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Thursday, August 25, 2005  

The Love of the Beloved The love of the Beloved must be unconditionally returned. If you claim love yet oppose the Beloved, then your love is but a pretence. You love the enemies of your Beloved and still seek love in return. You fight the beloved of your Beloved. Is this Love or the following of Shaytaan? True devotion is nothing but total submission of body and soul to One Love. We have seen humans claim to submit, yet their loyalties are many. They put their trust here, and their hope there, and their love is without consequence. - Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah, www.as-sahwah.com

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Of the Virtue of Continence From pleasures and amusements he refrained, His appetite for love and liquor reined, Devoted not his energies to wine, To hunt gazelles made not his only line. For it was time the heart arose from sleep, Not evermore its shrouding veil to keep; The fearful day that shall all secrets prove Diverted him from his accustomed love. Be strong, my soul ! Thy labours do not spend Pursuing passion to its bitter end. Make haste to thy salvation ; purpose still To win deliverance from passion's ill. Perchance, triumphant in my holiest aim, I shall escape the torment and the flame. O trifler, Fate is grimly purposing Thy ruin: dread'st thou not misfortune's sting? It should suffice thee, for all counsel taught, To look upon the wonders Time has wrought. Leave that abode whose splendour soon must fade, That task which ever with the toiler played, That jousting-yard where never knight struck blow But that his sword rebounded to his woe; What man knows Allah as He should be known Withdraws, and lives unto Himself alone. Not one is watered piety with pure, The temporal realm with that which doth endure; Not like the sinner and the godly wise, The word of truth and circumstantial lies. For though we were secure from chastisement Nor feared the wrath of God may not relent, Did we not dread that hell, prepared for each Who perpetrates the crime of lying speech, Yet would it be our duty to obey His will, and send lust's embassy away, Sincerely to renounce this life below, Condemning all who yet delay to go. For we have witnessed how Time serves her own Like flaming sparks among the brushwood blown; Some wearying their hearts to serve the Lord And find repose in what they most abhorred, Some labouring to gather this world's bloom And be diverted from their quest by doom. And some have reached the hope they fondly nursed To fall into the pit they dreaded worst, And some have diligently sought their goal And only gained destruction of the soul. Anon some mighty monarch thou wilt see Flung down from triumph into misery, As springing wheat is trampled into dust When from its stalk the swelling ears upthrust. How many struggle to their souls' despite In chase of luck that presses more its flight Surely a lesson wonderful is there To school the wise to wisdom yet more fair! Still more, with Hell the ultimate abode Of all who leave the straight and narrow road, When Allah, on the day of reckoning, Their shameful secrets to the light shall bring. What then of him, whom Allah has pursued With mercy, and augmenting grace renewed, But in his folly turns the gifts conferred To purposes forbidden by God's Word? Deserves he not the most, of all men born, God's chastisement on resurrection's morn? Then thank the Lord, Whose gracious potency Is nigh to us as our heart's artery, Who feedeth all the peoples known to Time, Be Barbary or Arabia their clime Praise be to God, Whose bounty is so great, Who overmasters all the tricks of Fate, And to our service earth and heaven turns, All vapours of the air, each star that burns. Give ear, and leave the sinner to his sin For none shall bear but what he gathers in. - Abû Muhammad ‘Ali ibn Hazm, Tawq al-Hamâmah (Ring of the Dove)



posted by Abubak'r | 8/25/2005 01:25:00 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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