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Thursday, April 17, 2003  

Love, Love alone can kill what seemed dead, The frozen snake of passion. Love alone By tearful prayers and fiery longing fed, Reveals a knowledge schools have never known. Love is a common denominator for mankind. The Sufi, having penetrated its secrets to the tasting of the true reality which lies behind, returns to the world in order to convey something of the steps of the Path. Those who remain intoxicated by the wayside are not his concern. Those who wish to go further must study him and his works. -Idries Shah, The Sufis What do You Know? The people knew that Mulla Nasruddin was generally intolerant of preachers and lecturers, so they asked him to give a sermon. He climbed into the pulpit and said: "Do you know what I am going to speak about?" "No," everybody answered. "If you are so ignorant, I am not going to waste time speaking to you," Nasruddin said and climbed down from the pulpit. The following day he put the same question to them. This time everyone's answer was, "Yes, we know." "If you know," Nasruddin replied, "then what am I here for?" And he left the mosque. The third day, to the same question, half of the worshipers said, "We know," while the other half said, "We don't know." So Nasruddin responded: "Let those who know tell those who don't."



posted by SuFiSTiC | 4/17/2003 08:19:00 AM |
As for him who fears to stand before his Lord and restrains the ego its desires, the Garden is shelter.
(The Snatchers:40)
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "The Fire is surrounded by all kinds of desires and passions, while Paradise is surrounded by all kinds of disliked, undesirable things."
(Bukhari)
Whoever does good at night is rewarded during the day and whoever does good during the day is rewarded at night. Whoever is sincere in abandoning a desire is saved from catering to it. God is too noble to punish a heart that has abandoned a desire for His sake.
(Abu Sulayman ad-Darani)
Beware of your ego, and trust not its mischief;
The ego is worse than seventy devils.
(Arabic Poem)
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I seek God's forgiveness, and do not claim that my intention in producing this Blog is confined to good religious purposes; how may I do so when I am aware of the hidden desires, egotistic passions, and worldly wishes that I harbour? I do not claim innocence for myself; the ego is indeed an inciter to evil, save when my Lord shows mercy; my Lord is indeed Forgiving, Merciful. O God! I seek Your protection against my committing idolatry [shirk] knowingly, and Your forgiveness for that of which I am not aware! I ask God to make me and all other believers benefit from this Blog and to render my production of it purely for the sake of His Noble Countenance.

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