Saturday, August 14, 2010

4th Ramadhan 1431 Hijri


O son, I have reread the tausiyah of Ghawth al-Azam so you don't have to and here are the takeaways:

  • Trials and tribulations serve as barometers for saints. They are judged by the degree of their patience. "Were it not for tribulation and trial, many people would lay claim to saintship (wilaya). This is why a certain wise man said: "Tribulation has been put in charge of saintship, so that it cannot be pretended" One of the marks of the saint (wali) is his patience with the insults of creatures and his tolerant attitude toward them."

  • Be not seeker of the world nor seeker of the hereafter. Seek the kernel instead. Search for Him and get near Him. "They [the saints] leave their interest in this world to seekers of this world and their interest in the hereafter to seekers of the hereafter, while their Lord belongs to them. They leave the created (Muhdith) for themselves. They leave the shell, because everything apart from the Lord of Truth is a shell, while the quest for Him and nearness to Him is the kernel."
O son, here's hoping that you are healthy and not forgetful of those who cannot afford to have gourmet food for iftar.

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