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In this lecture, Ustadh Mahmud goes through these sayings from Munabbihat, the counsels of six.

Counsel 1:

Six things cause the hearts to become rotten:

(1) They sin with the hope of making tawbah (repentance) afterwards

(2) They seek Islamic knowledge but do not act upon it

(3) If they act upon their Islamic knowledge, they are insincere in doing the actions

(4) They enjoy the provisions (rizk) provided by Allah but they do not make shukr (express gratitude)

(5) They are not content about their Qadar (decree of Allah)

(6) They bury their loved ones but they don’t take heed

– Hassan al- Basri

Counsel 2:

Allah will inflict six punishments on the person who prefers this world to the hereafter: three punishments in this world and three in the Next World

Those punishments of this World are:

(1) Tulul aml (lengthy hopes/ pipe dreams)

(2) extreme greed without any contentment

(3) the sweetness of worship is taken away

Those punishments of the Next World are:

(1) the harrowing ordeal on the Day of Judgment

(2) a severe accounting (on the Day of Judgment)

(3) eternal regret

– Hassan al- Basri

Counsel 3:

(1) There is no rest for the envious person

(2) There is no moral integrity for the liar

(3) There is no well being for the miser

(4) There is no loyalty for kings

(5) There is no nobility for the ill- mannered

(6) There is no abrogation for Allah’s decree (taqdir)

– Ahnaf bin Qays (r.a)

Counsel 4:

Once a wise man was asked about how one could discern if his repentance was accepted or rejected by Allah.  He replied:  This is impossible to say. However there are some signs of one’s repentence being accepted. These are

(1) The person whose repentance is accepted always assumes that he is still vulnerable to committing sin

(2) His heart is not at peace but is worried about finding salvation in the Next World

(3) He looks out for the company of pious men and seclusion from impious people

(4) He considers little wealth of this world to be colossal and his great many virtuous deeds for hereafter as meager.

(5) He concentrates on obeying Allah’s command and remains indifferent  about matters which Allah will take care of

(6) He controls his tongue, is ever repentant and worried about (his status in) the Next World

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