Saturday, August 8, 2009

Only take your rations


"The believer (mukmin) takes his rations, while the unbeliever (kafir) takes his pleasure. The believer takes his rations because he is on a journey. He is content to use any tiny fraction of what he owns, while investing the greater part in the hereafter. Apart from giving himself a traveler's allowance, based on what he can carry, he keeps all his property in the hereafter. His heart and his aspirations (himma) are all there. His heart is concentrated there, indifferent to this world. He forwards all the merit of his acts of worship to the hereafter, not to this world and those who belong to it. If he has some tasty food, he donates it to the poor, knowing that in the hereafter he will have something better to eat. The goal of the aspiration (himma) of the experienced (arif) and learned (alim) believer is the door of his nearness to the Lord of Truth (Almighty and Glorious is He), and that his heart should get there in this world, before the hereafter. Nearness to the Lord of Truth is the goal of the steps taken by the heart and the secret journey of the innermost being." - Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani

Editor's Note:
My apologies to Lisan al-Din regular visitors for I have slackened in being timely in posting entries. I have been in the past few days distracted by my lower nafs. Woe unto me! La hawla wala quwata illah billahil 'aliyil 'azim. Ilahi kam 'asika wa anta tas turuni. O Lord I have transgressed and yet you hide my flaws.
Yours sincerely,
Ezza Ismail

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