What is the remedy for a homeless heart
except to travel toward the true Home?
What is the remedy for a homeless heart
except to travel toward the true Home?
Be the soul
Who heals the others wound
When his own heart is broken
A candle of light
When his own soul is
In the depths of darkness
When the heart finds tranquillity from a beloved
Then what is the reason of going to someone else?
Be the moon in somebody’s night,
Be the yusr (ease) in somebody’s usr (hardship)
– unknown –
Perform good deeds between you and God in secret,
and do not allow even your family to know about them.
O people of the villages! Travel! Become good! When water flows, it is freshened. When it stands too long, it goes bad
– Bishr al-Hafi رحمه الله –
Al-Imam al-Shirazi rahimahi Llah once said:
Once, I stayed up the night with my father, while everyone around us remained asleep.
I said to him:
Not a single person got up to even pray two rak’ahs?
It would have been better to sleep, my son, than to speak negatively of others.
‘Umar ibn Abd-Aziz once said:
We lived in a time when we considered righteousness, not in fasting or prayer, but in withholding oneself from speaking poorly of others, for a person who spends his nights praying and days fasting will have his deeds go bankrupt on the Day of Resurrection if he doesn’t protect his tongue.
تملّكتِ الفؤاد بدون علمي، فما أزهى الفؤادَ وأنت فيه
You owned my heart without my permission,
look how beautiful it is while you’re in it.
Let the lover burn with hurt from his beloved,
For every pain from the loved one is pleasure.
The wolf, when he pursues his flock of sheep,
Suffers their dust to be thrown in his eyes
– unknown –
🕐 1: A person accepts Tawhid [belief in the Uniqueness of Allah] in order to seek:
🕑 2: Ilm [knowledge], such that it will help a person attain:
🕒 3: Irfan (recognition), which in turn grants and increases:
🕓 4: Aql [intellect], which makes one:
🕔 5: Wiser [hikmat], which are the characteristics of:
🕕 6: Insan [humans], now a person can begin to have:
🕖 7: Amal [action] on their knowledge, making them:
🕗 8: Adl [equitable], which comes with:
🕘 9: Akhlaq [good character], which brings life and:
🕙 10: Prosperity [imran], which is:
🕚 11: Islam, which in turn, ultimately, leads to:
🕛 12: The Haq (truth).
Sabr is when your heart burns
but you remain silent
If you uproot the heart from God,
tell me: With whom will you place it?
with the people?
who cast you aside when they find no need for you?
– Unknown –
Sufism is not wearing a robe that you patch
And it is not the shedding of tears when the singers sing
It is not crying out, nor dancing, nor musical entertainment
And it is not swooning as if you had become possessed
Sufism is rather your serenity, without distress
And following the truth of the Qur’an and the religion.
-Shaykh al-Islam al-Hujjah Ibrahim bin Abdullah Niasse (rahimahu Llah)
quoting in his magnum opus Kashif al-Ilbas –
If you part from us,
may God lead you to beautiful places.
When you come to us,
you are always welcome.
When you go,
do not fear that we will ever forget you.
When you come,
do not feel that we will ever have enough of you.
[al-Sulami, 11th century Sufi]
Do you rebel against Allah when you claim to love Him?
By my life, this is an extraordinary example!
If your love had been true, then you would have obeyed Him
The lover obeys the one he loves
– al-Mahmud ibn al-Hasan al-Warraq (a poet) –
When the seeker is ready,
…. the master appears.
– Sufi Proverb –
Seclusion from people is a sign of affluence
– Sufi saying –
Listen to the scholar with an attentive soul
Even if his action may not appear to agree with his word
The stubborn disagree wrongly:
How can the sleeping wake the asleep?
Man must listen to advice
Even if it is written on a wall
– Shaykh Saadi rahimahu Llah –
Man’s love for the life of this world is shown in the way he greets people.
– Sufyan ath-Thawri (rahimahu Llah) –
A man asked one of the salaf,
How much Qurʾān should we read?
Equivalent to the amount of happiness you’re looking for.
A seeker went to ask a sage for guidance on the Sufi way. The sage counseled,
If you have never trodden the path of love, go away and fall in love; then come back and see us.
– Mevlana Jami rahimahu Llah –
Balaghal ula bikamaalihi
He [Muhammad ﷺ ] reached the highest place by his Perfection.
Kasha fad-dujaa bijamaalihi
He removed darkness by his Beauty.
Hasunat jami’u khisaalihi
Beautiful are all his Attainments
Sallu ‘alayhi wa aalihi
Send blessings to Him and his Family
This quatrain (ruba’i – Poem) was written by Shaykh Saadi Shirazi (rahimahu Llah) and is found in the introduction to his “Gulistan”. This most famous (ruba’i – Poem) written by Shaykh Saadi Shirazi (rahimahu Llah) covering the event of Mir’aj of our Beloved Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). There is a very interesting event behind this ruba’i, when Shaykh Saadi (rahimahu Llah) wrote this ruba’i he was not getting the last line which would complete the ruba’i and because of this he was not satisfied and was worried, what is lacking, why I’m not unable to complete the last line and in these thought he slept, what Shaykh Saadi (rahimahu Llah) saw was unbelievable.
