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Wednesday, July 07, 2004  

Teachings of the Prophet to Ali bin Abi Talib (Part 2 of 2) "Ali, beware of entering a bath-house without wearing a waist wrapper. The looker and the one looked at are both cursed. "Ali, do not wear a ring on your index and middle fingers. That was part of the behavior of the people of Lot. "Ali, do not wear clothes dyed with saffron, and do not spend the night in a red blanket. That attracts Satan. "Ali, do not recite during bowing forward and prostration. "Ali, beware of argumentation: it cancels actions. "Ali, do not chide the beggar, even if he comes to you riding a horse. Give to him. Charity falls into the hand of God before it falls into the hand of the asker. "Ali, hasten to give charity. Affliction does not outstrip charity. "Ali, you must have good character. By that you will obtain the level of the one who stands in voluntary prayer at night and fasts in the day. "Ali, beware of anger. Satan has power over the son of Adam when he is angry. "Ali, beware of joking. It removes the glory and energy of the son of Adam. "Ali, you must recite Chapter The Sincerity (Chapter 112) It wards off poverty. Beware of usury. It obtains six qualities: three in this world and three in the Next World. The three in this world are: hastening exhaustion, removing wealth and wiping out provision. Those in the Next World are: an evil account, the anger of the Lord Almighty, and eternity in the Fire (or isolation—the transmitter is unsure which). "Ali, when you enter your house, greet the people of the house: there is much good in doing that. "Ali, love the poor and wretched and God will love you. Do not rebuff the poor and wretched so that the angels rebuff you on the Day of Resurrection. "Ali, you must give charity. It averts evil from you. Ali, spend and be expansive to your dependents and do not fear that the Master of the Throne will give you little. "Ali, when you ride an animal, say, "Praise be to God who honored us, guided us to Islam, and who bestowed Muhammad (may blessings and peace be upon him) on us. Praise be to God who has subjected this to us. We could never have done it by ourselves. Indeed we are returning to our Lord" (43:13-14). "Ali, do not be angry when you are told 'fear God'. That will be evil for you on the Day of Resurrection. "Ali, God likes His servant to say, 'O God, forgive me. Only You forgive wrong actions.' God says, 'My angels, this servant of Mine knows that none forgives wrong action but Me. Bear witness that I have forgiven him.' "Ali, when you put on a new garment, say, 'In the Name of God, and praise be to God who has clothed me in what will conceal my private parts and freed me from need of people by it.' He will forgive you before the garment reaches your knees. Ali, when someone puts on a new garment, he should clothe a poor person, naked orphan or wretched person who is in the neighborhood of God, grant him security and preserve him as long as there is a thread remaining in it. "Ali, when you enter the market say, 'In the Name of God. I bear witness that there is no god but God and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger.' God Almighty will say, 'This servant of Mine remembered Me while people are heedless. Bear witness that I have forgiven him.' Ali, God is amazed at those who remember Him in the markets. When you enter the mosque, say, 'In the Name of God. Peace be upon the Messenger of God. O God, open for me the doors of Your mercy.' When you leave, say, 'In the Name of God. Peace be upon the Messenger of God. O God, open for me the doors of Your bounty.' "Ali, when you hear the caller to obligatory prayer (muadhdhin), repeat the same as what he says and the equivalent of his reward will be written for you. "Ali, when you finish ablution, say, 'I bear witness that there is no god but God and I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of God. O God, make me one of those who repent and make me one of those who purify themselves,' and you will emerge from your wrong actions as the day your mother bore you and you will be told, 'Enter whichever one you wish.' "Ali, when you finish eating, say, "Praise belongs to God who has fed us and given us to drink and made us Muslims.' "Ali, when you drink, say, "Praise belong to God, who has given us drink, and made it sweet and pleasing by His mercy and did not make it salty and brackish by our wrong actions.' You will be written as thankful. "Ali, beware of lies. Lies blacken the face. A man continues to lie until he is called a liar with God and he continues to tell the truth until he is called truthful with God. Lying shuns faith. "Ali, do not backbite anyone. Backbiting breaks the obligatory fast. The one who backbites people will eat his flesh on the Day of Resurrection. Ali, beware of scandalmongering. The scandalmonger will not enter the Garden. "Ali, do not swear by God, whether you are lying or telling the truth. Ali, do not, by your oaths, 'make God a pretext' (2:224). God will not show mercy and not purify anyone who swears by God to a lie. "Ali, control your tongue and accustom it to good. On the Day of Rising, the servant will not fear anything more than he fears his tongue. "Ali, beware of obstinacy. It will be regret. "Ali, beware of greed. Greed expelled your father from the Garden. "Ali, beware of envy. Envy consumes good actions like fire consumes firewood. "Ali, woe to the one who lies to make people laugh. Woe to him. Woe to him. "Ali, you must use the tooth-stick (siwak). It purifies the mouth, pleases the Lord and cleans the teeth. Ali, you must get in between the teeth. There is nothing that the angels hate more that to see food