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Every person from among mankind may attain Divine Stations


Every person from among mankind may attain Divine Stations.  The Way is not barred to anyone: we are all candidates for the position of “Deputy of God on Earth”.

The Holy Verse is clear enough: “O man, verily you are striving towards your Lord, and you will meet Him”; therefore, whoever makes a serious attempt to reach, must reach.  But if we consistently take one step forward and two steps back, and make ourselves fit Allah Almighty’s description: “They believed, then fell into disbelief, believed again, and once more fell”, then we will find ourselves lost.


Steadfastness is the quality that will aid our progress, even if that progress be slow.  Be steadfast and you may reach your goal; and even if you don’t, your Lord perceives your sincere intention and may convey you towards your goal, just when you have despaired.  Our Grandsheikh said that such perseverence in the face of immense odds is most difficult.  Imagine that a person has been told: “There is a treasure waiting for you inside the Earth, a fourth of the way to China - you must dig and take it.  Here is a broken pick and a spade with a broken handle, now you may start digging”.  Imaging being ordered to such a task with such tools!  You must start; don’t say “It is impossible! Even an oil drill can’t reach that far!”  No, you must say “My Lord has ordered me to proceed with my task, so I must start digging.”  Then you dig, and when you collapse from exhaustion your Lord may deliver that treasure up to you in the blink of an eye.

Perhaps an ant with a broken leg may intend to travel from London to Mecca in order to perform the rites of pilgrimage.  He may intend such a journey and start on his way, but do you think that there is any hope of him arriving?  Allah Almighty sends a pilgrim who sets down his handbag; as the ant crawls in to see if there is any food to be found for the way, the pilgrim comes, picks up the bag and gets into the taxi to the airport.  When the pilgrim arrives at Jeddah, he boards a bus to Mecca, then a taxi to his hotel.  At the hotel he leaves his other bags, but takes his valuable one with him to the Holy Mosque to make his Tawaf of the Kaaba ... After his Tawaf he sits down to read Qur’an and the terrified ant slowly emerges, only to find himself in front of the Kaaba.

Allah Almighty made a way for that ant because it firmly intended to reach that unattainable station, with its broken leg and all and he helped it arrive quickly, too.  So don’t lose hope!  We are like that ant: we are directing our faces towards the Divine Presence and asking to attain to it.  He may take us to that state, but we can never make it on our own.

From ‘Mercy Oceans, Rising Sun’.



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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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