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Wednesday, June 30, 2004  

Teachings of the Prophet to Ali bin Abi Talib (Part 1 of 2) We were told that Ali bin Abi Talib, may God be pleased with him, said, "The Messenger of God (may blessings and peace be upon him) advised me: "Ali! I am giving you advice, so accept it. You will remain in good as long as you follow my advice. Ali, there are three signs of the believer: obligatory prayer, fasting and alms. The pretender has three signs: he flatters when someone is present, backbites when the person is absent, and curses affliction. The wrongdoer has three signs: he overpowers those under him, disobey those above him, and abets injustice. The one who shows off has three signs: he is energetic when he is with people, lazy when he is alone, and wants to be praised in all matters. The hypocrite has three signs: when he speaks, he lies; when he promises he breaks it; and when he is trusted he betrays. Ali, the lazy person has three signs: he is slow until he neglects, neglects until he loses, and loses until he sins. The intelligent person should be intent only in three things: getting livelihood right, pleasure in what is not unlawful or a step he takes for the Next World. "Ali, part of certainty is that you do not please anyone by angering God, you do not praise anyone for what God has given him, nor do you censure anyone for what God has not given him. Provision is not procured by the greed of someone avaricious nor is it turned aside by the dislike of one who dislikes it. God—glory be to Him and Exalted is He—placed rest and joy in certainty and pleasure in the distribution of God. He placed sorrow and care in displeasure at God's distribution. "Ali, there is no poverty worse than ignorance and no wealth more generous than the intellect. There is no isolation more alienating than pride and no support more reliable than consultation. There is no faith like certainty and no scrupulousness like refraining. There is no beauty like beauty of character and no worship like reflection. "Ali! Everything has a bane. The bane of speech is lying. The bane of knowledge is forgetting. The bane of worshipping is showing off. The bane of elegance is pomposity. The bane of courage is injustice. The bane of magnanimity is making someone feel indebted. The bane of beauty is haughtiness. The bane of lineage is boasting. The bane of modesty is weakness. The bane of nobility is boasting. The bane of graciousness is miserliness. The bane of generosity is extravagance. The bane of worship is arrogance. The bane of the religion is passion. "Ali, when someone praises you to your face, say, 'O God, make me better than what they say; forgive me for what they do not know, and do not call me to account for what they say.' Then you will be safe from whatever they say. "Ali, when you are performing the obligatory fast, when you end fast in the evening say, 'O God, I have fasted for You and I end the fast with Your provision,' and then the reward of those who fasted that day will be written for you without that decreasing their rewards. Know that every faster has a supplication which is answered. If anyone says with the first morsel he takes when he breaks fast, 'In the Name of God, the All-Merciful, Ever Merciful. O Vast of forgiveness! Forgive me,' he will be forgiven. Know that fasting is a veil against the Fire. "Ali, do not face the sun and moon, but turn your back on them. There is an illness in facing them and a healing in turning your back on them. "Ali, recite Surah YaSin (Chapter 36) often. The recitation of YaSin contains ten blessings. No one is hungry recites it but he is filled. No one who is thirsty recites it but he is quenched. No one who is naked recites it but he is clothed. No one who is ill recites it but that he is healed. No one who is fearful recites it but that he obtains security. No one in prison recites it but that he is released. No one who is unmarried recites it but that he marries. No one traveling recites it but he is helped in his journey. No one with a lost animal recites it but that the animal is found. No one recites it in the presence of a dying person but that his death is eased for him. No one recites it in the morning but that he will be secure until evening. If someone recites in the evening, he will be secure until morning. "Ali, recite Chapter The Smoke (Chapter 44) on Friday night and you will be forgiven in the morning. "Ali, recite the Throne Verse after every obligatory prayer and you will be given the hearts of the thankful, the reward of the Prophets and the actions of the righteous. "Ali, recite Chapter The Exile (Chapter 59) and you will be gathered safe from everything on the Day of Resurrection. "Ali, recite Surah Tabarak (Chapter 67) and the Chapter Prostration (Chapter 32) and it will save you from the terrors of the Day of Resurrection. "Ali, recite Surah Tabarak when you go to sleep and the punishment of the grave and the questioning of Munkar and Nakir will be removed from you. "Ali, recite Chapter The Sincerity (Chapter 112) when you do ablution and you will be addressed on the Day of Resurrection: 'O praiser of God, rise and enter the Garden!' "Ali, recite Chapter The Cow (Chapter 2). Its recitation is a blessing and abandoning it will be regret. The vain are not able to do that, meaning sorcerers. "Ali, do not sit