Bukan Kisah Pari-Pari



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Bismillahirahmannirahim

Segala Puji bagi Allah, Tuhan yang memiliki arasy dan tujuh petala langit dan bumi. Selawat dan salam atas junjungan saw.

Ustazah memikirkan dan syahdu jiwa mengenangkan. Sebelum ustazah memulakan agak sukar menulis kerana ustzah berdoa agar segala tulisan, dan harapan semuanya bersandarkan kehendak ALLAH. Usatzah fikirkan kamu dan berdoa dengan sungguh untuk kamu.

PERNIKAHAN BUKAN PARI-PARI

Perkahwinan bukan ibarat kisah dongeng si pari-pari. Indah, mengasyikan dan segalanya tampak sempurna.

Berkahwin mengumpulkan dua insan berbeza. Karakter dan personaliti. Memasuki dunia perkahwinan bertujuan membaiki dan bersama-sama menjadi manusia yang LEBIH baik untuk redha Allah. sama-sama menjadi, belajar dan berubah menjadi manusia yang baik setiap hari.

“Apabila telah berkahwin seseorang hamba itu, maka dia telah memenuhi separuh agamanya. Maka bertaqwalah dia kepada Allah swt pada separuh yang belum disempurnakan lagi…” Riwayah Bukhari”

Jesteru pernikahan disyariatkan. Separuh dari agama. Menghalalkan yang haram. Wanita sebagai ketua rumah. Suami sebagai ketua keluarga.

Menjaga rumahtangga itu Sunnah. Perit, pedih, ganjarannya syurga Allah. Bukan kerana anak, cinta manusia atau pandangan manusia. Pada suami ada syurga nan indah. Pada dia, ada penambahbaikan karekter bersama. Bersabar, berbincang dan ada jalan terbentang.

Jalan kita bukan jalan mawar. Jalan kita untuk cari DIA. Di hadapan kita makhluk. Amal kita bukan untuk suami, anak atau cinta dunia. Di balik semua makhluk, ada jalan menuju ALLAH.

Tahan, usaha dan berjaya saat perit ini. Kelak anda berdua dapat tersenyum dan belajar bersama dan lihat belakang, aku dapat harungi saat paling getir hidup bersama dan glad we work it out.

Terkurang adab sebagai isteri, suami menyakiti kita tersilap dan tersilap dalam percaturan adalah perkara biasa. Yang paling penting JANGAN SEKALI-KALI MENGAMBIL JALAN MUDAH MENYELESAIKAN permasalahan yang berlaku.

Berkahwin dengan tergesa-gesa itu ditakuti sifat tergesa-gesa yang datangnya dari syaitan.

Meleraikan akad perkahwinan TANPA fikir panjang ATAU mengambil jalan mudah ATAU mengambil jalan short cut itu juga sifat syaitan.

Tergesa-gesa dan tidak berfikir panjang itu sifat syaitan kata Nabi saw.

HAK & TANGGUNGJAWAB

Saidatuna Aishah berkata jikalau wanita – wanita itu tahu akan hak-hak suaminya nescahya mereka akan sangup menyapu debu – debu di telapak kaki suaminya dengan muka mereka.

Bagi lelaki lebih banyak lagi. Pada rumah, duit, kereta, makanan, pakaian pendidikan. Kita hanya pada suami. Menurut pandangan ALLAH.

Terlalu banyak hak dan tanggungjawab dalam AKAD yang berat ini. TIDAK mudah dan TIDAK senang.

Bagi suami, ALLAH akan bertanya bagaimana dia membantu dan memandu alam rumahtangga. Allah tidak lihat pada kesilapan tetapi ALLAH lihat bagaimana usaha kita untuk bangkit dari kesilapan. Suami punya tanggungjawab besar dalam semua sudut kehidupan.


