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Sufis:Love of God& His Creation Ahmed Mirza M.D. Naqshbandiya Foundation for Islamic Education Divine Love
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The essence of God is love and The Sufi Path is path of love. Love is to see what is good and beautiful in everything. It is to learn from everything, to see the gifts of God and the generosity of God in everything. It is to be thankful for all all God's bounties.This is the first step on the road to the love of God. This is just a seed of love. In time, the seed will grow and become a tree and bear fruit. Then, whoever tastes of that fruit will know what real love is. It will be differently for those who have tasted to tell of it to those who have not. Muzaffer Ashki al-Halveti al-Jerrahi (1916-1985)
“And when your Lord brought forth from the children of Adam, from their backs, their descendants, and made them bear witness against their own souls: Am I not your Lord? They said: Yes! we bear witness. Lest you should say on the day of resurrection: Surely we were heedless of this”. Quran 7:172,Shakir
“I was a Hidden Treasure,and loved to be known intimately,so I created the Heavens and the Earth,so that they may come to intimately know me.”
“ Oh God! I bear witness that all Thy creatures are brothers”Hadith
“ Why this meaningless talk about the believer,
the kafir, the obedient, the sinner,
the rightly guided, the misdirected, the Muslim,
the pious, the infidel, the fire worshipper?
All are like beads in a rosary.”
Abdul Quddus of Gangoh
“ Higher spiritual life is nothing but service of humanity, It is not (chanting) the rosary, (remaining on the) prayer carpet or (wearing) coarse garments.”Nizamuddin
To identy service of God with the service of man
but their vision is one.”
O Lord, If I worship YouFrom fear of Hell, burn me in Hell.
O Lord, If I worship YouFrom hope of Paradise, bar me from its gates.
But if I worship You for Yourself aloneThen grace me forever the splendor of Your FaceRabi'a al-'Adawiyya (717 - 801AD)
O God,You are the aim of the call of the sincere, You enlighten the souls of the friends, (and) You are the comfort of the hearts of the travellers--- because You are present in the very soul.
I call out, from emotion: "Where are you?"
You are the life of the soul, You are the rule (ayin) of speech, (and) You are Your own interpreter (tarjaman).
For the sake of Your obligation to Yourself, do not enter us into the shade of deception, (but) make us reach union (wisal) with You.Sheikh Ansari Jabir ibn 'Abdullah al-Ansari (1006-1089)
InfluencedFakhruddin Razi, MaimonidesThomas Aquinas, Raymund Martin, Nicholas of Autrecourt, Shah WaliullahAbdul-Qader BedilAl-Ghazali
If there's a worm hidden deep in a rock,He'll know its body, tinier than an atom,The sound of its praise, its secret ecstasy --All this He knows by divine knowing.He has given the tiniest worm its food;He has opened to you the Way of the Holy Ones.Sanai (1118-1152)
Now will I draw aside the veil from Love, And in the temple of mine inmost soul Behold the Friend, Incomparable Love. He who would know the secret of both worlds Will find that the secret of them both is LoveAttar (1119 - 1230)
Fusûs al-Hikam, an exposition of the inner meaning of the wisdom of the prophets in the Judaic/ Christian/ Islamic line
Futûhât al-Makkiyya, encyclopaedia of spiritual knowledge which unites and distinguishes the three strands of tradition, reason and mystical insight.
Diwân and Tarjumân al-Ashwâq poetry in the Arabic language.
These extensive writings provide a beautiful exposition of the Unity of Being, the single and indivisible Reality which simultaneously transcends and is manifested in all the images of the world. Ibn 'Arabi shows how Man, in perfection, is the complete image of this Reality and how those who truly know their essential self, know God.
(The Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi Society)
The movement which is the existence of the universe is the movement of love”.Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi
I'm sick of mortal kings.I long to see your light.With lamps in handthe sheikhs and mullahs roamthe dark alleys of these townsnot finding what they seek.You are the Essence of the Essence,The intoxication of Love.I long to sing your praisesbut stand mutewith the agony of wishing in my heart.1207-1273
Gamble everything for love,if you’re a true human being.If not, leave this gathering.Half-heartedness doesn’t reach into majesty.You set out to find God,but then you keep stopping for long periodsat mean-spirited roadhouses.
Do not, for one moment, rely on your own strength.Self-worshiper, don't you understand anything yet?It is God alone that gives your arms their power.If, by your striving, you achieve something good,Don't claim the credit all for yourself;It is fate that decides who wins and who losesAnd all success streams only from the grace of God.In this world you never stand by your own strength;It is the Invisible that sustains you every moment.Saadi Shirazi (1215-1292)
Help unfurl my heart into the Friend's Mind,Help, Old Man, to heal my wounded wings!"We are the companions of His BeautyWe are the guardiansOf Truth.Every man, plant and creature in Existence,Every woman, child, vein and noteIs a servant of our Beloved - A harbinger of joy, The harbinger of Light.Hafiz of Shiraz (1230-91)
the hill that Moses climbed, the Temple,and Israfil's trumpet, we observed in the body. Torah, Psalms, Gospel, Quran- what these books have to say, we found in the body. Everybody says these words of Yunus are true. Truth is wherever you want it.We found it all within the body.Yunus Emre1240-1320
What are "I" and "You"?Just latticesIn the niches of a lampThrough which the One Light radiates.
