October 23, 2009

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Its only but the akhlaaq of the Mu’min that can serve as the foundational evidence to the testament of faith,

and yet at quite the same moment,

transcend his beauty and light,

glazing his deen.

Path.

October 20, 2009

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Dhikr & Shukr  

Dhikr: 

Whoever is remembering of God, is obedient to Him.

The root sin of all is heedlessness, and the root act of obedience and piety is rememberance.

Mu’taqi ~ “Woe be unto those who pray in ghaflah” 

The essence of dhikr is Salaah ~Jummah, we come together in masses, to remember. ~

Salaah is the key to your deen ~ Wudhu of love is made in your own blood.

Being lost, guidance and misguidance are all rooted in ghafla and dhikr. “So make your heart the Qiblah of your tongue!!” So when your heart makes the isharah and your Aql is in agreement with it, and your Imaan is pleased with it, do not speak, for God is knowing over your soul. He knows everything which is in the heart. Be just like somebody whose spirit is being pulled out of him, or somebody who is standing on the plains of the Yawmil Qiyamah. Do not occupy your soul with anything but that which your Lord has made incumbent upon you.

“Wash your heart with the water of sorrow.” Love with sorrow, be content in sorrow, burn with sorrow. (Sorrow is not grief or sadness, but the feeling of nothingness, agony of seperation from God, the spiritual poverty before God.)

Make your rememberance of God as His rememberance of you. ~ For it is ONE rememberance in the end, for everything is perishing on the face of the earth, except the face of God (that which is faced to God).

For He has remembered you, yet He is independent of you, and His rememberance of you is greater, nearer and more desired.

For He created you to worship Him, remember Him ~ for that is our very, very life, light breath, water.

Khudah yaarit hast, baraiy hamesha, your Only One. Everyone else will leave you.

Within the tombs of the Awliyah, there have been placed broken mirrors, to remind us, in front of God and His friends, you are broken. It’s through sincerity that you realize all of your acts of worship are small. And if you gaze upon your deeds, it shall increase your hypocrisy, arrogance. Make you ‘ghalise’- Arabic for oily/thick, you will give too much weight to your acts of worhsip- counting them.

And that! That is to fall farther, and farther from God.  

Dhikr is Khaalis ~ harmony and sincerity of your Qalb. Dhikr is Saadiq ~ that dhikr is true, you negate all apart from God. “I don’t count my praise of You, You are praised as You praise yourself.” 

Rasulullah (s) never placed any weight on his dhikr and worship. “Whoever desires to remember God, he’ll never be successful in counting it.”  Before Allah azawajaal nothing was ~ we are forever indebted to who.. God. Our seeking forgiveness and hamd is never enough, must know this.  

Shukr:

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~ In every breath thanks giving is necessary, a thousand or more in every moment. For the lowest form of Shukr is to detach everything you’ve been given from other than God.

Sin of being ungrateful ~ Kufr (deeply associated).. Kafir, ungrateful ignorant one*.

First step of being grateful is to accept God’s message,  – root of all war = desire.

Those who are thankful for blessings ~ their lives become blessed ~ “And if you are grateful, We shall increase you.”

To be ungrateful for something in your life, will make it a roadblock for you.

You are in need of His mercy, in order to simply be..

Shukr has a higher station than Sabr. Sabr is needed in face of balaa, you should be thankful for it anyway, no matter how you perceive it- easy or hard. You should trust His hikma. Bc whatever it maybe, He will change it in the Akhiraat into a khayr!

Hazrat Nuh as, known for his Shukr. Hazrat Ibrahim as, known for his Sabr.

Sayyidunah Husayn rwr, prayed Salaatul Shukr at the end of the day of Karbalah, as he lay in blood, as his family lay murdered around him.

“The 1 whom I bless and he is grateful is more precious than the asaabireen in the time of balaa”- Val. Of Hadith questioned. However, main concept understood. Although these two people may be seen as equal in human standpoint.

To express Shukr with the very core of your Qalb ~ for it proves spiritual poverty before God, indeed you have nothing until you have Him ~ and can you ever attain Him? Keep trying.

Shukr for every breath, for every nafas is a new chance, a new opportunity. Which opportunity are you not taking advantage of? How many have we lost..

Success in Shukr is constant blessings, you saying Shukr for a blessing is a blessing within itself. J Oh the Merciful!

Try to drown in His blessings, and Shukr delves farther into the ocean of blessings.

~ Blessings burn into flames and ashes through the breath of the ungrateful.

There is no repitition in the self-disclosure of God, through Shukr we see the beauty of God. Different pictures of the same path ~ must open both eyes in order to see the full beauty of God. Do not let Iblis blind you so you walk around seeing only with 1 eye, that of the nafs.  

~ A true Saint is never bothered by the world, the world is perfect how it is, for it is what is willed to be! God will always be God, and this world is His world! The Exalted!

Within you, you must accept the Mahdi within you, place the Spirit above the soul..

The harshest afflictions and trials may hit the world, and the Mu’min will only see beauty!! SubhanAllah..

