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Spiritual Journeying In The Words Of Shi'a Mystics

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Words of Gold. 

 

These could be applied to me, you, each and everybody on SC. No matter what age or knowledge group we are in.

 

Ayatullah Taqi Behjat (taken from your posted article above).

 

"I ask those who want to be taught, ‘Have you acted upon whatever you 

heard before?’ Do you know that if a person practices what he knows, God 
will teach him what he does not know? If man does not practice what he 
knows, can he expect his knowledge to increase? No thikr is superior to 
practical thikr, and no practical thikr is superior to abandoning sins in 
terms of beliefs and actions. Generally, it seems that abandoning sins is 
impossible except through constant mystical contemplation. If one 
possesses the virtues of the pious and follows the prophets and their 
successors in both beliefs and actions, takes actions or stop taking any 
measure in accordance with their commands, does not think about 
anything other than God when performing acts of worship, performs 
prayers with presence of heart, follows the Imam of the Age in doubtful 
matters – disagrees with whatever and whoever the Imam of the Age 
disagrees with and agrees with whatever and whoever the Imam of the Age 
agrees with, curses whoever he curses and has mercy on whoever he has
mercy on, albeit briefly, such a person does not lack any virtue and does 
not have any sin and evil."
Edited by Waiting for HIM

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Words of Gold. 

 

These could be applied to me, you, each and everybody on SC. No matter what age or knowledge group we are in.

 

Ayatullah Taqi Behjat (taken from your posted article above).

 

"I ask those who want to be taught, ‘Have you acted upon whatever you 

heard before?’ Do you know that if a person practices what he knows, God 
will teach him what he does not know? If man does not practice what he 
knows, can he expect his knowledge to increase? No thikr is superior to 
practical thikr, and no practical thikr is superior to abandoning sins in 
terms of beliefs and actions. Generally, it seems that abandoning sins is 
impossible except through constant mystical contemplation. If one 
possesses the virtues of the pious and follows the prophets and their 
successors in both beliefs and actions, takes actions or stop taking any 
measure in accordance with their commands, does not think about 
anything other than God when performing acts of worship, performs 
prayers with presence of heart, follows the Imam of the Age in doubtful 
matters – disagrees with whatever and whoever the Imam of the Age 
disagrees with and agrees with whatever and whoever the Imam of the Age 
agrees with, curses whoever he curses and has mercy on whoever he has
mercy on, albeit briefly, such a person does not lack any virtue and does 
not have any sin and evil."

 

(bismillah)

 

(salam)

 

Amazing words. But I imagine that very few blessed ones amongst us have such strength of  principle and such pure hearts to achieve that state, and at the moment I definitely am not one of them... Which of course is no excuse to be lazy and negligent and not to struggle harder on the Path.

 

These words hold great beauty and depth, and they have an enormous inspirational value. I'll copy them and come back to them as often as I can.

 

Thank you for posting them, jazak Allah te'ala khayran.

 

Kindest regards (wasalam)

 

 

Amina 

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Salam Alaikom,

On 3/31/2014 at 0:03 AM, HamzaTR said:

Salam. Please read the article here: Spriitual Journeying.pdf

It is great article and of course on course of development we have also to read little of other things such start and basic of theoretical irfan and be familiar with important concepts-example: tawajo, moraqibah, muhasabah - from as early as possible. But again we must have precision of what our problem and sickness is. Where should be cured and how long it should take-is the problem our centers of acquiring knowledge-senses - or our limbs for action -.

For example in the pdf it is a mention of 40 day, this is for people that already have religion; have continues feeling of going to shrine of an infallible- despite the fact they are far away but preserved the feeling -, have calmness, have no left overs of fasting and prayer, basically constantly is in the moderate path, in the straight path. Than if you decide to do the 40 days it can make more sense, but these things we should tell to people to make a better mapping and come to a realization and better understanding. Constant 'Mystical contemplation' can also be of this kind that said considering imagination something good-contrary to what it is written in the pdf -, something that make us different from angels we can use our reflection to be together with imagination and purify our mind and use it for higher purpose. This imagination is in us and we do not add or remove anything from us because 'purification' or better said tazkiya is to know our self. Religion is from Allah to recognize our nafs/self/psyche/ego. We are not supposed to do zolm-injustice to our selves by add or delete from our fitra-Creation instincts/essence/core.

In the journal paper it is quoted from Hafiz may he be fine wherever he is, that one needs a teacher like Prophet Khidr May He be Fine, to go in this path and we know in the time of ghaybat kubra there is momenin in rank of israeli Prophets Peace upon Them, so let us say khidr is for them and not the majority of people Muslim community. A student asked Ayatollah Bahjat as mentioned in the paper about certain act of an well known arif and the Sheikh may He be in Peace said: " The late Bidabadi and other prominent scholars made great efforts in the way of Islam, but each guided people to God through a specific path. My advice to you is one thing which comes to a few words: Refraining from sinning. However, do not assume that refraining from sins is a simple task to do; sometimes it is very difficult. After refraining from sins, other instructions will naturally be known to you." We have to strengthen and introduce a general-formal - and equation for people, because now it is possible to do it than old days. Now we are going towards Islamic globalization and we need to construct a way so we visit together and welcome our Imam back to Imamat and not one by one-it is not affordable -. Actually just making the same way-religion - our ulema has introduced to us to make more clarified to people and update it by fill the gaps and purify it and perfect it the way we introduce it to people because of course the religion is already based on fitra. How can one refrain from sin if no religion is present in self and know recognition and knowledge about it, so one knows how to use it.

