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Sunday, October 31, 2004  

When Food is Served, Eat Before Performing the Obligatory Prayer When food is served at the time of the obligatory prayer, begin with the food. Be careful not to pray while you need to urinate or defecate. If someone whom God had obliged you to obey commands you to disobey God, then do not obey him. Take care to avoid what you have to apologize for. You will not be able to offer an adequate excuse to everyone to whom you speak in whom you produce dislike. If it is insignificant, then each has a certain weight with everyone. You take that by your heart and it is for you, not against you. God has commanded you to show affection, and this is part of showing affection to people. When anyone has testimony with you but is unaware of you, and that is needed, then acquaint him with it. Grant your poor brother a gift if you are able to do so. Its reward is immense. Let your fear of God and hope of Him have equal faith. Be dominated by hope and good opinion of God and desire His mercy. It is confirmed that the Messenger of God (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, "If those who deny the Truth knew what mercy God has, no one would despair of His Garden." Beware of returning the gift. Do not despise it, whatever it is. You must repent to God with your breaths. When you have a partnership with anyone in something, do not betray him. If you do an action, do it well. God has written the best for everything. You must be humble and not boast over anyone. Ali bin Abu Talib al-Qayrawani said about that: From the aspect of the form all people are equal Their father was Adam and their mother was Eve. If they have lineages from their source of which they boast, it is nothing more than clay and water. There is no excellence except for the people of excellence. They have guidance and are guides for those who seek guidance. The worth of every human is what he does well. The ignorant are enemies of the people of knowledge. There is no boast except in consciousness of God. That is the lineage which exists between God and His servant. Beware of chatting about what is not proper and what does not concern you, rather let it be about conveying good. Beware of asking too many questions, except in investigating your religion where you know your happiness lies. "Ask the people of the reminder if you do not know" (16:43; 21:7). You know that no one has movement or stillness, entrance or exit, but that the Divine Law has one of the five judgments regarding that. When you do not know, ask about everything in which there is a ruling in the Divine Law and seek to remove oppression as much as possible. Be dominated by respect and have resolve in respect of yourself. Take care not to waste property. That is spending it in disobedience of God. Part of spending it in disobedience of God is to give it to someone when you know that he will spend it in what is not pleasing God. If that is not known, then there is no harm. When you leave anyone while he is doing what is not pleasing to God and you believe that he is still doing what he was doing when you left, then it is not possible for you to give him. That is the position in prescribed rulings. They hold that that known state of the person is presumed to continue until proof is established for them that it no longer exists. Then they assume that the new state continues to exist until there is evidence that it has changed. Take care not to cause distress and do not try to provoke someone into trouble. Do not frighten people away nor make things difficult for them. Make things easy, teach and give good news. Beware of committing outward and inward vile deeds. God is the One before whom you should be embarrassed. Do not delude yourself by any respite God grants you if you are on a path which is not pleasing. God says, "We only allow them more time so they will increase in wrongdoing. They will have a humiliating punishment" (3:178). So beware of God deceiving you in that. "Do not despair of the solace of God. No one despairs of the solace of God except the people who are those who deny the truth" (12:87). Beware of everything which removes reason, like drinking wine and other intoxicants. Avoid artifice in words. Do not recite the Quran in the prayer while you are bowing forward or prostration. In bowing forward you should say, "Glory be to my Lord, the Immense, and by His praise," and exalt your Lord in it. In your prostration you should say, "Glory be to my Lord Most High and by His praise." The minimum in that is three times or more. -Muhyi din Ibn al-‘Arabi, The Mysteries of Bearing Witness



posted by Abubak'r | 10/31/2004 06:36:00 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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