They listen to the doctors and not eat meat due to the risks of cholesterol. But they don’t listen to Allah and they eat the flesh of their brothers by backbiting and being sinful.
- Sh. Sa’ud ash-Shuraim
Deir al Qamar
You were born with potential. You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness. You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don’t. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly. - Rumi
Tasawwuf is not taken from books, as inner purity is not quantifiable like fiqh (i.e. the knowledge that Dhuhr is four raka’as). Rather, it is a knowledge passed on directly from person to person in an unbroken chain back to the Prophet, peace be upon him, and the heart is it’s container.
Shaykh Sayyid Ali Laraki al Husaini
Do you know how beautiful you are? I think not, my dear. For as you talk of God, I see great parades with wildly colourful bands, streaming from your mind & heart. Carrying wonderful & secret messages to every corner of this world.I see saints bowing in the mountains, hundreds of miles away to the wonder of sounds that break into light from your most common words. Speak to me of your mother. Your cousins & your friends. Tell me of squirrels & birds you know. Awaken your legion of nightingales. Let them soar wild & free in the sky. And begin to sing to God. Let’s all begin to sing to God! Do you know how beautiful you are? I think not, my dear, yet Hafez could set you upon a stage & worship you forever!
Let us be friends, through the mazes of this dreary existence.
But yes, there had come to you My verses, but you denied them and were arrogant, and you were among the disbelievers.
And on the Day of Resurrection you will see those who lied about Allah [with] their faces blackened. Is there not in Hell a residence for the arrogant?
And Allah will save those who feared Him by their attainment; no evil will touch them, nor will they grieve.
Surah Az-Zumar 59-60.
Ron Jones ~ Last Light (digital)