He found himself at the court of our Beloved Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) surrounded by Sahaba Karam (radi Allah ‘anhum). The Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) asked Shaykh Saadi (rahimahu Llah)
what happen why are u worried what has disturb you.
Shaykh Saadi (rahimahu Llah) replied
Ya Rasulullah (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) I have written a ruba’i in Your praise but I am not getting the last line.
The Beloved Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) replied
Read it here what have u written.
Shaykh Sadi (rahimahu Llah) read the above lines; and got stuck our Beloved Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) then completed the ruba’i by saying sallu ‘alayhi wa aalihi (Send blessings to Him and his Family).
Let us choose one another as companions!
Let us sit at each other’s feet!
Inwardly we have many harmonies—think not
That we are only what we see.
– Unknown –
The source of my grief and loneliness is deep in my breast.
This is a disease no doctor can cure.
Only union with the Friend can cure it.
– Rabi’a al-Adawiyya (May Allah be pleased with her) –
Whoever seeks purity (safa’) should hold fast to loyalty.
– Abu Madyan –
When Majduddûn Baghdâdî entered the service of a sheikh, he was made to serve “at the place of ablution,” i.e., to clean the latrines. His mother, a well-to-do lady physician, asked the master to exempt the tender boy from this work, and sent him twelve Turkish slaves to do the cleaning. But he replied,
You are a physician—if your son had an inflammation of the gall bladder, should I give the medicine to a Turkish slave instead of to him?”
– Hazrat Jami, Maulana ‘Abdur-Rahman (Rahimullah ‘Aalayhi) –
The beginning of love. This love can arise suddenly, but is transient, not yet firm in the heart.
2. الْعَلاقَةُ (‘alaqah) = Attachment
Love that becomes attached to the heart, and loses the transitory property ofhawa.
3. الْكَلَفُ (kalaf) = Infatuation
Love that begins to intensify and have a physical affect on the lover.
4. الْعِشْقُ (‘ishq) = Desire
Love that engulfs the heart of the lover entirely, and takes it as its residence, such that love and the heart in which it resides become intimately familiar with one-another. This love blinds the lover to any faults in the beloved.
5. الشّعَفُ / اللَّوْعَةُ / اللعَاج (sha’af, law’ah, li’aj) = Passion
Love that starts to burn, but at this stage, the love is still pleasurable in the heart.
6. الشّغَفُ (shaghaf) = Affliction
Destructive, all-consuming love. The heart begins to be devoured by the love.
7. اَلْجَوَى (jawaa)= Grief
Love that started with the outer covering of the heart. It takes over the entire heart, and results in an inner grief and sorrow.
8. التّيْمُ (taym) = Enslavement
Love to the point where the heart is enslaved to the beloved.
9. التَّبْل (tabl) = Malady
Love, which was once living pleasurably in the heart, having made it its home, now turns against the heart, and so overwhelms, confounds and bewilders it, that it is as though it were its enemy.
10. التَّدْلِيْه (tadleeh) = Disorder
Love when the heart is thus being destroyed from within, and begins to lose all sense of balance and reason, it goes into a state of chaos and disorder.
11. الْهُيُوْمُ (huyum) = Insanity
Love that comes to its conclusion.
At the age of 18, Hazrat Bahauddin Naqshband rahimahu Llah (found of the naqshbandi Tareeqa) was sent by his grandfather to the village of Samas to serve the shaykh. Of his initial noviciate under Hazrat as-Samasi rahimau Llah, he relates:
I would arise early, three hours before the prescribed dawn prayer, make ablution, and after performing the Sunnah (customary) prayers, I would go into prostration, supplicating to God with the following prayer:
“O my Lord, give me the power to carry the difficulties and the pain of Your love.“
Then I would pray the dawn prescribed prayer with the shaykh. On his way out one day he looked at me and said, as if he had been with me when I made that supplication,
O my son, you have to change the method of your supplication. Instead say, ‘O God, grant Your pleasure to this weak servant.’ God does not like His servants to be in difficulties. Although God in His Wisdom might give some difficulties to His servants to test them, the servant must not ask to be in difficulties. This would not be respectful to your Lord.
A scholar was asked,
Who has the higher rank, you the scholar or a Sayyid?
the scholar looked down and began to cry and said,
Are you not shy to ask such a question? We are all slaves who were nurtured from the goodness of the ahl al-Bayt, if Allah gave us any rank then it’s all through the generosity of their Grandfather صلى الله عليه و سلم
Allah has encompassed all things in knowledge (65:12)
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