Steps of the Seekers

Steps of the Seekers (Madarij Al-Salikin): Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim’s Introduction


Low desires have put out the lamps of the hearts. The opinions of mortal men have shut the doors of divine guidance and lost the keys. Hearts are encrusted with the rust of their deeds and shut out of the realities of the Quran. The ailment of ignorance has so overcome them that even righteous deeds are of no avail. How odd, indeed! They choose to feast upon the vain opinions of mortals that neither replenish nor quell hunger, and to reject nourishment from the Words of the Lord of all the worlds, and the words of His Messenger. How shall they find their way in the darkness of men’s opinions and separate right from wrong when they fail to do this by the radiant light of the Sunnah and the Book?”

Translation from Ibn Al-Jawzi’s Sayd Al-Khatir (Quarry of the Mind) | Strength During Times of Hardship


THE BELIEVER’S FAITH is demonstrated during hardships. He fervently supplicates to His Lord, and does not see any signs of Him answering his pleas, yet his hopes and anticipation do not change, and even if the reasons for disappointment become stronger, he knows that for sure, the True One is more knowledgeable of the wisdom behind every happenstance (in his life).

It may be that what Allah wants from the believer is a display of patience or faith, for indeed He does not send upon him these hardships except that He wants from his heart submission to His will, so that He may see how the patience of His slave is, or He wants from His slave lots and lots of pleading and supplication.

As for those who want their supplications to be answered quickly, and start complaining if there is a delay, then this points towards a weakness in faith. Such a person feels that he has a right to have his supplications answered, and it is as if he is demanding a payment for his acts [of obedience].