Sunday, September 26, 2010

Love and hate moderately


"Be my sons, the clear meaning and the living example of the saying of Hudba bin al-Khashram al-Udhri:
Be a home for the good and shun the mean,
For verily you will see and hear (of such)
So long as you live.
Love when you love moderately,
For you never know when you may change.
Hate when you hate moderately
For you never know when amity may return."
- Al-Wasiyya of Shaykh Abd al-Mahmud al-Hayfan

O son, this serves as a new lesson to me, although I have heard of it before and despite learning from experience that loving or hating excessively could be harmful in the end and that we should love and hate only for the sake of Allah.

I also think that it is quite easy to 'be a home for the good' but I have always had difficulties to 'shun the mean', somehow. May Allah keeps us in good company always and protect us from evil men.

May Allah also give us the ability to see that good is good and give us the strength to do it. May Allah make us recognize that bad is surely bad and give us the strength to avoid it. Many a time, we know something is wrong, yet we are still tempted to do it or persist in doing it. La hawla wala quwwata illah billah.

O Lord, keep us on the Straight Path and most importantly make us love the one You love most Sayyidina Rasulullah s.a.w and love all who love You.

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