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Wednesday, June 09, 2004  

Do Not Worry About Losses Do not worry about losses which God causes to your property and those of your family dear to you, which are customarily termed calamity and loss. Say, “We belong to God and to Him we return” when that happens to you. Say as Umar ibn al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “No affliction befell me but that I saw that God gave me three blessings in it. One blessing is that it was not a disaster to my faith. The second blessing is that it (the affliction) was not a greater one and so by it God averted a greater one. The third blessing is what God includes in it of the expiation we are commanded for our evil actions.” Know that in this world the believer experiences many losses because God desires to purify him so that he will meet Him pure and purified of the filth of acts of opposition committed in this world in which God has written that he must reside. The believer continues to suffer loss in his states in general. It is established by the Messenger of God (may God bless him and grant him peace) in, “The metaphor of the believer is that of a fresh tender plant. No matter which direction the wind comes from, it bends and when the wind stops, it stands straight again until it is blown away.” -Muhyi din Ibn al-‘Arabi, The Mysteries of Bearing Witness



posted by Abubak'r | 6/09/2004 08:34:00 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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