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Thursday, February 03, 2005  

Heeding the Example of the People of Fortitude—Provision is Apportioned A disciple may be put through the hardship of poverty, need, and the narrowing of the channels of provision. He should thank God and consider this a great blessing. For this world is an enemy, and God pushes it towards His enemies, but deflects it away from His protégés. Let him thank God for making him resemble His prophets, saints, and virtuous servants. The Master of Messengers and the best of creation, Muhammad, may the blessing of God and His peace be upon him, used to tie a stone to his stomach out of hunger. Two months and more would pass and no fire would be lit in his house—neither for cooking nor for any other purpose. He survived on dates and water. One day he received a guest, so he sent for food to each of his nine houses, but none was found. When he died he left his armor pawned with a Jew for a few measures of barley which was on that day all that there was to eat in his house. O disciple, let your worldly requirements be no more than a cloth to cover what should be covered and a morsel of licit food to allay your hunger. Beware of the deadly poison of longing for worldly luxuries and pleasures and of envying those who enjoy them, for they will be asked to account for what they took and enjoyed. If you knew the hardships they have to endure, the bitterness they have to swallow, the troubles and anxieties they have to carry in their hearts and breasts, all of which come from pursuing the world, nurturing it, and guarding it carefully, you would see clearly that these far outweigh the pleasure enjoyed, if indeed pleasures there are. It is enough to repel you from loving the world to know that God, Exalted is He, says, Were it not that people would have become all alike, We would have given those who disbelieve in the All-Merciful silver roofs for their houses and stairways to climb on, and for their doors [of silver] and couches on which to recline, and ornaments of gold. These are but the fleeting pleasures of the world, while the Hereafter is with your Lord for the God-fearing (43:33-35). And the Messenger of God, may the blessings of God and His peace be upon him, said, "This world is the prison of the believer and the Garden of the disbeliever. Had it been worth the wing of a gnat to God, He would never have allowed a disbeliever a sip of its water." And [it is enough] to know that since He created it, He has never looked at it. Know that provision is divided and allocated by [Divine] decree. Some servants are given a large share, some small. This is the wisdom of God. If, O disciple, you are one whose share is small, have patience and be content. Be pleased with what God has allotted to you. If you are one of those who have received a large share, take what you need and spend the rest in ways of goodness and benevolence. _____________________________________________________________________________________ Read also: Moving Toward God is Compatible With Earning, Divesting Oneself of the Means of Livelihood is Not Required Seeking Provision and Striving for It _____________________________________________________________________________________ -Imam ‘Abdallah ibn 'Alawi al-Haddad, Two Treatises of Imam al-Haddad

posted by Abubak'r | 2/03/2005 05:18:00 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."
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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