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Wednesday, June 16, 2004  

Conceit Beware of conceit, for it invalidates works. The Messenger of God, may God bless him and grant him peace, said, “Conceit eats good works just as fire eats firewood.” And he said, “Three things are ruinous: avarice that one obeys, passion that one follows, and admiration that one has for himself.” Conceit is for someone to see himself as important and his behavior as excellent. From this arises showing off one’s works, feeling superior to others, and being self-satisfied. As Ibn ‘Ata’illah said, may God’s mercy be upon him, “The root of every sin, distraction, or lust is self-satisfaction.” He who is satisfied with himself does not see his shortcomings. And he who is unaware of his shortcomings, how can he succeed? -Imam ‘Abdallah ibn 'Alawi al-Haddad, Two Treatises of Imam al-Haddad _____________________________________________________________________________________ Avoid Ambition Beware, friend, lest you desire elevation in the earth. Cling to obscurity. Then, if God raises your position, it is only God who elevates it. If He provides you with elevation in people’s hearts, that is up to Him. That which you must have is humility, abasement, and humbleness. He produced you from the earth, so do not exalt yourself over it. It is your mother, and whoever is arrogant towards his mother has not been dutiful to her, and it is forbidden to be undutiful to parents. Then it is reported in a Tradition (hadith) that it is a duty for God not to raise anything in this world without Him lowering it. If you are that thing, then expect God to lower you. The one who has this quality should only fear that when God lowers him, He might then lower him into the Fire. That is when that thing raises itself, not when God raises it. That is not up to him, and he must be fearful about what God grants him of elevation in the earth by legal power and advancement; he must work for His sake, cling to His door and follow Him with unwavering devotion. He must keep in mind his servanthood and basis. He was created from weakness and from a root described as being abased. He knows that that elevation belongs to the level and position, not to himself. When he is deposed from it, that importance about which he was proud does not remain for him. That is transferred to the one whom God establishes in that position. So elevation belongs to the level, not to himself. Whoever desires elevation in the land, desires legal power in it. The Messenger of God, may God bless him and grant him peace, said that on the Day of Resurrection legal power will be regret and sorrow. Therefore do not be one of the ignorant. That which I command you is that you should not desire elevation in the earth. If God gives to you, only ask God except for humility, humbleness, and submission in yourself. You will only obtain that if it is God that you witness. The focus of creation and the high great is only to obtain the station of witnessing. That is the desired existence. -Muhyi din Ibn al-‘Arabi, The Mysteries of Bearing Witness



posted by Abubak'r | 6/16/2004 04:44:00 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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