Mar 112008

This article is from Purification of the Mind (Jila’ Al-Khatir)

* O young man, your speech is from your tongue not from your heart, from your appearance not from your essence. The sound heart runs away from the speech that comes from the tongue. Upon hearing it, it becomes like a bird in a cage and like a hypocrite in the mosque. When a truthful person meets a hypocrite scholar in a session, leaving that session becomes his only wish. The people of Allah are able to recognize marks on the faces of the dissimulators, hypocrites, impostors, pretenders, enemies of Allah (mighty and glorified is He), and enemies of His Messenger (Allah’s prayer and peace be on him). Their signs are on their faces and in their words. They flee from the truthful as they flee from lions, for they are afraid of being burnt by the fire of their hearts. The angels move them away from the truthful and the righteous. Each one of them is great in the sight of the common people but is worthless in the eyes of the truthful; a human being in the sight of the common people, but a cat that carries no weight in the eyes of the truthful.

O young men, you have to find a physician of the Law, for he can treat your illnesses. Follow his instructions and take the medicine that he prescribes and then your good health will be restored. Follow the young servant and he will take you to the master. The Law is a young servant, whereas Knowledge is a master. Follow it, see where it enters, and enter after it. Seek the door of your Lord (mighty and glorified is He) and behave well in the company of the Law, which is the young servant that stands at the door. If you do not follow the Law you will not reach Knowledge. Have you not heard these words of your Lord (mighty and glorified is He): “And what the Messenger gives you, take; and what he forbids you, abstain from” (from 59.7). If you become well‑mannered in the company of the Law at the door of your Lord (mighty and glorified is He) and cultivate good behavior with Him, He will love you, open to you the door of nearness, and seat you at the table of His favor and generosity. You will become His guests. He will speak to your hearts, entertain your innermost beings, and teach them the Knowledge that He teaches to the elite among His creatures. So, His Law will be between Him and the creatures, whereas His Knowledge will be between Him and you, because the Law is common, whereas Knowledge is special. The Law is faith, whereas Knowledge is direct seeing.

* O Allah, make us work and be sincere in our works, grant us acquaintance with Your Knowledge, steadfastness in our acquaintance and “give us good in this world and good in the hereafter and protect us from the torment of the Fire.” Praise be to Allah Lord of the worlds. “O Our Lord, perfect our light for us, and forgive us. You are Capable of everything” (from 66.8). “O My Lord, enable me to be thankful for Your favor that You have conferred on me and on my parents, and to do righteousness that is pleasing to You, and do good to me in my offspring. I repent to You and I am one of the Muslims” (from 46.15). “Glory be to your Lord, the Lord of invincibility, above what they describe. And peace be on the messengers. And praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds” (37.180‑182). Praise be to Allah with whose favor all good works are completed.


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