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Monday, August 09, 2004  

Seeking Provision and Striving for It O disciple, think well of your Lord. Think that He will help you fulfill your needs, guard and protect you, and entrust you neither to creation nor to yourself. He has informed us that He is as good to His servant thinks Him to be. Remove from your heart the fear of poverty and the expectation that one day you may need people. Beware of directing your whole attention to such matters. Trust in your Lord's promise and His providing for you. He says, Exalted is He, Nothing walks the earth but that God provides for it (11:6). And you are one of those who walk on the earth, so occupy yourself with what He has commanded you rather than with what He has already guaranteed for you, for your Lord never forgets you. He has informed you that provision is with Him and commanded you to seek it from it from Him by acts of worship. He has said, Exalted is He, Seek provision from God, and worship Him, and be thankful to Him. To Him shall you return (29:17). Do you not see how He provides for those who reject Him and worship other than Him? Will He not provide for the believers who worship Him alone? When He provides for those who sin and disobey, will He not provide for the obedient ones who remember and thank Him in abundance? -Imam ‘Abdallah ibn 'Alawi al-Haddad, Two Treatises of Imam al-Haddad _____________________________________________________________________________________ Have a Good Opinion of Your Lord Have a good opinion of your Lord in every state. Do not have a bad opinion of Him. You do not know whether the last of your breaths will be that breath which leaves you, so that if you die then you will meet God with a good opinion of Him, not a bad one. You do not know. Perhaps God will take you to Him with that breath which leaves you. Abandon whatever anyone said of bad opinion in your like and have a good opinion of God at your death. This is known among those with knowledge of God. They are with God with their breaths. There is benefit in it, and God knows that you have fulfilled His due in that right. Part of the right you owe God is to believe in His words, "We will reform you in a way you know nothing about" (56:61). Perhaps God will reform you with the formation of death in the breath which you think will come to you and then you will be returned to Him while you have a bad opinion of your Lord and you will meet Him in that state. It is established that the Messenger of God (may blessings and peace be upon him) related that his Lord said, "I am with My servant's opinion of Me, so let him think good of Me." He did not single out one time rather than another. So make your opinion of God the knowledge that He will forgive, pardon, and overlook. The Divine source which calls on you to have this opinion is the words of the Almighty, "My servants, you who have transgressed against yourselves, do not despair of the mercy of God." (39:53). So He forbade you. You must cease doing what He forbids you. He reported and His report is truthful. There was no abrogation. If abrogation had entered into it, it would have been a lie, and a lie is impossible for God. He said, "God forgives all wrong actions," and did not specify one wrong action rather than another. He stressed that be His word, "all." Then He ended and said "He," using the pronoun which refers to Him, "is the Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful" since "His mercy preceded His anger." Similarly He says, "those who have transgressed," and He did not specify one type of transgression (israf). He used the non-attributive which is general to every transgression. Then He ascribed the servants to Him since they are His servants, as God reports from the righteous servant, Jesus (peace be upon him). He said, "If You punish them, they are Your servants" (5:118). So he ascribed them to Him, and it is enough of an honor to be ascribed to God. -Muhyi din Ibn al-‘Arabi, The Mysteries of Bearing Witness



posted by Abubak'r | 8/09/2004 04:29:00 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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