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Tuesday, November 23, 2004  

Truth in the Eyes of the Unbelievers Jesus said, 'Do not hang pearls aound the neck of a swine.' (Matt. 7:6) But wisdom is better than pearls and he who abhors it is worse than a swine. For a reason it has been said, "In order to be safe from his hand and useful to him deal with every person with the measure of his own intellect and mete out into him with the scale of his own mind. Otherwise, because of the disparity between the measure and the mind, your efforts will result in failure." (Imam al-Ghazali, The Book of Knowledge) Imam al-Ghazali has said: Shall pearls be given to herders of the sheep, Shall wealth be trusted to their rustic keep? They would not comprehend nor know its worth, To give them would be adorning beasts. But God is kind if by His grace He sends One worthy of my knowledge, of my wit. To him my goods I'll give and gain his love; Until such time I will withold my gifts -- One's learning would be wasted upon fools; And he doth sin who from the worthy keeps. Imam al-Haddad has said: Frustrated are the doubters as though they were not here. Away with those who doubt the truth when it is clear! (Diwan) O mankind, your rebellion is only against yourselves; the enjoyment of this life. Then unto Us shall you return, and We shall inform you of what you used to do. (10:23) God sends the unjust astray; and God does what He will. (14:27)



posted by Abubak'r | 11/23/2004 01:52:00 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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