Wednesday, September 1, 2010

22nd Ramadhan 1431 Hijri


O son, many of us claim to be seekers of the truth but more often than not we seek without truly knowing how or what to do in our seeking. Here are some tips from Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani. He is saying, a beginner will have plenty to ask for but one who is nearing the destination, silence will become his trait. This reminds me of one saying of a sufi saint, "When one attains haqiqah (true reality) one just stop asking questions, why this, why that."

"Plead with Him when you are on the road, before attaining to Him. When you are perplexed, say: "O Guide of the perplexed, guide me!" When you are put to the test and incapable of patience, say: "My God (Ilahi), help me, give me patience and grant me relief!" As for when you have arrived, and your heart is admitted to His presence and drawn near to Him, there is then no need to ask, no use for the tongue, but only silence and witnessing. You become a guest, and the guest does not express his own wishes. He behaves with good manners, eats what he is offered and accepts what he is given, unless he is told to say what he would like, in which case he makes his wishes known, in obedience to an order, not of his own volition. Asking is appropriate when one is at a distance, and silence when one is near."

I guess we can judge ourselves, how far we are on the road to Allah. May Allah guide us to none but Him.

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