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Sunday, October 17, 2004  

The Order of Priorities Gnostics and scholars focus mainly on making their faith and certitude sound and strong and on purifying their belief in God's oneness [tawhid] from the blemishes of hidden idolatry. They then turn their attention to perfecting virtues, such as detachment, sincerity, and a clean breast toward Muslims, and to counteracting blameworthy attributes, such as ostentation and vanity. Next, they attend to the soundness of their good outward actions and to guarding themselves against falling into evil works. Last, they attend to the good management of their daily lives and the preservation of their soundness by being scrupulous, accepting good counsel, maintaining frugality, and remaining content with little. Gnostics are happy with the bare necessities and are willing to let others manage their [worldly] affairs for them, provided they are scrupulous and avoid injustice. So learn and understand! As for the unaware and the confused, they attend mainly to their worldly affairs and their physical pleasures and appetites, such as food, fine clothes, marriage, amassing wealth, and so on. When a few of them grow a little more aware and farsighted, they begin to pay attention to the soundness of their outward actions, such as their devotional rites of worship. They may then move on to attending to their inward attributes, and last of all to the strengthening of their faith. This is the reverse of the order of priorities recognized by the people of gnosis and realization. Reflect and meditate on this and you will find it clear! And God knows best. _____________________________________________________________________________________ Sciences: The Priorities If you wish to know which sciences and acts are the most important and beneficial for you, imagine that you are to die the next day and return to God to stand before Him and be asked to account for your knowledge, behavior, and all your affairs and states, subsequently to be taken to either the Garden or the Fire. What you see there as most important and useful to you is precisely what you must now give priority and attachment to; whereas what you find useless, unimportant, frivolous, or simply of no great necessity is what you must neither pursue nor occupy yourself with in this life. Meditate on this matter and reflect well; it is of tremendous benefit to those who have discernment and are concerned about their appointed time, their return to God, their salvation, and their success in the Hereafter, which is better and more enduring (87:17). Success is in the Hand of God, to whom belong all graces, for He bestows them on whomever He wills; and God's graces are immense! -Imam 'Abdallah ibn 'Alawi al-Haddad, Knowledge and Wisdom (Fusus al-'ilmiyah wa-al-usul al-hikamiyah)

posted by Abubak'r | 10/17/2004 07:21:00 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."
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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