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Wednesday, April 16, 2003  

There are three forms of culture: worldly culture, the mere acquisition of information; religious culture, following rules; elite culture, self-development. -Syaikh 'Ali al-Hujwiri, Revelation of the Veiled The Lover Who Slept A lover, tired out by the tears he wept, Lay in exhaustion on the earth and slept; When his beloved came and saw him there, Sunk fast in sleep, at peace, without a care, She took a pen and in an instant wrote, Then fastened to his sleeve, a little note. When he awoke and read her words his pain (Increased a thousandfold) returned again - "If you sell silver in the town," he read, "The market's opened, rouse your sleepy head; If faith is your concern, pray through the night - Prostrate yourself until the dawning light; But if you are a lover, blush with shame; Sleep is unworthy of the lover's name! He watches with the wind throughout the day; He sees the moon rise up and fade away - But you do neither, though you weep and sigh; Your love for me looks like an empty lie. A man who sleeps before death's sleep I call A lover of himself, and that is all! You've no idea of love, and may your sleep Be like your ignorance - prolonged and deep!" -Syaikh Fariduddin 'Attar



posted by SuFiSTiC | 4/16/2003 05:46:00 PM |
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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