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Tuesday, April 27, 2004  

On Acquiring Knowledge You should have a wird of reading useful knowledge, which is that which increases your knowledge of the Essence of God, His Attributes, Acts and favours, makes you aware of His commands and prohibitions, leads you to renounce the things of this world and wish only for the hereafter, and brings your faults, the defects in your acts and the plots of your enemy to your notice. This knowledge is present in the Book, the sunna, and the writings of the leaders (imams). It was collected by the imam al-Ghazali in his highly valuable books. Those who have religious perspicacity, are well steeped in knowledge and have complete certitude have great esteem for his books. If you wish to travel the path and arrive at the levels of Realization, you must make it a habit to read them. The Ghazali books are unique among the writings of correct Sufis in that they are comprehensive, explicit and greatly effective within a short time. You must read extensively in books of hadiths and tafsir (Qur’anic commentary) and those of the ‘People’ (the Sufis, particularly the masters among them) in general, for this is where a comprehensive opening and perfect traveling are to be found, as a gnostic once said. However, you must be wary of whatever their treatises include by way of obscure matters and bare Realities. These are present in most of the writings of Shaykh Muhyi al-Din ibn ‘Arabi, and a few of the imam al-Ghazali treatises such as al-Mi’raj (The Ascent) and al-Madnun bihi (The Withheld). Shaykh Zarruq gave in his Ta’sis al-Qawa’id (The Rules) a warning about such books (read it if you wish), but did not mention the writings of Shaykh ‘Abd al-Karim al-Jili, for he was a latecomer; however, all of his writings should, for the sake of safety, be avoided. Should it be said: ‘There is no harm in reading such books, for I take that which I understand and leave alone that which I do not,’ I would say: ‘You speak fairly; however, what we fear for you is that which you (think you) understand, you understand incorrectly and ‘thereby diverge form the Straight Path’, as has happened to some who were assiduous readers of those books, and ended up in heresy and unbelief, and talked about incarnation (hulul) and union (ittihad).’ There is neither ability nor power save by God the High, the Formidable. - Imam Abdallah Ibn Alawi al-Haddad, Book of Assistance (Risalat u’l Mu’awana)

posted by SuFiSTiC | 4/27/2004 01:33:00 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."
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)
Abu Bakar Balkhi
Md Mubaraq
Md Firdaus

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