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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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Jesus Running Away from the Fool

Jesus once ran to a mountain As if a lion was after his blood. Someone followed him, saying, “It’s okay! There’s no one chasing! Why flee like a bird?” Jesus kept running away, and, Due to his haste, gave no … Continue reading

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Role of the Intellect

“When Nuri was asked, “What is the guide to God?”, he replied, “God.” “Then what is the role of the intellect?” they asked. “The intellect is impotent,” he replied, “and that which is impotent can show the way only to … Continue reading

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The Two Principal Messages of Sufism

The school of Sufism has two principal messages, and whatever has been said concerning the rules and manners of Sufism is secondary when compared to these two. The first message is psychological and heart-related: that Sufis must confirm, seek and … Continue reading

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God’s Wrath

“Jesus was asked: “O Spirit of God, what is the hardest thing to endure in this world and the next?” He answered: “God’s wrath.” They asked: “How can one avoid that?” He said: “Curb your anger and control your temper!” … Continue reading

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