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Sunday, March 14, 2004  

On the Essential Tasks of Every True Believer The Shaikh (may Allah be well pleased with him, and grant him contentment) said: Three things inevitably demand the attention of every believer under all circumstances: A commandment to be obeyed, a prohibition to be respected, and a divine decree to be accepted with good grace. In even the most trivial situation, at least one of the three is bound to apply. The believer must therefore keep his mind and feelings focused upon them, talk to himself about them, and practice the physical self-discipline they require of him at all times. -Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani, Revelations of the Unseen (Futuh al-Ghaib) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- On Sorrow Woe unto you! You want to get something in return for nothing? This will never fall into your hands. Pay the price of something and then take it. The person who has a nice life (in this world) will not find enjoyment (in the hereafter). Endure with patience the care and sorrow of this world in order to experience the happiness of the hereafter. Your Prophet (Salla Allah ta’ala ‘alayhi wa sallam) was in permanent sorrow and continuous reflection. He (Salla Allah ta’ala ‘alayhi wa sallam) was given to frequent worship though he had his faults forgiven, both those which had past and those which were yet to come. He (Salla Allah ta’ala ‘alayhi wa sallam) used to reflect on the creatures, in one time, and on the Creator, in another. He (Salla Allah ta’ala ‘alayhi wa sallam) used to reflect on what would happen to his nation after him. When al-Hasan al-Basri (may Allah confer mercy upon him) would leave his house, he would look as if he had been dug out of his tomb, with the mark of sorrowfulness and sadness showing on his face. Sorrowfulness remains characteristic of the believer under all circumstances until he meets his Lord (‘Azza wa Jall). The people of Allah stick to a state of muteness until they are granted the permission to speak to the people. They are brought together with the righteous persons who speak to them and guide them to the One whom they seek, so they come to have perfect speech. If their hearts incline towards creatures, the hand of jealousy would pull in their reins. It closes the door until they apologize and repent. Once their repentance has become genuine, it reopens the door to them and brings their hearts near. -Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani, Purification of the Mind (Jila' Al-Kathir)



posted by SuFiSTiC | 3/14/2004 04:10:00 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."
(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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