Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim
11 Sayings of Ghawth Al Azam Shaykh Abdul Qadir Al Jilani ق
“You must purify your being of the blameworthy characteristics of domestic animals, like the love of excessive eating, drinking, sleep and idle play, and of those of savage beasts, like anger, abuse, assault and coercion. You must also purify your being of satanic characteristics, like arrogant pride, vain conceit, envy and malice, and of other such vices of the body and the heart. Once you are cleansed of these impurities, you will be cleansed of the root of sins, and you will be included among those who purify themselves and are truly repentant.”
إِنَّ اللَّـهَ يُحِبُّ التَّوَّابِينَ وَيُحِبُّ الْمُتَطَهِّرِينَ
“Allah loves those who are truly repentant,
and He loves those who purify themselves.” (Quran, 2:222)
(Sirr al-Asrar – The Secret of Secrets – Fifth Section)
“Use your good health and your leisure time in obedience to Allah (mighty and glorified is He) before the approach of an illness that ruins your health and business and a matter that takes away your leisure time. Make full use of your affluence before you become poor, for affluence does not last forever. Be generous to the poor and share with them your wealth, for what you give them is credit that you have with your Lord and will be useful for you in the hereafter.”
Ghawth al-Azam, Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Gaylani spoke on the importance of remembering Allah with our hearts.
The Prophet ﷺ is reported as having said:
These hearts are getting very rusty and the polish they need is the recitation of the Qur’an, the remembrance of death, and attendance at sessions of remembrance (dhikr).
The heart does get rusty, and unless its owner takes the corrective measures described by the Prophet ﷺ, it will turn completely black. It will turn black because of its remoteness from the light. It will turn black because of his love for this world and involvement in it without pious restraint (wara’), because when a person’s heart is controlled by love of this world, he loses his pious restraint and accumulates worldly things both lawful (halal) and unlawful (haram). He loses his ability to discriminate in the process of acquisition. He loses his sense of shame before His Lord.
O my people! Take instruction from your Prophet, and clear the rust from your hearts through the treatment he has prescribed for you. If one of you had a disease, and some physician prescribed a remedy for it. Your life would not be comfortable until you applied it. Be attentive to your Lord in your private moments and when you are in public situations. Set Him before your eyes so that you seem to see Him, for even if you do not see Him, surely He does see you. He who practises remembrance of Allah with his heart is the true practitioner of remembrance (dhakir), while anyone who does not remember Him with his heart is no dhakir. The tongue is the page boy (ghulam) of the heart, and its subordinate.
You must always go to hear sermons, because the heart turns blind when it is absent from sermons. The real meaning (haqiqa) of repentance (tawba) is respect for the commandment of the Lord of Truth under all circumstances. This is why a certain wise man (may the mercy of Allah be upon him) said: “All goodness can be summed up in two words: respect (ta’zim) for the commandment of Allah, and sympathy (shafaqa) for His creatures.” If someone does not respect the commandment of Allah and he is not sympathetic toward Allah’s creatures, he is distant from Allah. Allah told Moses a.s. through inspiration:
“Show compassion, then I shall treat you with compassion. I am indeed Compassionate (Rahim). When someone shows compassion, I have compassion for him and I admit him to My Paradise.” What bliss for the compassionate (ar-ruhama), therefore!
“Keep your mouth closed from answering unnecessary questions so that you can remain safe from unnecessary talk.”
“Loneliness is better than bad company.”
“Look towards that person who looks towards you. Love that person that loves you, listen to that person that listens to you and give your hands in his hands that are prepared to grasp it.”
“Ask your Lord for a physician who can treat the illnesses of your hearts, a healer who can heal you, a guide who can guide you and take you by the hand”
If a mountain had to suffer the hardships I have gone through, it would have burst. When troubles and afflictions attacked me and became unbearable for me, I used to lay down on earth and start reciting
‘Fa inna ma’al usri yusra. Inna ma’al ‘usri yusra’
( فَإِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا)
(إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا)
Meaning – ‘So verily, with the hardship, there is relief. Verily, with the hardship, there is relief’
“O young man, religion in the sight of Allah is Islam, and the reality of Islam is surrender! You have to reach the state of Islam first and then fulfil surrender. Purify your outward by Islam and purify your inward by surrender.
Surrender yourselves to your Lord (mighty and glorified is He) and be satisfied with His management of your affairs. Give up your will and accept the destiny that your Lord (mighty and glorified is He) has decreed. Accept all of what destiny brings. Your Lord knows you better than you know yourselves. Accept His words with certitude. Receive His commandments and prohibitions with total acceptance. Receive His religion with all of your hearts, and make it your inner and outer covers.”
Ease and hardship are the feathers that give strength to the wings of your faith so that your heart and your innermost being can use them to fly to the door of your Lord, Almighty and Glorious is He!
Tasawwuf is based on eight qualities.
1. Generosity like that of Ibrahim (Abraham) عليه السلام
2. Cheerful submission like that of Isma’il عليه السلام
3. Patience like that of Yaqub (Jacob) عليه السلام
4. Prayer like that of Zakariyya عليه السلام
5. Poverty like that of Yahya عليه السلام
6. Wearing of woollen clothes like that of Musa (Moses) عليه السلام
7. Travelling about like that of Isa (Jesus) عليه السلام
8. A life of poverty with resignation and content like that of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم