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Ten Useless Matters March 2, 2007

Posted by Muhajirah in Hereafter, Ibn al Qayyim, Imaan, Islam.
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By Imam Ibn ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah

There are ten useless matters:

  1. Knowledge that is not acted on
  2. The deed that has neither sincerity nor is based on following the righteous examples of others
  3. Money that is hoarded, as the owner neither enjoys it during this life nor obtains any reward for it in the Hereafter
  4. The heart that is empty of love and longing for Allah, and of seeking closeness to Him
  5. A body that does not obey and serve Allah
  6. Loving Allah without following His orders or seeking His pleasure
  7. Time that is not spent in expiating sins or seizing opportunities to do good
  8. A mind that thinks about useless matters
  9. Serving those who do not bring you close to Allah, nor benefit you in your life
  10. Hoping and fearing whoever is under the authority of Allah and in His hand; while he cannot bring any benefit or harm to himself, nor death, nor life; nor can he resurrect himself.

However the greater of these matters are wasting the heart and wasting time. Wasting the heart is done by preferring this worldly life over the Hereafter, and wasting time is done by having incessant hope. Destruction occurs by following one’s desires and having incessant hope, while all goodness is found in following the right path and preparing oneself to meet Allah.

How strange it is that when a servant of Allah has a [worldly] problem, he seeks help of Allah, but he never asks Allah to cure his heart before it dies of ignorance, neglect, fulfilling one’s desires and being involved in innovations. Indeed, when the heart dies, he will never feel the significance or impact of his sins.

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1. Rasheed Gonzales - March 3, 2007

as-Salâm ‘alaikum wa rahmatullah,

Something not really related to the content of the post, but more related to Arabic.

The shaikh’s nickname is Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (ابن قيم الجوزية) and he was called that due to the fact that his father was the caretaker of the Jawziyyah library, hence the title “Qayyim al-Jawziyyah” (قيم الجوزية). Qayyim is mudâf ilaih to al-Jawziyyah, thus it does not take the alif-lâm when written in full. The scholars usually refer to him as Ibn al-Qayyim for short.

2. inpursuitofjustice - March 3, 2007

Jazaks for the useful reminder sis. Do you have the reference for the Ibn al-Qayyim points?

3. Manas - March 3, 2007

How strange it is that when a servant of Allah has a [worldly] problem, he seeks help of Allah, but he never asks Allah to cure his heart before it dies of ignorance, neglect, fulfilling one’s desires and being involved in innovations.

Makes me worried. I remember one more Hadith He will not enter the heaven if his heart has even an ant’s equivalent of pride.

May He forgive us and save us from fire. And may He make the Path easy to tread.

4. Hafsa - March 3, 2007

Good question Rasheed. I’ll ask my arabic teacher.

Manas, I hear you. Scares me. You have to listen to an online class organized by Sunni Path. It’s called Pride and Humility

Shaykh Abdul-Kareem’s event – Pride and Humility’ Event Recording Now Available:
http://academy.sunnipath.com/mod/resource/view.php?id=15422

May Allah save us from pride and engrain humility in our hearts, ameen!

5. Rasheed Gonzales - March 4, 2007

Good question Rasheed. I’ll ask my arabic teacher.

as-Salâm ‘alaikum wa rahmatullah sister,

It wasn’t question, I was just making a correction to the name written for the shaikh in the article posted by sister Muhajirah.

6. Muhajirah - March 5, 2007

as salaamu alaikum

rasheed, jazaak Allah khaire for pointing that out, however, insha’allah if its not too much hassle, please explain why the qayyim does not take ‘al’ (i dont understand what mudaf alaih means)

if i say just ibn al qayyim, thats correct right? because its idhafa so qayyim takes al. But when you say his name in full, thats when u ommit the al from qayyim (because of mudaf alaih)? Am i understanding what u said, or am i talking rubbish?

inpursuitofjustice, wa iyaak.

Sorry i dont have a reference, i got this from the Quran wa Sunnah yahoo mailing list

Manas, jazaak Allah khaire for the hadith and ameen to the dua

Hafsa, ameen to the dua

wa alaikumusalaam

7. Rasheed Gonzales - March 6, 2007

as-Salâm ‘alaikum wa rahmatullah,

rasheed, jazaak Allah khaire for pointing that out, however, insha’allah if its not too much hassle, please explain why the qayyim does not take ‘al’ (i dont understand what mudaf alaih means)

if i say just ibn al qayyim, thats correct right? because its idhafa so qayyim takes al. But when you say his name in full, thats when u ommit the al from qayyim (because of mudaf alaih)? Am i understanding what u said, or am i talking rubbish?

It’s not a hassle at all. First, when you say “Ibn al-Qayyim” it’s correct. With idâfah you have the mudâf (what is attributed) and the mudâf ilaihi (what it is attributed to). So in the case of Ibn al-Qayyim (ابن القيم), the mudâf = ibn, and the mudâf ilaih = al-Qayyim, both words are definite forms, but since Ibn is mudâf, it does not take the alif-lâm. The mîm (م) at the end of ‘qayyim’ will take a kasra, such that the name is pronounced ibnul-qayyimi.

Ibn a-Qayyim’s father was the caretaker for the Jawziyyah library, thus his title was Qayyim al-Jawziyyah. In this case, the mudâf = qayyim, and the mudâf ilaih = al-jawziyyah. So for the same reason that “ibn” in the first case does not take the alif-lâm, “qayyim” in this case does not take the alif-lâm. This construct doesn’t not change when you add “ibn” in front of the whole title: Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (pronounced ibnu qayyimil-jawziyyah). Qayyim in this case takes is both mudâf and mudâf ilaih (it is the mudâf of al-jawziyyah and it is the mudâf ilaih of ibn).

I hope that makes sense.

8. Muhajirah - March 6, 2007

wa alaikumusalaam

Jazaak Allah khaire akhi, i understand

I learnt something new today….

9. Rasheed Gonzales - March 7, 2007

al-Hamdulillah. I’m glad I could help.


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