Purification of the self

It is said in the Qur’an:

He indeed shall be successful who purifies himself, and magnifies the name of his Lord and prays. (A`la, 87/14-15).

By the self and Him who balanced it, then inspired it to understand what is right and wrong for it: he will indeed succeed who purifies it, and he will indeed fail who corrupts it. (Shams, 91/7-10).

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Inspired with the wisdom of these verses, Hadrat Maulana (Alaihi Rahma) said:

• “O traveler on the spiritual path! If you wish to know the reality, neither Moses nor Pharaoh died. Today they live within you; they are hidden in your existence. They do their fighting within you! So you had better look for those two, who are at enmity with one another, within you.”

• “The human being is like a forest. Just as a forest accommodates thousands of pigs, wolves, and other animals with good and bad natures, so within us live both virtues and vices.”

• “Do not seek to feed your body overmuch, for it will perish one day. It is better to nurture your soul, for that is what will reach the heavens and honor.”

• “Nourish your soul with mature thinking and discernment that will give it strength for its journey.”

• “When you get rid of your lower self, when you fully commit yourself to Allah, you will travel safely in the sea of divine mysteries.”

“No mirror has ever turned into iron again. No bread has ever turned into wheat again. No grape juice has ever turned into grapes again. No ripe fruit has ever become unripe again. So become mature, and prevent yourself from ever being immature again!”

• “Set fire to your lower self, dark as night, if you want to shine like the day.”

Allah Almighty endowed us with life for one time only. We will not be given it again. We should, therefore, use this chance carefully to come close to Allah by reaching spiritual maturity. It is only people who develop mature personalities who do not lose much in this life. Those who yield to raw ego are bound to lose much both in this world and in the hereafter. A self which is not restrained through spiritual training and purification is like a wild horse. A wild horse leads its rider over cliffs and, therefore, to extinction, instead of taking him to his destination. Yet if a horse is trained well, it will carry its rider to her destination no matter how dangerous the journey.

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Khudi Ki Jalwaton Mein Mustafai (Bal-e-Jibril-094)

 Khudi Ki Jalwaton Mein Mustafai
Khudi Ki Khalwaton Mein Kibriyai

Selfhood in the world of men is prophethood;
Selfhood in solitude is godliness;

Zameen-o-Asman-o-Kursi-o-Arsh
Khudi Ki Zad Mein Hai Sari Khudai!

The earth, the heavens, the great empyrean,
Are all within the range of selfhoodʹs power.

The Value of Yourself | Shaykh Saadi al Shirazi (rahimahullah)

A wise youth from a noble family landed at a seaport of Turkey, and his baggage was deposited in a masjid due to his evident piety and wisdom.

One day the Imam said to him: “Sweep away the dust and rubbish from the masjid.” Immediately, the young man went away and no one saw him there again. Thus , the elders and followers supposed that he had no care to serve.

 

The next day, a servant of the masjid met him on the road and said: “ You acted wrongly in your stubborn judgment. Do you not know, O conceited youth, that men are dignified by service?”
Sorrowfully, the youth began to weep. “O soul-cherishing and heart-illuminating friend!” he answered; “I saw no dirt or rubbish in that holy place but my own corrupt self. Therefore, I retraced my steps, for a masjid is better off cleansed from such.”

 

Humility is the only ritual for a devotee. If you desire greatness, be humble; there is no other ladder by which to climb.

 

Extract from the Bustan of Shaykh Saadi al Shirazi: Chapter IV; Concerning Humility