GOLDEN WORDS OF WISDOM
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Sayyiduna Ghawth al-Aa'zam
Shaykh Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anhu)
Though I be in
the west and my disciple in the East, if a world goes to attack him, I know.
I will save him.
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.
A mans position
in life is such that though he is mortal he is reborn with pleasure in the
winds of afflictions. It is that very same life whose consequence is not
death. It is that very same comfort which has no extreme anguish.
That person who
has enmity against a well to do companion, he totally rejects the wisdom and
foresight of the sustainers.
people because of greed are poor and needy, in reality the brave person is
he who wrestles and defeats the devil of greed and thereafter becomes
independent and without want of need from this material World.
The person who
backbites and speaks ill of us are actually our success because they pay
homage to us by writing their good deeds into our deed books.
at the previous graves lying in ruin. How the sands of beautiful people are
If you do not
find the sweetness of doing a good deed then be aware that you have not done
the displeasure of the creator and the creation.
To please the
enemies of Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala is beyond comprehension and wisdom.
O! Gifts do not
imprison me so that I become unmindful to the benefactor.
O! Doers of good
deeds giving birth to sincerity in your deeds can never be a wasted effort.
creation, silence is not bravery but rather impatience.
The person who
cannot educate his own soul, then how is he going to educate others.
The love of
Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala and the Prophet SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam is
intertwined in poverty and starvation.
The love of the
World generally blinded the eyes, those eyes which should have been used to
identify the specialties of the Almighty Creator.
The person who
becomes aware of Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala then he becomes hospitable
towards the creation.
Preach only in
accordance to religion otherwise remaining dumb is better.
anonymity and unwholesomeness relative to it is peaceful.
As long as there
remains on this earth one person in your heart whom you fear or have high
expectations of, then until then your Faith is not complete.
Until you still
possess arrogance and anger you cannot classify yourself amongst the
whose extent is expansive but no thanks is given for it and that means of
livelihood which is difficult but no patience is shown for it become a
source of revolt and mischief.
Always hold the
best opinions about others and think ill of yourself.
O! ‘Alim do not
soil your knowledge by sitting in the company of Worldly people.
Your speech will
tell what is in your heart.
destroys the World of the oppressed, and his own in the hereafter.
something good is your job and to see it completed is the work of your
A wise person
first question his heart thereafter speaks with his mouth.
To remain alone
is protection and safety and to every sin there is a period of execution.
Except for the
needs of your children and family do not leave the house unnecessarily.
Endeavor not to
start a conversation and your speaking becomes necessary only to answer a
Keep your mouth
closed from answering unnecessary questions so that you can remain safe from
That person who
is never distressed, has no virtue.
chase the World while the World chases the friends of Allah SubHanuhu wa
This World is a
World of exertion for a Mo’min while the hereafter is a World of relaxation.
all the benefits to be accrued.
person finds no joy in anything, for it has accountability, for being lawful
or a punishment for it being unlawful.
To make the soul
receive the truth is its existence while making it receive failures, errors,
falsehood and wrongdoings is its annihilation.
Those who belong
to Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala carry out his commands and even their hearts
are reinforced by it. You carry on committing sin then to you have no fear.
This is obvious evidence of betrayal. Beware; safeguard yourself for you may
be caught out unawares when your allotted time is up.
becomes the object of displeasure and wrath of both the creator and the
Iman (Faith) is
the root while deeds and actions are its branches. Therefore stay away from
associating with your Iman and sin with your actions.
First there is
ignorance, thereafter knowledge, then follows practice upon your knowledge,
thereafter sincerity upon that action and finally comes understanding and
wisdom in the heart.
If you do not
have patience then poverty and sicknesses become a misfortune and if you
adopt patience then it becomes nobility and graciousness.
To gain the
happiness of Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala is impossible if you cannot make a
poor person happy. The treatment for afflictions upon oneself is to gain the
happiness and pleasure of the poor.
of the creation is blind to the doors of the creator.
You are busy in
fulfilling the desires and wishes of the soul (nafs) while the nafs is busy
in destroying you.
That person is
close to Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala who is kind and affectionate towards the
of the divine blessings and providence is contrary to achieving closeness to
thousands of people just like you have been fattened and then swallowed by
Do not be fooled
by your youthful appearance for very soon it would be taken away from you.
one from sin and wealth is a trap for sins regard poverty as your protector.
