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|Eight Things to Learn|
|01/15/02 at 13:35:31|
|Eight Things to Learn|
One time a scholar asked one of his students, "You have spent a long time with me, what have you learned?
He said I learned eight things:
First, I looked to the creation. Everyone has a loved one. When he goes to the grave, he leaves his loved one. Therefore, I made my loved one my good deeds; that way, they will be with me in the grave.
Second, I looked to the verse,[color=red] 'But as for him who feared to stand before his Lord and restrained his soul from lust,'[/color] and, therefore, I struggled against my desires so I could stay obeying Allah.
Third, I saw that if anyone has something with him that is worth something, he will protect it. Then I thought about the verse,[color=red] 'That which you have is wasted away; and that which is with Allah remains,'[/color] therefore, everything worth something with me I devoted to Him so it would be with Him for me.
Fourth, I saw the people seeking wealth, honor and positions and it was not worth anything to me. Then I thought about Allah's words,[color=red] 'Lo, the noblest of you in the sight of Allah is the most aware of Allah,'[/color] so I did my best to become aware of Allah in order to attain nobility in his sight.
Fifth, I saw the people being jealous towards each other and I looked at the verse,[color=red] 'We have apportioned among them their livelihood in the life of the world,'[/color] so I left jealousy.
Sixth, I saw the people having enmity and I thought about the verse,[color=red] 'Lo, the devil is an enemy for you, so take him as an enemy,'[/color] so I left enmity and I took the Satan as my only enemy.
Seventh, I saw them debasing themselves in search of sustenance and I thought about the verse, [color=red]'And there is not a beast in the earth but the sustenance thereof depends on Allah,'[/color] so I kept myself busy with my responsibilities toward Him and I left my property with Him.
Eighth, I found them relying on their business, buildings and health and I thought about the verse,[color=red] 'And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, He will suffice him,'[/color] therefore, I put my trust only on Allah.
Translated by: Jamal Zarabozo
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