When there is freedom from mechanical conditioning, there is simplicity.
The classical man is just a bundle of routine, ideas and tradition. If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow — you are not understanding yourself.
Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.
Acquire knowledgeIt enables its possessor to distinguish right from wrong It lights the way to Heaven It is our friend in the desert Our society in solitude Our companion when friendless It guides us to happiness It sustains us in misery It is an ornament among friends, And an armour against enemies
Wherever I shine the lamplight of Divine breath, there the difficulties of a whole world are resolved. The darkness which the earthly sun did not remove, becomes through My breath a bright morning. - Rumi
O Allah I seek refuge in Your good pleasure from Your wrath and in Your protection from Your punishment I seek refuge with You from You I cannot praise You enough and You are as You have praised Yourself - Dua of the Last Messenger (saw)
The root source of ostentation (riya) is desire, wanting something from a source other than God. The cure for ostentation is actively and sincerely seeking out purification of the heart by removing four things: 1) love of praise; 2) fear of blame; 3) desire for worldly benefit from people; and 4) fear of harm from people.
This is accomplished by nurturing the certainty (yaqin) that only God can benefit or harm one. This is at the essence of the Islamic creed.
Helen Keller once said that there is no slave in this world that didn't have a king somewhere in his ancestry; and there is no king that didn't have a slave somewhere in his ancestry. This world has peaks and valleys. Nothing in creation is permanent. To spend time and energy seeking permanence in the fleeting things of the world - like praise - and then neglect what lasts forever with our Maker is the summit of human folly.
So recognizing that there is no harm or benefit except with God purifies the heart of vain pursuits and ostentation.
In the world there are invisible ladders, Leading step by step to the summit of heaven. There is a different ladder for every group, A different heaven for every path. Each one is ignorant of the other's condition in this wide kingdom which Has no end or beginning. This one is amazed at that one and wonders why he is happy, While that one is astonished at this one and asks why he is amazed. God's earth is spacious: every tree springs up from a certain soil. The leaves and boughs sing thanks to God: "What a fine, broad kingdom." The nightingales hover around the fruiting blossom,calling, "Give us some of what you drink." This discourse has no end.
Eyes are at rest, the stars are setting. Hushed are the stirrings of birds in their nests, Of monsters in the ocean. You are the Just who knows no change, The Balance that can never swerve, The Eternal which never passes away. The doors of Kings are bolted now and guarded by soldiers. Your Door is open to all who call upon You. My Lord, Each lover is now alone with his beloved. And I am alone with You. -Rabia al-Basri
Allahumma Salli wa Sallim wa Baarik 'alaa'Ayni'l 'Inaayah Wa Zayni'l Qiyaamah Wa Kanzi'l Hidaayah Wa Tiraazi'l Hullah Wa 'Arusi'l Mamlakah Wa Lisaani'l Hujjah Wa Shafi'il Ummah Wa Imami'l Hadhrah Wa Nabiyy i'r Rahmah Sayyidina Muhammadin Kaashifi'l ghummah O Allah! Bestow blessings, peace and favours on the spring of grace, adornment of the Day of Judgement, source of guidance, the best type (model) of creation, a Prince of the Kingdom of heaven, the tongue that delivers the Divine Argument, the Intercessor for the believers, the Leader of those nearest to Allah, and the Prophet of mercy, Sayyidina Muhammad (SAW), who dispels pain and suffering
Is it any wonder that the spirit doesn't remember its own home, in which it lived and emerged from so long before? This sleep inducing world is wrapped around (the spirit) just as the clouds blot out the stars. (The soul) has travelled through so many cities, and the dust still hasn't been cleared from its senses. Likewise, it hasn't made any serious effort to purify itself and take a good look at the past, so that its heart can cast a glance through the opening of mystery, allowing it to see the beginning and the end with an open eye. - Jalaluddin Rumi
