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Monday, March 01, 2004  

Exhorting to Perseverance in Remembrance and Reflection What really counts on the path of God the Exalted, having obeyed commands and avoided forbidden things, is to persevere in remembering God; so keep to it, O disciple, in all situations, with heart and tongue, at all times and places. The invocation which contains the meaning of all invocations and the fruits, invisible and visible, is La ilaha illa’llah. This is the invocation which people of beginnings are enjoined to keep and which people of ending return to. He would delight in tasting some of the secrets of the path and having some of its realities unveiled before him, let him be intent on remembering God, the Exalted, with a heart that is present, courtesy that is abundant, attention that is sincere, and concentration that is piercing. Whenever these are combined in a person, to him is revealed the highest Malaku, his spirit beholds the realities of the World of Utmost Purity, and the eye of his secret witness the Highest and Holiest Beauty. And reflect in abundance, O disciple. Reflection is of three kinds. The first is reflection on the wonders of [Divine] Power and marvels of the heavenly and earthly kingdoms. And its fruit is gnosis of God. The second is reflection on the gifts of God and His graces. And its fruit is the love of God. The third is reflection on this world, the next, and the states of creation in both. And its benefit is turning away from this world and becoming attentive to the Hereafter. How to Rebuke the Soul From Being Lazy in Obedience and Inclined Towards Disobedience If you feel, O disciple, that your soul, through laziness and sloth, moves away from submission and good actions, then lead it back by the reins oh hope, remind it of what God has promised those who obey Him: vast bounty, permanent bliss, grace, and contentment, eternity in the vastness of the Garden, honor, and high rank and eminence accorded by God the Exalted and His servants. If you feel that your soul is leaning toward rebellion or heading for sin, then use the whip of fear to rebuke it. Remind it of that with which God has threatened those who disobey Him: humiliation, calamity, debasement and vengeance, expulsion and deprivation, dejection and loss. Beware of falling into the error of those who strayed and belittled the Garden and the Fire! Magnify what God and His Messenger have magnified and act only for the sake of God, for He is your Lord and you are His slave. Ask Him to let you enter His Garden and ask His protection from His Fire by His grace and mercy. Should the Devil – may God curse him! – tell you that God, Transcendent and High is He, neither needs you nor your deed, that neither your submission will benefit Him, nor your rebellion harm Him, reply to him, “This is true! But I am the one in need of the graces of God and the good deeds. I am the one who benefits by submission and is harmed from disobedience. This is what my Lord has said to me in His Noble Book and on the tongue of His Messenger (may Allah bless him and give him peace).” If [the Devil] then says to you, “If, in the knowledge of God, you are among the fortunate, you will inevitably end up in the Garden, whether you submit or rebel; and if, in the knowledge of God, you are among the wretched, you will end up in the Fire, even if you are obedient!” You must ignore him for the decree is hidden; only God knows and none of creation has anything to do with it. Submission and obedience are the surest proof of good fortune; nothing stands between the obedient and the Garden should he die in a state of obedience. Whereas disobedience is the surest proof of wretchedness, nothing stands between sinner and the Fire should he die in a state of sin. The States of the Soul and Being Patient Know, disciple, that the beginning of the path is patience, and its end is thankfulness. Its beginning is difficulty, and its end is bliss. Its beginning is toil and weariness, and its end is opening, unveiling, and arrival at the ultimate goal which is gnosis of God, arrival to Him, being comforted by Him, and standing in His noble Presence with His angels standing before Him. The one who makes gracious patience the foundation of all his affairs attains to every goodness, reaches everything that he hopes for, and wins all that he seeks. Know that to begin with, the soul is “inciting,” it exhorts to evil and forbids good. When one resists its commands and patiently endures what comes from contradicting its whims, it becomes a “reproachful” soul. The reproachful soul is changeful because it has two faces, one “serene” and the other “inciting.” It can be this on one occasion, and that on another. If one then gently guides it and leads it by the reins of desire for what God has in store, it becomes serene, enjoining good and finding its pleasure and comfort in it, and forbidding evil and being repelled and fleeing from it. The one whose soul is serene is greatly amazed by the way people turn away from acts of obedience and [turn away] what they bring on of delight, comfort, and pleasure; and then they rush into rebellion and lusts and what they hold of grief, estrangement, and bitterness. [The possessor of the serene soul] may think that the way they taste these two states is the same as his; he then draws on his own experience for comparison and remembers how pleasurable he had once found it to satisfy his lusts, and how bitter to perform acts of obedience; then he understands that he had only reached his present state after a long struggle, and by the immense grace of God. You now know that it is but patience to stay away from sins and lustful desires and to keep to acts of obedience that makes you reach everything that is good, every noble station, and every lofty state. Has [God] not said, Transcendent and High is He, O you who believe, have patience, persevere, be vigilant, and fear God, that you may succeed! (QURAN, 3:200)? And He said, Exalted is He, And the gracious word of your Lord was fulfilled in the Children of Israel because of their patience (QURAN, 7:137); and He said, And We made of them leaders to guide by Our signs (QURAN, 32:24). And a hadith says, “Certainty and determined patience are among what you possess the least. The one who has a share of these is not worried by what he misses in night worship and day fasting.” - Imam Abdallah Ibn Alawi al-Haddad, Two Treatises of Imam al-Haddad

posted by SuFiSTiC | 3/01/2004 05:14:00 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."
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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