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Monday, March 15, 2004  

Humility I believe that the first test of a truly great man is his humility. I do not mean by humility, doubt of his own powers. But really great men have a curious feeling that the greatness is not in them, but through them. And they see something divine in every other man and are endlessly, foolishly, incredibly merciful. John Ruskin (1819-1900) Assalamu'alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh. Fellow enthusiasts of the perfection of character through the religion of Allah, al-Islam. In no way should we be credited for transmitting knowledge brought down to us by Allah through his beloved Messenger, the Prophet Muhammad (may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him and his family) and His fellow Saints, the ones brought near. This blog is just one of the various means of realising and understanding that the Path towards Him is an arduous, yet fulfilling experience. We seek to heighten the awareness within ourselves first, then our dear visitors through knowledge easily accessible to some but not to others. Credit should be given to the fellow translators and publishers of texts which, once only available to the Arabic-speaking world, has now come down upon us. We hope that with each visit made by a fellow enthusiast, we receive Allah's blessings and aid. We hope that visitors benefit from the knowledge transmitted through this blog and we sincerely hope that each visitor leaves with a prayer for us. Abu Hurairah, R.A., reported the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) asked: "Do you know who is the 'Muflis', i.e, bankrupt or penniless? The listeners replied, 'Messenger of Allah, the poor among us is the 'Muflis' who does not have any money or property.' Then the Prophet (PBUH) said: ' Al Muflis' in my Ummah, i.e, nation, is that person who will come on the Day of Judgment backed with (the good deeds of) Salat, Zakat, Fasting, and Hajj, but also with a number of injustices to others such as abusing this one, taking the property of that one, slandering this one, hitting another, or shedding the blood of someone else. Thereafter his good deeds will be taken one after another and given to this person or that person, who were wronged by him. As his good deeds get exhausted before his wrong deeds are all settled, some of the evil deeds of the wronged persons will be allocated to him, and he will be thrown into Hell-fire. " (Related by Imam Muslim) The hadith above strikes fear upon our hearts. Yet with all that fear, our hearts are still inclined to laziness in worship and still oblivious to the trappings of this world. By sharing with our dear visitors knowledge, through the means of this blog, we hope that Allah gives us ample reward which will benefit us on the Day of Judgement. Amin. Wassalam

posted by SuFiSTiC | 3/15/2004 08:58:00 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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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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