Nizamuddin Auliya

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Quotes & Sayings

1. Devotion to God is of two kinds, lazmi (intransitive) and muta'addi (transitive). In lazmi devotion the benefit which accrues is confined to the devotee alone. This type of devotion includes prayers, fasting, pilgrimage, to Mecca, recitation of religious formulae, turning over the beads of the rosary etc. the muta'addi devotion, on the contrary, brings advantage and comfort to others; it is performed by spending money on others, showing affection to people and by other means through which a man strives to help his fellow human beings. The reward of muta'addi devotion is endless and limitless.
2. Forgive the person who has committed a wrong and thus eliminate your anger.
3. Nobody in this world has more worries and agonies than myself. So may people come to me and report their woes and misfortune to me. All these (accounts) sear my heart and my soul.
4. A spiritual mentor should not instruct his disciple openly, but should use hints and suggestions to bring about change in his thought and behaviour.
5. One who repents sincerely after committing a sin and one who committed no sin hold equal position in the mystic discipline.
6. Lordship and slavery are not known to mystic life. A slave may succeed his master to the spiritual gaddi.
7. Though God's bounty is always there, whatever one can achieve is through the dint of his effort. Under no circumstances one can earn anything without struggle.
8. Whatever one does not like for himself, he should not under any circumstances, suggest for others.
9. One should scrupulously abstain from the display of these spiritual achievements.
10. Spiritual control and sobriety (sahu) is superior to (spiritual) intoxication (sukr).
11. Food should be distributed to all and sundry, without any discrimination.
12. Women are equally endowed with spiritual power and talent. They are equal to men in spiritual discipline.
13. Books of Mashaikh (spiritual mentors) should be regularly studied for enlightenment and culture.
14. Intention and motive alone counts. One's intention should be good.
15. Every work, spiritual or otherwise, appears difficult in the beginning but perseverance makes it easy.
16. Spiritual guidance and training should be received from one spiritual source. Hold one door and hold it fast, should be the guiding principle.
17. A miracle is like a screen which obscures the reality from view.
18. Bread earned through permitted means provides greater spiritual enlightenment than livelihood obtained through doubtful means.
19. On the day of Judgement one would be asked to give account of his earnings secured through permitted means and will be punished for earning through dubious methods.
20. Real pleasure lies not in accumulation but in the distribution of wealth.
21. When one prays he should think of His mercy alone. He should neither brood over his penitence nor over his past sins.
22. Food should not be taken alone.
23. Fasting is half the prayer, the other half is patience.
24. Love of God and love of materialism cannot subsist in one heart.
25. Seclusion from human society is not desirable. One should mix with people and face their blows and buffets.
26. There should be no expression of anger when points of difference are discussed.
27. Malice and ill-will should be rooted out from the hearts.
28. One who serves becomes the master.
29. Resignation to the Will of God is the real key to peace and satisfaction in life.
30. The purpose of prayer is to get rid of self-conceit. One who is ego-centric and selfish cannot achieve anything spiritually.
31. Every wealth has its zakat (charity amount on hoarded income). Zakat of knowledge and learning is to act upon it.
32. God's relation with man is of adl (justice) and fazl (bounty). Man's relationship with man is of adl (justice), fazl (favour) and zulm (tyranny).
33. Dishonest dealings lead to destruction of cities.
34. Self-criticism and quarrel with one's own self is better than seventy years of prayer.
35. Every visitor should be served something; if there is nothing to offer, a cup of water may be offered.
36. One should be kind-hearted and should deal with people with clemency.
37. Prayers should be inspired neither by fear of hell nor by love of heaven. Love of God should be the only inspiring motive.
38. One should pray for the Salvation of all. There should be no discrimination in it.
39. Honest dealings alone lead to lasting fame.
40. Poetry and scholarship are vain and valueless if used for praise and cajolery of others.
41. One who does not love children cannot treat the grown-ups well.
42. One should hide, rather than disclose the evil deeds of others.
43. Emancipation of slaves is an act of spiritual reward.
44. A man is in his worst state when he considers himself good and pious.




  1. The Life and Times of Shaikh Nizam-u'd-din Auliya, by Khaliq Ahmad Nizami
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