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Tuesday, May 20, 2003  

On spiritual culture [tasawwuf] and what it is based on I advise you to be dutiful and obedient to Allah, to maintain the outer observance of the sacred law and the integrity of your inner feeling, to be generous of soul and cheerful of countenance, to spend freely on charity, to prevent suffering, and to endure pain and poverty. Respect the dignity of the elders, and maintain friendly relations with the brethren. Offer good counsel to young and old, give up controversy, and be sympathetic. Always put others before yourself, and never be a miser. Stop keeping company with those who do not share our interest in the spiritual life. Be ready to help in matters religious and worldly. The real meaning of poverty is not depending for your needs on people like yourself, while the real meaning of affluence is being able to do without people like yourself. Spiritual culture [tasawwuf] is not acquired through long palaver, but through going hungry and giving up things that are familiar and pleasant. The initiation of the spiritual pauper [fuqara'] is not through knowledge, but through friendliness, for knowledge disturbs him, while friendliness puts him at his ease. Tasawwuf is based on eight qualities: 1. Generosity like that of our master Abraham (on him be peace); 2. Cheerful resignation like that of Isaac (on him be peace); 3. Patience like that of Job (on him be peace); 4. Symbolic expression like that of Zachariah (on him be peace); 5. Exile like that of John (on him be peace); 6. Wearing simple wool clothing like Moses (on him be peace); 7. Wandering like Jesus (on him be peace); and 8. Poverty like that of our Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him, his brother Prophets and Messengers, and the family and companions of each one, and grant peace to them all). -Shaykh 'Abdul Qadir al-Jilani, Revelations of the Unseen (Futuh al-Ghayb)



posted by SuFiSTiC | 5/20/2003 01:33:00 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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