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Wednesday, March 10, 2004  

Certitude and Detachment God has said (the mightiest and most noble of speakers is He): This is the Book, in which there is no doubt, a guidance for those who have fear [of God], believe in the unseen, establish Prayer, and spend of that which We have bestowed upon them; and those who believe in that which is revealed to you [O Muhammad] and that which was revealed before you, and are certain of the Hereafter. It is they who are upon guidance from their Lord, and it is they who are successful. (Qur'an, 2:1-5) That is the Last Abode; We assign it to those who seek not exaltation on the earth nor any corruption. And the ultimate end is for those who are God-fearing. (Qur'an, 28:83) Whoever desires the harvest of the Hereafter, We give him increase in its harvest; and whoever desires the harvest of the world, We give him of it, and of the Hereafter he has no share. (Qur'an, 42:20) And [the Prophet] said (may blessings and peace be upon him and his family), "The sagacious person is he who accuses himself and works for what comes after death. The incapable person follows his self's passions and indulges in [illusory] hopes [concerning] God." And he said (may blessings and peace be upon him and his family) to 'Abdallah ibn 'Umar (may God be pleased with both), "Be in the world as a stranger or a wayfarer, and count yourself among the people of the graves." When the following verse was revealed, Is he whose breast God has expanded for Islam, so that he follows a light from his Lord, (Qur'an, 39:22), the Companions asked [the Prophet], may blessings and peace be upon him, what this expansion was, and he replied, "Light. When it enters the heart, the breast expands for it and enlarges." They then asked whether this had any signs and he replied, "To shun the abode of illusions and attend to the abode of permanence, and to prepare for death before it ascends." Those who reflect on these noble verses and on the prophetic hadiths and sayings of the righteous predecessors, may God's mercy be on them all - whether the great among the Companions, Followers, or those who followed them with excellence and possessed certitude about God, His Messenger, and the Last Day (with its promises, threats, painful punishment for the unbelievers and the depraved, and permanent happiness in the Garden of Bliss for the people of taqwa, certainty, and excellence) - will lose all desire for the world's cheap material possessions and its ephemeral, confusing, and disturbing pleasures, and will experience great longing for the permanent abode, where bliss is perpetual and free from all blemishes and disturbances. They will be diligent, strive seriously, and devote all of their time, breaths, states, movements, and moments of rest to that which will save them from God's wrath and punishment and will be of advantage to them in the life-to-come. They will abstain from all that is worldly except what is strictly necessary to enable them to devote themselves to acquiring useful knowledge, superior character, and good works, so as to attain their goal. They will abstain from sharing in or competing for the pleasures, appetites, and passions which are pursued by the heedless and the unaware, who resemble sheep and cattle and about whom God the Exalted says, Those who are like cattle, they are even worse; those are the heedless (Qur'an, 7:179). They will be in the state indicated by Imam al-Shafi'i (may God's mercy be upon him) when he said: If you know not this world, I do; both its sweet and bitter things were brought to me. But a putrefied carcass it is, surrounded by dogs, quarreling over it. Avoid it and you are peace to its people. Pull it, however, and its dogs will pull you. Another poet says: When the intelligent ones test the world they see it as an enemy in friendly clothes. Yet another says: Move away from the world; seek not to wed her. For she is the one who slays her husband. Her favors never match her parts of fear; observe her; more often you will see offense. In sum, the person of intelligence, perspicacity, and resolution is he who dedicates most of his time in preparing for his life-to-come and gathering provisions for the appointed time. He should not allot time for other things save those which are necessary to help him along, and he should do so with caution and frugality, using worldly things sparingly, and listening attentively to the words of his Prophet, may blessings and peace be upon him and his family, who said, "What do I have with the world? With regard to this world, I am like a rider that moves on a summer day, who takes rest under a tree, and then departs and leaves it." And, "Had the world weighed with God so much as the wing of a gnat, he would not have given a disbeliever a sip of its water." And, "The world is the prison of the believer and the paradise of the disbeliever." It is God who grants success; He is the Protector, the Helper. -Imam 'Abdullah ibn 'Alawi al-Haddad, Knowledge and Wisdom (Fusul al-'ilmiyah wal usul al-hikamiyah)

posted by SuFiSTiC | 3/10/2004 10:58:00 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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