"I" and "You" are the veilBetween heaven and earth;Lift this veil and you will see How all sects and religions are one.
Lift this veil and you will ask---When "I" and "You" do not existWhat is mosque?What is synagogue?What is fire temple?Sa'd al-din Mahmud Shabistari(1250 - 1320)
Amir Khusro was a great Sufi, a wealthy merchant who once exchanged all his wealth for a pair of Nizamuddin’s shoes,Liguist,artist,prolific author,musician,inventor(sitar),composer and a true devoted disciple.He was "All-in-One" mixture of Divine gifts.
Sultan Jalaluddin Khilji once expressed to Khusro his desire to meet Nizamuddin Aulia but asked him not to disclose his plan to the saint. Khusro was perplexed in the beginning, but finally couldn’t keep his promise and told Nizamuddin Aulia about Sultan’s desire. His pir who did not wish to meet the king left the Khanqah for a far away place on the fixed day. When the Sultan came to know about this, he asked Khusro why he betrayed him. Khusro replied that in betraying the king he risked only his life in this world, but in betraying his spiritual king he would be risking his Iman (faith), and his afterlife. The Sultan was left speechless.
Whether your destiny is glory or disgrace,Purify yourself of hatred and love of self.Polish your mirror; and that sublime BeautyFrom the regions of mysteryWill flame out in your heartAs it did for the saints and prophets.Then, with your heart on fire with that Splendor, The secret of the Beloved will no longer be hidden.
If Love manifests itself within you, it has its origins in beauty. You are nothing but a mirrorin which beauty is reflected. Because beauty and its reflection are both from that One Source,it is both treasure and treasure-house. Jami
“O SERVANT, where dost thou seek Me?Lo! I am beside thee.I am neither in temple nor in mosque: I am neither in Kaaba nor in Kailash:Neither am I in rites and ceremonies, nor in Yoga and renunciation.If thou art a true seeker, thou shalt at once see Me: thou shalt meet Me in a moment of time.Kabîr says, "O Sadhu! God is the breath of all breath. “Kabir&Sufism
“Praise be to God as I attained the happiness of pilgrimage to the illuminated and perfumed tomb of the revered saving master. I went to the holy sanctuary and rubbed my pale face on the dust of the threshold. From the door-way to the blessed tomb I went barefoot, kissing the ground. Having entered the dome, I went around the light-filled tomb of my master seven times, sweeping it with my eyelashes, and making the sweet-smelling dust of that place the mascara of my eyes.”Sufi Princess-Jahanara
Books:SirrulAkbar(the great secret)Persian Translation of Upanishad, Sakinat ul-Aulia,Safinat ul-AuliaRisala-i Haq Numa, the Tariqatul-Haqiqat, the Hasanat ul-'Arifin , Iksir-i 'Azam. Majma ul-Bahrain,Mukalama-i Baba Lal Das wa Dara Shikoh, the Sirr-i Akbar and his Persiantranslations of the Yoga Vashishta and the Gita.
“I was enamoured of studying books on the ways of the men of the Path and had in my mind nothing save the understanding of the Unity of God; and before this, in a state of ecstasy and enthusiasm, I had uttered some words pertaining to sublime knowledge, because of which certain bigoted and narrow-minded people accused me of heresy and apostasy. It was then that I realised the importance of compiling the aphorisms of great believers in the Unity of God and the sayings of saints who have, hitherto, acquiredknowledge of Reality, so that these may serve as an argument against those who are really imposters “Sufi Prince-Dara Shikoh
Baba Bulleh Shah (1680-1758) was the great humanist, philosopher, rebel, internationalist, teacher and Sufi poet of all times,was the disciple of Enayat Shah Lahori, who himself was a great Sufi of his time
This love has set up camp inside me.It is I, who filled the cup with this poison and drank it.Come back right away, else, I will surely die.Compelled by love, I dance, I dance.
The sun has set, its glow remains.Grant me a sight of you again! I would die for it!What a mistake I made, not going with you.Compelled by love I dance, I dance.
Mother do not bar me from this love.Whoever turns back unloaded boats that have left?How foolish I was, not going with the boatman.Compelled by love I dance, I dance.
Peacocks sing in the groves of love.My beautiful beloved is my Ka’ba, my Qibla.He injured me, then turned away.Compelled by love I dance, I dance.
Bullhe Shah, I sit at Inayat’s door,He clothed me in robes of green and red.When I stamped my heel, I found him.Compelled by love I dance, I dance.Bulleh Shah- TereIshq Nachaya