Eight things I learnt from Shaqeeq


It was narrated that Shaqeeq [ibn Ibraheem] al-Balkhee said to Haatim [al-Assam- his student]:

You have accompanied me for a long period of time, so what have you learnt?

Haatim replied:


Eight things:


The first:

I looked at the creation and found that every person has something that is beloved to him, but when that person reaches his grave, he would depart from his beloved. So I made the most beloved thing to me my righteous deeds, so that they may be with me in my grave.


The second:

I looked at the saying of Allaah the Elevated:

{… and restrained himself from impure evil desires and lusts. } [An Naazi’aat: 40]

So I strove against my self, repelling desires and lusts from it until it settled upon obedience to Allaah.


The Third:

I saw that whoever possessed something valuable would keep it in a safe and secure place, I then looked at the saying of Allaah the Glorified:

{ Whatever is with you will come to an end, and whatever is with Allaah will remain.} [An Nahl: 96]

So whenever something of value came into my possession, I gave it in His cause, so that it may remain for me with Him.


The Fourth:

I saw that people return to wealth, lineage and nobility, and they are all worthless, so I looked at the saying of Allaah the Glorified:

{Indeed the most honourable of you with Allaah are those who have Taqwaa } [Al Hujuraat: 13]

So I worked on attaining Taqwaa so that I may be honorable with Allaah.


The Fifth:

I saw that people envy each other, so I looked at the saying of the Elevated:

{ It is We Who portion out their livelihood between them } [Az Zukhruf: 32]

So I forsook envy and jealousy.


The Sixth:

I saw them taking each other as enemies, so I looked at the saying of the Glorified:

{ Surely, Shaytaan (Satan) is an enemy to you, so take (treat) him as an enemy } [Faatir: 6]

So I left their enmity and took Shaytaan as my only enemy.


The Seventh:

I saw that they humiliate themselves in pursuing provision, so I looked at the saying of Allaah the Glorified:

{ And no moving (living) creature is there on earth except that its provision is due from Allaah. } [Hood: 6]

So I concentrated on what was due to Him from me, and left what was due to me to Him.


The Eighth:

I saw them dependent upon their trades, professions and health, so I depended upon Allaah the Glorified.


[Ahmad ibn ‘Abdur Rahmaan al-Maqdisee, Mukhtasar Minhaaj al Qaasideen, pg-28; Translator: Abu Abdul-Waahid, Nadir Ahmad ]

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