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Friday, February 27, 2004  

Consult Your Own Hearts The pleasures of this world are delightful from a distance before the actual test. Consult your own hearts. To follow one's own desires is to flee from God and to spill the blood of spirituality in the presence of His justice. This world is a trap, and desire is its bait: escape the traps, and quickly turn your face towards God. When you have followed this Way, you have enjoyed a hundred blessings. When you have gone the opposite way, you have fared ill. So the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, "Consult your own hearts, even though the religious judge advises you about worldly affairs." Abandon desire, and so reveal His Mercy: you've learned by experience the sacrifice He requires. Since you can't escape, be His servant, and go from His prison into His rose garden. When you continually keep watch over your thoughts and actions, you are always seeing the Justice and the Judge, though heedlessness may shut your eyes, still, that doesn't stop the sun from shining. -Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, Mathnawi VI, 377-384

posted by SuFiSTiC | 2/27/2004 10:01:00 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."
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)
Abu Bakar Balkhi
Md Mubaraq
Md Firdaus

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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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