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Saturday, July 12, 2003  

On Consciousness of God (Taqwa) Part 2 of 2 It is said that Abu Hanifa used to avoid sitting in the shade of a tree that belonged to someone to whom he had loaned money. He would say, "This derives from the hadith, 'Every loan drawing interest is usury.'" It is told that Abu Yazid al-Bistami washed his robe in the desert. He had a companion with him. The man said, "Let's hang up your robe to dry in the wall of this vineyard." He answered, "No, don't drive a peg into somebody's wall." His companion said, "Then we'll hang it on a tree." "No," he returned, "it may break the branches." "We'll spread it out on the grass." "No, the animals eat it. We will not block it off from them." So he turned his back to the sun, with his robe on his back, until one side of it dried. Then he turned it until the other side dried. Abu Yazid al-Bistami went into the congregational mosque one day and drove his staff into the ground. It slipped and rested on the staff of an old man next to him who had also stuck his staff in the ground and knocked it down. The old man leaned over and picked up his staff. Abu Yazid went to his house and asked for forgiveness. He said, "The reason you bent over was my negligence in driving in my staff which made it necessary for you to do so." He was once seen at the doorstep of a bathhouse server. When asked why, he answered, "It is the place where I disobeyed my Lord!" On being questioned further, he said, "I removed from this wall a bit of clay with which a guest of mine cleaned his hand and I did not ask the permission of its owner so that it would be lawful." Ibrahim bin Adham said, "I spent the night under the Rock in Jerusalem. When part of the night had passed, two angels descended. One of them said to his fellow, 'Who is here?' 'Ibrahim bin Adham,' answered the other. 'That is the one whom God, glory be to Him , lowered by a degree!' 'Why?' 'Because he bought some dates in Basra and one of the dates belonging to the grocer fell among his dates. He did not return it to its owner.' Ibrahim said that he went back to Basra, bought dates from that man and let fall a date into the man's dates and then returned to Jerusalem and spent the night at the Rock. When part of the night had passed, suddenly he found himself with two angels descended from heaven. One of them said to his companion, 'Who is here?' 'Ibrahim bin Adham,' the other replied, and added, 'He is the one whom God returned to his place and whose degree was raised!'" It is said that God-wariness has various aspects. For the common people it is to guard against attributing equals to God. For the elect it is to guard against acts of disobedience. For the saints, it is to guard against attempting to gain things through actions. For the prophets, it is to guard against the attribution of actions to themselves, since their fear of Him is from Him and towards Him. Ali, the Commander of the Faithful said, "The most noble of humanity in this world are the generous, and the most noble in the next world are the God-wary." Ali bin Ahmad al-Ahwazi reported ... from Abu Umamah from the Prophet, "If someone has looked upon the beauty of a woman and lowered his eyes without looking again, God has created an act of service for him whose sweetness he will find in his heart." I heard Muhammad bin al-Husayn say ... he heard Muhammad bin Abd Allah al-Farghani say, "Junayd was sitting with Ruwaym, al-Jurayri and Ibn Ata. Junayd said, 'No one who is saved is really saved except by sincerity in taking refuge. God Most High said, "And upon three who were opposed until the earth with its expanse became narrow for them..." - and so on, to the end of the verse [9:118]. Ruwaym said, "No one is saved except by sincere carefulness of the rights of God. God Most High said, 'God will rescue those who have been careful with their gains' [39:61]." Jurayri said, "No one who is saved is really saved except by the respect which comes of loyalty. God Most High said, 'Those who are loyal to the covenant of God and do not violate the pact, for them is the final abode' [13:20-22]." Ibn Ata said, "No one who is saved is really saved except by actualizing the shame that comes from real awareness of one's state. God Most High said, 'Does he not know that God sees?' [96:14]." No on who is saved is really saved except by the judgement and decision of God. God Most High said, "Those to whom good has come from Us previously will be removed far (from hell)" [21:101]. No one who is saved is really saved except by being chosen beforehand. God Most High said, "We chose them and guided them to the straight path" [6:87]. -Imam Abu-l-Qasim al-Qushayri, Principles of Sufism (Risalah Qushayriyyah)



posted by SuFiSTiC | 7/12/2003 03:53:00 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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