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From Chapter 1: Don't Be Discouraged If You Slip - Put Your Trust in Allah

          1-  A feeling of discouragement when you slip up
                  is a sure sign that you put your faith in deeds.

(Commentary of Ibn 'Ajiba)

The sign of reliance on Allah is that your hopes are not lessened when you slip into disobedience nor are they increased when you do good.

You can say that his fear is not great when needlessness issues from him, just as his hope is not removed when he is aware of it. 

His fear and hope are always in equal balance because his fear is the result of witnessing majesty and his hope is the result of witnessing beauty.

The majesty and beauty of the Real are not affected by increase or decrease...           

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2- Your desire to withdraw from everything when Allah has involved you in the world of means is a hidden appetite.

3- Your desire for involvement with the world of means
when Allah has withdrawn you from it is a fall from high aspiration.

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4- Aspiration which rushes on ahead cannot break through the walls of destiny.
 
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5- Give yourself a rest from managing!

     When Someone Else is doing it for you,

    don't you start doing it for yourself!

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There Is Enough Time to Do Everything!

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

Postponing good deeds until you have free time is an indication of an immature soul.

In other words, there is nothing called “I do not have time.” The deeds we are talking about such as prayers, remembering God, reflection, all need time.

However, sometimes one postpones them and says “I will do them tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, or next Ramadan.” Ibn `Ata’illah describes this attitude as an indication of an immature soul, i.e. this person is demonstrating a folly of the self because you can do everything you want to do if you have a strong will and time will help you a lot...

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Perfect Your Beginning

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

“A sign of success in the end is to refer to Allah in the beginning. If there is no sunrise in the beginning, there is no sunrise in the end.”

A servant journeying to Allah, who is passing through difficult tests and heading to horizons of peace and tranquility, always thinks of new good deeds that advance him/her along his/her journey.

This word of wisdom teaches us here another universal law: Perfecting the basis and the start of any new project, almost guarantees the desired outcomes in the end.

In Ibn `Ataa’s words, if there is sunrise in the beginning, surely there will be sunrise in the end.

But the question is: how can I make the sun rise and shine at the beginning?

The answer, according to Ibn `Ataa, is by referring to Allah. But, how could one ‘refer to Allah’ in the beginning of any work?

Prophet Muhammad taught humanity something unique, which is how to start every daily action with a way of mentioning Allah that suits that action...

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Sins and Obedience: Do They Affect God?

Your obedience does not benefit Him, and your sins do not harm Him.

He ordered you to this and forbid you from this only for what benefits you.

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How to Deal with People’s Praise

"When people praise you for what they assume about you, blame yourself for what you certainly know about yourself.

The most ignorant is the one who denies what he really knows about himself and believes what others assume about him."

People's praise may change one's intentions from pleasing Allah to pleasing people, earning their praise or avoiding their criticism.

It also discourages one to do more good deeds if he really believes that he is perfect and has done great actions.

Another negative aspect of praise is that it makes one overlook his flaws and, instead, look at his merits...

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Grace Emerges from Darkness!

Perhaps clouds of darkness will come by you, so that He acquaints you with the extent He has Graced you.

The meaning of this piece of wisdom can be summed up as follows:

Perhaps lusts and lapses which are similar to darkness will come upon one so that Allah the Almighty acquaints him with the lights He Graced him with.

This will make one increase his thanks when he is referred back to the light which was distanced by lusts, and will make him keen on performing the dues of His blessings in all times.

Indeed, there is not a time where Almighty Allah does not have a blessing that one owes thanks for...

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Discovering One’s Flaws

“Trying to discover the flaws within you is better than trying to discover the worlds hidden from you.”

One may start his journey to Allah the right way. But unfortunately, he might feel self-conceit or feel that he is doing Allah a favor and forget the very fact that he/she has many flaws.

After setting the rules of how to perfect the beginning of a new phase in the journey, Ibn `Ataa says: “Trying to discover the flaws within you is better than trying to discover the worlds hidden from you”.

A believer, who has been active and has done some extra rituals, might feel a certain spiritual awakening. Then, he/she will think that they are able to feel or see the unseen...

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Your Best Companion Ever

A true companion is the one who accompanies you knowing your faults and shortcomings, and this in none but your Generous Lord.

Your best choice for company is He who accompanies you expecting nothing in return from you.

This word of wisdom by Ibn `Ataa’illah comprises two pieces of wisdom that can be understood as follows:

Firstly: Your true companion and friend is the one who accompanies you and grants you from his encompassing benevolence while knowing your faults and shortcomings, and this is none but the Generous Lord.

Secondly: Your best friend and the best choice for company is he who accompanies you and cares for you while expecting nothing in return, and this is none but Allah, the Clement Lord; so, you should depend on Him alone...

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Seeking Perpetual Glory

“If you seek an unending glory, seek it not in a glory that ends.”

Indeed, the glory that never ends is satisfaction and self-sufficiency beyond all worldly ways and means, by finding their Creator, Allah the Almighty Hanging on to the Almighty is an unending glory and an ever-lasting honor.

On the other hand, hanging on to worldly ways and means, while ignoring their Creator, is the type of glory that perishes.

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Keeping Priorities Straight

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

A sign of following one’s whims is to be active with optional good deeds while being lazy with required obligations.

There are major sins and minor sins. Major sins take priority, in terms of avoiding them, over minor sins.

The action of the heart is more important than the action of other organs of the body, and thus has higher priority.

The sin committed in the heart is more dangerous than the sin committed by the other organs. And so on...


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On Repentance and Hope

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

“If you find yourself having less hope in God when you make a mistake, then realize you are only relying on your work, not on God’s Mercy”

When I have an intention to commence on a spiritual journey to God, I have to ask myself: Where should I start from? And what should I take along with me on this journey? Should I recall the good deeds I have done and take them as my provisions in this journey?

The answer given by Ibn `Ataa’ in his word of wisdom is: ‘No! You should not rely even on your good deeds.

You should start your journey to God by simply turning your heart to Him, putting your trust in Him alone, and hoping only for His Mercy and Bounty alone to carry you through your journey’...

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