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Thursday, March 25, 2004  

Selections from the Treatise of Mutual Reminding Among Loving Brothers, People of Goodness and Religion [On this Ephemeral world and Eternal Hereafter] God the Exalted says, and His utterance is the reality and His words the truth: He who seeks the harvest of the Hereafter, We increased his harvest; and he who seeks the harvest of this world, We give him of it here, but in the Hereafter he will have no portion (Qur’an, 18:7-8). And He says, Exalted is He: As for those who transgress and prefer the life of this world, Hell indeed is the abode (Qur’an, 79:37-39). The Messenger of God (may God bless him and grant him peace) said: This world is accursed, and accursed is what it is in it, except the remembrance of God, the learned, and those learning. Had this world weighed with God the wing of a gnat, He would not have allowed a disbeliever a sip of its water. This world is a dirty carcass. God the Exalted has made what comes out of the Son of Adam the example for this world. This world compared to the Hereafter is just like one of you dipping his finger in the ocean, looking at what is brings back. On the Day of Arising, everyone will wish that he had been given nothing of this world except the bare necessity. A difficult obstacle stands before you, and only those who are lightly laden will cross it. A man asked, “Am I one of the lightly laden, O Messenger of God?” He said, “Are you in possession of tomorrow’s provision?” He replied “No!” The Messenger of God (may God bless him and grant him peace) said, “Had you been in possession of tomorrow’s provision, you would not have been one of the lightly laden.” This world is fair and green and God has given you mastery over it to see how you will do. So beware of God. And beware of women, for by God, it is not poverty that I fear for you, but I fear that this world will be given to you freely as it was given to those before you, that you shall compete for it as those before you did, and that is shall destroy you as it destroyed them. Among the things I fear for you after me is that which will be given to you from among the beauties of this world, its ornaments and embellishments. Beware of this world for it is more enchanting than Harut and Marut 1. This world is the prison of the believer and the Garden of the disbeliever. God keeps the world away from His believing servant, just as a careful shepherd keeps his flock away from dangerous pastures. A sin cannot be forgiven: the love of this world. He who loves his Afterlife slights his world, and he who loves his world slights his Afterlife. Choose that which is permanent over that which is ephemeral! When this world is bitter, the Hereafter will be sweet; but when this world is sweet, the Hereafter will be bitter. Those who possess plenty will be those who possess little on the Day of Arising, except for those who do this and this. [The Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace) gestured with his hand as one giving away money.] Some people will be brought on the Day of Arising who have works like the mountains of Tihama, but these will be turned into scattered dust and they will be ordered into the Fire. They used to pray and fast and keep vigil part of the night, but when something of this world caught their attention, they pounced on it. What have I to do with this world? The likeness of myself and the world is that of a rider riding on a hot day: he rested under a tree for a while, then departed. He who wakes up in the morning, secure in his home, healthy in his body, possessing his day’s provision, he is as if the whole world had been given to him. He whose intention is the Hereafter, God makes him rich in his heart, gathers his affair for him, and the world comes to him subdued. But he whose intention is this world, God places poverty between his eyes, disperses his affair, and still nothing of this world will come to him save that which was written for him. Be in this world as a stranger or a passerby, and count yourself among the people of the graves. Renounce this world and God will love you. Renounce what is in people’s hands and people will love you. This world is the abode of he who has no abode and the wealth of he who has no wealth. He who is mindless amasses it; who has no knowledge grieves for it; he who has no understanding envies for it; and he who has no certainty rejoices in it. The love of this world never settles in the heart of a servant without him being afflicted with three things: preoccupation, the pressure of which never relents, poverty that never reaches sufficiency, and hope whose limit is never reached. This world and the Hereafter are both seekers and sought. He who seeks the Hereafter, the world seeks him until he receives all his provision, but he who seeks this world, the Hereafter seeks him until death grasps him by the throat. The fortunate is he who prefers that which is permanent and of lasting pleasures over that which is ephemeral and of endless torment. He is the one who gives of what is now in his hand for the sake of where he is going, before leaving it to those who will happily spend it after he has toiled to accumulate and monopolize it. May the servant of this world be wretched and abased! And if he is pricked may he not be treated! Renouncing this world relieves both the heart and the body, whereas desire for this world increases anxiety and sorrow. Idleness hardens the heart. Light when it penetrates into the heart, the latter enlarges for it expands. They asked, “Is there a sign for this?” He replied, “Shunning the abode of illusion, attending to the abode of immortality, and preparing for death before its occurrence.” ‘Ali [ibn Abi Talib], may God honor his countenance, said: The likeness of this world and the Hereafter is that of the east and the west; the nearer you draw to the one, the farther you move from the other. They are like the two wives, when you please the one, you anger the other. And they are like two vessels, one empty and the other full; when you pour into the empty one, the other diminishes accordingly. Al-Hasan al-Basri, may God have mercy on him, said: When love of this world enters the heart, fear of the Hereafter exits from it. Beware of worldly distractions, for no servant opens a door of this world without several doors of works for the Hereafter being shut before him. ________________________________________________________________________ 1.Harut and Marut are the two fallen angels who tempted the people of Babylon by teaching them how to make magic. But they always warned them first that to make magic was tantamount to disbelief. However, the attraction of what they taught was so great that people still went to them to learn, even having understood that to do so meant permanent punishment in Hell. And that which was sent down to Harut and Marut, the two angels at Babylon. Nor did they teach to anyone until they had said, “We are only temptation, so do not disbelieve!” (Qur’an, 2:102). -Imam 'Abdallah Ibn 'Alawi al-Haddad, Two Treatises of Imam al-Haddad



posted by SuFiSTiC | 3/25/2004 02:12:00 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.
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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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