Tuesday, October 19, 2004
I am afflicted by four who bombard me with arrows from a taut bow.
Iblis, this world, the self, and passion.
Oh Lord! You have the power to deliver (me).
Letters of Shaykh Mawlay al-'Arabi ad-Darqawi (to the fuqara)
Oh faqir! The sickness which has befallen your heart has come to it because of the appetites which have made inroads into you. Had you abandoned them and occupied yourself with the command of your Lord, that which has befallen your heart would not have happened. Listen to what I tell you. May Allah take you by the hand! Whenever your self tries to get the better of you, hurry to your Lord's command and strip away your own will for Him. The thoughts of the self, shaytan and every affliction will inevitably leave you. If when your self tries to get the better of you, you occupy yourself with management and choice, and absorb yourself in close examination, the thoughts of the self and shaytan with all their armies will pile up, overwhelm and surround you. Then you will have no good at all. You will only have evil. May Allah make us and you travel the road of His awliya. Amin.
Shaykh Ibn 'Ata'Illah said in his Hikam, "Since you know that shaytan will never neglect you, do not neglect 'the One who has your forelock in His hand.'" Our master, may Allah be pleased with him, said, "The real attack against the enemy is your occupation with the love of the Beloved," We say that all good is in dhikr of Allah. The only path to Him is by the door of moderation with this world and alienation from people, and disregard for the inward and the outward. "Nothing helps the heart like retreat by which it enters the arena of reflection," as Shaykh Ibn 'Ata'Illah, may Allah be pleased with him, said in his Hikam. We said, may Allah be pleased with us! "Nothing helps the heart like doing-without in this world and sitting in the presence of the awliya, may Allah be pleased with them." As for our wird which we took from our master, may Allah be pleased with him! we have already mentioned it.
Overthrowing the position of the self, according to us and to our shaykhs and to all the shaykhs of the tariqa, is a necessary condition. One of them said, may Allah be pleased with them, "That which you dislike from me is that which my heart desires." However faqir, you should only say this to someone after you have said it to yourself and made your self travel that way and no other.
As for the brother who is bewildered in his affair, tell him to perform the obligatory prayer and the confirmed sunna. After that, he should say, "Allah is enough for us, and He is the best Protector" three times. "There is no power nor strength except with Allah, the High, the Great" three times. "Allah will be enough for you against them, and He is the Hearing, the Knowing" three times. "Our Lord, give us mercy from You." to the end of the ayat three times. "Oh Allah, bless Sayyiduna Muhammad, the unlettered Prophet, and his family and Companions, and grant them peace abundantly" morning and evening, and he will see wonders, whether he is at home or on a journey. If he does what we have mentioned, it will strengthen his resolution to go in the direction in which good lies, Allah willing, so strongly that he will not be able to repel it. I ordered one of the brothers, may Allah be pleased with them! to do this. He did it and he had a great blessing and clear secret. Allah is the authority for what we say. We would like whoever is at home or on a journey to do it as ling as he is alive.
My brother, do not dislike the fact that your self is based on you. Had it not been for it, you would not have found the way of the travellers. A certain faqih from our brothers, the Banu Zawal, said to me, "Appetite has entered me." I told him, "It is that which benefits me, and it is that which profits me. It is that which makes me great and it is that which makes me mighty. I only possess the overflowing favour of Allah, its favour, and the favour of our masters, the shaykhs of the tariq, may Allah be pleased with them." Faqir, if you said "How can that be?" I say, "Because of abandoning the self, one who profits has his profit. Because of keeping hold of the self, the one who loses has lost." The shaykh, Ibn 'Ata'Illah, may Allah be pleased with him, said in his Hikam, "Abuse is channelled through them so that you will not rely on them. He wants to rouse you and move you away from everything so that nothing distracts you from Him." The shaykh, Sayyidi Ibn Banna, may Allah be pleased with him, said in his Mabahith:
"Whoever allows his self what it desires,
his idol is then his own passion."
If you with to obtain what you desire, then bless the noble Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, even only 100 times a day because a little bit of action which is constant is better than a lot which lapses. Action is only small if the person is based on something other than the Muhammadan sunna. If one follows the sunna, then only action is abundant. There is no doubt that the one who holds to the sunna does not miss the prayer on the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, even if he does not bless him with his tongue, then that is light upon light. There is no doubt that the one who clings truly to his sunna blesses him with his entire being. The preoccupied person who is not concerned with the sunna blesses him with his tongue alone rather than with his limbs. A little action in the sunna is better than a lot of action in invocation, so understand! May Allah give us and you understanding! Cling firmly to this blessed teaching and may Allah enrich you by it! Amin.
Faqir, listen. I was bewildered about a certain matter of mine for several days until I was extremely exhausted because of it. That state forced me into a very strong need of my Lord. Then I found the matter in the Book of Allah before and after: "The matter belongs entirely to Allah, and the whole affair returns to Him," I surrendered His affair to Him and cast myself down before Him. I did not carry it since it is carried as was stated by the shaykh of our shaykhs, Abu 'Abdillah Sayyidi Muhammad b. Sa'id al-Habari at-Tarabulisi, may Allah be pleased with him! "Leave the house to its builder. If He wishes, He will set it up, and if He wishes, He will destroy it." It is as the wali of Allah-ta'ala, Sayyidi al-Hadrami, may Allah be pleased with him, said,
Surrender to Salma, and go where she goes.
Follow the winds of the Decree, and turn wherever they turn,
I found rest from my exhaustion and enjoyed myself. My moment was pleasant. Praise and thanks be to Allah! The entire secret lies in abandoning the self. As far as killing it is concerned, the Garden (is obtained) by its payment!
If you want your needs to be taken care of without working for them, then turn away from them and turn to your Lord. They will be taken care of, Allah willing. If you had left them altogether and turned to your Lord in them, He would give you what you desire of the good of this world and the good of the next world. You would have roads in heaven as you have on the earth, or even more since the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said in what he related from his Lord, the Mighty, the Majestic: "Whoever is distracted by My invocation from asking from Me, I will give him better than what those who ask are given."
Listen, faqir, to what I said to one of the brothers, may Allah be pleased with them, "There was nothing which I needed and turned away from, turning to my Lord, but that it was there in front of me, great or small, by the power of the Hearing, the Knowing." We think that the needs of the common people are taken care of by their working for them. The needs of the elite are taken care of by turning away from them and turning to Allah.
posted by Abubak'r | 10/19/2004 01:46:00 PM |
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