The harder you bang gold, the more it shines. Through trials your true colors prevail. Ease, hardship, it is all one trial.  

 

The Book – Lantern of the Path.

The I raab-al Qulub ~ Path of the Hearts..

The -raising- of the Qalb is in the rememberance..

The -opening- of the Qalb is in contentment..

The -lowering- of the Qalb is in occupation of other than Him..

The -stopping- of the Qalb is in the heedlessness of Him..

When the servant remembers his Lord,every veil between he & Him is raised, put away.

When the heart of the Mu-min is made firm in contentment, how is it that it wont continue to be raised in ease and consistency.

How will he find Him after being occupied with other than Him? Like a ruined empty house which possesses no life and no intimacy any longer. When he is ignorant of the rememberance of his Lord, he will find his heart, totally, and utterly stopped. ~ To journey from intimacy to loneliness.

The -raising- comes through 3 factors..

1. Existence (coming about) of Success (achievement of light within the being)

2. Absence of opposition (to illiminate all tempation to fall into desires, to persevere with Sabr in the face of fitna)

3. Constancy of passion (consistent enlightenment is only achieved through the constant guard against darkness)

The -opening- comes through 3 factors..

1. Tawaqqul: if you completely and totally immerse yourself in true tawaqqul of your Rabb, He will always provide a way for you.

2. Sincerity (Ikhlaas) & Truthfulness (with Him, oneself, and others): righteousness, uprightness consistently.

3. Yaqin: certainty in Allah azawajaal and all He has written & proclaimed.

The -lowering- comes through 3 traits..

1. Arrogance: to possess arrogance is to be in complete ignorance of Allah azawajaal s blessings upon you.

2. Hypocrisy: when your intentions and goals are other than Him, thus, you will receive only other than Him.

3. Greed: There are 2 seekers who will never be satisfied, the seeker of knowledge, and the seeker of dunya.

~Therefore, contentment is needed here in opposing all 3 of these traits. Contentment with your Lord is all you ultimately need, because then, no matter what happens, you will be pleased with His will.

– Sayyiduna Husain (rwr) at the end of the day of Karbalah, laying in a pool of his own blood, beside his martyred family said, – I am pleased with only Your Pleasure.- ! SubhanAllah..the Yaqin!!

The -stopping- is shown through..

1. The destruction/annhilation of the sweetness of worship.

2. The committing of sin is no longer bitter tasting to you.

3. One begins to confuse the halal with the haraam.

Ya Mu min, when one turns towards Allah azawajaal, His Light helps you see the world clearly, for everything it was created for, for all it is worth. The world is physical, weighted, (weighing you down), you throw it in water, and it sinks. However, Light penetrates through the water. Ignorance is only the result of heedlessness. To see with the Light, is to see all and everything in true color, true depth!

Maulana said, -Hell is a room without windows..- If you are stuck in a room without windows, make one! One must, must make windows for oneself, even if none are in sight. It is painful, but needed. Thus, it is that pain that one endures and eventually glimpses a sight of the enlightened opening, or it can also be that pain that pushes one to turn away completely, into what.. Into concealement, darkness, ultimately kufr- (root word meaning concealement).

Therefore, join rememberance upon yourself and between one another. Let your days and nights drown in rememberance, for that is all we were here to do. How do we see and remember more clearly? How do we see the world how the Quran sees the world? To remember, to seek, to learn, to reflect. !

 

Oh yeah, I´ll tell you something
I think you’ll understand
When I say that something
I wanna hold your hand
I wanna hold your hand
I wanna hold your hand

Oh, please, say to me
You’ll let me be your man
and please, say to me

You’ll let me hold your hand
Now let me hold your hand
I wanna hold your hand

And when I touch you i feel happy, inside
It’s such a feeling
That my love
I can’t hide
I can’t hide
I can’t hide

Yeah you, got that something
I think you’ll understand
When I say that something
I wanna hold your hand
I wanna hold your hand
I wanna hold your hand

And when I touch you I feel happy, inside
It’s such a feeling
That my love
I can’t hide
I can’t hide
I can’t hide

Yeah you, got that something
I think you’ll understand
When I say that something
I wanna hold your hand
I wanna hold your hand
I wanna hold your hand
I wanna hold your haaaaaaaand

🙂

digital-destruction

October 1, 2009

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D igital Social Media:

 A cardinal principle of the tariqa is zuhd or nonattachment to other than Allah. One should always leave what does not concern one in this life or the next. Our sheikh used to repeat two verses of poetry by Imam al-Humaydi:

The meeting of people will never give you anything but gibberish of useless gossip.

So diminish your meeting of people, save to take knowledge or improve your condition.

Masters say, “Increase in the physical, and you will decrease in the spiritual,” and this pertains to everything but what genuinely benefits one. This is why the salik or traveller shuns the din of hucksters, prefers clothing devoid of writing and trademarks, and avoids mind pollution with things that are mere ghafla or heedlessness of the Divine. As Sheikh Yunus used to note of love of this world (dunya), “When it dominates, it takes captive.”

