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Monday, September 27, 2004  

On Reliance on God You must rely on God, for He suffices, enriches, and concerns Himself with those who do so. And the one who relies on God, God will suffice him. (65:3) Reliance [tawakkul] is one of the fruits of a sincere Monotheism which is well established and has prevailed in the heart. God the Exalted has said: Lord of the East and Lord of the West, there is no god but Him, so take Him as a Patron. (73:9) Notice how He began by affirming Lordship, and then the exclusive Oneness of Divinity, and then ordered us to rely on Him (Majestic and High is He!) so that no man has any excuse to forsake this. And He has commanded His servants to rely on Him and encouraged them to do so in His saying: And upon God let the believers rely. (3:122) And: So rely on God, indeed God loves those who rely [on Him]. (3:159) And the Messenger of God, may blessings and peace be upon him, has said: 'Were you to rely on God as He rightly should be relied on, He would provide for you as He provides for the birds which go off hungry in the morning and return full in the evening.' Know that the basis of reliance on God is the heart's knowledge that all matters are in God's Hand, whether beneficial or harmful, unpleasant or pleasant, and that were all creatures to unite to be of benefit him only in the way which God has already written for him; and that if they were to unite to harm him they would do so only in that which God has already written for him. It is a condition for sound reliance that it does not lead you to disobey God, and that you avoid what He has forbidden and perform what He has commanded, relying in all this on Him, seeking [only] His assistance and committing yourself to Him. Using any of the world's means does not invalidate your reliance as long as you rely on God and not on that which you use. Certainly, for the one whose reliance is sincere, his use of worldly means will become meagre. As for totally divesting oneself of them, this is praiseworthy only for those whose approach to God is uninterrupted, whose hearts are purified from attending to anything other than Him, and who do not by so doing cause those of God's creatures whom they support to be lost. The Prophet has said, may blessings and peace be upon him: 'It is sufficient sin for a man that he should cause those whom he supports to be lost.' Know that storing things and the treatment of illness do not compromise the essence of reliance for those who know that the One Who enriches, benefits, and harms is God alone. The Messenger of God, may blessings and peace be upon him, stored things for those in his charge to demonstrate that it was allowable; as for himself, he never stored anything for the morrow; and if someone else stored something for him he forbade him as soon as he came to know of it. When he was asked, may blessings and peace be upon him, about the seventy thousand from his nation who would enter the Garden without first being judged, he said: 'They are those who have no recourse to charms, or cauterisation, or necromancy, and rely on their Lord.' The one whose reliance is sincere has three marks. The first is that he neither has hopes in nor fears other than God. The sign of this is that he upholds the truth in the presence of those in whose regard people usually have hope or fear, such as princes and rulers. The second is that worrying about his sustenance never enters his heart, because of his confidence in God's guarantee, so that his heart is as tranquil when in need as when his need has been fulfilled, or even more. The third is that his heart does not become disturbed in fearful situations, knowing that that which has missed him could never have struck him, and that which has struck him could never have missed him. And example of this was related of my lord 'Abdal-Qadir al-Jilani, may God spread his benefit. He was once discoursing on Destiny when a great viper fell on him, so that his audience panicked. The viper coiled itself around the shaykh's neck, then entered one of his sleeves and came out from the other while he remained firm and unperturbed, and did not interrupt his discourse. Another shaykh who was once thrown to a lion but came to no harm was asked: 'What were you thinking about when thrown to the lion?' He replied: 'The legal ruling concerning lion leftovers.' (i.e. whether they are ritually clean or impure.) God is our sufficiency and He is the Best of Patrons. (3:173) -Imam 'AbdAllah ibn 'Alawi al-Haddad, Book of Assistance (Risalat u’l Mu’awana)



posted by Abubak'r | 9/27/2004 07:27:00 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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