To make a poor
person happy makes one the inheritor of and undisclosed amount of reward.
What are you
going to do by taking the bounties? Take the merciful and compassionate one.
Every pious person is from the progeny and following of Muhammad SallAllaho
Alaihi wa Sallam.
He whose fate is
ultimately death then what is the need for happiness.
People do not
regard you with respect because you are proud and vain but rather they look
up to you when you are polite and hospitable.
Keep your hearts
open only for Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala and to busy yourself in earning a
means of livelihood for your family is also following the commands.
death is the best treatment for all ailments.
prayers breaks unwanted habits and should not be but a habit only.
The person who
wishes to tame his soul should bridle it with silence and good etiquettes.
wa Ta'ala asks a loan of his servants and the messengers of this are the
For the whole
period I spent in the companionship of my shaykh (spiritual guide) I have
never seen the whiteness of his teeth.
Whenever it is
possible reform each morsel for the foundations of good deeds lies in it.
The creation are
like children in relation to the saints of Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala .
It is a lie if
one says by sitting in the company of those women with whom relationships
are lawful and young boys; one has absolutely no inclination towards them.
Islamic principles (Shari‘ah) is neither definitely not in agreement nor
does a sound mind allow for such conformities and this is total rejection of
Shariat for Shari‘ah has never given anyone exemption from this.
When the angels
do not enter a house in which there are images pictures then how do you
expect Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala to enter your heart which is full of
thousands of statues and idols. Anything else besides Allah SubHanuhu wa
Ta'ala presence in the heart is images and idols.
A visit to the
pious person communicates the condition of the person.
The key to the
closeness to the truth is in private consultations and journeys.
Do not become
subservient to the gifts in such a manner that you forget the bestowal of
and luggage undoubtedly is modesty, such that, because of it, the doors of
sovereignty and reality seem closed.
It is not
becoming of a mo’min to sleep until he has kept his will and testimony
The obedience of
Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala is by asking and not by desiring.
You are busy in
building mansions and palaces for others to stay in while; its
accountability rests entirely on you.
O! Children of
Adam Alaihis Salaam be modest towards Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala as you would
be modest towards your religious neighbor.
When a person
commits a sin, he closes the doors, draws the veils and hides from the
creation and goes against the commands of the creator in private, and then
the creator says, O! Son of Adam Alaihis Salaam you have regarded me the
least amongst those that can see you because you found it necessary to hide
yourself from the creation yet you have not shown modesty and shame even
equivalent to that of the creation towards me.
It is not
beneficial to be a master at speech when you are immature at heart.
Be obedient with
a direction; don’t become obedient to the masses.
Do not become a
polytheist by regarding your wealth as absolute and total power of
O! You who make
fun of others very soon you will know the answer to your own fate.
(Hypocrites) very soon you will see the punishment of Allah SubHanuhu wa
Ta'ala descending upon you in this World and the hereafter. The times are
pregnant and very soon you will see what it gives birth to.
Your actions are
proof of your belief and your exterior appearance is a sign of your interior
To turn your
face towards the creation is to turn your back towards Allah SubHanuhu wa
are the jungle of stupidity and folly and only the foolish hustle and bustle
aimlessly within it.
your habit, anonymity you clothing, escape from the creation your aim and if
it is possible then dig the hole and sit down in it. This habit should stay
with you until such time that you Iman (Faith) has reached an age of
maturity and is unquestionable.
Those that wish
the approval of the creation should show patience of the oppression of the
Do not turn away
from the creator because of some misfortune, because he may be testing you
half of one’s sustenance (livelihood) and good manners is half of religion
O Doers of good
deeds! Adopt sincerity otherwise it is wasted effort.
If you are
afraid of your destination then whichever way or wherever you look at, you
will find that you are surrounded by ferocious beasts.
Good deeds are
done in privacy and not in public except that which is Fard (compulsory)
which is performed in exposure.
you rely on, every person you afraid of or you keep that trust in, becomes
testimony 2. Making the commands of Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala compulsory
upon yourself 3. Not to fear or trust anyone 4. To make all your needs aware
only to Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala and put your Faith in him, To ask of him
alone and never put your trust in anyone except Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala .
A seeker is not
truthful until he places the needs of sustenance of his companions over and
above the sustenance of his soul and desires.
honourable among the people, for by revealing your poverty you will fall in
status in their eyes.
