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Friday, August 06, 2004  

Avoid Being Someone Whose Tongue is Feared Beware, my brother, of being someone evil so that people fear your tongue. Among the worst people are those who are honored out of fear of their tongues. You know yourself best in that respect. A man came to the Messenger of God, (may blessings and peace be upon him) and when the Messenger of God (may blessings and peace be upon him) saw him approaching, he said of him before he reached him, "A bad son of a tribe." When he reached him, he was cheerful with him and laughed with him. When he left, 'Aisha said to him, "Messenger of God, you said what you said about him and then you were cheerful with him." He replied, "'Aisha, one of the worst people is the one whom people honor out of fear of his evil." So beware lest you be one of those who are like this and thereby be one of the worst people by the testimony of the Messenger of God (may blessings and peace be upon him). If you have a wife and you tell her a mystery and there is a mystery shared between you and her, then beware of divulging her mystery. That is one of the major wrong actions in the sight of God. It is confirmed by the Messenger of God (may blessings and peace be upon him) that one of the worst people in the sight of God on the Day of Resurrection will be one who entrusts a mystery to his wife and she to him and then he divulges her mystery. That is a major wrong action. Beware of cursing the father or mother of anyone so that he curses your father and mother in turn. That is part of filial disobedience. The same applies when you sit with an idolater; do not curse the one he takes as his god alongside God. When you sit with the Rafidites (the Dissenters; a group of Shi'a known for rejecting Abu Bakr and 'Umar as well as 'Uthman) whom you know will attack the Companions, do not mention or allude to any of the Companion whom you know that they will attack when they are praised. His obstinacy will make him attack them and then you will have exposed them to being attacked by mentioning them. God says, "Do not curse those they call upon besides God in case that makes them curse God in animosity, without knowledge" (6:108). The Messenger of God (may blessings and peace be upon him) forbade that a man curse his parents. He was asked, "Messenger of God, how can a man curse his parents?" The Prophet (may blessings and peace be upon him) said, "He may curse another man's father who in turn curses his father, and curse his mother and he in turn curses his mother." It is a wrong action for a man to impugn the honor of a Muslim man unjustly. This is confirmed by the Messenger of God (may blessings and peace be upon him). You must attend the night and morning obligatory prayers in congregation. When someone attends night obligatory prayer in congregation, it is as if he had prayed half the night. When someone attends the morning obligatory prayer in congregation, it is as if he had prayed the entire night. You must be kind to the servants of God in general, indeed to every animal. There is a reward with God Almighty for every creature with a moist liver. -Muhyi din Ibn al-‘Arabi, The Mysteries of Bearing Witness



posted by Abubak'r | 8/06/2004 09:18:00 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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