Abu'l Hasan Sari Saqati

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Quotes & Sayings

1. The genuine mystic dwells in the state of unity.
2. The worst punishment from God is the separation from Him.
3. O God! Whatever punishment you may inflict upon me, do not punish me with the humiliation of being veiled from Thee.
4. In his youth he would say: "One should worship Him in his youth."
5. One should avoid rich the neighbour, the rich intellectual, and one who reads the Quran on payment.
6. The entire world is worthless excepting five things: (1) to eat for survival, (2) to drink water in order to relieve thirst, (3) clothes to cover body, (4) house to dwell in, (5) knowledge to act upon.
7. Sinning for necessity might be pardonable but self-conceit and pride is unpardonable since the sin of Adam was the accomplishment of desire and sin of Satan’s self-conceit.
8. He who cannot control his own lower soul, how can he purify the same of others?
9. Those nearest to the Divine presence are given spiritual acumen in proportion to his proximity to the Divine sanctuary.
10. He who meditates into the mysteries of the holy Quran is discerning in true sense.
11. The Gnostic has an elevated spiritual rank. He eats less, sleeps less and relaxes less. He is like a shining moon that radiates others and bears the burden of everything on earth, shows the right path like light and saturates the heart like water giving it new life.
12. The Gnostic attains peace after annihilating himself in Him.
13. To meet people with hypocrisy separates one from God.
14. The best of conduct is to endure the oppression of people patiently instead of sending harm upon them.
15. To prefer His adoration over one's carnal desires causes attainment of the highest spiritual perfection.
16. I look to my nose several times a day fearing lest my face has turned black.
17. I wish that the sorrow of all mankind would be thrown upon me.
18. He who is obedient to God, the entire world becomes obedient to him.
19. The tongue and face reveal condition of the heart. But the heart is of three kinds. The first is the heart that is like a big mountain which is unshakable. The second is that heart which is firm like tree but is shaken by a wind storm. The third is that heart which is like birds who fly in the air.
20. Intimacy and modesty arrive at gate of heart. But if the heart has purity and fear of God, they stay there, otherwise they return from it.
21. If a heart has something else (other that God), these five things don't enter the heart: Fear, hope, modesty, intimacy and love. And those nearest to Him are given ability in the measure of his proximity.
22. On the Day of Resurrection all the nations will be called by their respective prophets, but the auliya Allah will be called by Allah Himself, Glorified is He.
23. Truthfulness (sidq) is not attainable to one who associates with the people too much.
24. In his secret communion with God, he would often say: O Allah! Your loftiness prevented me from supplicating, your gnosis conferred me intimacy and had you forbidden glorification of You by the tongue, I would have never implored you with it, because the tongue does not have the capability to recount your Attributes.
25. Whoever forgives while he has the power to take revenge is forgiven in his turn by Allah when he deserves punishment.
26. Man's peace depends on five principles: avoid associating with evil people, be distant from ordinary people, and in this distance taste the flavour of your own actions; at the same time, refrain from blaming or finding fault with people even to the extent of ignoring their rebellion against Allah. There are also five faults from which one should cleanse oneself: hypocrisy, argument, affection, artificiality, and love of property and rank; and five curses from which one should free oneself: miserliness, ambition, anger, greed, and gluttony.
27. Sari al-Saqati informs us of the following characteristics of the Sufis: They refuse to act for the fulfilments of their egos or to obtain anything that has a taste of wilfulness, lust, pleasure, or whim. They are able to resist the commands of their egos. They firmly pursue five goals: never to be envious of what other
28. people have, never to trouble other people, and always to control their hands, stomachs, and their sexual desires. They are humble and they follow the ones who are superior to them in mystical knowledge. They turn away from five evils: from everything that is temporal, from people, from desires, from the wish to be leaders, from the love of being praised. They wish for five gifts: that little of this world be given to them, but that Truth be given to them; that the fear of Allah be given to them, that the company of the ones close to Allah be given to them and that they be saved from the company of the ones who oppose Allah; that they be given the ability to know and do things that please Allah; and that they receive the things rejected by the ignorant.
28. Junaid went early one morning to see Sari al-Saqati. Sari told him, "Abu’l-Qasim, tonight I was given a little inspiration and my soul was told, 'O Sari, I created men and they were bound to Me and they were coming to Me. When I showed them the world, nine-tenths of them became world-bound and one-tenth remained with Me. When I told them about Paradise, nine- tenths of those who remained desired Paradise and only one-tenth remained with Me. When I poured My troubles and My pains upon those who had stayed with Me, they cried for help and nine-tenths left and one-tenth remained with Me. I told them, "You neither wanted the world nor Paradise, nor did you run away from My troubles and pain." They said, "You know what we desire." I said, "I will pour upon you such calamities that the mountains could not bear their weight." They said, "As long as they come from You, it is well with us."

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  2. Readings from the Mystics of Islam - Margaret Smith
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