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A Gnostic’s Reply to a King

A monarch once asked a gnostic: 'Do you aspire to be in my place?' The gnostic [áārif] replied: 'Do I aspire to be in my slave's place?' The monarch asked: 'Am I, your slave?' The gnostic said: 'nafs [lower self] and desire [hawa] are my slaves and i have subdued them. you are the slave of nafs and hawa; thus you are the slave of my slaves. would I aspire to be in a slave's place?' Imām Ibn...

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Unwanu’t Tawfiq

This is a short book by Imām Aĥmed ibn Áţāyillāh as-Sakandarī.  A concise explanation of a short poem of 22 couplets by the ghawth, Imām Abū Madyan Shuáyb ibn Al-Ĥusayn rađiyAllāhu ánhu on the etiquette of travelling the sufi’s path named: Ādāb at-Ţarīq [The Etiquette of The Path]. Imām Abū Madyan, the ghawth was born in the year 520 AH [1126 CE] in Seville, today’s Spain and passed...

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Hikam #29

vast is difference, between he who seeks to guide by the Lord; and he, who seeks to guide toward the Lord. [yastadillu bihi aw yastadillu `alayhi] one who seeks to guide by Him has recognized the Reality and that He Alone is the Truth, the Reality, the Haqq [`arafa'l Haqqa li ahlihi]; so, this affirmation is originally [on account of his recognition] of the Existence [of the Lord Almighty]. and [who attempts] guidance toward Him is...

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Hikam #33

The Lord of Truth, the Truthful Lord, The Haqq is not veiled from you; rather you are in veil and unable to behold Him.

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Trust in Allah

These verses are attributed to Sayyidunā Álī rađiyallāhu ánhū. rađītu bimā qasamAllāhu lī wa fawwađtu amrī ilā khāliqī laqad aĥsanAllāhu fīmā qađā kadhālika yuĥsinu fīmā baqī I am pleased with what Allāh has granted me, And I have entrusted all my affairs to my Creator – He has made everything beautiful in the past, And everything remaining shall be made beautiful until last....

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Book Excerpt: Al-Ghuraba

If someone asks about the meaning of the ĥadīth wherein the Prophet şallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam said: ‘Islām began as a stranger and shall return to the way it began’, he shall be told: Before RasūlAllāh şallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam proclaimed Islam people followed different religions [and some none at all]: there were the Jews, the Christians, the Magians and those who worshipped heathen gods [ábadat al-awthān]. When...

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