Monthly Archives: October 2015

Ebrahim al-Khauwas and the monk

Once I heard that in Byzantium there was a monk who had been living for seventy years in a monastery in the state of celibacy. “Amazing!” I exclaimed. “Forty years is the qualification for being a monk.” So I set … Continue reading

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The nafs is engaged in adorning itself

The nafs is engaged in adorning itself in a way that pleases people, regardless of the fact that it may displease God. The nafs is persistently obsessed with presenting itself in such a way as to prompt the good opinion … Continue reading

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Anecdote of Ma‘ruf Al-Karkhi

One day Ma‘ruf was walking along with a group of his followers when a gang of youths came that way. They behaved outrageously all the way to the Tigris. “Master,” Ma‘ruf’s companions entreated him, “pray to Almighty God to drown … Continue reading

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