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Tuesday, October 12, 2004  

The Twenty-fifth Discourse I see you as the Devil, or at least as his deputy [khalifa], for you have entrusted yourself to his care, and you have accepted his word as true. Meanwhile, he is consuming the flesh of your religion [deen] and your devotion to righteousness [taqwa], and he is squandering your capital [ra's mal], while you have nothing of any value to show for it all. Woe unto you! You must fend him off and drive him away from your presence by practicing constant remembrance [of Allah]. Make a constant practice of divine remembrance [dhikr], for this will destroy him and cause him to flee, while requiring a minimum of effort on your part. Remember the Lord of Truth (Almighty and Glorious is He)--many times with your heart for everytime you do so with your tongue--instead of remembering your food and your drink. Practice cautious restraint [wara'] under all the circumstances in which you may find yourself. Appeal for assitance in putting the Devil to flight, by saying: "There is no power, nor is there any strength, except through Allah, the All-High, the Almighty. Whatever Allah wills, so shall it be. There is none worthy of worship but Allah, the King, the Plain Truth. Glory be to Allah, and with His praise. Glory be to Allah the Almighty, and with His praise." [laa hawla wa laa quwwata illaa bi'llahi 'l-'Aliyyi 'l-'Adzim, maa sha' a'llahu kaan, laa ilaaha illah 'llahu 'l-Maliku 'l-Haqqu 'l-Mubin, subhaana 'llahi wa bi-hamdih, subhaana 'llahi 'l-'Adzim wa bi-hamdih]. The throne of Iblis is on the ocean, and he sends his soldiers to fight on the land. The mightiest of them in his eyes is the reverence [hurma] he can inspire. Those that cause the worst mischief are the sins of disobedience [ma'asi] committed by human beings. In the case of one who has real experience ['arif], polite behaviour [adab] is as much an obligatory duty [farida] as is repentance in the case of the servant in trouble. How can he fail to be highly refined, when he is the nearest of all creatures to the Creator? If someone behaved with ignorant discourtesy in the society of kings, his rudeness might well result in his being put to death. Anyone who lacks good manners is despised by Creator and creatures alike. Any occasion on which good manners are lacking is an abomination. It is absolutely essential to be well behaved in the company of Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He). You must cultivate good behaviour. If you really knew me well, you would never be out of my presence. You would follow me in whichever direction I might take. You would be quite incapable of leaving, regardless of whether I put you to work in my service or failed to offer you employment, whether I took things from you or gave things to you, whether I made you poor or made you rich, whether I tired you out or set you at your ease. The basic requirement in all of this is that you should have a good attitude [husn az-zann] and correct behaviour [salah] toward Him. Both of these are entirely lacking in your case, so how can you be worthy of my companionship? How can you derive any benefit from what I have to say? You must cultivate the good manners of companionship [suhba] and fellowship [mu'ashara] with the Creator [Khaliq] (Almighty and Glorious is He) as well as with His creatures [khalq]. O Allah, do not let their response to hearing these words of mine be used as evidence for the case against them. Let it rather be evidence in their favour! Our Lord, give us in this world good, and good in the hereafter, and guard us against the torment of the fire! (2:201) [Rabbanaa aaatinaa fi 'd-dunyaa hasanatan wa fi 'l-aakhirati hasanatan wa qinaa 'Adhaaba 'n-naar]. -Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani, The Removal of Cares (Jala' al-Khawatir)

posted by Abubak'r | 10/12/2004 03:54:00 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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