Sunday, August 14, 2005
Advises from a Master I strongly advise you always to follow the Muhammadan sunna and to remember your Lord whenever your state is constricted and whenever it is expanded. You should also bless your Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. This is because if you are as we have told you, you will truly be Allah's slaves. Whoever is truly Allah's slave is not the slave of his passion. He is a wali of Allah.
Watch out! Again--watch out! Be careful not to let anything distract you from your Lord since there is nothing in reality except Allah. "Allah was and nothing was with Him. His is now as He was." Know that when a man has need of something, that is because of his ignorance and lack of knowledge, Had it not been for his ignorance, he would not need anything except Allah. The Immense Qur'an and the Prophetic hadith both testify to this. Listen to the answer of the wali of Allah-ta'ala, Sayyidi Sahl at-Tustary, may Allah be pleased with him! to one of his murids when he said to him, "Master--food!" He told him, "Allah." The murid was silent awhile and then said, "We must have food." He told him, "We must have Allah." I said, by Allah, in reality, we and others have no need except Allah. If we are His, He is ours as in the past with others--He was theirs and they were His.
I also advise you always to keep together and remind each other in your Path throughout your entire lifetime as those before you have done. Watch out! Again--watch out! Be careful not to hasten opening as some of you and others seek to hasten it. By doing that, you will miss the excellence of the Path and its blessing, secret, baraka, and bliss because whoever wants to pluck something before it is permitted to him, is deprived of it as a result. It is absolutely necessary that you keep together and respect each other. You should honour each other and show esteem for each other. Fulfill the contract of Allah when you make a contract. Love each other and show affection to each other as the Prophet said, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. Be on your guard against being foolish and insolent, against treachery, dishonesty, or leaving the Path. Allah gives success.
Know that concern for a thing is great. We and you have no concern except for Allah's favour to us. The rajul is the one who does not lack strength, is not lazy and does not slacken off. He fights his self. He gives it a little of the things which it hates and are heavy for it until it is annihilated. "Annihilation is obliteration, disappearance, leaving yourself, extinction" as the wali of Allah ta'ala, Sayyidi Abu'l Mawahib at-Tunisi, may Allah be pleased with him, said in his Qawanin.
posted by Abubak'r | 8/14/2005 06:14:00 PM |
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