Quote … Unquote … no. 13
May 18, 2009 3 Comments
Here’s another quote from the same brother who sent me the previous one. This one’s quite nice and gives us all (including myself, especially in recent days) something to seriously ponder on.
Allah, glorified and exalted is He, created this human race for Himself and laid special claim to it. He created everything for it and on account of it, just as in the divine narration, “Son of Adam, I created you for Myself and I created everything for you. So by My right upon you, do not distract yourself with what I created for you from what I created you for.” In another narration, [He said], “Son of Adam, I created you for Myself, so do not play. I guaranteed your provision, so do not toil. Son of Adam, seek Me, you will find Me. If you find Me, you will have found everything while if I eluded you, everything will have eluded you—and I am more beloved to you than everything.” He, glorified and exalted is He, made the prayer a connective cause to His closeness, dialogue [with Him], His love, and intimacy with Him.
Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah
Kitâb Asrâr as–Salâh wal-Farq wal-Muwâzanah bain Dhawq as–Salâh was-Samâ’, pgs. 68-69.
For those wanting to see the original Arabic of the quoted passage, you can see the image below (click it to see the full image). May Allah reward and bless the brother who sent me the quote for also sending me the scan.
Some interesting notes taken from the scan and added to the quote above:
 “[H]uman” is not in [manuscript] س.
 “[O]n account of it” is not in [manuscript] ط, and in [manuscript] ع is “He created everything on account of it.”
 Ibn al-Qayyim mentioned this narration in [several] of his writings. He mentioned it in his book Tarîq al-Hijratain (83, 367) and in Rawdah al-Muhibbîn (304). Shaikh of Islam Ibn Taimiyyah mentioned it, as in Majmū’ al-Fatâwâ (1/23), and al-Munâwî, as in Faid al-Qadîr (2/305). All of them said, “and in the divine report.” This expression is said sometimes for narrations narrated from the Children of Israel; and it is the [more] acceptable [opinion] regarding the likes of this narration.
 “[S]o do not play” is not in [manuscript] م.
 In [manuscript] ط is “better.”
 Ibn Kathîr mentioned this narration in his exegesis (4/239) and said, “and in some of the divine books.” Ibn al-Qayyim mentioned it in ad-Dâ’ wad-Dawâ’ (141) and in Tarîq al-Hijratain (83, 367) and al-Munâwî in Faid al-Qadîr (4/305). All of them traced it back to the divine report or narration, alluding to it [being] from the Israelite [traditions]; and each of the two previous narrations are correct in meaning.