Ibrahim Bin Adham

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Quotes & Sayings

1. Three veils must be removed from the traveller's heart so that the door of happiness is opened to him. First, should the dominion of both worlds is offered to him as eternal gift, he should not rejoice. The second veil is that if he possesses the dominion of both worlds, and should it be taken from him, he should not feel sorry for his poverty. The third is that he should not be misguided by any praise or favour, for one who is misguided like this, is a low person and the low person is veiled.
2. If you like to be saint of God, then desire not the things of this world or the next. Empty yourself for God. Turn your face to Him so that He may turn to you and make you His saint.
3. Wara (abstaining) is the abandonment of whatever is dubious, and the abandonment of whatever does not concern you, means abandoning whatever is superfluous.
4. I delighted in Islam only three times. One time I was on board of ship and there was a man who laughed often. He would remark; "We used to grab an infidel in the land of the Turks thus," and he would tug at my hair and shake me back and forth. This would please me. Another time I became ill in a mosque. The man who made call to prayer told me to get out, but I could not. So he grabbed me by my foot and dragged me out of the mosque. The third time, I was in Syria, and I was wearing a fur. I looked at it, and I could not distinguish between its hair and the lice, such was their abundance. In "another tale, he reported: "My joy was never greater than the day I was sitting down and a man came and urinated on me." At another occasion, I was sitting and a man came and slapped me.
5. A man attains the rank of the righteous only after passing through these six steps:
  • He must close the door of bounty and open the door of hardships.
  • He must close the door of dignity and open the door of humility.
  • He must close the door of repose and open the door of striving.
  • He must close the door of sleep and open the door of vigilance.
  • He must close the door of wealth and open the door of poverty.
  • He must close the door of worldly expectation and open the door of preparedness for death.
6. O God, thou knowest that in my eyes the eight Paradises have a little worth when they are compared with that honour which thou hast shown me in giving Thy love or that familiarity which Thou hast given me by the commemoration (dhikr) of Thy Name or that freedom from all else which Thou hast granted me when I meditate on the greatness of Thy Glory.
7. You enjoy the gifts of the Lord, but you do not offer gratitude to Him.
8. You do not so act as to avoid Hell and enter Heaven.
9. You know the Devil is your enemy but you do not deal with him as such.
10. You know death must overtake you but you make no preparation for it.
11. You consign your dead parents to the grave and yet you do not take lesson from the incident (and feel as if you are immortal).
12. You know that you have many faults, yet you try to find fault with others.
13. When you commit a sin against God, do not partake of His food.
14. When you desire to commit a sin, get out of His kingdom.
15. Commit sin at a place where He cannot sec you.
16. At the time of death seek a few moments respite from the messenger of death that you might repent during that time for your sins.
17. Do not allow the angels Munkir and Nakir to approach you and question you about your past deeds. If you cannot perform these, then vow never to sin.
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