Saturday, November 20, 2010

How to die to yourself


We often hear our gurus say 'die to your self'. So, how do we do that? Today, 14 Zulhijjah, 886 years ago, Shaykh Abdul Qadir al Jilani gave his answer:
Die to adherence to your lower self, your passions, your natural impulses and your habits.
Die to adherence to people and their material means (asbab), despair of them and give up idolizing them.
Die to the quest for anything apart from the Lord of Truth. Let all your deeds be for the sake of the countenance of Allah, not to seek His blessings. Be happy to accept His management (tadbir), His decree (qada) and His workings (af'al). If you do this, you will die to yourself and be brought to life in Him. Die to yourself and to creatures and the veils between you and Your Lord will be removed.

Quoted from: 'The Sublime Revelation'
Al Fatihah to the translator: Allahyarham Muhtar Holland
Credit: Al Baz Publishing

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