stuck in a person's teeth." Ali, peace be upon him, asked, "Messenger of God, tell me about the words of God Almighty which Adam received from his Lord so that He turned to him (cf. 2:37). What are those words?" The Prophet (may blessings and peace be upon him) "Adam (peace be upon him) descended in India, Eve in Jiddah, the serpent in Isfahan and Iblis in Baysan. In the Garden there was nothing more beautiful that the serpent and the peacock. The serpent has feet like those of a camel. When Iblis, may God curse him, entered inside of it and tempted and deceived Adam (peace be upon him) then God Almighty was angry at the snake and removed its legs from it. He said, 'I will place your provision in the earth and I will make you crawl on your belly. May God not show His mercy to the one who shows mercy to you. God was angry at the peacock and scoured its feet because it guided Iblis to the tree. "Adam remained for a hundred years without lifting his head to heaven, weeping over his error. He sat in sorrow and so God sent Gabriel (peace be upon him) to him. He said, 'Peace be upon you, Adam. God, the Almighty and Exalted, sends you peace and says to you, "Did I not create you with My hand and breathe into you of My Spirit? Did not the angels prostrate to you? Did I not marry you to Eve? So what is the reason for this weeping?"' "He replied, 'Gabriel, what could keep me from weeping when I have left the vicinity of my Lord?' Gabriel (peace be upon him) said to him, 'Adam, speak these words and God Almighty will forgive your wrong action and accept your repentance.' He asked, 'What are they?' He said, 'Say, "O God, I ask you by the right of Muhammad and the family of Muhammad. Glory be to You, O God and by Your praise. I have done evil and wronged myself. No one forgives wrong actions except You. Show mercy to me. You are the best of those who show mercy. Glory be to You and by your praise. There is no god but You. I have done evil and wronged myself. You are the Ever-Turning, Most Merciful. Glory be to You and by your praise. There is no god but You. I have done evil and wronged myself, so forgive me. You are the best of those who forgive."' Those are the words. "Ali, he forbade you to kill house snaked except for the flat-nosed and short-tailed, They are satans. Ali. When you see a snake in your baggage, do not kill it until you ask it to come out of the baggage three times. When you repeat a fourth time, then kill it. Ali, when you see a snake in the road, kill it. I have stipulated that the jinn not to appear in the form of snakes on the road. Any of them who does so leaves himself open to killing. "Ali, wretchedness has four qualities: an inflexible being, hard heart, far-reaching hope, and love of this world. "Ali, I forbid you four terrible qualities: envy, avarice, lying and anger. "Ali, shall I tell you about the worst of people?" He replied, 'Yes, Messenger of God." He said, "Someone who travels alone, refuses to give, and strikes his servant. Shall I tell of which is the worst of all these?' He replied, "Yes, Messenger of God. The one whose good is not hoped for and from whose evil is not safe. "Ali, when you pray at a funeral, say, 'O God, this is Your servant and the son of Your servant and the son of Your female servant. Your jugement regarding him has occurred. You created him when He was not a thing remembered and he has alighted with You. Be the best of host to him. O God, teach him his proof and join him to his Prophet (may blessings and peace be upon him) and support him with the firm statement. He needs You while You have no need of him. He used to testify that there is no god but God, so forgive him and show mercy to him. Do not deprive us of his reward. Do not tempt us after him. O God, if he is pure, then purify him. If he erred, then forgive him.' "Ali, when you pray at a woman's funeral, say, 'O God, You created her and You gave her life and You made her die. You know her mystery and what she makes public. We have come to you to intercede for her, so forgive her, show mercy to us, do not deprive us of her reward and do not tempt us after her.' If you pray over a child, say, 'O God, make him a forerunner for his parents. Make him a treasure for them, make him a guide for them, make him a light for them, and make him one who precedes them, and brings his parents into the Garden. Do not deprive them of his reward nor tempt them after him.' "Ali, when you perform ablution, say, 'O God, I ask you for full ablution and Your full forgiveness and pleasure.' "Ali, when the believing servant reaches the age of forty, God will grant him security from three afflictions: insanity, leprosy and white leprosy. When he reaches sixty years, he is advancing. After sixty, he is retreating. God provides him with a turning to what he loves, When he reaches seventy, the people of the heavens and the righteous people of the earth love him. When he reaches eighty, his good actions are recorded for him and his evil actions are removed from him. When he reaches ninety, God forgives his former and later wrong actions. When he reaches a hundred, God writes his name for him in the heaven, the captive of God in the earth. He is the prisoner of God Almighty. "Ali, remember my advice. You are following the truth and the truth is with you." -Muhyi din Ibn al-‘Arabi, The Mysteries of Bearing Witness

posted by Abubak'r | 7/07/2004 05:41:00 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."
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)
Abu Bakar Balkhi
Md Mubaraq
Md Firdaus

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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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