Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Sufism is a light in the heart and mind

“Abu Bakr does not precede you for praying much or fasting much, but because of a secret that has taken root in his heart.”
- The Prophet (pbuh) [1]

“Tasawwuf is not the profusion of prayer and fasting, but wholeness of the breast and selflessness.” - Junayd [2]

"O ye who believe! Be mindful of your duty to Allah and put faith in His messenger. He will give you twofold of His mercy and will make for you a light with which you will walk, and will forgive you. Allah is Forgiving, Merciful" (Qur'an 57:28)

[must get hadiths quoted in Ibn Jawzi's kitab al-adhkiya in which the Prophet says that one's Islam could be measured by his intelligence, or something to that effect.]

1. Related by Ahmad with a sound chain in Kitab fada'il al-Sahaba, ed. Wasi Allah ibn Muhammad Abbas (Makkah: Muassasat al-risala, 1983) 1:141 (#118).
2. al-Qushayri, Risalat kitab al-sama in al-Rasail al-qushayriyya (Sidon and Beirut: al-maktaba al-asriyya, 1970) p. 60.

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