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Monday, July 12, 2004  

A Fly Makes Its Point A tyrannical ruler was addressing the people, when a fly settled on his face. He chased the fly away. Back it came and again he chased it. The fly was stubborn. It settled on his face once more. He tried to kill it, failed, got angry. He then asked Dahhak, a scholar who was present: "Why has Allah created this annoying insect? Doesn't it seem useless?" Dahhak replied: "It was created to show tyrants like you how impotent they really are; that they don't even have the power to dispose a fly. You may hold sway over human beings, yet a feeble little insect refuses to obey you. It settles on dirt, then comes and alights on the faces of those who imagine they are God. If it could express itself in words, it would say: "You are a nonentity. Do not forget that you are nothing. You may conquer the world, but you cannot conquer me. If Allah wills, He can kill you, as He killed Nimrod, with a miserable little fly."" Keeping a Sense of Proportion The true human being fears Allah, knows Him and loves Him. Fearing Allah, he must refrain from doing those things Allah has told him not to do. Loving, praising and remembering Allah, he must do gladly those things Allah has told him to do. In respect of the divine prohibitions, he must fear Allah. In respect of the divine commands, he must love Allah. Every command should be seen as a blessing and carried out willingly. You should beseech the Lord to accept what you do. You may do, but He may not accept. However high you rise in this worldly life, you should know your limitations and remember your origins. Keep a sense of proportion, though you rule the world from end to end. You began as a sperm, a drop of vile fluid. You will end up a handful of dust. What is this world but eating, drinking and excreting, then finally the grave? What is the goal of all that striving, ambition, lust and greed? In the last analysis, you have eaten, drunk and defecated. There you have the end of worldly life. This world is nothing but excrement. Those insatiable eyes will be filled with a handful of dust. A gulp of water will satisfy that greedy mouth. Six feet of earth will contain a man for whom this whole world was too small. The rottenness of worldly ambition is summed up neatly in the lines: All business rests on bases four: I eat, you starve; you've less, I've more. Those who cringe from wearing common cloth may find it their lot to be wrapped in a shroud. Those who shun fleas and lice will have no company in the tomb except serpents, centipedes and wild animals. The glutton will eat and grow fat, only to end up as fodder for the wolves. His faults made public, the egoist will suffer universal scorn. So do not forget your creation; do not deny your origin! Realize that you are impotent, in need of One who is Mighty! Remember you are mortal, in need of One who is Everlasting! Do not forget that you are indigent, in need of the grace of the Gracious One. Your Creator is Allah; Mighty and Wise is He, Existing through His Attributes, All-Embracing through His Essence. You are a lowly subject. If He has given you a little license, do not let your Lord's generosity make you conceited! Acknowledge that you owe it not to yourself, but to Him! Turn back to Allah, who is Everlasting! Consider your nothingness before His Power and Majesty! In that nothingness, fall in prostration and simply beg of Him! May He, the Gracious One, show you His grace. There is no end to His grace and kindness. "Who knows himself [his own impotence], knows his Lord." -Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi, Irshad (Wisdom of a Sufi Master)



posted by Abubak'r | 7/12/2004 05:27:00 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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