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Monday, June 07, 2004  

Keep Company with Those Who Will Benefit You When you keep company, you must do so with those whose company will benefit you in your religion by knowledge which you witness in him, actions which he does, or the good character which he possesses. When a person sits with someone whose company reminds him of the Next World, he must obtain some of it according to the success God gives him in that. When the one he sits with has this transference, God accepts the companion by the remembrance of God. The remembrance of the Qur’an is the greatest remembrance. The Almighty said, “We sent down the remembrance (dhikr),” meaning the Qur’an, He said, “I sit with the one who remembers Me.” The Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace) said, “The people of the Qur’an are the people of God and His elite.” The elite of the king are those with whom he sits in most cases. God has qualities, which are the Most Beautiful Divine Names. If anyone sits with the Real, he is His intimate and he must obtain some of His noble qualities according to the amount he sits with Him. If someone sits with people who remember God, God will include him along with them in His mercy. “They are the people whose companion is not wretched.” How could he be wretched when God is his companion? It is related in a confirmed Tradition that “a good companion is like someone with musk. Even if you do not actually get any of it, you still get its scent.” The metaphor of a bad companion is that with bellows. “Even if the soot from them does not reach you, the smoke does.” The one who mixes with people of doubt experiences doubt in himself. That is what dominates people in their bad opinion of people because of the foulness of their inner self. Here is a lesson to which I call your attention and which people overlook. It is to call on you to have a good opinion of people so that you place is free of evil. That is when you see someone whom you consider is good who is friendly with evil people, do not think badly of him because he keeps the company of those who are evil. Rather have a good opinion of the evil people because of their company with that good person. Make the link be in good, not in evil. God will not ask anyone on the Day of Rising about his good opinion of people. He will ask about his evil opinion of people. This is enough good advice for you, if you accept, and a teaching if you say it. -Muhyi din Ibn al-‘Arabi, The Mysteries of Bearing Witness



posted by Abubak'r | 6/07/2004 02:40:00 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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