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Monday, September 26, 2005  

If God afflicted one with forgetfulness [of the true nature of] his egoself, of witnessing its baseness and insignificance; it is evidence of the beginning of God's chastising him from having turned away from Him. Then, on account of his deficient perception of his own frailty and forgetfulness of God's omnipotence, he becomes ever more insolent. For such a one there is no hope for well being, for there is no sign [in him] of well being and support. The signs of support are those that God - be He exalted - has taught us in His book, in his words dealing with the traits of those who have gained His pleasure saying : Surely God gave you support and aid at Badr and you were [among the] lowly [3:123]. Here God clearly made apparent the signs of his support (nusra) and turn of good fortune (dawla). Therefore one who does not seek wellbeing and support through lowliness and utter need will never attain them. To pursue God's favour through [attaining] power is to contend with God's Lordship; and anyone who contends with the Lord is brought low. Abu Yazid al-Bistami - foremost of the gnostics of his time, of exalted station and lofty rank, well known for his ascetic practices, detachment, and journeys - relating of himself, as I heard 'Ali ibn Ahmad ibn Ja'far say that Al-Hasan ibn 'Allawayah said, "When Abu Yazid was asked what he most desired from the world, he replied, "That I might see myself through the eye by which people see me."

The Stumblings of Those Aspiring (Zalal al-fuqara') Syaikh Abu Abd Al-Rahman Al-Sulami Al-Naysaburi



posted by Rayyan | 9/26/2005 08:16:00 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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