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Friday, March 19, 2004  

Know that death does not pounce at a specific time, situation, or age, but it is certain to pounce. Therefore, preparing for it has priority over preparing for this world. -Hujjatul Islam, Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali Moving Toward God is Compatible With Earning, Divesting Oneself of the Means of Livelihood is Not Required Know that it is not necessary for a man who wishes to enter the path to God to leave his wealth, craft, or commerce. What is necessary for him is to fear God in what he does, and to have moderation in pursuing his livelihood so as not to miss obligatory or supererogatory acts of worship. Neither should he fall into the forbidden, nor the superfluous which is of no help on the way to God. Should the disciple know that his heart would not be firm, nor his religion safe, except by shedding off his wealth and all other means, then this becomes incumbent upon him. If he has wives and children who require expenditure and clothes, he has to provide their needs and strive for this. If he becomes incapable of doing so due to any of the reasons acceptable by Shari'a, he will be blameless and safe from sin. O disciple, know that only when you realize that your days in this world are few and your death near, will you be capable of acts of obedience, of avoiding lusts, and of turning away from this world. Keep your ultimate end before your eyes, make ready for death, and know that it may descend upon you at any moment. Beware of long hopes, for they sway you toward love of this world and make it difficult for you to persevere in obedience. Be intent on worship or devote yourself to the path of the Hereafter. From the realization of the nearness of death and the brevity of time comes all good. Seek this, may God grant you and us success! Love of This World The Messenger of God (may God bless him and grant him peace) said, "The love of this world is the head of every sin." Moreover, it is at the root of every affliction, the origin of every calamity, the essence of every temptation, and the source of every hardship. Its evil has spread in these times and has become a grave danger, involving everyone. It is exhibited shamelessly as if it were not disgraceful and reprehensible. It has taken over the hearts of people and resulted in their excessive eagerness to work for the world and accumulate its debris. They roam about with their nets, fishing for suspect and illegal wares, as if God had made affluence in this world an obligation, just like Prayer and Fasting. For this reason religion is losing its landmarks: the lights of certitude are being extinguished, the tongues of the reminders are silent; the paths of guidance have disappeared; and the paths of ruin are increasingly treaded. By God! This is the blind and deaf temptation, dark and black; where no prayer is answered and no caller heard. The Master of all Prophets (may God bless him and grant him peace) spoke truly when he said, "Each nation has its temptation, and that of my nation is money. Each nation has its calf, the calf of my nation is the dinar and the dirham." In other words, each nation has something particular to which it inordinately attends to that leads to neglecting the worship of God, just as the Children of Israel attended to the worship of the [golden] calf, abondoning the worship of God, Exalted is He. And God knows best. -Imam 'Abdallah Ibn 'Alawi al-Haddad, Two Treatises of Imam al-Haddad

posted by SuFiSTiC | 3/19/2004 01:31:00 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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