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JALAN RINGKAS

“Setiap kamu adalah pemimpin dan setiap kamu akan ditanya mengenai kepimpinannya. Imam (pemerintah) adalah pemimpin dan akan ditanya mengenai kepimpinannya. Suami adalah pemimpin dan akan ditanya mengenai kepimpinannya. Wanita adalah pemimpin di rumah suaminya dan akan ditanya mengenai kepimpinannya. Khadam (orang gaji) adalah pemimpin kepada harta benda yang diamanahkan kepadanya dan dia akan ditanya mengenai kepimpinannya. Tiap-tiap kamu adalah pemimpin dan kamu akan ditanya mengenai kepimpinan kamu.” (Hadith riwayat al-Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Daud, al-Tirmizi dan Ahmad)

Namun sebagai wanita jalan ringkas kita ke syurga ialah dengan taat dan patuh pada suami. Tidak patut atau adil?

Bahkan tidak.

Sebagai wanita, ALLAH menyediakan jalan ringkas untuk ke syurga dengan memudahkankan kita memasukinya. Jika suami Redha, terus ke syurga. Kita tidak perlu fikir sempurna pada manusia lain. Cukup pada mata suami.

Inilah pesanan yang ustazah terima dari guru atau murabbi mursyid ustazah sendiri.

UNTUK ALLAH, BUKAN UNTUK SUAMI.

Namun, kesemua inci, rinci dan aspek yang kita lakukan bukan untuk suami?

Bukan untuk suami. Bukan untuk ibu. Bukan untuk anak.

SEMUANYA pada hakikatnya adalah persembahan kita untuk ALLAH.

Suami tidak menghargai. Nah! Bukankah untuk ALLAH amalan kita. Kita taat, patuh atau bercakaran sekali sekala untuk pelihara rumahtangga kerana itu APA yang ALLAH suruh BUKAN untuk suami.

Di depan kita MAKHLUK.

Tetapi dalam amalan itu HANYA untuk DIPANDANG dan DITERIMA Allah.

Bila Allah terima, suka dan gembira dengan kesungguhan kita mencari suka ALLAH, Allah akan menerima (Redha) kita sebagai hambaNYA dan melindungi kita.

Itu hakikat ibadah.

Bukan suami atau isteri yang akan membalas.

MANUSIA TIDAK SEMPURNA

Dan ketahuilah, bahwa hartamu dan anak-anakmu itu adalah fitnah dan sesungguhnya di sisi Allah-lah pahala yang besar.†(Al-Anfal: 28)

Sesungguhnya hartamu dan anak-anakmu adalah fitnah (bagimu), dan di sisi Allah-lah pahala yang besar.” At-Taghabun (64) ayat 1

Sebagai manusia kita tidak sempurna. Begitu juga di pihak suami. Harus rasa rendah hati menerima hakikat ini. Saling beralah, menerima kekurangan masing-masing sebagai penyempurnaan kepada kehidupan yang asing. Kelemahan diri menjadi kekuatan si dia begitulah sebaliknya.

Sentiasa berusaha dan cinta untuk menjadi lebih baik dan membaiki diri.

Anak, bukan tujuan. Isteri bukan tujuan. Suami bukan tujuan. Semua ini hanyalah FITNAH untuk menguji kita sebagai hamba.

TUGAS pertama kita adalah HAMBA.

Apa jua tindakan harus membawa fikir.

Allah suka tak dengan keputusan kami ini?

SALING MENYEMPURNAKAN

Ustazah sendiri akui sangat susah menjalani rumahtangga. Kerana ia SEPARUH AGAMA. Bayangkan dunia luar pun sudah susah kita hadapi. Cuba bayangkan jika kumpulan seluruh kerenah, kepayahan dan kesusahan hidup, cabaran dunia, dan pelbagai lagi segala hiruk pikuk dunia yang Allah kata 50% = TAQWA.

Dunia rumahtangga ialah dunia kecil. = 50 dari agama.

Kesusahan dan kepayahan bukan sedikit.

Tapi kita semua berusaha untuk dapat cinta dan Redha ALLAH.

Saling menyempurnkan.


PENAMBAHBAIKAN KARAKTER

“Mereka itu adalah pakaian bagimu, dan kamu pun adalah pakaian bagi mereka.” (al-Baqarah:187)

Bersama-sama memaafkan. Tundukkan ego. Berbincang. Saling berusaha membaiki hubungan dan sikap.

SIKAP.

