From the Secrets of al Faatihah and What it Contains

By Shaykhul –Islaam Ibn Qayyim al-Jawzeeyah as-Salafi -Rahimullaah-

Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya

Shamsuddeen Muhammad bin Abee Bakr Ibn Qayyim al-Jawzeeyah (d.751 A.H.) -Rahimullaah- said:

Two Strengths ‘The human being has two strengths: The strength of researched knowledge and The strength of practical firm determination of actions.

A human’s complete happiness is dependent upon the perfection and completion of the two strengths of knowledge and firm determination of actions. As for the perfection and completion of the strength of knowledge, then this is achieved by knowing his Creator and his Originator, knowing His Names and Attributes; by knowing the path which leads to Him, and by knowing what causes weakness in following that path, and by knowing himself and his shortcomings and mistakes. Having awareness of these five points, leads the human to achieve perfection in the strength of knowledge. The most knowledgeable of the people are those who know and understand these points the most.

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