its shepherd it is more safe from the wolf and every time it becomes distant from its shepherd it is closer to destruction. So its sanctuary is when it is close to its shepherd because the wolf takes the lonely one from the flock and this is the one which is the furthest one of the flock from the shepherd. The basis of all of this is is that every time the heart is distant from Allaah the harmful things are quick in approaching it and every time it is close to Allah the harmful things become distant from it.

The Greatness of Allah

He commands and prohibits, creates and gives provision, and gives death and gives life. He raises and lowers people’s status, alternates night and day, gives days (good and not so good) to men by turns, and causes nations to rise and fall, so that one nation vanishes and another emerges. …

Five things that can corrupt the heart

From Madarij as-Salikin we learn that the following are five things that can corrupt the heart: Company of worldly people Endless wishes Attachment to other-than-Allah Excessive Eating Excessive Sleeping. These five things extinguish the light of the heart and weaken its will to tread the path of truth and enlightenment—the …

Sacrifice is part of the path.


This week I was asked by the local Imam if I would accept to be made the President of the Masjid.
The Shura council wants to meet with Me tonight to give my answer.

After much deliberation, I have decided to not accept. I know it would be an excellent chance to possibly obtain a lot of good deeds, InshAllah. More than an excellent chance to help quite a lot of various people and maybe even right a few previous wrongs on my behalf. It would be rewarding from Allah too, InshAllah, if I did a good righteous job of it with good intentions, of course. The possible rewards are so numerous I feel them and can almost taste them.

So you might be asking…..why the NO then?

Because I believe it would have a negative impact on my tazkiyah alnafs. I could see it harming my spiritual path and the bad outweighing the good.

The position of Masjid president is an executive position of course, even though I have always viewed it as it should be, the position of a servant to the entire community.

Because of it’s varying and comprehensive duties it involves dealing with fitna on many levels. It is so sad, that that is the case, in our Muslim communities these days but it is true. As anyone who has served before well knows. Being President is not a bad thing, we must have doers and leaders, but if a person believes it will “overall” hinder a persons worship to Allah then it must be sacrificed.

So I will not let anything get in my way of seeking Allah’s pleasure. The stress that the position comes with can also take up valuable energy that I could spend in other, hopefully more productive and rewarding Muslim endeavors. It is a great opportunity that might never come again, however, the main thing is, for Me, to never let anything distract Me from this path of tazkiyah alnafs. Absolutely nothing. So being prudent and making tough choices is part of this path. Of that their is no doubt. If it doesn’t cost you or even hurt, is it really a sacrifice.

I must practice what I preach on this website….

1-Making my actions solely for Allah Subhana Wa Ta Ala.

2- Mercy and forgiveness for All, especially those that hurt me, wanting peace for all, especially myself because We have binding rights upon ourselves in Islam.

3- Constantly on the path of tazkiyah alnafs” to attain Ihsan.

4- Sharing the path with others because sharing the path is truly sharing love. Without Love their would be no Islam.

5-Learning Sabr

6- Practicing Zuhd

7- following the above items carefully, while constantly making Tawbah.


So for now, I will be president of my own affairs, under Allah Subhana Wa Ta Ala of course. Always asking Him to guide and help Me in everything, to give Me the good, have mercy on Me, to help Me have mercy and compassion on others, to always, no matter what the cost, never ever give up the path of purifying myself for and by Him and to gladly share it with others.

Now,  why did I tell you all this.
I am preparing you. This path will be full of sacrifices. I mean full. This for Me was a big one as I had a vested interest in the Mosque as a Muslim. As we all should. Sacrifice. Sacrifice. Sacrifice. Get ready for them. I am warning you in advance. I never said this path was easy. I said, Ask Allah to help and guide you.

Ya Allah! I ask you to Give Me Sound Judgement in “My Own” affairs. Ameen.

Please Make Du’aa for Me. Those are not just words. I mean it. Please Make Du’aa for Me.


Preparing for the Journey by Purifying your intentions

Set your intentions and pave the way to success.


Before we embark on any journey we usually ask ourselves “Why are we going ?”

Now if it is a regular vacation or business trip. Then without realizing it, we have already unconsciously asked and answered it without even realizing it. Happens so fast and automatic that We don’t even give it a second thought. Going to relax, going to see Grandma, going to close that business deal. Whatever it may be, We know the Why automatically.

This Path is very different though. Everything that will be done needs to be contemplated, as contemplating actions, slowing down and examining your Heart, is part of the path.

So let us ask ourselves Why? Why do we want to take this journey to increase our spiritual purity and our inclinations. Of course it has benefits for us that are numerous. Becoming a better person, Serenity, Tranquility, increased Morals. All those are excellent. We know that, but is that it.

You ˹alone˺ we worship and You ˹alone˺ we ask for help”.

Qur’an 1:5


The various benefits to us as servants will come, InshAllah, but they can NOT be our sole motivation or intention on this path. It can not be all about you. It must be; about, for and to Allah Subhana Wa Ta Ala. Not because He will give us something but because He alone is surely worthy.

This is important because Actions are based on Intentions. Your actions may not always be correct but InshAllah they will not be too far off if your intentions were right to begin with.

We say it every day in our Salah.

So if you are a bit unsure of the “Why?” you want take this journey and that it is for Allah to seek His pleasure, then find a place you can be alone.
A peaceful place if possible, a place that you can think and make uninterrupted Du’aa. Spend some quality time, don’t make it hasty. Take a good long time to speak to your Lord.

Ask Allah to help you to thoroughly search your intentions.

Take some time to deeply think. Then after your contemplation,

Make Du’aa, ….

Praise Him first, then tell Him your inner desire. That you want to be closer to Him in everything you do. Ask Him with everything you have in you to purify your intentions in asking for this So that the one and only intention left, will be the intention to seek His pleasure. A servant seeking the pleasure of His Master and also to constantly guide you on this path to have Him purify you. Ask Him to make you steadfast then thank Allah for guiding you. Praise Him for His uncountable blessing. Ameen.

(This is just a very SHORT outline. Make Du’aa to Allah for as long as you will)

Then firmly commit yourself to it with the Help of Allah.

The very act of purifying your intentions, with the help of Allah, in your quest to seek Him is nothing less than worship. It is very important. Please do not skip this step or give this step less significance than it deserves. If our intentions are only to better serve Allah and purify ourselves for and as worship.

That is it.

That, for now, is all I want you to do.

Please realize, that the Path you are committing to does not have to include Me or this website. You are committing to Allah. Maybe you will never read even one more of my words again after today.
Just please, please, do not let your commitment falter. Committing your self to Tazkiyyah and the striving for Ihsan while relying on Allah are THE most important. Even if you NEVER come back to this website remember that you have committed yourself and don’t give up. Allah Subhana Wa Ta Ala will surely help you and guide you.

Send Me an email and let Me know how you made out with setting your intentions, if you like.