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Excerpt from the book: “Removal of Cares”

Posted on: October 22, 2010


The Illustrious Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jillani ( RA) said this in his third discourse regarding the removal of the worldly cares:

The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) is reported as having said: “Part of the excellence of a man’s Islam is paying no attention to that which does not concern him.

To busy oneself with that which is irrelevant is the distraction of idle fools.  Deprived of the good pleasure of his Master [Mawla] is he who fails to put into practice what He commands, and who occupies himself with things he has not been instructed to deal with.  This is deprivation its very self, death its very self and banishment its very self.

O young man!  You must carry out the commandments and observe the prohibitions [laid down by your Lord].  Make sure that you are fully in compliance [with the sacred law], then place yourself in the hand of destiny [qadar] without asking ‘why?’ and without asking ‘how?’  It is far better for you to be looked after by Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He), with His knowledge of you, than for you to be looking after yourself, with your ignorance of your Lord.  Be satisfied with what He has given you.  try to be grateful for it and do not ask him for more, since you do not recognize the best part of what you have already.

Abstinence [zuhd] is what gives comfort to the hearts of obedient abstainers.  the burden of abstinence is borne by the physical constitution.  the burden of intimate knowledge [ma’rifa] is borne by the heart.  the burden of nearness [to the Lord] is borne by the innermost being [sirr].  Be abstinent, be satisfied, and be grateful.  Be pleased with your Lord (Almighty and Glorious is He), and do not be pleased with yourself.  Think well of other people.  Give up thinking the worst of other people, and do not hold a high opinion of yourself.  Refrain from gratifying the desires of the flesh, for the effects of such restraint are healing and purifying to the heart.  to satisfy one’s appetite for lawful food [halal] is quite enough to blur the perception of the heart and render it intoxicated, so how about the influence of food that is actually unlawful[haram]?  This explains the following saying of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace):

The right diet is the main part of all medical treatment [al-‘imya ra’su ‘d-dawa’].

You must accustom every physical body to what is normal for it, since in these three [Arabic] words the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) was making a collective statement applicable to all bodies.  Gluttony [bitna] extinguishes perspicacity [fitna], the lamp of wisdom [misbah al-hikma] and the light of sainthood [nur al-wilaya].   As long as you are still attached to this world and to your fellow creatures, you must keep to the proper diet, because you are in the hospital [maridistan].  But once your heart has attained to the Lord of truth (Almighty and Glorious is He), the matter will be in His hands.  He will take charge of you completely, while you will be out of a job.  How could He fail to take you into His care, when you have become worthy of Him?  As He has said (Almighty and Glorious is He):

[Say:]  “My Protecting Friend is Allah, who has revealed the Book, and He befriends the righteous.” (7:196)

O young man!   You must not be alarmed about the fact that destiny’s decree [qadar] is sure to come into effect.  there is no one who can turn it back, and there is no one who can avert it.  Everything that has been preordained [maqdi] will come into being, without regard for those who may like it or for those who may find it displeasing.

Your involvement in this world requires that you have a righteous intention [niyya saliha], otherwise you deserve to be viewed with disgust.  In all your affairs and undertakings you must say:  “There is no power, nor is there any strength, except through Allah, the High, the Almighty.”  You should set aside one hour for your worldly interests, one hour for your interest in the hereafter, one hour for your personal concerns, and one hour for the benefit of your family, then dedicate all the remaining hours to your Lord (Almighty and Glorious is He).  You must concentrate first of all on the cleanliness [tahara] of your heart, for this is an obligatory duty [farida].  Then turn your attention to deeper knowledge [ma’rifa].  If you miss the root, your preoccupation with the branch will not be accepted of you.  there is no benefit in cleanliness of the physical parts of the body combined with defilement of the heart.  You must cleanse your physical limbs and organs by following the Sunna, and your heart by putting the Qur’an into practice.  Take care of your heart, so that your physical body will be taken care of.  Every vessel exudes its own contents.  Whatever is in your heart will ooze out from you through your physical parts.

You must always be humble, for whenever you behave with humility, you will be purified, enhanced and raised to a higher spiritual plane.  If you do not conduct yourself with humility, on the other hand, it can only mean that you are ignorant of Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He), His Messengers [rusul] and His saints [awliya’], His law [hukm], His knowledge [‘ilm], His destiny [qadar] and His power [qudra], in the sphere of this world and also in the realm of the hereafter.

How often do you listen without understanding what you hear, without putting it into practice, and without even making a sincere effort to pay attention?  So why do you come here at all?  Your presence and your absence are one and the same!  When you come to be with me here, but with no intention of acting on what I have to say, you are merely being a nuisance to the other people present.  As long as you are stuck there in your place of business, you feel depressed because your plans have not been working out, but then you come here to me and your depression leaves you.  It is replaced by a sense of euphoria.  You listen, but it is as if you had not heard.

O you who own so much property, forget about your property!  Come and sit here, in the midst of the poor [fuqara’].  Be humble in the presence of Allah and in their presence.  O you who possess such a noble pedigree [nasab], forget about your pedigree and come here!  the genuinely noble pedigree is devotion to righteousness [taqwa].  Somebody once asked the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace):  “Who are the members of your family, O Muhammad?”  He replied (Allah bless him and give him peace) by saying:

Every dutiful believer belongs to the family of Muhammad [kullu taqiyyin alu Muhammadin].


Article Posted by Osama Ansari. Please comment and share your views/experiences related to the topic. To share or recommend a topic or article, email at readforsoul@gmail.com.

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2 Responses to "Excerpt from the book: “Removal of Cares”"

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