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Monday, September 06, 2004  

The Thirty-sixth Discourse (On Patience) When a person is genuinely sincere [sadiq], he is grateful for the blessings [ni'am] he has received, and he patiently endures the misfortunes [niqam] he must bear. He carries out the commandments and observes the prohibitions [of the sacred law]. Our hearts are involved in a process of development. To be grateful for blessings is to cause those blessings to increase, and to endure misfortunes with patience is to make it easier for them to accomplish their purpose. You must endure with patience the death of children and other relatives, the departure of wealth, the loss of a good reputation, the failure to achieve goals, and the damage done by fellow creatures. You will experience many good things, if you always respond with gratitude when easy circumstances come your way, and with patience to the advent of hard times. Ease [yusr] and hardship ['usr] are the feathers that give strength to the wings of your faith [iman], so that your heart and your innermost being [sirr] can use them to fly to the door of your Lord (Almighty and Glorious is He). How can you lay claim to faith, when you have no patience [sabr] at all? Surely you must have heard the saying of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace): Patience is to faith as the head is to the body. Since you have no patience, your faith has no head, and this must mean that its body is of no consequence! If you really knew the One who puts is to the test [al-Mubtali], you would comprehend the true significance of His trials and tribulations [bala']. If you really knew this world for what it is, you would reconsider the pursuit of it. O Allah, guide every errant wanderer back to the right path, bring every disobedient sinner back to Your good grace, enable every suffering soul to bear his suffering with patience, and help everyone who enjoys well-being to be truly thankful for it. Amin. -Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani, The Removal of Cares (Jala' al-Khawatir)

posted by Abubak'r | 9/06/2004 07:56:00 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."
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)
Abu Bakar Balkhi
Md Mubaraq
Md Firdaus

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