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Monday, March 15, 2004  

The Intellect The Sun’s Light shineth in the Moon of the dark. I am of its branches, and it is my Root. Our intelligences are made drunk with the wine of love, As though we were mad, yet mad we are not. Thou seest us amongst men, but we are not as thou seest, For our Spirits shine clear above the highest heights. Ours is an intelligence, as flawless jewel, Exquisite in beauty; it perceiveth naught but God. This is the bond which bindeth, be it but glimmering. Folk, ye are welcome, the elect of your Lord, The works of His Art, made perfect for Himself. You hath He privileged by lifting the veil From the Light of His Face. What gratitude can give thanks For the Infinite? Yet give what gratitude ye may Unto Him who hath vouchsafed what transcendeth all price. Exult then upon the Throne and upon the soil of earth, For ye, none but ye, are the slaves of God. In you bodies that were bone-dust have life For ye are of God’s Spirit that entered into Adam, Breath that Gabriel breathed into Mary. Dance then in ecstasy and pride and joy, And trail ye the robes of the glory that is your due. -Shaykh Ahmad Ibn Mustafa al-'Alawi Selections from The Letters of Shaykh Mawlay al-'Arabi ad-Darqawi If you want to travel the Path quickly and to immediately obtain realisation, you must perform obligatory prayers and what is confirmed of superogatory good actions. You should learn outward knowledge as it is necessary since our Lord is only worshipped by means of it. Do not pursue it since it is not desired that you penetrate deeply into it. What is desired is to penetrate deeply into the inward. Oppose your passion and whims. If you do that, you will see wonders. Good character is Sufism with the Sufis and the Deen with the people of the Deen. You should always flee from the sensory as well since it is the opposite of the meanings. Two opposites are not joined together. Whenever you strengthen the senses, you weaken the meanings, and whenever you strengthen the meanings, you weaken the senses. Listen to what happened to our master at the beginning of his affair, may Allah be pleased with him. He had threshed three measures of wheat, and told that to his master, Sayyidi al-'Arabi bin 'Abdillah. He said to him, "If you increase in the sensory, you decrease in meanings. If you decrease in the sensory, you increase in meanings." The matter is perfectly clear because even after you have smelt people for a long time, you will never catch a whiff of the scent of meanings in them. You only smell the smell of sweat on them. That is because the sensory has completely overpowered them. It has seized their hearts and limbs. They think that their profit is in it so they plunge into it and absorb themselves in it alone. They are occupied with it alone and they are only happy in it. They cannot separate from it at all. However, a large number of people have separated themselves from it on order to immerse themselves in the meanings by their separation from it for the rest of their lives, may Allah be pleased with them and give us the benefit of their baraka. Amin. Amin. Amin. It is as if Allah ta'ala had not given them meanings, although each of them has a part in them as the seas have waves. Had they known that, sensory things would not have distracted them from meanings. Had they known that, they would have found that inside themselves are oceans without a shore. Allah is the authority for what I say. -Shaykh Mawlay al-'Arabi ibn Ahmad ad-Darqawi, The Darqawi Way - The Letters of Shaykh Mawlay al-'Arabi ad-Darqawi (Rasa'il Mawlay al-'Arabi ad-Darqawi)



posted by SuFiSTiC | 3/15/2004 12:36:00 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."
(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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