Another successor to the Companion, ‘Ata ibn Abi Rabah understood the purpose of creation and thus was heedful of his accountability to Allah. He methodically organized his time since childhood.
- Born as a slave, his first concern was serving his owner. He performed all of his chores as quickly and skillful as possible, so that none could say that he was lazy or negligent.
- He also reserved an equal portion of his time to worship Allah, so he could devote himself to prayer alone during this portion of the day.
- Finally, he reserved a portion of ihs time for learning and seeking knowledge. He sought out the remaining venerable Companions of the Prophet sallahu alyihi sallam.
- Extraordinary degree of self-control which never granted him an opportunity for self indulgence.
- He was exacting in how he spent his time, and would net waste it on frivolous actions or speech.
Once traveling with a caravan, ‘Amir ibn Abdullah at Tamimi (successor to the companions) made camp when night fell. He tied his horse, collected grass and fodder for her to last the night then disappeared into the dense bushes and trees. He kept walking until he reached a small hillock, where he the Qiblah and began to perform Salah. He performed it perfectly with total devotion and concentration. He supplicated:
My God, You have created me by Your command, and have placed in the vanity of this world according to Your will. Then You have told me to control myself. Yet, how can I control myself if You, in Your subtle manner, do not exert control over me. You are the One with strength and firmness. My God, You know that if I possessed everything in this world, and was asked to give it all up in order to please You, I would give it to whoever requested it. I ask of You, the Most Compassionate, grant me the salvation of my soul. My God, my love for You has made it easy for me to bear any calamity, and to be satisfied with any fate. Because of my love for You, I no longer concern myself with my material condition.
‘Amir continued prayer throughout the night till dawn. After the morning Salah, he supplicated, “O Allah, morning has come, and everyone ahs begun to move about seeking Your bounty. Every person is in need of something. What I need from You is your forgiveness. You, Who are Most Generous, please grant my need as well as the needs of others”. Aameen.
Source: Portraits (vol.1) – Abdul Rahman al Basha
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This Surah, like surah Falaq is a mu’awadatayn surah. When we read it, we are seeking refuge in Allah from the evil whispering of shaytan. Now that we have concluded the Quran, this is the time Shaytan will come and try to attack us, and try to make us return to our old ways. This is why it is so important to read this surah, seeking protection from Shaytan and his tricks. It is also emphasized to seek refuge in Allah alone, since that is main message of the Quran-Worship Allah alone.