The Journey to Allah

This Ramadan 1441AH/2020 we will be reading The Journey to Allah by Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali.

Introduction

Bukhari records on the authority of Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said,

“Your actions alone will not save any of you.”

They asked, “Messenger of Allah, not even you?”

He replied,

“Not even me, unless Allah were to envelop me in His Mercy. Be firm, steadfast and balanced, and journey [to Allah] in the beginning of the day, the end of the day, and a portion of the latter part of the night. Moderation, moderation! Through this will you attain your goal!” (Bukhari 6463)

He also recorded this hadith in another place with the wording,

“This religion is easy, none makes it hard upon himself except that it overwhelms him; therefore be firm, steadfast, and balanced; upon which have glad tidings! Seek help in this by journeying [to Allah] at the beginning of the day, at the end of the day, and a portion of the latter part of the night.” (Bukhari 39)

He also records on the authority of Aishah, may Allah be pleased with her, that the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said,

“Be firm, steadfast, and balanced upon which have gold tidings for indeed actions alone will not cause one to enter Paradise.”

They asked, “Messenger of Allah, not even you?”

He replied, “Not even me, unless Allah were to envelop me in His forgiveness and mercy.” (Bukhari 6467)

He also records on her authority that the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said,

“Be firm, steadfast and balanced: know that your actions alone will not be a cause for your entry into Paradise and that the most beloved actions to Allah are those that are done continuously and persistently, even if they be few.” (Bukhari 6464)

The noble ahadith detail a great and important principle from which stem many issues related to the journey to Allah while wayfaring along His Path.

The Journey to Allah by Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali Pages 16-17