The leniency of Allah toward his slaves is pre-eternal. As the child is born He sparks for him a river of milk coming out of the springs of his mother’s breast and implanted instinctual love towards him in the hearts of his parents until He overwhelms them with His grace. Yet, after this child grows up and becomes aware of the One Who bestowed all these graces upon him, he utilises all these graces in disobeying Allah. As the poet has said: ‘A person spends his nights wearing the robe of impiety, nevertheless Allah covers him with the shelter of His forbearance without knowing so.’ After he reaches the age of puberty and realises the peak of his strength he rushes to issue forth a challenge of disobedience! But for whose interest? And against whom? And to get to where? And who are you in the first place to proclaim a challenge? May Allah annihilate the one who does not appreciate His favours upon him.
O you! Allah has bestowed upon you a mercy incomparable to any other mercy; when you repent your sins he orders his Angels to overlook what he recorded against you, and when He judges you He covers your shortcomings so that others do not see the yellowness of your skin caused by your shame. O you! Allah had bestowed upon you a mercy incomparable to any other mercy; when you recent from your sins he orders his Angels to overlook what he recorded against you, and when He judges you He covers you shortcomings so that others do not see the yellowness of your skin caused by your shame. O you whose innate nature is that of purity, beware of debasing yourself with the filth of sins. Lift up the tails of piety above the trash of self-desires and beware of the sprays of mistakes so it does not touch your pure garments.
To observe your duties you should firmly shield yourself from sins so look ahead because “But of you slip after clear proofs have come to you, then know that Allah if Exalted in Might and Wise.” (al-Baqrah 2:209) And know that the fountain of your eyes shall wash off the dirt staining your heart.
Since your affairs were sound at your first day of “And mention when your Lord took from the children of Adam – from their loins – their descendants and made them testify to themselves, saying to them, “Am I not your Lord?” (al-Araf 7:172)
Thus you better rectify your affairs at the end so that what is in between be forgiven. O you who has been far away from his home is where it was said “Am I not your Lord?” (al-Araf 7:172) did you not long for it yet? As the poet said: ‘Give your heart to whoever you desire… for Love is only granted to the first lover’. O you who turned away from his Lord, what else kept you away from your Lord so you turned to it instead? Why have you let yourself be led by another? It is time for you to stand on the right path.
The moans of the sinners regretting their sins is more beloved to Allah that the exaltation of His glorifiers. the obedient is guided through his deeds, the sinner is humiliated because of his sins, and the mistaken plays the strings of his fearing Allah and chants the songs of shame.
It is amazing how the Possessor of the creation asks his slaves to drop a tear though He created the seven oceans; “And to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth” (al-Fath 48:14) Nevertheless he sends a message to you saying, “Who is it that would loan Allah goodly loan.” (al-Hadid 57:11)
Indeed Pride is His Garment and he is the One Who says to His slaves: “I was hungry but your never fed me.” (Recorded in Muslim) He cuts off the necks of tongues by using the sword of “He is not questioned about what He does, but they will be questioned.” (al-Anbiya 21:23) So no one should ever object then, when He comes in Grace saying to His slaves: “Is there anyone requesting anything so that I may fulfil it for him?” (Recorded by Ibn Rajab)
He cannot be encompassed by anything yet He is in the heart of those who draw near to Him in humility; He is unseen by the eyes but appears to the hearts.
I wonder at you! Allah draws near to you though He is in no need for you, whereas you are arrogant with Him though you are in need of Him. When you are far, he draws you near to Him and when you are negligent, He reminds you. He did not favour any other creation over you but nevertheless you still favour everything over Him. Lower the head of you regret before the commencement of the day at which you are blamed because then you will not have the face to answer any of that.
Seeds of Admonishment and Reform by Imam Ibn Jawzi pages 134-138