Meet the wealthy
and rich with dignity ad prevalence and the poor with humility and
Your keeping the
company of careless and negligent people is a sigh of your carelessness and
To love of the
creations is in its well wishing.
To give is
better than to receive.
That person who
is generous with the creation then he is close to Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala
A residence that
is fit to be called a house, clothes that cover the body, a stomach full of
sustenance and a wife is not regarded as Worldly but to face towards the
Worldly while showing your back to your creator is Worldly.
Even if you have
said Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala aloud, then even then you would be
interrogated whether it was said in sincerity or in show.
remembrance of Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala finds a place in the heart then for
servant to remember Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala continuously becomes
continuous and everlasting even though the lips are closed.
Carry out the
rights that the ruler has upon you and do not question that which is
obligatory upon you.
There is greater
dignity in the remembrance of Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala than in death; at
the time of cutting someone short by razing them to the ground and
thereafter realising it was fruitless to sow the seeds of hate.
troubles and you will receive closeness to Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala .
A mo’min leaves
his family in the care of the creator while a munaafiq leaves his family in
the care of his dirham and dinaars (wealth).
There are 3
types of creation 1. Angels 2. The Devil 3. Man. The Angels are entirely
good and the devil is entirely bad. Man is a mixture of good and bad.
Whoever is overcome with good he can be likened to an Angel and whoever is
overcome with evil he can be likened to the devil.
Do not laugh
with those that are laughing but cry with those that are crying.
If your thoughts
are with the creator then you are subservient to the creator. If your
thoughts are with the creation then you are subservient to the creation.
Give priority to
the hereafter over the World and you will benefit in both, but priority is
given to the World over the hereafter then you would suffer losses in both.
Do not spend
even one night in the hate and malice of anybody.
The sign of your
sincerity is that you praise the creation and you do not turn your attention
towards derogatory remarks nor do you show greed and avarice towards their
wealth but you give your lord his right and your deeds are for your
benefactor and not for the gifts, for the king and not for the kingdom and
for the truth and not for falsehood.
As long as the
doors of good health are open to you then regard it as a blessing for very
soon it will be closed upon you. So as long as you have the strength and
power to do good deeds regard it as a blessing.
It is wrong to
claim respect towards your creator as long as you have no respect whatsoever
for his creation.
When an ‘Alim is
not an ascetic then, he is a punishment upon those that follow him.
A Mu’min, as he
grows older Faith becomes stronger.
To search for
good fortune is an unnecessary trouble and to search for that which is not
your destiny is to anger Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala and disgraceful.
You do not
concern yourself in making the creator angry by pleasing the creation. In
exchange for Worldly mansions and building you destroy your hereafter. Very
soon you will be caught. He will definitely catch you whose imprisonment is
very, very fearful.
What, you do not
become ashamed ordering him to change your fate? Are your more commanding,
more just and merciful than him? You and the entire creation are his
servants. It becomes compulsory upon you to adopt, peace, solitude and
deeds and deeds without sincerity are not worthy of acceptance.
A person once
came to the Prophet SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam and said that he loves him
(SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam) very much. The Prophet SallAllaho Alaihi wa
Sallam said to him “lay down a cloth or spread a cloth for Poverty.” Another
person said that he loves Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala , The Prophet SallAllaho
Alaihi wa Sallam said “spread a cloth for misfortune, for the love of Allah
SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala and the Prophet SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam is
intertwined with poverty and misfortunes.”
You are busy
accumulating that which you would not be able to eat. You desire for that
which you cannot attain. Construct those buildings in which you will not
stay. All this makes you blind to the status of your creator.
Be happy in the
changes and choices that the creator made for you. If you stay in this
manner with him then he will definitely change your fears and horrors.
for this World is an assembly of troubles and calamities.
approaches carrying tales or gossiping or informing you about what another
has said to him about you then admonish him and tell him that he is worst
than that person that was gossiping about you for that person spoke behind
your back while he is telling it straight to your face. That person has not
made you listen yet he made you listen to it.
unfortunate person is he who had not been given the habit of being merciful
in his heart for all living things?
enemies are those that are your biggest supporters.
The sum total of
all the essence of good is to seek knowledge, practice upon it and teaching
it to somebody.
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Imam Ahmad Raza Academy