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Wednesday, March 17, 2004  

The Path Will the seeker of God be content to be far? Nay, for he needeth no less than Union. The true seeker hath a sign on his face, A light shineth gleaming upon his forehead. Ever near is he, courteous, reverential, Resolute, forbearing before censure, true friend Honouring. His purpose all purposes transcendeth: Naught can prevent him, the steep he seeth as level. He hath no aim aside from his mark. Longing for family diverteth him not, nor blame. Fair his description, he needeth no other But this, most excellent, that he seeketh the Truth. Whoso is Its seeker, he maketh his quest Sole object of his eyes. Then strippeth he his soul Of all faults he can detect, and when stripped, robeth it In their opposites. God's slave at each time and place, His bounden debt of worship fulfilling, He addeth theereunto of his own free will, Until the truth is his Hearing, Sight, Tongue and Utterance, and Hands and Feet. He dieth before his death to live in his Lord, Since after this death is the supreme migration. He calleth himself to account ere he be called, He herein most fitted to act for the Truth. The Truth's Being he seeth before his own, And after it, and wheresoever he turn. Alone God was, and with Him naught else. He is now as He was, lastly as firstly, Essentially One, with naught beside Himself, Inwardly Hidden, Outwardly Manifest, Without beginning, without end. Whate'er thou seest, Seest thou His Being. Absolute Oneness No 'but' hath and no 'except'. How should God Essence Be confined with a veil? No veil there but His Light. -Shaykh Ahmad Ibn Mustafa al-'Alawi Selections from The Letters of Shaykh Mawlay al-'Arabi ad-Darqawi Occupy yourselves with what your Lord has commanded and not with yourselves when someone directs abuse towards you, whether he is one of you or not. If you do not come to your own assistance, Allah ta'ala will help you and take care of your affair. If you come to your own assistance in it and take charge of you affair, Allah - Glory be to Him! will let you take care of it. You have no power to do anything, "Allah has power over everything." The shaykh, the wali of Allah ta'ala, Sayyidi Qasim al-Khassasi, may Allah be pleased with him! said, "Do not be occupied at all with the one who abuses you. Be occupied with Allah and He will drive him away from you. He is the One who makes him move against you in order to test your claim to true sincerity. Many people have erred in this matter. They are occupied with the abuse of the one who abuses them so the abuse will continue in wrong action. Had they returned to Allah, He would have driven them away from it all and their proper business would have been enough for them." May Allah have mercy on you! Take that which will kill your self and give life to your heart. The root of good things lies in freeing the heart from love of this world. I wrote to one of the brothers: "The cause of deviation from right action is love of this world. The one who turns to it with his heart and limbs is the one who turns away from Allah with his hearts and limbs. The one who turns away from Allah with his heart and limbs is the one who is very much wantonly astray and a great wrongdoer. Had it not been that iman is firm in his heart, we would have judged him to be a kafir." May Allah have mercy on you! Take that which will kill your self and give life to your hearts as we told you since there is no way for us to reach the presence of our Lord except after the death of our selves, no matter what we do. The shaykh, the wali of Allah ta'ala, Sayyidi Abu Madyan, may Allah be pleased with him! said, "Whoever does not die, does not see Allah." One of the brothers complained to us about someone who was acting hostilely towards him with injustice. We told him, "If you wish to kill the one who oppresses you, then kill your self. If you kill it, you will kill all your oppressors with that one blow. May the curse of Allah be on those who lie!" Then we said to one of them, "Disappointment, all disappoinment is that the form of your self appears to you and then afterwards its abode is still full and its traces have not been obliterated. You should always burden it with whatever is heavy for it until you kill it since the life of the heart lies in killing it as one of the masters said, "The life of the heart is only in killing the self." One of them said, "Love is a bride, and the self is the bride-price. The hearts only have life after the death of the self." There are many more statements to this effect. When one of them struck a jew because of vanity, injustice, and oppression, and told us about that, we said to him, "Do not strike a jew nor christian nor anyone else. If there must be blows then strike your self, and keep on beating it until you kill it. Do not leave it a single snake." We like our brothers to be like that since all faults lie in the faqir with the live self. As for the faqir with the dead self, he is safe from faults and he always sees the unseen worlds. He is the master of all people in spite of them. Allah ta'ala has given to him. We urge you with every possible means to always have cleanliness, bereftness, and contentment. Truly, none is bereft unless he has killed his self and recognised his Lord. Whoever has not done that, he is not bereft. Gathering concentration on Allah gathers one to Allah. Gathering concentration on other-than-Allah gathers one to other-than-Allah. We seek refuge with Allah from other-than-Allah being with Allah! "Allah was, and nothing was with Him. He is now as He was." -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 | 3/17/2004 05:06:00 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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