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This is a heart with life in it, as well as illness. The former sustains it at one moment, the latter at another, and it follows whichever one of the two manages to dominate it. It has love for Allah, faith in Him, sincerity towards Him, and reliance upon Him, and these are what give it life. It also has a craving for lust and pleasure, and prefers them and strives to experience them. It is full of self-admiration, which can lead to its own destruction. It listens to two callers: one calling it to Allah and His Prophet salallaahu ‘Alaihi wa salaam and the akhira; and the other calling it to the fleeting pleasures of this world. It responds to whichever one of the two happens to have most influence over it at the time.  – By Ibn Qayyim


Bismillah, Was Salaatu Was Salaam Ala Rasool Allah

The amount of benefit from Ilm Fest 08 was amazingly great as expected.  I learned so much alhamdulillah but I’ll share just one of the things that really “touched” me.  Someone asked Shaykh Waleed the following question, “Whenver I gain new knoweldge I feel proud, is this wrong?”

Shaykh Waleed in his cute accent replied “Scholars say Knoweldge is of three levels…”  This is when I started listening very carefully because to me whatever was to be uttered from his tongue afterwards was very important.  The levels of knowelge are…

1) Pride – This is the first level when a person feels proud that he/she has learned something new that others do not know.

2) Humbleness – After he/she has gained more knoweldge then they reach this level and become more humble.

3) Ignorance – This is the highest level when a person realizes that how much he/she really does not know.

I thought that was very intresting and TRUE! I hope this benefitted everyone 🙂