Monday, June 29, 2009

Polishing the Heart

Rashid al-Din al-Maybudi says:

Polishing the heart consists of three things:

- replacing the danger of security with fear

[What! do they then feel secure from Allah's plan? But none feels secure from Allah's plan except the people who shall perish. (7:99) ]

- replacing the misfortune of despair with the blessing of hope

- replacing the tribulation of distraction in the heart with thanksgiving of the heart

The substance of this polishing consists of:

- Pursuing knowledge

- Eating Halal

- Persistence in litany (wird)

The fruit of this polishing is:

- an innermost heart (sirr) which has become adorned with knowledge from the Lord

- a soul set ablaze by the sun of eternity

- God-given knowledge (ilm ladunni) found without intermediary.

Taken, with editing, from:

- Kristin Zahra Sands, Sufi Commentaries on the Quran in Classical Islam, p. 90-91

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