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Saturday, May 08, 2004  

On Hatred For Allah’s Sake When you find in your heart either hatred or love for a person, review his behavior in the light of the Book and the Sunna [the Qur’an and the exemplary practice of the Prophet (may blessings and peace be upon him)]. If his conduct is hateful according to both these criteria, be happy to be in accord with Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) and His Messenger. But if his actions are pleasing in their sight, and yet you feel hatred for him, you must realize that you are influenced by passion. You hate him because of your passion, treating him unfairly on account of your loathing for him, and obstinately contradicting Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) and His Messenger. So turn to Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) in repentance for your hatred, and ask Him to let you feel love for that person, as well as for others dear to Him, His saints and special friends, and the righteous among His servants, so that you may be in harmony with Him (Almighty and Glorious is He). You should act likewise in the case of someone you love. That is to say, you must review his conduct in the light of the Book and the Sunna. If his behavior is pleasing according to their standards, then love him, but if it is hateful, then hate him, so that you do not love him for your passion, and do not hate him because of your passion. For you are commanded to oppose your passion. As Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) has said: "Follow not desire, lest it lead you astray from Allah’s path". (38:26) -Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani, Futuh al-Ghaib (Revelations of The Unseen)



posted by SuFiSTiC | 5/08/2004 02:16:00 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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