Fragrance of Musk

heart-sahped-bottle“The nature of the Ahlullaah (friends of Allah) is like that of fragrance which floats in the atmosphere due to which all those around cannot help but be perfumed.”

Come, let us be seekers on the path of Tazkiyah (Purification of the heart) in the company of those with purified hearts, illuminated with the love of Allah ta’ala and His beloved Rasool sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam.

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Conquer Greed & Desire

rosesA prince  once said to one of the ‘Aarifeen  (knowers), “Ask me for what you need.” The response of the ‘Aarif was,

“Is that the way you speak to me when I have two servants who are your masters?” When the prince asked,  “Who are these two servants?” The ‘Aarif answered,

Greed and desire; for I have conquered them yet they have conquered you; I rule over them while they rule you.

If we conquer these two bad traits of greed and desires then we are masters over them. People may be kings and have authority but if they are ruled by greed and desires then they are servants to these two traits.

“The Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names of God” by Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali (Rahimahullah)

Reviver from the Sleep of Heedlessness

dhikrDhikr is the means by which Stations yield their fruit, until the seeker reaches the Divine Presence. On the journey to the Divine Presence the seed of remembrance is planted in the heart and nourished with the water of praise and the food of glorification, until the tree of dhikr becomes deeply rooted and bears its fruit. It is the power of all journeying and the foundation of all success.

It is the reviver from the sleep of heedlessness, the bridge to the One remembered.

Naqshbandi.org

The Killing Poison & Deadly Destroyer

foxglove2Good character is an attribute of the Master of the Messengers صلى الله عليه وسلّم, and the best of the works of the veracious (Siddiqeen). It is in reality half of religion, the fruits of the spiritual struggles of the god-fearing, and the efforts of the worshippers.

Lowly character is a killing poison, a deadly destroyer, a humiliating abaser, clear lowliness, and filth that distances one from the sanctuary of the Lord of the worlds.

Lowly character makes the one characterized by it of the Satans, and it is the open door to the burning fire of Allah, that “Leaps up over the hearts (of men),”(Qur’an, 104: 7) as good character is the open door to the bounties of the Gardens and proximity to the Merciful. Lowly character is a sickness of the heart and a disease of the lower self. It is a sickness that endangers the ever-lasting life.

Thus, it is necessary to pay utmost attention to it, even more than outward sickness.

Taken from advices of Shaykh Faraz Rabbani on Anger & Acquiring good Character

Requirements for Spiritual Visibility

space2To gain visibility, one requires two types of lights: the light of the eyes and the external light of the sun or a lamp etc. Then only will one be able to clearly see what is before him. With the absence of any one of the two, one will not be able to see anything and is likely to lose his way or fall into danger.

Likewise, for spiritual guidance and sight, one needs the noor (light) of the heart and the noor (light) of the sunnat. Without any one of them one will create confusion in deen and is very likely to go astray.

One sunnat of Rasullallah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is far more superior than a 1000 spiritual states of ecstasy that a person experiences.

It is the commitment to the sunnat that will take a person forward. If one holds firm to the sunnat, but does not experience any spiritual state etc. he will be successful. On the other hand, if a person is not committed to the sunnat, but has spiritual experiences then this is not a sign of him being successful.

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee

Reaching Divine Presence

bleeding-heart-vine-400x266Dhikr (remembrance of Allah) is the means by which Stations yield their fruit, until the seeker reaches the Divine Presence. On the journey to the Divine Presence the seed of remembrance is planted in the heart and nourished with the water of praise and the food of glorification, until the tree of dhikr becomes deeply rooted and bears its fruit.

It is the power of all journeying and the foundation of all success. It is the reviver from the sleep of heedlessness, the bridge to the One remembered.

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Sincere Devotion

ikhlasFudail ibn ‘Iyad at-Talaqani (Raheemahullah) said,

To neglect one’s religious practice for the sake of other people is a form of hypocrisy [riya’].

To perform one’s religious practice for the sake of other people is a form of polytheistic idolatry [shirk].

As for sincere devotion [ikhlas], it is being afraid that Allah ta’ala might chastise you for either of these two offenses

A Heart of True Value

2A jewellery box is only valuable when there is jewellery in it; otherwise it is just a box.

Similarly, the heart will only be valuable if love for Allāh ta’ālā is in it; otherwise it is just a piece of flesh.

Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat

Empty your Heart for Me

musallaIn the Qur’an, Allah ta’ala says,

“Fa ithaa farghta fansab, wa ilaa Rabbika farghab” [Surah Al Inshirah Verse 7-8]

Mawlana Tariq Jameel Sahib explains regarding Salaah. There is a request of Allah ta’ala and that is,

When you perform Salaat, let there be just Me and you and no one else

To demonstrate, he asks for a glass which has a few drops of water remaining. He then tips it upside down and asks if the drops of water remain. Those present reply, “No”. He continues,

This is what is called ‘Farghab’ in Arabic: To empty something such that nothing remains inside it.

So my Allah ta’ala is saying, ‘When you come to Me, empty out your heart in this same manner’

And who is this verse directed to?

Allah ta’ala is saying this to His beloved Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam.

The Scholars write regarding this that what was in the heart of the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam which Allah ta’ala was referring to which needed to be emptied out? There was no worldly desires in his heart. Besides Allah ta’ala there was nothing, so what was he asked to empty his heart of? Scholars write that in the heart of the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasllam was one sorrow and that was the sorrow for the guidance of the creation upon which he cried and grieved!

So it is as though Allah ta’ala is saying, “O my beloved Prophet! Be concerned and grieve for the guidance of mankind as much as you want but when you come to Me, empty your heart. Let there be just you and Me and no one else.”

Every leaf recites the Tasbeeh (praises) of my Lord. The seven Heavens are filled with Angels who are prostrating to Him. Allah ta’ala leaves all of them and says to us, “O Mankind, prostrate to Me as your prostration is the most beloved to Me. When you lay your head on the ground and say ‘Subhaana Rabbiyal a’alaa’, I become pleased.” What is being asked of every man and woman? [Mawlana once again picks up the glass and turns it upside down to demonstrate its emptiness.]

Perform such a Salaat that your heart is void of all worldly thoughts.

The Glass Lighthouse

lighthouse

Imagine being enclosed in a strong lighthouse in the middle of the sea. It is made of glass so you can see the winds raging all around you and the waves crashing against it.

Imagine watching this scene snuggled up in a deep sofa, with a hot mug of tea or coffee in your hands feeling warm and safe. The winds continue raging, the waves get higher and lightening streaks across the sky as the storm begins brewing, yet your heart feels no fear since you know that you are safe in the strong lighthouse.

So it is for those who have a strong connection with Allah ta’ala. They may be beseeched by calamities so much so that they come out of one situation only to be faced with another one. Onlookers would think they must be drowning in grief however in reality it is not so.

Their connection with their Lord is such that the grief is present, the pain is felt but their hearts are at peace as Allah ta’ala is with those who remain patient and steadfast!