Who gave you good manners?

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Our Master Jesus Christ the son of Mary, upon our Prophet and them be the peace and blessings of Allah, was asked,

Who gave you good manners?

He replied,

No one disciplined me; when I saw the ugliness of ignorance I avoided it.

Only for you were Time and Space created…

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Welcome, O high prince, we welcome you!
Welcome, O mine of wisdom, we welcome you!
Welcome, O secret of the Book, we welcome you!
Welcome, O medicine for pain, we welcome you!
Welcome, O sunlight and moonlight of God!
Welcome, O you not separated from God!
Welcome, O nightingale of the Garden of Beauty!
Welcome, O friend of the Lord of Power!
Welcome, O refuge of your community!
Welcome, O helper of the poor and destitute!
Welcome, O eternal soul, we welcome you!
Welcome, O cupbearer of the lovers, we welcome you!
Welcome, O darling of the Beloved!
Welcome, O much beloved of the Lord!
Welcome, O Mercy for the worlds!
Welcome, O intercessor for the sinner!
Only for you were Time and Space created…

– Unknown –

World as an ugly hag

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Jesus (upon whom be peace) saw the world revealed in the form of an ugly old hag. He asked her how many husbands she had possessed; she replied that they were countless. he asked whether they had died or been divorced; she said that she had slain them all. “I marvel,” he said, “at the fools who see what you have done to others, and still desire you.”

– Imam al-Ghazzali rahimahu Llah –

Story about a a luminous mountain and a pious man living in it

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Once, Sayyiduna ‘Isa ‘alayhi sallam passed by a luminous mountain that was sparkling with light. He said to Allah,

‘O Allah! Bless this mountain with the power to speak.’

The mountain spoke and said,

‘O RoohAllah (Ala Nabiyyina wa Alaihis Salat wa as-Salam)! What do you desire?’

He replied,

‘Tell me your state.’

The mountain said,

‘A person lives inside me.’

Sayyiduna ‘Isa ‘alayhi sallam said to Allah,

‘Allow me to see him.’

The mountain split open and a very beautiful pious man emerged from it. This pious man said,

‘I am the follower of Sayyiduna Musa ‘alayhi sallam. I supplicated to Allah that He lets me live until the time of His beloved Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam so that I may receive the honour of seeing him and also be privileged of becoming his follower. Alhamdu-Lillah! I have been busy worshipping Allah inside this mountain for 600 years.’

Sayyiduna ‘Isa ‘alayhi sallam asked Allah,

‘O Allah ! Is there anyone on this earth dearer to you than this person?’

Allah Almighty answered,

‘O ‘Isa! Whoever, from the Ummah of Muhammad fasts for a single day in the month of Rajab, he is dearer to me than this person.’

Source: Nuzha-tul-Majaalis, Vol. 1, Page 155

Silence and Loneliness

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There are 10 portions of divine service, nine of which are in silence, and the remaining one is in loneliness.

– Prophet ‘Isa (‘alayhi sallam) –

Avoid the ugly things in life

Prophet ‘Isa ‘alayhi sallam was asked,

“Who was your tutor?”

He replied,

“No one, I saw the ugliness of ignorance and avoided it.”

– Imam al-Ghazali rahimahu Llah in Ihya, 3:63 –