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Friday, October 01, 2004  

No Relaxation in this World There can be no relaxation at all in this world for a believer endowed with reason. Whenever he finds such relaxation, this is always accompanied by heedlessness of his Lord and of his appointed time [of death]. A fool, however, may find relaxation in the world, for as a fool, he is unaware of problems or of disturbing things, whether actual or expected. Saying that no repose exists in the world and that man seeks in the world that which was never part of it, this refers to total untroubled repose for people with perspicacity and intelligence. This is evident. As for the fool and the mindless, they may find relaxation. This is why it was said, "The mindless are relaxed." It was something akin to this that al-Muntanabbi alluded to when he said: Untroubled is the life of one who is ignorant or heedless of what has elapsed and what remains; and of one who deludes his soul of reality and leads it to seek the impossible that it craves. He also said: By his intelligence does a man see hardship in bliss, while the ignorant sees nothing in wretchedness but bliss. And God knows best. -Imam 'Abdallah ibn 'Alawi al-Haddad, Knowledge and Wisdom (Fusus al-'ilmiyah wa-al-usul al-hikamiyah)



posted by Abubak'r | 10/01/2004 07:53:00 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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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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