Seorang wanita mengadap Rasulullah s.a.w. dan berkata:
“Aku telah dipinang orang. Katakan padaku apakah hak-hak sebagai suami isteri? Jika terdaya aku akukan maka aku akan kawin. Bersabda Rasulullah, “setengah darinya ialah jiak mengalir darah atau nanah dari hidungnya lalu dijilat oelh isteri untuk membersihkannya, belumlah tertunai lagi hak suami atas isteri, dan jika patut atau boleh seseorang menyembah manusia maka akan aku perintahkan wanita – wanita sujud menyembah suami mereka”. Mendengar itu wanita tadi lantas menjawab, “Demi Allah yang membangkitkan engkau sebagai nabi, aku tidak akan bersuami selagi ada didunia ini”.

Bukan mudah berkahwin.
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Nafahat Melimpah


Telah berkata sebahagian para arif Billah:

“Rahsia terbesar orang-orang yang sampai (wusul) kepada mahabbah Rasulullah s.a.w. sehingga dapat berjumpa Baginda s.a.w. di dalam mimpi ialah: mengutamakan kehendak Baginda s.a.w. dari kehendak mereka (sentiasa mengikut sunnah-sunnah Baginda s.a.w. seperti yang termaktub di dalam hadis-hadis) dan rendah diri di hadapan Baginda s.a.w. di samping hati menyimpan kerinduan untuk bertemu dengannya kerana cinta Baginda kepada kita , bukan kerana kita , kerana sifat Pemurah Baginda s.a.w., bukan kerana kecintaan kita kepadanya, kerana tiada ternilai cinta kita, kalau bukan Baginda s.a.w. yang terlebih dahulu mencintai kita. Pohonlah pertemuan dengan Baginda s.a.w. kerana kecintaan Baginda s.a.w., bukan kerana kecintaan kita kepadanya.

Sejak dua hari lepas, telah meriah dengan pelbagai pengisian ilmu dan diskusi kitab. Bermula di Madrasah Hidayah di Batu Buruk, Syaikhuna Rohimuddin mendiskusikan kitab Madrasah Salaf, kemudian pagi semalam bermula seisi membentangkan kertas kerja ringkas “At-Tasawwuf Alladzhi Nuriduh(Yang difahami Syariah, Sahabat & Salaf)” dan dalam masa di Bukit Jong Syeikh Fahmi Zam-Zam mendiskusikan sejarah Qasidah Burdah. Kemudian bersambung selepas Asar.

Pada malamnya pula, Syaikh Rohimuddin mendiskusikan kitab di Bukit Jong.

Hari ini akan bertambah dengan kehadiran para ilmuan yang lain. Moga kita mendapat nafahat dari mereka dan menyuburkan jiwa dengan cinta dan amal untuk ALLAH dengan wasilah menunaikan hak-hak pada manusia, makhluk dan alam (sunnatullah). Menyampaikan manusia pada Islam itu, adalah dengan menyampaikan manusia pada ALLAH-Pengesaan mutlak pada ALLAH, Rasulullah saw dan pengamalan syariat Baginda Nabi saw.

Itulah da’wah. Itulah ittiba’.

Sheikhuna Sidi Yusuf Al-Hasani: “Al-Mahabbah dunal Ittiba’ Al-Ibtida’ ” (Kecintaan tanpa mengikut sunnahNya itu suatu bid’ah).

Manefistasi rindu dan cinta perlu berjalan kepada ittiba’ Nabi saw. Amal yang menjadi tanda kehambaan. Untuk hati sampai kepada tahaqquq (merealisasikan) mengesakan ALLAH dengan mutlak.

Salik yang masih murid
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Bertemu Murabbi


Bismillah

Allah berfirman yang bermaksud:” Sesungguhnya telah ada pada (diri) Rasulullah itu suri teladan yang baik”(QS 33:21)

TENANG

Hari yang tenang. Telah dimulai dengan Rahmah ALLAH di satu pertiga malamya.

Saya merancang untuk menghadiri (instead perhimpunan Royalti) satu majlis diskusi kitab Madrasah Salaf yang pernah saya sebutkan di sini. dan di sini. Asalnya adalah risalah Syikhuna Yusuf Alhasani semasa seisi Ijtima’ Ulama’ Nusantara di Jenderam pada tahun 2007 yang ramai hadiri.

