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All of Allah’s Saints keep death in mind

All of Allah’s Saints keep death in mind .., they are always expecting it.  Once upon a time, a certain man was absorbed in the worship of his Lord when the Angel of Death was sent to him by the Almighty to take away his soul.  The Angel said to him: “Oh servant of my Lord, I have come for your soul.  Are you ready?” “Yes, I am ready,” came the reply.

  “My Lord has given me permission to wait until you put your affairs in order and complete everything before I take your soul,” said the Angel.  “The state of all my affairs is in order and nothing has been left incomplete.  Oh Angel of my Lord, for forty years I have been expecting you always and looking around to see from which side you would approach - from this side or from that.  All I ask of you is to give me time to pray two prostrations of prayer, and when I am in the final prostration you may take my soul.  This is my last request of my Lord:  That I may breath my last uttering His praise as an obedient servant, from eternity to eternity.”
Nowadays, more than at any previous time, this material world occupies people to such an extent that they are totally obsessed by it.  They run around chasing after it, and when they think that they’ve really got close, within reach, they rush on it with outstretched hand and grab.  Then they look at what they have snatched and see - nothing.  When babies are born into this world their hands are open, empty; dying people, also leave this world with open, empty hands.  We take nothing of this world with us when we die - only a burial cloth, and many people not even that.  That is our share of this world.  If we wear turbans, those very turbans are enough to make a burial cloth and may be used for that purpose.  So, by wearing them we always remember that we are approaching death.  They remind us constantly to do our best in all endeavours for perhaps that very action will be our last.
After this life’s “tasteless pleasures” which are really no pleasures at all, we turn to our Lord and know real pleasure.  The more we can be with Him, the more certainly we can know this true pleasure but if we leave the way of His Pleasure we shall fall into hellish existence.  Once we have tasted of Divine Love we will no longer ask for anything in this life nor in the next.  We will ask only of Allah’s love and to gaze upon His Divine Countenance.

Extract from ‘Mercy Oceans’ Endless Horizons’.


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Lady Lucie Duff Gordon (1821-1869) lived in Luxor, Egypt from 1862 in the hope that the consumption she was suffering from would improve. She learnt Arabic, and often visited and prayed at the tomb of Sufi Sheikh Yusuf abu’l-Hajjaj.

Letter to her husband, Sir Alexander Duff Gordon, from Cairo 16th October 1866:

'My Reis spoke such a pretty parable the other day that I must needs write it. A Coptic Reis stole some of my wood, which we got back by force and there was some reviling of the Nazarenes in consequence from Hoseyn and Ali; but Reis Mohammed said:

“Not so; Girgis is a thief, it is true, but many Christians are honest; and behold, all the people in the world are like soldiers, some wear red and some blue; some serve on foot, others on horseback, and some in ships; but all serve one Sultan, and each fights in the regiment in which the Sultan has placed him, and he does what does his duty best is the best man, be his coat red or blue or black.”

I said, `Excellent words, oh Reis, and fit to be spoken from the best of pulpits.' It is surprising what happy sayings the people here hit upon; they cultivate talk for want of reading, and the consequence is great facility narration and illustration. Everybody enforces his ideas, like Christ, in parables.'