Heartfelt Advice To a Friend
In this short yet substantial tract of ibn al-Qayyim, he pens a message of heartfelt advice and appreciation to a friend of his by the name of ‘Alā’ Al-Dīn; invoking Allāh’s Kindness, Guidance and Blessing upon him. Within this translation of ‘Risalatu ibn al-Qayyim ila’ Ahadi Ikhwāwanihi’, the author explain the finer points of having a need in seeking Allāh’s Guidance in all of our affairs and the means to persist upon the Straight Path. The risalah includes six weighty elements by which a Muslim can achieve happiness and pleasure; and through which righteousness can be perfected. The knowledge-based content of the book reflects ibn al-Qayyim’s attention to detail, while explaining it in an easy to understand manners, it’s modelled as sincere advice to his friend that will of course, be of wider benefit to all who read it insha’Allah. He commented that,
If you come to know what I have explained (in this message), you will then know that the ultimate pleasure, perfect delight and rejoice, grace and good life are found only in knowing Allāh, worshipping Him alone, feeling comfort and affability with Him, longing to meet Him, and devoting the heart and endeavours for Him.