Take the guidance

Act by the maximum of your intellect, and trust that Allah is going to see that it goes with what your Niyyat is. And if the Niyyat is smashed, then that again goes to another ayat (Al-‘Ankabut, 29:2):

“Do people imagine that they will be left to say,
‘We have iman,’ and will not be tested?”

The tests are like when you make the sword, you plunge it into red-hot coal and then plunge it into water, and it is the opposites of these events that temper the steel and make it into a sword that can cut. The destiny means you are going to meet these trials, and you are also going to meet these openings and offerings.

Now, a man can be spoiled on getting the good time. Another man can be spoiled because he cannot handle the bad time. The strong Mumin is not distracted by the good times. Ibn Ata’illah says in his Hikam, ‘Days of trial are an ‘Eid for the Sufis.’ It means Allah is paying attention to you, He is forming you, He is making you, He is cooking you! He has given you this form and there is guidance in it. The Mumin takes the guidance, and the ignorant one does not take the guidance. The difference between the Mumin and the kafir is: both know, but the Mumin knows it is from Allah and he accepts that it is from Allah. ‘Alhamdulillahi ‘ala kulli Hal’ – All praise is due to Allah in every state – not just when things are good! Whatever happens, in every state, ‘Alhamdulillah’. Then he has an inner equilibrium.

– Sidna Shaykh Dr Abdalqadir as-Sufi

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~ by The Murabit Blog on 08/17/2010.

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