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Monday, November 08, 2004  

Moses Learns About the Night of Power The venerable Moses prayed to his Lord on Mount Sinai, saying: "O my Lord, You are close to me. Let me be close to You." He heard the voice of the Almighty reply: "O My Converser, I bring near to me those who keep vigil and worship me on the Night of Power." Moses continued: "O my Lord, I wish to be worthy of Your divine mercy." The Glorious and Exalted One said: "O Moses, those who treat the poor with compassion on the Night of Power are worthy of My mercy." Moses, then made yet another supplication: "O my Lord, I wish to cross safely over the Bridge." The Exalted Lord replied: "O Moses, anyone who gives alms and spends in charity on the Night of Power will cross that dark and dreadful Bridge in safety and at lightning speed." The Bridge called Sirat streches in darkness between Paradise and Hell. The greater a person's light of faith, the easier it will be for him to cross that bridge. We must not forget that the life of this world is also such a bridge and the way of Islam is its safe crossing. For those who have faith, do good works, are content with Allah and earn His approval, it will be a quick and easy matter to cross Sirat, just as they cross the brodge of this world in safety and without mishap. To return to the venerable Moses, who was praying to the Lord on Mount Sinai: "O my Lord," he pleaded, "I wish to enter Your Paradise and enjoy its bliss, to shelter in the shade of its heavenly trees and to eat its abundant fruits." The Almighty reply came: "O Moses, those who glorify Me on the Night of Power will enjoy these bounties in My Paradise." The venerable Moses continued: "O my Lord, I beg for salvation from Your Fire." "O My Converser, those who seek forgiveness on the Night of Power will find salvation from My Fire." The venerable Moses then prayed: "O my Lord, I yearn for Your approval. Be pleased with me!" The All-Glorious One replied: "O Moses, My approcal will be won by those who perform a prayer of two cycles for My sake on the Night of Power." Thus we see that Moses and the other Prophets, on all of them be peace, were made aware of the great benefits that would be conferred on Muslims for even a small act of worship on the Night of Power. - Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi, Irshad (Wisdom of a Sufi Master)



posted by Abubak'r | 11/08/2004 05:57:00 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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