Risalah dalam bahasa arab tersebut telah diterjemah oleh Syaikh Rohimuddin. Seorang guru murabbi yang dapat membicarakan ilmu tasawwuf denga kupasan paling ilmiah, akademik dan intelektual pernah saya tanggapi.

Ilmu ini bukan ilmu perbahasan. Ia praktik amalan Sunnah Nabi saw yang telah diikuti oleh Salafsoleh.

CAWAN KOSONG

Asal hendak pergi dengan semangat membara. Bertarung dengan nafsu di awal pagi, saya hampir kalah.

Suami selalu menasihati, agar saya jangan malas-malas menambah tarbiyah dan pergi ke majlis ilmu. Kata beliau apabila melihat saya kadangkala yang suka duduk rumah-beberapa bulan ini- daripada mengikutinya ke kuliah-kuliah agama.

Jiwa itu perlu di isi. Kata beliau.

Imam At-Tusturi telah menyebut tentang al Qur’an: “Sungguh sangat aneh seorang yang membaca al Qur’an dan tidak mengamalkannya serta tidak menjauhi larangan Allah. Tidakkah ia merasa malu kepada Allah ketika memerangi, menyalahi perintah dan larangan-NYA setelah ia mengetahuinya?.

Jika saya tidak menulis bermakna hati saya sedang sakit. Ia sedang parah dengan ghaflah (lalai) dan dunia sudah mendiaminya.
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Transcending Beyond The Rythms


Bismillahirrahmanirrahim

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Transcendent Of The Rhythms

Say, “Who prohibited the nice things God has created for His creatures, and the good provisions?” Say,”Such provisions are to be enjoyed in THIS life by those who BELIEVE. Moreover, the good provisions will be exclusively theirs on the Day of resurrection.” We thus explain the revelations for people who know.” 7:32

Those who close to ALLAH and preserve the remembrance of ALLAH’s Greatness through not only their music/song (naat, qasidah, -r&b, soulful, harmony genres of nasyeed-) but by their actions (qudwah) & works (da’wa) will always be my fav. There are always new nasyid artists and new released but not all can captured my heart. I’m looking for a sound that carry a message/essence which can transcend the soul and heart to Almighty ALLAH and HIS Greatness. Not to mention making our heart warm&fuzzy with the love to our Prophet. Promoting Islam will be a bonus tough.

Recently, producing a music that has the essence of spirituality has become a trend. I didn’t have anything to say about that but what I preferred is not a trend nor just simply making the music that speaks out loud about ALLAH but those who are singing it has to comes among who are right in their word, true with their action and obey ALLAH. Our submission to Almighty ALLAH can’t be done partially and based upon on our nafs, comfort and excuses.[1]

As Ismail Raji AlFaruqi (May ALLAH Bless his soul) stated below:-

According to the ethnomusicologist Al-Faruqi, religious opinion makes a hierarchy of music and singing in forbidden, unfavored, indifferent, recommended and commendable forms. The recitation of the Quran stands at the peak of the hierarchy, immediately followed by the call to prayer and religious chants. Also legitimate are various types of songs connected to family celebrations, caravan chants, work songs and the music of military bands. At the bottom of the hierarchy, we find “sensuous music that is performed in association with condemned activities, or that is thought to incite to such prohibited practices as consumption of drugs and alcohol, lust, prostitution etc.” These genres are clearly forbidden, haram. Most forms of music and singing, though, fall between these clear categories and are controversial.[2]

Of course a good message can be grasp from any human being but as for myself I would love to strictly restrict myself to ONLY hear what -selective- munsyeed are singing. As my nafs is not that good yet (I may be lost in the middle of it if I choose otherwise) and listen from those who close, submit and obey ALLAH will fill my ruh and heart with much fulfillment of good dzauq and bring me to remember HIM in the purest content of glass (methodology) InshALLAH it will lead/help me to hear what ONLY ALLAH want us to listen to.

Every single thing around us can lead us to ALLAH of course. Even the sound of the birds, the waves of water. As Imam Chelebi mentioned but it has to be inline in what ALLAH favor.

