Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Pearls of wisdom 228

1.There are two evils, having which, an abundance of good works is seldom profitable -- discontent with God's decree and wronging God's servants.

2. May God be your aim and death your desire with every step, and indulge not in a long future hope.

3. Real asceticism (zuhd) is emptying the heart of whatever is other than the Lord.

4. Real knowledge of what is good implies dwelling in it.

5. Real knowledge of what is evil implies departure from it.

6. Real prostration (sujud) is yielding of the heart to the ordinance (ahkam) of the Lord.

7. Real vanishing of passion (hawa) from the heart implies fondness for meeting with God in every breath without man's choosing a certain situation in which to be.

8. The perfect man is not one who lives in himself, but the one through who others live.

9. There is no great sin greater than love of the world, and remaining in a state of ignorance with contentment.

10. Love of the world is the apex of all inequity, and remaining in ignorance is the root of every act of disobedience. [Above quotes by Shaykh Abul Hasan al Shadhili]

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