Friday, September 4, 2009

14th Ramadhan 1430H (Ramadhan Tausiyah by Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani)


You must not argue with the Lord of Truth about how He works in you and in other creatures. Surely you have heard the words of Allah: "He shall not be questioned as to what He does, but they shall be questioned." (Quran 21:23)

Where is your obedient service to the Lord of Truth, if you do not behave properly? If you do not do so, you will be evicted from the house in disgrace but if you are well behaved and compliant, you will be kept there and be treated with honor. The lover (muhibb) of Allah is a guest in His presence, and the guest does not pick and choose his food, his drink, his clothing and all his circumstances ahead of the people of the household. Instead he is always accommodating, patient and easily pleased, so he is sure to be told: "You are welcome to what you see and find here!"
When someone really knows ('arafa) Allah, this world and the hereafter disappear from his heart along with everything apart from the Lord of Truth. You must ensure that your speech is for the sake of Allah, otherwise let silence be dearer to you. Let your life be lived in obedience to Allah, otherwise death is preferable for you.

O Allah, let us live in obedience to You and resurrect us together with the people devoted to obeying You. Amin.

Note: Extracts from lectures given by Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani in Ramadhan 545 A.H. Reference: The Sublime Revelation (Al-fath ar-Rabbani) Translated from the Arabic by Muhtar Holland.

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