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Friday, July 09, 2004  

The Truly Sincere Faqir The faqir who is truly sincere in his faqr prefers the honor of others to his [own] honor, and his [own] abasement to the abasement of others. I heard from Muhammad ibn ‘Abdallah al-Razi that al-Husayn ibn ‘Ali al-Qirmisini said: ‘Asim al-Balkhi sent a [gift] to Hatim al-Assam (d. 230/851), who accepted it. When he was asked why he had accepted it, he replied, “In accepting it I found my abasement and his honour, while in refusing it, his abasement and my honour. I preferred his honour to mine and my abasement to his.” When a servant has realized the state of true faqr, he dons the raiment of contentment, and in so doing increases his compassion for others, such that he conceals their faults, prays for them, and shows them mercy. Abu ‘Abdallah ibn al-Jala’ -Abu 'Abdul Rahman al-Sulami al-Naysaburi, Stations of the Righteous (Darajat al-Sadiqin)



posted by SuFiSTiC | 7/09/2004 08:57:00 AM |
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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