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Wednesday, June 29, 2005  

Lovers Are Made Aware You make a hundred resolutions to journey somewhere, but He draws you somewhere else. He turns the horse's bridle in every direction so that the untrained horse may know there is a rider. The clever horse is well paced because it knows a rider is mounted upon it. He fixed your heart on a hundred passionate desires, dissapointed you, and then broke your heart. Since He broke the wings of your first intention, how do you doubt the existence of the Wing-breaker? Since His ordainment snapped the cord of your contrivance, how can you remain blind to His Command? Your resolutions and aims now and then are fulfilled so that through hope your heart might form another intention which He might once again destroy. For if He were to keep you completely from success, you would despair: how would the seed of expectation be sown? If your heart did not sow that seed, and then encounter barrenness, how would it recognize its submission to Divine will? By their failures lovers are made aware of their Lord. Lack of success is the guide to Paradise: Pay attention to the tradition, "Paradise is encompassed with pain." Mathnawi III, 4456-67 - Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, The Pocket Rumi Reader (edited by Kabir Helminski)



posted by Abubak'r | 6/29/2005 11:31:00 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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