Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Still sensitive to praise and dispraise?


O son, I'd be lying if I say I am insensitive to praise and dispraise. Maybe I am insensitive to praise but I still get sensitive when it comes to dispraise. Well, this is what Ghawth al-Azam has to say about this:

As long as you are given to this world and to creatures, you would be sensitive to both praise and dispraise, because you are living through your lower self, your passion and your natural inclination. When your heart attains to your Lord ('Azza wa Jall) and He takes charge of you, you will rid of your sensitivity to praise and dispraise and you will thus be relieved of a heavy burden. If you work for this world depending on your might and strength, you will lose, be torn apart, tire and be dissatisfied. Similarly, if you work for the hereafter with your strength you will lose. When you work for the True One, open the door to livelihood by the hand of His strength and trust in Him and open the door of acts of obedience by the hand of His guidance. Once you have attained to the spiritual station of seeking Him, ask Him for strength and truthfulness in asking for His strength and His help. Place the feet of your heart and your innermost being firmly in His presence and give up all preoccupations with this world and the hereafter.
- Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani
O son, let nothing leave a mark on our hearts save Allah.
Let there be no other patterns on our hearts save Hu.

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