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One of two conditions

Our Grandshaykh was saying that people may be in one of two conditions:  One, the expanded person has an open face, smiling, not solemn or angry. The second condition is contrary to this.

He who is in this condition is angry, sorrowful, and solemn.


Which is lovely for Allah Almighty?  The first.  Allah like His servants to be open, expanded, always pleased.  If a man is not complaining, if he is smiling under all conditions and carrying only goodness in his heart for others, Allah is pleased with him.

It is the greatest sin, before Allah, to condemn a man without knowledge, without proof, without witnesses.  It is ‘suizzan’ - a wrong or bad assumption.  You must think all people are good.  Then, even if your own sins are great, Allah may forgive you easily.  No harm for smiling, expanded persons.  All badness coming from stern, angry people.

In dark places, you may find poisonous insects.  Though a stern, angry person may do as much worship as all people combined, it is not acceptable.  He who has a stern face, he who is not thinking goodness for other people, that person is refused from the Divine Presence.

“Nafs is our most dangerous enemy”, says our Grandshaykh.  “We must be very careful of its endless traps and tricks.  One trick of our ego is to claim humbleness when what it really desires is to be highly regarded by others.  Abu Yazid al-Bistami (may Allah grant him more honours) said to us, ‘You must look to your nafs, O, my sons, with such a looking that you may see that it is lower than all people.  You must say, ‘My nafs is no good.  My nafs is worse than those of all people.  It is worse than Pharaoh, worse than Nimrod, worse  even than Satan!’  Unless you are saying this, you cannot smell the good smells of reality within our Tariqat.  If a man does not accept that his nafs is worse than everybody else’s, he really is the worst!  Proud people cannot enter paradise, or smell the perfume.”

Extracts from ‘Mercy Oceans’


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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.'



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