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Wednesday, May 12, 2004  

Only Allah has knowledge of the Hour; He sends down the rain, and knows what the wombs contain. No soul knows what it will earn tomorrow, and no soul knows in what land it will die. Surely Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware. (31:34) According to 'Abdullah ibn 'Umar, the blessed Messenger of Allah recited this noble Verse after saying: "Five things are unpredictable, known only to Allah, Exalted is He." The Angel of Death is Surprised to See a Man in Jerusalem… A man was sitting beside the venerable Solomon when ‘Azra’il (Angel of Death) came and gave him a look that filled him with fear and dread. When Solomon told him it was the Angel of Death, the man said: “O Prophet of Allah, I am very much afraid of him. Send me away to China so that I can be as far away from him as possible.” The venerable Solomon commanded the wind to carry that man away to China. A little later, ‘Azra’il came back and Solomon asked him: “Why did you gave that man such a look when you came here a while ago?” The Angel of Death replied: “I was under orders to take that man’s soul from him in China, so I was surprised to see him sitting beside you in Jerusalem. Anyway, he asked you to send him to China and you granted his wish. I then went to China myself and there, in compliance with my orders, I took away his soul.” Indeed, we do not know when, where or how we are going to die. Death may catch us committing a sin or performing an act of worship. In any case, we must go to meet our Lord. How would it be for us should we suddenly die unrepentant? Our blessed Master used to say: “I make repentance a hundred times a day.” Do we repent and feel remorse for out sins even once? -Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi, Irshad (Wisdom of a Sufi Master)



posted by Abubak'r | 5/12/2004 08:18:00 PM |
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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