The seventeenth-century Muslim scholar Chelebi distinguishes three categories of music: that coming from birds, from the human throat and from instruments. He states that in Islam it is permissible to listen to the melodies produced by birds, and to those produced by the human throat, subject to certain conditions and rules. To listen to instruments that are blown or struck however, is never permissible. Certain instruments are forbidden because they are supposed to incite drinking. The kuba, an oblong drum, for instance, is prohibited because of its association with drinking wine, licentious songs and dissolute people. With respect to the human throat, if it produces songs about wine and debauchery, it is not permissible to listen to them. [3]

In short, it is not outer appearance that are importance but how they carried themselves and being in the limitation of syara’ while performing. Music and entertainment in Islam is not only about the music itself but our scholars has put a strict guideline that the performance, lyrics, singers, music, crowds of the listeners has to follows Islamic principle and Maqasid Shara’ that been stated by those applicable in that area.

Meaning that you can be as dashing as Maher Zain or as humble as Zain Bikha for instance, but have to keep a straight rule whilst performing, not conduct any inappropriate acts, keeps right with thier actions/words and not mingling with mixed-gender crowds as they have showed us. All single of action in Islamic music/sing/song will be accountable by ALLAH.

Not everything evolving around music to determine what a good music are in ALLAH’s sight. Imam Ghazali (Rahimahullah) has underline a clear guideline on how to conduct ourselves while mingling around music and whats not around that.

The approval or disapproval of performers is not only related to the genre but also to the context of the performance. Regarding the permissibility of the context, three elements are deemed important by the eleventh-century Muslim scholar Imam al-Ghazali, that is, time, place and associates. It is not acceptable if too much time is devoted to performances so that it interferes with the higher Islamic goals and distracts the believers’ attention from the devotion to God. Full-time professional performers are accordingly less acceptable than non-professional amateurs. The acceptability of the place and occasion of the performance is also an important factor in judging the legitimacy of the entertainers and their public. Lastly, the type of people present during the performance affects the permissibility of the performers and their audience. A certain genre of music can thus be permissible in one context while it is rejected in another circumstance. Playing the tambourine is, for instance, acceptable if it is done by women at a wedding but forbidden if it is done by men in contexts of homosexuality or prostitution.[4]

As we the listener we also have to be careful of what your heart, mind, soul, body, and intention based upon. It should be a right based on what ALLAH permitted us to do so. Keep our gaze lower and always listen ONLY what can make we remembered ALLAH. If the heart trembled with an-nafs (evil, bad, uncalled desire), then even what you heard comes from a good Muslim singer and good message then we should stop. That is how delicate a barrier between (an evil, bad, uncalled) soul (an-nafs) desire AND a soul that only want ALLAH.

As my beloved Mursyid has advised after we been entertained by much loved Qasidah recitation during this month Mukhayyam:-

Shame on you if you listen and enjoyed the rhythm and immersed with the songs (qasidah nasyeed) and NOT the essence of it (not immersed with the love and missing Prophet) or the entity of the message/content than what we hear will be a HUJJAH (unfavorable witness) in front of ALLAH in the hereafter!

Shyakh Yusuf Bakhur AlHasani strictly exclaimed. What he said really hit the nail of our head. We know that he want to subtly remembering us to not be way too mesmerized in the rhymes or sounds of any captivating music. It is dangerous to the heart.

What he means is in EVERYTHING we did, we have to put ALLAH first and NOT our nafs. Even in a simple gesture of listening or entertaining ourselves which is of course is permissible (halal) and ibahah in Islam at the first place.

I shuddered with much fear and utter embarrassment knowing that I always listen to what my nafs preferred even when it is comes from a good things i.e Qasidah, naat or nasyid. That’s how delicate of nafs can be and fools us at the same time. Even when we are listening to Qasidah that praised Rasulullah saw, Syeikh Yusuf strongly advice that don’t listen only because of the beauty of the rhythm OR for those who are singing it otherwise it will be a Hujjah on us.