in the sun for a long time. That produces a hidden illness, wears out clothes and changes one's color. "Ali, there is security for you from burning in saying, 'Glory be to You, my Lord, There is no god but You. I have relied on You and You are the Lord of the Immense Throne.' "Ali, there is security for you from Satan's whispering in reciting, 'When you recite the Quran, We place an obscuring veil between you and those who do not believe in the Next World… they turn their backs and run away.' (17:45-46) "Ali, there is security for you from the evil of everyone who possesses the evil eye in saying, 'Whatever God wills will be and whatever He does not will not be. I testify that God has power over all things and that God encompasses all things in knowledge and has numbered everything precisely. There is no power nor strength except by God.' "Ali, eat oil and apply oil to your skin. If someone eats oil and applies oil, Satan will not come near him for forty mornings. "Ali, begin with salt and end with salt. Salt is a healing for seventy illness, including madness, leprosy, white leprosy, sore throat, toothache and stomach pains. "Ali, if you eat, say, 'In the Name of God.' When you finish say, 'Praise belongs to God.' Your guardian angels will not cease recording for you good deeds until the food is expelled from you. "Ali, when you see the new moon at the beginning of the month, say 'God is greater' three times and then say, 'Praise belongs to God who created me and created you, and determined you in stages and made you a sign for the world.' Then God will be boast of you to the angels. He says, 'O My angels, bear witness that I have freed this servant from the Fire.' "Ali, when you look into a mirror, say, 'O God, as You made my physique good, make my character good and provide for Me.' "Ali, when you see a lion and the situation is dangerous for you, say 'God is greater' (takbir) three times ad then say, 'God is greater, more majestic and mightier than what I fear and am afraid of. O God, I ward it off by You. I seek refuge with You from its evil.' Then you will be protected with God's permission. When you see a dog howling, recite, 'Company of jinn and men, if you are able to piece through the confines of the heavens and the earth, pierce through them. You will not pierce through except with a clear authority' (55:33). "Ali, when you leave your house for something you need, then recite the Throne Verse and your need will be fulfilled, God willing. "Ali, when you do ablution, say 'In the Name of God' and recite the blessings on the Messenger of God. "Ali, supplicate in the night, even then amount of time it takes to milk a sheep. Pray to God—glory be to Him!—before dawn and your supplication will not be rejected. God—glory be to Him!—says, 'Those who seek forgiveness before dawn' (3:17). "Ali, wash the dead. Anyone who washes the dead will receive seventy acts of forgiveness. If one act of forgiveness among them were to be distributed among all creation, it would have embraced them all." I asked, "Messenger of God, what should someone who washes the dead say?" He (may blessings and peace be upon him) replied, 'He should say "Your forgiveness, O Merciful," until he finishes the washing.' "Ali, do not go out alone on a journey. Satan is with the one alone, and he is further from two. Ali, when a man travels alone, he errs. Two together err, and three are a troop. Ali, when you travel, do not camp in valleys: they are the refuge of wild animals and snakes. "Ali, do not let three ride on one animal. One of them will be cursed, and he is the one at the front. "Ali, when your child is born, girl or boy, recite the call to obligatory prayer (adhan) in the right ear and the declaration to assemble for the obligatory prayer (iqamah) in the left ear. Then Satan will not harm the child. Ali, do not go to your family on the night of the crescent moon or the middle night of the month: it will alarm your insane child." Ali asked, "Why, Messenger of God?" He replied, "Because there are jinn who often come to have intercourse with your women on the middle night of the month and the night of the crescent moon. Have you not observed that the mad person has fits on the middle nights of the month and the nights of the crescent moon?" "Ali, when a hardship befalls you, say, 'O God, I ask You by the right of Muhammad and the family of Muhammad to save me.' When you want to enter a city or town, say when you see it, 'O God, I ask You for the good of this city and the good of what You have written in it and I seek refuge with You from its evil and the evil of what You have written in it. O God, provide me with the good of it and protect me from the evil of it and make its people love me and make its righteous people beloved to me.' "Ali, when you alight in a campsite, say, 'O God, put us in a blessed campsite. You are the best of those with whom one can alight. Provide us with the good of it and defend us from its evil.' "Ali, beware of my vision. You will not understand its wisdom nor be safe from its trial. -Muhyi din Ibn al-‘Arabi, The Mysteries of Bearing Witness



posted by Abubak'r | 6/30/2004 08:24:00 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.
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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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