ON THE QUR`AN
They shall have the portion of what they earned, and Allah is
swift in reckoning.
If one begins to
replace selfish actions with purer, selfless ones, and is patient
and perceptive enough, one will discover that there is a greater
reward to be had in this life from good intentions and actions.
With selfless acts, one is relatively free from anxieties and
expectations. Correct actions stemming from pure intentions will
reap their own rewards. Because our awareness is inconsistent and
incomplete, we see action and reaction as separate phenomena.
When, however, intention and action are united, hypocrisy is
eradicated and our awareness of Reality is increased. When the
past is forgotten and the future causes no anxiety, they action
and reaction are experienced as one continuum –
swift in reckoning.'
Remember Allah during the numbered days. For the one who
safeguards himself with fearful awareness, there is no blame on
him if he hastens off in two days or delays. So fear Allah, and
know that you shall be gathered to Him.
The specific reference
here is to the three days after the sacrifice of the Pilgrimage.
The normal state of a seeker is to be in steady remembrance of
Allah. As a worldly enactment and expression of the great
gathering in the next life, the pilgrims gather for the
performance of the Pilgrimage in this life, each act of which
symbolizes the journey to, and resurrection in, the next life. The
entire cosmos emerged from a single point exploding and expanding.
Eventually, it will collapse back again to its beginning; the
eternal void of Allah's absolute beingness.
Among men is he whose speech about the life of this world
delights you, and he calls upon Allah to witness what is in his
heart, yet he is the most violent of adversaries.
When he turns away, he strives with corrupt actions in the land,
destroying the tillage and livestock. Allah has no love for
corruption and dissention.
The worst enemy of
truth and submission is he who promises that he means well, while
actually intending dissention and corruption. The one who seeks
knowledge with sincerity is the best supporter of Truth, for he
unifies his intention and action, both of which are proven
outwardly. If one's speech differs from one's intention, then the
cup of unity is broken. The real enemy is within – and that is the
cause of failure. He who is broken up by his own ignorance cannot
help but reflect his true reality by trying to break up the divine
system which is the source of mercy. The shattered being has no
option but to cause corruption and destruction of the natural
And when it is said to him: Safeguard yourself with fearful
awareness from Allah, pride carries him off to wrong action, so
Hell is sufficient for him. Certainly it is a wretched
When one is challenged
by the truth of unity (tawhīd), the defense of the
ego (nafs) is pride and self-elevation. This tough,
protective layer of ignorant self-acknowledgement (shirk)
is the natural state of that bottomless pit, that wasteland of
permanent agitation – Hell (Jahannam). In the next life
that state is unchangeable, and its true reality is completely
dominant without the buffer of physical existence.
among men is he who exchanges himself – for seeking the pleasure
of Allah, and Allah is compassionate to the servants.
The only way to taste
the compassion and love that Allah has for His true worshipper and
slave is to give oneself up. There is no end to satisfying the
lower self; but freeing the heart of its desires in order to
discover the desires of Allah, removes all the seeming resistances
and obstacles in life. This can only be described as compassion.
you who believe, enter into peace and security completely, and
do not follow the footsteps of Shaytān, for surely, he is
your clear enemy!
Those who enter the
Garden of peace, where no agitations, desires, fears or
expectations reside, are those who trust that this final abode of
knowledge is attainable by diligence and sincere striving. The
prescription is contained in the Book, and the application is
exemplified by the men of the Book. The footsteps of Shaytān
lead the wayward on a blind and fruitless chase; this is clear for
all who wish to see. But, by recognizing the lures and temptations
of Shaytān, the lover of peace will tread carefully
along the path of sincere faith.