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Tuesday, February 01, 2005  

Letters of Shaykh Mawlay al-'Arabi ad-Darqawi (to the fuqara) The sincere one can wear whatever clothes he likes, high or low since elevation and the state of lowness are the same for him. There is no difference between them. The one who is not sincere should only be like the common people. Faqir, leave forbidden and disliked things, and wear what you like. Marry whom you like. Ride what you like. Earn what you like. Dwell where you like. Be as you like. If a proof is established against you, I will take the blame, sincere one!: If a man does not wear the garments of taqwa, he is stripped naked, even if he wears clothes. The best clothes a man has are obedience to his Lord. There is no good in the one who rebels against Allah. Had this world lasted for its people, the Messenger of Allah would still be alive. However, it is annihilated and its bliss is annihilated. Wrong actions and acts of rebellion go on as they are. Peace _____________________________________________________________________________________ Faqir, the great sickness is love of this world which strikes at the hearts. It is not the love which strikes the bodies since this world is a cause for our distance from our Lord. Had it not been for the love of it which fills our hearts, we would always be in the presence of our Lord. All that veils us from Him is the love of it which dwells in our hearts. Intention is the elixir. If intention is present with anyone then good must inevitably be present with him. If it is absent, the good is absent from him. No one was greater than our Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace among all creatures, but in spite of the majesty of his value and the immensity of his affair, whoever does not have a good intention towards him does not profit. Whoever does have it gains great profit. Peace _____________________________________________________________________________________ Faqir, be on your guard against letting your heart incline to your self since that is part of the hypocrisy of the heart. Inclining to it is letting it follow what is light for it rather than what is heavier for it. The people, may Allah be pleased with them, follow the heavier. I also advise you to have what is heavy for yourself constantly. Do not have what is light for it until it is annihilated. We have said many times to oppose passion and it will result in knowledge by divine gift. Knowledge by divine gift results in great certainty. Great certainty banishes doubts and illusions and pushes one into the presence of the King, the Knowing. Peace _____________________________________________________________________________________ If you want always to be strong, you must always be weak, and make do with a little food, few words, and not much socializing with people. If you want always to be rich, always be poor. If you want always to be mighty, always be abased. If you want always to be high, always be low. If you want always to be free, always be a slave. If you want always to see what you love and what pleases you, then always put your self with what it does not love and what does not please it. If you want creation to recognise you always, then always be content with the knowledge of Allah. If you always want benefits, always break the habits of your self, and always fear impediments, and always leave attachments. Peace _____________________________________________________________________________________ If you want to be purified of doubts and illusions, then always be strengthened by the sunna of the Prophet, peace be upon him. One of the most important things is to remove all traces of urine. Do not do wudu' until you have no doubts about having removed your urine. If you wish to be certain about that, as is necessary, then the sunna is enough to make the matter easier for you. If you have your fill of innovation, it will lead to your self being too constricted to rise or descend as is our business and the business of most people. You will not be able to do it because you will have too much urine and faeces. Since they will be too much for you, you will find it difficult to free yourself of urine, you find wudu' difficult. If you find wudu' difficult, you find the prayer difficult. If you find the prayer difficult, you find the deen difficult. Our wages and your wages are up to Allah, the Lord of the worlds. If you wish to be freed of your self, then put an end to its conversation when it whispers to you, and do not turn to it. It tries to get the better of you and will not leave you alone. Is says to you, for example, "You are one of the losers!" Do not let its words disturb you or alarm you. No matter what it says. Remain seated if you were sitting, standing if you were standing, reclining if you were reclining, eating if you were eating, drinking if you were drinking, laughing if you were laughing, praying if you were praying, reciting if you were reciting, and so forth. Do not listen to it unless it tells you, "You are one of the believers, or one of the gnostics, or in the hand of Allah, and His favour and generosity is great." It will not stop whispering to you until you are always steady in the above-mentioned state and take your strength from the sunna of Muhammad, Allah's blessing and peace be upon him. If you listen to what it says, it will tell you, "You are one of the losers," then one of the evil doers, then one who leaves the right way, and had it not been that kufr is the very limit of affliction, it would have said that you are one of the kafirun or worse. We had a brother, may Allah have mercy on him, who used to listen to what it said. He believed it and was very worried and sad because of that. One day he said to our father, may Allah have mercy on him, while he and I were with him, "By Allah, my father, we only see our ship smashed into pieces." He said, "How dare you say such a thing! By Allah, it is not smashed to pieces! It is whole as it was. You are smashing it to pieces with your mouth!" These words made him extremely happy and because of those words he set out for Allah with a great energy. We see many people with complete and total blessings -- iman, health, food, drink, clothes, mounts, wives, abundant well-being and others of the blessings of Allah. Yet they are always full of worry, sorrow, and constriction. That is because they are heedless of their Lord and remain with their own portions. Had they left their portions and turned to their Lord as He has commanded them, every harm would have left them since only the people of heedlessness have it. As for the people of dhikr, it has come down to us that "the bolt of lightning does not strike the person doing dhikr." My brother, be steady in this teaching and cling firmly to it if you want the Path to act on all of created being. If not, then created being will make it act on you as it has made it act on your companions. If you do not make it act on created being, created being will make it act on you. Our master, may Allah be pleased with him! used to say to us, "Created being always says by the tongue of the state: 'Strike!' If not, then stretch out your neck to eat and watch out!" The matter is as he said. Allah is the authority for what we say. Peace _____________________________________________________________________________________ There is nothing more likely to lead to gathering the heart to concentrate on Allah than silence and hunger. There is nothing more likely to lead to dispersal than a lot of food and talk even about what concerns us. There is no doubt that the believer has few words and a lot of action. He will certainly have few words and much action since silence results in reflection. Reflection is an action of the heart. An atom's worth of the action of the heart is better than mountains of the actions of the limbs. It has come in tradition, "An hour of reflection is better than seventy years of 'ibada." Peace _____________________________________________________________________________________ I advise you to draw near your Prophet with the prayer and peace upon him as we told you many days ago. We think that the reality of the prayer of blessings and peace upon him is only obtained by the one who follows his sunna and takes on his character. Many people bless him constantly while they swim in darkness. That is because they are ignorant of his sunna. They take on the character of innovation. May Allah have mercy on you! take note of this deep hole and avoid it. May Allah save us and you from falling into it! Peace _____________________________________________________________________________________ -The Darqawi Way; The Letters of Shaykh Mawlay al-'Arabi ad-Darqawi

posted by Abubak'r | 2/01/2005 06:42:00 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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