Monday, December 14, 2009

Proof of Imperfectness

"If anyone claims of perfectness (in the religion), that's the greatest evidence of his imperfectness"
-- Syed Noori shah (RA)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Practice what you have learned

Practice what you have learned, for theory without practice is like a spirit without a body. One who is content with learning alone is not learned, for the truly learned seeks more than mere words. Divine guidance entails self-mortification, without which contemplation is unattainable.

- Al-Hujwiri, "The Kashf al-Mahjub"

Friday, September 25, 2009

Useless Learning and Vanity

O, how often have knowledge and wit
become as deadly to the wayfarer as any demon or bandit!
Most of those destined for Paradise are simple-minded,
so that they escape from the mischief of philosophy.
Strip yourself of useless learning and vanity,
so that every moment Divine mercy may descend upon you.
Cleverness is the opposite of humbleness and supplication:
give up cleverness and take simplicity as your companion.
Know that cleverness is a trap for victory and ambition:
why should the pure devotee wish to be clever?
The clever are content with an ingenious device;
the simple have left all artifice
to be at rest with the Artificer,
because at breakfast time a mother will have gathered
the little child's hands and feet in repose upon her breast.

- Moulana Rumi (RA)
Mathnawi VI:2369-2375
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski

Friday, September 18, 2009

Become one with the beloved

Dear heart, where do you find
the courage to seek the Beloved
when you know He has annihilated
so many like you before?
I do not care, said my heart,
my only wish is to become
one with the Beloved.
- Moulana Rumi RA

Friday, September 11, 2009

Self Interest hides virture

Anger and lust make a man squint;
they cloud the spirit so it strays from truth.
When self-interest appears, virtue hides:
a hundred veils rise between the heart and the eye.

- Moulana Rumi (RA)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Our Sustenance is from Allah

Do not seek sustenance from people. Allah is the real Provider. If He wills a certain person to be the means of your livelihood, do not consider that person to be in control of your destiny. Have faith and be certain in the knowledge that your daily bread does not depend upon any mortal, but upon Allah who created all.

--Al-Hujwiri(RA)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Life Blossoms...

Sometimes in order to help He makes us cry.
Happy the eye that sheds tears for His sake.
Fortunate the heart that burns for His sake.
Laughter always follows tears.
Blessed are those who understand.
Life blossoms wherever water flows.
Where tears are shed divine mercy is shown.

-Moulana Rumi (RA)

Pain is not evil

Human beings are created from the dust of the earth; but do they resemble dust? Grapes come from vines; but do grapes look like vines? Does theft have the same shape as gallows? Does piety resemble eternal life? Nothing resembles its consequences. So the root of pain and torment is not evil.

-Moulana Rumi (RA)

Gazzali on Sufism

There are many people who are shocked by Sufism, and they mock it, calling it nonsense. These people are blinded by ignorance. By following the mystical way I came to understand the true nature of God’s revelations to Muhammad.

- Imam Muhammad Al- Ghazzali (RA)

Three qualities of Allah's Friend

The sign of the friend of Allah is that he has three qualities: a generosity like that of the ocean, a compassion like that of the sun, and a humility like that of the earth.

- Bayazid Bistami (RA)

Note: Some books attribute this quote to Shaikh Khwaja Moinudeen Chishti (RA) of Ajmer

Don't listen to your ego

Listen to your heart and not your ego. Your ego prompts you to boast of vain assertions to obtain the glory of this world. Turn away from vanity and seek Him in the recesses of your heart and soul.

- Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani (RA)