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Thursday, April 08, 2004  

Guarding the Senses Against Transgressions and Against Being Deceived by This World A disciple should strive to restrain his senses from transgressions and sins, and only use them in obedience. He should use them only in those things which would benefit him in the Hereafter. He should take great care in guarding his tongue, for its size is small, but its crimes are great. Let him prevent it from lying, backbiting, and other forms of forbidden speech. Let him beware of lewdness, and of delving into what does not concern him, even if it were not forbidden, for it hardens the heart and wastes time. A disciple should not only move his tongue in reciting the Quran, the remembrance of God, giving advice to Muslim, enjoining good, and forbidding evil, but also only for those worldly things that relate to the Hereafter. The Prophet (may peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The speech of the Son of Adam will be counted against him, not for him, except for enjoining good, forbidding evil, and remembering God.” Know that the hearing and eyesight are two open doors; whatever enters through them reaches the heart. How many a thing does a man hear or see, which he should not have, but that once they have entered the heart, it proves difficult to remove them? For the heart is rapidly affected by what enters it, then the effect is difficult to erase. Let the disciple then be careful to protect his hearing and eyesight, and strive to restrain all his senses and his limbs from sins and from what is in excess of the necessary. Let him beware of looking with approval at the ornaments of this world, for its outward is deception and its inward is a lesson in wisdom. The eye looks at its deceptive manifestations, but the heart looks at the lesson hidden within. How many a disciple looked at some of the beauties of this world and his heart leaned toward them, liked them, and became inclined to build and acquire. So lower your eyes, disciple, and look at creation only with the intention of seeing the lesson within it. Remember as you look that it will wither and go from whence it came. It came from nonexistence. It was gazed upon many people who are now gone, while it still remains. Generation after generation have received it as an inheritance. Look at creatures with an eye that sees them as evidence of their Creator’s perfect power. Every creation says with the tongue of its state, “There is no god but God, the August, the Wise.” This is what the people of enlightened hearts—who perceive by the light of God—can hear. -Imam ‘Abdallah ibn ‘Alawi al-Haddad, Two Treatises of Imam al-Haddad



posted by SuFiSTiC | 4/08/2004 11:25:00 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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