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 explains 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 manner, it’s modeled as sincere advice to his friend that will of course, be of wider benefit to all who read it IN SHA 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 the good life are found only in knowing Allāh, worshiping Him alone, feeling comfort and affability with Him, longing to meet Him, and devoting the heart and endeavors for Him.
The author, Imam Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (d. 751H), was one of the most prolific scholars of Islam. His inimitable and distinct understanding of Qur’an and Hadith was acknowledged by his peers, while his commentaries and interpretations remain unique in accuracy. He studied under Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah for sixteen years and accompanied him until the latter’s death. He authored over sixty works, covering a multitude of Islamic sciences; many of his writings are characterized by their touching address to the heart and soul. He was deeply pious and took great care in how he utilized his time.