This applies with special force to things such as advertising, entertainment, and especially the Internet. Someone serious about the tariqa unplugs from the computer except for work, research, buying and selling, instruction, or correspondence that benefits himself or other Muslims. One should print out the articles one reads. The computer is a tool, not a life, and even for compelling reasons, the salik should spend no more than five hours a day on it total, less than two of which should be online, and no hours at all after nightfall. Exceptions may be made for work, but one should ask Allah for a job that permits one to observe these limits. In a word, suluk or spiritual progress means finding in the Absolute what suffices from the limitary.

Abul Hasan al-Shadhili related from his sheikh Ibn Mashish:

The best of spiritual works are four things after four other things: love of Allah, satisfaction with what Allah has destined, nonattachment to the world, and trust in Allah, [after] performing what Allah has made obligatory, avoiding what Allah has forbidden, patience in leaving what does not concern one, and scrupulousness in shunning mere amusement (Durrat al-asrar (c00), 88).

Social media, chat networks, motion pictures, computer games, and so forth reduce life to the size of a small screen. They directly reverse the effect of the remembrance of Allah, which is to expand the soul’s horizons to the Divine. The less one has to do with them, the stronger one’s dhikr will be. As ‘Arif al-Yamani said, “Allah’s turning away from a servant includes occupying him with what does not benefit him.”

Yet media remain a two-edged sword. Communication may conduce to some good end, such as organizing others around a worthy common purpose – or it may simply be an opportunity for show and tell about one’s nafs. The former is permitted in the spiritual path, though its benefit to the soul is often slender; while the latter should be shunned because it merely inflates the ego. As Sufis say, “Whatever is for Allah is connected, whatever is for other than Allah is dissevered.” The following are for everyone who aspires to be connected:

 (1) As an absolute rule, shun the offensive or unlawful: it pours acid on the roots of one’s suluk. (2) Realize that wasting time on anything without a real this-worldly or next-worldly benefit is makruh or offensive, not merely permissible. (3) Use digital social media only for some real benefit that is unattainable without them. (4) Engage in them and other internet activities no more than two hours a day. (5) Have as little to do as possible with pictures, meaning recorded images of animate life, by one’s own choice. Only use them when others want one to if there is no alternative. As a legal dispensation, when a shari’a-countenanced interest such as keeping up family ties from a remote country, or live instruction, cannot be comparably met by some picture-free alternative, one may consider live, instantaneously transmitted, unrecorded images, like those of a webcam, to be legally closer to a mirror (which is halal) than to a recorded picture (which is haram). (6) Live online discussions by any means should follow these same guidelines, and be used when needed, not for useless gossip, which is makruh. (7) Online videos conveying lectures, necessary teaching demonstrations of complex manual skills or similar otherwise-difficult techniques to master, or information that requires showing, not just telling, should only be used to the extent that is needed and genuinely facilitates one’s work, study, or life. (8) Do not let others record oneself lecturing and so forth on such media except when one’s message is of considerable importance, and to use audio or printed media would distract the audience from it.

Being a parent makes it obligatory to protect one’s family as well, necessitating some further guidelines. At this writing, some 90 percent of eight- to sixteen-year-olds in Western countries view pornography online. Not to mention gaming addiction, cyber-dating, and endless music downloads. This is not “part of growing up.” Part of growing up means a black eye on the school playground, not a brain-crippling, lifelong addiction. (9) In general, families should treat the computer like a household appliance, not a source of entertainment, and should use it only when they need it. Aimless surfing, chatting, and video-watching are among the many addictive online activities that waste one’s life. Unfortunately, unlike television, which can be removed from the house, the computer is more like the telephone, an indispensable communication tool, and in many circles a person without an email address is a person who barely exists. (10) Disconnect as much as possible. Some parents believe that if children do not become computer-literate at an early age, they fall behind. The truth is the opposite: children who learn from books, people, and the physical and spiritual worlds do far better later in life. And because everything the average user knows about computers can be learned in a day or two, most children do not need a computer until school assignments necessitate it, usually in high school. (11) Be there. Pictures, music, videos, and gaming are the major sources of haram activity on the Internet. The best preventative measure is to keep the computer in a central location with the screen in full view and a parent nearby. Replace headphones with speakers and do not buy children external storage devices like MP3 players, iPods, Game Boys, and the like. (12) Make it boring. An older computer with a slower connection is good enough for email, but not good enough for streamable and downloadable content. (13) Use parental control software and filters to eliminate objectionable material. (14) Have a computer hour. If one’s children are old enough to be emailing and doing research for school projects, fix one hour of the day when children use the computer. (15) Buy an encyclopedia set and read books. Keep an Encyclopedia Britannica in the house for adults and a Compton’s Britannica for children. Have a good collection of books, or borrow from a public library, and read together aloud as a family for entertainment for a few minutes after supper. People in general are spellbound by a live presentation of new stories and topics.

These are minimal rules to keep the toxic waste of the makruh and haram in digital social media from sickening one’s heart and life. As for the main idea, it is to remember Allah, and free oneself from what detracts from His remembrance.

~ Taken from one of Sh. Nuh Keller’s articles.