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Sunday, August 22, 2004  

All Beings are in Need of God All beings proclaim their powerlessness and abject need of God, the Exalted, Mighty, and Omnipotent, for their existence, survival, and everything concerning them. In accordance with their various natures, they testify that He is the True God, the Lord of the Worlds, and that He has no partners in Divinity, Lordship, Attributes, actions, or in creating and actualising, or in the management or the precise accomplishment of affairs. Rather, God alone is the Creator, the Protector, the Supreme, the Powerful, the Disposer, the Actor, the Chooser, the Wise; majestic is His ability, generous are His gifts, and exalted is His wisdom. This is proved by the fact that His creation rests on precise rules and perfectly measured laws, which He originated by the hand of His Ability, in a most complete state and an order most perfect. His magnificent artefacts, His dazzling creatures, His flourishing inventions, with which He has filled His earth and heavens, all speak of His Ability, Oneness, Greatness, Majesty and pre-existent knowledge, and testify to His wise disposition of affairs. A certain poet once spoke the following excellent lines: O wonder! How can He be disobeyed or by the thankless have His name denied? For God in each and every movement made, and every stillness, traces that us guide. In everything a sign has e'er been laid by which His Oneness standeth testified. The "sign" which testifies to His Oneness is the state of utter dependancy in which all things exist. Their existence and survival depend on the One Who made them in the way they are and gave each of them its essential nature, so that they are determined in the finest way and not fragmented by a multiplicity of volitions. Had there been in the heavens and the earth other dieties beside God, then both would have been ruined. Glorious beyond what they describe is God, Lord of the Throne! (21:22) God has taken no son, neither is there any god beside Him, or else each god would support that which he created, and some of them would have gained ascendancy over others. Glorified is God above what they describe! (23:91) Had there been other gods with Him, as they say, they would have sought a way against the Lord of the Throne. (17:42) -Habib Ahmad Mashhur al-Haddad, Key to the Garden



posted by Abubak'r | 8/22/2004 03:21:00 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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