Archive for November, 2013

The 68 Blemishes of the Nafs

Posted: November 30, 2013 by kashmirsufis in Sayings

“Good adab is the greater part of Islam and of Sufism.
Avoid them and beautify yourselves with the opposite of every one of these faults, because the prayer which pleases Allah and which brings you closest to Him is to have beautiful adab”.
Ujub – to be proud of one’s spiritual state
Riya – to show off
Kibr – arrogance
Hasad – envy
Bukhul – miserliness
Kin – to be vengeful
Kufr – faithlessness
Bid’at- to distort religion and tradition
Kufran-i ni’met – to deny the giver of gifts or to belittle the gifts
To be dissatisfied and complain about one’s state
To cease to have hope for Allah’s mercy
To be sure of Allah’s punishment
To condone tyrany and help tyrants
To speak against decent people
To keep the heart attached to this world
To keep wanting to be a leader
To expect approval and compliments
To fear criticism
Not to be able to prevent oneself from wanting
Instead of wishing to learn the truth, being an imitator
To fawn over people for personal benefit
To be happy about disasters that fall upon people, even your enemies
To be a coward
To be angry
To be a tyrant
Not to keep one’s word
To believe in bad luck
To think unjustly about people
To love one’s property
To be overly concerned with the world and the worldly
To be over ambitious
To lead an irresponsible life
To mix oneself into affairs that do not concern one
To be undignified
Not to keep the time of one’s devotions due to laziness
To be shameless
To lament the loss of things
To gossip
To be stubborn
To be an egoist
To be a hypocrite
To cheat
To be brutish
To be dishonorable in relations with women
To be lustful
Not to accept one’s error and continue insisting on it
To be afraid of poverty
Not to believe in destiny or to talk about destiny
To make oneself depressed
To take pleasure in belittling others
To be indiscriminately happy
To be insincerely kind and fawning over rich people
To be disdainful of the poor
To boast and be proud of one’s past
To show off one’s physical prowess
To belittle others
To like to talk long unnecessarily
To be self centered in conversation
To forget about one’s own shortcomings and be preoccupied with the shortcomings of others
To exclude from one’s heart the fear of Allah and the shame and sadness of one’s state
In distress to make excuses and to fall back on and encourage the nafs
To decline to help in a struggle for Allah’s sake
To pretend to be friends with one’s enemy
To cheat in one’s work
To set traps for others
To identify with the world to the extent of forgetting Allah
To take pleasure in people’s suffering
Not to suffer because of one’s mistakes.


Bitterest Enemy

Posted: November 16, 2013 by kashmirsufis in Sayings
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“Verily, your bitterest enemy is your self which is contained by your flanks, having been created an enjoiner to evil, inclined to mischief, and a dodger of good; and you are under orders to fight it and make it worship your Lord by force, chasten it by worship and by leaving desires. And if you neglect it, it strays and rears up and takes control of you, not giving you the reins after that. If you persist in chastising and admonishing it, it might respond and rise to the rank of the accusing (reproaching) self; then if promoted from the accusing self, it becomes the contented, and joins the servants of God, satisfied and fulfilled.”
– Imam al-Ghazali
[Ihya, Book 38]

I have left men utterly, out of love for you, And orphaned my children, that I might behold You Though, You dismemebered me for love’s sake limb by limb, Yet would my heart yearn for none besides You Overlook the faults of a weakling who is come to You If he has disobeyed You, O Vigilant Master, Yet he has never bowed down to another besides You, O Lord, Your ill-obeying slave has come to you, Admitting his sins, though he has prayed to You Should You forgive, it well befits You, And if You reject, who should show mercy besides You?
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Let us all live for Him; and He, the Oft-Forgiving, the Most Merciful, the Most Bountiful, the Bearer of the Highest Name, will be for us. What Allah prefers most among all His creation is His servant who believes only in Him, that He was not born Himself, that He has no resemblance of any kind, and that He does not associate partners with Himself.
He is the First, the only Existence before existence and the Only Existence after creation ceases to exist. I often mediate on the ineffable and unfathomable cataclysm that will occur when all the innumerable manifestations of Allah cease to exist and nothing is left but Allah, the Last.
Only Allah existed in the beginning before creation, and it is only He who will exist when the creation has ended; and there has never been a change in His Essence.
The creation came into existence only when His Spirit manifested into the light of Muhammad. Out of this light Allah manifested the rest of creation, both the material and the Hereafter.
In Hadith Qudsi, Allah says, “If not for you [O Muhammad], I would not have brought forth the creation. I created you for Myself and made the rest of creation for you.” The Prophet said, “All Muslims are from my light and my light is from the light of Allah.”
All of creation – believers and non-believers, the heavens and earth – come from his light and his light came from Allah [without how]. How great a kingdom it is!, without limit and frontier. All these are signs of Allah, the Supreme Being, and manifestation of His sublime Light.
Allah! You are the First, the Last, the Seen and the Unseen. You are the One, the Only.
The Messenger of Allah said, “Allah alone existed before creation,” to which Sayyadina ‘Alī, companion of the Prophet and the ‘Door of Knowledge’, added that Allah alone existed even now. Nothing is existing other than Him.
What is now is what was before; what was then is the same as now. Our occupation and duty as humans is only to maintain constant remembrance of our Lord. So let us be steadfast in giving thanks and praise to Him, resolute in avoiding disbelief, accepting all that He places upon us.
No matter how busy, complicated, and stressful our lives may become, let us always set aside time for Him, time to seek His Mercy and Forgiveness. When we approach Him, let us come in absolute humility, like a worker who has been avoiding his job. Certainly when the worker decides to return, he would not come arrogantly but only with complete humility.
Shaykh Ibrahim Niasse (d.1975) was a well known Scholar of Qur’ān and Hadith and is also known throughout Africa as a great Saint of Allah who guided many to Allah.