Monday, February 06, 2006

The state of the Muslim world

"O Abu Dharr! The world is the prison of the believer, the grave his place of safety, and the Garden his end. O Abu Dharr! The world is the Garden of the disbeliever, the grave is his torment, and the Fire his end." - The Prophet (pbuh)

"The world is the prison of the believer, and the heaven of the unbeliever." - The Prophet (pbuh)
[Muslim, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, Ahmad]

"...while those who reject Allah will enjoy this world and eat as cattle eat; and the Fire will be their abode." (Qur'an 47:12)

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Commenting on the verse, "He is the one who creates and renews his creation. "(85:13), Ja'far Sadiq (r.a.) said,

"That is, he clothes the enemies in the garb of friends so they might be led along little by little. He clothes his friends in the garb of enemies that they might not admire themselves*. Then, at the moment of death, he renews his creation."

* Michael Sells comments: "An early example of the attitude known as malaamatiyya, the regarding of blame in the eyes of the wider society as a protection against self-admiration, and conversely, the regarding of praise as dangerous. The point draws on a number of Qur'anic passages explaining to the Prophet Muhammad and to the general hearer of the message why the wicked are sometimes allowed to prosper and be praised."

(Sells, Michael A. Early Islamic Mysticism)
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I heard Abu Abd al-Rahman al-Sulami say that Abu Amr al-Anmati said,

"The vizier, Ali bin Isa, rode in a great procession. It made strangers ask, 'Who is that? Who is that?' A woman standing by the roadside said, 'How long are you going to ask, "Who is that, who is that?" That is the servant who has fallen from God's favor so God is trying him with what you see!' Ali bin Isa heard this. He returned to his house, freed himself of the vizierate, and went to Mecca and remained there."

- Qushayri, On Repentance

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1 comment:

nurah said...

Asalam alakum. Masha'allah. good article. asalam alakum