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Thursday, October 21, 2004  

Balancing Inner and Outer Growth It is very important to understand that the outer religious law makes your coarse being, your exterior, high in the eyes of God and humanity. But God also sees your inside; even if your exterior is sloppy, God sees what is inside. On the other hand, the believer is the mirror of the believer. Thanks to your exterior cleanliness, you will be accepted in good company. However, if your inside is dirty, that will be revealed eventually, and you will be expelled from that good company. A clean exterior provides an entrance. It is a passport for you to enter into the society of good people. There are different levels of people, as you well know. Each level has a color, except for the highest level which is transparent. This is the level of the friends, the lovers of God. At this level your exterior is irrelevant because, having become transparent, everyone can see who and what you are. Your inside and outside have become unified, precisely like a fine crystal bottle filled with pure spring water. On the other hand, there are some Sufis who deliberately make their exteriors ugly. This is not really by choice, however, but by God's will. It is given to such people by God to attract the anger and scorn of others. This requires great inner strength, and also the help and protection of God. A real saint can afford to appear as a Godless drunkard. All these things need to be considered in answering this question of balancing inner and outer growth. There is no straightforward yes or no answer! -Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi al-Halveti, Love is the Wine (Talks of a Sufi Master in America)



posted by Abubak'r | 10/21/2004 04:28:00 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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