A thorn in the foot is hard enogh to find, so much harder would it be to find a thorn in the heart? Answer me that! If every unlucky person could find the thorn in his heart, then how could sadness ever prevail over him? - Jalaluddin Rumi
Even if you were a powerful king who posseed every fortune, remember still that fortune is something else, besides you. One day your wordly fortune will disappear, and you`ll be left with nothing, like a pauper. Let your soul be your fortune, O chosen one. When you are your own fortune, O person of truth, then how can you, who are fortune personified, ever lose yourself ? How can you lose yourself, O person of goodness, when your very essence has become your kingdom and your treasure ? - Jalaluddin Rumi
Balaghal ula be kamaalihi Kashafad duja be jamaalihi Hasanat jami'u khisaalihi Sallu 'alayhi wa aalihi He taught people with his best way He showed his beauty He was all good So peace be on him and his family - Saadi al-Shiraz commenting on the ways of the Blessed Prophet Muhammad (SAW)
I am amazed concerning the Hellfire, how does the one who could flee from it sleep? And I am amazed concerning the Jannah, how does the one who desires it sleep? For by Allah, if you neither desire Paradise, nor fear the Hellfire, then you are destroyed and grievous will be your sorrow, interminable your sadness and without limit your tears. You will be amongst the wretched, the punished ones. So if you claim that you are amongst those who seek refuge from the Fire and desire Paradise, then strive for that which you seek and do not be misled by your worldly desires. - A pious slave
(This is beautiful) Imam Malik said: Man tasawwafa wa lam yatafaqqa fa qad tazandaqa wa man tafaqqaha wa lam yatasawwaf fa qad tafassaqa wa man jama`a bayn al-ithnayn fa qad tahaqqaqa He who practices Tasawwuf without learning Sacred Law,corrupts his faith. While he who learns Sacred Law, without practicing Tasawwuf, corrupts himself. Only he who combines the two proves true.
Know disciple, that the beginning of the path is patience, and its end is thankfulness. Its beginning is difficulty, and its end is bliss. Its beginning is toil and weariness, and its end is opening, unveiling and arrival at the ultimate goal which is gnosis of God, arrival to Him, being comforted by Him, and standing in His noble presence with His angels standing before Him. The one who makes gracious patience the foundation of all his affairs turns to every goodness, reaches everything that he hopes for, and wins all that he seeks.
One evening a Cherokee elder told his grandson about the battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between the two ‘wolves’ that live inside us all. One is Unhappiness. It is fear, worry, anger, jealousy, sorrow, self-pity, resentment and inferiority. The other is Happiness. It is joy, love, hope, serenity, kindness, generosity, truth and compassion. ” The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed”. -Native Indian wisdom tradition
True speech is the fruit of not speaking. Too much talking clouds the heart. If you want to clear the heart, say this much, the essence of all talking: Speak truly. God speaks through words truly spoken. Falsity ends in pain. Unless you witness all of creation in a single glance, you're in sin even with all your religion. The explanation of the Law is this: The Law is a ship. Truth is her ocean. No matter how strong the wood, the sea can smash the ship. The secret is this: A 'doctor' of religion may in reality be an unbeliever. We will master this science and read this book of Love. God instructs. Love is His school. Since the glance of the saintly masters fell on poor Yunus nothing has been a misfortune. -Yunus Emre (1240 - 1320)
The adornments of the present world are three things: livelihood children and companion The adornments of the afterworld are three things: knowledge keeping away (from unreal worldly distractions) and charity The adornments of the body are three things: little eating little sleeping and little talking The adornments of the heart are three things: patience silence and gratitude - Wisdom from Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
Saying Allahu Akbar (God is Great), doesn't mean He is greater than something else, because there is nothing else for Him to be greater than. It means He is too Great to be perceived by the senses and too deep to be understood by the intellect. Too Great indeed, to be known by anything other than Him. Only God (fully) knows God. -Ahmad ibn Ata'illah