Tasawwuf (Sufism)

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On Ignorance - Imam al Haddad

On Ignorance – Imam al Haddad

As for ignorance, it is the origin of all evil, the root of every harm. Ignorant folk are included in the Prophet’s saying (may God bless him and grant him peace), “The world is accursed, and accursed is what is in it, except the remembrance of God and the learned and those learning.”

Company One Keeps - Imam al Haddad

Company One Keeps – Imam al Haddad

The company one keeps has major effects. It may lead either to benefit and improvement or to harm and corruption, depending on whether the company is that of pure and eminent people or people who are depraved and evil. This effect does not appear suddenly, but is a gradual process that unfolds with time. The Messenger of God, may blessings and peace be upon him, said, “A man will be with his companions.” And, “A man’s religion is that of his intimates, so let each of you consider who he becomes intimate with.”

Remembrance of Death - Imam alGhazzali

Remembrance of Death – Imam alGhazzali

Know that lengthy hopes have two causes, the first of which is ignorance, and the second of which is love of the world. As regards the latter, [the problem is that] when man comes to love the world, and its desires, pleasures and attachments, then taking leave of it weighs heavily upon his heart, which will thus avoid thinking of death, which is the instrument of this separation; for everyone who conceives a dislike for something will fend it off.

The Sunna - Habib Mashhur al-Haddad

The Sunna – Habib Mashhur al-Haddad

You have learnt that the Sunna consists of the sayings, acts and acknowledgement of the Messenger of God (may God bless him and his Family, and grant them peace). You should be aware that the Sunna is an unrecited revelation [wahy ghayr matlu]. God has said (Exalted is He!), He does not speak from his own desire; it is only an inspired revelation. [53:3] And He has said, He has sent down upon you the Book and the Wisdom, and taught you that which you did not know. The favour of God upon you has ever been great.

On Counsel - Imam al Haddad

On Counsel – Imam al Haddad

You must be of good counsel to all Muslims. The highest point of this is that you conceal nothing from them which if made known would result in good or preserve from something evil. The Prophet has said, may blessings and peace be upon him: ‘Religion is good counsel.’ Part of this is to support a Muslim in his absence as you would in his presence, and not to give him more verbal signs of affection that you have for him in your heart. It is also part of this that when a Muslim asks you for advice, and you know that the correct course does not lie in that which he is inclined to do, you should tell him so.

On Wilaya – Imam al Haddad

On Wilaya – Imam al Haddad

He answered : Know, my brother, that there are many hadiths attributed to the Messenger of God (may God’s blessings and peace be upon him) concerning this matter, as well as many statements attributed to God the Exalted’s elect. I shall confine myself to one hadith and a few of the other sayings. Al-Yafi i (may God’s mercy be upon him) wrote in “Rawd al-Rayahin” (The Meadows of Fragrant Plants) that accordind to Ibn Mas ‘ud (may God be pleased with him), the Messenger of God (may God’s blessings and peace be upon him) said:

 Nature of Remembrance – Ibn ‘Ata’ Illah

Nature of Remembrance – Ibn ‘Ata’ Illah

Remembrance of God is liberation from ignorance and forgetfulness through the permanent presence of the heart with the Truth. It has been said that it is the repetition of the Name of the Invoked by the heart and the tongue. It is alike whether it is God who is remembered, or one of His attributes, or one of His commandments, or one of His deeds, or whether one draws a conclusion based on any one of these.

On Importance of Study – Imam alGhazzali

On Importance of Study – Imam alGhazzali

“The Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace) said, “The heart of the believer is more unsteady than a cooking pot as it boils. He also said, “The heart of the believer is between two of the fingers of the Merciful.” During such strenuous effort the physical constitution may be disordered, the intellect confused, and the body diseased.

On Sincerity – Imam Al Qushayri

On Sincerity – Imam Al Qushayri

God Most High says,
“Is it not to God that sincere devotion is due” (Quran 39:3)

Anas b. Malik (may God be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of God (may God’s blessing and peace be upon him) declared, “Rancor will not invade the heart of the Muslim if he conforms to three things: sincerity toward God in actions, giving honest counsel to those in command, and keeping to the community of Muslims.”

Sincerity is having God as one’s sole intention in worship. It means that one desires nearness to God by one’s worship, to the exclusion of all else, whether it be making a show before man, trying to earn their praise, or loving to receive glory from them — anything other than desire for nearness to God most high. It is said correctly, “Sincerity means purifying actions of any awareness of fellow creatures.” It is also said, “Sincerity means protecting oneself from [concern for] the regard of men.”

On Remembrance – Imam al Haddad

On Remembrance – Imam al Haddad

The reason is that the heart is unsound, being neither free from reprehensible attributes nor filled with praiseworthy ones. He fails to expel the thoughts and insinuations his soul entertains during remembrance, he has not severed the outward attachments which distracts him from devoting himself fully to the remembrance of God the Exalted, he is not being disciplined by a shaykh possessed of the gnosis of God the Exalted and of [knowledge of the] inward and the outward, and there are other reasons.