Thursday, December 31, 2009
O Allah, I shelter behind you from all deeds that will displease you. O Allah, I ask for the most essential, the most clean, and the honor You bestow. O Allah, do not make me so busy that I fall into the forgetfulness of those who forget You. May I be worthy of Your approval. O Allah, make me a servant remembered only for loving You, hoping for nothing from his worship! O Allah, fill my heart with joy from You, purify my tongue with Your Names, let my limbs labor on tasks You will find good and of which You will approve. O Allah, eliminate all traces, memories, recollections, and feelings that are not of You!
Monday, December 28, 2009
Imam Ghazali states in his work, The Beginnings of Guidance:
The Proper Manners of Keeping Allah’s Company
Know that the companion who never leaves you whether you are resident or travelling, whether asleep or awake, both in your life and after your death is your Lord, Master, Protector, and Creator.
And whenever you make remembrance of Him, He is your intimate partner–for Allah Most High says, “I am the intimate partner of one who makes remembrance of Me.”
And whenever your heart is broken in sadness over your shortcomings in fulfilling your religious responsibilities, then He is your companion and indeed close–for Allah Most High says, “I am with those broken-hearted for My sake.”
And Allah alone gives success.
Better to look at the defects hidden within you than to look for the unseen worlds that are veiled from you.
The Real is not veiled - it is you that are veiled from seeing Him. If there was anything veiling Him what veiled Him would cover Him. If he was covered, His existence would be contained. If something contains something else, it overpowers it. But He is the Conqueror, overcoming His slaves.
Among the qualities of humanness, get rid of every quality incompatible with your slavehood so you can answer when Allah calls and be near His presence.
The root of every act of rebellion, every appetite and every moment of heedlessness is satisfaction with one's self.
The root of every act of obedience, every restraint and every moment of wakefulness is lack of satisfaction with one's self.
Better to keep the company of an ignorant man who is not satisfied with himself than a man of knowledge who is satisfied with himself.
What knowledge does the self-satisifed scholar have? What ignorance does the ignorant man who is not self-satisfied have?
The light of the inner eye lets you see His nearness to you. The source of the inner eye lets you see your non-existence by your existence. The truth of the inner eye lets you see His existence, not your own non-existence or existence.
"Allah was and there was nothing with Him. He is now as He was."
The Hikam - by Ibn 'Ata'llah