My stand for instrumental nasyeed comes from major (Jumhur) of Fuqaha’. It is a khilaf issues not that I want to make an easy decision out of it (talfiq). I read in the kutubs, study, attend halaqah/seminars and asked the Ulamas. May ALLAH forgive me if I have choose or ever choose a music that will cause me astray if I didn’t repent and listen to what is not pleasurable in the sight of ALLAH. As myself are the weak and full of flaws servant of YOU, so please forgive my sins O ALLAH. Please correct me If I have gone wrong and guide me if I have violate what is righteous before YOUR Will.

Let me not choose anything because of my own desire and excuse my choices because of my own nafs. Fear ALLAH O you, if you ever did or do that.

I wouldn’t want to post the discussion among the jurist here but a short article can be read here.[5]

Having said this, the restriction that jurist and scholars that allowed instrumental nasyeed is very strict. So that we can choose wisely and didn’t go beyond the guideline and the guidance.

The Day of Resurrection draws near, None besides Allah can avert it, (or advance it, or delay it). Do you then wonder at this recital (the Qur’an)? And you laugh at it and weep not, Wasting your (precious) lifetime in pastime and amusements (singing, etc.). So fall you down in prostration to Allah, and worship Him (Alone)” 53-57:An-Najmi[6]

To conclude of course there is NO other purest and noblest enjoyment to a mu’min other than listening, reciting and memorizing the Word’s of HIM; Al-Quran. It is the ultimate and only simple entertainment for a Muhsinin soul. Let us try to seek the noblest one, inshALLAH in our daily routine and life.

Allahusubhanahuwat’alaa’lam.

al-Faqeerah alQasam
30 December 2009
(This is what I conclude for. I may be wrong and I may be right. May Allah correct me if I’m wrong and accept me if I’m right)


[1] Yahya ibn Ma’adh said, “In my opinion, the worst kind of self-delusion is for someone to sin excessively and then to hope for forgiveness without feeling any remorse; or it is to expect to draw near to Allah, the Exalted, without obeying or worshipping Him; or it is to hope for the fruits of the Garden after having only planted the seeds for the Fire; or it is to seek the abode of the obedient through committing wrong actions; or it is to expect a reward after having done nothing worthwhile; or it is to place hope in Allah, Glorious and Mighty is He, after having exceeded all the limits”.

[2] Al-Faruqi 1985: 1-13.

[3] Sawa 1989; Stigelbauer 1975: 39

[4] Al-Faruqi 1985: 17-20; al-Ghazali 1902: 1

[5] . i) Islam stance on music, ii) What Islam says about music, ii) Music in Muslim Civilization

[6] Ibn Katheer (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: Allah says (interpretation of the meaning) “Wasting your (precious) lifetime in pastime and amusements (singing)” – Sufyaan al-Thawri said, narrating from his father from Ibn ‘Abbaas: (this means) singing. This is Yemeni (dialect): ismad lana means ghan lana [sing to us]. This was also the view of ‘Ikrimah. (Tafseer Ibn Katheer).

Hai Jiwa Bagaimanakah Engkau!?


Bismillah

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Wahai Yang Bernama Diriku,

Telah menulis Imam Ahmad Rifaie dalam kitabnya[1]

Adalah Malik B Dinar Rahimahullah selalu menangis dan berkata:-

Hai jiwa! Engkau kepingin hendak duduk di samping ALLAH[2] dan kepingin melihat Nabi pilihan (’Alahihumussalam)

TETAPI

Syahwat mana yang telah engkau tinggalkan?!

Yang jauh mana satukah Engkau telah dekatkan kepada ALLAH?

Kekasih ALLAH yang engkau sudah cintainya kerana ALLAH?

Musuh manakah yang sudah engkau bencinya kerana ALLAH?

Kemarahan yang manakah yang sudah engkau menahan diri kerana ALLAH?

TIDAK!

Kalaulah tidak kerana Rahmat ALLAH dan PengampunanNYA ……

Maka Malik B Dinar kemudiannya pun pengsan.
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An-Nafs


praying-man

I’m the one who was full of riya’, ujub, takabbur, hiprocasy? Indeed, I am.

O, my soul do repent and submit only to ALLAH and do not ever stand before your nafs.