And lastly maybe before we aim for forty days maybe we should aim for 40 weeks, maybe before it we should aim for one or two year season wise-that said 4-8 seasons - but of course the quality and focus of what the goal is to achieve-that is obviously not to sin and perform wajibat - increases and continuously Allah guides one the same way Allah guided us when we come in this earth our first day while we did not know anything.

In the journal it is continuously written-page, 111 -: "However , what paves the way for wakefulness and a correct understanding of one's status in the universe is self-purification and piety."

Ayatullah Taqi Behjat (taken from your posted article above).

"I ask those who want to be taught, ‘Have you acted upon whatever you heard before?’ Do you know that if a person practices what he knows, God will teach him what he does not know? If man does not practice what he knows, can he expect his knowledge to increase? No thikr is superior to practical thikr, and no practical thikr is superior to abandoning sins in terms of beliefs and actions. Generally, it seems that abandoning sins is impossible except through constant mystical contemplation..." IS people

Edited by Ali.Isa

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Salam Alaikom, and in the pdf it is mentioned about 'WAKEFULNESS', that one is sleep and one need to wake up reminds me of the issue of ghafla that is for the 'spirit' ghafla equals sleep. Sharing some chosen hadith in this regard:

1ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): الغَفلَةُ ضَلالَةٌ.

1– Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘Negligence is deviation [from the straight path].’ [Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 196] 

Do not we read "wala dhaalin" in surah Hamd.

ـ الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): إن كانَ الشيطانُ عَدُوّاً فالغَفلَةُ لِماذا؟

6– Imam al-Sadiq (AS) said, ‘If Satan is indeed an enemy, then why the negligence?!’ [Bihar al-Anwar, v. 78, p. 190, no. 1]

Sure the devil is enemy and it whispers to our soul by being in straight path in our way, than we know our nafs is our enemy, and nafs listens because we do not have properly religion out of ignorance that is our third enemy. And love of this world-hub al-dunya -, hinders us further to acquire knowledge and recognition and we have to fight it.

ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): فَأفِقْ أيُّها السامِعُ مِن سَكرَتِكَ، واستَيقِظْ مِن غَفلَتِكَ، واختَصِر مِن عَجَلَتِكَ

3– Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘So come to your senses, O listener, from your intoxication, wake up from your neglect, and reduce your hasty activity.’ [Nahj al-Balagha, Sermon 153]

ـ رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): يا أباذرٍّ، هُمَّ بالحَسَنَةِ وإن لم تَعمَلْها ؛ لِكيلا تُكتَبَ مِن الغافِلينَ

7– The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘O Abu Dharr, intend to perform good actions even if you do not actually manage to perform them, so that you are not included amongst the negligent.’ [Makarim al-Akhlaq, v. 2, p. 378, no. 2661]

Can an intoxicated person perform that kind of intention.

ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): بِدَوامِ ذِكرِ اللّه‏ِ تَنجابُ الغَفلَةُ

8– Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘Through constant remembrance of Allah is negligence dispelled.’ [Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 4269]

ـ الإمامُ الباقرُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): أيّما مُؤمِنٍ حافَظَ علَى الصَّلواتِ المَفروضَةِ فَصَلاّها لِوَقتِها فَلَيسَ هذا مِن الغافِلينَ

10– Imam al-Baqir (AS) said, ‘Verily any believer who is mindful of the obligatory prayers and prays them on time is not of the negligent ones.’ [al-Kafi, v. 3, p. 270, no. 14]

ـ لُقمانُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) ـ لابنِهِ وهو يَعِظُهُ ـ: يابُنَيَّ، لِكُلِّ شَيءٍ علامةٌ يُعرَفُ بها ويُشهَدُ علَيها ... وللغافِلِ ثلاثُ علاماتٍ: السَّهوُ، واللَّهوُ، والنِّسيانُ

11– Luqman (AS) said to his son, exhorting him: ‘O my son, everything has a distinguishing characteristic by which it is recognized and witnessed … the negligent person has three distinguishing characteristics: absent-mindedness, amusement, and forgetfulness.’ [al-Khisal, p. 121, no. 113]

ـ الإمامُ الحسنُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): الغَفلَةُ تَركُكَ المَسجِدَ، وطاعَتُكَ المُفسِدَ

12– Imam al-Hasan (AS) said, ‘Negligence is [manifest] in your abandonment of the mosque and in your obedience of the corrupt.’ [Bihar al-Anwar, v. 78, p. 115, no. 10]

ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): مَن طالَت غَفلَتُهُ تَعَجَّلَت هَلَكَتُهُ

13- Imam Ali (AS) said, 'He who prolongs his negligence hastens his own destruction.' [Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 8318]

ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): مَن غَلَبَت علَيهِ الغَفلَةُ ماتَ قَلبُه

14- Imam Ali (AS) said, 'The one who is overcome by negligence, his heart is dead.' [Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 8430]

ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): دَوامُ الغَفلَةِ يُعمِي البَصيرَةَ

15- Imam Ali (AS) said, 'Continued negligence blinds insight.' [Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 5146]

ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): إيّاكَ والغَفلَةَ والاغتِرارَ بالمُهلَةِ ؛ فإنّ الغَفلَةَ تُفسِدُ الأعمالَ

16- Imam Ali (AS) said, 'Beware of negligence and delusion about the respite [that you have been given], for indeed negligence ruins deeds.' [Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 2717]

 

Notes: http://hadithdatabank.com/preview.php?mod=4&id=170

http://hadithdatabank.com/preview.php?mod=4&id=54

Edited by Ali.Isa

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