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Monday, September 13, 2004  

Compassionate Advice Let the thing you most prefer and most love be the judgments which God has obliged for you and that which you most fear be what He forbids you. That by which you worship God is better for you and more excellent than those pious actions you choose for yourselves which are not obligatory for you even though you think that they are more effective for you in what you desire, like someone who disciplines himself by poverty and lack and the like of that. The servant must always attend to the obligations which are mandatory for him, impose on himself their full limits, and look at what he is forbidden and guard against it in the wisest way possible. That which separates the servants from their Lord, the Almighty and Majesty, and prevents them from being provided with the sweetness of faith and achieving the realities of truthfulness, and veils their hearts from looking at the Next World and what God prepared in it for His friends and enemies so that they could almost witness that, is the fact that their neglect has cut them off from the judgments obligatory for them in their hearts, ears, eyes, tongues, hands, feet, bellies and genitals. If they had attended to these things and mastered them, no act of devotion would have come to them which their bodies and hearts would have been unable to bear because of what He has provided them with of His good help and the benefits of His generosity. Most reciters and women, however, disdain insignificant wrong actions, and disregard a little of them and the faults they possess. So they are deprived of the pleasure of the reward of the truthful in this world. Ask forgiveness of God for what you say, and do not do. -Muhyi din Ibn al-‘Arabi, The Mysteries of Bearing Witness



posted by Abubak'r | 9/13/2004 01:12:00 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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