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Don’t Worry Too Much

This Qasidah is by Sayyidi Imam Abdullah ibn Alawi al-Haddad (1044-1132 AH) raDiyallahu ta'ala anhu: ———- ilzam bāba rabbik * wa’truk kulla dūn wa’s-al’hu’s salamah * min dāri’l futūn lā yađīq şadruk * fa’l ĥādith yahūn Allāhu’l muqaddir * wa’l áālam shu’uun lā yakthur hammuk * mā quddir yakūn hold fast, the doorstep of your Lord * and...

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wa kam lillāhi min sirrin khafiyyin yadiqqu khafāhu án fahmi’dh dhakiyyu وكم لله من سر خفي يدق خفاه عن فهم الذكي

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Memory

shakawtu ilā wakīyin sū-a hifžī fa arshadanī ila tarki’l máāşī wa akhbaranī bi anna’l ílma nūrun wa nūrullāhi lā yuhdā li áāşī i complained to wakiy of a failing memory he advised me to stay away from sins and told me that knowledge is a light and a sinner is not guided to this light   These lines are attributed to Imām Shāfiýī, in his...

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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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Shafiyi on Knowledge

akhī lan tanāla’l ílma illā bi sittatin sa unbīka án tafşīlihā bi bayāni dhakā’un wa ĥirşun wa’jtihādun wa bulghatun wa şuĥbatu ustādhin wa ţūlu zamāni in verse: six they are, without which, knowledge cannot be gained hearken this o brother of mine, clearly ’tis explained intellect, a greed to learn; and zeal, when means obtained and then a master’s company, a lengthy time remained translation: my brother!...

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The Great Leveler

It is said that Malik ibn Dīnār raĥmatullāhi álayh passed by a graveyard and he said: ataytu’l qubūra fa nādaytuhā fa ayna’l muážžamu wa’l muĥtaqar? wa ayna’l mudhillu bi sulţānihi wa ayna’l muzakkī idhā ma’ftakhar I come to the graves and call out Where are the majestic and where are the humble? And where are those who triumphed by their power And where are those who...

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