Excerpt From Kitab

Imam Shafi’i said, may God have mercy on him:

“Only the sincere one (mukhlis) knows hypocrisy (riya’).”

To illustrate the great extent of the concealment of hypocrisy we only need relate the following from the Teacher and Imam Abu al-Qasim al-Qushayri [the sufi shaykh], may God have mercy on him, from his ‘Risala’ with our isnad previously mentioned.

This means that it is impossible to know the reality of hypocrisy and see its hidden shades except for one who resolutely seeks (arada) sincerity. That one strives for a long time (yajtahidu azmanan) searching and meditating and examining at length within himself until he knows or knows something of what hypocrisy is.

This does not happen for everyone.

Indeed, this happens only with the special ones (al-khawass). But for a given individual to claim that he knows what hypocrisy is, this is real ignorance on his part.

I shall mention in this book a chapter, God willing, in which you will see a type of wonder that will cool your eyes.

He said: “I heard Muhammad ibn al-Husayn say: I heard Ahmad ibn ‘Ali ibn Ja’far say: I heard al-Hasan ibn ‘Alawiyya say: Abu Yazid al-Bistami, may God be well pleased with him, said:

I was for twelve years the blacksmith of my ego (haddadu nafsi), then for five years I became the mirror of my heart (mir’atu qalbi), then for a year I looked at what lay between the two of them and I saw around me a visible belt [i.e. of kufr = the vestimentary sign of a dhimmi]. So I strove to cut it for twelve years and then looked again, and I saw around me a hidden belt. So I worked to cut it for five years, looking to see how to cut. Then it was unveiled for me (kushifa li) and I looked at creation and saw that they were all dead. So I recited the funeral prayer over them.”

Blessings and Peace upon the Purified Prophet, his Family, and his Companions

I say:

That hypocrisy should be as inscrutable as this to the peerless master in this path [i.e. tasawwuf] is enough to show how greatly hidden it lies. His phrase: “I saw them dead” is the apex of worth and beauty, and seldom do other than the Prophet’s words, Blessings and Peace be upon him, gather up such wealth of meanings. I shall touch upon its meaning briefly. It means that after he had struggled long and hard (lamma jahada hadhihi al-mujahada) and his ego had been disciplined (tahadhdhabat) and his heart illumined (istanara qalbuhu), and when he had conquered (istawla) his ego and subdued it (qaharaha) and achieved complete mastery over it (malakaha mulkan tamman), and it had subjected himself to him totally, at that time he looked at all created beings and found that they were dead and completely powerless:

they cannot harm nor can they benefit;
they cannot give nor can they keep back;
they cannot give life nor can they give death;
they cannot convey nor can they cut off;
they cannot bring near nor can they take away;
they cannot make happy nor can they make sad;
they cannot bestow nor can they deprive;
they possess for themselves neither benefit nor harm,
nor death, nor life, nor resurrection.

This, then, characterizes human beings as dead: they are considered dead in all of the above respects, they are neither feared nor entreated, what they have is not coveted, they are not shown off to nor fawned upon, one does not concern oneself with them, they are not envied nor disparaged, their defects are not mentioned nor their faults pursued and exposed, one is not jealous of them nor thinks much of whatever God-given favors they have received, and they are forgiven and excused for their shortcomings, although the legal punishments (al-hudud) are applied to them according to the Law. But the application of such punishment does not preclude what we have mentioned before, nor does it preclude our endeavoring to cover up their faults without disparaging them in the least.

This then is how the dead are viewed. And if someone mentions human beings in a dishonorable manner we forbid him from entering into that subject in the same way that we would if he were going to examine a person who died. We do not do anything for their sake nor do we leave Him for them. And we no more stop ourselves from fulfilling an act of obedience to God on their account than we do on account of a dead person, and we do not over-praise them. And we neither love their own praise for us nor hate their insults, and we do not reciprocate them.

In sum, they are as it were non-existent in all the respects we have mentioned. They are under God’s complete care and jurisdiction. Whoever deals with them in such a way, he has combined the good of the next world with that of the lower world. May God the Generous grant us success towards achieving this. These few words are enough to touch upon an explanation for his [Abu Yazid al-Bistami’s] saying — May God be well pleased with him.