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Thursday, April 29, 2004  

Direct Experience (Ma’rifa) of Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) As for the direct experience (ma’rifa) of Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He), the servant can only obtain it by keeping his heart focused on His nearness (Almighty and Glorious is He), His control over him, His power over him, His witnessing of him, and His knowledge of him, never letting it forget that: • He is as Ever-Watchful Guardian (Raqib Hafiz), a Glorious Being (Wajid Majid), One who has no partner in His Dominion (Mulk). • He is always Truthful (Sadiq) when He makes a promise, Loyal (Wafin) when he gives a guarantee, and Opulent (Mali’) when He is appealed to and petitioned. • He has a promise (wa’d) that He will surely carry out, and an hones threat (wa’id) that He will surely implement. • He has and abode to which all His creatures must come, and a source from which he disposes freely. • He has the power to reward and to punish. • He has no likeness and no equal. • He is Protective (Kafin), Compassionate (Rahim), Loving (Wadud), All-Hearing (Sami’), and All-Knowing (‘Alim). • Every day, He is about some awesome business (Huwa fi sha’n). • No business distracts Him from any other business. • His knowledge extends to what is concealed (khafi), and beyond what is concealed, for He knows and understands the hidden conscience (damir), the secret thoughts (khatarat), the devilish insinuation (waswasa), the ambitious aspiration (himma), the wish and intention (irada), the wicked temptation (waswas), the motion (haraka), the blink (tarfa), the wink (ghamza), and the click in the throat (hamza), as well as everything higher and lower on the scale, including things too subtle for us to identify, and too sublime for us to describe, whether they have already happened, or have yet to come into being. • He is All-Glorious (‘Aziz), All-Wise (Hakim). The servant must therefore instill this in his heart, through deep-rooted certainty and beneficial action, and it must also be instilled in every limb and organ of his body, in every joint, every vein, every nerve, every hair, and every patch of skin. He must likewise be convinced that Allah (Exalted is He) is supervising the whole process, in full awareness of it, for He surrounds him with a knowledge that no detail can escape. He must be convinced that He created him, and created him well, and that He formed him, and formed him well. Once all of that is firmly established in his heart, so that his commitment to it is unshakable, his understanding is complete, and self-examination (mushasaba) has become a constant process within him, he will then receive the direct experience (ma’rifa), the proof will present itself to him, and he will occupy a noble station with respect to Allah. He must be convinced that protection accompanies him in all of this, so his physical organs and his heart are safeguarded. He will obtain nothing from this endeavor, unless he abandons all concerns, apart from that which led him to embark upon it in the first place. He must not detach himself from his heart, in order to be on guard against frightening dangers, because His power will take care of him now, as it has in the past, and because of a sense of shame toward Him, on account of His nearness. He must realize that no wish, intention or though occurs to him, without His knowing all about it. He will thus become that knowledgeable expert (‘alim) who practices what Allah loves, and abstains from what He loathes. He will not give expression to a thought, a glance, a notion, a wish, or a movement, unless the knowledge (‘ilm) of Allah is with him, present in his heart, before he expresses any thoughts, or movement, or ideas. This is the spiritual station of those who are well versed in the knowledge of Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He), those who are afraid of His displeasure, those who learn by direct experience (‘arifin), those who are truly devout (atqiya’), and those who exercise pious restraint (wari’in). - Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani, Sufficient Provision for the Seekers of the Path of Truth (Al-Ghunya li-Talibi Tariq al-Haqq)



posted by SuFiSTiC | 4/29/2004 06:15:00 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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