Woe unto you! You lay claim to knowledge, yet your joy is the joy of ignorant, and your anger is like theirs. Your happiness lies in this world and the attention you receive from creatures, so it makes you forget the (divine) wisdom (hikma) and hardens your heart. The believer (mu'min) rejoices only in Allah, not in anything other than Him. If rejoicing is inevitable, rejoice. If it is because of something worldly, dedicate it to the obedient service of Allah. Let it be useful to the servants of the Lord of Truth and help them to perform their works of obedience. You must continue to feel fear, until your heart and your innermost being are told as He told Moses and Aaron (Harun) (peace be upon them both):
"Fear not, for I am with you both. I hear and I see." (Quran 20:46)
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.