Luminous sayings of Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba

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“My religion is the love of God.”

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“Allah led me to Muhammad so Muhammad can lead me back to Allah.”

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“When they put the chains on me, Allāh opened the doors of mystery for me.”

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“The only weapons I will use to fight my enemies are the pen and the ink

that I use to write my poems in the glory of the Chosen One ﷺ.”

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“ The fact that I was granted the privileged rank of servant of the Prophet

and the book is a true bounty from Allāh (the bestower) and not my will.”

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“If you call me anything else except Abdullahi or Khadim al Rasul ﷺ

you have insulted me.”

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“If you really aspire to attain lofty spiritual degrees, follow closely these recommendations of mine:

I advise you to strive hard for knowledge, show gratitude towards Allāh, be sincere in worship and generosity.

I recommend you to practice silence, patience and abstinence.

Do avoid wordiness and excessive sleeping, stay aside from aught that entails immorality and corruption.”

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“The motive of my departure to exile is the will of God to elevate my rank

and to make of me the mediator between my people and the prophet ﷺ.”

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“I have spoken to you, you have heard my words. I have left written scripts to your attention,

I have acted under your eyes; My life is my message.”

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nobody is born wicked….

MaHIKn’s contact with the outer world is such that there is a continual mechanical interchange going on; every moment of his life he is partaking of all that his senses allow him to receive. Therefore very often the man who is looking for faults in others, who is looking for evil, even though he may not be a wicked person, is yet partaking unknowingly of all that is evil. Once deceived, a person is always on the look-out; even with someone who is honest he will look for deceit, as he holds that impression within himself. Thus a hunter who, comes from the forest where he has just received a blow from a lion, will shrink even from the caress of his mother; and when we consider how many impressions, agreeable and disagreeable, we receive from morning till evening, we realize how someone may become wicked without meaning to.

For in point of fact. Although the body belongs to the earth, yet the soul belongs to God, and from above man has received nothing but goodness. With the wickedest person in the world, when one can touch the deepest depths of his being one finds nothing but goodness there. So if there is any such thing as wickedness or badness, it is only what man has acquired; and he has not acquired it willingly but simply because he is open to all impressions, as it is natural for every man to be open to impressions.

The Alchemy of Happiness – The Interdependence of Life Within and Without, Hazrat Inayat Khan

the four natures of Quran….

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“In a discourse on the nature of the Quran, Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq said,

“The Book of Allah is of four natures: al-‘ibarah, that is to say, the text, that is for the common people; al-Ishara, i.e. allusions that are for the select (khawass) al-lata’if, that is fine mysteries that are for the friends of God (awliya); and finally, al-haqa’iq, the truth which is for the Prophets (anbi’ya)”

The manifest meaning of the revelation (al-Zahir) can be understood by ordinary people (al-nas) who accept the principles of religion and observe its commands such as the daily prayers, fasting and other rituals. The inner meaning of the revelation however, can be understood only by those who have purified their hearts and those who have emptied it form anything other then God, as the Quran testifies: ” Verily, this is indeed a nobel Quran , in a Book kept hidden, which none touches except the purified”.

God the Almighty says in the Quran ” Verily, We gave the Book as an inheritance to those whom we have selected from among our servants.” It is obvious that what is meant by the Book is not only the Nobel Quran in its descended form (kitab munzal), but more importantly, the reality of the Quran that is Kitab al-maknun.

Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib asked the Prophet ” O Messenger of God! How would I spread your message to people after you?” The Prophet answered, ‘inform people of the non-manifest meaning (ta’wil) of the Quran, that is difficult for them [to understand]. Only God Knows Quran’s reality and reveals it only to the Pure (mutahharun) and those who are steadfast in knowledge (rasikhun fil’ilm)” When a man asked Imam Sadiq who the steadfast in knowledge are, he replied that “They are the progeny of Muhammad.”

In another discourse on the Quran, Imam Jafar al-Sadiq said:

‘ Verily God taught His Messenger the science of interpretation of the Quran (tanzil and ta’wil), then he taught those sciences to Ali and by God, Ali taught them to us.”

Tuhfah Yi-Abbasi: The Golden Chain of Sufism in Shi’ite Islam” by Shaykh Muhammad Ali Mu’addhdhin Sabzawari Khurasani translated by M. H. Faghfoory

salutations upon our beloved prophet…

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To be drawn into the Light of Allah and not be blinded,

O brothers and sisters, repeat with longing and with love:

as-salatu wa-s-salamu alayka Ya Rasulallah

as-salatu wa-s-salamu alayka Ya Habiballah

Heartfelt and profound greetings to your sublime soul,

O incomparable Prophet and uniquely beloved one of Allah.

—Atom from the Sun of Knowledge

love for the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him…

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ImageWe place our hand upon our heart when we speak his most beautiful name, Muhammad, because he is the true human heart—the essence of our own mystical heart, hidden far behind the heart of life throbbing within the human breast. He is not in the desert of Arabia, but in the heart. Love him and you will love all persons abundantly. Fail to love him, and you will fail to love anyone truly. Love him who is the perfection of human love, and you will overflow with love for Allah, Who is the Source of love. Disappear with ecstatic love into the Prophet of Allah, and you will disappear into Allah in mystic union …

– Atom from the Sun of Knowledge, by Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi, may his secret be sanctified.