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Monday, March 22, 2004  

Truly when a man loves a thing, he repeatedly mentions it, and when he repeatedly mentions a thing, even if that may be burdensome, he loves it. Thus the beginning of invocation is burdensome, until intimacy and love of the One Invoked result. And then finally it becomes impossible to endure without invocation. The cause turns into an effect and the fruit becomes fructified. This is the meaning of the saying of a man: 'I struggled with the reading of the Qur'an for twenty years and I enjoyed it for twenty years'. -Hujjatul Islam, Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali The Merit of Gathering for Invocation The Emissary of God (may God bless him and grant him peace) said, 'Whenever people sit in a gathering invoking God, the angels welcome them, and grace descends upon them, and God mentions their names to those who are beside Him (That is, the angels)'. [Muslim, Dhikr] He said (may God bless him and grant him peace), 'There are no people who gather invoking God (Exalted is He!) and thereby desire nothing but His Face, without a herald from heaven calling upon them, "Rise up, O forgiven ones! Your sins have already been replaced with good deeds"'. [Tabarani, Aswat] He also said (may God bless him and grant him peace), 'Those who sit in the assembly with no invocation of God (Glorious and Exalted is He!) and no calling for blessing upon the Prophet -- they will all grieve on the Day of Resurrection'. [Tirmidhi, Dhikr] David (upon who be peace) said, 'My Lord! If You find me leaving the gatherings of rememberers [of God] for those of the heedless [of Him], then break my legs before I reach them. For that would be a grace which You could bestow upon me'. The Emissary of God (may God bless him and grant him peace) said, 'The pious assembly atones for two million evil assemblies on behalf of the believers'. [Daylami, Musnad al-firdaws] Abu Hurayra (may God be pleased with him) said, 'Truly the people of heaven gaze down at the houses of the people on the earth where the name of God is being invoked, just as the stars gaze down'. Sufyan ibn 'Uyayna said, 'When people gather to invoke God, Satan and the World retreat. Satan says to the World, "Don't you see what they are doing?" The World says, "Leave them alone. For when they are dispersed, I will catch them by the neck and bring them to you"'. A story about Abu Hurayra. He once went to the bazaar and said, 'I see you here, while the legacy of the Emissary of God (may God bless him and grant him peace) is being distributed in the mosque'. So the people went to the mosque, deserting the bazaar. But they did not see the legacy and said, 'O Abu Hurayra! We did not see any legacy being distributed in the mosque'. He said, 'What did you see, then?' They said, 'We saw people invoking God and reciting the Qur'an'. He said, 'That is the legacy of the Emissary of God'. [Tabarani, Saghir] Al-A'mash related, on the authority of Abu Salih, who heard from Abu Hurayra and Abu Sa'id al-Khudri, who heard the Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace) saying, 'Verily, God (Great and Glorious is He!) has angels hovering over the earth, besides the recording angels for men [khuttab al-nas]. When they find people invoking God, they call out to one another, “Now, come to the object of your search!" And the [other] angles come and surround them and go up to heaven. And God says, "What did you leave My servants doing?" They reply, "We left them praising You, glorifying You and saying, 'Glory be to God!'" Thereupon God asks, "Have they seen Me?" "No", they say. Then He says, "How would it be, if they saw Me?" They say, "If they saw You, their praise, extolling and glorification would be much strengthened". He asks them, "From what do they seek protection?" "From the Fire", they reply. He asks, "Have they seen it?" "No", they say. God asks, "How would it be, if they saw it?" They reply, "If they saw it, they would be more anxious to flee from it and to shun it". God asks, "What are they seeking?" "Paradise", they say. God asks, "Have they seen it?" "No", they reply. God asks, "How would it be if they saw it?" They reply, "If they saw it, they would be more desirous of it". God says, "Verily I testify to you that I have already forgiven them". They say, "Among them is So-and-so, who did not want them, but has come only out of a particular necessity". God says, "They are such people that he who sits with them is not unhappy"'. [Tirmidhi, Da'awat, Ibn Hanbal, Musnad] -Hujjatul Islam, Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, Invocations & Supplications (Kitab al-adhkar wa'l-da'awat); Book IX of The Revival of the Religious Sciences (Ihya' 'Ulum ad-Din)



posted by SuFiSTiC | 3/22/2004 04:05:00 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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